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The science of weed: interview with National Geographic cover story author listen

06/15/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: marijuana, medical marijuana, pot, National Geographic, science, cancer, drugs, law


Humans have used the marijuana plant for thousands of years; the cover story in this month's National Geographic magazine looks at the science behind pot.

The author of High Science, Hampton Sides, is a journalist and author of bestselling nonfiction books.

We explored the 5,000 year history humans have had with marijuana, where marijuana use is legal, the pioneering research of Israeli chemist Raphael Menchoulam & Spani...

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MidPoint callers weigh in on running from police

05/04/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Freddie Gray, Black Lives Matter, Baltimore, police, racism, law

On Friday, Baltimore State's Attorney announced charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray; on Monday MidPoint callers weighed in on whether it's legal -- or wise -- to run from police.

During the show I quoted from this Associated Press article:

Can you run from police? US courts apply a double standard CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer JULIET LINDERMAN, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) — When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off ...

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Unpacking the legal issues surrounding Florida's unconstitutional same-sex marriage ban listen

12/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: LGBT, Same-sex marriage, law, courts, Florida, Gay Marriage, Stetson University College of Law


Next week a federal judge’s stay expires on his ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional; but that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a flood of marriages the following day -- many of the 67 clerks of courts have said they will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

To wade through the legal questions that are coming up, Monday WMNF News spoke with Michael Allen, an associate dean and professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Flori...

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Dream Defenders continue "dream-in" at Governor Rick Scott's office after a week listen

07/22/13 AP & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Officials say George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

A Sheriff's spokesperson said in a statement Monday that deputies responding to the wreck found Zimmerman and another man had already helped the couple and their two children out of the flipped sports utility vehicle.

Meanwhile in Tallahassee, a standoff between protesters and Governor Rick Scott is showing ...

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Justice for Trayvon activists confront Governor Rick Scott in Tampa listen

07/18/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Governor Rick Scott met with the CEO of Visit Tampa Bay about hosting next year’s International Indian Film Academy's awards.

Activist Life Malcolm joined two others from the Justice For Trayvon Coalition in Tampa there to greet the governor.

Can you tell us why you and the other protesters were at the Rick Scott event and what happened?

"We were there at...

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Rallies in St Pete and Tampa for justice for Trayvon Martin after not guilty verdict listen

07/15/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Trayvon Martin


People furious with George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict protested on both sides of Tampa Bay Sunday.

About fifty activists chanted and held signs on the four corners of a busy South St. Petersburg intersection early in the afternoon.

And a few hours later nearly 200 marched from downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to the Federal Courthouse and back.

Despite the 90 degree heat, many in the long line of marchers in Tampa are wearing hooded sweatshirts like the one Trayv...


Tampa Dream Defenders part of rally for Trayvon Martin Friday in Sanford as Zimmerman trial wraps up listen

07/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some Tampa Bay area residents are organizing a rally that's being called a March to Sanford – Justice for Trayvon Martin Friday afternoon.

It’s scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. outside the Seminole County Courthouse.

WMNF News interviewed Jared Hamil with Tampa Dream Defenders.


A conversation With Steven Wise, Founder of The Nonhuman Rights Project

02/06/13 Duncan Strauss
Talking Animals
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Steven Wise–the founder and president of The Nonhuman Rights Project; he’s also an attorney, author, legal scholar and professor who’s taught at Harvard Law School–discusses how the law he was practicing (personal injury) shifted focus 30-plus years ago upon reading Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation.” His new focus became animal protection law. He traces his career path from there, including serving a decade-long stint as president of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and founding...

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National Lawyers Guild on legal issues during Republican convention

08/29/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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The Republican National Convention is going on this week amid a flood of security and a relative trickle of protesters. Wednesday we looked at the legal issues protesters are encountering.

Our first guests today in the studio was National Lawyers Guild’s mass defense coordinator Abi Hassen and joining us on the phone was their executive director Heidi Boghosian. Abi is on the ground here in Tampa, there were very few arrests. We asked him how this compares with previous large security ev...

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America's best defense attorney: Clarence Darrow

06/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. There’s a new biography of legendary attorney Clarence Darrow… the attorney who had a long career defending the downtrodden in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He was far ahead of his time. We’ll talk with his biographer in a moment. But first one listener comment about yesterday’s interview with a USF researcher who is part of a team studying red-light cameras. Their conclusion is that red light cameras actually do more harm than good. Her...

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