News & Public Affairs

Monday March 30, 2015

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Cornel West in the pulpit


photo by Samuel Johnson

Cornel West fires up the crowd in AME church in St. Pete

Dr. Cornel West, a polarizing black intellectual, gave an electrifying speech at an overflowing church Wednesday night in St. Petersburg. West spoke as part of the Heritage Lecture Series put on by St. Petersburg College and a community nonprofit run by Mt. Zion AME Church. West made full use of his seminary training in a hybrid mix of sermon and lecture.

West touched on a broad swath of topics ranging from law enforcement violence to drone warfare and conservative media. The thread runni...

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Mark Beiro will be one of the rotating hosts on the new lunchtime spot for national and local news on Tuesdays


photo by Rob Lorei

Former WFLA-AM host and sports announcer Mark Beiro to join WMNF News hosts on Tuesdays

Next week marks the beginning of a new programming schedule here at WMNF and this includes a new lunchtime spot for national and local news. Many familiar hosts will remain but Tuesdays will have a rotating cast of hosts including Mark Beiro, who joins us this morning on Radioactivity. Beiro hosted a show on WFLA-AM for years and also worked as sports announcer on the local and national boxing and Jai Alai circuits. Today he shares stories from his career and upbringing in West Tampa.

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photo by Sean Kinane

The Fairness Doctrine with Jennifer Sullivan, and the Resignation of FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey

We start off today's Radioactivity with the third episode of The Fairness Doctrine, a debate-style segment hosted and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. The topic of debate:Why shouldn't all ingredients be prominently labeled in our food, drink and medicines? Taking their respective sides for and against labeling are New York Occupy Movement activist Dan Platt and Kriz Partridge of Bee Against Monsanto Tampa. We then open up the phone lines to listeners to discuss GMO labeling,the recent ousting ...

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photo by SJP at USF website.

USF students purchase billboard challenging university's "investments in Israeli apartheid"

USF students supporting human rights in Palestine have sparked a controversy by purchasing a billboard near the Tampa campus criticizing the university’s foundation for ignoring their petition to divest from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation.

During a meeting last May the USF Foundation quickly rejected a proposal by Students for Justice in Palestine at USF that was supported by the signa...

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photo by Kurt and Sybilla, Flikr, Creative Commons.

Tampa Bay activists will demonstrate against this week's planned execution in Florida

Florida plans on executing a death-row inmate this week. But anti-death penalty groups are asking for a stay on the execution, which would be the 21st under Governor Rick Scott’s watch.

Tuesday WMNF News interviewed John Stewart -- a member of Pax Christi Tampa Bay and Peace First -- about local demonstrations.

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Jose Godinez Samperio


photo by Rob Lorei

A NOVA interview with Edward Snowden on cyber attacks, and a local man's struggle towards legal status.

In the wake of Central Command's twitter account hacked by a group allegedly tied to ISIS, we listen to an interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about cyber warfare, from an upcoming episode of PBS's NOVA science documentary series. We then hear the story of Jose Godinez Samnperio, a Largo resident who recounts his struggle to attend college and gain citizenship since he was illegally brought to U.S. as a child.

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Salvador Dalí. The Sacrament of the Last Supper (1955) Oil on canvas. 166.7 x 267 cm. Dale Chester Collection 1963.10.115. © Salvador Dalí. Fundación Gala-Salvador Dalí, (Artist Rights Society), 2015.


photo by courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Next Dalí Museum exhibit will feature work by Leonardo Da Vinci

The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg announced Tuesday that its next special exhibit will feature diagrams by Leonardo da Vinci as well as manuscripts and paintings by Salvador Dalí in an exhibit called "Invention as Art." It will run from March 8, 2015 through July 26, 2015.

According to a press release:

'The exhibit features more than 75 works, including da Vinci diagrams, Dalí manuscripts and paintings, and the invented objects both da Vinci and Dalí propo...

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Dennis Plews, local inventor, attorney, and husband of WMNF alternative health show host Eve Prang Plews


photo by Rob Lorei

Local inventor patents device straight from the Star Trek universe, and the threat to Social Security disability program.

On this morning's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei interviews local inventor Dennis Plews about his most recent invention, a device called a Stardrive that would make a fictional method of propulsion, called impulse drive, a reality. We then discuss Social Security's disability program, which is expected to run out of reserves by next year if funds are not diverted from the larger retirement fund. Last Tuesday,house Republicans enacted a new rule that would prevent congress from redirecting the...

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Disability rights activist voices concern over accessibility within ride-sharing services

On today's Radioactivity, Ben Ritter, co-chair of the Tampa Mayor's Alliance for Persons with Disabilities, voices concern over disability access to ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. The United States Department of Justice has recently sued Uber for violating the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, which Uber claims it does not fall under as it is not a "public accomodation". The Alliance for Persons with Disabilities will be hosting a discussion regarding disability access to ...

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