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Sunshine Week and the erosion of Florida's open public records laws

03/18/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Open government, Sunshine Laws, public records, government meetings, Florida Legislature, Rosemary O'hara, Florida Sun Sentinel, Journalism, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We talk about open government in the midst of Sunshine Week. Florida's Sunshine Law, a series of laws that guarantee public access to government meetings and records, have long been one of the strongest in the country. However over the years the Legislature have been passing a growing number of exemptions to the laws.Over 1100 exemptions exist today, an 250 percent from 1985. Another 43 are being considered in the current legislative session. Rosemary O’hara, the editorial page editor at the ...

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First opera about the Iraq War comes to the USF School of Music in Tampa

03/18/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Iraq war, Fallujah, Opera, music, Heather Raffo, Christian Ellis, 9 parts of Desire, USF School of Music, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Award-working Iraqi-American playright Heather Raffo joins us to talk about her latest work, Fallujah, the first opera about the Iraq War that will be performed at the USF School of Music in Tampa on Friday at 7:30 pm. She previously written and starred in an successful off broadway play, 9 parts of Desire, about the lives of 9 Iraqi women set between the two gulf wars.

Falljah is based on the true story of Christian Ellis, an American machine gunner whose platoon was ambushed in an ...

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Did the FBI entrap would-be Tampa terrorist Sami Osmakac?

03/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, terrorism, islam, FBI, Tampa, entrapment, Trevor Aaronson, The Intercept, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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In 2012, Sami Osmakac, a 25-year-old naturalized Muslim American from Kosovo, was arrested in a counter-terrorism sting by the FBI for plotting a terror attack against a popular Tampa bar and casino. The Feds painted Osmakac as a lone-wolf Islamic extremist, citing a "martyrdom video" featuring Osmakac as damning evidence,. But journalist Trevor Aaronson reports in a lengthy investigative piece for The Intercept, tha...

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Bills could gut funding for Floridians with disabilities listen

03/17/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Vocational Rehabilitation, disability, Florida, Ron Gaetz, Florida Legislature, repeal

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Millions of people in the disabled community could be affected by bills wending their way through the Florida Legislature. Senators and Representatives are seeking to inspect and evaluate the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and eventually repeal it if it doesn’t show solvency. Some in the disabled community are skeptical of state legislators’ overhaul proposals.

The federal Rehabilitation Act was established in 1973 and the Florida division is ...

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Solar Cooking & Fermentation listen

03/16/15 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On the WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living Show, Monday March 16th we talked about solar cooking and fermentation. Our first guest was the CEO of Sun Ovens International, Paul Munsen. For the past 28 years Sun Ovens have been proudly made in the U.S. Sun Ovens International takes a private sector approach to helping solve global problems by developing self-sustaining projects in Third World nations. They assist entrepreneurs to make and market sun ovens in the country in which they will be us...

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Transgender activist takes shots at Florida bathroom bill listen

03/16/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Gianna Love, transgender, LGBT, Florida Legislature, Terry Kemple

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Florida House Bill 583 is sponsored by Miami Republican Frank Artiles. It's commonly known as the transgender bathroom bill. It applies to both public facilities and workplaces. It requires people to use restrooms that apply to their “biological sex, either male or female, at birth.” People who use a bathroom designated for the opposite gender face a misdemeanor including up to a year in prison and $1,000 fine.

Rep. Artiles was quoted in the Miami Herald: “A man such as myself can walk in...

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Solar cooking and Food Fermentation on Today's Sustainable Living program listen

03/16/15 Rob Lorei
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: Sun Oven, Paul Munsen, deforestation, Sandor Ellix Katz, Fermented Food, live culture, sustainable living, wmnf, Rob Lorei, Jon Butts

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Host Jon Butts talks with Paul Munsen, CEO of Sun Ovens International, a non-profit which advocates for solar cooking technology use in third world countries. Munsen presents solar ovens as a sustainable solution to cooking with an open fire, which contributes to deforestation and has detrimental health effects from smoke inhalation.

Then author Sandor Ellix Katz, who has written two popular books on food fermanation:The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation, joins us to discuss t...

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Radioactivity callers discuss Florida Environmental Protection's ban on Climate Change listen

03/16/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: climate change, Florida, Rick Scott, global warming, Rob Lorei, wmnf, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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Host Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines for callers to voice in on an array of topics in local and national news, namely last week's story on the state Department of Environmental Protection banning the terms "Climate Change" and "Global Warming", per order of Governor Rick Scott's Administration.

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History Professor Christian Appy discusses the skewed legacy of the Vietnam War listen

03/13/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Lyndon Johnson, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, My Lai, Christian Appy, peace activists, Cambodia, Laos, wmnf, Rob Lorei, agent orange, mines, cluster bombs

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Its been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson authorized a bombing campaign in Vietnam that marked the escalation of US involvement in the country's civil war. The Vietnam war would go on to claim tens of thousands of American lives and millions in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Christian Appy,a professor of history at the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, joins us to talk about how the wider effects of the war in Southeast Asia have been downplayed th...

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Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts talks race and the media, and we discuss the Republican letter to Iran

03/12/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Byron Pitts, Nightline, ABC, Ferguson, Race, Media, Poynter Institute, Iran, Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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With the most recent flair of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Race continues to be the topic of national conversation. We speak with Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts on the media's coverage of race-related issues. Pitts will be speaking on the topic on Friday at the Poynter institute at 7:30 pm. He had a brief stint in Tampa as a reporter for WFLA-TV in the late 80's.He later worked for CBS for 15 years, becoming the lead correspondent for CBS following his coverage of the 9/11 attacks bef...

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