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“Russia Hacks DNC”, “The New Red Scare”, “Trump’s Pal Vlad”. Russia keeps showing up in the headlines as we hurtle toward the most bizarre Presidential election ever. Mr. Trump, the GOP Presidential nominee, constantly refers to Russia and Mr. Putin with approval in his atypical stump speeches. And, email hacks of the DNC and former… Read more »

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Thursday MidPoint: Sean McElwee & Jason McDaniel on Donald Trump supporters & white racial resentment

Hillary Clinton’s controversial comments last week about “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters being a “basket of deplorables” predictably created a political firestorm. On Friday at a New York fundraiser, Clinton said this: “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic —… Read more »

Political Analyst and consultant Barry Edwards

An in-depth look at elections with local political analyst Barry Edwards

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160913_110619_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity Tuesday talked about disabled parking abuse with Mack Marsh who is the Project Director for a group called Parking Mobility. Marsh has come to Tampa from Austin to discuss the issue of motorists who abuse parking spots for the disabled. Marsh has come to Tampa from Austin to discuss the issue… Read more »

Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity Rob Lorei. photo by Florida This Week/WEDU

Florida This Week on Radioactivity: Attorney General in hot water over Trump donation, county devises solution to chronic flooding

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160912_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. This week our panel of political experts and insiders discuss the hottest stories in local and national news: New concerns over how… Read more »

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DIY Solar on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Show we first talked with a couple of members of our local Sierra Club about the Sierra National Campaign aimed at leveraging the power of cities to catalyze a national transition toward renewable energy. Lisa Hinton, Suncoast Sierras Executive Community Chair, and James Scott, Sierras St. Pete 100% Ready Coordinator… Read more »

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Rooting Around in Esther the Pig’s World – Talking Animals

I think it was Bruce Springsteen who famously sang “From small pigs, mama, big pigs one day come.” Actually, we should quickly point out that: (a) Dave Edmunds wrote the song (Bruce covered it), and (b) We’ve taken some porcine liberties with the lyrics. But I think Edmunds would forgive—heck, probably sanction—the modification, once he… Read more »

Sports and Political Writer Dave Zirin in NYC April 6, 2015 credit Jen Maler

Thursday MidPoint – sports editor Dave Zirin talks about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for national anthem

On today’s program, Dave Zirin, the sports editor of The Nation  and the host of the popular Edge of Sports podcast, was our guest for the first part of the program. He discussed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision not to stand for the national anthem, and the fall out from that.  

Attorney General Pam Bondi

Former State Senator Gelber says Bondi’s failure to investigate Trump University “stinks”

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160908_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei Back in 2013 Trump’s charitable foundation gave a $25,000 donation to a group backing the reelection of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Then, Bondi’s office made a decision that benefited Trump: the Florida Attorney General’s office declined to pursue an investigation into fraud claims against Trump University. Now facing new scrutiny over… Read more »

Local veterans Jerry Green and Stanley Gray

Local veterans talk about the state of VA system ahead of presidential forum on national security

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160907_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei In advance of  Wednesday night’s forum with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on national security, we talk about the state’s Veteran Affairs’ system and whether we are doing enough for those who have served. Florida has the 3rd largest veteran population behind Texas and California. On Radioactivity Tuesday our guests,  local veterans Jerry Green and… Read more »

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More from St. Pete’s Shine Mural Festival

Twenty one murals are being created in downtown and midtown St. Pete as part of the second annual Shine Mural Festival and SPF16. Here are pictures of some of them in progress. You can get a map here. There is a big celebration this Saturday, 9/10,  in the humungo parking lot on Central Avenue just east… Read more »

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Women’s Show – Politics and “Trumpism” 9/8

To get a little historical perspective on, particularly “Trumpism,” we need to look at the far right.  Phyllis Schlafly, who died Monday, was a huge factor in the shape of the present Republican Party.  Perhaps the reason her views and her tireless organizing are not more recognized is because she was a woman.  Her battles… Read more »

Michelle Williams, community activist with Black Lives Matter

Group says amendment 2 will legalize pot with little regulation; Protests continue over shooting death of unarmed black man in Clair-Mel

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160906_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On the first part of Radioactivity Tuesday we discuss Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, and the group who is opposed to it. Our first guest is Jessica Spencer, spokesperson for the vote no on 2 campaign, who says that the amendment language would down the road lead full legalization… Read more »

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Florida This Week: Rundown of primary results, Hermine reveals faults in Bay Area infrastructure

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160905_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts and insiders discussed the biggest stories in the state and nation:’s Rubio vs…. Read more »

Nosego mural (photo by Calan Ree)

Shine Mural Festival brightens St. Petersburg

Hermine delayed the beginning of the second Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg, but artists made up for it all weekend long. Murals are being worked on at all hours. Here are some pictures of the progress, with information about the festival at the end of the post. Shine is part of a month long… Read more »

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Warren accuses Ober of politicizing state attorney’s office

Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober (a Republican) is facing a challenge on the November ballot from former federal prosecutor, Democrat Andrew Warren. The two answered questions Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. Things became a bit heated when Warren seemed to accuse Ober of playing politics with his office. Here’s audio of the full… Read more »

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Women’s Show Discusses EpiPen Blues 9/1

EpiPen is the prototype of what has gone wrong with the delivery of health care in this country. On Thursday’s show we spoke with Dr. Adam Gaffney, M.D.,staff physician at the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance, an organization with a longstanding commitment to community health and the health of the… Read more »

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The Problems Facing Obamacare; Listeners respond to Donald Trump’s Speech on Immigration

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160901_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday we talk about the state of Obamacare with Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal, a board member of Physicans for National Health Care ‘s New York Metro chapter. Aetna, the nation’s third largest health insurance company  announced two weeks ago that it is dropping Obamacare insurance in 69% of the counties and 11 of 15 states… Read more »

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St.Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman offers tips on how to prepare for Tropical Storm Hermine

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160831_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3   On the first part of Radioactivity Wednesday we talked about storm preparedness, water conservation and safety during the approaching tropical storm with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. During the storm, Mayor Kriseman advised listeners to limit their water usage at home and avoid traveling, especially driving through flooded streets. then we took  listener comments… Read more »

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St. Pete dumps wastewater into Bay pre-Hurricane Hermine

On Thursday Hermine strengthened to a hurricane; because of heavy rainfall Wednesday the City of St. Petersburg began what it calls a “controlled wastewater discharge into Tampa Bay.” The city says based on previous releases “90% of the discharge is expected to consist of rainwater/storm water.” But St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman says the amount of… Read more »

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Tropical Storm Hermine will hit Florida Thursday

*update: Hermine became a hurricane on Thursday September 1 Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday because of the approaching Tropical Storm Hermine. The state of emergency covers 42 counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk and the counties north of the Tampa Bay region. It’s about 400 miles west-southwest of Tampa. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded… Read more »

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Stay Safe ~ Florida storm resources & information (updated) on Hurricane Hermine

We will try to update this over the next couple of days as Tropical Storm Hurricane Tropical Storm Hermine moves through our listening area. Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since 2005, crashing through St. Marks around 1:30am. It is bringing buckets and buckets of rain with it. Flooding remains a concern. Flood warnings were issued for Hillsborough,… Read more »