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A look back at 5 of the biggest stories of Florida of 2013 listen

12/31/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday

Tags: Edward Snowden, Cuba

In the Dec. 26 issue of Creative Loafing, political editor Mitch Perry listed 5 issues worth remembering at the end of the year. 1) bad cops, 2) The ascendancy of LGBT rights in Florida, 3) St. Petersburg's renaissance 4)The disconnect between Tampa and Cuba and 4) The surveillance state as documented by Edward Snowden. We talked about these issues on today's program.

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Interview with Former State Senator Helen Gordon Davis listen

10/21/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Helen Gordon Davis, Tampa, NAACP, cross burning, Women's rights, Feminism, Nicaragua, Charlie Crist, Cuba, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Rob Lorei talks with women's and civil rights champion Helen Gordon Davis. In 1974 Davis was the first woman elected from Hillsborough County to the state legislature. Davis was a champion of women's issues and fought hard on behalf of ethnic minorities. She served six terms in the Florida House of Representatives. In 1988 she was elected to the Florida Senate. In this interview she talks about being the first white woman to join the local NAACP, a cross burning on her law...

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Part one Charlie Miranda on Baseball and Tampa Bay

07/24/13 Warren Elly and Charlie Miranda
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today on Last Call, Warren Elly explores the history of baseball in the bay area. His guest, six term city council member Charlie Miranda and the current chairman talks about the story of baseball in Tampa.

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Jack Espinosa's Cuba and Ybor City

07/17/13 Warren Elly with Jack Espinosa
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call, Warren Elly talks with Jack Espinosa, a local historian and comedian. He was one of the top comics in the U.S., the Caribbean and South America in the 40s and 50s. People say he couldn't walk down the streets during the day without being mobbed. He was born in Ybor city in the great depression and graduated from the University of Tampa with a degree in history, English, and education. He retired from show business in 1959 to teach and organize.

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Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Visits Cuba

06/04/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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This past weekend a large delegation of members from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce returned from a historic five day trip to Cuba from May 29 – June 2. President and CEO of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Bob Rohrlack joins Rob Lorei to discuss the Chamber's renewed perspective after visiting and their goal to re-institute an economic relationship with Cuba. Listen to the full show above.

For more Information: [www.gotocuba.org][1].

For continued updates about t...

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Tampa panelists question Cuba's terror designation listen

04/24/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In a decisive move this month, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) announced she want the U.S. to normalize relations with Cuba. During a discussion in Tampa Wednesday, five out of six panelists agreed.

Attorney John Grandoff said the island nation should be removed from the state sponsors of terrorism list.

Grandoff said Cuba wasn’t added to the state sponsor of terrorism list until 1982.

If the U.S. removes Cuba from that list, it opens the door to lift the 50-year long trade embargo....

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn indecisive on normalization with Cuba listen

04/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn isn’t taking a stance on normalizing relations with Cuba.

"It’s not an issue that I am weighing in on. It’s not an issue that, as mayor, I have any control over. I have enough on my plate with the things that I do control.”

But Buckhorn says he does see the embargo ending sooner or later.

“I would hope it would be when the Castro government – either Raul or Fidel are gone – and I think it will be when the Cuban people have an opportunity t...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor worried about boys abducted in Tampa and taken to Cuba listen

04/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The man accused of abducting his two sons from Tampa last week is reportedly in Cuba. An Associated Press reporter in Havana wrote "the family appeared to interact normally" there. Tampa Congress member Kathy Castor told reporters during an unrelated event today that she is working hard to ensure the family is returned to the U.S.

The news comes just days after Castor returned from a trip to Cuba. The U.S. Representative said she’s in contact with authorities including the Hillsborough ...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor's trip to Cuba solidifies her desire for trade embargo to be lifted listen

04/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor returned from her first visit to Cuba this weekend with a new-found confidence in the island nation’s shift toward human rights. The Tampa Bay area Democrat spent three days in Cuba with a packed itinerary that left her convinced lifting the long-standing trade embargo is the right thing to do.

“They are still a hardcore communist nation, but they are embarking on market reforms in their economy that deserve encouragement.”

Castor returned from [...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is in Cuba; will lean about their environment, economy and culture

04/04/13 Seán Kinane & Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor is in Cuba on what her office calls a fact-finding visit. The Democrat traveled to the socialist island Wednesday and will learn about Cuba's economy, culture, human rights and environment.

While on her trip Castor will speak with the ministry of tourism and a professor of gender studies.

She’ll spend time in Old Havana with small business owners to encoura...

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