Suncoast Native Plants

On Monday’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we talked about native plants, trees and landscaping with three guests from our local Suncoast Native Plant Society (SNPS). We had the President of the Suncoast FNPS, Donna Bollenbach. She’s also the social media coordinator for the Florida Native Plant Society and Assistant Director of the Council… Read more »

Trump protests in St. Pete

Number of protests in Tampa Bay picks up after Trump election

It’s been about two weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election and we’ve seen a surge of protests in the area; on WMNF’s MidPoint we talk with three organizers about why there’s so much enthusiasm for actions in the street. Tori Godfrey is helping to organize the Ban Bannon Rally against Trump’s Transition Terrors on… Read more »

Lockheed’s F-35 fighter jet is the most expensive weapon ever built by the US, and may be a waste of taxpayer dollars

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161118_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday, we looked at the development of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet, a multirole military aircraft that will supposedly herald in  a new generation of military aircraft designed to replace older fighter jets. At the cost of $379 Billion dollars, it is the most expensive piece of military equipment… Read more »

Since Trump’s election, Tampa-area immigrants are on edge

The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented 23 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation in Florida since the election of Donald Trump and they’ve counted more than 400 nationwide; in the Tampa Bay area advocates for migrant workers and immigrants say there’s an acute climate of fear of deportation. Lourdes Villanueva is the director of… Read more »

Sabal Trail pipeline and DAPL protest

14 activists arrested protesting Sabal Trail pipeline in Florida

This week there were protests around the world – and here in Florida – by people opposed to construction of the Dakota Access pipeline through tribal lands in North Dakota; but demonstrations against a compressed natural gas pipeline being built in Florida are getting less attention. That’s despite recent arrests of environmentalists protesting the Sabal Trail… Read more »

Women’s Show 11/17 – Where Do We Go From Here???

By Arlene Engelhardt The shock is wearing off… Perhaps the better question, how did we get here in the first place?  This did not happen overnight.  People have been aware that things have not been going well here for some time.  Many felt they were outsiders.  And tell me, is the outsider in now or… Read more »

A look at efforts to reform Florida’s mental health care system and the controversy over Donald Trump’s chief strategist

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161115_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we first spoke about the mental healthcare system in Florida with State Representative Kathleen Peters from treasure Island and Barbara Daire, President CEO of the Suncoast Center. According to an editorial in the Orlando Sentinel, Florida spends 1/3 of the national average on mental health services. Daire and… Read more »

Donald Trump

Radiactivity Monday: Special post-election discussion on Florida This Week

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/p9PUUiCj2xM/wmnf_161114_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei   On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political discussion show from local public station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. This episode was dedicated entirely to the results of last Tuesday’s election: Donald Trump wins the presidency, stunning many including pollsters and the… Read more »

How did Donald Trump win working class voters in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania?

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/bxD7VhyxfeE/wmnf_161110_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3   On Radioactivity Thursday we continued our discussion about Tuesdays’ elections results with John Nichols, national affairs correspondent with The Nation Magazine and author of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. Nichols spoke on how Trump’s campaign promises appealed to the white working and middle class that helped win him the presidency… Read more »

sea-level rise climate change

St. Pete mayor worries how Trump will impact preparations for climate change

How will a Donald Trump administration impact the resources that local communities need to deal with the effects of climate change? That issue came up Friday morning during a panel discussion on climate at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit in St. Petersburg. In this sound clip, we’ll first hear about how the Netherlands… Read more »

MidPoint Thursday – Andrew Warren, newly elected Hillsborough County State Attorney

On Election Night, one of the few bright notes for Democrats locally was the election of Andrew Warren over Mark Ober for Hillsborough County State Attorney. On the program, Warren talked about his strategy on attempting to defeat a 16-year incumbent, and how his philosophy on criminal justice is much different than Ober. Also on… Read more »

Sustainable Living Program – Tampa Bay’s Marine Environment

On Monday’s  (11/7/16) Sustainable Living Program we talked about Tampa Bay’s marine environment with three guests: Libby Carnahan, our Florida Sea Grant Agent with Pinellas County Extension Service; David Schramm, an author and Ethical Boater; and Hans Wilson with the Marine Industries Association of South West Florida. Our guests all joined the program to talk about… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: Post-election day analysis with La Gaceta publisher Patrick Manteiga

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161109_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we looked at the unexpected win of Donald Trump of the 45th U.S. Presidency and other election results with Patrick Manteiga. He is the editor and publisher of La Gaceta, the nation’s only trilingual newspaper (it is published in English, Spanish and Italian) that is based in Ybor… Read more »

Women’s Show 11/10 – The Glass Ceiling Is Still There…..

By Arlene Engelhardt But at least we can see who is stomping on our heads! What happened on Tuesday?  Why did the polls get it so wrong?  Two analysts will give us their insights: Adele Stan, columnist for The American Prospect. Previously she was Washington bureau chief for AlterNet, the progressive news and culture website. Stan… Read more »

American Women’s Voting Rights: a somewhat biased timeline

We are on the verge of a historic moment. A woman could be elected to be one of the most powerful people in the world. President of the United States of America. POTUS. Hillary Clinton, a former first lady of Arkansas and the US; a former Senator, lawyer, Secretary of State, and more, could create… Read more »

Radioactivity Monday: Florida This Week and an exclusive interview with Dem VP nominee Tim Kaine

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/1_-yj66omrE/wmnf_161107_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity Monday we aired Florida This Week from WEDU TV this past Saturday night,a weekly show political talk show about state and local politics. On this week’s show it was entirely about tomorrow’s election. The panelists include former state CFO  Alex Sink and conservative commentator Chris Ingram along with… Read more »

New film follows one of Florida’s 1.7 million disenfranchised voters; Political ads get fact-checked by Politifact deputy editor

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161104_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting this week released a new web documentary called Unforgiven  — in partnership with TIME, The Atlantic, the Miami Herald and other news media — about voter disenfranchisement in Florida. There are 6.1 million disenfranchised Americans; 1.7 million live in Florida. The web documentary focuses on one… Read more »