Vote delayed on massive Manatee County bay-front development

Manatee County Commissioners have again delayed a vote on a massive coastal development called Aqua by the Bay; the latest special land use meeting began at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday and lasted into the early evening, when commissioners voted 6-1 to postpone a vote until September 29. The proposed 529-acre project along two miles of Sarasota… Read more »

Women’s Show 8/24– Dr. Rebecca Gordon on War as Metaphor

The celestial event of the year has come and gone… Impressive display by Mother Nature of the periodicity of our orbiting neighbors in space.  Even more impressive was the ability of science to so predict the movement, to predict so accurately the times and paths.  Science observes the universe with an eye to truth, not… Read more »

Sabal Trail pipeline and DAPL protest

Federal appeals court rejects Sabal Trail approval; decision could affect other pipelines

On Tuesday  a federal appeals court struck a blow to the Sabal Trail pipeline that carries natural gas for hundreds of miles through Florida; to find out how the decision could impact controversial pipelines across the country, WMNF News spoke with Frank Jackalone, Florida chapter director of Sierra Club. Listen: “Pipeline fighters all across the country… Read more »

Play in Tampa about Spanish Civil War– an Example of the Anti-fascist fight from the 1930’s and Meet Two of the People Who Are Working to Relocate Hillsborough’s Confederate Memorial

Radioactivity 8 18 17 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— We hear a lot about the anti-fascist movement these days. But the movement has a long history. In the 1930’s there was a strong anti-fascist (antifa) movement here in the US and around the country. Anti-fascists fought to preserve the democratically elected government… Read more »

Tampa Tiger Bay rights restoration forum

State Attorney calls Florida’s ex-felon rights process a “poll tax”

If supporters can gather another 700,000 certified signatures by February 1, Floridians will vote in November of 2018 whether to grant most ex-felons their civil rights, including the right to vote; on Friday the Tampa Tiger Bay Club hosted five supporters of the proposed amendment. One is Desmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, August 17 – Joan C. Williams, author of “White Working Class”

On the program today we spoke with Joan C. Williams, professor and director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings in San Francisco, and the author of “White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America.” We also spoke with St. Petersburg City Council District 6 City Council candidates Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll,… Read more »

In Announcing Candidacy for GOP Nomination for Governor Sen. Jack Latvala Says Term Limits Have Not Helped the Culture in Tallahassee

Radioactivity 8 17 17 Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- Clearwater Senator Jack Latvala announces he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor. He says he thinks eight year term limits for Florida office holders have not been a positive thing in Tallahassee. He’s open to extending term limits to twelve… Read more »

Women’s Show 8/17 – Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Collier Myerson on Charlottesville

I’m losing track!  North Korea and its nuclear arsenal are relegated to the back page and we are fighting the Civil War again.  Note to self and others: the Civil War was fought over SLAVERY, not states rights, not economic rights, SLAVERY. Perhaps it has never been truer, “If you do not know your history,… Read more »

gun laws Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

Debate on Florida gun laws and bills

Every year the Florida Legislature considers several gun bills; to explore the state’s gun laws in depth, the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club held a forum Wednesday afternoon in St. Petersburg. A University of Virginia graduate asked the two participants whether at demonstrations like the one over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, participants’ First Amendment rights… Read more »

A Flower for the Graves – Eugene Patterson’s stunning column

A Flower for the Graves An editorial by Gene Patterson Eugene Patterson was the editor  of the Atlanta Constitution when he wrote this column. The bombing of the church in Birmingham killed four little girls -11 year old Denise McNair, and the 14 year olds  Addie Mae Collins, Carol Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley.  Patterson later… Read more »

Charlottesville Terror: The Rise of the Fascist Right and Why Were Those Confederate Monuments Built?

August 15 2017 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity…..I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— after the terrorist attack on peaceful demonstrators last weekend in Charlottesville—- what’s next? We’ll talk with a futurist and historian about the efforts by far right groups to build a movement. Our first guest is Sara Robinson a Seattle-based futurist and veteran blogger… Read more »

Recycling and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked about recycling and other environmental topics. Our guests were the Executive Director for Keeping Tampa Bay Beautiful, Debbie Evenson, and their Development Manager, Emily Schwartz; Travis Barn, the Recycling Coordinator with Hillsborough County Public Works Department; and Jason LeBlanc, General Manager with Conex Recycling also helped with the… Read more »

Charlottesville solidarity vigil

Charlottesville solidarity vigils locally plus discussion of the weekend events on MidPoint

During opposing demonstrations on Saturday on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, a white nationalist drove his car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters, killing activist Heather Heyer; on Sunday there were Charlottesville solidarity vigils across the country and here in the Tampa Bay area including in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Lakeland. In Pasco County there was… Read more »

Natasha Tells All! on Life Elsewhere

She was the last person to be hired at Andy Warhol’s Factory and she wants to talk about it. Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni wants to talk about all of her experiences including an affair with Mick Jagger when she was a seventeen-year-old school girl. Ms. Fraser-Cavassoni isn’t one to hold back, in her new book, After Andy – Adventures In Warhol Land, she tells all…. Read more »

Women’s Show 8/10 – Medea Benjamin, Ms. Ray Acheson, & Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

Fire and Fury…….the hour of reckoning is at hand……. All this is happening on the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  “When will they learn? When will they ever learn?” (Pete Seeger)  Flowers don’t make it to the graveyards any more, they are already being burned to ash by climate… Read more »

Plastics are forever (and that isn’t really a good thing)

Fifty years ago Mr. McGuire told Benjamin Braddock that the future was one word. Plastics While the screenplay was positing plastics as the absolutely last thing the future was supposed to be, Mr. McGuire was right. According to a just published research article (in Science Advances), intimidatingly titled Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made,  by Roland… Read more »

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Restorative Justice Coalition of Tampa to meet Saturday

A new activist group in Tampa, Restorative Justice Coalition, is pushing to reduce prison recidivism and bring under-served communities closer together; their first workshop is this Saturday at the Peace House in Temple Terrace. WMNF News interviewed Sadie Dean, a co-chair of the Restorative Justice Coalition of Tampa. Listen: “The Restorative Justice Coalition is actually… Read more »

LGBT Leader Wonders What’s Next After Trump Tweets Transgender Ban

Radioactivity Thursday 8 3 17 Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—President Trump issued three tweets last week calling for a ban on transgender people in the military. Since then there’s been confusion and the Trump administration has yet to move forward on enacting the tweets into policy. We’ll talk about the… Read more »