The Senate side of the US Capitol building in Washington DC. Photo By Scrumshus (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

An in-depth look at the race for US Senate in Florida

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160426_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we  take an in-depth look at the race for US Senate in Florida. There are 7 candidates from both political parties vying for the seat that is being vacated by Florida’s junior senate Marco Rubio, who is retiring after serving one term. We are joined by Carlos Beruff,one… Read more »

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FDOT now has less money to buy property in the way of TBX

The Florida Department of Transportation now has considerably less money to purchase homes and businesses that are in the way of its proposed TBX expressway project. Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione said Tuesday morning that at the Hillsborough MPO Livable Roadways meeting the nearly $25 million budgeted has been reduced to half a million dollars…. Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police didn’t racially discriminate when handing out more citations to black bicyclists: DoJ

The Tampa Police Department issued disproportionately more citations and tickets to black bicycle riders – but it was not intentional racial discrimination; those are some of the conclusions of a Department of Justice report released Tuesday morning. It found 73 percent of bicycle stops in 2014 and the first eight months of 2015 involved black bicyclists, even… Read more »

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Remembering Prince, An Illegal Hike & A Gothic Serial Killer Next On Life Elsewhere

The news came in, literally moments after we had made the final edits to the latest edition of Life Elsewhere…Prince was dead. Immediately we searched through all of our many music-biz contacts to come up with someone qualified to pay tribute to the music legend.  As the minutes then hours passed, tributes to Prince were… Read more »

The Humane Economy by Wayne Pacelle. cover photo by HarperCollins Publishers

The economic movement for animal welfare; FL senate debate questions will be picked by citizens

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160422_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we discuss the growth of policies that ensure animal welfare. Now more than ever, cosmetics companies are promising no-animal testing with their products, Amusement parks and circuses are moving away from using animals for entertainment, and more people are supporting rescuing pets rather than going to breeders. Our… Read more »

Tampa attorney Jonathan Ellis and freelance journalist Alison Weir

Radioactivity Thursday: A Debate about US Policy Toward Israel and the Palestinians.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160421_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 On Radioactivity Thursday we hold a debate on one of then most contentious topics in US Policy: US relations with Israel and the Palestinians. Our guests today are Jonathan Ellis, a Tampa-based attorney and chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Tampa JCC Federation, and Alison Weir, a freelance journalist who traveled… Read more »

Alan Lipke, his wife Ivonne and Larraine Wms-Nunn circle around 8th avenue outside of the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office in Ybor in protest of Sheriff David Gee's decision to not extend a civil citation program  for pot possession to minors. Photo by Nicole Martinez

Religious group protests Hillsborough Sheriffs rejection of civil citations for minors caught with pot

Demonstrators gathered outside the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office in Ybor City  Thursday afternoon, calling on Sheriff David Gee to reverse his decision to arrest minors caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of issuing them civil citations. The vigil was put together  by The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, also known as  HOPE, which is made-up of various religious groups through out the county…. Read more »

Meditation written by Shana Smith

Women’s Show celebrates Earth Day with Shana Smith and Trish Williams Mello

It seems somewhat ironic to have a day celebrating Earth Day – if we truly celebrated Mother Earth, we would not be trying to destroy her….. Many individuals are trying hard to clean up the environment, to reverse climate change, to stop the despoliation of our air and water.  But the systems that run our… Read more »

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Should new Tampa-area infrastructure come from American manufacturers?

In order to compete with other coastal cities Port Tampa Bay recently purchased two giant, Chinese-made cranes to unload the new massive container ships that can take advantage of the Panama Canal expansion that opens in June; but critics say major infrastructure improvements here should favor American-made products in order to better help the economy…. Read more »

A Wake in Ybor City by Denis Calandra and Susan Fernandez

Local playwrights adapt novel by Ybor City-born writer Jose Yglesias

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160420_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei Jose Yglesias is probably the most famous Tampa-born writer that most people have not heard of. Born into a Spanish-Cuban family of cigar workers in Ybor City,  his work often dealt with Latin Americans who are exiled from their homelands and how revolutions affected their lives.Now his 1963 Novel, A Wake… Read more »

Ken Ilgunas

An Illegal Hike Across The Heartland – Next on Life Elsewhere

Ken Ilgunas says his new book is about coming to terms with climate change and figuring out what our role as individuals should be in confronting something so big and so out of our hands. It’s about taking a few months of your life to look at your country from a new perspective. Ultimately, it’s… Read more »

Psychologist and author Maria Konnikova. Photo By Thomas Hawk via flickr.

Psychologist Maria Konnikova looks into how con-artists get away with it

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160419_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei How do Con-men, swindlers, and scam artists get away with it? What traits do they, and their victims, all share? Today we speak with Maria Konnikova, author of a new book The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It…Every Time. Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what… Read more »

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Florida This Week; Local farm-to-table restaurants might not be serving up what they claim

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160418_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 On Radioactivity Monday we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a news and public affairs program from local PBS station WEDU that is also moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. The panel of political experts and insiders look at the biggest stories in Florida: Rick Scott’s recent ad that attacked a woman who… Read more »

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MidPoint for Tuesday, April 19 – Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson

In a recent poll, Gary Johnson received 11 percent support for president, listed in a three-way race with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The former New Mexico Governor (1994-2002) was the Libertarian candidate for President in 2012, and he could likely be again in 2016, after the party holds its convention in Orlando late next… Read more »

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FAST will press Pinellas leaders on issues

A coalition of religious groups is asking Pinellas County leaders for improvements in three areas: reducing education disparities, alternatives to arresting youth and funding basic human services. Joining us in the studio for MidPoint were Pastor Manuel Sykes of Bethel Community Baptist Church, Kathy Filippelli from St. Matthews Catholic Church and Rev. Jean Cooley from Lakewood Presbyterian… Read more »

Dynamite HIll historical marker with bungalows in the background. 
Photograph by Julie Armstrong.

Bombingham & Dynamite Hill: Birmingham Civil Rights Trail with Julie Armstrong

Dr. Julie Armstrong is in Birmingham, Alabama, her home town. She is blogging about following the official and unofficial Civil Rights trails, and here the hills are alive, walked by residents and ghosts alike. History That Counts For part of my civil rights pilgrimage, I stayed at an Airbnb in Birmingham’s College Hills neighborhood, within… Read more »

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Democracy Awakening rally in Sarasota allied with D.C.’s Democracy Spring

Several hundred democracy activists have been arrested in Washington, D.C. this week as part of Democracy Spring. There’s a related Democracy Democracy Awakening rally at 4:00 p.m. Friday in Sarasota. It’s at the Federal Building at the corner of South Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard. WMNF News interviewed Arlene Sweeting, director of the Peace Education and… Read more »

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We are talking about Anger and Wrath on Morning Energy!

Our 7 DEADLY SIN series continues on Morning Energy with a sin that is actually a very common emotion that can sometimes get out of control…..if not carefully guarded …It is called “wrath” and has many synonyms such as vexation, fury and rage….some also referred to it as “”unrighteous anger””…. Here’s what Proverbs 15:18 has… Read more »