The Ultimate Hendrix Book

Jimi Hendrix enjoyed the international limelight for less than four years, but his innovative and imaginative interpretations of blues and rock continue to inspire guitarists and music lovers across ages and genre. Coinciding with what would have been Hendrix’s 75th year on this mortal coil is the publication of (incredibly) the first full-blown illustrated book exploring… Read more »

Florida Permaculture

On today’s Sustainable Living Program at 10 AM we talked about permaculture and the upcoming Florida Permaculture Convergence. Our guests were a couple of the organizers and presenters at this year’s convergence: Wendell Martinkovic is a former UF County Extension Agent, Peace Corp Volunteer, and a master of appropriate technology, organic farming, edible and native… Read more »

Taxes would skyrocket for grad student workers under House bill

The Republican tax bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives would dramatically increase taxes paid by graduate students doing much of the teaching and research on university campuses; we speak with two graduate assistants from the University of South Florida. Erin Sauer and Marcy Cockrell are co-presidents of USF Graduate Assistants United. Last Thursday… Read more »

Women’s Show 11/16 Abusive Times – Sarah Posner and Sexual Harassment

We are living in very abusive times.  The universe is doing its best to shake us up… We had planned a different show.  We were going to talk about some of the myths around sexual harassment and assault and another abusive situation, tax reform.  We as people are not overtaxed.  We are underserved, underpaid and… Read more »

RNC Spokesperson Touts GOP Tax Bill

Radioactivity 11 17 17 Good morning, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. We’re going to talk about the GOP tax plan today- We’ll talk with a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. Yesterday the House in Washington passed the Republican tax plan. Now it moves to the US Senate. For weeks pro-tax plan ads… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Nov. 16 – PR consultant and Democratic Party activist Bill Carlson

Bill Carlson is the president of the Tampa-based public relations firm Tucker/Hall, and is considering a candidacy for Tampa City Council in 2019. He’s been a leading activist for strengthening relations between Tampa Bay and Cuba, and went on his tenth trip to the Communist island last month with several leading officials in the region,… Read more »

Chip Berlet on the Rise of the Far-Right and Lawrence O’Donnell on the Pivotal Year 1968

Radioactivity 11 16 17 Thursday Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—we’ll speak with investigative journalist Chip Berlet—who for decades has been tracking the far right in the US. With the rise of Donald Trump Neo Nazi and fascist groups are becoming more active and we’ll dive into the history, motives and aims of… Read more »

Tampa Charity Provides Cardiac Surgery in Developing Nations and One of the Nation’s Top Investigative Reporters on Donald Trump’s Business History, Tax Cut Plan and Ties to Organized Crime

Radioactivity 11 14 17 Good morning, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today—we’ll talk with one of the nation’s top investigative reporters about the tax plan that’s making its way through Congress and about Donald Trump’s secret business history…. And we’ll meet a local doctor who travels the world- especially in low… Read more »

Teachers, students & allies want better deal for teachers

On MidPoint our guests talk about public schools, the pay and working conditions of teachers, and students who walked out of class to support teachers. Hillsborough County public school teachers and their supporters plan to speak out at Tuesday’s school board meeting about the school district’s decision to deny scheduled pay raises this year. And… Read more »

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How accessible are Florida’s medical cannabis dispensaries?

A year ago Florida voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution allowing people with cancer and some other medical conditions to use medical cannabis; but some communities have enacted moratoriums or even bans slowing down the roll-out of medical pot dispensaries. WMNF News spoke with Victoria Walker. She does community relations with Trulieve,… Read more »

Florida bill would stop local governments from protecting trees

A Sarasota-area state Senator has introduced a bill to the Florida Legislature that would forbid cities and counties from passing rules protecting trees; Republican Greg Steube’s bill would stop local governments from regulating “trimming, removal, or harvesting of tree and timber on private property.” But SB 574 is opposed by many environmentalists, including Jono Miller,… Read more »

2017 Election results locally and some nationally

Democrats are claiming a blue wave washed over the US. Is that true? According to Ballotpedia, Elections [were]  held in 59 of the 100 largest cities by population in 2017. This includes elections for 36 mayoral offices, 31 municipal officials other than mayor, 367 city council seats, and 50 special district officials. This represents an increase from 25… Read more »

Florida lobbyist: sexual harassment “rampant” in Legislature

Clearwater state Senator Jack Latvala was removed Monday as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee after reports that he may have groped or made demeaning comments toward women; a long-time lobbyist in Tallahassee tells WMNF News that sexual harassment “just runs rampant through the Capitol.” Barbara DeVane is a lobbyist for the Florida chapter of… Read more »

Women’s Show-TBT Festival of Reading – Gretchen Carlson, Doris Weatherford and more…..

We have another legislator accused of sexual harassment – Florida, Texas, Rhode Island… take your pick… Another mass shooting in which the perpetrator had been court marshalled out of the service for Domestic Abuse (really rare), including breaking the skull of an infant.  Just a note: there is a very high incidence of mass murderers… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Nov. 2 – Kurt Andersen on his new book, “Fantasyland”

Kurt Andersen was our guest on MidPoint this Thursday, talking extensively about his new major work, “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year-History.” Currently the host of the PRI show Studio 360 and the author of novels like True Believer, Heyday and Turn of the Century, Andersen has been the forefront of reporting on American… Read more »