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Colleague remembers Mote's "Shark Lady," Eugenie Clark listen

02/26/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday

Tags: science, sharks, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, wmnf, WMNF News, Women, marine biology, Florida


On Wednesday a pioneering researcher -- known as the "Shark Lady" -- who broke glass ceilings as a woman in science died in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Eugenie Clark founded the lab that would become Mote Marine Laboratory and inspired many people, especially women, to study science. She died at age 92 due to complications from battling lung cancer.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane spoke with one of Clark’s colleagues, Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laborat...

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ACLU of Florida criticizes Range-R radar use by police and other surveillance methods listen

02/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: ACLU, Florida, ACLU of Florida, Michael Pheneger, surveillance, Consitution, civil liberties, police, Sarasota, Range-R, StingRay


The ACLU of Florida is criticizing a type of radar that is being used by police to penetrate buildings. The name of the device is Range-R. To talk about Range-R and other surveillance methods, WMNF's Seán Kinane was joined in the studio by Michael Pheneger, the local chair of the ACLU of Florida, who also took calls from listeners.

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Florida red tide algae fueled by several nutrient sources: Mote scientist listen

11/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: red tide, Mote Marine Laboratory, science, Gulf of Mexico, algae, nutrients, algae blooms, Sarasota


Red tide can be a problem in Florida – both for marine species and for humans; now, several researchers, including from Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, have just published their findings about how nutrients fuel red tides.

WMNF News interviewed Kellie Dixon, a senior scientist at Mote and the program manager for their chemical and physical ecology program.

*Here's the extended version of the interview b...

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Sarasota schools go meatless on Mondays listen

10/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Meatless Monday, food, vegetarians, meat, Health, Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools, Sarasota


Students in Sarasota County schools will not see meat on the menu the rest of the school year on Mondays.

Beginning this week, only meat-free dishes are being served every Monday to improve health and food diversity.

Tuesday morning WMNF interviewed Beverly Girard, the director of food and nutrition services with Sarasota County Schools.

”Meatless Monday is simply an initiative to bring an emphasis to the fact that we don’t have to have meat with every single meal we consume, and ...

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Warm waters causing widespread bleaching in Florida corals listen

09/10/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: coral, corals, bleaching, coral bleaching, Florida Keys, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, climate change, global warming, hurricanes


This summer could end up being one of the worst on record for Florida’s corals; a scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota says water temperature in the Florida Keys has been so high that conditions over the next month could tip the balance of whether corals experience just a bad bleaching season or a devastating one.

WMNF interviewed Mote’s Erinn Muller this morning.

"Normally when you’re diving in a coral reef like in the Florida K...

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Sarasota musicians want county to back off noise restrictions listen

04/23/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Sarasota, music


Some Sarasota musicians are fed up with a new rule in the county limiting noise.

Several dozen packed a joint city-county commission meeting Tuesday to tell elected officials that cracking down on decibel levels is hurting the local economy and cultural scene.

Tony LeClerc plays bass and is a singer-songwriter.

"The ordinance was passed, I believe, May 20th. It reduced the decibel level from 75 to 60. A normal conversation between people runs around 75 decibels. A bird chirping h...

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101-year old Congressional candidate wants progressive policies

03/07/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Joe Newman, Vern Buchanan, Sarasota, Congress

Joe Newman is running for a Sarasota congressional district seat currently held by Vern Buchanan. As a progressive candidate, Joe hopes to unseat the conservative Republican. As a write-in, he’s seen as maybe a fringe candidate. But that’s not all – Joe is 101 years old.

Here's a list Newman sent WMNF of some interesting information about this unique candidate:

• His parents were exiled to Siberia by the Tzar in the late 1800s for political dissension. He comes from a family tradition...

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George W. Bush to speak at lecture series in Sarasota and Republicans offer new ways to help the poor listen

01/09/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: George Bush, Sarasota, Ringling College of Art and Design, Gene Jones, War on Poverty, Marco Rubio


Today Radioactivity talks about former President George W Bush’s visit to Sarasota next Tuesday. And Rob Lorei discusses Senator Marco Rubio’s speech yesterday in which he said that the War on Poverty has been a failure.

Next Tuesday morning former President George Bush will speak at the Ringling Town Hall Lecture series in Sarasota- a series sponsored by the Ringling College of Art and Design. In its announcement the college says that “As president, he worked to expand freedom, oppo...


Brazilians in Sarasota protest government corruption in their home country listen

07/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Protests over government corruption and poor social services in Brazil have slowed down, but a group of native Brazilians in Sarasota is just getting started. Nearly 50 people protested systemic problems in the South American nation at the famous kissing statue on Sarasota’s waterfront Monday night despite unrelenting rain.

“We want less money for soccer stadiums and airports for the World Cup and more money for what people need which is health, education, housing, a lot of things t...

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Sarasota demonstration to support mass protests in Brazil listen

06/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This month hundreds of demonstrations across Brazil have attracted more than a million people protesting prices, government corruption and waste.

On Monday July 1 Brazilian ex-pats are holding their own demonstration in Sarasota to support the protesters and strikers.

It's at 6 p.m. at the corner of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Ave.

We interviewed one of the organizers, Mica Martinelli.

"The protests starting in Brazil after...

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