David Silverman, President of American Atheists

Radioactivity Thursday: Atheism Activist David Silverman says morality not based on religion

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160512_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest is David Silverman, president of American Atheists, a group which works to protect the civil liberties of atheists and other secularists, and advocates for the separation of church and state. Silverman has been an atheist since he was 6, and has frequently been a guest on Fox… Read more »

Karl Nurse no fracking

St. Petersburg seeks ordinance to ban fracking

St. Petersburg City Council will soon consider an ordinance to ban the drilling technique known as fracking and the transportation or storage of fracking wastewater within the city limits; Council vice chair Darden Rice says fracking for natural gas is too risky for St. Pete’s regional water supply, climate change and rising seas. Listen to the… Read more »

Matthew Fox

Upcoming forum aims to create better understanding of Islam – Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160511_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday, we first discuss an effort by two local organizations to foster better understanding and dialogue between Muslim and non Muslim communities in a time of increased Islamophobia. Community Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program  has formed a partnership called the Pathways to Understanding, whose goals… Read more »


An Angry Woman’s Heart – on From a Woman’s POV

 I am getting steamed – really, really steamed.  If I hear one more comment on “the women’s card…..”  Read Rebecca Solnit’s column, “If Donald Trump Were a Woman and Hillary Clinton Were a Man: Here’s what the election would look like” (posted on our Facebook page ).  This election campaign is turning the spotlight on… Read more »

Joe Biden

In Tampa Joe Biden stresses Cuba, TPP and natural gas

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the University of Tampa Wednesday afternoon about the U.S. and its relationships with countries in the Americas. Biden stressed Tampa was built by immigrants, many of them from Latin America, including Cuba. “I know how many of you have closely have followed our opening with Cuba. It’s been mentioned already…. Read more »

Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity Rob Lorei. photo by Florida This Week/WEDU

Florida This Week: is Trump considering Gov. Rick Scott for VP?

On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to Florida This Week, a public affairs program that is hosted by Rob Lorei and broadcast on local PBS station WEDU. This weeks panel of political analysts and insiders discuss the biggest stories in Florida News and politics: Is Governor Rick Scott on Donald Trump’s list for vice president? Governor… Read more »


MidPoint: The Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer & minimum wage with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently signed an executive order that will restore the voting rights of 200,000 ex-felons. Talking about that development and what other states are doing on the issue is the Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer. Later in the program, we spoke with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who made news this week by announcing a… Read more »

Nature photographer Benjamin Dimmitt

Photographer Benjamin Dimmitt captures the decline of Florida’s natural landscapes

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160505_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest is nature photographer Benjamin Dimmitt, whose recent work includes photographs of the examines the impact of saltwater intrusion on the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge just north of the Tampa Bay Area. Over the years rising sea levels, along with weak flow from nearby freshwater springs, has… Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police Chief takes questions from council on “biking while black”

The Tampa Police Chief answered questions Thursday morning from members of City Council about last month’s Department of Justice report that found police disproportionally stopped black bicyclists. The report concluded that despite evidence of “stark racial disparities” there was not racial discrimination because of “race-neutral motivations.” City Council member Lisa Montelione asked Chief Eric Ward how… Read more »

Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash

Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash discusses buyout of The Tampa Tribune

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160504_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei The Tampa Tribune published its last issue yesterday;a sudden end to the newspaper’s 123 year run after rival paper  The Tampa Bay Times bought it from Revolution Capital Group.  Joining us to talk about what now-former Tribune subscribers can expect and the future of the newspaper business in the Tampa Bay area… Read more »

Via The Tampa Repertory Theatre

Lauren Gunderson’s play Silent Sky comes to Tampa!

From May 5th-22nd Lauren Gunderson’s play Silent Sky  will be shown at Tampa’s The Smith Black Box Theatre. The play tells the story of Henrietta Swan Leavitt(1868-1921), an American astronomer who worked at the Harvard College Observatory as a human computer. Leavitt discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars…. Read more »

Bradenton Bridge

Former inmates and employers join fight to save Bradenton Bridge

Update 12 May 2016: The Department of Corrections has extended the contract (with revised terms) for Bradenton Bridge. An all-female inmate transitional facility in Bradenton could close soon because its contract has not been renewed by the state. The re-entry center provides substance abuse services and has a popular jobs program. Catherine Rodeheaver got a… Read more »

Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity Rob Lorei. photo by Florida This Week/WEDU

Florida This Week; 3rd annual Give Day Tampa Bay helps hundreds of local charities

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160502_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listen back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk hosted by Rob Lorei that airs on local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights. A panel of political analysts and insiders discuss the hottest stories in Florida politics and news: the awkward moment at… Read more »

Andrew Joseph with Tampa For Justice

Tampa for Justice wants civil rights investigation of police

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that although the Tampa Police Department issued disproportionately more tickets to black bicyclists that it was not intentional and therefore not racial discrimination. That study was done by Justice’s COPS program – Community Oriented Policing Services. We played a summary from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District… Read more »

A mural honoring Victor Jara in Arica, Chile. Photo by Von Marcelo Urra via wikipedia

New documentary looks at the legacy of murdered Chilean folk singer Victor Jara

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160429_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we look at the life and legacy of Chilean  folk singer Victor Jara. Jara was a well known musician, theater director, teacher and advocate for social justice in his home country, considered by many to be the Bob Dylan of Chile. During the US-backed Chilean coup of 1973, Jara… Read more »

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A Political Conundrum. A Controversial Book. And Cool New Music.

The biggest conundrum ever in US politics also happens to be the most controversial: The popularity of Donald J. Trump. Who are the people who turn out in unprecedented masses to attend his rallies? That was the question a young enterprising filmmaker decided would be the basis for his next documentary. The end result is Trump Rally by… Read more »

GOP candidate for US senate, Carlos Beruff.

Republican candidate for US senate Carlos Beruff says no to immigration from Middle East, raise in minimum wage

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160428_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we continue a conversation from Tuesday with Carlos Beruff, one of 5 republican candidates running for Marco Rubio’s seat in the US senate. Beruff made some controversial comments earlier this week, telling a Broward County  reporter that immigration from middle eastern countries (except Israel) should be banned. Today… Read more »