News & Public Affairs

Thursday April 2, 2015


Tanks patrol the streets of Fallujah in 2005

photo by U.S. Navy Seabee Museum/Flickr

First opera about the Iraq War comes to the USF School of Music in Tampa

Award-working Iraqi-American playright Heather Raffo joins us to talk about her latest work, Fallujah, the first opera about the Iraq War that will be performed at the USF School of Music in Tampa on Friday at 7:30 pm. She previously written and starred in an successful off broadway play, 9 parts of Desire, about the lives of 9 Iraqi women set between the two gulf wars.

Falljah is based on the true story of Christian Ellis, an American machine gunner whose platoon was ambushed in an ...

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Journalist Trevor Aaronson

photo by WMNF News

Did the FBI entrap would-be Tampa terrorist Sami Osmakac?

In 2012, Sami Osmakac, a 25-year-old naturalized Muslim American from Kosovo, was arrested in a counter-terrorism sting by the FBI for plotting a terror attack against a popular Tampa bar and casino. The Feds painted Osmakac as a lone-wolf Islamic extremist, citing a "martyrdom video" featuring Osmakac as damning evidence,. But journalist Trevor Aaronson reports in a lengthy investigative piece for The Intercept, tha...

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Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

photo by Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Bills could gut funding for Floridians with disabilities

Millions of people in the disabled community could be affected by bills wending their way through the Florida Legislature. Senators and Representatives are seeking to inspect and evaluate the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and eventually repeal it if it doesn’t show solvency. Some in the disabled community are skeptical of state legislators’ overhaul proposals.

The federal Rehabilitation Act was established in 1973 and the Florida division is ...

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Solar Cooking & Fermentation

On the WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living Show, Monday March 16th we talked about solar cooking and fermentation. Our first guest was the CEO of Sun Ovens International, Paul Munsen. For the past 28 years Sun Ovens have been proudly made in the U.S. Sun Ovens International takes a private sector approach to helping solve global problems by developing self-sustaining projects in Third World nations. They assist entrepreneurs to make and market sun ovens in the country in which they will be us...

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Gianna Love.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Transgender activist takes shots at Florida bathroom bill

Florida House Bill 583 is sponsored by Miami Republican Frank Artiles. It's commonly known as the transgender bathroom bill. It applies to both public facilities and workplaces. It requires people to use restrooms that apply to their “biological sex, either male or female, at birth.” People who use a bathroom designated for the opposite gender face a misdemeanor including up to a year in prison and $1,000 fine.

Rep. Artiles was quoted in the Miami Herald: “A man such as myself can walk in...

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A handmade solar oven

photo by Erik Burton/Flickr

Solar cooking and Food Fermentation on Today's Sustainable Living program

Host Jon Butts talks with Paul Munsen, CEO of Sun Ovens International, a non-profit which advocates for solar cooking technology use in third world countries. Munsen presents solar ovens as a sustainable solution to cooking with an open fire, which contributes to deforestation and has detrimental health effects from smoke inhalation.

Then author Sandor Ellix Katz, who has written two popular books on food fermanation:The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation, joins us to discuss t...

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Vietnam in 1972

photo by Raymond Depardon/Flickr

History Professor Christian Appy discusses the skewed legacy of the Vietnam War

Its been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson authorized a bombing campaign in Vietnam that marked the escalation of US involvement in the country's civil war. The Vietnam war would go on to claim tens of thousands of American lives and millions in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Christian Appy,a professor of history at the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, joins us to talk about how the wider effects of the war in Southeast Asia have been downplayed th...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News

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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