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 »

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Indoor Energy Conservation on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s (2/29) Sustainable Living program we talked about indoor energy conservation. Our guest was a Building Research Analyst with the Florida Solar Energy Center, Janet MacIlvaine. She and her colleagues in the Buildings Research Division study ways to reduce energy use in buildings and provide technical assistance to the construction industry. We started talking… Read more »

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

Florida This Week; Controversy swirls around Trump’s comments on the KKK

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160229_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: Jeb Bush’s drop-out and Marco Rubio’s… Read more »

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Tampa Muslim reacts to “Islamophobic” joke by Florida legislator

This show is a look at Islamophobia in the Florida Legislature and on the presidential campaign trail; we spoke with a Tampa Muslim who says she was the victim of Islamophobic bigotry by a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Laila Abdelaziz is Legislative & Government Affairs Director of CAIR-Florida, the Council on American-Islamic Relations…. Read more »

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Radioactivity Listeners chime-in on last night’s GOP debate

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160226_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we open up the phone lines for listeners to discuss Thursday night’s GOP debate,the last debate before Super Tuesday. We look at some key moments during the lively exchange between the remaining 5 candidates, especially between frontrunner Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio, regarding job outsourcing, immigration, and… Read more »

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Farmworker groups march to pressure Wendy’s on Fair Food Program

Florida migrant farmworkers and their allies will march from New York to Florida next month to call attention to working conditions in the fields; the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Alliance for Fair Food are calling on the fast-food chain Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program. WMNF News interviewed Patricia Cipollitti, who works with… Read more »

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Fracking bill stalled in Florida Senate committee

A bill to study and regulate fracking in Florida is stalled and may be dead; the Senate Appropriations Committee voted down (10-9) the fracking bill Thursday after overwhelming public opposition. But the committee also moved to reconsider it later. One key Republican who voted against the fracking bill is Pinellas County’s Jack Latvala. He accused the… Read more »

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Researcher Sean McElwee debunks myth of the black welfare recipient

On  Thursday’s Radioactivity – our guest was Sean McElwee, Research Associate at Demos, who recently penned an opinion piece for Aljazeera on the prejudice and politics that fuel misconceptions about about welfare recipients. A new study by YouGov found that black people are more likely to be viewed as “takers” from society while white people are more… Read more »

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction On Life Elsewhere

Is Trumpy a bad dream? Are these bizarre primaries a fantastic illusion? After reading Chip Jacobs‘ book Strange As It Seems, you could easily believe the hallucinatory-like run-up to the Presidential election is really a figment of Chip’s imagination and we are all living in the peculiar world he paints so vividly. In Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of… Read more »

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MidPoint for Thursday, February 25 – Jim Antle – political news editor with the Washington Examiner

With Donald Trump having won three consecutive primary elections, the Manhattan business mogul may improbably be heading for the Republican nomination for president. Joining us to talk about how the conservative moment is dealing with this issue, we were joined by Jim Antle, the political editor with the Washington Examiner. In the second half of… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Florida Senate committee votes on fracking Thursday

Last month the state House passed a bill that would study and regulate fracking in Florida; the Senate version will get its final committee vote Thursday. At a press conference in Temple Terrace City Hall Wednesday morning, Michelle Allen, the Florida organizer with Food and Water Watch, called the bill a smokescreen. The City of Temple… Read more »