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Problems in Africa kick off two day conference on international affairs listen

03/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many countries in Africa are facing famine, poverty and civil war. A panel of experts dove into the issues facing African nations during the first day of USF St. Petersburg’s Conference on International Affairs.

Countries like Mali and Libya face fierce fighting between groups in power and opposition forces. The issue has left a divide among people who think the U.S. should provide military intervention and those who think the militarization of nations should be avoided. Bill Felice, ...

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Cleaning up dirty water can create energy listen

03/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Researchers at the University of South Florida showed off their work with waste water and other testing technologies to officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. During lab tours today, Professor Daniel Yeh demonstrated how the water that gets dumped, flushed or otherwise thrown out can be put to better use.

“If you can just re-route the electrodes that’s built into the waste organic matter, we can actually turn the waste organic matter into methane which is basically natur...

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USF environmentalists demand climate change action at U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's Tampa office listen

02/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Two dozen students and environmental activists marched on U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s Tampa office Tuesday demanding he address climate change. The environmentalists are fed up with Rubio’s reluctance to accept that there is a problem. Activists also want Rubio to switch his position on the Keystone XL pipeline.

The pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada into the U.S. in Nebraska. That’s something environmentalists worry could contaminate land if the pipe we...

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Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat speaks to USF students about nonviolent resistance listen

02/01/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat is profiled in the Oscar-nominated film Five Broken Cameras. He’s touring the United States to spread awareness about the non-violent resistance in his West Bank village of Bil’in. On Thursday at University of South Florida, he spoke about life under Israeli occupation and showed footage of protests from his village.

The village of Bil’in lies just two and a half miles east of...

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Clean Up Scheduled for University Area Community in Tampa

01/15/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about a community project taking place soon in North Tampa-- it's an effort to improve the lives of people who live in the area near the University of South Florida. But first- one listener comment about yesterday's show. Yesterday we spent much of the hour talking about guns and what to do to reduce gun violence. Here's what one listener had to say:

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Does Maya calendar predict end of world Friday? USF archaeologist says no listen

12/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The calendar created by Maya people has kept track of time for more than 5,000 years, but it ends this Friday, December 21. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the world is ending. That’s according to an expert on the subject who dispelled some doomsday predictions at a lecture at USF Tampa last month.

Christian Wells is an associate professor of archaeology at USF who specializes in Maya culture. According to him, the world isn’t g...

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USF researchers find more graves at Dozier School for Boys listen

12/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Another 19 unmarked graves have been found at a north Florida boy’s reform school. Researchers from the University of South Florida are reporting findings based ground penetrating radar and soil chemistry to answer questions surrounding the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Glen Varnadoe is the nephew of a 13-year-old boy who died a little more than a month into his stay at Dozier.

“There was no burial plot log kept at this facility as there is at most penal facilities. There are...

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USF students ask school to take steps to end rape culture listen

11/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Two rapes were reported on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida last month and still have not been solved. A group of students is asking the school to incorporate a program that would rein in what they call rape culture.

The students rallied for the first time yesterday afternoon in front of the busy Marshall Student Services Center. As people passed, members of Students for a Democratic Society including President Dani Leppo, gathered petition si...

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Thousands of years of indigenous history still on Florida land listen

11/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many places across the state were home to Native Americans beginning thousands of years ago. The historical significance of some of those spots have been lost over time, but many of them have been preserved.

One of them is Maximo Park at the southern-most tip of Pinellas County. Where there is now an observation tower, beach front playground and picnic areas, there once was villages of Native Americans who were here long before Europeans settled in Florida. Jeff Moates is the Florida Pu...

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Tampa activists stand with Palestinians at USF, Temple Terrace and downtown listen

11/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The death toll in Gaza has reached at least 100 after a weekend of continued violence. More than 20 USF students protested the conflict in Palestine silently today at the Marshall Center on the school's Tampa campus following a weekend of other demonstrations across the city.

The Israeli military, or IDF, has increased bombing in Gaza claiming they are defending themselves against rocket fire from the Gaza strip and targeting Hamas militants. One reason is rocket fire into Israel has tak...

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