WEDU Adds Programs After WUSF TV Goes Off Air and One Of America’s Top Iran Scholars Looks At Trump’s Attack On Nuclear Deal

Radioactivity 10 17 2017 Good morning, this is WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with an American scholar about President Trump’s threat to scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran. But first- until this past Sunday the Tampa Bay area had been one of the few areas in the country to enjoy two… Read more »

Scales of Justice Law

Lawyers concerned about UF police rules for Richard Spencer protests

White supremacist Richard Spencer plans to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville next Thursday and hundreds of anti-fascists are expected to protest him; the university’s police department has made up a list of items that are prohibited at the demonstration that includes common items like bicycles, backpacks and purses. WMNF News spoke with… Read more »

Women’s Show-“Quiet before the Storm”-10/12

The chaos we live in…… The president winks at us and tells us “it is the calm before the storm.”  Hurricanes, floods, people dying in Puerto Rico… People dying in the west with the explosive fire storms…People dying in the massacre in Las Vegas.  Calm before the storm?  We’re in the vortex of a super… Read more »

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Students from Puerto Rico enrolling in Tampa Bay schools

Since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico dozens of students have moved to Florida from the American commonwealth and enrolled in public schools here; Pinellas County Schools says as of Tuesday, it had “27 students who registered with our district and voluntarily identified themselves as coming from Puerto Rico.” Sarasota County Public Schools has enrolled 11 students… Read more »

Colin Kaepernick Take a Knee protest

Manatee County students fight back against ban on taking a knee

Schools in Manatee County got an email recently from the district Supervisor of Athletics telling athletic directors that it would break district rules if student athletes don’t stand during the national anthem. The memo says students can get an exemption. But some social justice activists are fighting back with a demonstration this afternoon they’re calling,… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Sept. 28 – health care reporter Jay Kaiser & Steve Almond,author of “Against Football”

Everyone wants to cut drug prices, so why isn’t that happening on Capitol  Hill? Kaiser Health News reporter Jay Kaiser came on MidPoint for the first portion of the show and discussed why there are multiple bills in Congress to reduce the price of prescription drugs, yet nothing is happening. We then move on to… Read more »

Puerto Rico

Florida Legislators want governor to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Some Florida Legislators are pressing Governor Rick Scott to prepare for an influx of refugees from Puerto Rico settling in Florida after Hurricane Maria; Miami Democratic State Representative Robert Asencio says the situation on the island is grim. He and five colleagues sent Scott a letter saying the governor should prepare temporary and permanent housing, public… Read more »

Solar Power & Power Outages

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked about power outages, solar systems, generators, and our utility companies. Our guests were the Florida Director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Susan Glickman; and Dan Fink, a Professor of Solar Energy Technology at Ecotech Institute in Aurora Colorado. Dan is also a solar electric professional, small… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Sept. 21 – Kathy Castor on GOP Senate bill, National Weather Service issues and FEA lawsuit

On today’s program, we spoke with Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association, about a recent lawsuit the union filed against the state dept. of Education and its 67 school boards. The FEA is challenging as discriminatory part of a 2015 law that ties teacher bonuses to their college entrance exam scores. We spoke with… Read more »

Two Vietnam Veterans Discuss Ken Burns’ New PBS Film The War in Vietnam

Radioactivity September 19 2017 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity I’m Rob Lorei. This past Sunday night PBS began carrying the latest documentary series from film-maker Ken Burns called The War in Vietnam. The film begins with a search for the causes of the war—going all the way back to the French colonization of Vietnam in… Read more »

Women’s Show 9/14 Recap– After Hurricane Irma: Nuclear Power Plants and Hurricanes & Climate Change

How are you doing?  We dodged a bullet, although I know that many of us are still without power and in the morass of cleanup – yard and refrigerator, all the areas that depend on electricity…… It could have been a Cat IV or V.  Thank goodness for that mini-cold front that helped dissipate Irma’s… Read more »