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Democratic Hillsborough Commission candidates on transit

Tuesday is primary election day in Florida; we take an in-depth look at one major issue –transit and transportation — as it is playing out in a countywide race in the region’s largest county, Hillsborough. There are four people fighting for the Democratic nomination for the countywide District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. The… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, August 25 – House District 68 debate between Ben Diamond & Eric Lynn

With just days before voters in Pinellas County’s House District 68 go to the polls, MidPoint hosted a radio debate between the two Democrats running in that primary election, attorney Ben Diamond and former Defense Dept. analyst Eric Lynn. The two men are very similar on many issues, one of the reasons why MidPoint wanted… Read more »

Donald Trump

WMNF listeners comment on Donald Trump’s speech at the Florida Fairgrounds yesterday

BY Rob Lorei http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160825_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 On Radioactivity Thursday, we listened to excerpts from Donald Trump’s speech at the Florida State Fairgrounds near Tampa on Wednesday. Then we opened up the phone lines and email for listener comments.  In his speech to about 2000 people, Trump said his presidency would rebuild the military, restore law and order,… Read more »

Art & Authoritarianism with Philip Kennicott, on Life Elsewhere

“What would happen to the arts if this country turned to authoritarian leadership?” That is the opening line from a perceptive commentary in the Washington Post, authored by Philip Kennicott, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Art and Architecture Critic. Mr. Kennicott imagines with clever wit, what would happen to the Arts in America if Mr. Trump becomes… Read more »

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Pinellas leaders considering genetically modified mosquitoes for Zika fight

A Pinellas County resident contracted Zika in Florida, so county officials are scrambling to find ways to control the mosquito that carries the virus; several leaders have signed a letter to the feds asking for permission to release genetically modified mosquitoes as part of the strategy to kill Aedes aegypti. One person who signed is… Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police chief: body camera pilot worked

Tampa’s Police Chief told City Council Thursday that the number of bicycle stops and citations continue to decrease; Eric Ward also pointed to results of a USF pilot study showing that Tampa Police officers wearing a body camera responded with physical force less often. Chief Ward says the Mayor’s proposed budget did not include funds for more… Read more »

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In Tampa, Donald Trump says he should get minorities’ votes

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump held a rally Wednesday afternoon at the Florida State Fairgrounds near Tampa; before the rally about 18 immigrants’ rights supporters held a press conference criticizing Trump’s policies toward immigrants and refugees. During his speech, Trump promised to fix inner cities and appeal to Latino and African-American voters. “And I say to the African… Read more »

Women’s Show – 20th Anniversary of Welfare Reform and “The Cruelest Prosecutor in America”

20th Anniversary of Welfare Reform This week marks the 20th anniversary of former President Bill Clinton’s welfare reform…when open-ended assistance to the needy changed to a time-limited performance based assistance. Bill Clinton said “It ended welfare as we know it.” While it has reduced the welfare rolls of the needy, the welfare to the greedy… Read more »

Is Donald Trump a Sign that Fascism on the Rise in the US?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160824_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei Wednesday afternoon Donald Trump held a campaign rally at the Tampa Fairgrounds, his forth in Tampa since the start of his campaign. Although Donald Trump’s three previous rallies in Tampa have been peaceful—at least one was marked by a shouting match between his supporters and his opponents. At other Trump rallies across the… Read more »

Media Matters Researcher discusses appointment of former Breitbart head Stephen Bannon to CEO of Trump Campaign

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160819_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we spoke with Media Matters Research Coordinator Alex Kaplan regarding Stephen Bannon’s appointment to a top spot in the Donald Trump for President campaign. Bannon is leaving the conservative website Breitbart to help run Trump’s campaign. Kaplan discussed Breitbart’s nationalism and racism and what Bannon is likely to bring… Read more »

ALEC Gives Governor Rick Scott High Marks for his Handling of Florida’s Budget

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160823_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Florida Governor Rick Scott recently put out a press release last week saying that the American Legislative Exchange Council had given Governor Scott a rating as one of the “best” governor’s in the US for his 2016 State of the State address. In that address the governor said “…. We must… Read more »

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Supporters have range of reasons to like Florida solar amendment

Florida voters are deciding this month whether to add a business tax break for solar power to the state constitution. Wayne Wallace is president of Solar Source, a Largo company that installs solar panels. He recommends that people vote “yes” on Amendment 4. Listen to the full story here: “People ask us all the time:… Read more »

Florida This Week: Rubio calls Trump a “Con-man”, Florida Republicans wants party to divert money from Trump race.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160822_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talks show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the biggest stories in national and state news: Marco Rubio sticks by his description of… Read more »

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USF Health: Zika is greatest threat to American babies since polio

The Zika virus can cause microcephaly and other birth defects; Charles Lockwood, the senior vice president of USF Health says, “This virus presents an extraordinary challenge to obstetricians and to our patients. And I think it is the greatest threat to the well-being of American babies since polio. And I hope that that turns out… Read more »

Scholar says children’s culture in the US is becoming more violent; USF student shares story of life as an undocumented immigrant

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160818_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, our first guest, Heidi Kramer, a professor of a course on American childhood at Eckard College in St.Petersburg, says that popular culture is teaching our children to accept higher levels of violence.Kramer is the author of a book on the subject called MEDIA MONSTERS. Our next guest Mariana Sanchez Ramirez… Read more »

Peace Activist Medea Benjamin Gives her thoughts about President Obama, Drone warfare, and US military spending

  http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160818_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday, our guest was Peace Activist Medea Benjamin. You may have seen her as she’s disrupted hearings and speeches, trying to unfurl banners carry a message of peace. She unfurled a banner that read “Build Bridges Not Walls”  last month during Donald trump’s closing speech at the Republican Convention in… Read more »

Celebrity Fossils on Life Elsewhere

Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. While most of these discoveries live quietly in museum collections, there are a few that have become world-renowned celebrity personas – ambassadors of science that speak to public audiences. With wit and insight,… Read more »