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Middle- and high-school girls get a hands-on look at science and engineering listen

07/21/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This week Middle and High School girls are getting a hands-on look at science and engineering in Tampa.

This five-day Minds for Design Girl Scout Camp focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Girls from Middle and High Schools around the Central Florida area are exploring their interests through hands-on activities, lectures, and field trips to the University of South Florida and MOSI. Susan Barnes, Director of Communications with [Girl Scouts of West Central Florida](...

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Rich Templin of the Florida AFL-CIO on the new state budget

06/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll talk about the new state budget signed last Thursday by Governor Rick Scott. Our guest is Rich Templin, Ph.D., Legislative and Political Director of the Florida AFL-CIO.

The governor signed the state budget last Thursday at a private ceremony in The Villages and we're still kind of going through it and figuring out exactly what the budget means for the future of Florida and here to help us deconstruct the budget is Rich Te...

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Hillsborough County School Board member Stacy White talks about cell phones, iPads and education

06/02/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Stacy White was just elected to the Hillsborough County School Board last fall, and the freshman member discusses education in depth with WMNF listeners for the entire hour.

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STEM students & Electrathon

05/16/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our first guest was the coordinator for Hillsborough County’s Stormwater Environmental Program, John McGee. John talked about the Adopt-A-Pond and Lake and Streams programs and how we can get involved with the health of these backyard ecosystems. You can find out more at www.hillsborough.wateratlas.org.

Next up we had the Math & Science Supervisor for the Pinellas County School System, Rose Mack, join the program to talk about the Science Techno...

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FSU/Koch deal comes with heavy strings attached

05/13/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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This week saw a spotlight turned on a deal between FSU and Charles Koch that gives the billionaire conservative control over the hiring and firing of two university professors in exchange for a $1.5 million donation to the FSU Economics Department.

Today we spoke with North ...

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Assessing the damage of the 2011 FL Legislative session with USF St. Pete Professor Darryl Paulson

05/06/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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The 2011 Florida legislative session, scheduled to end Friday, reportedly progressed into the wee hours of Saturday morning and ended with GOP lawmakers turning on themselves. The St. Petersburg Times says "It was a rocky end to one of the most ambitious and ideological sessions in modern history..."

To help us better comprehend the relentless, 60 day GOP assault on women's rights, worker's rights, voting rights, healthcare, education and the environment we are joined on Friday's Last Ca...

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Rallies for full funding of public education; should US release bin Laden photo?

05/04/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call, we spoke with a biological sciences teacher, David Peacock, live from one of several rallies to support full funding for public education in Florida

Many of our callers wanted to discuss today's news that President Barack Obama has decided not to release photos of Osama bin Laden's body.

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Immigrant and youth issues propel USF student body president to claim political speech record listen

04/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Late this morning, University of South Florida student body president Cesar Hernandez wrapped up a record-breaking speech that lasted twenty-four hours. The aspiring doctor and politician hopes to catch the eye of lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington.

"What struck me most forcibly about the NLF was the totality as a social revolution first and as a war second..."

It was a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style filibuster, but unlike the film, spectators wore flip-flops and carried iPo...

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USF student body president to lead talk-a-thon for student rights and immigration reform listen

04/15/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some University of South Florida students are so upset about how lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington are treating young people, they’re going to talk about it nonstop for more than three days. They don’t like cuts to education or policies that hurt immigrants. It’s being spearheaded by Cesar Hernandez, USF’s student body president who also serves on the university’s Board of Trustees.

One of their goals is for president Obama to notice their activism enough to come to USF to ...

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Florida House subcommittee passes school voucher expansion bill listen

04/08/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A state house subcommittee passed a bill expanding school vouchers to an additional 50,000 Florida students. Opponents fear broadening eligibility criteria for the state-funded McKay Scholarship would weaken the program.

The McKay Scholarship Program grants school choice to students with cognitive or sensory disabilities like hearing impairment, dyslexia, or autism. It pays for qualifying students to attend a private or public school...

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