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81-year-old woman walks 400 miles across Florida to reform campaign finance

12/01/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Rhana Bazzini, Eric Boehlert

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with 81-year-old Rhana Bazzini who began walking- 400 miles in October from Sarasota to Tallahassee in an effort to reform campaign finance. Her plan is to arrive in the state capital by December 3.

Later on the show, Rob speaks with Eric Boehlert a senior fellow at Media Matters about Benghazi.

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USF students will rally against police brutality and in solidarity with Ferguson protesters listen

12/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, Michael Brown, USF, SDS, Students for Justice in Palestine, Amensty International, police, police brutality

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Over the holiday weekend the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri resigned from the force; but that hasn’t calmed the outrage in cities across the country that he will not be indicted.

Here in Tampa, students at the University of South Florida are organizing a rally and march Tuesday at noon to fight against police brutality and to demonstrate in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson.

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Radioactivity Listeners weigh in on working retail on Black Friday listen

11/28/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Black Friday, Thanksgiving, retail, homeless, Bradenton, manatee, Lauren Mitchell

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Today on Radioactivity, listeners phone in to share their experiences on working Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend as well as their opinions on the growing 'Black Thursday' shopping trend.

Rob Lorei also speaks with Lauren Mitchell, whose band will be playing at the Bradenton Elks Lodge on Sunday as part of a fund-raiser for Elks Feeds Little Empty Tummies (EFLET), a Bradenton-based charity working on feeding the over 2000 children in Manatee County that have been identified as homele...

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A Thanksgiving look at the cultural importance of shared meals listen

11/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: food, Thanksgiving, National Geographic, sharing food, meals, history, Culture

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Thursday is Thanksgiving and for many families that means gathering together around a table full of food.

To look at the historical and cultural significance of shared meals in human history, WMNF interviewed Rebecca Rupp. She’s a food historian and contributes to National Geographic’s The Plate, a food-related blog. Her most recent story is Eat, Drink and Be Merry.

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The Florida Public Service Commission slashes energy savings goals listen

11/26/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: The Florida Public Service Commission, Kelly Martin

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses how solar and energy conservation standards were slashed yesterday by the Florida PSC with Kelly Martin, Sierra Club Senior Florida Representative. The decision to cut back goals will lead to higher bills for families and businesses.

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Some Tampa WalMart workers will walk out on day after Thanksgiving listen

11/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Walmart, labor, unions, strike, Tampa

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Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. And advocates for retail workers are using the opportunity to make their struggle for workers’ rights more visible.

Here in Tampa and at several stores across the country some WalMart workers plan to walk out of their jobs on Friday.

For a preview of Friday’s actions in Tampa and across the country, WMNF interviewed Angela Williamson with Our WalMart.

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Pasco County's Habitat for Humanity discusses the need for affordable housing & Reactions to grand jury decision in Ferguson listen

11/25/14 Rob Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Habitat for Humanity, John B. Harper

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with President of Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco County, John B. Harper and Construction Director, Philip D. Lee. They discussed the need for affordable housing, how to volunteer and how to make donations.

Later Rob opens the phone lines to hear listener reactions of the Ferguson decision.

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Tampa activists upset after no indictment of Ferguson cop listen

11/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Raices en Tampa, Laila Abdelaziz, Marisol Marquez, Dezeray Lyn, SDS, USF, Tampa, police

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On Tuesday, the day after the St. Louis County grand jury handed down its decision it would not indict the white Ferguson police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black teen, there were demonstrations in St. Petersburg and in Tampa.

About twenty people braved the rain outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa Tuesday morning for a Ferguson Solidarity rally.

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Uhurus protest in St. Pete over no indictment for Ferguson officer listen

11/25/14 Samuel Johnson and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Mike Brown, Uhurus, Omali Yeshitela

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At noon Tuesday in St. Petersburg, about 100 protesters and onlookers voiced their outrage in the Missouri grand jury's decision Monday not to indict the policeman who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager during the summer.

The police cordoned off Central Avenue from 3rd Street to 5th Street for the non-violent rally coordinated by the Uhuru movement. People of all ages and races protested and about 20 members of the Uhuru movement, mostly males, joined in the circular march at the i...

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Ft. Lauderdale hunger striker continues to protest city's ban on sharing food in parks listen

11/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: hunger, food not bombs, Ft. Lauderdale, Homelessness, feeding bans, sharing food

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A woman in south Florida is in the 24th day of a hunger strike protesting the city of Fort Lauderdale’s ban on sharing food in public parks.

We heard briefly last week from Jillian Pim with Food Not Bombs Ft. Lauderdale, when she was about to defy the ban again.

Tuesday morning WMNF interviewed her by phone about why she was on hunger strike and learned that because there are others hunger striking in solidarity she may end her strike soon because for health reasons.

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