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Author Ian Haney Lopez explains racial codewords and "dog-whistle" politics

03/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Race, politics, dog whistle politics, Ian Haney Lopez, George Wallace, welfare, immigration, terrorism, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Rob Lorei, wmnf


In the past, politicians that opposed equal rights for minorities used to be able to express that sentiment frankly. But as open racism has fallen out of fashion, many politicians have turned to coded language that stokes racial anxiety amongst their constituency. Ian Haney Lopez, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, explains that racism survives in today's politics through racialized ...

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Hillsborough County Commission approves financial aid to companies to create jobs listen

11/15/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today Hillsborough County Commission approved a series of government incentives to private businesses if they create new jobs in the county. One company is called Digital Risk. They’re expected to create 1000 new jobs in Florida and 100 to 600 of them could be in Hillsborough. Ron Barton, Hillsborough’s director of economic development, said the county agreed to pay Digital Risk a base of $1000 per job plus what are called local bonuses.

Commissioners unanimously approved the compensat...

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Group of Catholic Nuns Challenges Mitt Romney to Experience What It Is to Be Poor

08/09/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today— Catholic nuns want former Massachussetts Governor Mitt Romney and who’s personal worth is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars—they want him to know what it’s like for struggling families across the country. We’ll talk with a leading activist nun in just a moment. But first- four listener comments about yesterday’s interview with Michelle Williams- she is working with the family of Javon Ne...


Hear Aasif Mandvi from The Daily Show challenge FL Gov. Rick Scott on drug testing welfare recipients listen

12/07/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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After Florida Governor Rick Scott's budget presentation Wednesday afternoon, he took questions from reporters. Even from Comedy Central’s Aasif Mandvi, a correspondent from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Mandvi took aim at the new Florida law supported by Governor Scott that requires drug tests for low-income people applying for government assistance. He asked the governor for a urine sample.

Mandvi: “Governor, you benefit from h...

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ACLU awaits challenge of a Florida law that requires welfare applicants to take a drug test listen

09/30/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is awaiting ruling on whether or not drug testing welfare recipients is constitutional. The law that took effect in July is being challenged by a single father who refused to subject himself to an unwarranted drug test.

Louis Lebron is a 35-year-old UCF student and single father. He is also the sole caregiver to his mother who has a disability. And he’s a veteran of the Navy. When he was told he would have to tak...

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Preliminary welfare drug test results contrary to Governor Scott's claims

08/26/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we were joined by Baylor Johnson, Online Advocacy Coordinator for the ACLU of Florida who talked about the mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients in Florida, ordered by Governor Rick Scott. The program went into effect July 1.

This week the Tampa Tribune published preliminary findings ...


Film shows Guilani's controversial tenure as NYC mayor listen

01/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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One of the accomplishments that Rudy Guiliani boasts of on the campaign trail is how he was able to move so many people off the welfare rolls in New York as mayor in the 1990s. But as the 2006 documentary, Guiliani Time depicts, it came at a huge cost to many of those people who were on welfare.

Kevin Keating was the director of that film, and tells WMNF why he devotes so much time in his film to that part of Guiliani's tenure in New York.

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