News & Public Affairs

Tuesday July 7, 2015


Journalist and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer

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Radioactivity airs speech by journalist Robert Scheer from Seattle Town Hall

Today we hear a recent speech from Robert Scheer on free thought and self-censorship. Scheer is the editor-in-chief of progressive news website and co-host of political radio program Left, Right & Center on KCRW. He is a communications professor at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California.

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Emily Wirzba,Sustainable Energy and Environmental policy associate at the Friends Committee on National Legislation

photo by Rob Lorei

Faith-based lobby works to achieve congressional recognition of climate change.

We hear from Emily Wirzba, policy associate with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, who works on issues with sustainability and the environment for the Quaker faith-based organization. She talks about the an approach to discussing climate change with policymakers involving faith and call to morality. Wirzba also gives advice on how citizens can start a dialogue with their elected officials on environmental issues.

Then we talk with journalist Sina Toossi who recently wrote a ...

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Former California Prosecutor and author Vincent Bugliosi died on Saturday at age 80

photo by Kyle Mahan

A look back at the late Vincent Bugliosi, Manson Family prosecutor and bestselling crime author

On Saturday Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor of the Manson family in the late 60s and author of several true crime bestsellers, died at the age of 80. Bugliosi wrote a first-hand account of the Manson trials in his 1974 book Helter Skelter, and called into question the legality of George W. Bush's election to presidency in 2000 and his decision to invade Iraq in his books The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President, and *The Prosecution ...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News from Policy Leadership Group presentation.

Hillsborough workgroup leans toward half-percent sales tax for transportation

A group trying to help solve Hillsborough County’s transportation problems is recommending a half-cent increase in the sales tax; if the GO Hillsborough ballot initiative passes in 2016, roads will get the bulk of the funds.

But the former director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, Bob Clifford, told the Policy Leadership Group Thursday the money could also lead to a streetcar-type "premium transit" option from downtown Tampa to Tampa Internat...

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Tampa Heights property owner Andrew Ayo looks over the neighborhood's Community Garden, which could be relocated.

photo by Kim DeFalco / WMNF News.

Tampa City Council members sympathize with residents furious about FDOT plans for interstate expansion

Residents packed the seats and stood along the walls of the Tampa Council chambers Thursday morning; most were there to oppose plans by the Florida Department of Transportation to expand the interstate highways in Tampa to include express toll lanes.

Fourteen people spoke out during public comment against these what are being called “Lexus Lanes.” Resident Jon Dengware expressed concerns...

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Great white egrets fly over the everglades

photo by Rasmus Bøgeskov Larsen

Leading Environmentalist Gives Florida Legislature F Grade for Failing to Follow Constitutional Amendment One

Joining us today is Eric Draper, Executive Director of Audubon of Florida, to talk about the millions of dollars promised to environmental conservation under Amendment 1 that the Florida Legislature has been unable to agree on how to spend. Draper goes over how the money could help conserve land around the Green Swamp, a large area of wetland which feeds many rivers that thousands of bay area residents rely on for drinking water. Many environmentalists also want law...

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Martin A Lee, journalist and author of Smoke Signals

Journalist Martin A. Lee discusses the science of medical marijuana and non-psychoactive compound CBD

Today we talk with journalist and author Martin A. Lee on the science of medical marijuana, particularly CBD, a chemical compound found in pot that is like THC but does not give the user a psychoactive "high". CBD is claimed to shrink malignant tumors, improve insulin sensitivity, and ease anxiety and chronic pain.

Martin A. Lee has written extensively on drug politics, authoring the books Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana and *Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD...

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Brandon activist holds a photo of sandhill cranes she says will be harmed if the proposed gas station is built.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Activists oppose gas station on wetlands in Brandon

UPDATE: after a long debate on Tuesday (June 9) County Commissioners -- acting as the Land Use Board -- continued the issue until the July 21 Land Use Hearing. The vote was 6-0.

Community activists in Hillsborough County are pushing back against proposed development of a gas station on wetlands near Brandon; Lela Lilyquist is an activist in Brandon who opposes the development of a RaceTrac gas station at the corner of W. Lumsden Rd. and S. Kings Ave.

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Linda Saul-Sena.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (October 2010).

Will express toll lanes transform neighborhoods like Tampa Heights?

Proposed express toll lanes could transform communities like Tampa Heights, a neighborhood north of downtown.

Joining us via phone on MidPoint is former Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena. She has a column in the current issue of Creative Loafing. It’s called: [Their way or the highway? Suddenly Tampa Heights is faced with highway expansion once thought to be decades away](

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