CIW farmworkers vs Publix

Deficit expert says Pentagon hides true extent of Military Spending; Human Rights violations found at farms of two Publix tomato suppliers

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160526_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei There is a lot of concern about government spending and the federal deficit, with many people pointing the finger at social programs like SNAP.And while there has been many attempts to curtail access and use of SNAP benefits, which is mostly used by the elderly, disabled and for children, there has been… Read more »

The looming teacher shortage in Florida; low-wage workers demand a living wage at McDonald’s HQ in Chicago

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160525_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we first looked at the local fight for a livable, $15 an hour wage that took two fast food workers to McDonalds’ headquarters to protest at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.  Our  Guests Bleu Rainer and Gail Rogers, who respectively work for Checkers and McDonalds’ in Tampa, joined home care, child… Read more »

Transgender Questions on Life Elsewhere

“Where do most Americans stand on trans issues in general?” That headline caught our attention. But, it was the sub-heading that really stopped us in our tracks, “Americans hold more unfavorable views toward transgender people than other groups.” This surprising statement was the result of a recent survey conducted by Vox and Morning Consult. According to… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Update on impact of Shell Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

This month more than 88,000 gallons of oil leaked from a Shell Oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana; for an update on the spill’s effect on wildlife, WMNF News spoke with Scott Eustis, a coastal wetlands specialist with Gulf Restoration Network. Listen: We spoke about impacts on wildlife, oil spill response cooperation… Read more »

Sustainable Lumber, Herbs and Soap on the Sustainable Living Show

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living program we talked with a couple of wood-workers, Robert and Zoe Bocik. They use eco-friendly, sustainably-sourced, responsibly-harvested wood in their business, called FUNKTIONHOUSE Urban Lumber & Furnishings located in St Pete. It was an interesting conversation about the types of trees and the lumber that can be harvested in our… Read more »

WEDU’s Florida this week looks at growing schism within the Democratic Party

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160523_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to the latest episode of Florida this Week, a public affairs discussion show from local PBS station WEDU that is also moderated by Rob Lorei . This week our expert panels of political analysts and insiders looked into the biggest stories in Florida news and politics: A… Read more »

County Commission candidates, except Norman, share transit ideas

Six people are running for the county-wide District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission to replace Kevin Beckner: four Democrats and two Republicans; five of them answered questions Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club — former County Commissioner Jim Norman said he was visiting his sick father. The remaining five candidates differed on… Read more »

Local transgender activist speaks out against bathroom laws on RadioActivity

BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we looked at the North Carolina bathroom law which has fired-up controversy over where transgender individuals should use the bathroom in public. Last week the Obama administration issued a directive to public schools to allow access to bathrooms based on self-identified gender. Target stores have been protested over their Pro-trans… Read more »

Republican campaign operative outlines how Trump’s campaign can beat Clinton in November

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160519_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Roger Stone, who’s been working for Republican politicians since 1964 and has been involved in nearly every Republican presidential campaign since then. He joined the Committee to Re-Elect the President to help get Richard Nixon re-elected in 1972. During that campaign he began what some have… Read more »

Reporter Dan Christensen discusses the latest on the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 report

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160518_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday our guest was Dan Christensen, an investigative  journalist whose news website the Florida Bulldog has been closely following the story of the 28 redacted pages of the 2003 9/11 commission report which many, including former Florida senator Bob Graham, believe contains information on the role of Saudi Arabia in the attacks. The Obama Administration… Read more »

White House

Could this be the year Congress picks the President?

Two-hundred seventy Electoral College votes – that’s the magic number that the presidential candidates will be shooting for in November’s general election; but could this be the year that no candidate reaches that mark and instead Congress decides who will become the next President? That could happen, but only in the rare event that there’s… Read more »

“Undue Burden” and Trump/Ryan Meeting on Women’s Show

“Undue Burden” – It is an awkward phrase, isn’t it? On Monday the Supreme Court kicked the “undue burden” back to the courts.  The balance in this case is the “under burden” on one’s religious convictions about the morality of contraception and the mandate of the Affordable Care Act that contraception needs to be provided… Read more »

Anti-War activist David Swanson says Obama admin spends more than ever on war.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160517_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday our guest is David Swanson,  an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director ofWorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books includes War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Today he talks with… Read more »

Extremely high number of Walmart calls to police raises concerns. Is Walmart foisting cost of security onto taxpayers?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160516_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei We start Radioactivity Monday with the latest episode of Florida This Week, a news and public affairs show, hosted by Rob Lorei, that is broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday Nights. This week’s panel of political experts and insiders discuss the biggest stories in Florida news and politics:  A… Read more »

March Against Monsanto

March Against Monsanto Tampa preview

Some local groups are joining with events across the country, uniting to demand labeling of genetically engineered food in what’s called March Against Monsanto. The guest on WMNF’s MidPoint was Christine Wall, she’s helping to organize Saturday’s March Against Monsanto – Tampa. It’s from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa. Listen… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Art project will be part of Hands Across the Sand

Environmentalists who support clean energy, oppose dirty fuels and say no to offshore drilling will join Hands Across the Sand this Saturday at beaches in Pinellas County and elsewhere. The guest on WMNF News’ MidPoint, , Lisa Hinton is with Suncoast Sierra Club. She’s helping to organize Hands Across the Sand on Treasure Island this Saturday. Listen to the… Read more »

Communist Party USA leader John Bachtell on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160513_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, our guest was John Bachtell,  national chair of the Communist Party USA. Previously he was Illinois organizer for the party, and is active in labor, peace and justice struggles. He gave his thoughts on accusations of communism thrown at Bernie Sanders, the difference between communism and socialism, and… Read more »