President Obama Makes Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama announced his Supreme Court nominee, political moderate Merrick Garland. Merrick’s nomination came as a surprise to some, who assumed that Sri Srinivasan, also a judge for the D.C. federal court, would be the top pick. Garland was confirmed to the federal bench under former President Bill Clinton’s second presidential term in 1997. He… Read more »

Florida Passes Anti-Abortion Bill -tune in for a discussion on From a Woman’s PoV

During last weeks show we discussed Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Texas omnibus bill the Supreme Court is currently debating. Florida has followed in Texas’ footsteps and passed Senate Bill 1722, an anti-abortion bill that Governor Rick Scott is expected to sign. The bill which passed 25-15 in the Senate, would drastically change the state’s… Read more »

Bernie Sanders brings his political revolution to Tampa

Senator Bernie Sanders draws nearly ten thousand people to Tampa rally. Yesterday evening, in an expo hall on the Florida Fairgrounds, the democratic presidential candidate Sanders brought his message to Florida voters. Bernie Sanders speech hit on many different issues and on Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Tampa visit was the last on his whistle stop… Read more »

Economist Richard Wolff examines the presidential candidates’ positions on economy

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160311_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today we are joined by Economist Richard Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and host of Economic Update, a radio show syndicated by WMNF on Tuesdays at 10 am. Wolff dissects the economics of higher tariffs of imported goods, as proposed by Donald Trump, the US corporate… Read more »

MidPoint for Friday, March 11 – Pinecrest Village Mayor Cindy Lerner & Think Progress report Alice Ollstein

Filling in for Janelle Irwin today, Mitch Perry hosted Pincrest Village Mayor Cindy Lerner and Think Progress reporter Alice Ollstein. Lerner was one of 21 Florida mayors who wrote to CNN last week, asking them to make sure to ask the GOP candidates for president questions about climate change at the March 10th debate at… Read more »

Florida This Week; Listeners discuss the CNN Democratic Debate in Flint, Mich.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160307_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On the first half of today’s show we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts tackle the week’s biggest stories in Florida politics: An anti-segregation lawsuit is revived in Pinellas… Read more »

Politifact’s top fact-checks of latest Fox News GOP Debate

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160304_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Today we are joined by Josh Gillin from Politifact, a political fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times, who was up late last night researching the facts and stats behind statements made by Republican presidential candidates during last night’s contentious Fox News GOP debate from Michigan. We discuss Trump’s previous campaign contributions… Read more »

Economist Explains Why American Voters Are So Angry; Mitt Romney denounces Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160302_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Thursday’s Radioactivity, our first guest is noble prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who says that much of the anger expressed by voters during this election cycle stems from growing wealth inequality even as the country continues to recover for the recession. Then we listened live to former republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s… Read more »

Radioactivity Listeners chime-in on last night’s GOP debate

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160226_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we open up the phone lines for listeners to discuss Thursday night’s GOP debate,the last debate before Super Tuesday. We look at some key moments during the lively exchange between the remaining 5 candidates, especially between frontrunner Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio, regarding job outsourcing, immigration, and… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, February 25 – Jim Antle – political news editor with the Washington Examiner

With Donald Trump having won three consecutive primary elections, the Manhattan business mogul may improbably be heading for the Republican nomination for president. Joining us to talk about how the conservative moment is dealing with this issue, we were joined by Jim Antle, the political editor with the Washington Examiner. In the second half of… Read more »

Women’s Show discusses the real costs of Medicare for All…..and Title IX 2/25

What is the real cost of “Medicare for all?” Even with the Affordable Care Act, 33 million Americans are uninsured and another 15-55 million are underinsured.  Yet by far, American’s pay the highest  health costs per capita of any nation in the world.  With the elections coming up our healthcare system is still a major issue…. Read more »

Libertarian Party Presidential Contender Live on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160219_110620_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei was joined by one of the top candidates for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, Austin Peterson. The Libertarian party is one of the most successful third parties when considering the number of votes and number of candidates running for public office. Well-known libertarians include politicians… Read more »

