environment

Opposition to Sarasota County comp plan changes

Sarasota County is updating its comp plan — Wednesday is the first of two informational meetings this month of the Sarasota County Planning and Development Services Department about the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment — but a local environmentalist is pretty pessimistic about the pro-development slant of the changes. Opposition to Sarasota County comp plan changes WMNF… Read more »

Dr. King Day Local Activism on Sustainable Living

On Monday’s  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day edition of the WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we talked with a local community activist and political organizer, Kofi Hunt. Kofi’s presently working with “Fight For 15 Florida” and has “The Peoples Inauguration” event coming up this Friday, January 20, at Williams Park in St Petersburg… Read more »

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Tampa fast-food workers protest Trump pick for labor

The Senate hearings for Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, Andy Puzder, will likely be delayed until February; but workers opposed to his confirmation still demonstrated outside a Hardee’s restaurant Thursday afternoon on West Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. Puzder is CEO of a company that includes the Hardee’s chain and labor activists criticize him for… Read more »

Women’s Show 1/12 – Women March – and More!

Raise your banners, women.  We are marching on Washington – and the streets of Sarasota, St. Petersburg and beyond.  We will not allow anyone – and you know who you are – to define who we are.  We are picking up the mantle from our foremothers and we are going to change the present so… Read more »

Climate Scientists Ignored By Donald Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_170110_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Monday about 100 people protested outside the Tampa office of US Senator Marco Rubio. They called on Rubio to acknowledge that climate change is real and for Rubio to oppose the climate science deniers who they say have been nominated to President elect Trump’s cabinet—including the incoming EPA Secretary, the new… Read more »

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In St. Pete, Writers Resist gathering before Trump inauguration

This Sunday in St. Petersburg, Florida, authors, poets, musicians and leaders will gather as part of an international movement known as Writers Resist. It’s a few days before the Inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump it’s also Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. WMNF interviewed one Writers Resist participant: poet Jay Hopler, who splits his… Read more »

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Women’s March on Washington actions in St. Pete and D.C.

The Women’s March on Washington is Saturday January 21 and there will be local actions in St. Petersburg and other Florida cities; our guests on WMNF’s MidPoint were Lisa Perry, the Pinellas County Captain for the Women’s March on Washington and Suzanne Benton, who is helping to organize the local Women’s March St. Petersburg. Perry is helping… Read more »

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Former US attorney calls for clemency for Leonard Peltier

One of Florida’s most famous prisoners is hoping President Barack Obama will grant him clemency before leaving office; Native American activist Leonard Peltier was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout, but has maintained his innocence for four decades. Now, a former U.S. attorney has written a letter supporting clemency for Peltier…. Read more »

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The Florida Aquarium withheld food from shark that died, says former trainer

An animal rights group is accusing The Florida Aquarium of animal cruelty violations after a former employee said sharks and rays were intentionally deprived of food. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation is asking law enforcement to investigate the death of a nurse shark in November and alleged malnourishment of Atlantic stingrays last… Read more »

Women’s Show 1/5 – Back to the Real Fun and Games

The holiday season is over and now what?  Do the real fun and games begin?  The 115th congress started and already the ethics issue was presented and withdrawn.  Do you think the house republicans withdrew it because of Trump’s tweet? Or from the inundation of their offices with messages from irate constituents on both sides… Read more »

From a Woman’s POV- 12/15 “Irregularities in the recent Election”

On December 15th we spoke with guest Jeanne Mirer. She practices labor and employment law in New York, and is the president of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. She talke about irregularities in the recent presidential election and the recount. Steven Rosenfeld, attorney, a senior fellow at AlterNet covering democracy issues, updated us on election fraud…. Read more »

Bug Control Professor on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living program we talked about pests that some might consider unsustainable in our homes. Our very special guest on our first program of the year was Phil Koehler, Professor of Structural Pest Control & Urban Entomology at the University of Florida.  Phil is well known for his research in urban entomology and… Read more »

The Blurred Line Between Fantasy And Reality (on Life Elsewhere)

How many times during the past twelve months, when reflecting on the run-up to the Presidential election, have you thought, “This is too fantastic to be true”? The ongoing shenanigans by the most unlikely of Presidential candidates, now President-elect and the perpetual circus surrounding him, has perplexed even the most revered brainiacs. The conundrum of… Read more »

New York Times Reporter talks Russian Support for Far Right Movements in Europe

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161227_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on WMNF’s Radioactivity Rob Lorei talked with New York Times reporter Andrew Huggins about his front page story from this past Sunday which looks at Russian support for right wing and neo-nazi political groups in Europe. Higgins reports on a network of extremists in Hungary, France and Scandinavia who receive funding,… Read more »