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Pulitzer-winning Sonia Nazario speaks at Eckerd College about ongoing child refugee crisis listen

09/12/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Sonia Nazario, Lourdes Flores, Enrique's Journey, immigration, Honduras, incarceration, prisons, Eckerd Collge, drug war, refugee, migrant


Sonia Nazario, the Pulitzer-winning journalist and author of the book, Enrique’s Journey, spoke at Eckerd College Thursday night about the ongoing child refugee crisis. It was the first time that Nazario, and Enrique’s mother, Lourdes Flores, spoke to an audience together. They focused on the harsh realities, misconceptions and solutions to the crisis in Central and North America.

The auditorium was packed to capacity with 600 people. Some in the audience were Eckerd College freshman, who...

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Walter Dean Myers Extended Interview

12/27/10 by Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Walter Dean Myers is an award-winning author of young adult fiction and non-fiction. His novels cover serious topics like poverty, incarceration and the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, all from the perspective of a young protagonist enduring the experiences. Dean Myers was born in West Virginia in 1937 and raised in Harlem by family friends. Raised in poverty, he join the Army in the late 60’s and was touched by the war in Vietnam. He begins the interview talking about his home in 1950’s Harl...

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Criminalization of the mentally ill

01/15/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)

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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Thanks to Mitch Perry for filling in for me while I was away. Our guest today is Florida Southern College Professor Risdon Slate who has co-written a new book with Wesley Johnson called Criminalization of Mentally Ill.

According to our guest: "In 1955, there were over 559,000 residents in state (mental) hospitals in the United States. Today there are less than 60,000 residents…… Where has some of this shift been g...

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