Politifact checks the latest comments from presidential candidates; Meet the Oregon students who support Trump

On Radioactivity Wednesday we looked at the truth behind recent statements made by political figures with Katie Sanders, deputy editor of politifact.com, a fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times. We looked at whether comments made by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and President Obama ranked as true, half-true, or were straight-out “pants-on-fire” lies. Then we were… Read more »

You Must Speak To Be Heard On Life Elsewhere

This may surprise you: As the US Presidential election looms ahead in November and the non-stop news coverage of every move the candidates make and the cacophony of noise that generates, there are still folks who need prompting to register to vote. Yes, it is hard to fathom. Which is where HeadCount comes in. A non-partisan organization that uses the… Read more »

Polls: The Most Inexact Of Sciences on Life Elsewhere

“Caught between a cynical Clinton machine and a shape-changing reality television show, US politics has featured its latest twist in the saga of surges and poll ratings. Now, we are being told that Donald Trump does have a chance against Hillary Clinton, spluttering ahead in some of the figures.” The words of Dr. Binoy Kampmark… Read more »

The “Presidentalization” of Donald Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via DonkeyHotey   We can’t get away from the election, can we? What does “presidential” mean?  Donald Trump has said, “It’s no job to act presidential, I can be presidential any time I want” while addressing claims that he was advised by friends and family  to change his demeanor while campaigning. While campaigning in… Read more »

Journalist Gail Pellett recounts experience reporting in post-Revolution 1980s China

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160531_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei This Friday, June 4, is the anniversary of The Tiananmen Massacre in China. One of the major (and  unrealized) goals of the protesters was a free press and the end of censorship. In addition, this month marks the 50th anniversary of the start of China’s Cultural Revolution. Gail Pellett was a journalist in Beijing in the early… Read more »

New documentary examines gun availability and high rate of gun deaths in the US

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160527_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Americans are dying by gun violence at a rate much higher than is seen in other developed countries. Over 13,000 are killed in gun-related murders, assaults, and accidents every year . Now there a new film by Robert Greenwald , Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA,  that looks at the money… Read more »

Transgender Questions on Life Elsewhere

“Where do most Americans stand on trans issues in general?” That headline caught our attention. But, it was the sub-heading that really stopped us in our tracks, “Americans hold more unfavorable views toward transgender people than other groups.” This surprising statement was the result of a recent survey conducted by Vox and Morning Consult. According to… Read more »

Florida This Week: is Trump considering Gov. Rick Scott for VP?

On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to Florida This Week, a public affairs program that is hosted by Rob Lorei and broadcast on local PBS station WEDU. This weeks panel of political analysts and insiders discuss the biggest stories in Florida News and politics: Is Governor Rick Scott on Donald Trump’s list for vice president? Governor… Read more »

Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash discusses buyout of The Tampa Tribune

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160504_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei The Tampa Tribune published its last issue yesterday;a sudden end to the newspaper’s 123 year run after rival paper  The Tampa Bay Times bought it from Revolution Capital Group.  Joining us to talk about what now-former Tribune subscribers can expect and the future of the newspaper business in the Tampa Bay area… Read more »

New documentary looks at the legacy of murdered Chilean folk singer Victor Jara

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160429_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we look at the life and legacy of Chilean  folk singer Victor Jara. Jara was a well known musician, theater director, teacher and advocate for social justice in his home country, considered by many to be the Bob Dylan of Chile. During the US-backed Chilean coup of 1973, Jara… Read more »

A Political Conundrum. A Controversial Book. And Cool New Music.

The biggest conundrum ever in US politics also happens to be the most controversial: The popularity of Donald J. Trump. Who are the people who turn out in unprecedented masses to attend his rallies? That was the question a young enterprising filmmaker decided would be the basis for his next documentary. The end result is Trump Rally by… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, April 28 – USFSP political science professor Judithanne McLauchlan

Judithanne McLauchlan has had a distinguished political career to date. Currently an associate professor of political science at USFSP, where she is the Founding Director of the Civic Engagement. Previously she has worked at the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the DOJ and the White House. She also worked on the presidential campaigns… Read more »

Remembering Prince, An Illegal Hike & A Gothic Serial Killer Next On Life Elsewhere

The news came in, literally moments after we had made the final edits to the latest edition of Life Elsewhere…Prince was dead. Immediately we searched through all of our many music-biz contacts to come up with someone qualified to pay tribute to the music legend.  As the minutes then hours passed, tributes to Prince were… Read more »

An Illegal Hike Across The Heartland – Next on Life Elsewhere

Ken Ilgunas says his new book is about coming to terms with climate change and figuring out what our role as individuals should be in confronting something so big and so out of our hands. It’s about taking a few months of your life to look at your country from a new perspective. Ultimately, it’s… Read more »

Psychologist Maria Konnikova looks into how con-artists get away with it

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160419_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei How do Con-men, swindlers, and scam artists get away with it? What traits do they, and their victims, all share? Today we speak with Maria Konnikova, author of a new book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It…Every Time. Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what… Read more »

Florida This Week; Local farm-to-table restaurants might not be serving up what they claim

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160418_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 On Radioactivity Monday we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a news and public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. The panel of political experts and insiders look at the biggest stories in Florida: Rick Scott’s recent ad that attacked a woman who… Read more »

Two Timely Interviews on Life Elsewhere

          The Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint now, when not forgotten altogether. But there was a time in America, during the 1970s, when bombings by domestic underground groups were a daily occurrence. The FBI combated these and other groups as nodes in a single revolutionary underground,… Read more »

Cara Jennings v Rick Scott

Alex Sink on FLORIDA THIS WEEK TV show; Gov. Scott ad attacks woman who confronted him in coffee shop

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160412_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we air an episode of Florida This week, a political talk show that airs Friday nights on WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei.  Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the hottest stories in state and national politics: the coffee shop confrontation of Gov. Rick… Read more »

Filmmaker makes doc on the “brain-washing” of her father by FOX News and Talk Radio

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160407_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 Filmmaker Jen Senko’s father had always been an apolitical, mild-mannered man—until he started listen to right-wing talk radio and eventually Fox News. He then began to angrily rant against poor people, gay people, immigrants, and, particularly, democrats. In her newest documentary,The Brainwashing of My Dad, she follows the transformation of her father, and in… Read more »