By Rob Lorei Today we take a look at the life and death of Phoebe Jonchuck, the 5-year-old girl who was dropped off the side of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge by her father John Jonchuck Jr last January. Despite numerous calls to child welfare officials due to her father’s history of violence, drug use, and… Read more »
As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »
By Rob Lorei Today we look at the latest developments in a statewide push to regulate recreational marijuana. Activist group Regulate Florida announced yesterday that it will be ending its campaign to make cannabis completely legal for adults over 21, citing a lack of petition signatures and funding needed to get the issue on the… Read more »
By Rob Lorei This week, the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald Tribune released the first part of an investigative series into the state of Florida’s mental health hospitals titled “Insane. Invisible. In Danger.”, the result of a year-long collaborative effort between the two newspapers. The project reveals have millions of dollars in budgets… Read more »
By Rob Lorei On today’s Radioactivity, we air the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Rob Lorei that is broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights. This episodes tackles the big stories in Florida News and Politics: Charlie Crist’s bid for Congress, the special session on senate seat redistricting, the teacher… Read more »
In the twelve months since Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson Missouri renewed attention has been paid to interactions between police and residents of the communities they monitor, especially people of color; a group called the Bay Area Activist Coalition (BAAC) is hosting a workshop in south St. Petersburg Friday evening to… Read more »
Tampa Bay Times reporters discuss profiling of poor, black cyclists by Tampa Police
Columnist Paula Dockery and State Senator Greg Evers address issues facing the State Prison System
Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman, is asking Floridians to put Governor Scott’s close ties to the prison industry under the microscope.
Unpacking the legal issues surrounding Florida’s unconstitutional same-sex marriage ban
Why was voter turn out the lowest it had been in 72 years?
Radioactivity listeners sound off on recent NYPD officer killings
Radioactivity airs an Episode of The Ralph Nader Radio Hour
Charges dropped against Al-Arian; interview with his former lawyer
discussion of recent high profile cases in the Tampa Bay Area
Arrests of Occupy Tampa members have slowed down, but the court hearings for the dozens charged so far are still underway. Last week after an arraignment, one defense council said he plans to argue that the city ordinance some Occupy Tampa members are charged with violating is unconstitutional. Andrew “Pepe” Kovanis was accused of disobeying… Read more »