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Immunotoxicologist says a healthy microbiome could help stave off serious diseases

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160725_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity Monday we looked the new field of Microbiome research. The human microbiome is the community of  all the bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that inhabit our body. Our guest Rodney Dietert PhD, a professor on immunotoxicology at Cornell University, says that rather than being undesirable, they are part of an integrated… Read more »

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A law professor answers: are corporations citizens?

Are corporations citizens and how have courts changed the role of corporations in society and in elections? We look at these topics with our guest in the studio, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy. She’s an associate professor of law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Her new book is called Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of… Read more »

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A Palestinian Promotes Peaceful Resistance to the Israeli Occupation

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160722_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On radioactivity Friday, our first guest was Palestinian peace activist Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour (Abed).  Dr. Abed is the founder and director of Al-Rowwad, a cultural center located in Aida Refugee Camp in Palestine. As the theater director, he teaches that the arts, which include music, dance, theater and sports, are tools for empowerment to… Read more »

Doug Tuthill, President of Step up for Students

President of education non profit says school choice help the state’s most vulnerable students

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160721_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3   By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest was Doug Tuthill, President of Step up for Students, a state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization that helps administer two scholarships for Florida schoolchildren: the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) for low-income families and the Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA) for children with certain special needs. Step Up For Students… Read more »

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New film sheds light on voter suppression in 2016 primary elections

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160720_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we spoke with   investigative reporter Greg Palast about his upcoming film on voter suppression. Palast broke the story of how African Americans with similar names to ex felons were removed from Florida’s voter rolls prior to the 2000 Presidential election. As a result– thousands of people were wrongfully… Read more »

St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice

St. Pete considers banning Super PAC money in local elections

St. Petersburg City Council is considering banning the influence of Super PAC money in local elections. The idea was introduced Thursday afternoon by council vice chair Darden Rice. “I’m introducing a new business item to start council discussion on evaluating an ordinance that would abolish Super PAC influence in local elections. Number one, we want corporations that donate to candidates… Read more »

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Women’s Show resuming in August

Photo via Flickr by DonkeyHotey/CC 2.0 license There will be no show July 21st or July 28th due to”Democracy Now” covering the Republican and Democratic conventions from 9-11 am. From a Woman’s POV will resume programing at 10 am on August 4th.

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Max Richtman looks at GOP plan for Social Security and Medicare; Former Sen. Bob Graham says declassified 9/11 papers show link to Saudi Arabia.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160719_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity Tuesday we discussed the Republican platform on Social Security and medicare with Max Richtman, president and CEO of The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. The current GOP stance declares that the Social Security program is in dire need of a overhaul and that Medicare is too… Read more »

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A Florida Perspective on the RNC in Cleveland this week

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160718_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest Florida this Week, a public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our expert panel of political experts and insiders look at the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: The Republican Convention gets… Read more »

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Is Florida on the Verge of Weakening Surface Water Standards?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160714_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday we looked at the possible weakening of regulations regarding hazardous chemicals by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Environmentalists are warning that the agency is  quietly trying implement changes that could significantly impact Florida’s water quality. We were joined by a South Florida activist Joanne Oyen who is… Read more »

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Florida Senate District 19 Democrats face off

The Republican National Convention began Monday; on MidPoint we continue our look at this year’s election with audio from candidates running for a Florida Senate seat that covers parts of four counties. Four Democrats are running for a state Senate district that’s been gerrymandered to snake through parts of South Pinellas, Central Hillsborough and northwestern Manatee… Read more »

Florida House 70

Florida House 70 candidates offer algae bloom solutions

Florida’s House District 70 is gerrymandered to take in small parts of four counties, including the Sunshine Skyway Bridge; so many Democratic voters from South Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota Counties are packed into the cross-shaped district that the winner of August’s Democratic Primary should prevail in November as well. The three Democrats fighting for… Read more »

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MidPoint for Thursday, July 13

On the program today we spoke with Mark. T. Jones, the pastor and founder of Manifestations Worldwide in Tampa, and later St. Petersburg activist Kofi Hunt, about the situation in Tampa and America regarding relations between law enforcement and the black community.

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Queer Muslims — they exist

Queer Muslims exist; what’s it like to be LGBTQ and Muslim in the United States — and especially in Florida? Since a Muslim man — who  may have been gay and in the closet — killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, there’s been renewed discussion of how LGBT people are viewed by Islam. WMNF… Read more »

Candidates: Edwin Narain, Betty Reed, Augie Ribeiro, Darryl Rouson (seated L-R)
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Candidates for state senate seat all want to tackle poverty; just differently

Four Democrats are running for a State Senate seat that includes parts of Hillsborough and South Pinellas Counties. They faced-off at a forum in the Enoch Davis Center in St. Petersburg. But the pre-screened questions provided for a subdued, almost scripted atmosphere. The NAACP Branch of Saint Petersburg organized the forum; attended by nearly 100… Read more »

Black Lives Matter protest against St. Paul police brutality. Author Fibonacci Blue/ cc 2.0 license

Women’s Show – So Many Shootings?

After last week, do you feel you are on a powder keg that is just about ready to explode?…. …or have we been on an active volcano for a long time and just haven’t paid any attention to the lava flow?  Everything is connected, and I am more and more feeling that the problems at… Read more »

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein

Jill Stein says Edward Snowden would be in her cabinet if she becomes president

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein answered questions from voters Tuesday night during an hour-long live video on Facebook. Stein was the Green nominee in 2012 and is expected to get the presidential nomination again at the Green Party convention early next month. She appealed to Bernie Sanders supporters after the Vermont Senator announced his endorsement… Read more »