There’s an old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” With that venerable adage in mind, let’s reflect for a moment on the unequivocal fact that the moment Barack Obama was elected President, the loyal opposition wasted no time in feverishly going to work to denounce his every utterance, move or even the teeny tiniest… Read more »
On Midpoint, we continue to look at the candidates for the 2016 presidential campaign. This hour we listen to a speech made by Bernie Sanders to a crowd of 16,000 to 30,000 people at the Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles. Then we open up the phone lines for listener comments.
On today’s Radioactivity with host Rob Lorei, we listen to statements made by presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, and newcomer Lawrence Lessig. Jeb Bush addresses foreign policy and ISIS while Donald Trump talks about immigration, job growth, and women’s issues. Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, who is considering a presidential run, states in a… Read more »
Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei talks with Patrick Mantaiga, publisher of trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. In a column published last week, Mantaiga addressed five contentious issues affecting Hillsborough County and Tampa: the formula for increased stormwater tax which he says unfairly affects the poor and nonprofits, the spending of more than half of the Hillsborough… Read more »
Today we listen to latest Florida this Week, a political discussion show moderated Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel ( Tampa Bay Times’ Ernest Hooper, La Gaceta Publisher Patrick Mantaiga, Political Consultant Marc Proctor, Journalist Josh Gillin) offer their perspectives on last week’s GOP debate; congresswoman Corinne Brown’s efforts to stop congressional redistricting and the… Read more »
Today on Radioactivity, host Rob Lorei airs an excerpt of last night’s Republican presidential debate then opens up the phone lines for listener perspectives on the 10 GOP candidates’ stance on foreign policy, the economy, immigration, and social issues.
Tune in to The Sunday Simcha this Sunday from noon to 2pm, August 9th, to hear band members Sasha and Robin discuss their new CD and current tour. Their music is described as a Klezmer twist on Mahler and Argentine Yiddish tangos. Don’t miss it!
Both Rob Lorei on Radioactivity at 11am, and Janelle Irwin on MidPoint at noon, will talk about the debate and take your calls. Rob promises it will be pretty funny, and something about a drinking game…
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 »
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 »
The Florida Department of Transportation has some big ideas for the I-275/I-4 intersection. A multi-billion dollar proposal from FDOT called the Tampa Bay Express would add toll lanes to I-275, from the Pinellas County side of Tampa Bay to Bearss Avenue in North Tampa on I-275. But there is fierce opposition from neighborhood groups in… Read more »
As Congress reviews the recently completed nuclear deal with the P+5 nations and Iran, we opted to speak with a local Tampa small business man and local activist, Jason Busto, who recently visited the Republic of Iran with a few other Americans.
On today’s Sustainable Living program we talked with three guests about renewable energy (RE) home power systems, ways to save electricity and other issues related to living on less fossil fuel. Our guests were the senior editor for Home Power Magazine, Ian Woofenden; Jim Parrish, a technical support specialist for MidNite Solar, maker of products… Read more »
Today we listen back on the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show on WEDU that airs Friday nights at 8:30. Moderator Rob Lorei and the panel (St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, the Tampa bay Times’ Steve Bousquet, Republican Bill Bunting and USF Political Science Professor Susan MacManus) discuss the sudden decision by the Florida Senate to… Read more »
The first thing is – be safe! There is flooding throughout WMNF’s listening area. High tide in St. Pete is this afternoon at 4:49pm, and in Tampa at 4:56pm, so expect that could add water to areas near the shores (or at least prevent water from draining away). The Pasco County Sheriff’s department has asked… Read more »
Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with photojournalist Bob Fletcher, who photographed the struggles of the civil rights movement in Mississippi during the 1960s. Fletcher, a native of Detroit, moved to Mississippi to after facing arrest for photographing a protest in New York City. While in Mississippi, He became affiliated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC),… Read more »
Last night, dozens of Bernie Sanders supporters gathered at Atwater’s Best Barbeque in south St.Pete to hear the Vermont senator make his case for the presidency via streaming video.The gathering was a part of major grassroots effort to mobilize his base and attract new supporters. It was one of more than 3000 independent watching parties across… Read more »
Today is the 50th anniversary of the medicare and medicaid programs that was passed by President Lyndon Johnson. It transformed health care coverage since its inception in 1965, at time when over half of senior citizens were not insured. We talk about the anniversary with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a practicing physician and public health professor at… Read more »
Last week The Tampa Bay Times published an article looking at how law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area are employing retired officers who still collect pension during their re-employment. They often collect deferred compensation, a lump sum of pension money they receive upon retirement, as part of a program that is suppose to… Read more »
An amendment to legalize medical marijuana failed to pass last November, but there is an renewed effort for the 2016 ballot. United for Care is once again working to collect the 700,000 signatures and supreme court clearance to put medical marijuana up to vote. According today’s guest,United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara, the new… Read more »
By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei looks at the economic and health risks of climate change on the U.S. southeast. A report released by bi-partisan group Risky Business claims that if rising temperatures continue at the current rate, it will stymie current economic growth and agricultural gains, and lead to an… Read more »
The Florida Department of Health is noting an uptick in the cases of leprosy this year and contact with armadillos might be one reason why. In the first half of 2015 there have already been nearly the same number of cases of leprosy in Florida as seen in a typical year. Several years ago Dr…. Read more »
Monday the White House announced that thirteen of the largest American companies are joining the Obama administration to pledge to cut greenhouse gasses and fight climate disruption; it’s called the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The companies represent $1.3 trillion in annual revenue. Brian Deese, senior advisor to the president, spoke in a conference… Read more »
Today we listen back on the latest Florida this Week, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. On this episode we look at the rekindled ties between the US and Cuba, what’s up with David Jolly’s district seat as he runs for Senate, and recent remarks made by Jeb Bush at a… Read more »
The southwest coast of Florida, especially its beaches and mangroves, are being increasingly impacted by rising seas caused by global warming; on WMNF News’ MidPoint we spoke with Mike Barry — an environmental contractor with the Institute for Regional Conservation, a non-profit based in Miami. He was recently interviewed by the Naples Herald. It’s been… Read more »