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Wright holds press conference

04/29/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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The Rev. Jeremiah Wright was, until recently, pastor at Sen. Barack Obama's church in Chicago. Soundbites from several of his sermons have been repeated endlessly on television and radio. Many times those clips have been used to cast doubts about Obama, one of two Democrats vying for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

Today WMNF played the unedited press conference that Wright gave to national reporters at the national Press Club in Washington, D.C., yesterday. Following the ...

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Interview with physicist Michio Kaku

04/24/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Dr. Michio Kaku hosts Explorations, WMNF's weekly science program. He is on a mission to popularize science. He is also a co-founder of "string theory."

In his latest book, Kaku takes on some of the "wildest" ideas of science fiction: teleportation, telepathy, force fields, psychokinesis, time travel, travel to other galaxies and more. He divides these ideas into Class One Impossibilities (possible given the current laws of physics and scope of technical ability); Class Two (possible but...

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FAST assembly addresses citizen's concerns listen

04/08/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) is a Pinellas County faith-based orginization that works toward community justice.

FAST held its annual Nehemiah Action Assembly in Largo last night, where local community leaders, members of law enforcement and local government officials were invited to answer questions about issues that FAST members feel should be addressed.

The topics included education, affordable housing and crime. Members of FAST asked a series of yes-or-no questions t...

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E.J. Dionne on religion in politics

03/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Washington Post syndicated columnist E. J. Dionne has just written a new book, Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right. In it, he details why the era of the Religious Right – and the crude exploitation of faith for political advantage – is now over. But he writes that the end of the Christian right doesn’t signal the decline of evangelical Christianity, but is rather its disentanglement from a political machine that sold out to a narrow agenda such as opp...

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What a billion Muslims really think

03/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the new book, Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think? authors Dalia Mogahed and John Esposito use interviews from tens of thousands of residents of more than 35 nationas that are predominantly Muslim or have large Muslim populations.

Among the questions that Gallup poll posed were: Is Islam to blame for terrorism? Why is there so much anti-Americanism in the Muslim world? What do Muslim women really want?

Author John Esposito writes that Westernized advocacy of ...

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Hot political topic: Separation of church and state

03/05/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United For Separation of Church and State, joined us for this part of the conversation. He addressed the upcoming vote in Florida on whether a ban on gay marriage should be enshrined in Florida's Constitution.

Lynn says it elevates a particular religious doctrine, ascribed to by some but not all religions, into law. That, he says, is never good for freedom of religion. Lynn, an ordained minister, also addressed controversies involving Br...

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