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Interview with a progressive populist

04/17/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Jim Hightower was twice elected Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Although he's long been out of elected office, he's still a keen observer of national politics.

Hightower is a populist in the tradition of Sen. Ralph Yarborough, columnist Molly Ivins and the writers who've contributed to the Texas Observer. He's a radio commentator, newsletter publisher, columnist and a very funny public speaker. Hightower's latest book is called Swim Against the Current. He is today's guest.

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HART deals with financial struggles listen

04/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) met this morning in the County Center in downtown Tampa. The board is faced with how to deal with cuts to both local and federal transit budgets.

David Persaud, HART’s chief financial officer, assessed the current financial climate heading into the 2009 fiscal year.

Persaud said that the 2010 deficits might be made up through reduced services or opportunities for federal grants. Jeff Boothe, with the law...

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Truckers strike in Tampa to protest fuel prices listen

04/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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For the second day in a row, independent truckers were on strike in Tampa today protesting high diesel fuel prices and stagnant incomes. About 50 truck owner-operators demonstrated on Causeway Boulevard in front of the Port of Tampa.

David Santiago is a truck owner-operator. Santiago is striking because he wants the companies who hire independent truckers to pay them more.

“We just came together, we sat down and said, hey enough is enough, we can’t make it any more. I’m sure McDo...

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