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UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture listen

06/26/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Florida Center for Survivors of Torture observed UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture in Clearwater.

“This 26th of June, we honor the countless women, men and children who have suffered this terrible crime against humanity - those who paid with their lives as well as those who have survived,” said Ann Marie Winter, Administrator of Refugee Services. “We pay tribute to their strength and courage. And with our collective voice, we stand together against torture.“

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Gourevitch on possibility of investigations into detainee abuse listen

05/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Calls for an investigation into what happened regarding enhanced interrogation techniques with the Bush Administration have only grown louder in recent weeks, with Republicans calling for an investigation into what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew about such techniques as well.

Philip Gourevitch is the author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, a look at the 1994 Rwandan genocide. His new book, The Ballad of Abu Ghraib, along with Errol Morris, is...

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Ex-CIA counsel discusses interrogation techniques listen

05/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new poll says embattled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has approval ratings nearly as low as Newt Gingrich when he was the primary lightning rod in Congress.

The CNN/Opinion Research survey last night found that the approval of how Pelosi is doing her job as speaker has dropped from 51 percent in January to 46 percent in March to 39 percent now, with 48 percent saying they disapprove of her performance.

The San Francisco-based congresswoman has been blasted by Republicans like Gingrich a...

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An interview with National Review editor Rich Lowry

04/08/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: an interview with the editor of one of this country’s leading conservative magazines -- Rich Lowry of the National Review will be along in just a few minutes. But first, a lot of listener comments about yesterday’s interview with University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole who’s latest book, Engaging the Muslim World. In it, he says the dangers of Islamic radicalism have been overblown in this country.

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Panel investigates possible U.S. war crimes listen

03/18/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A group of law professors and human rights experts is preparing a complaint they will give to the Department of Justice in the hopes of prosecuting more than 30 members of George W. Bush's administration for war crimes, including torture.

Larry Velvel is dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. Velvel is chair of the Steering Committee of the [Justice Robert H. Jackson Conference on Planning for the Prosecution of High Level American War Criminals](http...

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ACLU lawyer talks about torture, Guantanamo

02/10/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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The Greater Tampa Chapter of the ACLU will hold its annual meeting tonight at the John Germany Library in downtown Tampa at 6:30 p.m. Their speaker will be Wes Macleod-Ball, the ACLU's Chief Legislative Counsel in the Washington Legislative Office and he joins us now on WMNF.

The ACLU put together a really thick book of recommendations for the Obama Transition Team and have participated in more than 100 meetings with members of the team. Wes has been an ACLU executive director in Alaska,...

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What's the real civilian casualty count from the Vietnam War?

12/09/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today: new revelations about atrocities against civilians during the Vietnam War.

But first some listener comments about last Thursday’s program which featured an interview with social activist and self-described mystic Andrew Harvey. We also received some comments about the possibility that Jeb Bush will run for U.S. Senate.

The most infamous case of civilians being killed during the Vietnam War was the My Lai mas...

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Barton Gellman on Dick Cheney, Part II listen

10/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The New York Times said the following in its book review Monday about Washington Post journalist Barton Gellman’s new biography on Dick Cheney.

“Much attention has already been devoted to the administration’s malignant torture and surveillance policies, erected on the wobbly foundation of a monarchical view of the presidency by the likes of Addington and John Yoo, a deputy assistant attorney general. But Gellman reveals that the F.B.I. director, Robert Mueller, and top people in ...

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Torture of detainees by U.S. blasted

09/25/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up, we’ll look at the proposals to bail out the country’s financial sector and we’ll meet a member of Physicians for Human Rights who is a longtime critic of the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s discussion of the Wall Street bail out. Here’s four comments from listeners.

First up today is Nathaniel Raymund, senior investigator with the group Physicians for Human Right...

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Rocky Anderson on the 2008 election listen

08/15/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson was known as one of the most progressive mayors in the country. His second term ended early this year and he opted to not seek a third term. Anderson is currently president of the advocacy group High Road for Human Rights.

WMNF spoke with Anderson yesterday at the Florida Conference of Cities meeting in Tampa. We asked Anderson his opinions about the 2008 Presidential election.

“…Those [Democratic and Republican presidential nominees] who...

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