MidPoint for Thursday, November 3 – Former USFSP political science professor Darryl Paulson

When it comes to reporting on the history of the Republican Party of Florida, and Pinellas County’s importance to its resurgence in the 1950’s, there is no one better than Darryl Paulson, emeritus professor of government at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg. Paulson has a piece in the upcoming Perspectives section of the… Read more »

Women’s Show “The Essential Guide to Donald Trump” book review 11/3

5 Days and Counting… We’re down to the wire…less than a week before we choose our next Commander in Chief? That’s up to you to decide. If you still haven’t made up your mind on who you’re voting for then pick up a copy of The Essential Guide to Donald Trump by Kenneth F. McCallion. In… Read more »

Women’s Show 11/3 – FIVE DAYS and Counting…..

Photo by DonkeyHotey Just when you thought this election couldn’t get any stranger…..who knows? Not only has this election been brutal on all of us, it is getting brutal on our constitution and the accountability of laws that govern our nation.  The founders of our nation came from the autocratic, and at times dictatorial countries. … Read more »

An Interview with the host of PBS’s The Open Mind, Alexander Heffner

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161027_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Alexander Heffner, a Harvard educated journalist who is continuing a family tradition by hosting a 60 year old TV show: The Open Mind on PBS. In 2013 Alexander took over the hosting job on the TV show that was founded by his grandfather- Richard Heffner, a… Read more »

Former FL Governor Bob Graham writes new book on how to win political battles

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/ERhENghvEZk/wmnf_161026_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday, we spoke with former US senator and former Florida governor Bob Graham about his new book, America: The Owner’s Manual, a how-to book on how to get involved with and win political battles over issues you care about. Bob Graham spent three terms representing Florida in the US Senate… Read more »

Women’s Show 10/27 – “The Trump Effect” and Eyes on Russia

How many days left? Can you still count?  Have you already voted? Unfortunately, although the campaign might end, the work of repairing and rebuilding is just beginning.  I have spent the week, you might say, looking through the eyes of non-voters – and People, “It ain’t pretty.”  First we will go back to school children,… Read more »

Women’s Show 10/20 – “The Trump Effect”

Photo by DonkeyHotey Be careful what you say and do…… People are listening and watching.  Children are listening and watching.  Teachers in schools from K-12 commonly use our national elections as teaching material.  One of the purposes of public education in this country was to prepare children to be citizens in a democracy.  Teachers have… Read more »

Jill Stein

Jill Stein says cabinet could include Richard Wolff or Medea Benjamin

In a C-SPAN interview Tuesday night Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein was asked to name some people who might make up her cabinet if she is elected president; her answer included some names like Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin and economist Richard Wolff. “So, for example, on Secretary of State, we would certainly consider someone like… Read more »

Jolly Crist Congress

Jolly and Crist differ on guns, campaign money & Clinton

A closely-watched race for Congress in Pinellas County, Florida could be an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a House seat; Republican Congress member David Jolly faces an uphill battle in his newly-redrawn district against former Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Crist is a Democrat, but he started out as a Republican and also ran for U.S. Senate as an… Read more »

Joe Biden

Radioactivity Wednesday: An exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161005_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we aired an exclusive interview by Host Rob Lorei with United States Vice President Joe Biden. They  talked about Donald Trump’s tax returns, the Senate’s refusal to take up the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Mike Pence, the  working class people who show up at Trump rallies and… Read more »

The Very Exciting & Important Vice Presidential Debate is happening tonight

The Vice Presidential Candidates for the major parties’ tickets will be meeting to chat about how different they are, even though you might not be able to tell them apart without name tags or the right color ties. Tim Kaine (Democrat) and Mike Pense (Republican)’s Venn Diagram overlap would have late 50s/white male/governor/congress in it. After… Read more »

Women’s Show 9/29 – November 8th is Coming Soon!

Arnie Arneson, back by your request and Adele Stan, long-time favorite By Arlene Engelhardt  November 8th is coming soon…  Are you registered to vote?…  Did you along with 84 million others watch the debate Monday night?… Was there a winner? Was there a loser?…  Did you see the dynamics of character that you consider essential… Read more »

Florida This Week; New doc looks at the lasting health effects of 2010 BP oil Spill

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160919_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida this Week,  a panel discussion show on  state and local politics that is hosted by Rob Lorei on local PBS station WEDU. Among the topics this week: Calls for a federal investigation into Donald Trump’s donation to Pam Bondi’s campaign; The number of… Read more »

Women’s Show – Florida Phosphates and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture 9/22

Have you been following the massive sinkhole – just 30 miles east of Tampa in New Wales? JACLYN LOPEZ, Florida Director, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity. Jacki thinks Florida may be beginning to wake up to its massive phosphate mining problems.  The sinkhole has already caused at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water to… Read more »

Thursday MidPoint: Sean McElwee & Jason McDaniel on Donald Trump supporters & white racial resentment

Hillary Clinton’s controversial comments last week about “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters being a “basket of deplorables” predictably created a political firestorm. On Friday at a New York fundraiser, Clinton said this: “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic —… Read more »

An in-depth look at elections with local political analyst Barry Edwards

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160913_110619_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity Tuesday talked about disabled parking abuse with Mack Marsh who is the Project Director for a group called Parking Mobility. Marsh has come to Tampa from Austin to discuss the issue of motorists who abuse parking spots for the disabled. Marsh has come to Tampa from Austin to discuss the issue… Read more »

Florida This Week on Radioactivity: Attorney General in hot water over Trump donation, county devises solution to chronic flooding

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160912_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. This week our panel of political experts and insiders discuss the hottest stories in local and national news: New concerns over how… Read more »

Former State Senator Gelber says Bondi’s failure to investigate Trump University “stinks”

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160908_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei Back in 2013 Trump’s charitable foundation gave a $25,000 donation to a group backing the reelection of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Then, Bondi’s office made a decision that benefited Trump: the Florida Attorney General’s office declined to pursue an investigation into fraud claims against Trump University. Now facing new scrutiny over… Read more »

Women’s Show – Politics and “Trumpism” 9/8

To get a little historical perspective on, particularly “Trumpism,” we need to look at the far right.  Phyllis Schlafly, who died Monday, was a huge factor in the shape of the present Republican Party.  Perhaps the reason her views and her tireless organizing are not more recognized is because she was a woman.  Her battles… Read more »

Donald Trump

WMNF listeners comment on Donald Trump’s speech at the Florida Fairgrounds yesterday

BY Rob Lorei http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160825_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 On Radioactivity Thursday, we listened to excerpts from Donald Trump’s speech at the Florida State Fairgrounds near Tampa on Wednesday. Then we opened up the phone lines and email for listener comments.  In his speech to about 2000 people, Trump said his presidency would rebuild the military, restore law and order,… Read more »