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Sunday March 29, 2015

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American museum

St. Pete residents rally to save Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American museum

Some within St.Pete community are voicing their support for keeping city’s only African-American museum where it is now. Saturday at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American museum backers filled the main room to listen to advocates explain why the museum’s location means so much. Museum board members, community activists and elected officials are focused on preserving the museum.

The museum is located near the intersection of 9th Avenue South and 22nd St...

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Michael Pheneger.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

ACLU of Florida criticizes Range-R radar use by police and other surveillance methods

The ACLU of Florida is criticizing a type of radar that is being used by police to penetrate buildings. The name of the device is Range-R. To talk about Range-R and other surveillance methods, WMNF's Seán Kinane was joined in the studio by Michael Pheneger, the local chair of the ACLU of Florida, who also took calls from listeners.

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Darwin Day event in Clearwater celebrates reason and understanding of science

Saturday is Charles Darwin day, and a group of humanists from the Tampa Bay area will be celebrating the scientist at the Clearwater Unitarian Universalist Octagon. Mark Brandt,one of the organizers of the event, joins us to talk about the importance of valuing reason and scientific thinking. Also joining us are two scientists who will be speaking at the event, David Lynn and Herb Silverman. Lynn is the Chemistry Chair at Emory University and Silverman is a retired math professor who once ra...

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New WMNF GM will be Craig Kopp, current host of All Things Considered on WUSF

After a long search, WMNF has found its new general manager; Craig Kopp will leave his position as host of All Things Considered at WUSF to be the new manager of this station, 88.5 FM. His first day at WMNF will be March 2.

Craig Kopp said, "WMNF is a Tampa Bay treasure. What other station in town can say it started by seeking donations door-to-door. It is really a Tampa Bay station - for the people, by the people. WMNF's all-volunteer air staff and support personnel have what it has alwa...

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FL Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Pete) answers questions with Janelle Irwin regarding his medical marijuana bill.


photo by Sean Kinane

Florida Republican State Senator Jeff Brandes "cautiously optimistic" about medical marijuana bill

Early this week State Senator Jeff Brandes from St. Pete filed a broad medical marijuana bill that would legalize the drug for medical use for patients with a bunch of different ailments. Those include things like ALS, AIDS and HIV, seizures, cancer and more broad areas like chronic pain. The move may have shocked some people. That's because Brandes is a Republican. He and many in his party lobbied hard against a medical marijuana amendment that would have similarly allowed the medical use of...

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


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WBAI's Exploration science program with Dr. Michio Kaku

Today we air an episode of Exploration, a science program from New York's WBAI public radio station, with host Dr. Michio Kaku. Kaku is a theoretical physics professor at the City College of New York and one of the co-founders of "string field theory". His show Exploration touches on topics such as astrophysics, technology,futurism and science fiction.

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Retired general Romeo Dallaire (L) addressed an audience at the University of Tampa.


photo by Gwyneth Dunsford

Retired United Nations peacekeeper reflects on the Rwandan genocide

TAMPA - On Wednesday, retired United Nations peacekeeper Romeo Dallaire spoke to University of Tampa students about the Rwandan genocide.

In 1994, the former Canadian general commanded the United Nations’ peace keeping mission in the small, east African country. That summer, Rwandans turned on their neighbors and armed militias from the Hutu tribe massacred the Tutsi minority. By the end of the conflict, up to million Rwandans were dead.

Now, Dallaire shares his reflections about Unit...

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Trying to measure what a drugged driver is

Barry K. Logan is the Vice President of Forensic Science Initiatives and Chief of Forensic Toxicology, NMS Labs in Pennsylvania. He's done extensive work on the impact of changing of marijuana laws on impaired driving, and came on the program to talk about his research.

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photo by Attorney and Consumer Rights Advocate Ralph Nader

Radioactivity airs an episode of The Ralph Nader Radio Hour

We air an episode of KPFK's Ralph Nader Radio Hour, hosted by attorney and consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader, and co-hosted by Steve Skrovan and David Feldman. On this episode they interview Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First, a resource center for anyone seeking information on development deals made with taxpayer money. Nader then gives his review of the president's state of the union address.

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