Cover for the book "Who Stole the American Dream?" by Hendrick Smith

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter Hendrick Smith on Radioactivity Wednesday

Host Rob Lorei talked with two speakers who gave talks in the area on Wednesday, March 15. One addresses how government informers trick people into doing things that will get them arrested on terrorism related charges, and another about the conservative populist movement that resulted in the election of Donald Trump. How far will the federal government go… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, March 16 -Florida voting ban, media on Trump and Aramis Ayala

We had three different guests on today’s program. Jon Sherman, Senior Counsel for the Fair Elections Legal Network, spoke about his organization’s lawsuit against Rick Scott and other states officials on attempting to automatically restore former felons’ voting rights and eliminate Florida’s “arbitrary and opaque process for re-enfranchisement.” Also, Penn State University professor Sophia McClennan on why the media isn’t doing… Read more »

State Senator Darryl Rouson joins Thursday’s Midpoint

Florida Democratic state Senator Darryl Rouson (SD 19) joined the program for the entire hour. Criminal justice reform, transportation and voting rights were just some of the topics discussed during the program. Rousson represents parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough County in the Legislature. You can listen to the show here.

A Stetson Law Professor Discusses President Trump’s Nominee for the Supreme Court and Women’s March Activists Planning Their Next Steps

WMNF’s Radioactivity Feb 1 2017 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll get the perspective of a Constitutional law scholar from Stetson on President Trump’s nominee to fill the nearly year-long vacancy on the US Supreme Court. And with all the energy generated by the Women’s marches around the country two… Read more »

Women’s Show 1/12 – Women March – and More!

Raise your banners, women.  We are marching on Washington – and the streets of Sarasota, St. Petersburg and beyond.  We will not allow anyone – and you know who you are – to define who we are.  We are picking up the mantle from our foremothers and we are going to change the present so… Read more »

Leonard Peltier

Former US attorney calls for clemency for Leonard Peltier

One of Florida’s most famous prisoners is hoping President Barack Obama will grant him clemency before leaving office; Native American activist Leonard Peltier was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout, but has maintained his innocence for four decades. Now, a former U.S. attorney has written a letter supporting clemency for Peltier…. Read more »

New Report Shows Widespread Racial Disparity in Sentencing in Florida By Rob Lorei For the past year a team of reporters at the Sarasota Herald Tribune has been investigating sentencing here in Florida. The team searched tens of millions of records from 2004 through 2015.The investigation revealed that blacks are more likely to be found guilty than whites in Florida; they are more likely… Read more »

MidPoint Thursday – Andrew Warren, newly elected Hillsborough County State Attorney

On Election Night, one of the few bright notes for Democrats locally was the election of Andrew Warren over Mark Ober for Hillsborough County State Attorney. On the program, Warren talked about his strategy on attempting to defeat a 16-year incumbent, and how his philosophy on criminal justice is much different than Ober. Also on… Read more »

Women’s Show “The Essential Guide to Donald Trump” book review 11/3

5 Days and Counting… We’re down to the wire…less than a week before we choose our next Commander in Chief? That’s up to you to decide. If you still haven’t made up your mind on who you’re voting for then pick up a copy of The Essential Guide to Donald Trump by Kenneth F. McCallion. In… Read more »

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Faith leaders call on Hillsborough & Pinellas to halt death penalty

Dozens of faith leaders are calling on Hillsborough and Pinellas County prosecutors to stop calling for the death penalty; this comes after the two Tampa Bay area counties were counted by a Harvard study as outliers in their use of the sentence of death. WMNF News interviewed Fr. Bob Schneider, pastor of St. Stephen Catholic Church… Read more »

New Study says Hillsborough county has one of the most juvenile arrests in Florida; local HS teacher says there is “Trump Effect” harassment at school. By Rob Lorei A study which came out last month shows that just three counties– Hillsborough, Duval and Orange counties were responsible for nearly one quarter of all juvenile arrests in the state. And that there are alternatives that could keep the young people out of jail and help society at the same time.In… Read more »

Hillsborough County State Attorney candidates Mark Ober Andrew Warren

Hillsborough County State Attorney debate: Ober vs. Warren

We look in detail at another election race: Republican Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober is facing a challenge from former federal prosecutor Andrew Warren, a Democrat. We hear parts of a debate from earlier this month at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. Earlier this month we played two clips from this debate that involve how important someone’s… Read more »

Thursday MidPoint – sports editor Dave Zirin talks about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for national anthem

On today’s program, Dave Zirin, the sports editor of The Nation  and the host of the popular Edge of Sports podcast, was our guest for the first part of the program. He discussed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision not to stand for the national anthem, and the fall out from that.  

Group says amendment 2 will legalize pot with little regulation; Protests continue over shooting death of unarmed black man in Clair-Mel By Rob Lorei On the first part of Radioactivity Tuesday we discuss Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, and the group who is opposed to it. Our first guest is Jessica Spencer, spokesperson for the vote no on 2 campaign, who says that the amendment language would down the road lead full legalization… Read more »

Florida This Week: Rubio calls Trump a “Con-man”, Florida Republicans wants party to divert money from Trump race. BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talks show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the biggest stories in national and state news: Marco Rubio sticks by his description of… Read more »

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 »

MidPoint for Thursday, July 7- Harold Meyerson and Michelle Williams

On today’s program we spoke with the American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson about the impact that Bernie Sanders still has on the Democratic Party, and in particular where the platform committee of the DNC is moving as the convention nears. Meyerson recently penned a piece called “The First Post Middle Class Election” which we discussed on… Read more »