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 »

How Did Penis Size Become More Important Than Climate Change In The Presidential Race?

Robert Hunziker is not happy. He wakes up at night in a cold sweat. Robert Hunziker is a freelance writer and environmental journalist who insists that the next Presidential election will be the most important in our lifetime. We are living dangerous times he says. The ice caps are melting. Global warming is real and… Read more »

Doctors without Borders: Neutral & Impartial On Life Elsewhere

“Our patients come to us with rat and other vermin bites, scabies, lice, skin ailments, colds, and congestion. Conditions that are easily treated.” These are the words of Dr. Rogy Masri, of Doctors Without Borders, currently working in Tripoli, Lebanon. Vulnerable migrants and refugees in Tripoli are living in appalling conditions explains Dr. Masri in… Read more »

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction On Life Elsewhere

Is Trumpy a bad dream? Are these bizarre primaries a fantastic illusion? After reading Chip Jacobs‘ book Strange As It Seems, you could easily believe the hallucinatory-like run-up to the Presidential election is really a figment of Chip’s imagination and we are all living in the peculiar world he paints so vividly. In Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of… Read more »

Loca African American multimedia artist reimagines controversial minstrel standard “Dixie”

Today on Midpoint, we talk with Sarasota-based musician John Sims, whose latest album the AfroDixie Remixes contains a reimagined versions of the American classic “I wish I was in Dixie”, a song written in the mid 1800’s by Daniel Decatur Emmett. It was once considered the anthem of the South, but is now considered offensive for its association… Read more »