Max Richtman looks at GOP plan for Social Security and Medicare; Former Sen. Bob Graham says declassified 9/11 papers show link to Saudi Arabia.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160719_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity Tuesday we discussed the Republican platform on Social Security and medicare with Max Richtman, president and CEO of The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. The current GOP stance declares that the Social Security program is in dire need of a overhaul and that Medicare is too… Read more »

A Florida Perspective on the RNC in Cleveland this week

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160718_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest Florida this Week, a public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our expert panel of political experts and insiders look at the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: The Republican Convention gets… Read more »

Is Florida on the Verge of Weakening Surface Water Standards?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160714_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday we looked at the possible weakening of regulations regarding hazardous chemicals by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Environmentalists are warning that the agency is  quietly trying implement changes that could significantly impact Florida’s water quality. We were joined by a South Florida activist Joanne Oyen who is… Read more »

Florida Senate District 19 forum

Florida Senate District 19 Democrats face off

The Republican National Convention began Monday; on MidPoint we continue our look at this year’s election with audio from candidates running for a Florida Senate seat that covers parts of four counties. Four Democrats are running for a state Senate district that’s been gerrymandered to snake through parts of South Pinellas, Central Hillsborough and northwestern Manatee… Read more »

Florida House 70

Florida House 70 candidates offer algae bloom solutions

Florida’s House District 70 is gerrymandered to take in small parts of four counties, including the Sunshine Skyway Bridge; so many Democratic voters from South Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota Counties are packed into the cross-shaped district that the winner of August’s Democratic Primary should prevail in November as well. The three Democrats fighting for… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, July 13

On the program today we spoke with Mark. T. Jones, the pastor and founder of Manifestations Worldwide in Tampa, and later St. Petersburg activist Kofi Hunt, about the situation in Tampa and America regarding relations between law enforcement and the black community.

Candidates for state senate seat all want to tackle poverty; just differently

Four Democrats are running for a State Senate seat that includes parts of Hillsborough and South Pinellas Counties. They faced-off at a forum in the Enoch Davis Center in St. Petersburg. But the pre-screened questions provided for a subdued, almost scripted atmosphere. The NAACP Branch of Saint Petersburg organized the forum; attended by nearly 100… Read more »

Women’s Show – So Many Shootings?

After last week, do you feel you are on a powder keg that is just about ready to explode?…. …or have we been on an active volcano for a long time and just haven’t paid any attention to the lava flow?  Everything is connected, and I am more and more feeling that the problems at… Read more »

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein

Jill Stein says Edward Snowden would be in her cabinet if she becomes president

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein answered questions from voters Tuesday night during an hour-long live video on Facebook. Stein was the Green nominee in 2012 and is expected to get the presidential nomination again at the Green Party convention early next month. She appealed to Bernie Sanders supporters after the Vermont Senator announced his endorsement… Read more »

Minneapolis civil attorney discusses racial tension following shootings of black men, Dallas ambush of police officers

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160708_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Public outrage once again flared over the shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police. A video  uploaded to social media on Tuesday show Alton Sterling, 37, being shot and killed at point-blank range while being apprehended by Baton Rouge police. Less than a day later, Philando Castile… Read more »

Florida This Week looks at sniper attack in Dallas, Gov. Scott’s response to algae blooms

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160711_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we played last Friday’s episode of Florida This Week, a news and public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts discuss the biggest stories from Florida and around the country: The Dallas sniper attack… Read more »

Bob Buckhorn Eric Ward

Tampa Mayor & Police Chief respond to Dallas shootings

Five police officers were killed by gunfire in Dallas Thursday night at a peaceful protest march protesting the shootings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota; Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn called a press conference Friday morning with the city’s police chief to show solidarity with the Dallas officers who were killed. Listen: “Now, make no mistake,… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, July 7- Harold Meyerson and Michelle Williams

On today’s program we spoke with the American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson about the impact that Bernie Sanders still has on the Democratic Party, and in particular where the platform committee of the DNC is moving as the convention nears. Meyerson recently penned a piece called “The First Post Middle Class Election” which we discussed on… Read more »

Global Forgiveness Day on Morning Energy

Thursday, July 7, 2016,  was known as Global Forgiveness Day. This day served as a reminder to Forgive and “Hopefully” be Forgiven.  Global Forgive Day is also a chance to set things right, put aside old differences, move beyond grievances and hurts and start afresh, but as you know, forgiving another person for something they… Read more »

Environmental Attorney discusses Algae Bloom that is devastating Florida’s Treasure Coast

By Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday, we discussed the massive algae bloom that is choking Florida’s east coast with thick, toxic green sludge. It is believed that the bloom is being caused by agricultural fertilizers and septic runoff from Lake Okeechobee. Gov. Rick Scott says that he will ask the legislature for millions of dollars… Read more »

How Florida’s Weird History Influences the Rest of the Country

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160707_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we looked at the weird and wonderful history of the Sunshine State.  Our guest Craig Pittman has written a new book titled Oh, Florida: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, which chronicles bizarre stories of corrupt officials, notable natives, quirky sex scandals and the origins of famous… Read more »

“I Will Be With You, Whatever” (on Life Elsewhere)

Our headline is taken from the voluminous, seven-year official investigation into how and why Britain went to war in Iraq. Britain’s investigation by the independent Iraq Inquiry was unequivocal in its findings. Britain, like the United States, used flawed intelligence to justify the invasion, that Iraq posed no immediate national security threat, that the allies… Read more »