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The Director of the Film Chasing Ice; and evolutionary biologist Lee Dugatkin

02/14/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll met the director of the award winning film on global warming called CHASING ICE.

And we’ll discuss evolution and altruism—are humans wired to be altruistic- or is being selfish a natural habit- embedded in our DNA. We’ll also be taking your phone calls.

First up today- Jeff Orlowski is director of the film CHASING ICE- which will be shown several times over the next few days in the Bay area. The fil...

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Is the future of science education in danger? listen

02/10/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An anthropologist warns Florida has laws that are a back-door entrance to teaching creationist theory in schools. At a lecture Thursday night in Tampa as part of USF’s Darwin Day celebration, Eugenie Scott says that’s hurting the quality of science education in the state.

Students, professors and the public filled nearly every seat in USF’s Fine Arts Hall. Jamie Delgato was one student in attendance.

”Well the whole creatio...

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Defending evolution

02/09/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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There's no doubt that backers of creationism would like to be able to present their views in public schools. But for more than two decades scientists have been trying to keep the wall of separation protecting science classes in K-12 education from backers of creationism. Our guest is Eugenie Scott who is director of the National Center for Science Education. Scott is a leader in the movement of scientists and educators against the teaching of creationism and intelligent...

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Four at-large Hillsborough School Board hopefuls agree on class size, differ on religion's role listen

07/29/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This year’s primary elections are less than four weeks away, and in an election season the mainstream media is dubbing the year of the anti-incumbent, the ideological rivals are squaring off at all levels. One Hillsborough County School Board race in particular is a sign of the times.

In following the race for the Hillsborough School Board’s District Six, a county-wide seat, it’s clear that religion and politics are as inseparable from education as economics. The school board faces a...

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Scientists oppose intelligent design bill listen

02/23/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Legislature begins its regular session next week. Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, plans to introduce a bill requiring teachers who teach evolution to also present the idea of intelligent design.

The website for the Ben Stein movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed features a video message from Stein, who has been an actor, and a speechwriter and lawyer for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Stein asks people to sign a petition for “acade...

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Evolution in everyday life

05/06/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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David Sloan Wilson, is an evolutionary biologist who teaches at Binghamton University in New York.

His books include Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives, (2007); Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society, (2002); and Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, with Elliott Sober, (1998).

Wilson also directs a program that applies evolutionary theory to different academic disciplines. ...

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Critics try to stop "Academic Freedom" bill listen

04/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A group formed to stop creationism from being taught in public school science classes spoke out in Tallahassee today.

The Florida Citizens for Science criticized the Evolution Academic Freedom Act bills pending in both houses in the state legislature.

The bill is being sponsored in the Senate by Eastern Hillsborough Republican Ronda Storms, and in the House by Lake County Republican D. Alan Hays.

In a bid to reduce criticism that the bill paves the way for creationism to be taught...

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Plan to teach evolution approved with caveat listen

02/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s Board of Education today approved new standards for teaching science in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Board voted 4-3 to approve the science standards that for the first time include the word "evolution."

Late Friday, an alternative to the proposed standards was suggested that added the term “Scientific Theory of” throughout the standards before the word “evolution” and “Scientific Theory of” or “Law of” before other scientific concepts. This was to appea...

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Board of Education votes Tuesday on evolution question listen

02/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow the Florida Board of Education will vote on new Science Standards for kindergarten through 12th grade. Many scientists and educators say that the new standards are a vast improvement over the current criteria, but a vocal group of parents and activists are fighting the new standards because they include evolution.

On Friday an alternative version of the proposed standards was put forward that some consider a compromise to keep evolution in the standards. Evolution and other collec...

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ACLU weighs in on intelligent design listen

12/21/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s Board of Education will be instituting new teaching standards for science next fall. As WMNF has reported this month, the proposed Sunshine State Standards for science have been praised as a vast improvement over the current standards.

The emphasis on teaching evolution has motivated some proponents of the idea of "intelligent design" to lobby for the inclusion of that concept in the science standards.

Last Friday, the ACLU of Florida wrote a letter to the state Board of Ed...

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