Art & Authoritarianism + Influential & Ignored on Life Elsewhere

Last year before the election, Philip Kennicott, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Art and Architecture Critic, imagined with clever wit, what would happen to the Arts in America if Mr. Trump became President. His scenarios were fantasy, but the context for Kennicott’s creativity was built on facts: In a gallery in Chelsea, New York, a crudely made sculpture of… Read more »

Can Every Picture Tell A True Story?

“Where words can be twisted, fact-checks dismissed, and lies perpetuated, photographs can sear an image into public consciousness that leaves little room to dispute. The responsibility of the media as defenders of democracy has never been so urgent. And within the media, photojournalists, with their incredibly strict code of ethics have a distinct and important ability to… Read more »

The Blurred Line Between Fantasy And Reality (on Life Elsewhere)

How many times during the past twelve months, when reflecting on the run-up to the Presidential election, have you thought, “This is too fantastic to be true”? The ongoing shenanigans by the most unlikely of Presidential candidates, now President-elect and the perpetual circus surrounding him, has perplexed even the most revered brainiacs. The conundrum of… Read more »

Goodbye 2016!

Before 2016 was even half-way over, the cry of “Enough! Can we please put this year behind us!” was uttered everywhere from social media to casual conversations. Right out of the gate, 2016 took no time at all to let us know, this one was gonna be a bitch! Like an unwarranted slap-in-the-face, the man… Read more »

New book sheds light on the creative process of inventor Nikola Tesla

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/ClcjqyHlMhI/wmnf_161213_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Nikola Tesla died in in 1943. During his 86 years on the planet he perhaps more than any other inventor was responsible for spreading the benefits of electricity to people around the US and the world. But his life has been overshadowed by other inventors such as Thomas Edison. In the… Read more »

Radioactivity Monday: Florida This Week, history professor discusses Russian Involvement in foreign elections

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/Xa-hkg0U0Yc/wmnf_161212_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday, we heard Florida This Week from WEDU TV, a political discussion show that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. Among the topics discussed on the program: Incoming house speaker Richard Corcoran has tough words for members of the state supreme court; Hillsborough democrats are deeply divided over selecting a… Read more »

Joan, The Legend! on Life Elsewhere

When Joan Alexandra Molinsky died at the age of 81 in 2014, she was known as the iconic legend, Joan Rivers. Her story was a roller-coaster ride of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Orlando attorney wants a presidential recount in Florida

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161208_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei There is a  move here in Florida to try to get a recount of the Presidential election.Three Central Florida voters are mounting a bid to overturn the presidential election here in Florida.A lawsuit was filed Monday in Leon Circuit Court, saying that Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, actually won Florida. The plaintiffs,… Read more »

Who Chose A Small Herd Of Alpacas? (on Life Elsewhere)

Yes, it’s the Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show! With an all-star line-up of some of our favorite guests from the last 12 months with, author, Mark Haskell Smith, singer-songwriter, Nancy Kells, crime thriller writer, Peter James, social and political commentator, Dr. Binoy Kampmark, film & media critic, Bob Ross, singer-songwriter Azusena, caricaturist and social commentator, Steve Brodner, author Stephen O’Connor, and… Read more »

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Elections Expert Says There’s Reason to Doubt the Vote Count in Presidential Race

By Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday, Host Rob Lorei spoke with David W. Moore, former vice president of the Gallup Organization and polling director at iMediaEthics. He recently penned an article called “Why the Exit Polls Sow Doubt About the Vote Count,” that delves into the the hard numbers behind the polls before the election, and… Read more »

Radioactivity Friday looks at the Stein’s push for vote recount, Trump advisor wants NASA to stop climate change research

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161125_110620_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we looked at a  series of interviews and news stories from the past 48 hours that covered climate change denial, confessions of a whistle-blower, the Green Party candidate will get a recount in at least two key states, Donald Trump’s looming ethics problems, and the origin of fake… Read more »

The Goldilocks Planet & The Trump Administration on Life Elsewhere

“For over the past 10,000 years, Earth has been the Goldilocks planet, not too hot, not too cold, as the temperature has been steady, fluctuating by only about 1°C. So, everything the human species has done has been within a very narrow, and almost perfect temperature range (Source: Richard Alley, professor of geosciences, Penn State University,… Read more »

New film follows one of Florida’s 1.7 million disenfranchised voters; Political ads get fact-checked by Politifact deputy editor

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161104_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting this week released a new web documentary called Unforgiven  — in partnership with TIME, The Atlantic, the Miami Herald and other news media — about voter disenfranchisement in Florida. There are 6.1 million disenfranchised Americans; 1.7 million live in Florida. The web documentary focuses on one… Read more »

An Interview with the host of PBS’s The Open Mind, Alexander Heffner

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161027_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Alexander Heffner, a Harvard educated journalist who is continuing a family tradition by hosting a 60 year old TV show: The Open Mind on PBS. In 2013 Alexander took over the hosting job on the TV show that was founded by his grandfather- Richard Heffner, a… Read more »

The Detectives on Life Elsewhere

Dublin Murder Squad, detective Antoinette Conway is hard-edged, gloriously rough-speaking and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Antoinette, the narrator in Tana French’s new novel, The Trespasser, takes the reader on a roller-coaster of whodunit journey. Tana is a wickedly clever writer who uses her past acting experience to aid in conjuring up brilliant dialogue and descriptions…. Read more »