Life Elsewhere

Two Timely Interviews on Life Elsewhere

          The Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint now, when not forgotten altogether. But there was a time in America, during the 1970s, when bombings by domestic underground groups were a daily occurrence. The FBI combated these and other groups as nodes in a single revolutionary underground,… Read more »

Cara Jennings v Rick Scott

Alex Sink on FLORIDA THIS WEEK TV show; Gov. Scott ad attacks woman who confronted him in coffee shop By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we air an episode of Florida This week, a political talk show that airs Friday nights on WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei.  Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the hottest stories in state and national politics: the coffee shop confrontation of Gov. Rick… Read more »

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Tampa Bay Beautiful & Recycling on the Sustainable Living Show

On WMNF’s Sustainable Living program this week, we talked with two guests about keeping our bay area beautiful and recycling. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is our local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and its mission is to provide environmental education and volunteer opportunities that develop individual responsibility and environmental stewardship. Joining us was their Environmental Program… Read more »

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MidPoint for Thursday, April 4 – Planned Parenthood’s Barbara Zdravecky

It hasn’t been an easy year at all for Planned Parenthood. Florida Gov. Rick Scott last month ordered an investigation of Planned Parenthood clinics in the state following an antiabortion group’s release of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the procurement of fetal tissue for research following abortions. Several states and members of Congress launched investigations, and… Read more »

Joe MInter, by Julie Armstrong

A Surprise on the Civil Rights Trail in Birmingham

Dr. Julie Armstrong is in Birmingham, Alabama, her home town. She is blogging about following the official and unofficial Civil Rights trails through a town that starkly flaunts its contradictions. She had a wonderful surprise while following the trail yesterday, which led her farther afield, and yet right back to the beginning. Beautiful Freedom Surprise… Read more »

Kneeling Ministers statue Birmingham Sculptor Raymond Kaskey Photograph by Julie Armstrong.

Walking Through Birmingham – Telling its Civil Rights Stories with Julie Buckner Armstrong

How do bricks and cement store the history that have passed upon them? What happens in a town that then lingers in the air, sensed by some and refused (or refuted) by others? Dr. Julie Armstrong, Professor of English at USFSP, is a Birmingham native. The civil rights battles – both the victories and defeats –… Read more »

Nadaije Paul Jajoute, childcare worker and activist with Fight for 15

Local Fight for 15 activists want better pay and working conditions for childcare workers By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we have two childcare workers who are part of the local effort to push for a living wage for childcare workers and other low-wage employees. Our guests Nadaije Paul Jajoute and Lianne Flakes say that while they love their jobs as daycare workers, current wages often just barely… Read more »

photo by Johnny Silvercloud via flickr

Filmmaker makes doc on the “brain-washing” of her father by FOX News and Talk Radio Filmmaker Jen Senko’s father had always been an apolitical, mild-mannered man—until he started listen to right-wing talk radio and eventually Fox News. He then began to angrily rant against poor people, gay people, immigrants, and, particularly, democrats. In her newest documentary,The Brainwashing of My Dad, she follows the transformation of her father, and in… Read more »

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St. Pete Rep. Dwight Dudley says utility-backed solar amendment hinders energy choice for consumers

BY Rob Lorei Floridians will get a chance this fall to put a utility backed solar-energy amendment into the state Constitution.Last week the Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling found that the wording of the controversial ballot initiative backed by major utilities meets the legal standards to go before voters in NovemberThe group backing… Read more »

Retired Army 1st Sgt. William Staude, of Elliott, Pa., salutes the Colors being carried by Soldiers from the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, stationed in Coraopolis, Pa., 
Photo by the US army via Flickr

Marine injured in Afghanistan wants better veterans’ welfare; Shakespeare’s continued influence on pop culture, 400 years after his death BY Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity Wednesday is Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny Joey Jones, who suffered tremendous injuries that resulted in the lost of both of his legs below the knee. During his last deployment to Afghanistan, Jones was responsible for disarming and destroying more than 80 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and… Read more »

Weeki Wachee River

Hernando residents can learn about climate change

In the coming decades Florida residents will face increasing disruptions from climate change: hotter temperatures, more storms, tropical diseases, fresh water shortages and rising seas; Hernando County residents can learn about how their community might fare in a warming climate at a forum Thursday night in Spring Hill. It’s hosted by the Sierra Club Adventure Coast… Read more »

Local officials stood before a crowd of of hundreds at HOPE's Annual Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa. Photo by Nicole Martinez

Hillsborough Sheriff says no to civil citations for juveniles caught with marijuana

On Monday in Tampa, The Hillsborough County Sheriffs office said in a letter recited at a meeting of interfaith congregations that it will not extend its civil citation program for misdemeanor marijuana possession to juveniles. At the annual Nehemiah action meeting for The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, an interfaith coalition of over 20… Read more »

The class of High School students from Sweden, who stopped by the WMNF studios  during a sailing field trip around the Caribbean.

What life is like for the average teenager living in Sweden BY Rob Lorei Recently, there has been much discussion about democratic socialism as practiced in Sweden, Norway, Finland and other European countries that also rank high in standards of education, healthcare, and standards of living. On Radioactivity Tuesday,we talk to a class of Swedish high school students, who are visiting the US and the… Read more »

Sea Ice Patterns

Women’s Show on Women’s Health and Climate Change

Photo credit: Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center New York is the anti-fracking center of the U.S.  With the primary coming up, fracking and fossil fuels are  major issues.  When Eva Resnick- Day recently asked Hillary Clinton about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, Hillary Clinton got down right testy and accused her of being a… Read more »

Sabal Trail route

Environmentalist concerned about Sabal Trail pipeline in Florida

Two of Florida’s largest energy companies want to build a pipeline for natural gas through the center of the state – but environmentalists say it could negatively impact wetlands and the state’s aquifer. The Gulf Restoration Network is one of the groups opposing what’s called the Sabal Trail pipeline. WMNF News spoke with their coastal campaign… Read more »

Bernie Sanders in Kissimmee, Florida. By Seán Kinane

Could new voter ID laws impact Wisconsin’s primary?

The Republican and Democratic presidential preference primaries are Tuesday in Wisconsin; the state could boost the chances of candidates challenging front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. On MidPoint we spoke with Molly Stentz – she’s News and Public Affairs Facilitator at WORT, the Community Radio station in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin has new laws that might make it… Read more »

Rick Kriseman

St.Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman talks recent economic boom, Rays move to Tampa, and troubled schools on WEDU’s Florida this Week by Rob Lorei Once known as a city for the retired, St.Petersburg has experience a rebirth over the last decade as one of the most livable cities in the countries, known for its walk-able streets and thriving arts scene. Today on Radioactivity Monday, we listen to an interview with St.Pete mayor Rick Kriseman from… Read more »

The US Capitol building in Washington D.C. photo by FEMA/Bill Koplitz via wikicommons

Campaign finance reform group to stage sit-in at the US capitol By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity we are joined by Rae Claire Johnson, Florida Coordinator for the Democracy Spring March, which will start in Philadelphia and end in a 6-day sit-in at the US capitol in Washington DC from from April 2nd to 18th . Modeled after the civil rights marches in the 1960s,… Read more »