Republican candidate for US senate Carlos Beruff says no to immigration from Middle East, raise in minimum wage

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160428_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we continue a conversation from Tuesday with Carlos Beruff, one of 5 republican candidates running for Marco Rubio’s seat in the US senate. Beruff made some controversial comments earlier this week, telling a Broward County  reporter that immigration from middle eastern countries (except Israel) should be banned. Today… Read more »

Tampa International Airport

Should new Tampa-area infrastructure come from American manufacturers?

In order to compete with other coastal cities Port Tampa Bay recently purchased two giant, Chinese-made cranes to unload the new massive container ships that can take advantage of the Panama Canal expansion that opens in June; but critics say major infrastructure improvements here should favor American-made products in order to better help the economy…. Read more »

Debate about lifting the Cuban embargo continues on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160329_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we continue the debate on lifting the Cuban Embargo from WEDU’s Florida this week. In this webcast-only portion of the debate, we are joined by two local people who just returned back from a trip to Cuba, a political intelligence consultant, and a lawyer who was once a… Read more »

Florida This week debates lifting the Cuban embargo; New group wants a constitutional amendment that will overturn Citizens United

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160328_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3   Today on Radioactivity we listen to a special edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show from WEDU, on the U.S. policy toward Cuba. Last week President Obama made a historical visit to Cuba, the first by a sitting US president in over 80 years. During his visit, Obama called for the end… Read more »

Can Manufacturing Be Restored in the US?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160322_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we talk about manufacturing in the U.S. Once a  part of strong sector in the U.S. economy that provided solid middle class salaries to those without college educations, Manufacturing companies have largely moved jobs overseas over the last few decades, leaving mostly lower-waged service sector jobs behind. Today… Read more »

Bernie Sanders brings his political revolution to Tampa

Senator Bernie Sanders draws nearly ten thousand people to Tampa rally. Yesterday evening, in an expo hall on the Florida Fairgrounds, the democratic presidential candidate Sanders brought his message to Florida voters. Bernie Sanders speech hit on many different issues and on Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Tampa visit was the last on his whistle stop… Read more »

Economist Richard Wolff examines the presidential candidates’ positions on economy

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160311_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today we are joined by Economist Richard Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and host of Economic Update, a radio show syndicated by WMNF on Tuesdays at 10 am. Wolff dissects the economics of higher tariffs of imported goods, as proposed by Donald Trump, the US corporate… Read more »

Libertarian Party Presidential Contender Live on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160219_110620_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei was joined by one of the top candidates for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, Austin Peterson. The Libertarian party is one of the most successful third parties when considering the number of votes and number of candidates running for public office. Well-known libertarians include politicians… Read more »

Saint Petersburg Mayor delivers hopeful State of the City Address

Mayor Rick Kriseman announces that the state of Saint Petersburg is strong and sunny. Kriseman delivered his State of the City address last Saturday at the Coliseum. The auditorium was packed with city workers, residents and elected officials. The mayor outlined progress already made then laid out his short and long term agenda’s. Mayor Kriseman… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, January 7 – David Dayen

David Dayen is a contributing writer to Salon.com and The Intercept, and a weekly columnist at The Fiscal Times. On today’s show, he discussed his recent piece in the New Republic where he takes issue with Atlantic magazine contributor Peter Bienart’s recent article that states that the next president – Republican or Democratic – will be more… Read more »

Compassionate Communication on the Sustainable Living show

Today on the Sustainable Living Program we spent the hour talking about communication skills. Our guests were Stephanie Bachmann Mattei, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, and Andrew Rock, a member of the Florida Center for Mindfulness. Andrew’s also the co-founder of the Tampa Bay Climate Action Network and last week had… Read more »

The Anti-Wolff of Wall Street

Richard Wolff, celebrated economist, professor, pundit and author, is coming to St. Petersburg’s Palladium Theater in benefit for WMNF Community Radio on Tuesday, November 10. Wolff’s analysis of capitalism from a Marxist perspective easily dismantles critics of workers’ rights and regulation by simply using data and historic analysis. Discussions about wage theft, minimum wage, and… Read more »

Kevin Beckner

Hillsborough passes wage recovery ordinance

Hillsborough County now has a way to help employees who are getting short-changed by their bosses; the County Commission unanimously passed a “wage recovery ordinance” Wednesday morning to resolve disputes when a worker claims wage theft. During public comment, Tampa resident Mike Reedy told commissioners the ordinance would help keep disputes over wage theft by workers… Read more »

Public employee union leader blasts corporate tax-dodgers

By Rob Lorei This Saturday the fifth annual St.Petersburg Science festival will be held from 10 am to 4 pm on the Bayboro waterfront at the USF St.Petersburg campus. One of the festival’s organizers,E. Howard Rutherford from USF St.Pete’s College of Marine Science, joins us  to talk about the festival that aims to engage children… Read more »

Bernie Sanders supporters “Feel the Bern” at St Petersburg debate viewing party

Bernie Sanders delivered the goods to his base and beyond during the first live Democratic presidential debate. Last night more than 40 people showed up to watch the debate at a Bernie Sanders viewing party held at the historic Manhattan Casino located in the Deuces neighborhood of Saint Petersburg. The South Saint Petersburg viewing party… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, October 1 with David Dayen and Vicki Shabo

Public policies announced by some of our presidential candidates were the topic of discussion on the program. WMNF spoke with David Dayen about breaking down the recent Wall Street Journal report that Bernie Sanders spending plans if elected president would amount to over $18 trillion. In a recent piece in The Intercept,Dayen tears apart that… Read more »

Citrus

Update on citrus greening in Florida

Officials in Miami-Dade County are dealing with an infestation of the Asian fruit fly; it has not spread beyond Miami-Dade, but citrus growers through the whole state still face another issue: citrus greening. To find out how greening is still affecting the crop, WMNF recently spoke with Larry Black, general manager of the Peace River Packing… Read more »

Radioactivity finds out: what exactly is Democratic Socialism?

throughout most of Bernie Sanders presidential run, a lot have attention has been drawn to the fact that he is a self-described democratic socialist. But what exactly is democratic socialism? Joining us is Maria Svart, the National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America, to give insight into the this ideology that pairs democratic political… Read more »

April Griffin. WMNF

Hillsborough Schools using temp agency for substitute teachers

This year signs have popped up in front of schools in Hillsborough County by a large temporary work agency seeking teachers; does this mean there’s a major teacher shortage? This week WMNF News put that question to School Board member April Griffin, who said the district is always looking to hire new teachers but they’ve… Read more »

Andrew Joseph with Tampa For Justice

Diverse group calls for strong citizen review board for Tampa Police

Some members of Tampa City Council want to go against the legal advice of the city’s attorney and create a civilian board to review actions of the police – or at least appoint more members than Mayor Bob Buckhorn has in mind for a board he created by executive order. And diverse voices of citizens… Read more »

Jennifer Rubiello

Should fracking be banned in Florida?

On MidPoint we looked at hydraulic fracturing in Florida and citizens’ efforts to stop it; joining us on the phone from southwest Florida was Dr. Karen Dwyer, co-founder of the Stonecrab Alliance, an environmental advocacy group. Our in-studio guest was Jennifer Rubiello, state director of Environment Florida. Tuesday in Naples the Board of Collier County Commissioners is meeting and one… Read more »