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

01/13/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Death penalty, Pax Christi, John Stewart, FADP

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

01/13/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Central Command, Edward Snowden, cyberattacks, NOVA, Jose Godinez Samnperio, immigration

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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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Next Dalí Museum exhibit will feature work by Leonardo Da Vinci listen

01/13/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Salvador Dalí, Art, St. Petersburg, science, The Dalí Museum

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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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Last Call with Daniel Ruth, award-winning columnist for the Tampa Bay Times

01/13/15 Rob Lorei
Last Call Monday

Tags: Daniel Ruth, Tampa Bay Times, Florida, Central Command, Cuba

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Daniel Ruth, Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times columnist and Times editorial board member, joins host Rob Lorei and listeners to discuss current events such as the recent Central Command twitter account hack, redistricting in Florida, and relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

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

01/12/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Dennis Plews, Stardrive, Social Security, disability, Max Richtman

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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

01/09/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Ben Ridder, disability rights, Ride-sharing, Uber, Lyft, Josh Earnest, Unemployment, Keystone pipeline

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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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Alternative "Ferguson Black Grand Jury" recommends indictment for officer who killed Michael Brown listen

01/09/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ferguson, Uhuru

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Last year the grand jury in Missouri hearing evidence about the death of Michael Brown did not indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed the teenager; so the black community gathered together its own grand jury last weekend.

St. Petersburg resident Penny Hess is chair of the African Peoples Solidarity Committee and traveled to Missouri last weekend to participate in what was called the Black People’s Grand Jury.

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Watching the Cuba-U.S. rapprochement unfold listen

01/09/15 Mitch Perry

22 days ago, President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro announced a breakthrough in diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries.

Al Fox, the head of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation appeared on the program to talk about landmark agreement. Fox is an insider with deep knowledge of the goings-on of the Cuban government, and he shared some of his knowledge during the program.

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Sixty Tampa Police will wear body cameras as part of pilot program listen

01/08/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa Police, Tampa City Council, police, Tampa, Jane Castor

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Tampa Police will roll out a pilot program to check the effectiveness of officers wearing body cameras; It’s part of a nationwide movement to document more interactions between police and the public, especially following several high-profile deaths.

Council member Frank Reddick asked Chief Jane Castor how Tampa Police officers felt about using the cameras.

Chief Castor said the cameras will be purchased from TASER International and the contract for storage and analysis of the video wil...

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Fresh Market grocery chain joins CIW's Fair Food Program listen

01/08/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Fair Food Program, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, CIW, farmworkers, labor

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A farmworker organization in Florida has gotten another large grocery chain to sign on to its Fair Food Agreement. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers announced Thursday that the Fresh Market grocery chain has become the 13th corporation to support “fair farm labor conditions and verifiable, worker-driven social responsibility in US agriculture.”

According to a press release, the grocery chain will purchase some tomatoes from growers that have agreed to pay an additional penny per pound to ...

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