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What Is War? Polite Behavior? Zuzu! on Life Elsewhere

“War, what is it good for?” That question came to mind as we observed Veterans Day. Then, as if on cue, a rag-tag assortment of bloviators, claiming they want to be commander in chief, lazily spewed out the usual rhetoric of a bigger, better more powerful military. “Winning! We’ll win any war through might!” is the standard… Read more »

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USF students to rally in solidarity with Mizzou

On Thursday afternoon USF students will rally in support of students at the University of Missouri who have faced threats of violence after the school’s president and provost resigned in response to student protests; black students organized the Mizzou demonstrations because they felt the administration was not doing enough to fight racism on campus. Nia Knighton… Read more »

Retired Army 1st Sgt. William Staude, of Elliott, Pa., salutes the Colors being carried by Soldiers from the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, stationed in Coraopolis, Pa., 
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Veterans Day Special: Expert Attorneys discuss legal issues facing veterans

On this Veteran’s day episode of Radioactivity, we speak with Richard K. Hurley Jr. and David C. Cory, of Cory and Hurley Law Group, two attorneys that specialize in legal issues affecting veterans. They talk about how to navigate the department of Veteran Affairs’ and how to handle problems with disability claims and appeals, employment laws… Read more »

Interstate 4 in Tampa, southbound to the I-275/I-4 junction, also known as 'Malfunction Junction' - Credit: Doug Kerr/Flickr

Local workers join nationwide strike to raise the minimum wage; Sunshine Citizens group part of grassroots opposition to TBX project.

By Rob Lorei Today in Tampa,  low wage workers will be walking out of their jobs and rallying at Lykes Gaslight park as part of a nationwide strike organized by Fight for 15 movement, which advocates for a 15 dollar an hour minimum wage and union representation. Joining us to talk about the ongoing push for… Read more »

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Ethical Fishing

On 11/9/15’s WMNF Sustainable Living Program the topic was Ethical Fishing in West Central Florida. Our guests were Libby Carnahan, an Extension Agent for our University of Florida IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension Program; Emily Muehlstein, the Fisheries Outreach Specialist with the Gulf Fisheries Management Council; and David Rieumont, fisherman and publisher for the OnLine Fisherman. Our… Read more »

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Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn rolls up his sleeves to get the uninsured affordable health care

Mayor Bob Buckhorn has his eyes on the prize and wants to get the uninsured in Tampa signed up for health care. Today President Obama and the Whitehouse launched the Healthy Communities Challenge. It tasks 20 US cities, including Tampa, to boost enrollment in the Affordable Care Act. Mayor Buckhorn already has a plan ready… Read more »

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Florida This Week; Holocaust Museum commemorates Kristallnacht

By Rob Lorei We start off today with the latest edition of Florida this week, a political discussion show broadcast by local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights and moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei. This Week’s Panel ( Political Consultant April Schiff, Former USF Professor Liana Fernandez Fox, Political Reporter Mitch Perry, Radio Host Susan… Read more »

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National Geographic devotes full issue to climate change

Climate change could be the most important challenge of the 21st Century; our guests on MidPoint contributed to the current issue of National Geographic magazine that’s all about the climate. It comes out weeks before major international climate talks in Paris. Our first guest, Dennis Dimick, is the executive editor for the environment for National Geographic magazine. We also went slightly… Read more »

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Local Help & Events for Veterans plus a little History

Wednesday is Veteran’s Day, and there are several organizations stepping forward to help those who have served in the armed forces. There is a Free Dentistry Day at the Village Plaza Dental Designs, where veterans can get fillings, extractions or a cleaning on 11/11. They are located at 4204 US Highway 98n, Lakeland, 33809.  863-859-6662… Read more »

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Supporters and protesters greet Ben Carson in Sarasota

Ben Carson is one of the two frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination; the retired neurosurgeon signed books for fans Wednesday afternoon in downtown Sarasota. As hundreds of supporters crowded the sidewalks outside Bookstore1 on Main Street, inside reporters asked Carson a series of questions. He opposes completely legalizing marijuana but that he supports some medical… Read more »

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From a Woman’s POV discusses Cine-World International Film Festival 11/5

The Cine-World International Film Festival in Sarasota starts this Friday, November 6 and runs through Sunday, November 15.  Many films shown there unfortunately do not have American distributors and are not available for local screenings.  We will mention a few during Thursday’s show, particularly focusing on a film by Abigail Disney, “The Armor of Light.” … Read more »

David Koch, co-owner of Koch Industries with his brother, Charles. 
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How schools should discipline problem students; Koch brothers’ image make-over

By Rob Lorei A video depicting a South Carolina school resource officer slamming a female student to the ground last week has triggered a national conversation on how educators should handled troubled students. Joining in the conversation with us today are Joe Rutherford and Roaya Tyson from Grace Point, a mental health clinic in Tampa… Read more »

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Florida House advances fracking bill

A state house subcommittee has advanced a bill to regulate fracking in Florida, despite overwhelming opposition during public testimony where 35 residents opposed the bill. The sponsor of HB 191, Ray Rodriguez of Ft. Myers, told the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee his bill is different than the one the house passed last year… Read more »

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Hillsborough Schools testing buses fueled by propane

The Hillsborough County public school district is updating an aging school bus fleet by purchasing new vehicles; and part of that push is testing buses that run on an alternative fuel: propane. Recently WMNF News spoke about this with School Board Member April Griffin. “We’re going to be looking at multiple manufacturers of buses. We’re also looking… Read more »

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Florida this week talks tension between Rubio and Bush, falling test scores for 8 graders

  By Rob Lorei Today we listen back to the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political panel discussion show moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei and broadcasted on Local PBS stations WEDU on Friday nights. This episode of FTW tackles the biggest stories in Florida News and Politics: The heated exchange between presidential… Read more »

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Jeb Bush tries to rejuvenate campaign in Tampa

Jeb Bush is kicking off a tour of Florida, South Carolina and New Hampshire, trying to jump-start his slumping campaign. A handful of local elected officials were among the crowd of about 250 people squeezed into the reception hall of the Tampa Garden Club on Bayshore Blvd Monday morning. Some prominent Florida politicians took to the podium to endorse… Read more »

The Amos Building of The Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee. Photo By Ebyabe via wikicommons.

Radioactivity talks with editor of investigative expose on Florida’s mental health hospitals

By Rob Lorei This week, the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald Tribune released the first part of an investigative series into the state of Florida’s mental health hospitals titled “Insane. Invisible. In Danger.”, the result of a year-long collaborative effort between the two newspapers. The project reveals have millions of dollars in budgets… Read more »