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 »

Radioactivity speaks with religions scholar on the historical accuracy of The Bible

  In the midst of the Christmas season, we listen back to an interview we had in October with Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of over 30 books on the discrepancies and historical inaccuracies that occur in the Bible, particularly… Read more »

Women Discuss Climate Change Through The Lens Of Their Lives

There has been a lot of talk about the recent COP 21 agreement in Paris, where almost 200 countries came together and agreed to cut emissions and the global temperature to under 2  degrees Celsius. We thought it would be great idea for us to speak with Dipti Bhatnagar , climate justice and energy coordinator… Read more »

Women’s Show on “Standing Up to Terrorism” 12/3

With the recent Paris attack, terrorism is in all of our minds…..  Congress seems to be obsessed with the dangers from Syrian widows and orphans.  Women throughout this country are in daily fear when they go to their neighborhood Planned Parenthood Clinic.  Domestic terrorism has been a problem for a very long time.  Anthrax?  The… Read more »

The Business of Marijuana; Remote Area Medical to bring free clinic to Bradenton

By Rob Lorei With recreational pot legal in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington and legal medical marijuana initiatives being considered around the country, the cannabis industry is set to becoming a booming business, possibly bigger than the organic food industry, according to one study.  We discuss legal issues regarding the commercialization of marijuana is one of… Read more »

Black Millennials are taking black twitter to the streets

Hacktivists and activists, black twitter and black lives matter hashtags are all over social media but what do they mean to black millennials? A recent report by The Black Youth Project entitled “Black Millennials in America” delves into these questions. The ongoing 10 year study shows how and why black millennials are becoming more politically… Read more »

Radioactivity talks with editor of investigative expose on Florida’s mental health hospitals

By Rob Lorei This week, the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald Tribune released the first part of an investigative series into the state of Florida’s mental health hospitals titled “Insane. Invisible. In Danger.”, the result of a year-long collaborative effort between the two newspapers. The project reveals have millions of dollars in budgets… Read more »

Religious studies scholar Bart Ehrman looks into historical validity of the Bible

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we have Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of over 30 books on the discrepancies and historical inaccuracies that occur in the Bible, particularly the new testament. His work is considered controversial  among evangelist… Read more »

From a Woman’s Point of View Discusses Shell’s withdrawal from Arctic 10/1

Sometimes the people win…….. Who would have thought that all the kayakers, activists rappelling from the bridge and the thousands of other protesting Shell and its efforts to drill in the arctic would have proved successful?  SHELL WITHDREW!  …too much trouble and not enough profit.  Though I think lack of profitability might have been the… Read more »

Radioactivity finds out: what exactly is Democratic Socialism?

throughout most of Bernie Sanders presidential run, a lot have attention has been drawn to the fact that he is a self-described democratic socialist. But what exactly is democratic socialism? Joining us is Maria Svart, the National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America, to give insight into the this ideology that pairs democratic political… Read more »

Economics Expert Explains Recent Stock Markets Flux & Why We Need a Financial Transaction Tax

By Rob Lorei Today we talk with economist James Henry about the recent drop seen in the U.S. stock markets in response to market fluctuations seen in China  caused by the devaluation of its currency a few weeks ago and overvaluation of its markets amid fears of a slowing Chinese economy. Henry explains what that means for… Read more »

10 years after Katrina: Who is being left out of New Orleans’ Renaissance?

this Saturday marks the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the northern gulf coast, devastating New Orleans as the storm overwhelmed its aged levee system and flooded 80 percent of the city, leaving over 1800 dead. Over the last few years New Orleans has experienced what many see as a renewal with as it economy… Read more »

Radioactivity talks with Pay 2 Play director about new doc on money in politics

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with John Ennis, director of Pay 2 Play, a documentary about the influence of monied interests in politics. several influential political figures will appear in the film such as Lawrence Lessig, Thom Hartmann, Noam Chomsky, Van Jones, and Marianne Williamson . It will be shown this Friday night at… Read more »

Florida Planned Parenthood CEO responds to controversy on covert videos, state investigation

On today’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with Barbara Zdravecky,CEO of Planned parenthood for Southwest and Central Florida, about the controversy surrounding a series of edited videos that purportedly showed PP staff discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue. The videos have reignited criticism of the woman’s healthcare provider. Tomorrow protests are will be held at Planned Parenthood chapters… Read more »

Historic preservation expert says historic districts benefit local economies

Today on Radioactivity, we listen back on WEDU’s Florida this Week, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week the panel (Political Consultants Chris Ingram and Victor DiMaio, Tampa Bay Times Politics Editor Adam Smith, and 10 News investigative reporter Mike Deeson) tackle several of the top story in Florida politics, including: Corrine… Read more »

Pasco spokesperson talks post-flood recovery; St.Pete ranked 6th least religious city in US

Heavy rain fall is still hitting the Bay area hard as downpours continue to cause road flooding,property damage and possible water contamination in some areas. Today Host Rob Lorei speaks with Christina Wyne, public information officer for Pasco County, where flooding has forced many to flee their homes and seek assistance provided by the county… Read more »

RNC activist criticizes police infiltration, and climate scientist discusses recent heavy rains

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with local activist Amos Miers, who was with the group Resist RNC, about a recent Tampa Bay Times story reporting that during the RNC, a multi-agency undercover police operation  infiltrated and assumed leadership position within protest groups. Then we look at whether recent torrential rains and flooding in Tampa… Read more »

The enduring impact of atomic bombing on Nagasaki and Hiroshima

  Today Host Rob Lorei interviews Susan Southard, author of Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, which looks at the enduring effect of the 1945 atomic bombing of the Japanese city through the stories of five survivors. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the  Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an event that resulted in a massive… Read more »