News & Public Affairs

Sunday April 19, 2015

State and local news discussed on WEDU's Florida This Week

We listen to last Friday's episode of Florida This Week, a politcal analysis and panel discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. Topics include possible candidates to run for the Florida senate seat, which is expected to be vacated by Marco Rubio as he pursues the Rupublican nomination for the presidency. We also talk about the growing scrutiny surrounding former FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey's sudden resignation, the controversial transgender bathroom bill and the guns on ...

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Ozomatli headlined the March and Concert for Fair Food.


photo by Seán Kinane.

In St. Pete Student Farmworker Alliance announces boycott of Wendy's

An alliance between student groups and farmworkers announced this weekend in St. Petersburg they are organizing a boycott against Wendy’s restaurants.

At Saturday’s March and Concert for Fair Food at Vinoy Park the Student/Farmworker Alliance led hundreds in chanting “The burgers may be square but the food ain't fair.”

The Student Farmworker Alliance wants Wendy’s to sign on to the Fair Food Program led by the [Coalition of Immokalee Workers](http://ciw-on...

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Leonel Perez and Joe Parker of the CIW


photo by Rob Lorei

Coalition for Immokalee Workers ramp up for the Fair Food parade and concert in St.Pete

Today Leonel Perez and Joe Parker of Coalition of Immokalee Workers talk about its Fair Food parade and concert, which will take place in St.Petersburg on Saturday starting at noon. The event will celebrate the achievements of CIW's Fair Food Program.The campaign calls for a collaboration between food buyers, distributors and Florida's tomato farm workers to address abuse and exploitation on farms by adhering to a fair food code of conduct. Participating companies also pay an extra penny per ...

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Political Scientist and college professor tackles guns on campus issue

Two gun bills are moving through the state legislature and appear poised to pass. One would allow people who lawfully own a firearm to open carry that weapon with or without a concealed carry permit during the first 48-hours of a mandatory evacuation.

The other measure would allow students and faculty to carry guns on state college campuses.

While both measures are enjoying Republican support in the conservative legislature, there has been huge push back from people favoring what they ...

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photo by "Richard Blanco" by Sam farzaneh - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Richard_Blanco.JPG#/media/File:Richard_Blanco.JPG

Poet Richard Blanco joins Art in Your Ear

Richard Blanco was the fifth inaugural poet, and the first openly gay Latino immigrant poet. His work, One Day, mesmerized the nation. Since then he has been involved in multiple public projects, including a response to the Boston Bombing (Boston Strong) and the marriage equality movement Until We Could.

Richard has a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, a...

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Poet Richard Blanco joins Art in Your Ear

Richard Blanco was the fifth inaugural poet, and the first openly gay Latino immigrant poet. His work, One Day, mesmerized the nation. Since then he has been involved in multiple public projects, including a response to the Boston Bombing (Boston Strong) and the marriage equality movement Until We Could.

Richard has a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, a...

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Debbie Dooley on criticism of Floridians for solar choice; Starbucks tries to engage discussion on race with baristas

Debbie Dooley is a co-founder of the national Tea Party, and a leading supporter of the movement to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot next year in Florida that would allow citizens the opportunity to purchase solar power from third-party companies, not public utilities. But as they race to get the necessary signatures on the ballot, there has been a tremendous surge against that by other conservatives. Dooley talks about the criticism, which she says is unfounded.

Also - talki...

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Public Employees group files complaint to FDEP over climate change gag order

In the latest in the story over FDEPs "climate change" ban, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility(PEER) has (filed a complaint to the department's Inspector General)[http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2015/03/18/scott%E2%80%99s-climate-change-gag-order-claims-a-victim/] for reprimanding an employee who addressed climate change at a official meeting. Land Management Plan Coordinator Barton Bibler was fo...

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Sunshine Week and the erosion of Florida's open public records laws

We talk about open government in the midst of Sunshine Week. Florida's Sunshine Law, a series of laws that guarantee public access to government meetings and records, have long been one of the strongest in the country. However over the years the Legislature have been passing a growing number of exemptions to the laws.Over 1100 exemptions exist today, an 250 percent from 1985. Another 43 are being considered in the current legislative session. Rosemary O’hara, the editorial page editor at the ...

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Tanks patrol the streets of Fallujah in 2005


photo by U.S. Navy Seabee Museum/Flickr

First opera about the Iraq War comes to the USF School of Music in Tampa

Award-working Iraqi-American playright Heather Raffo joins us to talk about her latest work, Fallujah, the first opera about the Iraq War that will be performed at the USF School of Music in Tampa on Friday at 7:30 pm. She previously written and starred in an successful off broadway play, 9 parts of Desire, about the lives of 9 Iraqi women set between the two gulf wars.

Falljah is based on the true story of Christian Ellis, an American machine gunner whose platoon was ambushed in an ...

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