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MidPoint for Thursday, July 13

On the program today we spoke with Mark. T. Jones, the pastor and founder of Manifestations Worldwide in Tampa, and later St. Petersburg activist Kofi Hunt, about the situation in Tampa and America regarding relations between law enforcement and the black community.

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Candidates for state senate seat all want to tackle poverty; just differently

Four Democrats are running for a State Senate seat that includes parts of Hillsborough and South Pinellas Counties. They faced-off at a forum in the Enoch Davis Center in St. Petersburg. But the pre-screened questions provided for a subdued, almost scripted atmosphere. The NAACP Branch of Saint Petersburg organized the forum; attended by nearly 100… Read more »

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Women’s Show – So Many Shootings?

After last week, do you feel you are on a powder keg that is just about ready to explode?…. …or have we been on an active volcano for a long time and just haven’t paid any attention to the lava flow?  Everything is connected, and I am more and more feeling that the problems at… Read more »

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Jill Stein says Edward Snowden would be in her cabinet if she becomes president

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein answered questions from voters Tuesday night during an hour-long live video on Facebook. Stein was the Green nominee in 2012 and is expected to get the presidential nomination again at the Green Party convention early next month. She appealed to Bernie Sanders supporters after the Vermont Senator announced his endorsement… Read more »

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Minneapolis civil attorney discusses racial tension following shootings of black men, Dallas ambush of police officers

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160708_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Public outrage once again flared over the shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police. A video  uploaded to social media on Tuesday show Alton Sterling, 37, being shot and killed at point-blank range while being apprehended by Baton Rouge police. Less than a day later, Philando Castile… Read more »

Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity Rob Lorei. photo by Florida This Week/WEDU

Florida This Week looks at sniper attack in Dallas, Gov. Scott’s response to algae blooms

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160711_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we played last Friday’s episode of Florida This Week, a news and public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts discuss the biggest stories from Florida and around the country: The Dallas sniper attack… Read more »

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Tampa Mayor & Police Chief respond to Dallas shootings

Five police officers were killed by gunfire in Dallas Thursday night at a peaceful protest march protesting the shootings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota; Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn called a press conference Friday morning with the city’s police chief to show solidarity with the Dallas officers who were killed. Listen: “Now, make no mistake,… Read more »

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MidPoint for Thursday, July 7- Harold Meyerson and Michelle Williams

On today’s program we spoke with the American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson about the impact that Bernie Sanders still has on the Democratic Party, and in particular where the platform committee of the DNC is moving as the convention nears. Meyerson recently penned a piece called “The First Post Middle Class Election” which we discussed on… Read more »

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Global Forgiveness Day on Morning Energy

Thursday, July 7, 2016,  was known as Global Forgiveness Day. This day served as a reminder to Forgive and “Hopefully” be Forgiven.  Global Forgive Day is also a chance to set things right, put aside old differences, move beyond grievances and hurts and start afresh, but as you know, forgiving another person for something they… Read more »

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Environmental Attorney discusses Algae Bloom that is devastating Florida’s Treasure Coast

By Rob Lorei On Midpoint Wednesday, we discussed the massive algae bloom that is choking Florida’s east coast with thick, toxic green sludge. It is believed that the bloom is being caused by agricultural fertilizers and septic runoff from Lake Okeechobee. Gov. Rick Scott says that he will ask the legislature for millions of dollars… Read more »

Craig Pittman, Author of Oh, Florida:How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

How Florida’s Weird History Influences the Rest of the Country

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160707_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we looked at the weird and wonderful history of the Sunshine State.  Our guest Craig Pittman has written a new book titled Oh, Florida: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, which chronicles bizarre stories of corrupt officials, notable natives, quirky sex scandals and the origins of famous… Read more »

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“I Will Be With You, Whatever” (on Life Elsewhere)

Our headline is taken from the voluminous, seven-year official investigation into how and why Britain went to war in Iraq. Britain’s investigation by the independent Iraq Inquiry was unequivocal in its findings. Britain, like the United States, used flawed intelligence to justify the invasion, that Iraq posed no immediate national security threat, that the allies… Read more »

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Music Should Be An Interpersonal Dialogue – Life Elsewhere

Sorcha Richardson, the extraordinarily talented Irish-born singer-songwriter is one of our favorite discoveries of the past year or so. So, we were especially delighted when a package arrived from Sorcha, containing a thumb-drive with a new song, beautiful limited edition artwork she has created and a hand-written, heart-felt letter. Here is an excerpt: The music that I’ve… Read more »

White Trash: The 400-year-old Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

New book looks at 400 years of class division in America

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160706_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we looked at the history of class in the United States. It’s often said that the US is a classless society, a breakaway from the strict class structure of England. But our guest, Louisiana State University history professor Nancy Isenberg, writes in her new book White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of… Read more »

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Women’s Show – Platforms…Who reads? We do

We are coming down to crunch time….. This has gone beyond mud fights and something tells me the game hasn’t even begun.  The conventions are coming up in just a few weeks.  Do the platforms matter?  Well – yes and no…..  they, of course, are not binding, but they do give a hint of some… Read more »

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Environmentalists object to Sarasota comp plan changes

The Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan is being updated and some environmentalists are concerned that at the same time protections of the public interest will be eroded. Commissioners approved changes to the comp plan Wednesday. Listen to the story here: Before their vote Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck used two examples to tell Commissioners that comp plan… Read more »

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Democratic senate candidate Alan Grayson blasts rivals on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160701_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday, our guest was Congressman Alan Grayson, a democrat who is running for a seat in the US Senate. Grayson graduated from Harvard Law School and currently represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District in Orlando. On Friday, he talked about the controversy  surrounding his opponent Patrick Murphy’s resume, his stance on social security… Read more »

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Head of Florida’s largest teachers’ union discusses school vouchers, standardized testing

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160630_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Joanne McCall, President of The Florida Education Association (FEA), a statewide federation of teacher and education workers’ labor unions in the state of Florida. Its 137,000 members make it the largest union in the state. McCall talked about  the controversy surrounding school vouchers, standardized testing , and how… Read more »

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Adjusting To Change on Morning Energy

The last few weeks have been filled with tragedies…such as the killings in Orlando, the bombings in Turkey, the fires in California and the floods in West Virginia…which has left many people around the world in positions where they had to make major adjustments in their lives because of all of the unexpected changes that… Read more »