Heidi Kramer, Author of Media Monsters

Scholar says children’s culture in the US is becoming more violent; USF student shares story of life as an undocumented immigrant

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160818_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, our first guest, Heidi Kramer, a professor of a course on American childhood at Eckard College in St.Petersburg, says that popular culture is teaching our children to accept higher levels of violence.Kramer is the author of a book on the subject called MEDIA MONSTERS. Our next guest Mariana Sanchez Ramirez… Read more »

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Peace Activist Medea Benjamin Gives her thoughts about President Obama, Drone warfare, and US military spending

  http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160818_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday, our guest was Peace Activist Medea Benjamin. You may have seen her as she’s disrupted hearings and speeches, trying to unfurl banners carry a message of peace. She unfurled a banner that read “Build Bridges Not Walls”  last month during Donald trump’s closing speech at the Republican Convention in… Read more »

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Celebrity Fossils on Life Elsewhere

Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. While most of these discoveries live quietly in museum collections, there are a few that have become world-renowned celebrity personas – ambassadors of science that speak to public audiences. With wit and insight,… Read more »

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Florida Solar Amendment Up for a Vote Right Now and the Fight for a $15 an Hour minimum Wage

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity Tuesday we looked at the work that local activists are doing to promote solar energy and a livable, $15-an-hour minimum wage. http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160816_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 First, we spoke with Deirdre Macnab and Julie Kessel from Florida’s League of Women Voters, and local Sierra Club Member Emily Gorman about Amendment 4 on the August 30th ballot that would… Read more »

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Virtue & Vice In Ancient Rome on Life Elsewhere

“Two thousand years ago, an aristocratic Roman matron named Vistalia faced a trial for adultery. Vistalia was notorious for conducting multiple extramarital affairs, but her husband, Titidius Labeo, refused to divorce her. Eventually, the Emperor Tiberius himself accused her of adultery, a crime punishable by exile to a remote island. Vistalia responded to this charge… Read more »

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Florida This Week: Trump levels new charges against Clinton, speaks to anti-LGBT group in Orlando

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160815_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talks show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the biggest stories in national and state news: Donald Trump uses campaign stops in Florida… Read more »

Hillary Clinton at 10 March 2015 press conference about her use of personal email while in office as United States Secretary of State.
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Radioactivity Listeners sounds off on contradictory statements made by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160812_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday, we aired two clips from Youtube of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton making contradictory statements on some of the key issues of their platforms . Then we opened up the phone lines for listener comments.

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Was John Oliver’s take down on the Newspaper Industry real journalism?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160811_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we looked at the latest rant by HBO comedian John Oliver on his show Last Week Tonight, this time aimed at the failing newspaper industry. Oliver insisted that what he does is not journalism, but it relies on the work of newspapers, many of are struggling with layoffs and financial… Read more »

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Radioactivity Monday: Florida This week, Equality Florida criticizes Sen. Marco Rubio’s record on LGBT rights.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160808_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei on Radioactivity Monday, we listened back to the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode, our panel of political experts and analysts discuss the biggest stories in national and state politics: Donald Trump holds big rallies… Read more »

Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Pulitzer Prize winning reporter looks at the making of Donald Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160809_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we looked at the business dealings of Donald Trump with Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Cay Johnston . Trump claims to be one of the most successful businessmen in the US and that his personal fortune is worth in excess of ten billion dollars. But Johnson, who  has been covering… Read more »

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What the TV viewing habits of Trump supporters can tell us about his appeal

BY Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday we heard an interview with  Dr. Aaron Duncan from the Department of Communication Studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Duncan recently penned an article that analysed a  study from Tivo on the TV watching habits of Trump supporters. The results of the poll showed the Trump supporters like crime dramas like NCIS and… Read more »

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Green presidential nominee getting boost from Sanders fans

On Saturday at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston the party nominated Jill Stein for president and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka for vice president; Stein joined WMNF’s MidPoint Monday by phone. Listen to the full show here: Stein was also the Green nominee for president in 2012, so she is breaking a glass ceiling of… Read more »

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Tampa Comic Con is still about the comics

The pageantry of the weird and the wonderful were in full regalia this weekend at the Tampa Bay Comic  Con. The event coordinators are anticipating nearly 60,000 attendees to pass through the halls of the Tampa Bay Convention Center.  Collectors, vendors, artists, celebrities, and cosplay enthusiasts came out to geek out and have some fun…. Read more »