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

Florida This Week discusses political opposition to Syrian refugee resettlement.

BY Rob Lorei Today we listen back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Rob Lorei and broadcast by local PBS station WEDU. This week, the panel of politicians, journalists, and other experts discuss the opposition by national and state politicians to Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S.,… Read more »

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders at a rally for the American Federation of Government Employees. Photo by AFGE/ Flickr

Bernie Sanders explains Democratic Socialism in Georgetown University speech

Today we listen to a portion of a speech Bernie Sanders gave yesterday afternoon at Georgetown University, in which he explains the meaning of “Democratic Socialism”, comparing the political ideology to the policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. During the hour long speech, he also decried growing income inequality, monied interests in government and… Read more »

Medical Marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colorado. Photo by O'Dea via Wikimedia Commons

The Business of Marijuana; Remote Area Medical to bring free clinic to Bradenton

By Rob Lorei With recreational pot legal in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington and legal medical marijuana initiatives being considered around the country, the cannabis industry is set to becoming a booming business, possibly bigger than the organic food industry, according to one study.  We discuss legal issues regarding the commercialization of marijuana is one of… Read more »

Picture taken by Edisonblus in 2009 of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Women’s Show on “Perilous Times – Paris and Beyond” 11/19

What perilous times…..   Paris is the epicenter of the world right now.  What to do – who and how are critical.  Just policies demand an understanding of people.  How much did our endeavors in Iraq contribute to the terrorism in the Middle East? A very powerful play is being presented at USF Tampa –… Read more »

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Janis & John: The Book & The Movie on Life Elsewhere

John Byrne Cooke was in the right place at the right time. He was a member of D.A. Pennebaker’s film crew at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, where Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix became overnight sensations. A few months later, when Albert Grossman signed on to manage Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Grossman hired John to… Read more »

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Curiosity is Provoked by Artist’s Wrapped Palm Trees

Ripley’s Believe it or Not just couldn’t. News stations around the country had another #FloridaMan story.  Bloggers mentioned that it was pretty tame by Floriduh standards. Neighbors worried about his trees. Artist Piotr Janowski made headlines when he wrapped his rental house, and its adjacent palm trees, in heavy duty aluminum foil earlier this year…. Read more »

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Walmart workers fast for better wages

More than 100 workers across the country are going on a fast to demonstrate against low wages at Walmart. About a dozen workers protested Tuesday afternoon outside a Walmart on Dale Mabry Highway just north of I-275 in Tampa. Nancy Reynolds has been a cashier at Walmart for almost 8 years. She is diabetic so can’t… Read more »

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Black Millennials are taking black twitter to the streets

Hacktivists and activists, black twitter and black lives matter hashtags are all over social media but what do they mean to black millennials? A recent report by The Black Youth Project entitled “Black Millennials in America” delves into these questions. The ongoing 10 year study shows how and why black millennials are becoming more politically… Read more »

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Satirical musician Roy Zimmerman; Author Dan Lazare talks about who is responsible for the rise of ISIS

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we are joined  by comedic musician Roy Zimmerman, who sings guitar-based folk songs poking fun at the political topics like Same-Sex Marriage, creationism, guns, and Marijuana (with some jabs at Republicans and Liberals peppered in). He has released 12 albums of satirical music, both as a solo musician and as a… Read more »

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CAIR: man who threatened mosques has been arrested

The man who allegedly left threatening phone messages over the weekend for the Islamic Society of St. Petersburg and the Islamic Society of Pinellas County has been arrested. Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of CAIR-Florida, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says the man was arrested Tuesday for leaving violent threats in the wake of the terrorist… Read more »

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CAIR responds to threats to St. Pete mosques

Update: On Tuesday the man was arrested. Listen to the story here: http://www.wmnf.org/cair1117/ Late Friday attacks in Paris killed at least 129 people, ISIS has claimed responsibility — and there have been threats to local mosques, including the Islamic Center of St. Petersburg. In this recording left on a voicemail a caller identifies himself as Martin Schnitzler…. Read more »

The largest of the terrorist attacks on Friday occurred here at Le Bataclan theater, where 89 people who were attending a rock concert were killed.

Florida This Week; listeners discuss Paris terrorist attacks

By Rob Lorei We start off today with the latest edition of Florida this week, a political discussion show broadcast by local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights and moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei. This Week’s Panel includes CAIR government affairs director Laila Abdelaziz, Attorney Danny Alvarez,  Sierra Club campaign organizer Tim Heberline, Investigative… Read more »

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Environmentalists say Mosaic not doing enough to clean-up mining waste; Author Les Leopold talks about his new book on inequality

By Rob Lorei If you’ve been thorough rural areas of Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee, Manatee or Sarasota counties, you’ve probably noticed large mounds of earth  dotting the landscape; these are landfills for toxic waste from  phosphate and gypsum mining. Last Month, the EPA and the Mosaic corporation,which operates many of the mines, reached a $2 billion… Read more »

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Tampa Bay gets grant to fight human trafficking

Victims of human trafficking in Tampa Bay will have more access to legal help thanks to a $600,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant announced Friday in St. Petersburg; during a press conference outside the Pinellas County Courthouse in downtown the executive director of Gulfcoast Legal Services said the 3-year grant will let them to hire more lawyers…. Read more »

The Devil's Chessboard:
Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
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Salon.com Founder David Talbot talks about his newest book on former CIA director Allen Dulles

By Rob Lorei Today we talk with the author of a new book that makes some explosive allegations about Allen Dulles, the Director of the CIA throughout the 1950’s. The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government links Dulles to Nazi officials, the overthrow of governments in Iran and Guatemala, and the Kennedy… Read more »

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Animal cruelty protest at Tampa McDonald’s

An animal advocacy group is calling on McDonald’s restaurants to put animal welfare standards in place after undercover videos surfaced showing abuse of chickens at farms that had supplied chickens to the large fast-food chain; Thursday in front of a McDonald’s on West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa, seven supporters of the group Mercy for Animals… Read more »

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What Is War? Polite Behavior? Zuzu! on Life Elsewhere

“War, what is it good for?” That question came to mind as we observed Veterans Day. Then, as if on cue, a rag-tag assortment of bloviators, claiming they want to be commander in chief, lazily spewed out the usual rhetoric of a bigger, better more powerful military. “Winning! We’ll win any war through might!” is the standard… Read more »