An Interview with the host of PBS’s The Open Mind, Alexander Heffner

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161027_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Alexander Heffner, a Harvard educated journalist who is continuing a family tradition by hosting a 60 year old TV show: The Open Mind on PBS. In 2013 Alexander took over the hosting job on the TV show that was founded by his grandfather- Richard Heffner, a… Read more »

FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub

How St. Pete could play a role in overturning Citizens United

If the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturns its Citizens United decision it might be because of an ordinance that’s being considered by St. Petersburg; on Thursday afternoon the City heard about an ordinance that would limit foreign corporate money in local elections and limit the amount of super PAC contributions. The sponsor, City Council member Darden… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, October 27 – Cesar Hernandez

Cesar Hernandez is the Government Relations Director at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). He’s also a former student body president at the University of South Florida. A Brooklyn native, Cesar is also an extremely active millennial when it comes to public policy and trying to make the community better. He spoke on the program about… Read more »

Former FL Governor Bob Graham writes new book on how to win political battles

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/ERhENghvEZk/wmnf_161026_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday, we spoke with former US senator and former Florida governor Bob Graham about his new book, America: The Owner’s Manual, a how-to book on how to get involved with and win political battles over issues you care about. Bob Graham spent three terms representing Florida in the US Senate… Read more »

Women’s Show 10/27 – “The Trump Effect” and Eyes on Russia

How many days left? Can you still count?  Have you already voted? Unfortunately, although the campaign might end, the work of repairing and rebuilding is just beginning.  I have spent the week, you might say, looking through the eyes of non-voters – and People, “It ain’t pretty.”  First we will go back to school children,… Read more »

Physician Alan Lockwood pens new book on how climate change is affecting our health

    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/eiA9jnmRCBo/wmnf_161025_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Last week The Guardian newspaper reported that 2016 was on track to be the hottest year on record—hotter than the previous record set just last year. And on Monday the BBC reported that for all of 2016 the CO2 levels in the atmosphere will be above 400 parts per million—the highest… Read more »

Environmentalists seek to halt construction of natural gas pipeline through Central Florida.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/kpzhv4lzRto/wmnf_161024_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei Recently there have been protests against the construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline, a 515-mile natural gas line that, once completed, will cut through Alabama, Georgia, and Central Florida. Our first guest on Radioactivity Monday was Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Organizing Representative of the Sierra Club, says that the pipeline threatens lands sacred to Native Americans, fragile… Read more »

Matthew Weidner

Consumer advocates slam David Jolly

A Pinellas County Congressional district could change parties after Election Day; Republican incumbent David Jolly faces an uphill battle in the newly redrawn district against Democrat Charlie Crist. The district now has more Democrats. Tuesday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, critics of Congress member Jolly tried to paint him as anti-consumer. Democratic State Representative Dwight Dudley… Read more »

Florida Permaculture Convergence

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living program we talked about permaculture and the up-coming Florida Permaculture Convergence with one of the organizers of the Convergence, Wendell Martinkovic . Wendell and his wife own and operate a permaculture-based farm near Lake Panosofkee . Also, we had a Pinellas County Fair farm update with Pamela Sindlinger, with Gateway… Read more »

Day Three of Free Political Airtime on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161021_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity we continued our week long service of offering free airtime for political candidates running for state office or local races who are  on the ballot on November 8th in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Pasco, Polk and Manatee Counties. The Candidates who recorded campaign messages to air were: 1. Bob Buesing- candidate… Read more »

New Tampa Bay Times article follows story of Kings Lake, a community devastated by 2006 housing crash

BY Rob Lorei Our guest  on Midpoint Wednesday was Tampa Bay Times reporter Susan Taylor Martin, who was part of an investigative team at the Tampa bay Times who followed up on the neighborhood here in the Bay area that was hardest hit by the housing foreclosure crisis a decade ago. Once an attractive neighborhood for… Read more »

Sheldon Upthegrove (left), Joe Redner and Bob Buesing

Dana Young’s no-show at debate a source of frustration

Tampa-area Democrats and two independent candidates for a State Senate seat continue to criticize the Republican in the race for being a no-show; Republican state Representative Dana Young skipped a Tiger Bay Club of Tampa debate Friday because of a funeral. But former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink called Young out in a question to the… Read more »

Day two of Free Air Time for political Candidates; Monthly Social Security checks to increase .3 percent to adjust for cost of living

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161019_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday, we continued our week long service of  free airtime to any candidate who is running statewide or locally and who is on the ballot on November 8th in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Pasco, Polk and Manatee Counties. 7 candidates took us up on our offer of free air time, they are : David… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, October 20 – Tucker/Hall’s Bill Carlson

Bill Carlson is president of Tucker/Hall, a national public relations and communications consulting firm based in Tampa. Carlson has been active in the movement to liberalize relations with the Tampa community and Cuba. His firm worked on brand awareness for the Greenlight Pinellas measure in 2012-2013, and he’s been involved in issues with Tampa’s airport and seaport. He… Read more »

Women’s Show 10/20 – “The Trump Effect”

Photo by DonkeyHotey Be careful what you say and do…… People are listening and watching.  Children are listening and watching.  Teachers in schools from K-12 commonly use our national elections as teaching material.  One of the purposes of public education in this country was to prepare children to be citizens in a democracy.  Teachers have… Read more »

solar panel

Florida solar amendment could “completely negate” future solar proposals: tape

A newly unearthed audio tape is giving credence to the idea that the solar amendment on November’s ballot in Florida was designed to mislead voters and would “completely negate” future solar power initiatives. The left-leaning group Center for Media and Democracy has published a talk from this month by a vice president with the James… Read more »

Presidential Debate on WMNF tonight

You can listen to Democracy Now’s coverage of the third presidential debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump on the Source, our HD3 stream. We also have NPR’s fact checking widget embedded in our Debate page, which also provides a real time transcript (sort of – there are occasional [amusing] in the computer-provided transcribing)…. Read more »

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Radioactivity Tuesday offers up free airtime for political candidates of local and state elections.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161018_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei As a public service—WMNF 88.5FM is offering free air time for political candidates this week. Beginning on Radioactivity Tuesday we’ll offer up to 90 seconds of free air time for a message recorded by the candidates themselves. The message may include anything the candidate would like to say about why they should be… Read more »

A special edition of Florida This Week with all millennial panel on Radioactivity Monday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161017_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode  of Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU. . In this special edition, Host Rob Lorei speaks with four local “millennials”, young people generally between 12-34 that are now tied with the Baby Boomers as the largest age segment… Read more »

Anti-death penalty sign

Faith leaders call on Hillsborough & Pinellas to halt death penalty

Dozens of faith leaders are calling on Hillsborough and Pinellas County prosecutors to stop calling for the death penalty; this comes after the two Tampa Bay area counties were counted by a Harvard study as outliers in their use of the sentence of death. WMNF News interviewed Fr. Bob Schneider, pastor of St. Stephen Catholic Church… Read more »