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Radioactivity airs speech by Princeton professor Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor on racism in post-civil rights era listen

06/19/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: juneteenth, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, African American, racism, housing, Princeton. WMNF, Rob Lorei


Today is Juneteenth, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the complete emancipation of African American slaves in 1865. We listen to a speech from Alternative Radio by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about the prevailing racism that continues to exist despite the gains made during the civil rights era of the 1960s, including the substandard housing issues many black people face. Keeanga Taylor is the Assistant Professor in the Center of African American Studies at Princeton University. Her rese...

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Dance exploring racism and eroticism (not in the same dance!) at the Florida Dance Festival.

Art In Your Ear
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Tags: dance, florida dance festival, racism


Dance, like poetry, can explore difficult issues in very abstract or very specific ways. Our guests, Jennifer Salk, Doug Gillespie, Shateel Gandhi and Cindy Hennesey discuss the current state of dance funding, audiences, teaching, and then delved into the specific works being presented at The Florida Dance Festival, which opens tonight.

Shateel Gandhi's piece, I was just... started off as an exploration of breath, or not bei...

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Immigrant rights group to protest in Tampa against deportations listen

06/19/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: immigration, Deportation, Raices en Tampa, immigrants, Marisol Marquez


In Tampa Friday evening, immigrant-rights activists will protest deportations; the rally is called #FightForLegalization and will begin at 6:00 p.m. at La Mexicana store at 2002 East Fletcher Avenue.

WMNF interviewed Marisol Marquez, an organizer with the group Raices en Tampa.

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Uhurus respond to church shooting in Charleston listen

06/18/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: guns, racism, hate crimes, Charleston shooting, Uhurus, Barack Obama

Police say the man suspected of shooting and killing nine people to death inside a historic black church Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina has been arrested. In a speech Thursday President Barack Obama tied this shooting to a history of racism and gun violence in America. For local reaction, WMNF interviewed Gaida Kambon, the secretary general of the African Peoples’ Socialist Party.

more information via AP:

Police say 21-year-old Dylann Roof was arrested today in a car on...

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Social Security advocate opposes Jeb Bush's stance on retirement privitization

06/18/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Social Security, retirement, privatization, Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, Max Richtman, Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicaid, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush officially announced his run for presidency this week and he hasn't been shy about voicing support for changing Social Security, including privatization and phasing in an increase of the retirement age. At a town meeting in New Hampshire, Bush called the program a "supplemental retirement system that’s not actuarially sound" and declared his intention to pick up where his brother left off, referring to George W.'s efforts to privatize Social Security that were...

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Transgender man and woman discuss issues trans community still face

06/18/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday

Tags: transgender, transphobia, discrimination, gender identity, LGBT, Grant Drain, Rachel Carey, Bruce Wright, social justice, US Social Forum, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, and Chelsea Manning. They are just a few of the increasingly visible transgender people in the public eye. Still, trans folk are often misunderstood in society, they face harassment, violence, workplace discrimination, and rates of suicide ideation that are significantly higher than the general population. Joining us today are two transgender people, Grant Drain and Rachel Carey, to explain transgender identity and the many social and legal issues the trans commun...

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Solidarity actions in Tampa to support hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner listen

06/17/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, Dezeray Lyn, hunger strike


More than one hundred people have signed up to not eat food today in solidarity with a Palestinian, Khader Adnan, who is on an extended hunger strike protesting his imprisonment by Israel.

The solidarity hunger strike is organized in part by Tampa resident Dezeray Lyn, who recently traveled to the West Bank as a member of International Women’s Peace Service.

Lyn has a jury trial in Tampa is next Monday for a nonviolent action at Port...

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Former State Senators Paula Dockery and Mike Fasano rip Florida leadership

06/16/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Florida, Florida Legislature, Rick Scott, Paula Dockery, Mike Fasano


On MidPoint former Florida State Senator Paula Dockery (R-Polk) spoke with former state Senator Mike Fasano (R-Pasco) about the special Legislative session; they are highly critical of Governor Rick Scott and the Republican House.

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Bolts miss hoisting Stanley Cup this year but fans showed strong support listen

06/15/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Stanley Cup, Sports, Tampa


The Tampa Bay Lightning lost game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night in Chicago, handing the Blackhawks the fabled trophy of NHL champions.

The previous game was in Tampa, where hundreds of fans without tickets to the game watched outside Amalie Arena

The crowd erupted in cheers as the Bolts scored their only goal to tie the game in the second period. Edward Cichon, one of the many die-hard Lightning fans. He’s been to all the home games this season. He believes the Bolts’ playoff ...

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The science of weed: interview with National Geographic cover story author listen

06/15/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: marijuana, medical marijuana, pot, National Geographic, science, cancer, drugs, law


Humans have used the marijuana plant for thousands of years; the cover story in this month's National Geographic magazine looks at the science behind pot.

The author of High Science, Hampton Sides, is a journalist and author of bestselling nonfiction books.

We explored the 5,000 year history humans have had with marijuana, where marijuana use is legal, the pioneering research of Israeli chemist Raphael Menchoulam & Spani...

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