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

03/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Race, politics, dog whistle politics, Ian Haney Lopez, George Wallace, welfare, immigration, terrorism, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Rob Lorei, wmnf

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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" listen

03/10/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: environment, Vandana Shiva, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg

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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The dangers of caramel-colored soda, and how to naturally fight off pollen season

03/10/15 Rob Lorei
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health

On Alternative Health, nutritionist Eve Prang Plews discusses the hazards of carmel-colored cola, how to naturally fight off allergies during pollen season, and how to pick the best olive oils. She then takes callers questions and offers advice on HPV vaccines, antibiotics,and aspects of paleo and gluten-free diets.

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CAIR Florida on FBI lawsuit and controversial film listen

03/09/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Ibragim Todashev, CAIR, CAIR Florida, Hassan Shibly, Laila Abdelaziz, Legislature

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

03/09/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Governor Rick Scott, Medicaid expansion, LIP program, State budget, Everglades restoration, Bob Buckhorn, Darryl Paulson, Mike Fasano, Amy Hollyfield, Barry Edwards, Rob Lorei, wmnf, Florida This Week, WEDU, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, climate change, global warming, Tristram Korten

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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

03/06/15 Rob Lorei
True Talk
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Tags: ISIS, terrorism, Loretta Napoleoni, wmnf

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

03/06/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Selma, Alabama, civil rights, Voting rights, nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dale Minor, Pacifica radio, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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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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King v. Burwell could push as many as 7.3 million Americans out of health insurance

03/06/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Florida CHAIN, Athena Smith Ford, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, King v. Burwell, healthcare exchanges

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a case that could fundamentally dismantle the provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows people to obtain private health insurance at a more affordable rate.

King v. Burwell challenges the federal subsidies given to U.S. citizens who earn a household income between 100% and 400% the federal poverty level. That means 7.3 million people who rely on the subsidy to pay for otherwise too costly premiums could lose that benefit...

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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, wants prison reform listen

03/06/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Florida, prisons, recidivism, Piper Kerman, Eckerd, Eckerd College, Orange is the New Black

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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, is asking Floridians to put Governor Scott’s close ties to the prison industry under the microscope. Her book is the basis for a popular Netflix series about her unsettling experiences in prison. Kerman spoke Thursday night at Eckerd College as part a series celebrating Women’s History Month. Before the event ...

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The campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for the Dem. nomination for president listen

03/05/15 Mitch Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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RunWarrenRun.org is the website devoted to drafting Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for the Democratic nomination for president. So far the former economics professor has resisted the siren call, but Vicki Kaplan from the group says that she was also resistant to run for Senate in 2012, and the rest is history.

Kaplan and her associates are members with MoveOn.org, the progressive group formed in the late 1990's during the middle of the Bill Clinton impeachment imbroglio. She...

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