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Young protesters demonstrate in Tampa for police accountability listen

05/11/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Black Lives Matter, police, riding while black

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Some of the peaceful protests against police violence in Baltimore in recent weeks have turned violent. But here in Tampa the solidarity rallies have remained peaceful. On Friday evening there was a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration at downtown's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Dozens of young adults gathered with signs reading “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “Police Accountability”. One of the protest organizers is Crystal Wilson.

“These series of protests have been to stand in solidarity...

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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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Hillsborough County School District Task force member Dipa Shah on fixing the school to prison pipeline listen

05/07/15 Mitch Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Brandon based attorney Dipa Shah was an unsuccessful candidate for the Hillsborough County School Board last fall, but she's making a contribution now, as a member of a task force that is mandated with looking at ways at amending school policies when it comes to disciplining black and brown youth in the school district.

Shah also discussed her view on former superintendent MaryEllen Elia, and what it was like running for office for the first time last year.

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Group says Koch Brothers are close with Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott listen

05/07/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: politics, elections, Rick Scott, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Koch brothers, money in politics, American Bridge

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A liberal group critical of the influence of the Koch Brothers on politics is slamming the billionaires’ ties with three Florida Republicans.

In a conference call Thursday the group American Bridge announced findings of their report called “Florida Man Buys State: Koch Impacts in the Sunshine State.”

Their director of special projects, Pete Jones, says the Kochs have cultivated tight relationships with Governor Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio and former gover...

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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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Project Censored commemorates 45th anniversary of the Kent State University shootings listen

05/04/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Kent State Shootings, National Guard, Ohio, PROJECT CENSORED, MICKEY HUFF, PETER PHILLIPS, Joseph Lewis, Laurel Krause, Florida This Week, Florida Legislature, Medicaid expansion

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Today is the 45th anniversary of the Kent State Shootings, in which National Guardsmen fired in a group of student protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four and wounding 9 of the students. We listen to an excerpt of the Project Censored Radio Show from last week,hosted by Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips, with an interview with Joseph Lewis, who was wounded by two gun shots at Kent,and Laurel Krause, whose...

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May Day rally for labor and immigration rights in Ybor City

05/04/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: May Day, Raices en Tampa, SDS, Students for a Democratic Society, Labor Day, labor, unions, workers, immigration, immigrants

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Friday was May First – it was celebrated around the world as May Day, also known as International Workers Day or Labor Day. About 30 people rallied on a sidewalk along 7th Avenue in Ybor City Friday evening chanting about labor rights and immigration rights.

WMNF spoke with an organizer, Alicia Gazga, a member of Raices en Tampa.

Here are more photos from May Day in Ybor City

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MidPoint callers weigh in on running from police

05/04/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Freddie Gray, Black Lives Matter, Baltimore, police, racism, law

On Friday, Baltimore State's Attorney announced charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray; on Monday MidPoint callers weighed in on whether it's legal -- or wise -- to run from police.

During the show I quoted from this Associated Press article:

Can you run from police? US courts apply a double standard CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer JULIET LINDERMAN, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) — When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off ...

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