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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, wants prison reform listen

03/06/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Florida, prisons, recidivism, Piper Kerman, Eckerd, Eckerd College, Orange is the New Black

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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, is asking Floridians to put Governor Scott’s close ties to the prison industry under the microscope. Her book is the basis for a popular Netflix series about her unsettling experiences in prison. Kerman spoke Thursday night at Eckerd College as part a series celebrating Women’s History Month. Before the event ...

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Audit of Florida's unemployment insurance system finds problems

03/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: CONNECT, Florida, Unemployment, jobs

Florida's unemployment website launched in October 2103. In the year-and-a-half since CONNECT opened Governor Rick Scott has defended the program. That's despite the fact that many residents have had trouble getting their benefits from the system.

On MidPoint, WMNF's Sean Kinane interviewed Michael Van Sickler with the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau who wrote the recent article, [State audit highly critical of Florida's unemployment system CONNECT](http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/gu...

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The economics of weed in Florida listen

03/02/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Weed, marijuana, pot, cannabis, economics, Florida

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The concept of making money in the cannabis industry in Florida without marketing the plant brought entrepreneurs and business experts together. Organizers are poised to help launch marijuana minded businesses in Florida despite the obstacles.

The day long event Saturday was held in Ybor City. Medical or recreational weed is not legal in Florida but there is money to be made on things like hemp rope, rolling papers or vaporizers. Carlos Hermida of [Common Bond Collaborative](http://cbcg...

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Colleague remembers Mote's "Shark Lady," Eugenie Clark listen

02/26/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday

Tags: science, sharks, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, wmnf, WMNF News, Women, marine biology, Florida

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On Wednesday a pioneering researcher -- known as the "Shark Lady" -- who broke glass ceilings as a woman in science died in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Eugenie Clark founded the lab that would become Mote Marine Laboratory and inspired many people, especially women, to study science. She died at age 92 due to complications from battling lung cancer.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane spoke with one of Clark’s colleagues, Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laborat...

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Report exposes link between dirty money and Florida's dirty waterways listen

02/25/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Enironment Florida, Buckeye, Koch, Darden Rice, Saint Petersburg, Clean Water Act, Florida Clean Water Network, pollution, EPA, Florida, water

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The advocacy group, Environment Florida, exposes top water polluters and the influence of dark money flowing into Florida in a report released today. The revelations impact local, state and federal policy makers.

On the steps of the St. Petersburg City Hall Tuesday, politicians and members of environmental organizations gathered to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the federal Clean Water Act in place.. According to the [report](http://www.environmentflorida.org/reports/fle/poll...

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ACLU of Florida criticizes Range-R radar use by police and other surveillance methods listen

02/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: ACLU, Florida, ACLU of Florida, Michael Pheneger, surveillance, Consitution, civil liberties, police, Sarasota, Range-R, StingRay

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The ACLU of Florida is criticizing a type of radar that is being used by police to penetrate buildings. The name of the device is Range-R. To talk about Range-R and other surveillance methods, WMNF's Seán Kinane was joined in the studio by Michael Pheneger, the local chair of the ACLU of Florida, who also took calls from listeners.

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Last Call with Daniel Ruth, award-winning columnist for the Tampa Bay Times

01/13/15 Rob Lorei
Last Call Monday

Tags: Daniel Ruth, Tampa Bay Times, Florida, Central Command, Cuba

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Daniel Ruth, Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times columnist and Times editorial board member, joins host Rob Lorei and listeners to discuss current events such as the recent Central Command twitter account hack, redistricting in Florida, and relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Political science Professor Matthew discusses how Jeb Bush changed the role of Florida Governor

01/07/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

Tags: Matthew Corrigan, Jeb Bush, Florida, gun control, NRA, Jim Gilmore.

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Joining us today on Radioactivity is Matthew Corrigan, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida. His recently released book, Conservative Hurricane:How Jeb Bush Remade Florida, outlines how the former Florida governor changed the nature of the office since his two-term run from 1999-2007. Later we discuss gun control and the NRA with Jim Gilmore, who worked as an editor and producer on the PBS Frontline documentary *Gun...

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Host Rob Lorei interviews vice president and legal counsel to non profit opposed to gay marriage listen

01/06/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Tags: Harry Mihet, Liberty Counsel, Florida, Gay Marriage

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Today, Rob Lorei speaks with Harry Mihet, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Counsel for Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit opposed to Florida becoming the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The ban on gay marriage is scheduled to lift by midnight, although a county in South Florida is already issuing licenses. Meanwhile,in Jacksonville and other North Florida counties, chapels are being closed down to both gay and straight marriages.

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Same-sex marriages begin in Miami-Dade; after midnight in all Florida counties listen

01/05/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: LGBT, equality florida, Nadine Smith, Same-sex marriage, Florida

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The first legal same-sex marriages in Florida took place Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County; that came soon after a judge there said the county could immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Monday morning Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay on her July ruling that Florida's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Same-sex marriages were expected to begin statewide after midnight, when a separate ruling by a federal ...

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