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Local students compete in the world's largest science fair in Pittsburgh

05/14/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, science, Pittsburgh, Colton Lewis, Margaret Parrish, Rebecca Elsishans, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we talk with 3 bay area students who are in Pittsburgh to participate in the World's largest science fair. Colton Lewis, Margaret Parrish,and Rebecca Elsishans are all high schools students that have entered The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that awards over $4 million in prizes and scholarships. The student's projects range from nanotube technology, electromagnetic science and public health through water sanitation.

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Jessica Ehrlich on presidential candidates, David Jolly and other political news listen

05/14/15 Mitch Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio

Former CD 13 congressional candidate and now Fox News analyst Jessica Ehrlich joined us on the program to discuss Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio's policies on Iraq and other foreign policy issues - Will David Jolly run for the Senate? And what about Bernie Sanders viability against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries?

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In Florida Secretary of Labor pushes paid family leave and increased minimum wage listen

05/14/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: minimum wage, Department of Labor, Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, unions, labor, wages, paid family leave, miami, St. Petersburg, Florida

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The U.S. Secretary of Labor is in Florida this week pushing for an increased minimum wage and for paid leave for employees; Wednesday in St. Petersburg Tom Perez rallied for paid family leave and Thursday in Miami Secretary Perez is pushing for a higher federal minimum wage.

WMNF News spoke with him Wednesday night and he said the Obama administration wants a $12/hour minimum wage by 2020.

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Tampa Bay seagrass recovers; 40,000 acres most in 60 years listen

05/13/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa Bay, Tampa, St. Petersburg, seagrass, environment, water, fertilizer, fertilizer ordinance, pollution, oceans, SWFWMD, Tampa Bay Watch, WMNF News

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There are more acres of seagrass in the Tampa Bay estuary than any time in the last sixty years; the Southwest Florida Water Management District announced Wednesday that the bay now supports more than 40,000 acres of seagrass beds.

WMNF News interviewed Kris Kaufman, a senior environmental scientist with SWFWMD.

Kaufman said their study found a 16.3 percent increase in seagrass coverage in Tampa Bay from 2012 to 2014. She said seagrass recovery requires relatively clean water and congr...

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The Fairness Doctrine tackles the minimum wage debate listen

05/13/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: minimum wage, Fairness Doctrine, Jennifer Sullivan, Kofi Hunt, Mark Hoffman, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we listen to the latest edition of The Fairness Doctrine, a monthly debate segment moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. This episode's topic: should the minimum wage be raised to 15 dollars per hour? Arguing for the wage hike is Kofi Hunt from Fight for 15 and arguing against the raise is Mark Hoffmann, host of "Patriot Nation" on blog talk radio.

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Group behind Amendment 1 wants legislature to follow voter's intent

05/12/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Paula Dockery, Aliki Moncrief, Florida's Water and Land Legacy, Amendment 1, environment, wmnf

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Today's host, former state senator Paula Dockery, talks with Aliki Moncrief, Executive of the Florida's Water and Land Legacy. the environmental group helped put Amendment 1 on last year's ballot in hopes of increasing revenue towards land and water conservation programs. Moncrief talks about the deadlock in Tallahassee that has left lawmakers unable to agree on spending on environmental programs.

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Listeners sound off on alleged Bin Laden cover-up, dwindling numbers in America's churches

05/12/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Religion, christianity, Pew Research, osama bin laden, Iraq war, Seymour Hersh, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines to listeners for most of the hour. We look at a recent Pew survey that shows that Americans are becoming less religious, with the number of people who do not affiliate with a religion growing while less people affiliate themselves with christianity. Christians still make up the country's largest religious. We also look at an article by veteran war journalist Seymour Hersh which alleges that Osama Bin Laden was actually a priso...

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Ocean lovers will hold Hands Across the Sand this weekend in Florida and elsewhere listen

05/12/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Hands Across The Sand, beaches, Suncoast Surfrider Foundation, Offshore Drilling, Gulf of Mexico, Oil, BP oil disaster

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This weekend, ocean lovers and opponents of fossil fuels will join hands in the annual Hands Across the Sand series of rallies; there are five locations around the greater Tampa Bay region on Saturday. Two will be in Pinellas County: Gandy Beach and Indian Rocks Beach; one in Sarasota; another in Englewood Beach and a fifth at Weeki Wachee Springs.

For a preview of what to expect WMNF interviewed Thomas ...

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Bikes, Walking, and Cyclovia listen

05/11/15 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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The May 11, 2015 Sustainable Living Program was on bicycling, walking friendly cities and the Cyclovia event taking place in Temple Terrace May 17. Cyclovia is a worldwide movement that closes the streets to cars for one day so people can enjoy the cities in a whole new way. Our guests included Michael Dunn, Public Information Officer with the City of Temple Terrace; Stephen Benson, Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Coordinator at FDOT; and Julie Bond, Sr. Researcher at USF’s Center for Urban Transpo...

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Tampa Peace House group uses comedy to combat Islamophobia listen

05/11/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: islam, Islamophobia, Muslim, Peace House, peace, humor, satire, comedy, Muzzies

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A new group in Tampa is using humor to fight Islamophobia.

A couple of weeks ago the daycare section of a mosque in Tampa caught fire. When news of the fire was posted on television websites the string of angry, mean and downright Islamophobic responses flooded in.

But a new group in Tampa, called Peace House, is fighting back against the Islamophobia with humor.

The guests on MidPoint are the creators and found...

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