John Judis on his theory about the Emerging Republican Advantage and the Rise of Right-wing/Left-wing Populism

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161215_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei You may have heard the theory that in the future,because of the changing demographics of the country, that Democrats will have a lock on presidential elections.One of the best books on the topic came out in 2002 was called The Emerging Democratic Majority. In that book the authors predicted that with the… Read more »

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MidPoint: Obama accuses Russia of tampering in US election

On Monday electors gathered in state capitols to cast their Electoral College votes for President; meanwhile, the current president is doubling-down on the claim that Russia – and Vladimir Putin himself – meddled in and may have influenced the U.S. election. This is the topic of this week’s MidPoint, which you can hear right here: Did Russia tamper… 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 »

How Did the Framers of the Constitution Come Up with the Idea of the Electoral College?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161206_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Later this month,on December 19th,   The members of the Electoral College will meet in their individual states state and vote for President and Vice President. Later, on January 6th of next year Congress meets in Washington to count the votes.Under our Constitution we do not have a direct election for the presidency;it… Read more »

Radioactivity Listeners respond to Donald Trump’s Thursday night speech in Cincinnati

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161202_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we listened to 20 minutes of a speech that President-elect Donald Trump gave to a crowd in Cincinnati, the first stop in his “Thank You” tour around the states. In the speech, Trump blasted the mainstream media who doubted his potential to win and promised to reinvigorate the… 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 »

Tampa Bay area Green Party activists talk about the future of their party

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/arlhw-ukTZg/wmnf_161130_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity we spoke with with local Green Party members about their efforts to build the party in the Tampa bay area. Our guests were Rich Carpenter, Joanne Santiago and Joe Walters. They talked about how they came to join the Green Party, their party’s platform on some key issues facing… Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/F9KZEe4QY6Q/wmnf_161129_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei According to the new website Politico, House Speaker Paul Ryan wants the upcoming Congress to not only repeal Obamacare, but also dramatically change Medicare from a guaranteed government program into a form of private insurance. Here to talk with us about the future of Medicare are two people who are experts on… Read more »

Women’s Show 12/1 – Medicare and Election Irregularities

The era of Trump begins…….. The ink wasn’t even dry on the headlines before Paul Ryan touted his plans to reform Medicare and Social Security.  Nothing new – he has been after these areas ever since he was elected to congress.  Says a lot that two of the most successful programs that have helped people… 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 »

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Number of protests in Tampa Bay picks up after Trump election

It’s been about two weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election and we’ve seen a surge of protests in the area; on WMNF’s MidPoint we talk with three organizers about why there’s so much enthusiasm for actions in the street. Tori Godfrey is helping to organize the Ban Bannon Rally against Trump’s Transition Terrors on… Read more »

Women’s Show 11/17 – Where Do We Go From Here???

By Arlene Engelhardt The shock is wearing off… Perhaps the better question, how did we get here in the first place?  This did not happen overnight.  People have been aware that things have not been going well here for some time.  Many felt they were outsiders.  And tell me, is the outsider in now or… Read more »

A look at efforts to reform Florida’s mental health care system and the controversy over Donald Trump’s chief strategist

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161115_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we first spoke about the mental healthcare system in Florida with State Representative Kathleen Peters from treasure Island and Barbara Daire, President CEO of the Suncoast Center. According to an editorial in the Orlando Sentinel, Florida spends 1/3 of the national average on mental health services. Daire and… Read more »

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Radiactivity Monday: Special post-election discussion on Florida This Week

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/p9PUUiCj2xM/wmnf_161114_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei   On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political discussion show from local public station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. This episode was dedicated entirely to the results of last Tuesday’s election: Donald Trump wins the presidency, stunning many including pollsters and the… Read more »

How did Donald Trump win working class voters in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania?

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/bxD7VhyxfeE/wmnf_161110_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3   On Radioactivity Thursday we continued our discussion about Tuesdays’ elections results with John Nichols, national affairs correspondent with The Nation Magazine and author of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. Nichols spoke on how Trump’s campaign promises appealed to the white working and middle class that helped win him the presidency… Read more »

MidPoint Thursday – Andrew Warren, newly elected Hillsborough County State Attorney

On Election Night, one of the few bright notes for Democrats locally was the election of Andrew Warren over Mark Ober for Hillsborough County State Attorney. On the program, Warren talked about his strategy on attempting to defeat a 16-year incumbent, and how his philosophy on criminal justice is much different than Ober. Also on… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: Post-election day analysis with La Gaceta publisher Patrick Manteiga

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161109_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we looked at the unexpected win of Donald Trump of the 45th U.S. Presidency and other election results with Patrick Manteiga. He is the editor and publisher of La Gaceta, the nation’s only trilingual newspaper (it is published in English, Spanish and Italian) that is based in Ybor… Read more »

Women’s Show 11/10 – The Glass Ceiling Is Still There…..

By Arlene Engelhardt But at least we can see who is stomping on our heads! What happened on Tuesday?  Why did the polls get it so wrong?  Two analysts will give us their insights: Adele Stan, columnist for The American Prospect. Previously she was Washington bureau chief for AlterNet, the progressive news and culture website. Stan… Read more »

American Women’s Voting Rights: a somewhat biased timeline

We are on the verge of a historic moment. A woman could be elected to be one of the most powerful people in the world. President of the United States of America. POTUS. Hillary Clinton, a former first lady of Arkansas and the US; a former Senator, lawyer, Secretary of State, and more, could create… Read more »

Radioactivity Monday: Florida This Week and an exclusive interview with Dem VP nominee Tim Kaine

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/1_-yj66omrE/wmnf_161107_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity Monday we aired Florida This Week from WEDU TV this past Saturday night,a weekly show political talk show about state and local politics. On this week’s show it was entirely about tomorrow’s election. The panelists include former state CFO  Alex Sink and conservative commentator Chris Ingram along with… 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 »