solar power

What does St. Pete’s commitment to 100% clean energy really mean?

St. Petersburg recently became the first city in Florida to commit to 100% clean energy; on MidPoint we talk with members of the Suncoast Sierra Club about renewable energy. Emily Gorman and James Scott are co-campaign managers of the Suncoast Sierra Club’s Ready for 100% St. Pete campaign. A couple of weeks ago St. Petersburg City… Read more »

Radioactivity Listeners respond to Donald Trump’s Thursday night speech in Cincinnati

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161202_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we listened to 20 minutes of a speech that President-elect Donald Trump gave to a crowd in Cincinnati, the first stop in his “Thank You” tour around the states. In the speech, Trump blasted the mainstream media who doubted his potential to win and promised to reinvigorate the… Read more »

Pinellas Legislative Delegation

Pinellas legislators still pondering a fix for sewage dumping

In Pinellas County during Hurricane Hermine this summer more than a quarter-billion gallons of raw and partially treated wastewater was dumped into Tampa Bay and other natural areas. The causes were record rainfall coupled with reduced wastewater treatment capacity and miles of leaky pipes. Last month the Pinellas Legislative Delegation said it would consider proposing… Read more »

Vote here today

Elections Expert Says There’s Reason to Doubt the Vote Count in Presidential Race

By Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday, Host Rob Lorei spoke with David W. Moore, former vice president of the Gallup Organization and polling director at iMediaEthics. He recently penned an article called “Why the Exit Polls Sow Doubt About the Vote Count,” that delves into the the hard numbers behind the polls before the election, and… Read more »

Tampa Bay area Green Party activists talk about the future of their party

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/arlhw-ukTZg/wmnf_161130_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity we spoke with with local Green Party members about their efforts to build the party in the Tampa bay area. Our guests were Rich Carpenter, Joanne Santiago and Joe Walters. They talked about how they came to join the Green Party, their party’s platform on some key issues facing… Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/F9KZEe4QY6Q/wmnf_161129_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei According to the new website Politico, House Speaker Paul Ryan wants the upcoming Congress to not only repeal Obamacare, but also dramatically change Medicare from a guaranteed government program into a form of private insurance. Here to talk with us about the future of Medicare are two people who are experts on… Read more »

Women’s Show 12/1 – Medicare and Election Irregularities

The era of Trump begins…….. The ink wasn’t even dry on the headlines before Paul Ryan touted his plans to reform Medicare and Social Security.  Nothing new – he has been after these areas ever since he was elected to congress.  Says a lot that two of the most successful programs that have helped people… Read more »

Fight for 15 minimum wage

Fight for $15 walk-outs in Tampa Bay

Low-wage workers across the country are protesting and even walking out of work Tuesday as part of what’s being called a “Nationwide Fight for $15 Day of Disruption.” At noon in St. Petersburg more than 70 workers crammed the steps of City Hall, chanting, holding signs and listening to speeches. Gail Rogers works at the… Read more »

Radioactivity Monday:Workers plan a nationwide protest against low wages

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161128_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we spent the hour talking with two local activists who are pushing for a 15-an-hour minimum wage and a union for low-wage workers. Bleu Rainer  is a fast-food worker and Liang Flakes  is a day care teacher who will be taking part in several protests tomorrow to demand an increase… Read more »

Radioactivity Friday looks at the Stein’s push for vote recount, Trump advisor wants NASA to stop climate change research

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161125_110620_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we looked at a  series of interviews and news stories from the past 48 hours that covered climate change denial, confessions of a whistle-blower, the Green Party candidate will get a recount in at least two key states, Donald Trump’s looming ethics problems, and the origin of fake… Read more »

Susan Smith education schools progressive, critic of Betsy DeVos

How Betsy DeVos could impact education in Florida

Donald Trump is filling out his cabinet and has nominated billionaire conservative Betsy DeVos for education secretary; our guest on MidPoint is an advocate for public education, Susan Smith, the president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. Listen to the full show here (the video is below) … If the DeVos name sounds familiar, it’s… Read more »

The Goldilocks Planet & The Trump Administration on Life Elsewhere

“For over the past 10,000 years, Earth has been the Goldilocks planet, not too hot, not too cold, as the temperature has been steady, fluctuating by only about 1°C. So, everything the human species has done has been within a very narrow, and almost perfect temperature range (Source: Richard Alley, professor of geosciences, Penn State University,… Read more »

Trouble in Toyland - hazardous toys

Despite new rules, hazardous toys still available; will Trump administration relax regulations?

Despite new regulations to make toys safer, each year some children’s products still face recalls because they’re dangerous; Tuesday morning the Florida Consumer Action Network and Florida PIRG released their annual list of recalled toys and toxic children’s products known as Trouble in Toyland. Dr. Wassam Rahman is an emergency medicine physician at Johns Hopkins All… Read more »

Suncoast Native Plants

On Monday’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we talked about native plants, trees and landscaping with three guests from our local Suncoast Native Plant Society (SNPS). We had the President of the Suncoast FNPS, Donna Bollenbach. She’s also the social media coordinator for the Florida Native Plant Society and Assistant Director of the Council… Read more »

Trump protests in St. Pete

Number of protests in Tampa Bay picks up after Trump election

It’s been about two weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election and we’ve seen a surge of protests in the area; on WMNF’s MidPoint we talk with three organizers about why there’s so much enthusiasm for actions in the street. Tori Godfrey is helping to organize the Ban Bannon Rally against Trump’s Transition Terrors on… Read more »

Lockheed’s F-35 fighter jet is the most expensive weapon ever built by the US, and may be a waste of taxpayer dollars

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161118_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday, we looked at the development of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet, a multirole military aircraft that will supposedly herald in  a new generation of military aircraft designed to replace older fighter jets. At the cost of $379 Billion dollars, it is the most expensive piece of military equipment… Read more »

Since Trump’s election, Tampa-area immigrants are on edge

The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented 23 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation in Florida since the election of Donald Trump and they’ve counted more than 400 nationwide; in the Tampa Bay area advocates for migrant workers and immigrants say there’s an acute climate of fear of deportation. Lourdes Villanueva is the director of… Read more »