Media Matters Researcher discusses appointment of former Breitbart head Stephen Bannon to CEO of Trump Campaign BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we spoke with Media Matters Research Coordinator Alex Kaplan regarding Stephen Bannon’s appointment to a top spot in the Donald Trump for President campaign. Bannon is leaving the conservative website Breitbart to help run Trump’s campaign. Kaplan discussed Breitbart’s nationalism and racism and what Bannon is likely to bring… Read more »

Celebrity Fossils on Life Elsewhere

Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. While most of these discoveries live quietly in museum collections, there are a few that have become world-renowned celebrity personas – ambassadors of science that speak to public audiences. With wit and insight,… Read more »

Virtue & Vice In Ancient Rome on Life Elsewhere

“Two thousand years ago, an aristocratic Roman matron named Vistalia faced a trial for adultery. Vistalia was notorious for conducting multiple extramarital affairs, but her husband, Titidius Labeo, refused to divorce her. Eventually, the Emperor Tiberius himself accused her of adultery, a crime punishable by exile to a remote island. Vistalia responded to this charge… Read more »

Was John Oliver’s take down on the Newspaper Industry real journalism? By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we looked at the latest rant by HBO comedian John Oliver on his show Last Week Tonight, this time aimed at the failing newspaper industry. Oliver insisted that what he does is not journalism, but it relies on the work of newspapers, many of are struggling with layoffs and financial… Read more »

What the TV viewing habits of Trump supporters can tell us about his appeal

BY Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday we heard an interview with  Dr. Aaron Duncan from the Department of Communication Studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Duncan recently penned an article that analysed a  study from Tivo on the TV watching habits of Trump supporters. The results of the poll showed the Trump supporters like crime dramas like NCIS and… Read more »

Tampa Comic Con is still about the comics

The pageantry of the weird and the wonderful were in full regalia this weekend at the Tampa Bay Comic  Con. The event coordinators are anticipating nearly 60,000 attendees to pass through the halls of the Tampa Bay Convention Center.  Collectors, vendors, artists, celebrities, and cosplay enthusiasts came out to geek out and have some fun…. Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, August 4 with Will Bunch & Brooke Hines

Will Bunch, the award-winning columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, author of and the new book, “The Bern Identity,” was our guest for the first part of Thursday’s show. Bunch covered both the Republican and Democratic conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia, respectively. And as the author of a book about Bernie Sanders, he had… Read more »

True Blunders on Life Elsewhere

“Global warming is a total and a very expensive hoax!” This is only one of many tweets by GOP Presidential contender Mr. Trump on the subject of climate change. But that brash declaration caught the attention of environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker. He felt compelled to voice his rebuttal. In the always readable CounterPunch, Robert lays out… Read more »

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New film sheds light on voter suppression in 2016 primary elections By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we spoke with   investigative reporter Greg Palast about his upcoming film on voter suppression. Palast broke the story of how African Americans with similar names to ex felons were removed from Florida’s voter rolls prior to the 2000 Presidential election. As a result– thousands of people were wrongfully… Read more »

How Florida’s Weird History Influences the Rest of the Country By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we looked at the weird and wonderful history of the Sunshine State.  Our guest Craig Pittman has written a new book titled Oh, Florida: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, which chronicles bizarre stories of corrupt officials, notable natives, quirky sex scandals and the origins of famous… Read more »

“I Will Be With You, Whatever” (on Life Elsewhere)

Our headline is taken from the voluminous, seven-year official investigation into how and why Britain went to war in Iraq. Britain’s investigation by the independent Iraq Inquiry was unequivocal in its findings. Britain, like the United States, used flawed intelligence to justify the invasion, that Iraq posed no immediate national security threat, that the allies… Read more »

Music Should Be An Interpersonal Dialogue – Life Elsewhere

Sorcha Richardson, the extraordinarily talented Irish-born singer-songwriter is one of our favorite discoveries of the past year or so. So, we were especially delighted when a package arrived from Sorcha, containing a thumb-drive with a new song, beautiful limited edition artwork she has created and a hand-written, heart-felt letter. Here is an excerpt: The music that I’ve… Read more »

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, 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 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 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 »