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food service advocacy group pushes for raising the federal minimum wage for tipped employees

05/08/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Freddie Gray, Baltimore, Washington Post, food service, minimum wage, Travis Smiley, Suru Jayaraman, Eddie Vale, American Bridge 21st century Foundation, Koch brothers, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We start off today's Radioactivity discussing the Freddie Gray case, particularly a claim circulating around conservative blogs that Gray had a previous spinal cord injury that might have contributed to his death after falling into a coma in the back of a police van. [The Washington Post reported last week] that that claim of a preexisting condition is not true.

Then we look at the minimum wage for tipped restaurant employees, which is $2.13 at the federal level and $5.03 in Florida. we l...

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Radioactivity chats with political comedian Jimmy Dore

05/07/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Jimmy Dore, Pacifica radio, KPFK, comedy, Your Country is just not that into you, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei talks with comedian Jimmy Dore, host of the political satire radio show The Jimmy Dore Show from Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles. The Show takes jabs at political figures and the mainstream media. It also airs on WMNF's HD3 channel, available on HD radio and online. Dore also released a series of satirical essays in a book titled *Your Country Is Just Not That Into You: How the Media, Wall Street, and Both Political Parties Keep on Screwing Y...

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Radioactivity plays segments of the Jimmy Dore Show listen

05/06/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Jimmy Dore, Political Satire, KPFK, Judith Miller, Benghazi, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity, We listen to a segment of the Jimmy Dore Show, a political satire radio show from KPFK in Los Angeles, that looks at the public re-emergence of former New York Times journalist Judith Miller, as well as the Benghazi Scandal. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phone lines to WMNF listeners.

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Give Day Tampa Bay 24-hour drive helps raise money for over 500 local charities

05/05/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Give Day Tampa Bay, Florida Next Foundation, Chris Jadick, Enable America, Lenice Emanuel, YWCA Tampa Bay, Celest Roberts, The Skills Center, Zora Carrier, Museum of Photographic Arts, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today is the second annual Give Day Tampa Bay, a 24-hour drive to raise money for charities throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Last year the drive raised over 1 million for over 385 area charities. This year nearing 550 charities are joining the event. We talk with Ned Pope, President of Florida Next Foundation which started the drive from an idea to cultivate a culture of philanthropy in the Bay Area. We also speak with representa...

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Local charity holds earthquake relief concert for Nepal

05/01/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Rob Rowan, Nepal, earthquake, Global Action Group, Palladium Theater, Judith Miller, Jon Stewart, New York Times, Weapons of Mass Destruction, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We talk with Rob Rowan, whose charity organization Global Action Coalition will be holding an earthquake relief concert for Nepal. The south asian country was hit by a devastating earthquake last week that killed over 6000 people, including 19 climbers on Mount Everest. The Nepalese government is appealing for international aid in face of a shortage of tents and food for many people that have been left homeless. The jazz concert will take place at the P...

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Vietnam War journalist discusses it's legacy on the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon listen

04/30/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Vietnam War, Fall of Saigon, TD Allman, Nixon, Chengzhong Focus Foundation, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today is the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, which marked the end of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam war and the beginning of communist control of Southern Vietnam. according to recent survey estimates, between 1.5 and 3.6 million people during the 20 year span of the war. We are joined by TD Allman, a Tampa-born journalist who covered the war and revealed a secret illegal war in Laos that was kept under wraps by the Nixon Administration. TD is an author of books such as...

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New Port Richey state rep sounds off on the Florida House early session closure

04/29/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Florida Legislature, Florida House of Representatives, Medicaid expansion, coverage gap, Amanda Murphy, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we talk about the surprising adjournment of the Florida House yesterday,3 days before the end of the legislative session and without reaching an agreement with the senate on the state budget. The point of contention is the expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage to more than 800,000 working poor Floridians, as federal money for hospitals to treat them runs out. Bills on tax cuts, prison reform, and medical marijuana died in the house due to the sudden closure. State Representative Ama...

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Bill for 24 hour waiting period for abortions passes Florida Legislature, heads to Gov.Scott's desk

04/29/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Kellie Dupree, abortion, Planned Parenthood, Florida Legislature, Women's rights, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We talk to Kellie Dupree, Vice President of Public Policy & Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, on the bill that would require women to wait 24 hours after consultation to get an abortion. The bill passed the house and senate with mostly republican support and democrat opposition. Along the way the bill was amended to exempt cases of rape, incest, human trafficking and domestic abuse.

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FDEP head wants to allow commercial use on State Park land,and details on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

04/28/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, state parks, Craig Pittman, Tampa Bay Times, FDEP, Jon Steverson, Myakka River State Park, Trans Pacific Partnership, Ben Beachy, Public Citizen, trade agreement, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we look at plans by the head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to open up state parks for commercial use. A story from Craig Pittman for the Tampa Bay Times this weekend says FDEP secretary Jon Steverson aims to make the parks completely financially self-sustaining. Currently revenue from the parks cover about 77 percent of their operating costs...

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Margaret Lowman, leading tree-top biologist, talks about her work and effect of climate change on Florida trees.

04/24/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: trees, Margaret Lowman, Canopy meg, tree-top ecology, canopy walkways, Myakka River State Park, ecology, Sylvia Earle, Tampa Theatre, Susan Giles, WUSF, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we have an interview with Margaret ‘Canopy Meg’ Lowman, a globe-trotting conservationist and pioneer in 'tree-top ecology' which utilizes hot air balloons and forest canopy walkways to study the environment of trees. She started the TREE foundation, which helped build the canopy walkways in Myakka River State Park near Sarasota. Lowman is Chief of Science & Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences. Fullbright Scholar and recipient of numerous academic and scientific awards....

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