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Florida This Week talks upcoming primary; Listeners respond to escalating violence at Trump rallies.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160314_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we listen to WEDU’s Florida this week, a political talk show hosted by Rob Lorei on Friday nights. In this episode political experts from across the state discuss the hottest stories in Florida politics: The final campaign push by several presidential candidates before the primary elections on Tuesday,… Read more »

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Crowds protest Trump in Tampa before speech

Donald Trump was interrupted several times by protesters as he spoke Monday at the Tampa Convention Center; outside anti-Trump demonstrators and supporters of the billionaire businessman traded words. On MidPoint we interviewed one organizer of the anti-Trump rally, Kevin O’Hare — a student at the University of Tampa. Trump was introduced by Florida Attorney General Pam… Read more »

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Early cancer prevention event reaches out to the community

Coalition of public and private sponsors brought a cancer awareness event to Tampa. Last Saturday at Robert W. Sanders jr. Library, nearly 100 people came to listen to speakers, meet cancer survivors and participate in educational self-health screenings. Information and access are key ingredients needed to stave off cancer. Preventative care was a reoccurring theme… Read more »

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Bernie Sanders brings his political revolution to Tampa

Senator Bernie Sanders draws nearly ten thousand people to Tampa rally. Yesterday evening, in an expo hall on the Florida Fairgrounds, the democratic presidential candidate Sanders brought his message to Florida voters. Bernie Sanders speech hit on many different issues and on Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Tampa visit was the last on his whistle stop… Read more »

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Economist Richard Wolff examines the presidential candidates’ positions on economy

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160311_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today we are joined by Economist Richard Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and host of Economic Update, a radio show syndicated by WMNF on Tuesdays at 10 am. Wolff dissects the economics of higher tariffs of imported goods, as proposed by Donald Trump, the US corporate… Read more »

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Is the new Florida alimony bill Anti-women?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160310_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 by Rob Lorei Earlier this week The Florida Legislature passed a controversial bill that would change current alimony and  child custody policies. Under S.B. 688, permanent alimony would be outlawed and instead the duration and amount of alimony would be determined using a formula based on the length of the marriage and income discrepancies between… Read more »

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MidPoint for Friday, March 11 – Pinecrest Village Mayor Cindy Lerner & Think Progress report Alice Ollstein

Filling in for Janelle Irwin today, Mitch Perry hosted Pincrest Village Mayor Cindy Lerner and Think Progress reporter Alice Ollstein. Lerner was one of 21 Florida mayors who wrote to CNN last week, asking them to make sure to ask the GOP candidates for president questions about climate change at the March 10th debate at… Read more »

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How Did Penis Size Become More Important Than Climate Change In The Presidential Race?

Robert Hunziker is not happy. He wakes up at night in a cold sweat. Robert Hunziker is a freelance writer and environmental journalist who insists that the next Presidential election will be the most important in our lifetime. We are living dangerous times he says. The ice caps are melting. Global warming is real and… Read more »

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Young Florida voters challenge Democrats on “superdelegates”

Some young Tampa filmmakers have set their sights on humorously criticizing the Democratic Party’s use of “superdelegates;” we interview a founder of Peace House and hear clips from Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate. There was a lot of election news over the weekend. Democrat Bernie Sanders won 3 primaries or caucuses while Hillary Clinton won one. The… Read more »

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Florida This Week; Listeners discuss the CNN Democratic Debate in Flint, Mich.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160307_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On the first half of today’s show we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts tackle the week’s biggest stories in Florida politics: An anti-segregation lawsuit is revived in Pinellas… Read more »

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Politifact’s top fact-checks of latest Fox News GOP Debate

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160304_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Today we are joined by Josh Gillin from Politifact, a political fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times, who was up late last night researching the facts and stats behind statements made by Republican presidential candidates during last night’s contentious Fox News GOP debate from Michigan. We discuss Trump’s previous campaign contributions… Read more »

Former Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney speakin in Mesa, Arizona in 2012. Photo by Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Economist Explains Why American Voters Are So Angry; Mitt Romney denounces Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160302_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Thursday’s Radioactivity, our first guest is noble prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who says that much of the anger expressed by voters during this election cycle stems from growing wealth inequality even as the country continues to recover for the recession. Then we listened live to former republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s… Read more »

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Senate candidate Patrick Murphy concerned about climate change and wealth gap

A member of Congress running for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat says the disappearing middle class and climate change are two issues that need to be solved quickly; Democrat Patrick Murphy spoke Friday afternoon at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg. Murphy said one way to reduce income inequality is to make education affordable. Murphy says… Read more »

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New Documentary looks back at the 1967 Newark Riots

In 1967, two white Newark policemen arrested a black taxi-driver, John Smith, for improperly passing them. A rumor spread throughout the local black community that Smith was killed in police custody, which sparked off a 6-day riot that left 26 people dead and hundreds injured. Today we talk with two documentarians, Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno, whose… Read more »

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Doctors without Borders: Neutral & Impartial On Life Elsewhere

“Our patients come to us with rat and other vermin bites, scabies, lice, skin ailments, colds, and congestion. Conditions that are easily treated.” These are the words of Dr. Rogy Masri, of Doctors Without Borders, currently working in Tripoli, Lebanon. Vulnerable migrants and refugees in Tripoli are living in appalling conditions explains Dr. Masri in… Read more »

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Florida Senate rejects amendment requiring unanimous jury recommendation for death penalty

Wednesday the Florida Senate narrowly rejected a proposal that would have required a unanimous jury recommendation in order for a death penalty sentence to be imposed; that means the bill the Senate will vote on requires a minimum of 10 out of 12 jurors to recommend the death penalty in order for an execution to be… Read more »

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Transportation officials responds to criticism of TBX project

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160301_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Within the last month we have had several guests who opposed the TBX Project, which proposes to expand the interstate system throughout Tampa bay adding toll roads. Today we hear from Raymond Chiaramonte, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, and Debbie Hunt with the Florida Department of Transportation, two… Read more »