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Radioactivity Listeners weigh in on working retail on Black Friday listen

11/28/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Black Friday, Thanksgiving, retail, homeless, Bradenton, manatee, Lauren Mitchell


Today on Radioactivity, listeners phone in to share their experiences on working Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend as well as their opinions on the growing 'Black Thursday' shopping trend.

Rob Lorei also speaks with Lauren Mitchell, whose band will be playing at the Bradenton Elks Lodge on Sunday as part of a fund-raiser for Elks Feeds Little Empty Tummies (EFLET), a Bradenton-based charity working on feeding the over 2000 children in Manatee County that have been identified as homele...

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A Thanksgiving look at the cultural importance of shared meals listen

11/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: food, Thanksgiving, National Geographic, sharing food, meals, history, Culture


Thursday is Thanksgiving and for many families that means gathering together around a table full of food.

To look at the historical and cultural significance of shared meals in human history, WMNF interviewed Rebecca Rupp. She’s a food historian and contributes to National Geographic’s The Plate, a food-related blog. Her most recent story is Eat, Drink and Be Merry.


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Retailers opening on Thanksgiving: consumerism or convenience? listen

11/21/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: war on Christmas, Thanksgiving, consumerism

For years, conservative Christians have claimed there is a war on Christmas - arguing that too many people insist on using the monicker "Happy Holiday" instead of "Merry Christmas." Now many retailers in a push to bring in even more holiday revenue are opting to stay open on Thanksgiving to start their doorbuster savings before the Turkey's even out of the oven.

Today we ask listeners, is there a war on Christmas and should retail workers be able to enjoy a day off with family instead of b...

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PETA's sexy pilgrims fight turkey murder listen

11/16/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today in downtown Tampa, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals passed out free vegan turkeys to passers by in hopes of promoting a meatless Thanksgiving.

Two young women dressed as sexy pilgrims caught the eyes of Tampa's downtown business crowd as they handed out free "Tofurky" meatless turkey roasts at lunch time. Virginia Fort is with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

"We're out here handing out delicious Tofurky roasts as an alternati...


Metropolitan Ministries Sees Significant Drop in Donations listen

11/25/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Each Thanksgiving, Metropolitan Ministries distributes Thanksgiving food packages to thousands of Tampa Bay residents in need. This year, amid the throes of the worst financial crisis in recent history, they’re seeing more dire need than ever exacerbated by a major drop in donations.

As volunteers sort through boxes of spaghetti, stuffing and Jell-O, the line outside the Metropolitan Ministries food distribution center on Florida Avenue is strikingly long. People wait for what the nonpro...

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