Historian Charles Dew recounts growing up in St.Pete during Segregation on Radioactivity Thursday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161103_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest was  award-winning historian Charles Dew, a professor at Williams College who teaches American History focusing on the South, Slavery, and the Civil War. He spoke about his new book, a memoir of his childhood in St. Petersburg  during Segregation, called The Making of a Racist: A Southerner… Read more »

Florida’s 2016 amendments summarized for you

There are four statewide amendments on the ballot this election cycle (one was passed during the primaries in August). Some of the counties along the central West Coast of Florida also have amendments for your voting pleasure. Below is a summary of the amendments, and the pros and cons of each, taken from the websites… Read more »

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Solar industry group opposes Florida’s Amendment 1

Leaders of a solar energy trade association are touring Florida this week encouraging people to vote against the ballot question known as Amendment 1. The Solar Energy Industries Association is a national group with 1,000 member companies. WMNF interviewed Tom Kimbis, their interim president. Listen: “We’re opposing it because we think it’s very deceptive in… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, November 3 – Former USFSP political science professor Darryl Paulson

When it comes to reporting on the history of the Republican Party of Florida, and Pinellas County’s importance to its resurgence in the 1950’s, there is no one better than Darryl Paulson, emeritus professor of government at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg. Paulson has a piece in the upcoming Perspectives section of the… Read more »

Women’s Show “The Essential Guide to Donald Trump” book review 11/3

5 Days and Counting… We’re down to the wire…less than a week before we choose our next Commander in Chief? That’s up to you to decide. If you still haven’t made up your mind on who you’re voting for then pick up a copy of The Essential Guide to Donald Trump by Kenneth F. McCallion. In… Read more »

Radioactivity Friday: A Labor Activist Views the Election

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/IlEJcWHqFhk/wmnf_161028_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 On Radioactivity Friday we talked with a leading labor spokesperson about working class voters in this election. Our guest was Rich Templin, Ph.D. and Legislative & Political Director of the Florida AFL-CIO. Templin gave us a Florida union perspective on the biggest labor issues facing working Floridians in this election.

Women’s Show 11/3 – FIVE DAYS and Counting…..

Photo by DonkeyHotey Just when you thought this election couldn’t get any stranger…..who knows? Not only has this election been brutal on all of us, it is getting brutal on our constitution and the accountability of laws that govern our nation.  The founders of our nation came from the autocratic, and at times dictatorial countries. … Read more »

An Interview with the host of PBS’s The Open Mind, Alexander Heffner

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161027_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Alexander Heffner, a Harvard educated journalist who is continuing a family tradition by hosting a 60 year old TV show: The Open Mind on PBS. In 2013 Alexander took over the hosting job on the TV show that was founded by his grandfather- Richard Heffner, a… Read more »

FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub

How St. Pete could play a role in overturning Citizens United

If the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturns its Citizens United decision it might be because of an ordinance that’s being considered by St. Petersburg; on Thursday afternoon the City heard about an ordinance that would limit foreign corporate money in local elections and limit the amount of super PAC contributions. The sponsor, City Council member Darden… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, October 27 – Cesar Hernandez

Cesar Hernandez is the Government Relations Director at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). He’s also a former student body president at the University of South Florida. A Brooklyn native, Cesar is also an extremely active millennial when it comes to public policy and trying to make the community better. He spoke on the program about… Read more »

Former FL Governor Bob Graham writes new book on how to win political battles

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/ERhENghvEZk/wmnf_161026_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday, we spoke with former US senator and former Florida governor Bob Graham about his new book, America: The Owner’s Manual, a how-to book on how to get involved with and win political battles over issues you care about. Bob Graham spent three terms representing Florida in the US Senate… Read more »

Women’s Show 10/27 – “The Trump Effect” and Eyes on Russia

How many days left? Can you still count?  Have you already voted? Unfortunately, although the campaign might end, the work of repairing and rebuilding is just beginning.  I have spent the week, you might say, looking through the eyes of non-voters – and People, “It ain’t pretty.”  First we will go back to school children,… Read more »

Physician Alan Lockwood pens new book on how climate change is affecting our health

    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/eiA9jnmRCBo/wmnf_161025_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Last week The Guardian newspaper reported that 2016 was on track to be the hottest year on record—hotter than the previous record set just last year. And on Monday the BBC reported that for all of 2016 the CO2 levels in the atmosphere will be above 400 parts per million—the highest… Read more »

Environmentalists seek to halt construction of natural gas pipeline through Central Florida.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/kpzhv4lzRto/wmnf_161024_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei Recently there have been protests against the construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline, a 515-mile natural gas line that, once completed, will cut through Alabama, Georgia, and Central Florida. Our first guest on Radioactivity Monday was Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Organizing Representative of the Sierra Club, says that the pipeline threatens lands sacred to Native Americans, fragile… Read more »

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Consumer advocates slam David Jolly

A Pinellas County Congressional district could change parties after Election Day; Republican incumbent David Jolly faces an uphill battle in the newly redrawn district against Democrat Charlie Crist. The district now has more Democrats. Tuesday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, critics of Congress member Jolly tried to paint him as anti-consumer. Democratic State Representative Dwight Dudley… Read more »