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Science Historian explains the findings of Copernicus and his contribution to early modern science

09/17/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Nicolaus Copernicus, Robert Westman, The Real News Network, ISIS

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In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus publicly defended his hypothesis that the earth is a planet revolving together with five other planets around a stationary sun. Historians often describe Copernicus’s proposal as the beginning of the Scientific Revolution. But why did Copernicus make this bold proposal? And why did it matter?

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Historian Robert Westman, professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego about this top...

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Army reservist sues Gov. Scott saying he was illegally fired after being deployed to Afghanistan listen

09/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, labor, lawsuit, Iraq, Afghanistan, Florida

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An Army reservist is suing the administration of Florida Governor Rick Scott because he claims he was illegally fired after being deployed to Afghanistan. Master Sergeant Walter Kreitlow had been employed in law enforcement since 1989. But he says on his third overseas deployment he was terminated from his position with the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In a conference call with reporters this morning, Kreitlow’s attorney Thomas Dickens said in doing so, the Scott ...

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Hillsborough County moves ahead with domestic partner registry listen

09/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Kevin Beckner, LGBT, domestic partnership registry, Domestic Partner Registry, Hillsborough County, Tampa

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Hillsborough County is one step closer to instituting a Domestic Partner Registry, where couples can sign up for legal protections, regardless of their marital status -- the commission voted unanimously Wednesday morning to move forward, after some discussion and public comment.

The proposal was introduced by Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

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President Obama tells MacDill troops no US ground combat in Iraq or Syria listen

09/17/14 Samuel Johnson and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Barak Obama, POTUS, Iraq, ISIL, ISIS, MacDill, Central Command, military, Troops

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Wednesday in Tampa President Barack Obama reiterated that American troops would not have a combat role in the fight against militants in Iraq and Syria. This comes after the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested Tuesday that there could be U.S. “boots on the ground” if the situation warranted.

After meeting with advisers at U.S. Central Command on MacDill Air Force Base, the president told about 1,200 members of the military they won’t be sent to Iraq for a ground war.

After th...

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Tampa protesters pass out "#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizer" at Rick Scott fundraiser listen

09/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Awake the State, Awake Pinellas, Awake Tampa, SEIU, unions, Florida for All, high-speed rail, Sabal Trail Pipeline, All Aboard Florida, Tampa

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is attending a fundraiser Tuesday evening in Tampa; and outside, protesters will be handing out hand sanitizers they say will help keep peoples hands free of dirty politics.

WMNF interviewed Ana Tinsly, a spokesperson for Florida for All, one of the groups organizing what they’re calling the “#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizers” protest.

The protest begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Oxford Exchange, 420 West Kennedy Boulevard.

Other organizers include Awake Pinellas, Aw...

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On eve of presidential visit to CENTCOM, Joint Chiefs chair warns of generational struggle listen

09/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa, ISIL, Iraq, ISIS, IS, Islamic State, Syria, Barack Obama, MacDill Air Force Base

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President Barack Obama is heading to Tampa Tuesday and will meet Wednesday morning with leaders of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base to review strategies for the expanding war in Iraq and Syria.

Joining him will be Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who said Tuesday the U.S. is “at war with ISIL as we are with Al Qaeda.”

“We’ll travel tonight to Tampa to receive a briefing from the commander of U.S Central Command, General Austin, on operational plans to implement his ISIL st...

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Legal aid societies funding being cut around the state listen

09/16/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Kent R. Spuhler, Florida Legal Services

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Today Radioactivity goes over how legal aid societies around the state- non-profit groups that provide legal services to low income people are being decimated.

Around the state when a low income person needs legal help with a civil issue- housing, employment, divorce, immigration, foreclosure or dozens of other legal matters they can turn to legal services. But legal aid societies funding is being cut. There is no guaranteed source of state funding. Here in Florida there are only 386 prac...

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Sustainable Living show discusses the use of electric cars and the Drive Electric Tampa Bay event listen

09/15/14 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: Drive Electric Day, Phil Compton

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Today’s Sustainable Living program talked about an event taking place this Saturday, September 20th in Oldsmar called Drive Electric Tampa Bay. One of the sponsors of the event is the Tampa Bay Sierra Club, and joining us from their Planning Committee for the Drive Electric Day was Tom Krumreich, and Phil Compton. Also joining us were Kim and Jamie Robe, a local couple that drive two electric vehicles as their only transportation. They lease a Nissan Leaf and a Chevy Volt and have [blog](ht...

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High-profile defendants speak out about entrapment, preemptive prosecution and solitary confinement post 9/11 listen

09/15/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Nahla al-Arian, Sami Al-Arian, Hatem Fariz, USF, Ibragim Todashev, Sami Osmakac, Elena Teyer, Communications Management Unit, entrapment, solitary confinement

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People who have had their lives changed from investigations in the time since 9/11 spoke out Saturday in Tampa against what they’re calling entrapment by law enforcement, preemptive prosecution and hyper-restrictive solitary confinement. Several high-profile defendants and their relatives discussed their personal struggles in light of the war on terror. The common thread connecting all the speakers was overreach by the US justice system.

Nearly 60 people crammed into a chapel at the First ...

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WMNF listeners weigh in on President Obama's call for US military escalation against Iraq listen

09/15/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: ISIS, US military

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Today on Radioactivity we discuss the President's speech last week calling for US military involvement against ISIS. We'll hear from a spokesperson for WIN WITHOUT WAR- a coalition against escalation. Rob Lorei also shares an excerpt from the following interview yesterday on Fox News with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham who wants more US military involvement.

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