Life in a Democratic Socialist country; Looming water crises threatening Florida.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160129_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei During last nights GOP debate,  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said  democratic candidate Bernie Sanders ” is a good candidate — for president of Sweden. We don’t want to be Sweden, we want to be the United States of America.”, reiterating a common attack of Sanders’  socialist leanings as un-American. Our guest for the… Read more »

Extended Maternity and Paternity Leave for Military

In an effort to better serve military families, and raise retention, the Defense Department is increasing maternity leave to 12 weeks paid time off, Defense Secretary  Ash Carter announce Thursday.  The new guidelines apply to all active duty members, reserve members working in a full time status, definite active duty recall or mobilization orders for… Read more »

Women’s Show discusses birth, death and taxes… 1/28

Roe vs Wade was a hot topic on From a Woman’s POV    this week. The war on a woman’s right to choose continues. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 on the “Florida for Life Act” or HB865. If made law, it will ban all abortions with the exception of the health and… Read more »

Midpoint Wednesday looks at the latest developments in the Oregon militia siege

On Midpoint Wednesday with Rob Lorei, we look at the latest in the takeover of a national wildlife refuge in rural Eastern  Oregon by a right-wing militia group protesting federal public land use policies.Over half of Oregon’s land  is federally owned and the militia believes that land should be turned over to local ranchers, loggers, and farmers.  The group’s… Read more »

Florida Subcommittee Votes to overturn Roe vs Wade

Just after the Planned Parenthood decision in Texas, where a grand jury not only did not indict Planned Parenthood for selling fetal tissue, but instead chose to indict the Planned Parenthood accusers, the attack on women’s rights to control their bodies continued. On Tuesday the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 in favor of passing Bill HB865, with… Read more »

David Jolly urges Bay area politicians to join his effort to stop wasting time raising money

David Jolly makes a plea across the aisle to get elected officials to stop begging for money and get back to work. The republican US representative from Florida is pushing for more of his colleagues to get on board.  Jolly is upbeat about recruiting local supporters. Jolly’s “Stop Act” bill is meant to halt members… Read more »

A Move to Amend protest against citizens united

Floridians Organize to Overturn Citizens United

By Rob Lorei Its been six years since The United States Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision which determined that political campaign contributions from corporations are protected as a first amendment right under the condition’s of corporate personhood. Since then the amount of corporate money donated to election campaigns has double between 2010 and… Read more »

Florida This Week; Perspectives on latest Democratic debate

By Rob Lorei Today on radioactivity we listen to the latest  Florida this week, a news and public affairs show moderated by Rob Lorei that airs every Friday night at 8:30 on local PBS station WEDU. This week’s panel offers political insights on the biggest political issues in Florida: Gov. Rick Scott call for a… Read more »

Radioactivity listeners chime in on Thursday’s GOP debate.

BY Rob Lorei On today’s Radioactivity, we open up the phone lines to listener  comments on Thursday’s GOP debate from Charleston, South Carolina. Highlights from last night’s discourse include criticism of President Obama’s handle on gun control and a dispute between  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump regarding Cruz’s eligibility to run due his birthplace in Canada…. Read more »

Women’s Show discusses SOTU – Guantanamo?…TPP?…1/14

https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/10734398214 Did you hear the SOTU Tuesday night?  Powerful words.  However, although President Obama has promised for the last 7 years that he would close Guantanamo, he has not; even though he has executive power to do so. Medea Benjamin, Co-founder of Code Pink and Global Exchange, discussed Guantanamo, Syria, drones, and Code Pink’s new… Read more »

Local choir production celebrates the Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

By Rob Lorei Today, Host Rob Lorei speaks with September Penn, director of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song, a musical production centered around the freedom songs of the Civil Rights Era. Many of these songs were adapted from religious spirituals and crafted to carry the message of equal rights for… Read more »