News & Public Affairs

Saturday July 4, 2015


Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University

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Radioactivity airs speech by Princeton professor Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor on racism in post-civil rights era

Today is Juneteenth, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the complete emancipation of African American slaves in 1865. We listen to a speech from Alternative Radio by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about the prevailing racism that continues to exist despite the gains made during the civil rights era of the 1960s, including the substandard housing issues many black people face. Keeanga Taylor is the Assistant Professor in the Center of African American Studies at Princeton University. Her rese...

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Dance exploring racism and eroticism (not in the same dance!) at the Florida Dance Festival.

Dance, like poetry, can explore difficult issues in very abstract or very specific ways. Our guests, Jennifer Salk, Doug Gillespie, Shateel Gandhi and Cindy Hennesey discuss the current state of dance funding, audiences, teaching, and then delved into the specific works being presented at The Florida Dance Festival, which opens tonight.

Shateel Gandhi's piece, I was just... started off as an exploration of breath, or not bei...

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Marisol Marquez with Raices en Tampa.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Immigrant rights group to protest in Tampa against deportations

In Tampa Friday evening, immigrant-rights activists will protest deportations; the rally is called #FightForLegalization and will begin at 6:00 p.m. at La Mexicana store at 2002 East Fletcher Avenue.

WMNF interviewed Marisol Marquez, an organizer with the group Raices en Tampa.

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Uhurus respond to church shooting in Charleston

Police say the man suspected of shooting and killing nine people to death inside a historic black church Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina has been arrested. In a speech Thursday President Barack Obama tied this shooting to a history of racism and gun violence in America. For local reaction, WMNF interviewed Gaida Kambon, the secretary general of the African Peoples’ Socialist Party.

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Police say 21-year-old Dylann Roof was arrested today in a car on...

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Max Richtman, President and CEO of the Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicaid

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Social Security advocate opposes Jeb Bush's stance on retirement privitization

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush officially announced his run for presidency this week and he hasn't been shy about voicing support for changing Social Security, including privatization and phasing in an increase of the retirement age. At a town meeting in New Hampshire, Bush called the program a "supplemental retirement system that’s not actuarially sound" and declared his intention to pick up where his brother left off, referring to George W.'s efforts to privatize Social Security that were...

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Holyoke academic Rachel Carey, Florida Transgender Alliance communications director Grant Drain

Transgender man and woman discuss issues trans community still face

Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, and Chelsea Manning. They are just a few of the increasingly visible transgender people in the public eye. Still, trans folk are often misunderstood in society, they face harassment, violence, workplace discrimination, and rates of suicide ideation that are significantly higher than the general population. Joining us today are two transgender people, Grant Drain and Rachel Carey, to explain transgender identity and the many social and legal issues the trans commun...

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Dezeray Lyn.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Solidarity actions in Tampa to support hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner

More than one hundred people have signed up to not eat food today in solidarity with a Palestinian, Khader Adnan, who is on an extended hunger strike protesting his imprisonment by Israel.

The solidarity hunger strike is organized in part by Tampa resident Dezeray Lyn, who recently traveled to the West Bank as a member of International Women’s Peace Service.

Lyn has a jury trial in Tampa is next Monday for a nonviolent action at Port...

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Former Florida state Senator Paula Dockery.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Former State Senators Paula Dockery and Mike Fasano rip Florida leadership

On MidPoint former Florida State Senator Paula Dockery (R-Polk) spoke with former state Senator Mike Fasano (R-Pasco) about the special Legislative session; they are highly critical of Governor Rick Scott and the Republican House.

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan during a practice in March 2014.

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Bolts miss hoisting Stanley Cup this year but fans showed strong support

The Tampa Bay Lightning lost game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night in Chicago, handing the Blackhawks the fabled trophy of NHL champions.

The previous game was in Tampa, where hundreds of fans without tickets to the game watched outside Amalie Arena

The crowd erupted in cheers as the Bolts scored their only goal to tie the game in the second period. Edward Cichon, one of the many die-hard Lightning fans. He’s been to all the home games this season. He believes the Bolts’ playoff ...

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At Noho’s Finest, a medical marijuana dispensary in the Los Angeles area, Damaris Diaz checks the scent and stickiness of her products. Crossbreeding has yielded powerful new hybrid strains that are much higher in psychoactive THC than in decades past.

photo by Lynn Johnson/National Geographic ©, from the June issue of National Geographic magazine.

The science of weed: interview with National Geographic cover story author

Humans have used the marijuana plant for thousands of years; the cover story in this month's National Geographic magazine looks at the science behind pot.

The author of High Science, Hampton Sides, is a journalist and author of bestselling nonfiction books.

We explored the 5,000 year history humans have had with marijuana, where marijuana use is legal, the pioneering research of Israeli chemist Raphael Menchoulam & Spani...

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