Anna Eskamani of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

Planned Parenthood criticizes new Florida law

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill last week that prohibits state funds from going to Planned Parenthood and adds new restrictions on abortions; it requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Anna Eskamani, with Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, says that limits preventive medical services for women and means Planned Parenthood… Read more »

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

Two political scientists look at sex, gender, and politics in Trump’s campaign BY Rob Lorei Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has once again stirred up controversy over his remarks on women, this time saying those who get abortions should be punished. Although he later retracted his remarks, they already drew a firestorm of criticism and accusations of sexism. Today we are joined by two political scientists,… Read more »

Cuban flag in Santa Clara, Cuba - Credit: Matt Smith/Flickr

Debate about lifting the Cuban embargo continues on Radioactivity by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we continue the debate on lifting the Cuban Embargo from WEDU’s Florida this week. In this webcast-only portion of the debate, we are joined by two local people who just returned back from a trip to Cuba, a political intelligence consultant, and a lawyer who was once a… Read more »

Kathy Castor

Tampa area Dems want Rubio and Senate to vote on SCOTUS nominee

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk is breaking with leaders of his Republican Party and meeting Tuesday with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Most Republican leaders say they won’t hold hearings or vote on Garland but Kirk is in a tough re-election fight in a blue state. During a press conference Tuesday morning outside the Federal Courthouse in Tampa,… Read more »

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Chomsky, Snowden and Greenwald talk about privacy, terror

On MidPoint we heard part of a conversation about privacy and terrorism between Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowdon. Privacy, security and terrorism On Friday at the University of Arizona College of Behavioral Sciences in Tucson three well-known thinkers on issues like privacy and terrorism got together for the first time for a two-hour conversation. Well,… Read more »

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Fruit Trees & Fruiting Perennials on Sustainable Living

On today’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we talked with three guests about fruit trees and edible perennial fruits that grow locally. Paul Zamoda, a lifetime member of the Rare Fruit Council International, Tampa Bay Chapter, joined the show. Also, Pete Kanaris and Taylor Walker with Green Dreams, a sustainable solutions landscaping company that… Read more »

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Florida This week debates lifting the Cuban embargo; New group wants a constitutional amendment that will overturn Citizens United   Today on Radioactivity we listen to a special edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show from WEDU, on the U.S. policy toward Cuba. Last week President Obama made a historical visit to Cuba, the first by a sitting US president in over 80 years. During his visit, Obama called for the end… Read more »

Solar energy expert Dr. Yogi Goswami

Leading solar expert Dr.Yogi Goswami on the future of energy technology Solar energy becomes more efficient and affordable every year, but how far away are we from really 100 percent on renewable energy? Joining us to talk about the future of solar energy technology is Dr.Yogi Goswami,Director of the Clean Energy Research Center at USF and one of the leading solar technology scientists in the… Read more »

A Jamaican flag is waved in a parade in Vancouver, BC, Canada. photo by john.d.mcdonald via flickr

Miami consulate general of Jamaica Franz Hall; Who becomes a terrorist? On Radioactivity Thursday, our guest is Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami Franz Hall, who will be visiting the Tampa bay area on Saturday April 9th for a consular community outreach program for local jamaican community. It is estimated that over 400,000 Jamaican nationals live in the state. The consulate provides services for obtaining legal… Read more »

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Preservationists want to save St. Pete’s “cheese grater” buildings

Preservationists in St. Pete say they’re filing a landmark designation application Thursday to try to save two buildings in downtown; Peter Belmont, vice president of St. Petersburg Preservation, wants to stop the demolition of what are called the “cheese grater” buildings in the 400 block of Central Avenue. He says behind the more recent metal coverings… Read more »


MidPoint for Thursday, March 24 – Kelly Kirschner on Cuba

Kelly Kirschner is Vice President and Dean of Executive and Continuing Education at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. In 2011, Kirschner completed four years as the youngest City Commissioner ever elected in Sarasota, including serving two years as Vice-Mayor and one as Mayor. Prior to joining Eckerd, Kirschner was the director of the SW Florida non-profit, … Read more »

How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy And What We Can Do About It" by Wendell Potter & Nick Penniman

Former health insurance executives talks about the influence of big money in politics

By Rob Lorei  Our guest on Radioactivity  is Wendell Potter, a former health insurance executive. He’s author of Deadly Spin and is a regular contributor for the Huffington Post and  Today, on the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law , Potter talks about Obamacare, Big Money in politics and  His new… Read more »

"A Garden in Los Sitios" by Sujatha Fernandes. Used with permission

Women’s Show …Cuba and Immigration to the Forefront

Did you know how big of an economic contribution undocumented immigrants make to this country each year?- Let’s try $11.7 billion. In Florida alone its about $547 million. Their economic contributions are so great that we can no longer do without them. This week we will have Michelle Chen, writer for The Nation and editor… Read more »

Tesla S model being manufactured at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.   Photo By Steve Jurvetson (Flickr: Tesla Autobots) via Wikimedia Commons

Can Manufacturing Be Restored in the US? By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we talk about manufacturing in the U.S. Once a  part of strong sector in the U.S. economy that provided solid middle class salaries to those without college educations, Manufacturing companies have largely moved jobs overseas over the last few decades, leaving mostly lower-waged service sector jobs behind. Today… Read more »

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune

St. Pete will work toward 100% clean energy

St. Petersburg is the first Florida city pledging to work toward 100% clean energy; Sharon Wright is the City of St. Petersburg’s sustainability coordinator and joined the Sierra Club Tuesday morning to officially launch the “Ready for 100” campaign. “First steps in energy efficiency, there’s a lot we can do, there’s a lot our leadership… Read more »


MidPoint for Thursday, March 17 – ACLU of Florida and The Florida Squeeze’s Kartik Krishnaiyer

On the program – Baylor Johnson, spokesman for the ACLU of Florida, on the group’s report card on specific issues regarding civil rights and civil liberties in the just concluded Florida legislative session. And, Kartik Krishnaiyer, the editor and chief purveyor from the liberal Florida political blog The Florida Squeeze.

Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity Rob Lorei. photo by Florida This Week/WEDU

Florida This Week; Trump rally violence continues in Arizona BY Rob Lorei Today we start of Radioactivity with the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is hosted by Rob Lorei. An expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the biggest stories in Florida politics: the results of the Florida Presidential Preference primary; Rick… Read more »

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Interviews with Trump protesters in NYC & Arizona

Some of the largest protests against Donald Trump occurred over the weekend. In Arizona, organizers shut down a highway leading to an event for the frontrunner to the Republican nomination for president. In New York protesters were pepper sprayed during a large march.  About 2500 people joined a protest against Trump Friday in Salt Lake City, UT. Joining… Read more »