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Who Chose A Small Herd Of Alpacas? (on Life Elsewhere?)

Yes, it’s the Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show! With an all-star line-up of some of our favorite guests from the last 12 months with, author, Mark Haskell Smith, singer-songwriter, Nancy Kells, crime thriller writer, Peter James, social and political commentator, Dr. Binoy Kampmark, film & media critic, Bob Ross, singer-songwriter Azusena, caricaturist and social commentator, Steve Brodner, author Stephen O’Connor, and… Read more »

Sabal Trail route

Florida resident supports pipeline on his property

There are several protests planned around the state Saturday against construction of the Sabal Trail pipeline; environmentalists have voiced concern about destruction of the natural environment during construction of the pipeline and about explosions, leaks and water contamination once it’s complete. Recently WMNF interviewed a Dunnellon resident who says her property has been damaged by… Read more »

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn Discusses Global Warming, Sanctuary Cities

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/fHqHeur86w8/wmnf_161207_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we had on Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. He was the governmental affairs Director for the Builder’s Association of Greater Tampa. He was an aide to former Mayor Sandy Friedman. He served on the Tampa City Council and was elected Mayor of Tampa in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015. In… Read more »

WMNF News: Beach dunes

Some on Pinellas beaches want end to “nightmare” of vacation rentals

Here in Florida, we’re used to tourists — especially on the beaches; but residents in some formerly quiet residential areas of Pinellas beach communities are upset about short-term rentals they say shouldn’t be allowed in their neighborhoods. Those are homes that, instead of being rented for a year or even a few months are leased… Read more »

homelessness

Homeless residents now don’t have to wear wristbands to get services

Advocates for homeless people are celebrating what they see as a victory this week; people seeking services at St. Vincent de Paul near downtown St. Petersburg will no longer need to wear concert-style plastic wristbands. The executive director of the local St. Vincent de Paul, Michael Raposa, told WMNF the program was prescribed by the… Read more »

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How Did the Framers of the Constitution Come Up with the Idea of the Electoral College?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161206_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Later this month,on December 19th,   The members of the Electoral College will meet in their individual states state and vote for President and Vice President. Later, on January 6th of next year Congress meets in Washington to count the votes.Under our Constitution we do not have a direct election for the presidency;it… Read more »

solar power

What does St. Pete’s commitment to 100% clean energy really mean?

St. Petersburg recently became the first city in Florida to commit to 100% clean energy; on MidPoint we talk with members of the Suncoast Sierra Club about renewable energy. Emily Gorman and James Scott are co-campaign managers of the Suncoast Sierra Club’s Ready for 100% St. Pete campaign. A couple of weeks ago St. Petersburg City… Read more »

Trump rally in Ottumwa Iowa on 1/9/2016. Photo By Evan Guest  via flickr

Radioactivity Listeners respond to Donald Trump’s Thursday night speech in Cincinnati

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161202_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we listened to 20 minutes of a speech that President-elect Donald Trump gave to a crowd in Cincinnati, the first stop in his “Thank You” tour around the states. In the speech, Trump blasted the mainstream media who doubted his potential to win and promised to reinvigorate the… Read more »

Pinellas Legislative Delegation

Pinellas legislators still pondering a fix for sewage dumping

In Pinellas County during Hurricane Hermine this summer more than a quarter-billion gallons of raw and partially treated wastewater was dumped into Tampa Bay and other natural areas. The causes were record rainfall coupled with reduced wastewater treatment capacity and miles of leaky pipes. Last month the Pinellas Legislative Delegation said it would consider proposing… Read more »

Vote here today

Elections Expert Says There’s Reason to Doubt the Vote Count in Presidential Race

By Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday, Host Rob Lorei spoke with David W. Moore, former vice president of the Gallup Organization and polling director at iMediaEthics. He recently penned an article called “Why the Exit Polls Sow Doubt About the Vote Count,” that delves into the the hard numbers behind the polls before the election, and… Read more »

Green party members (from Right to Left) Rich Carpenter, Joanne Santiago and Joe Walters.
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Tampa Bay area Green Party activists talk about the future of their party

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/arlhw-ukTZg/wmnf_161130_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity we spoke with with local Green Party members about their efforts to build the party in the Tampa bay area. Our guests were Rich Carpenter, Joanne Santiago and Joe Walters. They talked about how they came to join the Green Party, their party’s platform on some key issues facing… Read more »

House Speaker Paul Ryan in 2011. Photo By Gage Skidmore via flickr

Radioactivity Tuesday: Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/F9KZEe4QY6Q/wmnf_161129_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei According to the new website Politico, House Speaker Paul Ryan wants the upcoming Congress to not only repeal Obamacare, but also dramatically change Medicare from a guaranteed government program into a form of private insurance. Here to talk with us about the future of Medicare are two people who are experts on… Read more »

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Women’s Show 12/1 – Medicare and Election Irregularities

The era of Trump begins…….. The ink wasn’t even dry on the headlines before Paul Ryan touted his plans to reform Medicare and Social Security.  Nothing new – he has been after these areas ever since he was elected to congress.  Says a lot that two of the most successful programs that have helped people… Read more »

Fight for 15 minimum wage

Fight for $15 walk-outs in Tampa Bay

Low-wage workers across the country are protesting and even walking out of work Tuesday as part of what’s being called a “Nationwide Fight for $15 Day of Disruption.” At noon in St. Petersburg more than 70 workers crammed the steps of City Hall, chanting, holding signs and listening to speeches. Gail Rogers works at the… Read more »

Advocates for an increase to the minimum wage, from left to right: Bleu Rainer, Cole Bellamy,MiAudras Harris,Nadaije Paul Jajoute - Credit: Rob Lorei

Radioactivity Monday:Workers plan a nationwide protest against low wages

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161128_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we spent the hour talking with two local activists who are pushing for a 15-an-hour minimum wage and a union for low-wage workers. Bleu Rainer  is a fast-food worker and Liang Flakes  is a day care teacher who will be taking part in several protests tomorrow to demand an increase… Read more »

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Radioactivity Friday looks at the Stein’s push for vote recount, Trump advisor wants NASA to stop climate change research

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161125_110620_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we looked at a  series of interviews and news stories from the past 48 hours that covered climate change denial, confessions of a whistle-blower, the Green Party candidate will get a recount in at least two key states, Donald Trump’s looming ethics problems, and the origin of fake… Read more »

Susan Smith education schools progressive, critic of Betsy DeVos

How Betsy DeVos could impact education in Florida

Donald Trump is filling out his cabinet and has nominated billionaire conservative Betsy DeVos for education secretary; our guest on MidPoint is an advocate for public education, Susan Smith, the president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. Listen to the full show here (the video is below) … If the DeVos name sounds familiar, it’s… Read more »