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Florida House mandates 24-hour waiting period before abortion listen

04/22/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: abortion, Florida, Florida Legislature, Women's rights

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Wednesday the Florida House passed a bill that would mandate a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can get an abortion; Republican Rep. Dennis Baxley spoke in support of the bill.

But Tallahassee Democra...

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Islamic Charity event will offer free medical exams, bicycles in West Tampa listen

04/22/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance, Islamic Charity Festival, Macfarlane Park, Florida Legislature, Tampa Police, Jane Castor, African-American, bicycle laws, WMNF Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we have Hakim Aquil and Dr. Husain Nagamia of the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance, which is organizing the 18th annual Islamic Charity Festival at Macfarlane Park on Sunday April 26th from 11am-5pm. The festival will offer free medical services, food, clothing, and 2000 bicycles with helmets,lights and locks. Charity in Islam, known as Zakat, is one of the 5 principles considered essential to muslims.

We then get listener responses to...

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Tampa Bay Times reporters discuss profiling of poor, black cyclists by Tampa Police

04/21/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Tampa Police, African-American, bicycle laws, Alexandra Zayas, Kameel Stanley, Tampa Bay Times, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on radioactivity we discuss a Tampa Bay Times report published over the weekend that found Tampa Police disproportionately cite black residents with bicycle violations. Of the 2500 citations issued, 79 percent went to African-Americans, though less than a quarter of the city's population is black. According to the report, police used bicycle stops for minor ...

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Is a new religious intolerance is entering into public discourse? listen

04/21/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago, Eckerd College, Religion, freedom, Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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Is a new religious intolerance is entering into public discourse? That was one of themes from renowned professor and philosopher, Martha Nussbaum. She spoke Monday night at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Nussbaum makes historical connections to the present some of us might have missed.

Nussbaum is the distinguished service professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago. From this chair position she also teaches philosophy with a particular interest in ancient Greek and Roman p...

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Tampa neighborhood and police department walk side-by-side in peace march listen

04/21/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday

Tags: Tampa, police, Sulphur Springs, violence, Jane Caster, Bob Buckhorn, neighborhood

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Escalating violence in some Tampa neighborhoods unite the Tampa police and residents in raising awareness. Saturday afternoon in the Sulphur Springs area roughly 200 plus residents, community leaders, the police chief and even the mayor all gathered to march in solidarity to stop the violence. The community as well as elected officials recognize the importance of bringing attention to the uptick in violent crime as the first part of the remedy.

People who participated in the 6 block trek...

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Florida history professor recounts black migration from Florida in early 20th century listen

04/20/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Gary Mormino, black history, Florida history, Great Migration, USF st.petersburg, Marco Rubio, Medicaid, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity our guest is Gary Mormino, the Frank Duckwall history professor emeritus at USF St. Petersburg and author of several books on Florida History. He talks to us about the Great Migration in Florida, a period starting right before World War I until the early 1920's when over a million African American workers fled the state for the Northeast and Midwest states. This is was part of a larger exodus of millions of southern blacks seeking to escape low wages and racial discrimi...

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More problems with standardized tests; discussion of education issues in Florida listen

04/20/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: education, Florida, Florida Legislature, Susan Smith, schools, charter schools, standardized tests, vouchers, Alan Grayson

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There was a new round of problems around the state Monday with Florida's standardized tests; we spoke about this and several other state education issues with Susan Smith, the president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida.

We also spoke about the state's class size amendment, education funding, charter schools and private school vouchers.

Here's The Associated Press story on Monday's testing problems:

Florida school districts are suspending testing amid a new round of ...

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Former senator Bob Graham and independent journalists claim Saudi ties to Sept.11 attacks listen

04/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: September 11, Saudi Arabia, Bob Graham, terrorism, Russ Baker, investigative journalism, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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This week the New York times reported on former Florida Senator Bob Graham's pursuit to reveal Saudi Arabia's link to the 9/11 hijackers. Graham has called for the federal government to make public 28 classified pages of the 9/11 commission report, which he claims conceals a tie between the hijackers and a Saudi family that hastily left their Sarasota home days before ...

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freeFall Theatre's Harvey & Kirk Ke Wang on Why Art?

04/17/15 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: freeFall Theater, Kirk Ke Wang, Art, theater, China

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The classic play Harvey explores, in a silly and funny way, how we treat people who are odd. freeFall theatre's production refreshes the classic.

Kirk Ke Wang travels frequently between his birth country, China, and his home, Tampa. His work reflects the multiple strands of our multicultural lives. He will be doing a talk Saturday night (4/18/15) at the St.Pete Opera Company in conjunction with his art show, Yes & No.

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5 years later, effects from the BP oil spill still felt in the Gulf today

04/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)

Tags: BP oil spill, pollution, Gulf of Mexico, Raleigh Hoke, Gulf Restoration Network, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Monday is the 5th anniversary of the BP oil spill that devastated The Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems and the coastal economies that depended on them. Raleigh Hoke of the Gulf Restoration Network, an environmental coalition focused on the continued clean-up of the Gulf, says that despite what BP would like the public to think, there are still lingering effects of the oil spill on the Gulf waters today. The Network will be organizing a series of protests and events over the weekend leading up to t...

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