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Saturday February 28, 2015

Progressive political organizer Damien Filer weighs in on what to expect this legislative session

As the 2015 legislative session approaches, lawmakers in Florida will be tackling everything from medical marijuana and beer growlers to civil forefeiture and public education.

But will the conservative legislature take up progressive priorities like Medicaid expansion? Will their conservative ideologies push controversial issues like anti-abortion measures and gun bills?

Progress Florida's Damien Filer lays out what to expect and what his group is doing to shape the conversation.

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Foreign Policy Professor Pierre Guerlain on how the U.S. should combat Islamic radicalism

Speaking with us today is Pierre Guerlain, Professor of American Studies at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, France. Gaulain's work focuses on "anti-Americanism" and the image of the U.S abroad. He also writes for the Huffington Post most recently about the terrorist attacks in Paris almost two month ago. This morning he speaks with us about the relation between terrorist groups and U.S. Foreign Policy and how best the U.S. should respond to...

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Dr. Eugenie Clark studying a shark during the early days of her research.


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Colleague remembers Mote's "Shark Lady," Eugenie Clark

On Wednesday a pioneering researcher -- known as the "Shark Lady" -- who broke glass ceilings as a woman in science died in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Eugenie Clark founded the lab that would become Mote Marine Laboratory and inspired many people, especially women, to study science. She died at age 92 due to complications from battling lung cancer.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane spoke with one of Clark’s colleagues, Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laborat...

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Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physics professor and host of Exploration


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Explorations in Science with Dr. Michio Kaku

Today Radioactivity airs an episode of Exploration from New York City's WBAI public radio station and hosted by theoretical physicist and co-founder of "String theory" Dr. Michio Kaku. The program touches on scientific topic such as astrophysics, technology, recent scientific advances and topics from science fiction such as the future of time travel and extra-terrestrial life.

Dr. Kaku talks with James C. Oskins and Michael H. Maggelet, both who are retired from the U.S. nuclear weapons ...

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An Episode of Pacifica Radio's Project Censored Radio Show

Project Censored is a media literacy and education initiative started in 1976 that has since expanded to over 2 dozen universities in the U.S. It is known for its yearly anthology of over looked news stories.

On this episode of the associated radio show, hosted by Mickey Huff, several public health issues and misconceptions are addressed. Journalist and science writer Peter Byrne explains the ineffectiveness of current treatment methods for breast cancer. He uses Marin county, an affluent ...

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Daren Rice speaks out against big money polluting Florida waterways and politics


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Report exposes link between dirty money and Florida's dirty waterways

The advocacy group, Environment Florida, exposes top water polluters and the influence of dark money flowing into Florida in a report released today. The revelations impact local, state and federal policy makers.

On the steps of the St. Petersburg City Hall Tuesday, politicians and members of environmental organizations gathered to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the federal Clean Water Act in place.. According to the [report](http://www.environmentflorida.org/reports/fle/poll...

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photo by Jess Loughborough on Flickr (Creative Commons).

Adjunct instructors at USF will join national walkout Wednesday

Some adjunct instructors will walk out of class Wednesday at noon at USF. The rally is part of a nationwide walkout called National Adjunct Walkout Day where adjunct instructors are protesting the fact that they don’t get the same full-time pay or benefits as their tenure-track colleagues. WMNF News interviewed Cole Bellamy. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and is an adjunct instructor of Eng...

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The Ralph Nader Radio Hour interviews Peace Activist Frances Crowe

Today Radioactivity airs the latest episode of KPFK's Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Nader conducts a fascinating interview with pacifist Frances Crowe, who has been objecting war since the nuclear bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshimi in World War II. During the Vietnam war she helped thousands register as conscious objectors of war and refused to pay war taxes since the beginning of the Iraq War. Her activism and civil disobedience has led to her arrest many times, although not enough, in her own wor...

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Ed Turanchik.


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Questions answered about the Hillsborough high-speed ferry

Last Wednesday the Hillsborough County Commission voted to support, in principle, moving forward with a high-speed ferry project in Tampa Bay.

The proposed ferry would link commuters in the south county with jobs at MacDill Air Force Base. In off-peak hours it could connect downtown Tampa with downtown St. Petersburg or other areas.

Taxpayers would be on the hook for capital outlays of the pr...

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Susan Glickman and Tory Perfetti of the Flordian for Solar Choice ballot initiative


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Bi-partisan efforts lead 2016 ballot initiative to expand solar power choice in Florida.

Today on Radioactivity we talk about a solar energy ballot initiative whose supporters run the political gamut. Over the last month, The Floridians of Solar Choice petition drive has garnered over 100,000 signatures to add an initiative onto the 2016 ballot that would allow Florida businesses and residents to sell solar power to a third party.Conservatives for Energy Freedom's Tory Perfetti and Susan Glickman of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy join us to talk about their work for the initi...

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