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Green & LEED Building listen

03/17/14 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: sustainable living, wmnf, LEED, green buildings


On today’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living Program we talked about Green Buildings. Our first guest recently wrote an article in the Home Power Magazine titled “The Living Building Challenge". Juliet Grable states that LBC goes beyond US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Standards. We also had local accredited professional LEED Architect John Garland talk more about the LEED process and some of the projects he’s been involved in. John works for RO...

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Anti-rail activist rallies against Pinellas transit plan

03/14/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: transit, Greenlight Pinellas, rail, Barbara Haseldon, No Tax for Tracks

The Greenlight Pinellas Plan as its called would fund things like increased bus service, bus rapid transit and 24 miles of light rail connecting downtown St. Pete, the Carillon business district in mid-county and Clearwater. The one penny tax hike would raise Pinellas’ sales tax from 7% to 8% and would grow PSTA’s revenue from about $30 million to $130 million. The campaign pushing the referendum calls this a tax swap because the sales tax would replace the portion of property taxes currently...

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Dream Defenders continue to oppose Florida's stand your ground gun law listen

03/14/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Stand Your Ground, Dream Defenders, guns

This week activists fed up with Florida's "stand your ground" gun law rallied in the state capitol, Tallahassee. The Dream Defenders is a group mostly made up of youth of color formed shortly after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.

WMNF interviewed Jabari Mickles, with Dream Defenders, who participated in Monday's rally.

"The rally on Monday was to help support people in Florida who want to repeal Stand Your Ground. A lot of people came out ...

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How to protect privacy in the digital age and hundreds of farmworkers gather outside of Publix in Lakeland for vigil listen

03/14/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Julia Angwin, Jeffery Sisk


Today on Radioacticity, Rob Lorei speaks with Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, Julia Angwin, about how privacy is no longer safe in this new digital world. Angwin herself set out to erase her digital footprint, but found it was virtually impossible.

Next, Rob speaks with Jeffery Sisk, CEO of, a new search engine protects your privacy as an alternative to Google, Yahoo & Bing.

On the last part of the show, Rob speaks with Lupe Gonza...

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Figuring out what happened in the CD13 race listen

03/13/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: David Jolly, Alex Sink, CD13

No guests, just your humble correspondent putting the question our to the listeners: How did Alex Sink end up losing to David Jolly in the special CD13 election held on Tuesday in Pinellas County?

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Public transportation use up in Tampa Bay and the nation listen

03/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: psta, HART, APTA, transit, Transportation, bus rapid transit, BRT, rail, Greenlight Pinellas


Transit agencies on both sides of Tampa Bay posted record ridership for the month of February. Bus rides in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties have continued to increase, mirroring a national trend of growing public transportation use. Bob Lasher, spokesperson for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, says many routes are running at capacity.

“Not just at rush hour, but during the middle portion of the day, we’re running buses that are having – we’re putting extra buses out because we ...


From A Woman's POV discusses International Women’s Day listen

03/13/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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International Women’s Day

What is it about it that seems to bring out discomfort in so many people?

With that in mind, many women have had it with the sexism and underlying misogyny. We are only too aware of the spectrum of violence to women which is so affected by the psychological and cultural milieu. And MEDIA – you are the driver of that engine.

We are going to be talking about sexism in media and its implication with SORAYA CHEMALY, writer, thinker extraordinaire. We...


Biographer Martin A. Dyckman discusses the life of the late former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew and Tampa Bay Times reporters' examine outrageous entry fees at Trauma Centers in Florida listen

03/13/14 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Letitia Stein, Alexandra Zayas, Martin A. Dyckman, Florida Gov. Reubin Askew


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei interviews biographer Martin A. Dyckman about the life of former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew who passed away today.

Later Rob speaks with Tampa Bay Times reporters Letitia Stein and Alexandra Zayas about a story series they recently published detailing the costly entry price of Trauma Centers in Florida.

Read the Times story here.

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Jolly Sinks Sink: Reaction and Perspective listen

03/12/14 Warren Elly with Chris Mitchell & Chris Ingram
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: David Jolly, Alex Sink, Bill Young, Obamacare, Chris Mitchell, Chris Ingram


The battle over replacing the late Congressman Bill Young is over till November. Jolly Sank Sink; Lobbyist David Jolly beat former Bank executive and state CFO Alex Sink by a mere 3-thousand 457 votes. It’s the second straight squeaker loss for Sink and it leaves us wondering if she’ll face Jolly in November or retire from politics.

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly speaks with Chris Mitchell, former chairman of the Hillsborough Democratic Party and Republican Analyst Chris Ingram.

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Consumer advocates asking Publix to label GMO foods listen

03/12/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: PIRG, Florida PIRG, Dalyn Houser, GMO, food, Publix


Last week we told you about a bill in the Florida legislature to require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms and about opposition to that legislation. We interviewed Dalyn Houser, a program associate with Florida PIRG who is organizing support for the bill requiring labeling of GMO foods.

"GMOs are genetically modified organisms and these are seeds that grow our food that we eat and they have the DNA of the seed has been altered in some way. So, for instance, you can cro...


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