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Women’s Show discusses the real costs of Medicare for All…..and Title IX 2/25

What is the real cost of “Medicare for all?” Even with the Affordable Care Act, 33 million Americans are uninsured and another 15-55 million are underinsured.  Yet by far, American’s pay the highest  health costs per capita of any nation in the world.  With the elections coming up our healthcare system is still a major issue…. Read more »

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Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman talks American militarism, foreign policy

BY Rob Lorei National intelligence and security expert Melvin Goodman joins us today to  talk about American militarism, foreign defense policy and the information that led to the Iraq war. Goodman was an analyst for the CIA for 24 years, including 10 years as the division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs…. Read more »

Unauthorized sheet music to "Dixie", published by P. P. Werlein and Halsey of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1860

Loca African American multimedia artist reimagines controversial minstrel standard “Dixie”

Today on Midpoint, we talk with Sarasota-based musician John Sims, whose latest album the AfroDixie Remixes contains a reimagined versions of the American classic “I wish I was in Dixie”, a song written in the mid 1800’s by Daniel Decatur Emmett. It was once considered the anthem of the South, but is now considered offensive for its association… Read more »

Veteran Journalist Marvin Kalb.National Press Club, Walter Cronkite and Daniel Hewitt Tribute, Sept. 16, 2009. Photo by Micheal Foley via Flickr

Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb;Environmentalists want more action to clean up Lake Okeechobee

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160223_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our First guest on Radioactivity is national security expert and journalist Marvin Kalb. Kalb is a former correspondent for  CBS News and Meet the Press, reporting extensively on US/Russian Relations during his 50 year career. His latest book , Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War, looks at the Soviet origins of… Read more »

Sara Owusu with SDS at USF is part of the rally supporting affirmative action

USF students rally to support affirmative action

Students at USF are rallying Thursday afternoon in support of affirmative action and to raise awareness about the enrollment of black and Latino students. The rally on the Tampa campus begins at 5:00 p.m. in front of Cooper Hall. WMNF News interviewed Sarah Owusu, a student at USF and a member of Students for a Democratic Society at USF.

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Students smoke to call attention to USF’s tobacco investments

Some University of South Florida students trying to call attention to the school’s investment policy are organizing a smoking party Wednesday on campus; the campus officially became smoke-free this academic year and the students say it’s hypocritical for the university foundation to invest in tobacco companies. WMNF interviewed Chris Johnson, a junior double-majoring in political science… Read more »

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Privacy advocates rally at Apple stores in Tampa, elsewhere

According to the Associated Press, “Apple says it’s challenging government efforts to overcome encryption on at least 14 devices nationwide in addition to the phone of a San Bernardino, California, shooter. Lawyers told a New York federal magistrate judge [Tuesday] that Apple is opposing relinquishing information on at least 15 devices in” other court cases…. Read more »

Fahmi Manasra, spokesperson for the village of Wadi Fouqin in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Florida This Week; Palestinian activist says Israel is polluting the village of Wadi Fouqin

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160222_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 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: President Obama’s announcement to visit Cuba next month, The… Read more »

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Jeb! campaign post-mortem; what are superdelegates? on Monday’s MidPoint

Jeb! Bush has suspended his campaign for president; we look back at the former Florida governor’s short run for president, what went wrong and what’s next. We also look at the controversial issue of superdelegates – it’s supposed to be one person, one vote, but some persons’ votes count more than yours! We speak with an actual… Read more »

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Austin Peterson . Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Austin Petersen) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Libertarian Party Presidential Contender Live on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160219_110620_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei was joined by one of the top candidates for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, Austin Peterson. The Libertarian party is one of the most successful third parties when considering the number of votes and number of candidates running for public office. Well-known libertarians include politicians… Read more »

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MidPoint for Thursday, Feb.18 Florida Legislature takes on immigration

The Florida Legislature unveiled a series of measures to begin the 2016 regular session that angered immigration activists. Joining us to talk about those issues were Francesca Menes with the Florida Immigration Coalition, and Mark R. Schlakman, who serves as senior program director for The Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. He specifically spoke… Read more »

Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

World Affairs conference in St.Pete; Adam Smith’s exclusive interview with Donald Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160216_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity is  former radio journalist Diane Seligsohn, who is commitee chair of the St.Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, which feature panels with  diplomats, military, media, and academic experts discussing urgent matters in world politics such as the refugee crisis, universal healthcare, and diplomatic relations with Cuba and Venezuela…. Read more »

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Florida Farm Conference & Food Council

On Today’s WMNF Sustainable Living program we talked about the Florida Regional Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference taking place in Fort Myers April 1 & 2 and a Florida Food Policy Council meeting taking place on Sunday, April 3, also in Ft Myers. They’re having a bunch of great sessions at the conference and… Read more »

Rachel Tryee, Megan Flocken, Keegan Shepherd, members of the USF graduate assistants union

Florida This Week; USF graduate assistants demand higher wages

First on Radioactivity, we listen back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is hosted by Rob Lorei. This week’s panel of political insiders and experts discuss the Rubio/Bush feud, lead in the water at Sawgrass Lake Park, the highs and lows of the legislative… Read more »

Antonin Scalia at Stetson

Law professor weighs in on SCOTUS vacancy after Scalia’s death

Arch-conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday and the balance of the Court could shift with his replacement; WMNF spoke with a constitutional law professor about how election year politics could influence what happens. Louis Virelli is professor of constitutional law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Professor Virelli served for… Read more »