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 »

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 »

Women’s Show Discusses EpiPen Blues 9/1

EpiPen is the prototype of what has gone wrong with the delivery of health care in this country. On Thursday’s show we spoke with Dr. Adam Gaffney, M.D.,staff physician at the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance, an organization with a longstanding commitment to community health and the health of the… Read more »

Women’s Show – 20th Anniversary of Welfare Reform and “The Cruelest Prosecutor in America”

20th Anniversary of Welfare Reform This week marks the 20th anniversary of former President Bill Clinton’s welfare reform…when open-ended assistance to the needy changed to a time-limited performance based assistance. Bill Clinton said “It ended welfare as we know it.” While it has reduced the welfare rolls of the needy, the welfare to the greedy… Read more »

Women’s Show – “Rewriting the Rules” and Clean Water

Photo by Brian Simms We are happy to be back after a two-week break….thanks to those who let us know you missed us….. We hope you enjoyed the convention coverage by Democracy Now!  Less than 100 days to go…  And it was a very historic moment for women.  It is a milestone for there to… Read more »

Women’s Show – So Many Shootings?

After last week, do you feel you are on a powder keg that is just about ready to explode?…. …or have we been on an active volcano for a long time and just haven’t paid any attention to the lava flow?  Everything is connected, and I am more and more feeling that the problems at… Read more »

How Florida’s Weird History Influences the Rest of the Country

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160707_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 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 »

Women’s Show – Platforms…Who reads? We do

We are coming down to crunch time….. This has gone beyond mud fights and something tells me the game hasn’t even begun.  The conventions are coming up in just a few weeks.  Do the platforms matter?  Well – yes and no…..  they, of course, are not binding, but they do give a hint of some… Read more »

Women’s Show Discusses Victory in the Supreme Court

Women’s Show Discusses Victory in the Supreme Court and GMOs Finally a Victory!  Whole Women’s Health v Hellerstedt On Monday the Supreme Court struck down Texas HB 2 , finding it imposed an undue burden on women’s constitutional rights.  Facts – finally facts over rhetoric, data over beliefs.  It has been a long time coming!  Under… Read more »

Women’s Show Discusses Recovery in Orlando and TPP

By Arlene Engelhardt How are the people in Orlando doing? With the funerals, the memorials and the press conferences, the broken threads of life need to be restored to the fabric of the living – all in all, a very difficult time.  Ida Eskamani, Equality Florida’s North and Central Florida Development Officer,will talk about the… Read more »

Hillary Makes History and the ‘Presidentalization’ of Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via Flickr     On Tuesday Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee. Regardless of your political stance, you must admit that her nomination, almost 8 years after the first African- American male presidency,  is pretty historic. It proves to little girls across the country that you can be who or whatever you… 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 »

“Undue Burden” and Trump/Ryan Meeting on Women’s Show

“Undue Burden” – It is an awkward phrase, isn’t it? On Monday the Supreme Court kicked the “undue burden” back to the courts.  The balance in this case is the “under burden” on one’s religious convictions about the morality of contraception and the mandate of the Affordable Care Act that contraception needs to be provided… 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 »

Lauren Gunderson’s play Silent Sky comes to Tampa!

From May 5th-22nd Lauren Gunderson’s play Silent Sky  will be shown at Tampa’s The Smith Black Box Theatre. The play tells the story of Henrietta Swan Leavitt(1868-1921), an American astronomer who worked at the Harvard College Observatory as a human computer. Leavitt discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars…. Read more »

Florida This Week; 3rd annual Give Day Tampa Bay helps hundreds of local charities

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160502_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listen back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk hosted by Rob Lorei that airs on local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights. A panel of political analysts and insiders discuss the hottest stories in Florida politics and news: the awkward moment at… Read more »

Women’s Show celebrates Earth Day with Shana Smith and Trish Williams Mello

It seems somewhat ironic to have a day celebrating Earth Day – if we truly celebrated Mother Earth, we would not be trying to destroy her….. Many individuals are trying hard to clean up the environment, to reverse climate change, to stop the despoliation of our air and water.  But the systems that run our… 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 »

Women’s Show …Cuba and Immigration to the Forefront

Did you know how big of an economic contribution undocumented immigrants make to this country each year?- Let’s try $11.7 billion. In Florida alone its about $547 million. Their economic contributions are so great that we can no longer do without them. This week we will have Michelle Chen, writer for The Nation and editor… Read more »

Code Pink – Saudi Arabia, BDS, Local Peace Economy…Women’s Show 3/17

Photo via Elaine Vigneault Feeling discouraged with all the negativity of the presidential campaign – and the state of our world today?  Give yourself a treat and spend a few minutes at Code Pink to gain some hope.  Tune in Thursday to hear always upbeat, yet realistic and focused on the “real” world, Medea Benjamin,… Read more »

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 »

Is the new Florida alimony bill Anti-women?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160310_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 by Rob Lorei Earlier this week The Florida Legislature passed a controversial bill that would change current alimony and  child custody policies. Under S.B. 688, permanent alimony would be outlawed and instead the duration and amount of alimony would be determined using a formula based on the length of the marriage and income discrepancies between… 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 »