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Same-sex couples get legally wed all over Florida listen

01/06/15 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: LGBT, same-sex, gay, marriage, clerk of courts, Supreme Court, Tampa, Hillsborough, Saint Petersburg, pinellas, Pam Bondi

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Same-sex couples are rejoicing as they legally tie the knot in Florida Tuesday. In St. Petersburg about twenty couples lined up in front of the Pinellas County courthouse steps before the doors opened at 8:00 a.m.

After about 30 minutes of paperwork the first couple, Andrea DeFlippo and Erin Bell, were escorted into a small room cramped with reporters. Arricka Grant, performed the ceremony. Pinellas County Clerk of Courts St Pete branch manager, Vel Anderson, said that preparations had bee...

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Host Rob Lorei interviews vice president and legal counsel to non profit opposed to gay marriage listen

01/06/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Tags: Harry Mihet, Liberty Counsel, Florida, Gay Marriage

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Today, Rob Lorei speaks with Harry Mihet, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Counsel for Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit opposed to Florida becoming the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The ban on gay marriage is scheduled to lift by midnight, although a county in South Florida is already issuing licenses. Meanwhile,in Jacksonville and other North Florida counties, chapels are being closed down to both gay and straight marriages.

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Tampa International Airport expects more direct flights to Cuba after thaw in relations listen

01/05/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Cuba, Tampa, tampa international airport

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Last month the presidents of Cuba and the United States announced they would take steps to thaw the icy relations between the two countries.

The U.S. still has an embargo and a ban on tourism to Cuba, but it is likely to become easier for permitted travel from the U.S. to Cuba.

For more than three years there have been direct flights from Tampa International Airport to cities in Cuba.

To find out what the new policy could mean for travelers and for the airport, WMNF News interview...

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Radioactivity speaks with September Penn of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song

01/05/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: September Penn, Songs of the Civil Rights Movement, Palladium Theater

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Today, Host Rob Lorei speaks with September Penn, director of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song, a musical production centered around the freedoms songs of the Civil Rights Era. Many of these songs were adapted from religious spirituals and crafted to carry the message of equal rights for those who sung them. Song of the Civil Rights Movement will be performing at the Palladium Theater on Jan. 11th and 12th. Admission is free and tickets can be obtained at the Palladium T...

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Same-sex marriages begin in Miami-Dade; after midnight in all Florida counties listen

01/05/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: LGBT, equality florida, Nadine Smith, Same-sex marriage, Florida

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The first legal same-sex marriages in Florida took place Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County; that came soon after a judge there said the county could immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Monday morning Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay on her July ruling that Florida's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Same-sex marriages were expected to begin statewide after midnight, when a separate ruling by a federal ...

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Radioactivity takes a look back at the life of Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York listen

01/02/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Mario Cuomo, New York, Andrew Cuomo, 1984 Democratic National Convention

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Mario Cuomo, former three-term governor of New York from 1983 to 1984, died Thursday, the same day his son Andrew Cuomo was sworn into his second-term as New York governor. Mario Cuomo was a commanding orator, and today on Radioactivity we listen to his famous keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phone lines for listener comments.

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Author TJ English explores American organized crime within Cuba in Havana Nocturne listen

01/01/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: TJ English, Havana Nocturne, Cuba, organized crime

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On the first Radioactivity episode of 2015, Host Rob Lorei interviews crime writer T.J. English, author of Havana Nocturne:How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution Havana Nocturne delves into American organized crime in Cuba and the role it played in the revolution that overthrew the Batista dictatorship 59 years ago to this day.English touches on Cuban syndicated crime's local ties with Tampa and to famous mobsters such as Lucky Luciano and Santo Trafficante.

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Radioactivity takes a break from politics with the Capitol Steps New Year's Eve special listen

12/31/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Capitol Steps, New Year's Eve, Political Satire

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Today Radioactivity welcomes the new year by airing The Capitol Steps' "Politics takes a holiday" New Year's Eve Special. The Capitol Steps are a political satire group, comprised of congressional staffers, that have been releasing comedy albums and performing live since 1981.

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Black Lives Matter march planned for Tampa on New Year's Day listen

12/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Tampa, Black Lives Matter, Tom Scott, Tampa Police

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Demonstrators in St. Louis briefly occupied a Metro Police Station Wednesday. Some protesters were pepper-sprayed, according to several videos posted on the Twitter account of a notable Ferguson protester, @deray.

There may be a different tone at a gathering in Tampa Thursday afternoon.

A “Black Lives Matter” march is planned to start in Ybor City and head toward the Tampa Police headquarters near Gaslight Square.

WMNF News interviewed one of the organizers, Tom Scott, pastor of the ...

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Are we experiencing a new age of robber barrons? A Bill Moyers interview with Historian Steve Fraser listen

12/30/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Bill Moyers, Steve Fraser, Gilded Age

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Today on Radioactivity, we listen to an interview from Moyers and Company with author and historian Steve Fraser. Fraser's upcoming book,The Age of Acquiescence, explores whether growing disparities between the wealthy and poor has led America into a second Gilded Age. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phonelines to listeners.

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