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Folk Musician Carlos Valera, often called the 'Bob Dylan of Cuba', joins us today on Radioactivity listen

03/28/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Tags: gun control, Hudson, firearms, Julia Wyman, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, National Physicians Alliance, Carlos Varela, Cuba, music, The Poet of Havana, Ron Chapman, Gasparilla International Film Festival, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Guns are a contentious topic right now in the Tampa Bay Area with an reported increase in gun violence in Tampa, and the tragic case in Hudson where a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother before taking his own life. At the same time a bill banning backyard shooting ranges was rejected, while bills allowing firearms on college campuses and during emergency situations are still moving through the state legislature.

Gun control advocacy group, States United to Prevent Gun V...

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In St. Pete Student Farmworker Alliance announces boycott of Wendy's listen

03/23/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Coalition of Immokalee Workers, CIW, St. Petersburg, Student Farmworker Alliance, fair food, food, farmworkers, music

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An alliance between student groups and farmworkers announced this weekend in St. Petersburg they are organizing a boycott against Wendy’s restaurants.

At Saturday’s March and Concert for Fair Food at Vinoy Park the Student/Farmworker Alliance led hundreds in chanting “The burgers may be square but the food ain't fair.”

The Student Farmworker Alliance wants Wendy’s to sign on to the Fair Food Program led by the [Coalition of Immokalee Workers](http://ciw-on...

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First opera about the Iraq War comes to the USF School of Music in Tampa

03/18/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Iraq war, Fallujah, Opera, music, Heather Raffo, Christian Ellis, 9 parts of Desire, USF School of Music, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Award-working Iraqi-American playright Heather Raffo joins us to talk about her latest work, Fallujah, the first opera about the Iraq War that will be performed at the USF School of Music in Tampa on Friday at 7:30 pm. She previously written and starred in an successful off broadway play, 9 parts of Desire, about the lives of 9 Iraqi women set between the two gulf wars.

Falljah is based on the true story of Christian Ellis, an American machine gunner whose platoon was ambushed in an ...

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Performance at USF reflects on Arab-American experience after 9/11 listen

09/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: war on terror, September 11th, Middle East, poetry, Art, music, USF

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"Spoken word meets Middle Eastern music" is how a performance scheduled for Monday night at USF, Tampa is billed.

But there’s also a heavy dose of political commentary based on the Arab American experience during the post-9/11 so-called “War on Terror.”

Last week WMNF interviewed Andrea Assaf, the artistic director of Art2Action, about her performance Monday night called Eleven Reflections on September.

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Sarasota musicians want county to back off noise restrictions listen

04/23/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Sarasota, music

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Some Sarasota musicians are fed up with a new rule in the county limiting noise.

Several dozen packed a joint city-county commission meeting Tuesday to tell elected officials that cracking down on decibel levels is hurting the local economy and cultural scene.

Tony LeClerc plays bass and is a singer-songwriter.

"The ordinance was passed, I believe, May 20th. It reduced the decibel level from 75 to 60. A normal conversation between people runs around 75 decibels. A bird chirping h...

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Hillsborough NAACP wants to organize to save Tampa's historic Jackson House listen

04/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: NAACP, Tampa, Jackson House, African-American history, music

A dilapidated historic house in downtown Tampa may get a second chance at renovations. The Jackson House was built in 1901 and served as a boarding house. During decades of racial segregation it was one of the only places blacks could find accommodation. The Jackson House hosted celebrities such as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie.

Carolyn Collins, president of Hillsborough Branch NAACP, told Tampa City Council Thursday h...

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Florida Orchestra heads to Havana for historical music and education exchange listen

09/29/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning marked another milestone in Tampa Bay’s reconnection with Cuba. The Florida Orchestra sent five musicians from its wind ensemble to Havana to perform and teach master classes. This is the first time in 12 years that a professional American orchestra has sent musicians to Cuba, and only the second time since the 1959 revolution.

Flowing fanfares from fellow musicians in the brass quintet were a fine farewell for the members of the Florida...

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Clearwater musicians join the first global "Playing for Change Day" listen

09/21/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Anyone searching for Bob Marley’s “One Love” video online may have seen a film called Playing for Change. It includes clips of musicians playing the famous tune in different cities around the world. The Playing for Change Foundation made the video, and is a nonprofit dedicated to providing music and arts education to underprivileged children worldwide. Last Saturda...

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9/11 remembered by peace supporters listen

09/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As America marked the tenth anniversary of September eleventh yesterday, the county’s attention was fixed on remembering lives lost in the now infamous tragedy. But while many folks used the day to justify retaliatory military action such as the Wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, some people in Tampa promoted a message of peace.

Musicians, activists, and people of faith gathered for a second day of performances for peace at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa las...

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Bob Dylan in America author Sean Wilentz

05/24/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up on this, the 70th birthday of songwriter Bob Dylan- an interview with Sean Wilentz author of BOB DYLAN IN AMERICA. From the book's publisher: "Growing up in Greenwich Village, Sean Wilentz discov­ered the music of Bob Dylan as a young teenager; almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan. Drawn in part from Wilentz’s essays as

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