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A Caricature For President.

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 »

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Radioactivity looks at statements from several presidential candidates

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 »

Patrick Mantaiga, publisher of La Gaceta, the nation's only trilingual newspaper

La Gaceta Publisher Patrick Mantaiga tackles five issues affecting Hillsborough and Tampa

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 »

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Local political figures discuss the GOP debate on Florida this Week

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 »


Big Galut(e) on The Sunday Simcha

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!  

Police surround protesters during the Tampa RNC in 2012.  Photo by Lig Ynnek/ Wikimedia Commons

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 »

Mushroom cloud as an atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9th 1945. photo from schriste/flickr

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 »

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Home Solar Versus Utilities on the Sustainable Living Show

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 »

A flooded street in St.Petersburg during Hurricane Debby in 2012. photo by WalterPro4755/flickr

WEDU’s Florida this Week, and local meteorologist discusses record heavy rainfall

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 »

Civil Rights Photographer Bob Fletcher. Photo by Rob Lorei

A Conversation with civil rights photographer Bob Fletcher

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 »

Dozens of people gather at Atwater's Best Barbeque and Soul in south St.Pete to watch a streaming broadcast of Bernie Sanders. Photo by Nicole Martinez

St. Pete watch party for Bernie Sanders part of nationwide online meetup

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 »

sign for a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo by Chuck Coker/flickr

United for Care renews effort for medical marijuana amendment

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 »

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White House announces American Business Act on Climate Pledge

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 »

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Cuba, David Jolly’s senate run, and Jeb Bush’s medicare remarks on Florida This Week

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 »

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Southwest Florida’s rate of sea level rise speeding up

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 »