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Controversy #2 On Life Elsewhere

“Should a Muslim printer be obliged to publish cartoons of Mohammed or a Jewish one the words of a Holocaust denier? Will gay bakers have to accept orders for cakes with homophobic slurs?” These are the controversial questions from noted gay activist Peter Tatchell. Like most gay and equality campaigners, Tatchell initially condemned Christian-run Ashers Bakery… Read more »

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Florida This Week: Senate opens door to fracking, new bill would make abortion a first-degree felony

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160201_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts and insiders discuss several controversial bills moving through the state legislature.One bill would allow the state to regulate and… Read more »

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CAIR opposes Florida bill it says targets human rights defenders

A bill in the Florida Legislature would sanction groups that organize boycotts of or divestment from Israel or from companies that contribute to alleged human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine. But HB 527 isopposed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. Our guest on MidPoint, Laila Abdelaziz, is legislative and government affairs director at CAIR-Florida.  Listen to this segment… Read more »

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Life in a Democratic Socialist country; Looming water crises threatening Florida.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160129_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei During last nights GOP debate,  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said  democratic candidate Bernie Sanders ” is a good candidate — for president of Sweden. We don’t want to be Sweden, we want to be the United States of America.”, reiterating a common attack of Sanders’  socialist leanings as un-American. Our guest for the… Read more »

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Next On Life Elsewhere

    On the next edition of Life Elsewhere a former carpenter and construction worker, Nicholas Petrie talks about his riveting debut novel, The Drifter.  Petrie, a gifted writer, and keen observer takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride, as his hero a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is faced with formidable situations. Norman B… Read more »

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Extended Maternity and Paternity Leave for Military

In an effort to better serve military families, and raise retention, the Defense Department is increasing maternity leave to 12 weeks paid time off, Defense Secretary  Ash Carter announce Thursday.  The new guidelines apply to all active duty members, reserve members working in a full time status, definite active duty recall or mobilization orders for… Read more »

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1 in 6 people in Tampa Bay are going hungry; Family of Elias Guadarrama says he did not commit suicide during police chase

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160128_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 by Rob Lorei In the 10 counties making up West Central Florida Area, one in 6 people, or about 700,000, are not getting enough to eat. Many are trying to live off of a four dollar daily allowance for food, and many children come to school on Monday having not had a solid meal at… Read more »

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Women’s Show discusses birth, death and taxes… 1/28

Roe vs Wade was a hot topic on From a Woman’s POV    this week. The war on a woman’s right to choose continues. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 on the “Florida for Life Act” or HB865. If made law, it will ban all abortions with the exception of the health and… Read more »

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Midpoint Wednesday looks at the latest developments in the Oregon militia siege

On Midpoint Wednesday with Rob Lorei, we look at the latest in the takeover of a national wildlife refuge in rural Eastern  Oregon by a right-wing militia group protesting federal public land use policies.Over half of Oregon’s land  is federally owned and the militia believes that land should be turned over to local ranchers, loggers, and farmers.  The group’s… Read more »

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Environmental ethics and morality of shark fin harvesting

Some of the ocean’s top predators are facing massive population crashes-and human may be to blame. An environmental activist is urging law students to help him fight for the survival of hammerhead sharks. Yesterday at a biodiversity conference at Stetson College of Law in Gulfport, Randall Arauz spoke about his decade-long odyssey to ban shark… Read more »

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Environmentalist Randall Arauz recounts his fight to ban shark fin harvesting

Randall Arauz is an environmental activist hailing from Costa Rica. He has been instrumental in his crusade to ban the shark fin harvesting industry around the world. In 2010 he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his contributions to protecting sharks and their habitats. On January 26 he gave a lecture via Skype to… Read more »

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A Timely, Intelligent Thriller

“The Drifter is a timely, intelligent thriller.” Says Norman B, about Nicholas Petrie‘s first novel. “It’s a page-turner, with gripping twists and turns, a cast of cleverly imagined characters and scenes so well orchestrated, you’d think Petrie had been at this for years!”  The one-time carpenter, remodeling contractor and building inspector, joins Norman B in the next… Read more »

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Florida Subcommittee Votes to overturn Roe vs Wade

Just after the Planned Parenthood decision in Texas, where a grand jury not only did not indict Planned Parenthood for selling fetal tissue, but instead chose to indict the Planned Parenthood accusers, the attack on women’s rights to control their bodies continued. On Tuesday the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 in favor of passing Bill HB865, with… Read more »

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Pinellas transit authority checks out electric bus option

Pinellas County’s transit authority is thinking about purchasing some electric buses to replace diesel vehicles as they reach the end of their useful lives. PSTA is bringing in electric bus companies to demonstrate the advantages of the zero-emission vehicles. Listen to the full story here: In the Pinellas County Gateway area Tuesday morning John Andrews, the… Read more »

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Remembering David

Since the unexpected news of David Bowie‘s passing, requests continue to pour into Life Elsewhere to hear Norman B’s composite of  conversations with the man. Listening back again to David doing his affectionate old lady impression, his description of ways to cure a cold, his take on relaxing and his pertinent view on racism, you’ll understand why… Read more »

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Florida This Week; New bill threatens to overrule local anti-fracking laws

By Rob Lorei On Today’s Radioactivity we replay the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU, moderated by Radioactivity’s own Rob Lorei. In this Episode, Lorei convenes with a panel of experts on local and state politics to discuss the biggest current events in Florida: the  budget shortfall that… Read more »