News & Public Affairs

Saturday May 23, 2015

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Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts talks race and the media, and we discuss the Republican letter to Iran

With the most recent flair of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Race continues to be the topic of national conversation. We speak with Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts on the media's coverage of race-related issues. Pitts will be speaking on the topic on Friday at the Poynter institute at 7:30 pm. He had a brief stint in Tampa as a reporter for WFLA-TV in the late 80's.He later worked for CBS for 15 years, becoming the lead correspondent for CBS following his coverage of the 9/11 attacks bef...

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The Chicago Mayor's race & outright legalization of pot in Florida

The first part of the show we talked about the upcoming Chicago mayoral runoff between incumbent Rahm Emanuel and insurgent challenger Chuy Garcia. Chicago Reader political reporter Michael Minder joined us to talk about where the race stands with less than a month to go.

Jodi James from the Florida Cannabis Action Network came on after that. James discounted a published report that FCAN was going to push for their own constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for all in the Sunshine ...

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Attorney Ralph Fernandez,bottom left, and La Gaceta publisher Patrick Manteiga, bottom right, debate the Cuban embargo on the Fairness Doctrine

The Fairness Doctrine debate segment takes on the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba

Today we air the latest installment of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate style segment moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. Today's episode addresses the current trade embargo against Cuba, and with recent talks of re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island nation, whether it should be lifted. Taking the side for lifting the embargo is Patrick Manteiga, publisher for the trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. Arguing in favor of the embargo is Ralph Fernandez, a Tampa-based attorney and c...

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Ian Haney Lopez, UC Berkeley Law Professor and Author of Dog Whistle Politics

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Author Ian Haney Lopez explains racial codewords and "dog-whistle" politics

In the past, politicians that opposed equal rights for minorities used to be able to express that sentiment frankly. But as open racism has fallen out of fashion, many politicians have turned to coded language that stokes racial anxiety amongst their constituency. Ian Haney Lopez, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, explains that racism survives in today's politics through racialized ...

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At Eckerd College, Vandana Shiva speaks about "Making Peace with the Earth"

Vandana Shiva has been active for decades in the environmental and global democracy movements. She spoke Monday night at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg about "Making Peace with the Earth."

Here is the full audio of her speech:

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Laila Abdelaziz (left), Hassan Shibly and Seán Kinane.

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CAIR Florida on FBI lawsuit and controversial film

Two years ago a Chechen man was shot to death while he was being interrogated by the FBI in Orlando. Ibragim Todashev was being questioned about what he knew about the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who had been killed shortly after the attacks in Boston. During the long interview the FBI says their agents were attacked by Todashev before he was shot to death. Now the family of Todashev is suing the FBI.

Joining WMNF MidPoint in the studio are Hassan Shibly, the executive director of t...

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Rob Lorei, Host of Florida This Week and Radioactivity call-in show

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Florida This Week analyses the state legislative session, Florida environmental protection bans the term "Climate Change"

We listen to last Friday's episode of Florida this Week, moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. The governor's state of the state address and the most contentious issues of the current legislative session are discussed by a diverse panel of political experts: Tampa Bay times politics and business managing editor Amy Hollyfield, USF St.Pete Professor Emeritus of Government Dr. Darryl Paulson, Pasco Tax Collector and former state senator Mike Fasano, and political strategist Barry Edwards. ...

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Terrorism expert Loretta Napoleoni explains the spread of ISIS and its appeal to western youth

Loretta Napoleoni, an expert on money laundering and terror financing,speaks from Seattle's town hall on the spread of ISIS and radical caliphates in context of an anti-imperialist reaction to western influences. She also explains how ISIS has been able appeal to youths in the western world.

Napoleoni is an author and columnist for La Stampa, La Repubblica, El País, and Le Monde. She is a former Fulbright Scholar with degrees from John Hopkins University and the London School of Economics.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama with Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Iakovos

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A rare Pacifica radio documentary on the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama

On March 7 1965, hundreds of nonviolent activists began to march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery in protest of the discriminatory voting practices against African-Americans in Alabama. Upon crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge they were intercepted by State troopers and county police, who beat and tear-gassed the demonstrators when they refused to return to Selma. Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in civil rights history, which would go on to be kn...

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