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Monday July 6, 2015


Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee

photo by Stuart Seeger/Flickr

Florida This Week looks at senate bill on healthcare, Gov.Scott's economic summit, and land-buying for conservation

On today's show we listen to the latest episode of WEDU's Florida this week, a political panel discussion moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. We look at the recent bill passed by the senate last week during the special session, which would allocate billions of dollars to health insurance for over half a million Floridians. Gov. Rick Scott and House Republicans remain steadfast in their opposition to accepting federal money to expand healthcare.

We also look at an economic summit h...

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Chris Eiler and Rich Carpenter from the Green Party of Florida,ACLU Director of Advocacy Joyce Hamilton Henry

photo by Rob Lorei

Green Party to hold annual meeting in Tampa, and ACLU official calls for investigation into profiling by Tampa Police.

Today we talk with Chris Eiler and Rich Carpenter from the Green Party of Florida, a progressive political party whose platform is based on social justice, environmentalism, and grassroots organization. The party has been active in the state for over 15 years, having, most notably, backed Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential run. They will be convening at several locations through out Tampa over the weekend, as part of their [annual members...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Fast food workers protest in Tampa for minimum wage hike

About twenty low-wage workers protested Friday outside a McDonald's restaurant in Tampa; they want a fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage and the right to unionize.

At the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Central Avenue WMNF interviewed Tina McElroy. She works as a cashier at McDonalds on Dale Mabry Highway and Spruce Street in Tampa.

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Hillsborough County Commission moving to stop wage theft

The Hillsborough County Commission has moved a little closer to combating wage theft. At Wednesday's meeting commissioners voted to have an attorney draft a wage theft ordinance. Before the vote the commission listened to emotionally charged stories of residents who have had their wages stolen by employers.

Wage theft has many forms, like not paying overtime or withholding earnings and not paying on time. For unmarried low wage workers and families struggling to make ends meet, a fraudulen...

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A bike helmet rests on a bicycle.

photo by Seán Kinane (Aug. 2009).

Will St. Petersburg get a bicycle sharing program?

Another Tampa Bay area city may be getting a bike share program; transportation officials held a bicycle sharing public information and visioning session Tuesday night in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg’s Transportation and Parking Management and the United States Environmental Protection Agency hosted a public workshop for the development of the local bike share system.

Talks about bike sharing in St. Pete started way back in 2013 when the city council approved a piggyback deal that wou...

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photo by Nina Porciuncula/WMNF News

Teenage victim of gun violence remembered in Tampa

On Monday, family and friends of a 14-year-old victim of a drive-by shooting in Tampa held a vigil. Edward Harris is of the city's latest victims of gun violence.

A black shirt and denim shorts were laid on the ground. Flowers and white balloons fluttered in the breeze. Lit candles were used to spell out “EJ”, Edward Harris’ nickname, as the people gathered to pray and remember a boy who is gone too soon.

On Sunday, police received a call about an injured teenager at Woodland Terrace Pa...

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American History Professor and Author Howard Zinn

Radioactivity airs speech by American History Professor and author Howard Zinn

We listen to a speech by esteemed American History Professor and author Howard Zinn, whose best-selling and controversial book A People's History of the United States looks at American History people of the common people and marginalized groups. Zinn was a combat veteran in WWII, his experiences later shaped his stance aganist the wars in both Vietnam and Iraq. In this 2006 speech he gave in Austin Texas, he talks at length about war and peace.

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Cypress Point Park, Tampa

photo by Samuel Johnson

Floridians tell Tallahassee: do your job, pass a budget and fund Amendment One

Florida citizens are demanding state legislators uphold their duty and pass a budget to properly fund Amendment One. Saturday afternoon in Tampa and across the state, conservationists, advocacy groups, residents and local politicians rallied to put the Water and Land Conservation Amendment funding on the top of legislators minds.Florida House Representative Dwight Dudley thinks the unwillingness to fund Amendment One smacks of betrayal and tyranny.

In Tampa's Cypress Point Park more than 1...

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Environment Florida says drinking water sources, like the Hillsborough River shown here, will be better protected under the EPA's new clean water rule.

photo by Seán Kinane (Sept. 2008).

Environment Florida applauds new EPA clean water rule

This week the Environmental Protection Agency issued rules to clarify interpretation of the Clean Water Act; some farming groups are calling it an overreach.

But environmentalists, like Jennifer Rubiello, campaign director at Environment Florida, say it will protect waterways in the state.

Congress has sixty days to review the newly-proposed Clean Water rule.

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Radioactivity airs a speech by journalist and author Chris Hedges

Today we listen to a speech by journalist and author Chris Hedges that he made at the Holter Museum of Art at the University of Montana in Helena. He is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and a regular columnist for progressive news website, as well as a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times from 1990-2005. Hedges talks about his time teaching American history to prison inmates and the moral imperative of nonviolent social justice.

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