MidPoint Thursday-Dem. gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham; Alan Snel & Kartik Krishnaiyer

Newly announced Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham was on the show on Thursday. “Floridians across the state should be up in arms about the fact that what they voted on, what they said to the state of Florida, that we want you do this and they’re just being ignored,” Graham said on WMNF-88.5 FM about the lack of… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, April 27 – Ben Pollara from United for Care and Christian Ziegler, Sarasota County GOP Committeeman

With a little more than a week to go before the Florida Legislature calls for an end of the session,  negotiations are still taking place on the final language in the Florida House regarding a medical marijuana bill. Amendment Two was overwhelmingly approved by Floridians at the ballot box last November, yet advocates for the… Read more »

Dunedin Blue Jays Field at night

Journalist Noah Pransky on Radioactivity Wednesday

Questionable analysis used in deciding sports subsidies The state of Florida and local governments spend a lot of money subsidizing stadiums for sports teams. Host Rob Lorei talked with Noah Pransky, who is an investigative reporter at WTSP whose most recent story is about Mark Bonn, the expert that many governments around the state use… Read more »

MidPoint-Tuesday- Pinellas County Chair Janet Long, and former USFSP political science professor Darryl Paulson

Janet Long, the current Chair of the Pinellas County Commission, appeared in studio on the Tuesday, April 18th edition of MidPoint with guest host Mitch Perry. A former state legislator who was initially elected in 2012 to the board and subsequently reelected in 2016 (without an opponent), Long has been a big proponent of regionalization… Read more »

The mountaintop removal site at Kayford Mountain, West Virginia.

Mari-Lynn Evans, Director of “Blood on the Mountain” on Radioactivity Thursday

USF faculty launch efforts for better pay and working conditions Adjunct faculty members do a lot of work at colleges and universities. Many core courses are taught by adjuncts — professionals who are essentially part time workers, with no job security. At the University of South Florida (USF), some adjuncts have joined together to try… Read more »

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 »

– Former state Senator Jeremy Ring on Midpoint for Thursday, March 23

Former Broward County Democratic state Senator Jeremy Ring was out guest on the show today. The Parkland resident and former Yahoo official is currently exploring a candidacy for Chief Financial Officer in 2018. On the show he discussed the need for a different business culture in Tallahassee, his own political history and his thoughts about running… Read more »

A War Tax Resistor and One of the Country’s Leading Advocates for Seniors Discuss Donald Trump’s Views on Military Spending and Social Security

WMNF’s Radioactivity 2 21 17 Tuesday Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today—President Trump wants to increase the military budget…. But what if you are religious and object to military spending and your money used for wars, and drones and instruments of killing? We’ll talk about that on the first part… Read more »

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 »

Successful business people say new labor secretary wrong for the country

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161209_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we heard from Fred Rotondaro, a member of the Patriotic Millionaires,  a group of high-net worth Americans who in a press release yesterday came out against Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of labor, Andy Puzder. Puzder is the Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants, which francises the Hardee’s and Carl’s… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

How did Donald Trump win working class voters in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania?

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/bxD7VhyxfeE/wmnf_161110_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3   On Radioactivity Thursday we continued our discussion about Tuesdays’ elections results with John Nichols, national affairs correspondent with The Nation Magazine and author of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. Nichols spoke on how Trump’s campaign promises appealed to the white working and middle class that helped win him the presidency… Read more »

Matthew Weidner

Consumer advocates slam David Jolly

A Pinellas County Congressional district could change parties after Election Day; Republican incumbent David Jolly faces an uphill battle in the newly redrawn district against Democrat Charlie Crist. The district now has more Democrats. Tuesday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, critics of Congress member Jolly tried to paint him as anti-consumer. Democratic State Representative Dwight Dudley… Read more »

New Tampa Bay Times article follows story of Kings Lake, a community devastated by 2006 housing crash

BY Rob Lorei Our guest  on Midpoint Wednesday was Tampa Bay Times reporter Susan Taylor Martin, who was part of an investigative team at the Tampa bay Times who followed up on the neighborhood here in the Bay area that was hardest hit by the housing foreclosure crisis a decade ago. Once an attractive neighborhood for… Read more »

Richard Wolff

Economist Richard Wolff dissects Trump’s plan for trade, jobs

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161014_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Friday was Economist Richard Wolff. He is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. Wolff is  the author of several books… Read more »

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO; Consumers for Smart Solar PAC defends utilities-backed Amendment 1.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161012_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity Wednesday was Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. It’s the largest union federation in the US, representing more than 12 million active and retired workers. Trumka is a former coal miner and an attorney who was elected president of the AFL-CIO in 2009. He gave his take  on Trump’s stance… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, August 25 – House District 68 debate between Ben Diamond & Eric Lynn

With just days before voters in Pinellas County’s House District 68 go to the polls, MidPoint hosted a radio debate between the two Democrats running in that primary election, attorney Ben Diamond and former Defense Dept. analyst Eric Lynn. The two men are very similar on many issues, one of the reasons why MidPoint wanted… Read more »