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Thursday March 5, 2015

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Jennifer Loewenstein,Middle East Studies Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Middle East Studies Professor criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Speech to Congress

Howard Glasser, Chairman of the Children Success Foundation, talks to us about his Nurtured Heart Approach, a method of dealing with difficult and hyperactive children through positive reinforcement and recognizing that a "problem" child's energy can be channeled constructively. Glasser offers his approach as an alternative to prescribing children powerful psychoactive drugs, an increasingly frequent practice especially for young boys . Glasser wi...

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Governor Rick Scott giving the 2015 State of the State address


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Listen to Governor Rick Scott's annual State of the State address

Today we listen to Governor Rick Scott's State of the State address, which kicks off Florida's two-month long legislative session for 2015. In his speech Governor Scott outlines several key issues of the upcoming session,including tax cuts, education, workforce development, and the environment. We then hear a response from Senate Democratic leader Arthenia Joyner, of Tampa, who points out that most...

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The economics of weed in Florida

The concept of making money in the cannabis industry in Florida without marketing the plant brought entrepreneurs and business experts together. Organizers are poised to help launch marijuana minded businesses in Florida despite the obstacles.

The day long event Saturday was held in Ybor City. Medical or recreational weed is not legal in Florida but there is money to be made on things like hemp rope, rolling papers or vaporizers. Carlos Hermida of [Common Bond Collaborative](http://cbcg...

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photo by Ed Kennedy/Flickr

Military Veterans take their stories to the stage in Telling:Tampa Bay

Coming to the Tampa Bay area within the next few days are a series of dramatic performances centered telling the stories of military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. "Telling: Tampa Bay" is part of a national project focused on giving voice to the experiences of military veterans,who make up less than one percent of the general population. The performance scripts are based on interviews w...

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Audit of Florida's unemployment insurance system finds problems

Florida's unemployment website launched in October 2103. In the year-and-a-half since CONNECT opened Governor Rick Scott has defended the program. That's despite the fact that many residents have had trouble getting their benefits from the system.

On MidPoint, WMNF's Sean Kinane interviewed Michael Van Sickler with the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau who wrote the recent article, [State audit highly critical of Florida's unemployment system CONNECT](http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/gu...

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Progressive political organizer Damien Filer weighs in on what to expect this legislative session

As the 2015 legislative session approaches, lawmakers in Florida will be tackling everything from medical marijuana and beer growlers to civil forefeiture and public education.

But will the conservative legislature take up progressive priorities like Medicaid expansion? Will their conservative ideologies push controversial issues like anti-abortion measures and gun bills?

Progress Florida's Damien Filer lays out what to expect and what his group is doing to shape the conversation.

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crowds gather in Paris in memory of the 12 staff members of Charlie Hebdo magazine


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Foreign Policy Professor Pierre Guerlain on how the U.S. should combat Islamic radicalism

Speaking with us today is Pierre Guerlain, Professor of American Studies at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, France. Gaulain's work focuses on "anti-Americanism" and the image of the U.S abroad. He also writes for the Huffington Post, most recently about the terrorist attacks in Paris almost two month ago. This morning he speaks with us about the relation between terrorist groups and U.S. Foreign Policy and how best the U.S. should respond t...

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Dr. Eugenie Clark studying a shark during the early days of her research.


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

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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Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physics professor and host of Exploration


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Explorations in Science with Dr. Michio Kaku

Today Radioactivity airs an episode of Exploration from New York City's WBAI public radio station and hosted by theoretical physicist and co-founder of "String theory" Dr. Michio Kaku. The program touches on scientific topic such as astrophysics, technology, recent scientific advances and topics from science fiction such as the future of time travel and extra-terrestrial life.

Dr. Kaku talks with James C. Oskins and Michael H. Maggelet, both who are retired from the U.S. nuclear weapons ...

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An Episode of Pacifica Radio's Project Censored Radio Show

Project Censored is a media literacy and education initiative started in 1976 that has since expanded to over 2 dozen universities in the U.S. It is known for its yearly anthology of over looked news stories.

On this episode of the associated radio show, hosted by Mickey Huff, several public health issues and misconceptions are addressed. Journalist and science writer Peter Byrne explains the ineffectiveness of current treatment methods for breast cancer. He uses Marin county, an affluent ...

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