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Florida. The Worst State?

08/02/13 Life Elsewhere, your weekly show on Art, Media and Culture
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Is Florida the worst state? Recent news events have provoked derision from many pundits and comedians. On the next edition of Life Elsewhere we look at why Florida has such a bad reputation and if it's deserved. We'll also try to learn what's good about Florida. Our guest will include David Warner, Editor in Chief, Creative Loafing and Janet Zink, Director of Communications, Tampa International Airport. Plus we'll present this week's Hit That Never Was. For more in...

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Joyce Henry of the ACLU discusses racial disparities in Florida's criminal justice system.

07/23/13
Last Call Tuesday
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Joyce Henry of the ACLU discusses racial disparities in Florida's criminal justice system in the wake of Trayvon Martin's killing and the Zimmerman verdict.

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Advertisements planned along Pinellas Trail; Florida's parks and trails could follow listen

07/16/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Cyclists frequenting the Pinellas Trail will soon see changes to the scenery -- existing signage are being replaced by newer and larger signs. They will also feature advertisements from businesses.

The 47-mile long trail is used by an average of 70,000 residents and visitors each month. Twenty percent of each new sign will be advertisement space. They will be at trail heads, intersections, and directional markers along the trail. Paul Bozzie, Director of Pinellas County’s Parks and Conse...

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Is Miami Doomed?

06/28/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with author Jeff Goodell who has written a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about the effect of global warming on Miami. It’s called “Goodbye Miami”.

The piece begins with these words” By Century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis.”

Jeff Good...

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Gulf of Mexico RESTORE Act public meeting kicks off in Tampa listen

06/25/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been more than three years since the Deepwater Horizon spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The states along the Gulf are poised to rebuild thanks in part to their membership in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, GOMA. In Tampa at the 8th annual meeting of GOMA more than 200 business people and government employees are sharing ideas about the recovery efforts.

In 2012 the US Congress passed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustaina...

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Former FL Senator Nan Rich pushes gubernatorial bid in Tampa listen

06/21/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Florida Senator Nan Rich, a Democrat, isn’t getting much traction within her own party in her bid for governor against Rick Scott. During a Tampa Tiger Bay luncheon Friday, the South Florida progressive said her low name recognition across the state isn’t going to hold her back.

Three other Democrats have declared candidacy in the gubernatorial election, but none have a resume likely to stand up against potential primary contenders like Charlie Crist and Alex Sink. Nan Rich was ...

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Why Is the Sunshine State Slow to Adopt Solar Power?

06/13/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Next Friday marks the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. With all that sunlight- what are we doing here in Florida to turn that into useable energy? We’re going to talk about solar energy today on Radioactivity.

But first a few words about the just completed summer fund drive. Thanks to the thousands of people who chose to donate to the drive. That part was a huge success. And thanks to the hundreds of people who volunteered their...

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Gun Violence Surges in Florida

05/15/13 Warren Elly with Eric Barton Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
Last Call Wednesday

Warren Elly takes an in-depth look into the gun crisis and its presence in Florida. Listen to his discussion with investigative reporter Eric Barton.

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Today… It is perhaps the single most divisive issue in America – GUNS. Driven by the slaughter of young school children, multiple public opinion polls said that Americans by a wide margin favor tougher background checks for gun ownership. A Congressional majority, perhaps persuaded by ideology or the threat...

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Auto text reader from the Florida House, Mary, talks about the legislative session

05/03/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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After the Florida House of Representatives failed to pass a measure that would expand the state's Medicaid program under the federal healthcare law, House Democrats used a parliamentary stall tactic to try to force the conversation.

Democrats asked that bills be read in their entirety on the Senate floor. That text can be hundreds of pages long. So House Republicans fired back by using an auto text reader named Mary.

Mary answers questions about Medicaid expansion and we talk about ...

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Environmental group could sue to protect two Florida species from the dangers of sea level rise listen

02/22/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An environmental group hopes the threat of a lawsuit could help to protect two Florida species that face threats because of rising sea level.

Wednesday the Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not adequately protecting a bird known as the MacGillivray’s seaside sparrow and a reptile called the Florida Keys mole skink.

Jaclyn Lopez is a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity’s office in St. Petersburg...

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