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Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin defends vote to oust Superintendent MaryEllen Elia listen

01/23/15 Janelle Irwin
News @ Noon Friday
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Tags: April Griffin, MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Schools, education

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Tuesday night, four board members prevailed in voting to terminate Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

The move has stirred community-wide controversy because of the hefty price tag for buying out Elia's contract. The district will pay Elia $1.1 million. That's two years-worth of salary and her cozy benefits package including two retirement plans, two life insurance policies, health insurance and a car allowance. Elia's supporters have also pointed out the Superinten...

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History and public affairs professor discuss LBJ and the legacy of the Great Society

01/22/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Julian Zelizer, Lyndon B. Johnson, Great Society

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Today we talk with Julian Zelizer, Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton, about his new book The Fierce Urgency of Now:Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society. Zelizer's book analyzes LBJ's achievements and programs under his Great Society programs and how it has shaped the modern political landscape in America.

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The evolution of Jeb Bush's education philosophy listen

01/22/15 Mitch E. Perry
News @ Noon Thursday
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Tags: Jeb Bush, President Obama, Alec MacGillis, New Yorker

Jeb Bush's career in public (and private) life is being scrutinized more closely than ever, now that he's declared that he's seriously considering a run for the White House in 2016.

In the current New Yorker, writer Alec MacGillis examines Bush's history regarding education, which was a cornerstone of his work as governor in Florida from 1998-2006, and even more so after he left for the private sector.

The President's State of the Union address was also fodder for discussion.

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Tampa teen interviewed by UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict listen

01/21/15 Seán Kinane
News @ Noon Wednesday
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Tags: Tariq Abukhdeir, Tariq Khdeir, CAIR, Gaza, Palestine, Israel, UN, human rights, Tampa, West Bank, Jerusalem

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The Tampa teenager who was beaten by Israeli police last summer in Jerusalem was interviewed Wednesday morning by officials in the United Nations Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict.

According to the Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Tariq Abukhdeir was interviewed by video conference. CAIR-Florida calls it “a significant step towa...

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Hillsborough School Board fires district superintendent listen

01/21/15 Seán Kinane
News @ Noon Wednesday
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Tags: MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Schools, Kathleen Shanahan, education, schools, April Griffin

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Tuesday night the Hillsborough County School Board narrowly voted to fire the district’s superintendent.

MaryEllen Elia will get more than a million dollars in compensation and her last day will be March 5.

Even though the school board voted 4-to-3 to terminate Elia’s contract, many members of the public spoke in favor of keeping her.

That includes Kathleen Shanahan who is the former chief of staff to Governor Jeb Bush.

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Listener reactions and the Republican response to Obama's state of the union address

01/21/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: obama, State of the Union, Joni Ernst

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Today we listen to excerpts from last night's State of the Union address followed by a republican response lead by Iowa senator Joni Ernst. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phoneline for listeners' thoughts and opinions.

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FSU student opposes influence of Koch brothers money on the university's economics department

01/20/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Jerry Funt, FSU, Progress Coalition, Koch brothers, Charles Koch

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Today we speak with Jerry Funt, a philosophy and economics student at FSU, who works with student activist group Progress Coalition . Funt and the coalition are opposed to funding from the conservative Koch brothers, saying donations from the Charles Koch foundation would come with strings attached that would compromise the academic integrity of the university's economic department.

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Will Allen on WMNF listen

01/19/15 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On The Sustainable Living Martin Luther King Day Program our very special guest was Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power in Milwaukee. Mr. Allen played basketball for the Miami Hurricanes, then played professional. In 1993 he started the Growing Power project in Milwaukee, was awarded a Ford Foundation Leadership Grant in 2005, and in 2008 received the Mac Arthur Foundation Genius Grant for Urban Farming. Will was featured in the documentary film “Fresh” and co-authored “The Good Food R...

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Black Lives Matter march planned for Bradenton; Cornel West on MLK listen

01/19/15 Seán Kinane
News @ Noon Monday
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Tags: MLK, Cornel West, Black Lives Matter, WMNF News, Bradenton

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Today the guests on the first edition of the noon news and talk show were Crystal Wilson and Bryan Ellis. They're helping to organize a #BlackLivesMatter rally and march in Bradenton this Saturday.

It begins at 5:00 p.m. on the corner of U.S. 301 and Martin Luther King Ave. E. For more information, call: 941-321-7795.

We also heard more excerpts from Cornel West's speech last week in St. Petersbu...

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Rare MLK speech from Antioch College in 1965 marks the beginning of the civil rights leader's anti-war stance.

01/19/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Martin Luther King Jr., MLK, civil rights, Antioch College, Ohio, Vietnam War

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on Today's Radioactivity, we listen to a rarely aired speech by Martin Luther King Jr. from Antioch College's commencement ceremony in 1965. The speech is part of a documentary from public radio station WYSO in Yellow Springs,Ohio, and marks one of the first times MLK publicly comes out against...

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