Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Florida This Week; Controversy swirls around Trump’s comments on the KKK BY Rob Lorei On the first half of today’s show we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts tackle the week’s biggest stories in Florida Politics: Jeb Bush’s drop-out and Marco Rubio’s… Read more »

Laila Abdelaziz

Tampa Muslim reacts to “Islamophobic” joke by Florida legislator

This show is a look at Islamophobia in the Florida Legislature and on the presidential campaign trail; we spoke with a Tampa Muslim who says she was the victim of Islamophobic bigotry by a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Laila Abdelaziz is Legislative & Government Affairs Director of CAIR-Florida, the Council on American-Islamic Relations…. Read more »


Radioactivity Listeners chime-in on last night’s GOP debate By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we open up the phone lines for listeners to discuss Thursday night’s GOP debate,the last debate before Super Tuesday. We look at some key moments during the lively exchange between the remaining 5 candidates, especially between frontrunner Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio, regarding job outsourcing, immigration, and… Read more »

CIW farmworkers vs Publix

Farmworker groups march to pressure Wendy’s on Fair Food Program

Florida migrant farmworkers and their allies will march from New York to Florida next month to call attention to working conditions in the fields; the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Alliance for Fair Food are calling on the fast-food chain Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program. WMNF News interviewed Patricia Cipollitti, who works with… Read more »

anti-fracking sign

Fracking bill stalled in Florida Senate committee

A bill to study and regulate fracking in Florida is stalled and may be dead; the Senate Appropriations Committee voted down (10-9) the fracking bill Thursday after overwhelming public opposition. But the committee also moved to reconsider it later. One key Republican who voted against the fracking bill is Pinellas County’s Jack Latvala. He accused the… Read more »

A food stamp sign outside of a Duane Reade pharmacy. Photo by Molly Eyres via Flickr

Researcher Sean McElwee debunks myth of the black welfare recipient

On  Thursday’s Radioactivity – our guest was Sean McElwee, Research Associate at Demos, who recently penned an opinion piece for Aljazeera on the prejudice and politics that fuel misconceptions about about welfare recipients. A new study by YouGov found that black people are more likely to be viewed as “takers” from society while white people are more… Read more »


Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction On Life Elsewhere

Is Trumpy a bad dream? Are these bizarre primaries a fantastic illusion? After reading Chip Jacobs‘ book Strange As It Seems, you could easily believe the hallucinatory-like run-up to the Presidential election is really a figment of Chip’s imagination and we are all living in the peculiar world he paints so vividly. In Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of… Read more »


MidPoint for Thursday, February 25 – Jim Antle – political news editor with the Washington Examiner

With Donald Trump having won three consecutive primary elections, the Manhattan business mogul may improbably be heading for the Republican nomination for president. Joining us to talk about how the conservative moment is dealing with this issue, we were joined by Jim Antle, the political editor with the Washington Examiner. In the second half of… Read more »


Women’s Show discusses the real costs of Medicare for All…..and Title IX 2/25

What is the real cost of “Medicare for all?” Even with the Affordable Care Act, 33 million Americans are uninsured and another 15-55 million are underinsured.  Yet by far, American’s pay the highest  health costs per capita of any nation in the world.  With the elections coming up our healthcare system is still a major issue…. Read more »

A seal that is inlaid in granite in the lobby of the Old Headquarters Building of the CIA

Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman talks American militarism, foreign policy

BY Rob Lorei National intelligence and security expert Melvin Goodman joins us today to  talk about American militarism, foreign defense policy and the information that led to the Iraq war. Goodman was an analyst for the CIA for 24 years, including 10 years as the division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs…. Read more »

Unauthorized sheet music to "Dixie", published by P. P. Werlein and Halsey of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1860

Loca African American multimedia artist reimagines controversial minstrel standard “Dixie”

Today on Midpoint, we talk with Sarasota-based musician John Sims, whose latest album the AfroDixie Remixes contains a reimagined versions of the American classic “I wish I was in Dixie”, a song written in the mid 1800’s by Daniel Decatur Emmett. It was once considered the anthem of the South, but is now considered offensive for its association… Read more »

Veteran Journalist Marvin Kalb.National Press Club, Walter Cronkite and Daniel Hewitt Tribute, Sept. 16, 2009. Photo by Micheal Foley via Flickr

Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb;Environmentalists want more action to clean up Lake Okeechobee BY Rob Lorei Our First guest on Radioactivity is national security expert and journalist Marvin Kalb. Kalb is a former correspondent for  CBS News and Meet the Press, reporting extensively on US/Russian Relations during his 50 year career. His latest book , Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War, looks at the Soviet origins of… Read more »

opponents of fracking in Florida

Florida Senate committee votes on fracking Thursday

Last month the state House passed a bill that would study and regulate fracking in Florida; the Senate version will get its final committee vote Thursday. At a press conference in Temple Terrace City Hall Wednesday morning, Michelle Allen, the Florida organizer with Food and Water Watch, called the bill a smokescreen. The City of Temple… Read more »

Sara Owusu with SDS at USF is part of the rally supporting affirmative action

USF students rally to support affirmative action

Students at USF are rallying Thursday afternoon in support of affirmative action and to raise awareness about the enrollment of black and Latino students. The rally on the Tampa campus begins at 5:00 p.m. in front of Cooper Hall. WMNF News interviewed Sarah Owusu, a student at USF and a member of Students for a Democratic Society at USF.

Chris Johnson USF

Students smoke to call attention to USF’s tobacco investments

Some University of South Florida students trying to call attention to the school’s investment policy are organizing a smoking party Wednesday on campus; the campus officially became smoke-free this academic year and the students say it’s hypocritical for the university foundation to invest in tobacco companies. WMNF interviewed Chris Johnson, a junior double-majoring in political science… Read more »

Apple iPhone / privacy

Privacy advocates rally at Apple stores in Tampa, elsewhere

According to the Associated Press, “Apple says it’s challenging government efforts to overcome encryption on at least 14 devices nationwide in addition to the phone of a San Bernardino, California, shooter. Lawyers told a New York federal magistrate judge [Tuesday] that Apple is opposing relinquishing information on at least 15 devices in” other court cases…. Read more »

Fahmi Manasra, spokesperson for the village of Wadi Fouqin in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Florida This Week; Palestinian activist says Israel is polluting the village of Wadi Fouqin On the first half of today’s show we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts tackle the week’s biggest stories in Florida Politics: President Obama’s announcement to visit Cuba next month, The… Read more »

Jeb Bush rally

Jeb! campaign post-mortem; what are superdelegates? on Monday’s MidPoint

Jeb! Bush has suspended his campaign for president; we look back at the former Florida governor’s short run for president, what went wrong and what’s next. We also look at the controversial issue of superdelegates – it’s supposed to be one person, one vote, but some persons’ votes count more than yours! We speak with an actual… Read more »

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Austin Peterson . Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Austin Petersen) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Libertarian Party Presidential Contender Live on Radioactivity By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei was joined by one of the top candidates for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, Austin Peterson. The Libertarian party is one of the most successful third parties when considering the number of votes and number of candidates running for public office. Well-known libertarians include politicians… Read more »


MidPoint for Thursday, Feb.18 Florida Legislature takes on immigration

The Florida Legislature unveiled a series of measures to begin the 2016 regular session that angered immigration activists. Joining us to talk about those issues were Francesca Menes with the Florida Immigration Coalition, and Mark R. Schlakman, who serves as senior program director for The Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. He specifically spoke… Read more »