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1.  What youth think about more armed “good guys” in their schools.
Both Democratic politicians and NRA policy wonks have proposals to put armed “good guys” in school post-Newtown to stop school shootings.  But what do young people and the organization they work with think?  Did anyone bother to ask them?  Tune in tonight as we ask our friends from Power U in Miami.2.  A Private Prison company wanted to name a college stadium. Students said no.  Students won.

Several weeks ago, we covered the controversy in South Florida when Florida Atlantic University decided to take millions of dollars from Boca Raton-based GEO prison group, a notorious private prison company for naming rights to their sports stadium.  Just this week, we got word that GEO decided to back out of the deal after nationwide protests.  Hear from Arely Baugh (Stop Owlcatraz Coalition) about the students that stood up, said no and won.
3.  The Associated Press drops the I-word (illegal immigrant), people respond.

On Tuesday, the Associated Press (AP) announced that they will no longer recommend journalists use the word “illegal immigrant” in media publicatins.  The announcement was seen as a victory by many.  Tune in tonight as we hear from Rinku Sen (Colorlines Magazine, which launched The Drop the I-Word campaign),  Cris Lagunas (National Immigrant Youth Alliance), Dave Caukett (Floridians for Immigration Enforcement), Julio Calderon (Dream Defenders, Students Working For Equal Rights).  Julio will also tell us about the massive immigration march being held in Miami this weekend.

4.  Does immigration reform have a Gang (of 8) problem?

Just this week, the “Gang of 8” Senators charged with coming up with an immigration “compromise” said they were close to a deal.  One of them, Florida’s own Marco Rubio, disagreed.  The same week, Immigrant Rights activists held a protest in front of the New York offices of another “Gang” leader, New York Senator Chuck Schumer.  Is the fight for a new immigration system running into a “gang” problem?  We’ll find out as we talk to Newsweek/Daily Beast correspondent Michael Tomasky and Families For Freedom organizer Donald Anthonyson.

5.  A Cuban blogger/activist Yoani Sanchez comes to town, Cuban Americans react.

Just about the biggest news in Miami’s Cuban American community this week is that renowned Cuban blogger/activist Yoani Sanchez has come to town to talk freedom, expression and Cuba.  But the Cuban American community she is coming to is different from the Cuban American community of yesteryear.  Tune in as we talk to Cuban American independent researcher and curator, Elizabeth Ceredijo about Miami’s Cuban American reaction to the famed blogger.

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1.  Evelyn & Ocho Cinco:  How do we respond to violence at home when it hits the airwaves?

We
began this week’s show with one of the stories that pops up every so often, the
famous athlete being accused of domestic violence against his also famous wife.
In this case it was Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson who accused of assaulting his
wife, reality TV star Evelyn Rivera. Whenever one of these incidents happensm we
at LTAI! relive the same frustration with the media’s discussion
who provoked who and the inevitable taking of sides.
We worked to get past the “who did what” as we talked with Marica Olivo of Sisterhood of Survivors,
Quentin Walcott of CONNECT and Aparna Battarcharya of Raksha Inc. Marcia
expressed her displeasure that the primary issue, that of domestic violence,
was being lost in all of the reality TV-style drama. Quentin added
that we lose the opportunity to hold men accountable for their actions when stories get sensationalized. Aparna wondered aloud whether or
not anyone would care about this story if it didn’t involve professional sports
or reality television. She also added that “…we should respond by creating a
space for compassionate accountability to help all parties in the incident.”
2.  Romney, Miami and his “ex-drug trafficker host”:  Hit-job or appropriate stigma?

The
theme of being frustrated with the media’s manufactured outrage machine
continued as we address the fallout from Mitt Romney’s recent
visit to Palacio De Los Jugos which turns out is owned by a man who was
convicted of  drug dealing over 10 years ago. We discuss the meaning of the
incident in the context of the move toward voter suppression in Florida and in
other states with Desmond Meade of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
Meade explained his view that this business owner should not be vilified for
his past mistakes and that the attacks from many liberals amount to nothing
more than hit pieces. He also pointed out the irony of Florida’s Attorney
General and leader of the disenfranchisement crusade in the state, Pam Bondi, sharing the stage with Romney atthe Palacio de los Jugos.    

3.  Are Miami elections a forecast of what’s to come in November?

Next
we discussed the recent primaries in Florida and were joined by the head of the
South Florida AFL-CIO, Andy Matis, who himself was out door knocking just the
day before. We discussed the results, what they may mean for the November
general election and the role of Miami billionaire Norman Braman in the
elections.
4.  V-BACs, C-sections and live births.

Finally
we were joined by the organizer of the Vaginal Birth After Cesarean National Summit (VBAC),
Tamara Taitt, to discuss the event and what could easily be described
as a cesarean birth epidemic in Miami. Taitt explained that the average rate
for cesarean births in the U.S. is around 10-15% while in Miami it exceeds 50%.
She also talked about new research that has been suggesting that going through
vaginal birth after previously having had a cesarean is not as dangerous as it
was once thought and that there may be some downsides to cesarean birth that
many mothers may not know about.

BTW…here are the tracks we listened to on the air…


In case you missed it, this was one show to listen to! Talking religion, we had Phil Zuckerman, Carlos Roa, Rabbi Lerner and Rabbi Glickstein.  Talking politics,  we had Mayoral Candidates Carlos Gimenez and Dr. Farid Khavari

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Wed. April 20, 2011 @7pm (EST)

They keep telling us you can’t mix religion and politics.  But at least we can talk about both on one show!  And there is no better time to talk about both on one show than now.

This past year, Miami Dade’s local government has been turned upside down by a successful recall race led by a successful business man (Norman Braman, you heard him on our show) that successfully made the race for Miami Dade County Mayor a free for all.  We will talk to a few guests, including Mayoral candidates Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and independent candidate Dr. Farid Khavari. 

but first…

WHAT DOES A MAYOR’S RACE GOT TO DO WITH RELIGION?

Well nothing really but…

Our listeners keep asking us to TALK ABOUT the role of religion in our society.  So we are gonna talk faith with people that have a lot of faith and people that have no faith.  Listen to Professor of Sociology Phil Zuckerman, local community activist and proud athiest Carlos Roa, and others to talk about the role of faith and religion in our society.
Does faith play too big or too little a role in our society?  Is that role mostly positive or mostly negative?

Well…Let’s Talk About It!

Plus read some background on the Miami mayors race here  and some background writing from Phil Zuckerman here and here and here.

TODAY!  Wednesday March 30 @ 7pm
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Sharia law, or Muslim Religious law has been in the news alot lately.  Mostly because about a dozen states are trying to ban it, or what they think it is.  Some people say that Sharia law is creeping through our legal system and sowing the seeds to homegrown terror.  Other people say that it really isn’t that big of a deal and has been misrepresented in the media.  Join us as we chop it up about Sharia law and what it means in this country.

and later…

The O Miami poetry festival is kicking off in Miami, and we will be joined in the studio by poet, singer, and educator Sunni Patterson and Pete Borrebach to talk about Poetry, Miami, and Poetry in Miami…

TUNE IN! CALL IN! LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!

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