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Ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau in St. Pete for Blue Ocean Film Fest listen

11/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: oceans, Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, Blue Ocean Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Conservation

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This week St. Petersburg is hosting the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit highlighting the importance of ocean research and protection.

One explorer and filmmaker who is in St. Pete for the festival is the grandson of Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, who describes himself as an ocean explorer, aquanaut and voice of the oceans.

He broke his grandfather’s record by living and working underwater for 31 days in what’s known as Mission 31.

The ...

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Florida residents asked how to spend $4 million for marine research after BP oil disaster listen

10/31/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: BP oil spill, environment, RESTORE Act, Madeira Beach, marine, Florida Institute of Oceanography, Audubon, Transocean

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Florida will receive $4 million for research as part of the Transocean settlement after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Thursday night at Madeira Beach City Hall, residents had an opportunity to say how they want that money spent. Eight people showed up for the forum to give their input.

Congress passed the Restore Act to compensate the states around the Gulf of Mexico that were affected by the BP oil disaster....

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Eckerd College professors offer context about Iraq conflict listen

10/31/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG - On Thursday night, a forum at Eckerd College offered context about the ongoing conflict in Iraq. As part of the Presidential Events Series, history professor Adam Guerin spoke about the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

“I want to take tonight to reframe the story of the [Islamic State],” Guerin told a group of about 50 students and community members. “Not as this great evil that just appeared out of the ether. But… a militant, violent but seemingly logical response by marg...

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Greenlight Pinellas supporters take pro-transit message to commuters stuck on Tampa Bay bridges listen

10/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, Yes on Greenlight, transit, Pinellas County, Transportation, light rail, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Howard Frankland Bridge, Tampa Bay Partnership

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In a push to influence voters during the last few days before the election, Yes on Greenlight is flying a banner from a sailboat near heavily trafficked bridges across Tampa Bay.

The group is encouraging voters to support the Greenlight Pinellas ballot initiative to fund transit by increasing sales tax by a penny and eliminating the transportation portion of the property tax.

Friday morning they sailed near the Howard Frankland Bridge.

On the Tampa end of the bridge, several peopl...

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Fast Food workers in Denmark paid two and half times more than American wage workers and Investigative reporter discusses new voter purge listen

10/31/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Denmark for fast food workers, fast food workers, purge voters

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to a New York Times reporter, Steven Greenhouse about a story covering how different life is in Denmark for fast food workers.

Earlier this week the New York Times reported that fast food workers in Denmark are paid the equivalent of $20 dollars an hour – two and a half times what many fast food workers earn in the US. And says ...

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Green Tea Coalition leader Debbie Dooley makes the conservative argument for solar power listen

10/30/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Debbie Dooley, tea party, Conservatives for Energy Freedom

Debbie Dooley, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots , co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, and now the leader of the Green Tea Coalition, a coalition of progressives and conservatives fighting for alternative energy in Georgia and now in Florida.

Dooley has been making more appearances in Florida as she helps introduce her new group, Conservatives for Energy Freedom, to the Sunshine State. On the Last Call, she talked about the beginnings of the national Tea Party, and how her a...

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Radioactivity listeners weigh in on Greenlight Pinellas listen

10/30/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei opens the phone lines to let listeners weigh in on the Greenlight Pinellas debate.

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From A Woman's POV covers the importance of women voting this election season listen

10/30/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: VOTE, TERRY O’NEILL, women issues, women vote, women rights

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VOTE…VOTE…VOTE!!! – as if your life depended on it. It Does!

TERRY O’NEILL, President, National Organization for Women, will focus our attention on some of the issues that are particularly important to women: jobs, equal pay, minimum wage, social security, medicare. The face of poverty in the United States is an elderly woman on a fixed income or a single mom. There are many institutional policies that shape this picture. It will not change unless we demand it to change.

We must p...

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Radioactivity features a debate over transportation in Pinellas County listen

10/29/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, Pinellas voters, Transportation, Kyle Parks, John Burgess

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Today on Radioactivity, we hear from both sides in the Greenlight Pinellas debate. Pinellas voters are being asked in this election which culminates next Tuesday to decide whether to raise the sales tax by one cent in order to pay for public transportation improvements- including a light rail line.

First, Rob speaks to two Tampa Bay Times reporters who have been covering transportation issues. Tony Marrero did a story this past weekend profiling people in Pinellas who rely on mass transit....

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Green Party activist wants Tampa to do away with free single-use plastic bags listen

10/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: plastic, plastic bags, pollution, Green Party

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Paper or plastic? That’s an old question that may have a new answer: neither. There’s a movement toward doing away with single-use bags at the grocery check-out counter with more of an emphasis on reusable bags.

WMNF News interviewed the coordinator of the local Green Party in Tampa, Friedemann Buschbeck, about a petition he’s organizing to reduce plastic bag use.

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