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Lawrence Lessig may run for president on clean elections platform

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig has launched an exploratory campaign to run for President of the United States in 2016; his main issue is to give individual voters more power in elections by reversing the tendency of big money in elections. Each election cycle, it seems, sets a new record for campaign spending, breaking the record of… Read more »

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Ali Abunimah live on TrueTalk Radio show with Ahmed Bedier and Samar Jarrah

Journalist and author Ali Abunimah was the guest on TrueTalk radio show with Ahmed Bedier and Samar Jarrah.  Listen to the full audio here http://www.wmnf.org/events/true-talk/ select show August 21, 2015. Ali Abunimah is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse, and co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication… Read more »

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MidPoint August 20 with Steve Schale and Tom Scott

On today’s program we speak with Florida Democratic Party strategist Steve Schale, who has signed on to the Draft Biden 2016 team. We also spoke in studio with Tom Scott, a former Hillsborough County Commissioner and Tampa City Councilman running in the Democratic primary for Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race in 2016.

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Florida Planned Parenthood CEO responds to controversy on covert videos, state investigation

On today’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with Barbara Zdravecky,CEO of Planned parenthood for Southwest and Central Florida, about the controversy surrounding a series of edited videos that purportedly showed PP staff discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue. The videos have reignited criticism of the woman’s healthcare provider. Tomorrow protests are will be held at Planned Parenthood chapters… Read more »

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Expanding Medicaid could help Florida’s finances: CHAIN

Florida will have more federal money to reimburse hospitals for care they provide uninsured patients. Politico Florida reports The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given the state a 60-day extension to spend about $166 million from what’s called the Low-Income Pool (LIP). But that’s going away because the Affordable Care Act instead encourages… Read more »

Palestinian-American journalist Ali Abunimah, exeocutive director of independent news website Electronic Intifada. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy via Flickr

Journalist Ali Abunimah talks Palestinian liberation and the BDS movement against Israel

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with journalist Ali Abunimah, author of several books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and executive director of Electronic Intifada, an online independent journalism website that offers a Palestinian perspective to the ongoing impasse. He joins us today to talk about the boycott,divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, and oppression faced by… Read more »

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Residents keep pressure on Tampa CRA to stop “Lexus Lanes”

Residents of the Tampa Heights neighborhood and others who will be affected by the planned Tampa Bay Express interstate highway expansion are keeping the pressure on elected officials. Thursday morning during public comment, four opponents of TBX praised Tampa City Council members serving as the Community Redevelopment Agency for speaking out against the project. Lena… Read more »

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Low-performing Pinellas schools prompts Castor letter to feds

Tampa-area Congress member Kathy Castor has written to the U.S. Department of Education asking them to look at how the Pinellas County School District is spending federal money that is supposed to go to schools in high-poverty areas; it’s in response to an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times finding that five south St. Petersburg… Read more »

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‘Failure Factories’ reporters discuss Times’ series on failing schools in Pinellas

On Today’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with Lisa Gartner and Michael LaForgia, two reporters who worked on the Tampa Bay Times investigative series “Failure Factories”, which chronicles the fallout from a 2007 decision by the Pinellas School Board to end school integration efforts. This led to the steady decline of 5 elementary schools in South Pinellas. They are… Read more »

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) with USF President Judy Genshaft. Seán Kinane/WMNF News .

Kathy Castor will announce position on Iran deal in week or two

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) says she has not yet announced her position on the Iran nuclear agreement. At an unrelated event Wednesday morning at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Castor answered questions from media and said, “I’m going to make an announcement in another week or two.” The Republican-dominated House is likely… Read more »

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Rep. David Jolly calls Trump a liar, takes hard line on Obamacare and Iran deal

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei interviews  13th District Congressman David Jolly, who makes his case for his run for the senate seat vacated by Marco Rubio as he runs for president. Jolly outlines his positions on the the Affordable Care Act, current foreign policies regarding Iran and ISIS, and Social Security. He also calls Donald… Read more »

Sierra Club's Frank Jackalone speaks out against Pam Bondi's lawsuit. Liz Amelia/WMNF News.

Environmentalists want Bondi to drop Clean Power lawsuit

Florida environmental advocates are asking state Attorney General Pam Bondi to drop her lawsuit against a federal plan to clean up greenhouse gasses; in a press conference at Tampa City Hall Tuesday morning the Florida staff director of the Sierra Club said his group is not a fan of Governor Rick Scott’s administration. But Frank… Read more »

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Historic preservation expert says historic districts benefit local economies

Today on Radioactivity, we listen back on WEDU’s Florida this Week, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week the panel (Political Consultants Chris Ingram and Victor DiMaio, Tampa Bay Times Politics Editor Adam Smith, and 10 News investigative reporter Mike Deeson) tackle several of the top story in Florida politics, including: Corrine… Read more »

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Regulate Florida pushing ballot initiative to legalize marijuana

There’s a new effort to make marijuana legal in Florida – nope, not just medical marijuana. We’re talking legal recreational use of marijuana by adults; a new group will announce its new voter initiative this week. It’s called Regulate Florida and it is an effort to amend the state constitution to legalize and regulate marijuana… Read more »

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Preview of Know Your Rights workshop in St. Pete

In the twelve months since Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson Missouri renewed attention has been paid to interactions between police and residents of the communities they monitor, especially people of color; a group called the Bay Area Activist Coalition (BAAC) is hosting a workshop in south St. Petersburg Friday evening to… Read more »

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Cecil The Lion. Donald The Caricature. Mama Africa.

The death of Cecil the lion resulted in headlines around the world, filled with outpourings of concern for the welfare of African wildlife. Gareth Patterson has dedicated his life to caring for and understanding African wildlife. From his home in a remote location on the edge of the Knysna forest, in South Africa, Gareth joins the program for an informative chat about Cecil,… Read more »

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Pinellas School Board member reacts to Times report

This week the Tampa Bay Times began publishing results of an investigation into several low-performing elementary schools called “Why Pinellas County is the worst place in Florida to be black and go to public school.” In 2007 Pinellas schools turned back racial integration policies and started to become more segregated. Since then the investigation found… Read more »

A flooded street in St.Petersburg during Hurricane Debby in 2012. photo by WalterPro4755/flickr

Pasco spokesperson talks post-flood recovery; St.Pete ranked 6th least religious city in US

Heavy rain fall is still hitting the Bay area hard as downpours continue to cause road flooding,property damage and possible water contamination in some areas. Today Host Rob Lorei speaks with Christina Wyne, public information officer for Pasco County, where flooding has forced many to flee their homes and seek assistance provided by the county… Read more »

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A Caricature For President.

There’s an old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” With that venerable adage in mind, let’s reflect for a moment on the unequivocal fact that the moment Barack Obama was elected President, the loyal opposition wasted no time in feverishly going to work to denounce his every utterance, move or even the teeny tiniest… Read more »

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Radioactivity looks at statements from several presidential candidates

On today’s Radioactivity with host Rob Lorei, we listen to statements made by presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, and newcomer Lawrence Lessig. Jeb Bush addresses foreign policy and ISIS while Donald Trump talks about immigration, job growth, and women’s issues.  Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, who is considering a presidential run, states in a… Read more »