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Both sides of Pinellas County transit referendum say the other is spreading misinformation listen

04/10/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Ken Welch, psta, Greenlight Pinellas, transit, bus, rail, Pinellas County, Barbara Haselden

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Both sides of a controversial transit referendum in Pinellas County think the other is spreading misinformation. During a debate at Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Thursday, PSTA board member Ken Welch accused the group No Tax for Tracks of blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Welch was interrupted by longtime opponent David McKalip.

"There are so many misinformation items being put out there. Look, I'm used to this because I was chairman during the fluoride debate, Dr. McAlister. I'm use...

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Radioactivity airs Ralph Nader Radio Hour show

04/09/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Ralph Nader Radio Hour, David Feldman, Steve Skrovan

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs an episode from the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Ralph Nader is in dialogue with David Feldman and Steve Skrovan, discussing the big issues of the day. Nader is on the 100 most influential Americans of the 20 th century, according to Time/Life. David Feldman is an Emmy Award winning writer and host of the David Feldman Radio Show. Steve Skrovan is a former TV host (MTV and Fox) and is also the co-director/producer of the documentary film An Unreasonable Man....

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Invisible Innocence - Homeless Teens listen

04/09/14 Warren Elly with Maria Fabian and Kathy Wiggins
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: maria fabian, kathy wiggins, Warren Elly, Homelessness, unaccompanied homeless youth

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Today on Last Call, Warren Elly speaks with author Maria Fabian about her new book, Invisible Innocence which examines child homelessness. We

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Four years after oil spill, environmentalists still looking for restoration listen

04/08/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: BP, oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf

A National Wildlife Federation study of Gulf wildlife four years after the BP oil spill shows a continued effect on bottlenose dolphins. According to the report, since 2010, more than 900 dolphins have found dead or stranded in the affected area and last year dolphins were found dead at three times the rate considered normal. The study also looked at ongoing affects on birds, whales and varies species of fish. During a teleconference today, Dr. Pamela Plotkin, an oceanography research profess...

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Professor says McCutcheon decision uses first amendment as thuggery and a new study looks at how the gender gap keeps women in poverty listen

04/08/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: David Schultz, Ariane Hegewisch

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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Professor David Schultz, author of Election Law and Democratic Theory, Ashgate Publishing (Jan 2014) about the Lessons of the McCutcheon decision in the supreme court. Last week, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was argued in front of the supreme court and its decision struck down aggregate political contribution limits.

At the core of the McCutcheon is the argument that all individuals have a right...

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Chair of Pinellas County Commission discusses budget and State Representative Dwight Dudley talks solar engery listen

04/07/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Pinellas County Commission, Karen Seal, Dwight Dudley

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses this week

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Faith-based activists call on reduction of juvenile arrest rates listen

04/07/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: juveniles, law enforcement, school to prison pipeline, marijuana, FAST, Nehemia

Juvenile arrest rates are the focus of a faith-based group in St. Pete meeting Monday night. The group FAST, which stands for Faith and Action for Strength Together is co-chaired by Reverend Willie McClendon. He says the group is asking elected officials to embrace a statewide program that allows police officers to issue civil citations to juveniles for non-violent offenses, like marijuana possession.

McClendon expects about 3,000 interfaith activists at the rally in Tropicana Field Monda...

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Former US ambassador to Russia says Crimea crisis isn't new Cold War listen

04/07/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, cold war, John Beyrle

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A Ukrainian Navy Officer was killed during a confrontation with a Russian soldier in Crimea early Monday.

The Crimea crisis is escalating tension between the U.S. and Russia, raising speculation that the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula into Russia may spark another Cold War. Former Russian Ambassador John Beyrle criticizes U.S. response as being too divided.

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New book looks at the road to the civil rights act and Paul Ryan's proposed budget plan aims to cut trillions in federal spending listen

04/04/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Civil Rights Act, Todd Purdum, Max Richtman, Paul Ryan

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Veteran political reporter Todd S. Purdum covers this in his new book AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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McCutcheon decision not boding well with WMNF listeners

04/04/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Citizens United, McCutcheon, FEC, Campaign finance, money in politics, super PAC, dark money

The US Supreme Court this week struck down overall limits on campaign contributions, but left in place limits on how much can be dolled out to individual candidates.

The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,...

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