News & Public Affairs

Thursday April 24, 2014


Labor activists have been rallying for higher wages and an end to wage theft which includes not paying employees for work completed off the clock.

photo by Janelle Irwin December, 2013

Labor activists allege wage theft at fast food chains

Labor activists in Tampa are taking aim at fast food restaurants they say aren’t paying employees fairly. The debate over minimum wage is still raging, but now workers are worried about something else – wage theft. Yves Higgins is a former part time employee at McDonald's.

“Now I don’t have a way to help my mother pay her bills and it looks like our water is going to be cut off.”

That’s because he says the McDonald's at the corner of Bearss and Florida Avenue didn’t pay him for about f...

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Robert Calkin

Workshop in Tampa explores jobs in the booming Cannabis industry

Today Radioactivity welcomes Robert Calkin, President and Founder of the Cannabis Career Institute, who is back in Tampa this weekend to conduct a one day workshop about jobs and investment opportunities in the booming cannabis industry. He is a cannabis expert, a pro-marijuana activist. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 22, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5312 Avion Park Drive,Tampa.

The following article, [The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Fa...

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What will EPA rules for coal ash mean for Florida?

A recent spill of toxic coal ash from a Duke Energy storage pond polluted a North Carolina river and has people concerned about the safe storage and disposal of the waste product of burning coal.

Florida has dozens of coal ash ponds and landfills and there are no regulations specific to the waste product. That is, until later this year when the EPA is required to finalize the first-ever coal ash regulations.

WMNF’s Seán Kinane interviewed Jared Saylor, campaign director at [EarthJustic...

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The real history of Irish Americans

Today on Last Call, Rob Lorei speaks with Bill Bigelow, curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools and the co-director of the Zinn Education Project about an article he wrote discussing the real history of Irish Americans that is often lost in history textbooks.

Listen to the entire show above.

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LEED building in NYC

photo by Flickr/Payton Chung

Green & LEED Building

On today’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living Program we talked about Green Buildings. Our first guest recently wrote an article in the Home Power Magazine titled “The Living Building Challenge". Juliet Grable states that LBC goes beyond US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Standards. We also had local accredited professional LEED Architect John Garland talk more about the LEED process and some of the projects he’s been involved in. John works for RO...

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Anti-rail activist rallies against Pinellas transit plan

The Greenlight Pinellas Plan as its called would fund things like increased bus service, bus rapid transit and 24 miles of light rail connecting downtown St. Pete, the Carillon business district in mid-county and Clearwater. The one penny tax hike would raise Pinellas’ sales tax from 7% to 8% and would grow PSTA’s revenue from about $30 million to $130 million. The campaign pushing the referendum calls this a tax swap because the sales tax would replace the portion of property taxes currently...

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Dream Defenders continue to oppose Florida's stand your ground gun law

This week activists fed up with Florida's "stand your ground" gun law rallied in the state capitol, Tallahassee. The Dream Defenders is a group mostly made up of youth of color formed shortly after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.

WMNF interviewed Jabari Mickles, with Dream Defenders, who participated in Monday's rally.

"The rally on Monday was to help support people in Florida who want to repeal Stand Your Ground. A lot of people came out ...

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Julia Angwin

photo by photo by Deborah Copaken Kogan

How to protect privacy in the digital age and hundreds of farmworkers gather outside of Publix in Lakeland for vigil

Today on Radioacticity, Rob Lorei speaks with Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, Julia Angwin, about how privacy is no longer safe in this new digital world. Angwin herself set out to erase her digital footprint, but found it was virtually impossible.

Next, Rob speaks with Jeffery Sisk, CEO of, a new search engine protects your privacy as an alternative to Google, Yahoo & Bing.

On the last part of the show, Rob speaks with Lupe Gonza...

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