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?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160322_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 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

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160321_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 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 »

Trump protesters Tampa

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 »

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Code Pink – Saudi Arabia, BDS, Local Peace Economy…Women’s Show 3/17

Photo via Elaine Vigneault Feeling discouraged with all the negativity of the presidential campaign – and the state of our world today?  Give yourself a treat and spend a few minutes at Code Pink to gain some hope.  Tune in Thursday to hear always upbeat, yet realistic and focused on the “real” world, Medea Benjamin,… Read more »

Merrick Garland, Supreme Court nominee

President Obama Makes Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama announced his Supreme Court nominee, political moderate Merrick Garland. Merrick’s nomination came as a surprise to some, who assumed that Sri Srinivasan, also a judge for the D.C. federal court, would be the top pick. Garland was confirmed to the federal bench under former President Bill Clinton’s second presidential term in 1997. He… Read more »

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Florida Passes Anti-Abortion Bill -tune in for a discussion on From a Woman’s PoV

During last weeks show we discussed Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Texas omnibus bill the Supreme Court is currently debating. Florida has followed in Texas’ footsteps and passed Senate Bill 1722, an anti-abortion bill that Governor Rick Scott is expected to sign. The bill which passed 25-15 in the Senate, would drastically change the state’s… Read more »

Frank Reddick

Ballot initiative could add strong police investigative panel to Tampa charter

Community groups concerned about police accountability want to add a strong police review process to the Tampa City Charter. In a press conference Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the Hillsborough NAACP, several groups unveiled a petition for a Civilian Investigative Panel that would have subpoena powers, a staff and a budget. Tampa City Council member… Read more »

Chris Wilson and Donna Davis from Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter protesters ejected from Donald Trump rally in Tampa

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160315_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 Today on Radioactivity, we hear from Donald Trump supporters and protesters from Monday’s rally in downtown Tampa. It was the latest stop in on a campaign trail that has recently been marked with violent skirmishes between attendees, leading to the cancellation of one rally in Chicago due to safety concerns. We talk with two Trump… Read more »

Donald Trump elephant

Florida This Week talks upcoming primary; Listeners respond to escalating violence at Trump rallies.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160314_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we listen to WEDU’s Florida this week, a political talk show hosted by Rob Lorei on Friday nights. In this episode political experts from across the state discuss the hottest stories in Florida politics: The final campaign push by several presidential candidates before the primary elections on Tuesday,… Read more »

Trump protesters Tampa

Crowds protest Trump in Tampa before speech

Donald Trump was interrupted several times by protesters as he spoke Monday at the Tampa Convention Center; outside anti-Trump demonstrators and supporters of the billionaire businessman traded words. On MidPoint we interviewed one organizer of the anti-Trump rally, Kevin O’Hare — a student at the University of Tampa. Trump was introduced by Florida Attorney General Pam… Read more »

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Early cancer prevention event reaches out to the community

Coalition of public and private sponsors brought a cancer awareness event to Tampa. Last Saturday at Robert W. Sanders jr. Library, nearly 100 people came to listen to speakers, meet cancer survivors and participate in educational self-health screenings. Information and access are key ingredients needed to stave off cancer. Preventative care was a reoccurring theme… Read more »

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Bernie Sanders brings his political revolution to Tampa

Senator Bernie Sanders draws nearly ten thousand people to Tampa rally. Yesterday evening, in an expo hall on the Florida Fairgrounds, the democratic presidential candidate Sanders brought his message to Florida voters. Bernie Sanders speech hit on many different issues and on Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Tampa visit was the last on his whistle stop… Read more »

Gppd job!

Economist Richard Wolff examines the presidential candidates’ positions on economy

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160311_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today we are joined by Economist Richard Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and host of Economic Update, a radio show syndicated by WMNF on Tuesdays at 10 am. Wolff dissects the economics of higher tariffs of imported goods, as proposed by Donald Trump, the US corporate… Read more »

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Is the new Florida alimony bill Anti-women?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160310_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 by Rob Lorei Earlier this week The Florida Legislature passed a controversial bill that would change current alimony and  child custody policies. Under S.B. 688, permanent alimony would be outlawed and instead the duration and amount of alimony would be determined using a formula based on the length of the marriage and income discrepancies between… Read more »

Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner

MidPoint for Friday, March 11 – Pinecrest Village Mayor Cindy Lerner & Think Progress report Alice Ollstein

Filling in for Janelle Irwin today, Mitch Perry hosted Pincrest Village Mayor Cindy Lerner and Think Progress reporter Alice Ollstein. Lerner was one of 21 Florida mayors who wrote to CNN last week, asking them to make sure to ask the GOP candidates for president questions about climate change at the March 10th debate at… Read more »