News & Public Affairs

Tuesday May 26, 2015

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Local students compete in the world's largest science fair in Pittsburgh

Today on Radioactivity we talk with 3 bay area students who are in Pittsburgh to participate in the World's largest science fair. Colton Lewis, Margaret Parrish,and Rebecca Elsishans are all high schools students that have entered The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that awards over $4 million in prizes and scholarships. The student's projects range from nanotube technology, electromagnetic science and public health through water sanitation.

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

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In Florida Secretary of Labor pushes paid family leave and increased minimum wage

The U.S. Secretary of Labor is in Florida this week pushing for an increased minimum wage and for paid leave for employees; Wednesday in St. Petersburg Tom Perez rallied for paid family leave and Thursday in Miami Secretary Perez is pushing for a higher federal minimum wage.

WMNF News spoke with him Wednesday night and he said the Obama administration wants a $12/hour minimum wage by 2020.

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Seagrasses. These are from Vieques in Puerto Rico, but the same species are found in Tampa Bay.

photo by Seán Kinane (June 2012).

Tampa Bay seagrass recovers; 40,000 acres most in 60 years

There are more acres of seagrass in the Tampa Bay estuary than any time in the last sixty years; the Southwest Florida Water Management District announced Wednesday that the bay now supports more than 40,000 acres of seagrass beds.

WMNF News interviewed Kris Kaufman, a senior environmental scientist with SWFWMD.

Kaufman said their study found a 16.3 percent increase in seagrass coverage in Tampa Bay from 2012 to 2014. She said seagrass recovery requires relatively clean water and congr...

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Fairness Doctrine moderator Jennifer Sullivan with Kofi Hunt of Fight for 15

photo by Rob Lorei

The Fairness Doctrine tackles the minimum wage debate

Today we listen to the latest edition of The Fairness Doctrine, a monthly debate segment moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. This episode's topic: should the minimum wage be raised to 15 dollars per hour? Arguing for the wage hike is Kofi Hunt from Fight for 15 and arguing against the raise is Mark Hoffmann, host of "Patriot Nation" on blog talk radio.

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Turner River in The Everglades photo by Chauncey Davis/Flickr

photo by Chauncey Davis/Flickr

Group behind Amendment 1 wants legislature to follow voter's intent

Today's host, former state senator Paula Dockery, talks with Aliki Moncrief, Executive of the Florida's Water and Land Legacy. the environmental group helped put Amendment 1 on last year's ballot in hopes of increasing revenue towards land and water conservation programs. Moncrief talks about the deadlock in Tallahassee that has left lawmakers unable to agree on spending on environmental programs.

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First Baptist Church in Downtown Tampa

photo by James Willamor

Listeners sound off on alleged Bin Laden cover-up, dwindling numbers in America's churches

On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines to listeners for most of the hour. We look at a recent Pew survey that shows that Americans are becoming less religious, with the number of people who do not affiliate with a religion growing while less people affiliate themselves with christianity. Christians still make up the country's largest religious. We also look at an article by veteran war journalist Seymour Hersh which alleges that Osama Bin Laden was actually a priso...

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Hands Across the Sand at Treasure Island in 2013.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Ocean lovers will hold Hands Across the Sand this weekend in Florida and elsewhere

This weekend, ocean lovers and opponents of fossil fuels will join hands in the annual Hands Across the Sand series of rallies; there are five locations around the greater Tampa Bay region on Saturday. Two will be in Pinellas County: Gandy Beach and Indian Rocks Beach; one in Sarasota; another in Englewood Beach and a fifth at Weeki Wachee Springs.

For a preview of what to expect WMNF interviewed Thomas ...

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Bikes, Walking, and Cyclovia

The May 11, 2015 Sustainable Living Program was on bicycling, walking friendly cities and the Cyclovia event taking place in Temple Terrace May 17. Cyclovia is a worldwide movement that closes the streets to cars for one day so people can enjoy the cities in a whole new way. Our guests included Michael Dunn, Public Information Officer with the City of Temple Terrace; Stephen Benson, Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Coordinator at FDOT; and Julie Bond, Sr. Researcher at USF’s Center for Urban Transpo...

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Ahmad Hussam (l) and Nick Armero of Peace House.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa Peace House group uses comedy to combat Islamophobia

A new group in Tampa is using humor to fight Islamophobia.

A couple of weeks ago the daycare section of a mosque in Tampa caught fire. When news of the fire was posted on television websites the string of angry, mean and downright Islamophobic responses flooded in.

But a new group in Tampa, called Peace House, is fighting back against the Islamophobia with humor.

The guests on MidPoint are the creators and found...

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