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Moral Mondays will kick off voter mobilization in St. Petersburg listen

10/21/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Moral Mondays, labor, unions, Florida, Voting, elections


A movement born in North Carolina is growing into Florida; the first Moral Mondays St. Petersburg will kick off on Monday, October 27.

Several progressive organizations are coming together for what they’re calling a statewide voter mobilization initiative.

The first one kicks off next Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

To find out what they have planned, WMNF interviewed Susan McGrath, an organizer with [Moral Mondays St. Petersburg](http://moralmonday...

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Opponents of police violence say "Not One More Black Life" listen

10/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, guns, police, police violence, St. Petersburg, Uhurus


Because of the death of a black youth in Ferguson, Missouri, the issues of racism and police killings have been in the national spotlight; but a group in St. Petersburg wants to make sure police violence against the black community doesn’t fade from view.

WMNF spoke with Kefira Baron, the St. Petersburg chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, about Thursday’s event called “Not One More Black Life.” It's this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Avenue South, in St. Petersburg,...

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Florida's 15th congressional district candidate Alan Cohn joins Radioactivity

10/20/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Alan Cohn, Florida's 15th congressional district


Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Alan Cohn who is running for Florida's 15th congressional district representing Hillsborough and Polk county. Cohn is a former television investigative journalist. His opponent Dennis Ross a was invited to join Radioactivity as well but did not accept the invitation.

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Tampa civil rights group warns Muslims to talk to FBI only with lawyer present listen

10/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: CAIR, FBI, Sami Osmakac, Hassan Shibly, entrapment


A local civil rights group is issuing an “urgent warning” to Muslims not to talk to the FBI unless their lawyer is present; the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-Florida, says it stems from a prominent New Tampa Muslim being questioned at home.

For more, WMNF interviewed, Hassan Shibly, an attorney and executive director of CAIR-Florida.

Later this week we’ll air the 2nd half of this interview in which Shibly emphasizes the danger of entrapment and outlines the case of Sam...

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Rick Scott's other awkward #fangate moment listen

10/18/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday

Tags: Rick Scott, Charlie Crist, FanGate


As reported by Janelle Irwin in Saintpetersblog:

With all the buzz over this week’s fangate during the beginning of the Florida Governor’s debate, not too much else has been talked about. Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to debate his opponent Charlie Crist during the first moments was perhaps the most awkward start to a debate ever.

In a tweet from former Gov. Crist today, he wants to make sure people are paying attention to another part of the debate.

“The beginning of ‪#flgovdebate got ...

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Sleep of Reason Cinema Series returns listen

10/17/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: Brian Taylor, Tempus Projects

Brian Taylor has been showing movies with strange titles (Vampiros Lesbos), and strange doings for 20 years in Tampa. He is returning with a series of movies at Tempus Projects with the French classic, Eyes Without A Face, or Les Yeux Sans Visage.

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Executive Director of Families USA talks about working Floridians who don't make enough to afford healthcare listen

10/17/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: health care, uninsured floridians, Ron Pollack, Families USA


More than half (51 percent) of the nearly 1.1 million uninsured Floridians who would benefit from the state’s expansion of health care—nearly 551,000 residents—are working Floridians employed in occupations that most people rely on daily and are critical to the state’s economy, says a report released today by Florida CHAIN and Families USA.

These working Floridians are employed in industries ranging from sales and food services to the production and medical sectors, and are employed as h...

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Cyclovia lets bicycles and pedestrians take over downtown Tampa listen

10/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Cyclovia, Tampa, FDOT, bicycling, pedestrians, roads, traffic


A major road in downtown Tampa will close to car traffic this Sunday for a few hours to make room for pedestrians, bikes and other activities; Kennedy Boulevard will shut down as part of the Cyclovia celebration.

WMNF interviewed Kris Carson, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

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Barb Haselden from No Tax for Tracks talks about Greenlight Pinellas listen

10/16/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, Barb Haselden, No Tax for Tracks

Voters in Pinellas County are already voting through mail-in ballots on Greenlight Pinellas, the transit tax swap that would enhance bus service and helped build a 24-mile light-rail network running from St. Petersburg to Clearwater.

Leading the opposition is No Tax for Tracks, led by St. Petersburg insurance agent Barb Haselden. Haselden came on the program to detail why her organization is opposed to the Greenlight measure.

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Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau chief weighs in on last night's gubernatorial debate listen

10/16/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Steve Bousquet, gubernatorial debates, Rick Scott, Charlie Crist


Last night in the second of three televised gubernatorial debates- there was a six minute delay in the live broadcast as Governor Scott was not on the stage. There was a dispute over a fan under his opponent Charlie Crists’s podium. Scott’s campaign initially said the fan was in violation of debate rules. But Crist’s campaign said it was agreed to ahead of time.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Steve Bousquet who is the Tallahassee Bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times. He’s be...

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