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La Gaceta columnist Joe O'Neill talks local, state and national politics listen

03/06/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: La Gaceta, Joe O'Neill, Martin St. Louis, Cuba, DNC, Bob Buckhorn

The CD13 race is next Tuesday. La Gaceta columnist Joe O'Neill, gives his take on what's been going on in that Pinellas County race. He also weighs in on Bob Buckhorn rejecting a bid to host the Democratic National Convention, Charlie Crist discussing his support for ending the sanctions against Cuba, and even why former Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis is no longer playing in Tampa.

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As Charlie Crist calls on lifting Cuba embargo, not all Cuban-Americans agree listen

02/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Cuba, Cuban-American, trade embargo, Charlie Crist, Bill Nelson

Last week, former Governor Charlie Crist, who is running to get his old job back, announced he supports lifting the half-century trade embargo against Cuba. Many Cuban-Americans support his stance, but opinions vary. During a lecture at Eckerd College Wednesday night, Patsy Feliciano, director of diversity and inclusion at USF said she thinks the embargo should stand.

“I don’t believe that lifting the embargo is going to change a thing in Cuba. In fact, I don’t see there is an embargo. Cu...

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A look back at 5 of the biggest stories of Florida of 2013 listen

12/31/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday

Tags: Edward Snowden, Cuba

In the Dec. 26 issue of Creative Loafing, political editor Mitch Perry listed 5 issues worth remembering at the end of the year. 1) bad cops, 2) The ascendancy of LGBT rights in Florida, 3) St. Petersburg's renaissance 4)The disconnect between Tampa and Cuba and 4) The surveillance state as documented by Edward Snowden. We talked about these issues on today's program.

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Interview with Former State Senator Helen Gordon Davis listen

10/21/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Helen Gordon Davis, Tampa, NAACP, cross burning, Women's rights, Feminism, Nicaragua, Charlie Crist, Cuba, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Rob Lorei talks with women's and civil rights champion Helen Gordon Davis. In 1974 Davis was the first woman elected from Hillsborough County to the state legislature. Davis was a champion of women's issues and fought hard on behalf of ethnic minorities. She served six terms in the Florida House of Representatives. In 1988 she was elected to the Florida Senate. In this interview she talks about being the first white woman to join the local NAACP, a cross burning on her law...

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Part one Charlie Miranda on Baseball and Tampa Bay

07/24/13 Warren Elly and Charlie Miranda
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today on Last Call, Warren Elly explores the history of baseball in the bay area. His guest, six term city council member Charlie Miranda and the current chairman talks about the story of baseball in Tampa.

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Jack Espinosa's Cuba and Ybor City

07/17/13 Warren Elly with Jack Espinosa
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call, Warren Elly talks with Jack Espinosa, a local historian and comedian. He was one of the top comics in the U.S., the Caribbean and South America in the 40s and 50s. People say he couldn't walk down the streets during the day without being mobbed. He was born in Ybor city in the great depression and graduated from the University of Tampa with a degree in history, English, and education. He retired from show business in 1959 to teach and organize.

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Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Visits Cuba

06/04/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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This past weekend a large delegation of members from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce returned from a historic five day trip to Cuba from May 29 – June 2. President and CEO of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Bob Rohrlack joins Rob Lorei to discuss the Chamber's renewed perspective after visiting and their goal to re-institute an economic relationship with Cuba. Listen to the full show above.

For more Information: [www.gotocuba.org][1].

For continued updates about t...

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Tampa panelists question Cuba's terror designation listen

04/24/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In a decisive move this month, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) announced she want the U.S. to normalize relations with Cuba. During a discussion in Tampa Wednesday, five out of six panelists agreed.

Attorney John Grandoff said the island nation should be removed from the state sponsors of terrorism list.

Grandoff said Cuba wasn’t added to the state sponsor of terrorism list until 1982.

If the U.S. removes Cuba from that list, it opens the door to lift the 50-year long trade embargo....

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn indecisive on normalization with Cuba listen

04/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn isn’t taking a stance on normalizing relations with Cuba.

"It’s not an issue that I am weighing in on. It’s not an issue that, as mayor, I have any control over. I have enough on my plate with the things that I do control.”

But Buckhorn says he does see the embargo ending sooner or later.

“I would hope it would be when the Castro government – either Raul or Fidel are gone – and I think it will be when the Cuban people have an opportunity t...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor worried about boys abducted in Tampa and taken to Cuba listen

04/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The man accused of abducting his two sons from Tampa last week is reportedly in Cuba. An Associated Press reporter in Havana wrote "the family appeared to interact normally" there. Tampa Congress member Kathy Castor told reporters during an unrelated event today that she is working hard to ensure the family is returned to the U.S.

The news comes just days after Castor returned from a trip to Cuba. The U.S. Representative said she’s in contact with authorities including the Hillsborough ...

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