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Environmentalist Randall Arauz recounts his fight to ban shark fin harvesting

Randall Arauz is an environmental activist hailing from Costa Rica. He has been instrumental in his crusade to ban the shark fin harvesting industry around the world. In 2010 he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his contributions to protecting sharks and their habitats. On January 26 he gave a lecture via Skype to… Read more »

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A Timely, Intelligent Thriller

“The Drifter is a timely, intelligent thriller.” Says Norman B, about Nicholas Petrie‘s first novel. “It’s a page-turner, with gripping twists and turns, a cast of cleverly imagined characters and scenes so well orchestrated, you’d think Petrie had been at this for years!”  The one-time carpenter, remodeling contractor and building inspector, joins Norman B in the next… Read more »

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Florida Subcommittee Votes to overturn Roe vs Wade

Just after the Planned Parenthood decision in Texas, where a grand jury not only did not indict Planned Parenthood for selling fetal tissue, but instead chose to indict the Planned Parenthood accusers, the attack on women’s rights to control their bodies continued. On Tuesday the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 in favor of passing Bill HB865, with… Read more »

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Pinellas transit authority checks out electric bus option

Pinellas County’s transit authority is thinking about purchasing some electric buses to replace diesel vehicles as they reach the end of their useful lives. PSTA is bringing in electric bus companies to demonstrate the advantages of the zero-emission vehicles. Listen to the full story here: In the Pinellas County Gateway area Tuesday morning John Andrews, the… Read more »

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Remembering David

Since the unexpected news of David Bowie‘s passing, requests continue to pour into Life Elsewhere to hear Norman B’s composite of  conversations with the man. Listening back again to David doing his affectionate old lady impression, his description of ways to cure a cold, his take on relaxing and his pertinent view on racism, you’ll understand why… Read more »

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Florida This Week; New bill threatens to overrule local anti-fracking laws

By Rob Lorei On Today’s Radioactivity we replay the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU, moderated by Radioactivity’s own Rob Lorei. In this Episode, Lorei convenes with a panel of experts on local and state politics to discuss the biggest current events in Florida: the  budget shortfall that… Read more »

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David Jolly urges Bay area politicians to join his effort to stop wasting time raising money

David Jolly makes a plea across the aisle to get elected officials to stop begging for money and get back to work. The republican US representative from Florida is pushing for more of his colleagues to get on board.  Jolly is upbeat about recruiting local supporters. Jolly’s “Stop Act” bill is meant to halt members… Read more »

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Saint Petersburg Mayor delivers hopeful State of the City Address

Mayor Rick Kriseman announces that the state of Saint Petersburg is strong and sunny. Kriseman delivered his State of the City address last Saturday at the Coliseum. The auditorium was packed with city workers, residents and elected officials. The mayor outlined progress already made then laid out his short and long term agenda’s. Mayor Kriseman… Read more »

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Rev. Barry Lynn discusses the role of religion in modern American politics

Religion and personal faith is a topic that has been brought up frequently during this presidential campaign cycle, even though Americans are becoming more and more secular . Today we talk about the role of religion in politics with Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Lynn tackles the… Read more »

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St. Pete rally to support Roe v. Wade decision

Friday is the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the country; after thunderstorms in the morning a half-dozen people waved pro-choice signs on a busy street corner in downtown St. Petersburg. Linda Darin, vice president of Pinellas NOW, the National Organization for Women, says plans to further regulate abortion clinics… Read more »

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USF student government votes to divest from human rights abusers

This week the University of South Florida student government Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution to pull the university’s investments from companies involved in human rights violations against Palestinians; but USF appears ready to reject the students once again on this issue. Muhammad Imam, a 2nd–year medical student at USF and a student government senator, helped… Read more »

Fat Chance: Beating the odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease by Robert Lustig. cover design by  Eve L. Kirch

Obesity scientist says modern diet needs less sugar; Rep. David Jolly ditches personal fundraising

By Rob Lorei There is no question that more Americans suffer from obesity and related illness than ever before, but what is the solution? Dr. Robert Lustig,  Director of a Childhood Obesity Program at University of California, says the main factor in our unhealthy diet is sugar, particularly sugar that is added by food companies…. Read more »

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Bernie Sanders debate watch-party attracts die-hard supporters

  Tangible grassroots campaign has supporters turning out to voice their endorsement for presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. Last Sunday’s Democratic Debate attracted a nearly a hundred Sanders advocates to The Local 662 bar in Saint Petersburg to watch the debate on a huge video screen.  Sanders supporters are eager to let it be known… Read more »

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New report rates TBX Project as one of the worst highway plans in the country

By Rob Lorei On Tuesday, the independent group U.S PIRG released a report called Highway Boondogles 2 which listed 12 highway development projects throughout the country that fail to address transportation woes. Making it the list is the much-criticized TBX project, which looks to expand parts of the interstate system in Hillsborough and Pinellas by constructing new toll lanes…. Read more »

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Former Superintendent Arthur Shapiro outlines what works, and doesn’t work, in education

By Rob Lorei We start the show by looking at the environmental strain caused by Tampa’s most enduring tradition: The Gasparilla boat parade. Every Winter the famed floatilla goes from Ballast Point to Downtown Tampa tossing plastic party beads to landside spectators. Today we speak with Doran Cushing, Sea captain with The United States Coast Guard,… Read more »

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The Secret Lives Of Young Arab Women

A young Syrian woman is brutally murdered by her brother, because she had sex outside of marriage. In Lebanon, women resolute to appear virginal have genital reconstruction surgery. A network of secret, women-only prayer groups gather to promote an Islamic revival. These are just some of the disquieting stories from a hidden world, too often… Read more »

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Floridians Organize to Overturn Citizens United

By Rob Lorei Its been six years since The United States Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision which determined that political campaign contributions from corporations are protected as a first amendment right under the condition’s of corporate personhood. Since then the amount of corporate money donated to election campaigns has double between 2010 and… Read more »

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Florida This Week; Perspectives on latest Democratic debate

By Rob Lorei Today on radioactivity we listen to the latest  Florida this week, a news and public affairs show moderated by Rob Lorei that airs every Friday night at 8:30 on local PBS station WEDU. This week’s panel offers political insights on the biggest political issues in Florida: Gov. Rick Scott call for a… Read more »

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On Age & Youth. The Conversations & The Music.

The two smiling, bespectacled and silver-haired chaps in the photo accompanying this post, was taken last year, on a mild sunny, winter’s day, in Hudson, upstate New York. The occasion was the first time Wreckless Eric and Norman B had met face to face. Fueled by many cups of espresso, their long animated conversation covered topics as diverse as the pitfalls… Read more »

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Radioactivity listeners chime in on Thursday’s GOP debate.

BY Rob Lorei On today’s Radioactivity, we open up the phone lines to listener  comments on Thursday’s GOP debate from Charleston, South Carolina. Highlights from last night’s discourse include criticism of President Obama’s handle on gun control and a dispute between  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump regarding Cruz’s eligibility to run due his birthplace in Canada…. Read more »