News & Public Affairs

Friday May 29, 2015

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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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Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee


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Senator Tom Lee says no budget deal reached for special session

Today we listen to Friday's episode of Florida This Week, where several influential policymakers discuss the budget impasse in the state legislature that will lead to a special budget session that will begin in June. The two chambers have been unable to agree on medicaid expansion to cover over 800000 of Florida's working poor. Gov. Rick Scott filed a lawsuit last week against the federal Department of health and human services, allegedly health officials are threatening to pull funding to co...

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Protesters hold signs at a Black Lives Matter / Ferguson solidarity rally in Tampa in Nov. 2014.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Young protesters demonstrate in Tampa for police accountability

Some of the peaceful protests against police violence in Baltimore in recent weeks have turned violent. But here in Tampa the solidarity rallies have remained peaceful. On Friday evening there was a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration at downtown's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Dozens of young adults gathered with signs reading “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “Police Accountability”. One of the protest organizers is Crystal Wilson.

“These series of protests have been to stand in solidarity...

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Server carrying food at Cafe Flore in San Francisco


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food service advocacy group pushes for raising the federal minimum wage for tipped employees

We start off today's Radioactivity discussing the Freddie Gray case, particularly a claim circulating around conservative blogs that Gray had a previous spinal cord injury that might have contributed to his death after falling into a coma in the back of a police van. [The Washington Post reported last week] that that claim of a preexisting condition is not true.

Then we look at the minimum wage for tipped restaurant employees, which is $2.13 at the federal level and $5.03 in Florida. we l...

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Radioactivity chats with political comedian Jimmy Dore

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei talks with comedian Jimmy Dore, host of the political satire radio show The Jimmy Dore Show from Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles. The Show takes jabs at political figures and the mainstream media. It also airs on WMNF's HD3 channel, available on HD radio and online. Dore also released a series of satirical essays in a book titled *Your Country Is Just Not That Into You: How the Media, Wall Street, and Both Political Parties Keep on Screwing Y...

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Hillsborough County School District Task force member Dipa Shah on fixing the school to prison pipeline

Brandon based attorney Dipa Shah was an unsuccessful candidate for the Hillsborough County School Board last fall, but she's making a contribution now, as a member of a task force that is mandated with looking at ways at amending school policies when it comes to disciplining black and brown youth in the school district.

Shah also discussed her view on former superintendent MaryEllen Elia, and what it was like running for office for the first time last year.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Mar. 2015).

Group says Koch Brothers are close with Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott

A liberal group critical of the influence of the Koch Brothers on politics is slamming the billionaires’ ties with three Florida Republicans.

In a conference call Thursday the group American Bridge announced findings of their report called “Florida Man Buys State: Koch Impacts in the Sunshine State.”

Their director of special projects, Pete Jones, says the Kochs have cultivated tight relationships with Governor Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio and former gover...

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Radioactivity plays segments of the Jimmy Dore Show

Today on Radioactivity, We listen to a segment of the Jimmy Dore Show, a political satire radio show from KPFK in Los Angeles, that looks at the public re-emergence of former New York Times journalist Judith Miller, as well as the Benghazi Scandal. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phone lines to WMNF listeners.

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