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Shirley Sherrod on how she stood up to the "politics of fear" listen

01/25/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In 2010 Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign from position as Georgia state director for Rural Development for the USDA when heavily edited remarks were used to accuse her of discriminating against a white farmer.

After setting the record straight, the Obama Administration offered Sherrod a new position at the USDA which she later declined.

In this second half of her interview with WMNF’s Lenka Davis, Sherrod shares the story of her memoir “The Courage to Hope: How I stood up to the p...

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Shirley Sherrod: I hope the administration learned from my case listen

01/24/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In 2010, Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign from her position at the US Department of Agriculture after a conservative commentator posted a heavily edited video of a speech, which suggested that Sherrod discriminated against a white farmer. The video set off criticism, mainly by conservative networks, but the full recording of the speech proved Sherrod was telling a story with the opposite meaning.

WMNF’s Lenka Davis interviewed Sherrod after she spoke at a leadership luncheon hosted b...

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Insects: the next threat to national security? listen

11/17/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Department of Homeland Security has been trying to tighten borders in the name of national security. Airplane passengers and undocumented immigrants have spurred much of the national debate, but there is also concern that food imports should be monitored more closely.

Wednesday in Tampa industry specialists from the agriculture and food industry, law enforcement, the military and emergency management took a course o...

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Small farms under threat from the FDA in "Farmageddon" listen

08/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Federal and state laws can create hurdles for small farmers, who face raids and arrests for such things as selling raw milk to customers. A new film, called Farmageddon, documents the struggles of independent farmers. Hundreds of people attended sold out screenings in Tampa.

Many viewers were shocked to find that all over the United States, federal food regulators are shutting down businesses, throwing fresh food in the garbage, and raiding families’ homes; ...

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The controversy over the firing of Shirley Sherrod from the USDA

07/22/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Earlier this week a long time USDA employee from Georgia was fired for remarks she made to an NAACP chapter meeting in March of this year. A few minutes of the speech were played by conservative and mainstream media outlets suggesting that Sherrod, an African American, discriminated against white farmers in carrying out her official duties as a USDA employee.

This week the NAACP issued a complete copy of Sherrod's 43 minute speech. In context and unedited, the speech indicates that, contr...

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