Colin Kaepernick Take a Knee protest

Manatee County students fight back against ban on taking a knee

Schools in Manatee County got an email recently from the district Supervisor of Athletics telling athletic directors that it would break district rules if student athletes don’t stand during the national anthem. The memo says students can get an exemption. But some social justice activists are fighting back with a demonstration this afternoon they’re calling,… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Sept. 28 – health care reporter Jay Kaiser & Steve Almond,author of “Against Football”

Everyone wants to cut drug prices, so why isn’t that happening on Capitol  Hill? Kaiser Health News reporter Jay Kaiser came on MidPoint for the first portion of the show and discussed why there are multiple bills in Congress to reduce the price of prescription drugs, yet nothing is happening. We then move on to… Read more »

Puerto Rico

Florida Legislators want governor to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Some Florida Legislators are pressing Governor Rick Scott to prepare for an influx of refugees from Puerto Rico settling in Florida after Hurricane Maria; Miami Democratic State Representative Robert Asencio says the situation on the island is grim. He and five colleagues sent Scott a letter saying the governor should prepare temporary and permanent housing, public… Read more »

Solar Power & Power Outages

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked about power outages, solar systems, generators, and our utility companies. Our guests were the Florida Director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Susan Glickman; and Dan Fink, a Professor of Solar Energy Technology at Ecotech Institute in Aurora Colorado. Dan is also a solar electric professional, small… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Sept. 21 – Kathy Castor on GOP Senate bill, National Weather Service issues and FEA lawsuit

On today’s program, we spoke with Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association, about a recent lawsuit the union filed against the state dept. of Education and its 67 school boards. The FEA is challenging as discriminatory part of a 2015 law that ties teacher bonuses to their college entrance exam scores. We spoke with… Read more »

Two Vietnam Veterans Discuss Ken Burns’ New PBS Film The War in Vietnam

Radioactivity September 19 2017 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity I’m Rob Lorei. This past Sunday night PBS began carrying the latest documentary series from film-maker Ken Burns called The War in Vietnam. The film begins with a search for the causes of the war—going all the way back to the French colonization of Vietnam in… Read more »

Women’s Show 9/14 Recap– After Hurricane Irma: Nuclear Power Plants and Hurricanes & Climate Change

How are you doing?  We dodged a bullet, although I know that many of us are still without power and in the morass of cleanup – yard and refrigerator, all the areas that depend on electricity…… It could have been a Cat IV or V.  Thank goodness for that mini-cold front that helped dissipate Irma’s… Read more »

electricity power lineman Hurricane Irma

Some Tampa Bay rivers still under Flood Warning after Irma

The National Weather Service has extended Flood Warnings for several area rivers after Hurricane Irma, including the Anclote River at Elfers, the Little Manatee River at Wimauma, the Hillsborough River near Hillsborough River State Park, the Hillsborough River at Morris bridge and for the Horse Creek near Arcadia. On Thursday WMNF News interviewed Robin Caton, a… Read more »

MidPoint for Sept. 14 – Examining the post – Irma environment

With tens of thousands still without power under sweltering conditions, we spoke about the recovery efforts ongoing after Hurricane Irma hit the Tampa Bay area Sunday night. Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp, Hillsborough County Hazard Mitigation Manager Gene Henry, and FEMA representatives Dan Needham and Keith St. Claire joined the show to talk about what… Read more »

Tampa Bay post-Irma: updates on power and assisted-living facilities

The Florida Department of Transportation announced Thursday that I-75 will remain open, as Hurricane Irma flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River. As of Thursday morning, FDOT says their engineers and state meteorologists do not think that the river will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe. Hernando County Emergency Management… Read more »

Twilight of American Sanity? A top psychiatrist analyzes the US in the age of Trump

Radioactivity 9 13 17 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- we’ll have one of the nation’s top psychiatrists talk about the new book he’s written about Donald Trump. And we’ll talk more about hurricane recovery and take your phone calls. Later we’ll talk with a spokesperson for Florida Power and Light about the… Read more »

Post-Irma pictures from our listening area

We asked some friends and listeners if we could use their pictures to show our listening area post-Irma. If you have ones we can use, please send them to JoEllen@wmnf.org. Thanks! And we hope you and yours are okay and you have/get your power back. Strange water Tree heartbreak Trees were downed all around our… Read more »