Donald Trump: Tampa
Photo by: Samuel Johnson

Trump pulls out all the stops at Tampa rally

Donald Trump’s Tampa visit was full of rhetoric and low on details. The Trump Train made a whistle stop at The Tampa Convention Center, last Saturday. The media savvy, GOP firebrand, berated his critics to the delight of his Florida supporters. Trump took to the podium after about 70 minutes of strategic and high profile… Read more »

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Part of Tampa Bay cleanup canceled due to Donald Trump rally

Part of a major Tampa Bay cleanup effort scheduled for Saturday will be canceled because of a Donald Trump rally; the presumptive Republican nominee for president will speak at the Tampa Convention Center and it means that volunteer divers won’t be able to clean up a pier along Bayshore Boulevard. Tom Damico is environmental program coordinator… Read more »

A flooded street in St.Petersburg during Hurricane Debby in 2012. photo by WalterPro4755/flickr

Can Tampa handle the consequences of climate change ?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160609_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei Tropical Storm Colin lashed Tampa Bay earlier this week, causing flooding, road and bridge closures, and forcing some local cities to release raw and partially treated sewage into local waterways. Amid rising sea levels and increased rainfall, the results of global warming as scientists have predicted, can Tampa bay handle the effects… Read more »

Childs Park Recreation Center
Photo by Samuel Johnson

Fixing the Failure Factories: Pinellas school board candidates offer their plan

Pinellas County School Board candidates are sharing their ideas to change the school system. During a forum last Saturday at Childs Park Recreation Center in Saint Petersburg, three candidates acknowledged dire problems. But they differed on the tools to fix them The three candidates differ in their approach to combating the racial disparity of behavioral… Read more »

Hillary Clinton via  by Gage Skidmore

Hillary Makes History and the ‘Presidentalization’ of Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via Flickr     On Tuesday Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee. Regardless of your political stance, you must admit that her nomination, almost 8 years after the first African- American male presidency,  is pretty historic. It proves to little girls across the country that you can be who or whatever you… Read more »

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You Must Speak To Be Heard On Life Elsewhere

This may surprise you: As the US Presidential election looms ahead in November and the non-stop news coverage of every move the candidates make and the cacophony of noise that generates, there are still folks who need prompting to register to vote. Yes, it is hard to fathom. Which is where HeadCount comes in. A non-partisan organization that uses the… Read more »

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Fracking banned in Pinellas County, Florida

The Pinellas County Commission has outlawed fracking within the county limits. The oil and gas drilling technique is also known as hydraulic fracturing and critics, like Environment Florida director Jennifer Rubiello, say it’s dangerous for water supplies and contributes to climate change. She says St. Petersburg and Clearwater are also working on ordinances to ban… Read more »

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Wastewater discharged into Tampa Bay and other Pinellas waters

Because of flooding from Tropical Storm Colin this week several cities in Pinellas County urged residents to stop using the sewer systems and had to release partially treated wastewater into the open water. Beginning at 4:00 p.m Tuesday the City of St. Petersburg discharged partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay about one-quarter of a mile east… Read more »

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Inspired by Tolstoy & Pigs

 Originally printed in Deep Roots Magazine, a wonderful compilation about Roots Music & Meaningful Matters.   Anita Krajnc: ‘…if there’s an injustice in your community, it’s up to you to organize.’ Hey, did you hear the one about the woman arrested for giving water to a truckload of thirsty pigs on a sweltering day as… Read more »

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Polls: The Most Inexact Of Sciences on Life Elsewhere

“Caught between a cynical Clinton machine and a shape-changing reality television show, US politics has featured its latest twist in the saga of surges and poll ratings. Now, we are being told that Donald Trump does have a chance against Hillary Clinton, spluttering ahead in some of the figures.” The words of Dr. Binoy Kampmark… Read more »

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The “Presidentalization” of Donald Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via DonkeyHotey   We can’t get away from the election, can we? What does “presidential” mean?  Donald Trump has said, “It’s no job to act presidential, I can be presidential any time I want” while addressing claims that he was advised by friends and family  to change his demeanor while campaigning. While campaigning in… Read more »

Forbidden Fruit: 1980 Beijing by Gail Pellett

Journalist Gail Pellett recounts experience reporting in post-Revolution 1980s China

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160531_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei This Friday, June 4, is the anniversary of The Tiananmen Massacre in China. One of the major (and  unrealized) goals of the protesters was a free press and the end of censorship. In addition, this month marks the 50th anniversary of the start of China’s Cultural Revolution. Gail Pellett was a journalist in Beijing in the early… Read more »

A  karst spring in Manatee Springs State Park. . A huge karst spring in Manatee Springs State Park

Radioactivity remembers Terry Tomalin, outdoors writer for the Tampa Bay Times

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160530_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we started with the latest edition of Florida This Week , a political talk show from local PBS station that hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode, our panel of political experts and insiders discussed the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: There’s a report that Marco Rubio is… Read more »

Torture

“Really, really good” that Guantanamo detainee may testify about abuse: sister-in-law

Update Thursday 2 June 2016: Abu Zubaydah is in the courtroom today and is expected to testify. According to the Twitter feed of Miami Herald‘s Carol Rosenberg, another witness is saying that both he and Abu Zubaydah continue to be subjected to torture at Guantanamo prison. A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was tortured in U.S…. Read more »

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New documentary examines gun availability and high rate of gun deaths in the US

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160527_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Americans are dying by gun violence at a rate much higher than is seen in other developed countries. Over 13,000 are killed in gun-related murders, assaults, and accidents every year . Now there a new film by Robert Greenwald , Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA,  that looks at the money… Read more »

CIW farmworkers vs Publix

Deficit expert says Pentagon hides true extent of Military Spending; Human Rights violations found at farms of two Publix tomato suppliers

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160526_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei There is a lot of concern about government spending and the federal deficit, with many people pointing the finger at social programs like SNAP.And while there has been many attempts to curtail access and use of SNAP benefits, which is mostly used by the elderly, disabled and for children, there has been… Read more »

A McDonald's in downtown Miami  - Credit: Phillip Pessar/Flickr

The looming teacher shortage in Florida; low-wage workers demand a living wage at McDonald’s HQ in Chicago

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160525_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we first looked at the local fight for a livable, $15 an hour wage that took two fast food workers to McDonalds’ headquarters to protest at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.  Our  Guests Bleu Rainer and Gail Rogers, who respectively work for Checkers and McDonalds’ in Tampa, joined home care, child… Read more »

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Transgender Questions on Life Elsewhere

“Where do most Americans stand on trans issues in general?” That headline caught our attention. But, it was the sub-heading that really stopped us in our tracks, “Americans hold more unfavorable views toward transgender people than other groups.” This surprising statement was the result of a recent survey conducted by Vox and Morning Consult. According to… Read more »