MidPoint for Thursday, Jan 18 – Preview of St. Pete Women March; Former St. Pete City Councilman Karl Nurse

This Sunday activists involved with last year’s Women’s March in St. Petersburg will be commemorating the occasion by holding another major rally, this time in Williams Park in downtown from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Joining us on the program to discuss the event were Lisa Perry and Lakeisha Black, two of the organizers of the event. Later… Read more »

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St. Pete Women’s March will mark one year since Trump inauguration

By Yvonne Gougelet / WMNF News This Sunday is the first anniversary of the massive Women’s Marches that were held across the country and around the world on the day after President Trump’s inauguration; to mark the anniversary, there will be a “Power to the Polls” Women’s March and rally in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday… Read more »

Women’s Show 1/18 Fracking with Dr. Sandra Steingraber and Susan Bordo

We have to stop fracking in this state! It will be a disaster for our water, particularly.  DR. SANDRA STEINGRABER, scientist, author, professor, one of the leading experts on fracking in the world, is coming to Florida to give a lecture Saturday, January 20th at 5 PM at the Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus.  She will bring the… Read more »

Democratic freedoms are waning in US, according to watchdog group

Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts, according to a new report released Tuesday by… Read more »

Some Florida prisoners are on strike to protest conditions

A number of prisoners in Florida have gone on strike; the work stoppage began yesterday, on MLK Day, in what they’re calling a “nonviolent protest of conditions” known as Operation PUSH. Panagioti Tsolkas is an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons. Listen: “It’s a basic request for dignity and the base level human rights, which… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Jan 11 – Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former Congressman Patrick Murphy

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is one of four major Democrats running for the party’s gubernatorial nomination this August. During his appearance on MidPoint on Thursday, he doubled down on what the Gwen Graham campaign believed was an attack on their candidate when he said this week that “I’ve actually done something with my life… Read more »

Anti Killer Drone Activist Says Tiny Robot Assassins Might Be Built Within Next 18 Months

Radioactivity 1 11 18 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Imagine a tiny killer drone—smaller than a butterfly— able to fly almost anywhere to assassinate human beings. Either one by one- or in the thousands. Our first guest today says such drones could be built in the next few years–—if countries don’t ban the research… Read more »

Women’s Show 1/11- Time’s Up! With Bryce Covert, + Fracking & Oil Drilling with Food and Water Watch

  Time’s up!  We mean it!  You have had enough time to get your act together and change! We’re not leaving.  As Margaret Meade said, “No one in power gives up that power voluntarily.”  I hope you heard Oprah Winfrey’s inspiring speech at the Golden Globes.  Very few people that heard it, I would imagine,… Read more »

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Progress Florida Says Florida’s Outlook Is Not As Bright As GOP Leaders in Tallahassee Claim

Radioactivity 1 10 18 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—how well is the state of Florida doing when it comes to protecting the environment? How are average workers doing? Is the state creating good paying jobs? How well are we educating children? Providing health care for those who need it? We’ll hear from… Read more »

Teachers and supporters protest outside Sarasota County Schools

Hundreds of teachers and their supporters rallied outside Sarasota County Schools offices Tuesday afternoon; they’re not happy with the latest offer from the school district. On Wednesday, WMNF News interviewed the executive director of the teachers’ union, Barry Dubin of the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association, about the contract negations. “For instance, if the [county’s school tax] referendum… Read more »

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Rick Scott pushes for tax amendment during final State of the State speech

Florida Governor Rick Scott gave his final State of the State address to lawmakers Tuesday morning. Scott wants more tax cuts this year, as well as protections for people who report sexual misconduct, laws to fight the opioid crisis and more child protective investigators. He wants to make it more difficult for future legislatures to… Read more »

Offshore drilling expanded by Trump administration to 90% of US coastline

Trump moves to vastly expand offshore drilling off US coasts By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press, with additional reporting from JoEllen Schilke, WMNF WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off the California coast… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Jan 4 – State Sen. Darryl Rouson and Marijuana Policy Project’s Morgan Fox

With the announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he is rescinding an Obama-era policy that had discouraged federal prosecutors from bringing charges of marijuana-related crimes in states that have legalized sales of the drug, MidPoint spoke with Morgan Fox from the Marijuana Policy Project. We followed that up with a discussion with St. Petersburg… Read more »

Walt Disney World labor unions reject offer

The collection of six labor unions representing 38,000 full time and part-time Walt Disney World employees recently rejected a minor wage increase from the tourism giant. WMNF News interviewed Ed Chambers, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1625 and of the collection of six unions, known as the Service Trades Council… Read more »

Women’s Show 1/4 Begins 2018 with Jessica Mason Pieklo of Rewire; Mary Bottari, of the Center for Media and Democracy

Welcome to 2018…..North Korea’s Rocket Man wants to negotiate peace with the South and Our Rocket Man wants to argue over the size and potency of  red buttons! The Olympic Games have historically honored the peaceful competition among nations and usually a cessation of hostilities.  Let’s hope that North and South Korea take advantage of… Read more »

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Making sense of the protests in Iran

To find out what the protests in Iran are all about, and how Americans can get unfiltered information about them, WMNF News spoke with Abbas Barzegar, an assistant professor of religion at Georgia State University; he wrote analysis for The Guardian from inside Iran during the 2009 Green Movement demonstrations. Listen: The Trump administration is… Read more »

Only half of Puerto Rico & USVI have electricity now, 3 months after hurricanes

Officials: Nearly half of Puerto Rico clients without power By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico authorities said Friday that nearly half of power customers in the U.S. territory still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said 55 percent of the nearly 1.5 million customers have power,… Read more »