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Sewage spill update from St. Pete mayor

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman updated City Council Thursday about the massive dump of stormwater and partially treated and untreated sewage during Tropical Storm Hermine; Kriseman updated media Friday morning before an unrelated press conference. Listen:           “The update is, as a result of last night’s meeting, we are, as quickly as we can, moving forward with… Read more »

Charlie Crist, David Jolly face off in debate for 13th Congressional district seat

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160920_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we looked at some key moments from a debate held on Monday between  the two  candidates running for the 13th congressional seat in St. Petersberg: incumbent congressman David Jolly and former governor Charlie Crist. During the exchange, which became heated at times,  each candidate strongly challenging the other’s record… Read more »

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TBX opponents will protest before Tampa FDOT meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation is holding an information session Wednesday evening at the Seminole Heights Library to update residents on the controversial highway expansion project known as Tampa Bay Express, or TBX. But beforehand a coalition of groups focused on smart growth, transportation solutions and historic preservation plans on protesting the TBX plan. Michelle Cookson… 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 »

Mosaic New Wales sinkhole location from Google Earth

Mosaic apologizes for sinkhole communication delay; says contamination hasn’t spread

Executives from The Mosaic Company apologized Tuesday morning to Polk County residents for weeks of delays in notifying the public about a 45-foot-wide sinkhole that caused more than 200 million gallons of slightly radioactive water to drain into the aquifer. Walt Precourt, senior vice president of phosphates at Mosaic, told the Polk County Commission there are no… Read more »

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Hillsborough County State Attorney debate: Ober vs. Warren

We look in detail at another election race: Republican Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober is facing a challenge from former federal prosecutor Andrew Warren, a Democrat. We hear parts of a debate from earlier this month at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. Earlier this month we played two clips from this debate that involve how important someone’s… Read more »

Понимание того, как россияне понимают Америку* on Life Elsewhere

“Russia Hacks DNC”, “The New Red Scare”, “Trump’s Pal Vlad”. Russia keeps showing up in the headlines as we hurtle toward the most bizarre Presidential election ever. Mr. Trump, the GOP Presidential nominee, constantly refers to Russia and Mr. Putin with approval in his atypical stump speeches. And, email hacks of the DNC and former… 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 »

DIY Solar on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Show we first talked with a couple of members of our local Sierra Club about the Sierra National Campaign aimed at leveraging the power of cities to catalyze a national transition toward renewable energy. Lisa Hinton, Suncoast Sierras Executive Community Chair, and James Scott, Sierras St. Pete 100% Ready Coordinator… Read more »

Rooting Around in Esther the Pig’s World – Talking Animals

I think it was Bruce Springsteen who famously sang “From small pigs, mama, big pigs one day come.” Actually, we should quickly point out that: (a) Dave Edmunds wrote the song (Bruce covered it), and (b) We’ve taken some porcine liberties with the lyrics. But I think Edmunds would forgive—heck, probably sanction—the modification, once he… Read more »

Thursday MidPoint – sports editor Dave Zirin talks about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for national anthem

On today’s program, Dave Zirin, the sports editor of The Nation  and the host of the popular Edge of Sports podcast, was our guest for the first part of the program. He discussed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision not to stand for the national anthem, and the fall out from that.  

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 »

Local veterans talk about the state of VA system ahead of presidential forum on national security

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160907_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei In advance of  Wednesday night’s forum with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on national security, we talk about the state’s Veteran Affairs’ system and whether we are doing enough for those who have served. Florida has the 3rd largest veteran population behind Texas and California. On Radioactivity Tuesday our guests,  local veterans Jerry Green and… Read more »

More from St. Pete’s Shine Mural Festival

Twenty one murals are being created in downtown and midtown St. Pete as part of the second annual Shine Mural Festival and SPF16. Here are pictures of some of them in progress. You can get a map here. There is a big celebration this Saturday, 9/10,  in the humungo parking lot on Central Avenue just east… 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 »

Group says amendment 2 will legalize pot with little regulation; Protests continue over shooting death of unarmed black man in Clair-Mel

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160906_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On the first part of Radioactivity Tuesday we discuss Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, and the group who is opposed to it. Our first guest is Jessica Spencer, spokesperson for the vote no on 2 campaign, who says that the amendment language would down the road lead full legalization… Read more »

Florida This Week: Rundown of primary results, Hermine reveals faults in Bay Area infrastructure

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160905_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts and insiders discussed the biggest stories in the state and nation:’s Rubio vs…. Read more »