Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. photo by  Infrogmation via Wikimedia commons

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 »

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Is there a connection between gun violence and mental illness?

After a mass shooting it’s common for analysts to examine the mental health of the suspect. But at a forum Friday hosted by the University of South Florida in Tampa, a behavioral sciences researcher downplayed the connection between gun violence and people with serious mental illnesses. Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences… Read more »

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Listeners Request’s on Life Elsewhere

When the killing of Cecil the lion made headlines, Norman B immediately contacted Gareth Patterson, the acclaimed authority on African wildlife. The resulting interview received numerous compliments, and generated a flood of requests to hear it again. Speaking from his home in South Africa, Gareth explains the truth about the luring of lions like Cecil, to be killed by trophy hunters and the… Read more »

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Walk Bike Tampa unveils Vision Zero plan for pedestrian and bicycle safety

A new coalition is trying to make Tampa safer for pedestrians and cyclists; in a press conference Thursday afternoon, Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione said there have been 43 deaths so far this year in Hillsborough County. On December 3, she’s introducing a resolution to city council called Vision Zero, which pushes for a holistic… Read more »

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The Anti-Wolff of Wall Street

Richard Wolff, celebrated economist, professor, pundit and author, is coming to St. Petersburg’s Palladium Theater in benefit for WMNF Community Radio on Tuesday, November 10. Wolff’s analysis of capitalism from a Marxist perspective easily dismantles critics of workers’ rights and regulation by simply using data and historic analysis. Discussions about wage theft, minimum wage, and… Read more »

From left to right: Tom DiFiore from Bay Area Legal Services; Cheryl Shroeder Ex Dir West Central Florida Central Labor Council; Aaron Carmella Field Director West Central Florida Federation of Labor; Ann Vanek-Dasovich Florida AFL-CIO. photo by: Rob Lorei

Pinellas and Hillsborough to join South Florida counties in combating wage theft

By Rob Lorei Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will soon be joining several South Florida counties in passing local ordinances aimed at protecting workers from wage theft. Wage theft is when employees are withheld  rightly owed wages or benefits, sometimes through forcing workers to work off the clock, denying paychecks, or garnishing employee tips.  It especially affects service… Read more »

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Florida This Week; Local Reverend wants less children arrested for misdemeanors

By Rob Lorei On today’s Radioactivity, we air the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Rob Lorei that is broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights. This episodes tackles the big stories in Florida News and Politics: Charlie Crist’s bid for Congress, the special session on senate seat redistricting, the teacher… Read more »

John King jr. (L) &
Arne Ducan (R)
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US Department of Education lambastes Pinellas County for educational disparities

Last Friday afternoon U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Campbell Park Elementary, one of the South Saint Petersburg schools singled out in a Tampa Bay Times investigation noting severely underperforming schools. Outgoing US secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, emphasized the educational disparity in Pinellas schools is man made. Duncan opines that probable causes were… Read more »

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Peter James On Serial Killers. Norman B On Exciting New Music.

International best-selling crime thriller novelist, Peter James joins the program to talk about his latest novel, You Are Dead. This is the 11th in James’ award-winning Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, this time, with a vicious serial killer as the villain. Peter  illustrates his meticulous research strategy with fascinating anecdotes and tells true accounts of riding alongside police detectives… Read more »

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42 guns stolen from Tampa shop; suspects video released

Forty-two handguns have been stolen from a gun shop near Tampa; Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Major Chad Chronister says four burglars broke a three-foot hole in the concrete wall of Shooting Sports on North Dale Mabry Highway early this morning. Chronister says surveillance video shows the burglars smashing display cases. That’s where the guns were stored… Read more »

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Wesley Chapel man accuses Florida Senate of Stalinist tactics for removing seal with Confederate symbol

This week the Florida Senate approved a rule change that would remove the confederate battle flag from the chamber’s seal; but that effort to get rid of the controversial symbol embraced by racists like the suspect who killed several people in a Charleston Church is itself getting push-back from a Wesley Chapel man. During public… Read more »

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Hillsborough passes wage recovery ordinance

Hillsborough County now has a way to help employees who are getting short-changed by their bosses; the County Commission unanimously passed a “wage recovery ordinance” Wednesday morning to resolve disputes when a worker claims wage theft. During public comment, Tampa resident Mike Reedy told commissioners the ordinance would help keep disputes over wage theft by workers… Read more »