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Best Books from 2015 according to From a Woman’s POV

We had several authors chat with us on the show this year and Arlene has compiled a list of her favorites. They’re listed below in alphabetical order:     Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. Crown. Like the air we breathe and the earth we walk, rain is elemental. We accept it as… Read more »

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Florida’s most beautiful state parks, according to outdoors reporter Terry Tomalin

By Rob Lorei Wednesday (12/30/15)  on Radioactivity we talked with Tampa Bay Times outdoors reporter Terry Tomlin about his recently published list of the top 11 state parks he’s like to visit in 2016. From untouched pine flatwoods to pristine barrier island beaches, Tomlin’s lists touches on the best places to fish, camp, and enjoy the… Read more »

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New transit option for Hillsborough residents with disabilities

Hillsborough County’s transit authority has a program called HART Plus that gives door-to-door on-demand transportation for people with disabilities that are enrolled in the program; but a new program involving taxi cabs will supplement HART Plus in the New Year. Ruthie Reyes Burckard is chief operating officer with HART, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority…. Read more »

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Year in Review: Stories that had us talking in 2015

As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »

Mitzi Gordon of Bluebird books has opened four book exchange boxes in the Tampa Bay area, the latest in Seminole Heights. - Credit: Photo courtesy Openbookexchange.org

Criticized school lunch line policy put on hold

A Tampa middle school’s lunchroom incentive policy is on hold for now after a campaign led by students accused it of being discriminatory. Woodrow Wilson Middle School’s popular incentive card program inspired outrage when it was used to determine a student’s place in line to get into the cafeteria at lunch time. LaShawn Bates is… Read more »

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Old Soul Nellie McKay Sounds Off on…Everything

This article has been reprinted with permission from Deep Roots magazine, which features articles about music and meaningful matters. When Nellie McKay zoomed onto the music scene in 2004 with her scintillating debut album, Get Away From Me, she immediately commanded trunkfuls of attention and accolades. For starters, Get Away was a double album (McKay… Read more »

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The Life Elsewhere Music Of 2015

Throughout the past year at Life Elsewhere, we have endeavored to bring to you topics and guests we believe deserve your attention. Often we go off the prescribed radar to focus on areas other media outlets bypass. The need to explore the unknown has led us to also present music we feel deserves your attention…. Read more »

Bart Ehrman, Distinguished Religious Studies Professor at UNC Chapel Hill. Photo by Rob Lorei

Radioactivity speaks with religions scholar on the historical accuracy of The Bible

  In the midst of the Christmas season, we listen back to an interview we had in October with Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of over 30 books on the discrepancies and historical inaccuracies that occur in the Bible, particularly… Read more »

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

Donald Trump campaign statements given 2015 Lie of the Year award by Politifact

By Rob Lorei Fact-checking news website Politifact determined that Donald Trump has made so many blatantly false statements during his presidential campaign this year , that it has collectively awarded them the 2015 Lie of the Year.  From Statements about crowds cheering on the 9/11 attacks from New Jersey to claims that Mexico is sending… Read more »

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Compassionate Communication on the Sustainable Living show

Today on the Sustainable Living Program we spent the hour talking about communication skills. Our guests were Stephanie Bachmann Mattei, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, and Andrew Rock, a member of the Florida Center for Mindfulness. Andrew’s also the co-founder of the Tampa Bay Climate Action Network and last week had… Read more »

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Presidential debate from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, on Saturday. Photo by Disney ABC television group via flickr

Florida This Week; Highlights from 2nd Democratic Debate.

Today on Radioactivity we listen back to last Friday’s episode of Florida This Week, a political discussion broadcasted on local PBS station WEDU and moderated by Rob Lorei. Our expert panel offer an array of diverse perspectives on the latest in Florida politics and news: Jeb Bush and Donald Trump’s face-off in the latest GOP… Read more »

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Listeners weigh in on Democratic debate

On Saturday the three candidates vying for the Democratic Party presidential nomination debated on prime-time television. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley battled about a range of issues and MidPoint listeners weighed in on some of the major topics like the Affordable Care Act versus single-payer… Read more »

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Florida solar backers seek ballot despite signatures dispute

The leaders of a solar power ballot initiative are vowing to charge ahead with trying to get on Florida’s 2016 ballot, despite a financial dispute with a company hired to recruit signature gatherers. In a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, Stephen Smith, a board member of Floridians for Solar Choice, said about 212,000 signed forms are… Read more »

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Women Discuss Climate Change Through The Lens Of Their Lives

There has been a lot of talk about the recent COP 21 agreement in Paris, where almost 200 countries came together and agreed to cut emissions and the global temperature to under 2  degrees Celsius. We thought it would be great idea for us to speak with Dipti Bhatnagar , climate justice and energy coordinator… Read more »

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Hillsborough County attorney: fracking bills prohibit local control

On Thursday Hillsborough County commissioners heard a report on the controversial fossil fuel drilling technique called fracking; in their role as the county’s Environmental Protection Commission they were warned by county attorney Rick Morati about hydraulic fracturing and the state bills that could preempt local control. “We’re always concerned about preemption in bills.” During public comment former… Read more »