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MidPoint: The Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer & minimum wage with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently signed an executive order that will restore the voting rights of 200,000 ex-felons. Talking about that development and what other states are doing on the issue is the Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer. Later in the program, we spoke with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who made news this week by announcing a… Read more »

Nature photographer Benjamin Dimmitt

Photographer Benjamin Dimmitt captures the decline of Florida’s natural landscapes

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160505_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest is nature photographer Benjamin Dimmitt, whose recent work includes photographs of the examines the impact of saltwater intrusion on the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge just north of the Tampa Bay Area. Over the years rising sea levels, along with weak flow from nearby freshwater springs, has… Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police Chief takes questions from council on “biking while black”

The Tampa Police Chief answered questions Thursday morning from members of City Council about last month’s Department of Justice report that found police disproportionally stopped black bicyclists. The report concluded that despite evidence of “stark racial disparities” there was not racial discrimination because of “race-neutral motivations.” City Council member Lisa Montelione asked Chief Eric Ward how… Read more »

Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash

Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash discusses buyout of The Tampa Tribune

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160504_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei The Tampa Tribune published its last issue yesterday;a sudden end to the newspaper’s 123 year run after rival paper  The Tampa Bay Times bought it from Revolution Capital Group.  Joining us to talk about what now-former Tribune subscribers can expect and the future of the newspaper business in the Tampa Bay area… Read more »

Via The Tampa Repertory Theatre

Lauren Gunderson’s play Silent Sky comes to Tampa!

From May 5th-22nd Lauren Gunderson’s play Silent Sky  will be shown at Tampa’s The Smith Black Box Theatre. The play tells the story of Henrietta Swan Leavitt(1868-1921), an American astronomer who worked at the Harvard College Observatory as a human computer. Leavitt discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars…. Read more »

Bradenton Bridge

Former inmates and employers join fight to save Bradenton Bridge

Update 12 May 2016: The Department of Corrections has extended the contract (with revised terms) for Bradenton Bridge. An all-female inmate transitional facility in Bradenton could close soon because its contract has not been renewed by the state. The re-entry center provides substance abuse services and has a popular jobs program. Catherine Rodeheaver got a… Read more »

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

Florida This Week; 3rd annual Give Day Tampa Bay helps hundreds of local charities

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160502_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listen back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk hosted by Rob Lorei that airs on local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights. A panel of political analysts and insiders discuss the hottest stories in Florida politics and news: the awkward moment at… Read more »

Andrew Joseph with Tampa For Justice

Tampa for Justice wants civil rights investigation of police

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that although the Tampa Police Department issued disproportionately more tickets to black bicyclists that it was not intentional and therefore not racial discrimination. That study was done by Justice’s COPS program – Community Oriented Policing Services. We played a summary from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District… Read more »

A mural honoring Victor Jara in Arica, Chile. Photo by Von Marcelo Urra via wikipedia

New documentary looks at the legacy of murdered Chilean folk singer Victor Jara

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160429_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we look at the life and legacy of Chilean  folk singer Victor Jara. Jara was a well known musician, theater director, teacher and advocate for social justice in his home country, considered by many to be the Bob Dylan of Chile. During the US-backed Chilean coup of 1973, Jara… Read more »

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A Political Conundrum. A Controversial Book. And Cool New Music.

The biggest conundrum ever in US politics also happens to be the most controversial: The popularity of Donald J. Trump. Who are the people who turn out in unprecedented masses to attend his rallies? That was the question a young enterprising filmmaker decided would be the basis for his next documentary. The end result is Trump Rally by… Read more »

GOP candidate for US senate, Carlos Beruff.

Republican candidate for US senate Carlos Beruff says no to immigration from Middle East, raise in minimum wage

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160428_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we continue a conversation from Tuesday with Carlos Beruff, one of 5 republican candidates running for Marco Rubio’s seat in the US senate. Beruff made some controversial comments earlier this week, telling a Broward County  reporter that immigration from middle eastern countries (except Israel) should be banned. Today… Read more »

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MidPoint for Thursday, April 28 – USFSP political science professor Judithanne McLauchlan

Judithanne McLauchlan has had a distinguished political career to date. Currently an associate professor of political science at USFSP, where she is the Founding Director of the Civic Engagement. Previously she has worked at the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the DOJ and the White House. She also worked on the presidential campaigns… Read more »

Interstate 4 in Tampa, southbound to the I-275/I-4 junction, also known as 'Malfunction Junction' - Credit: Doug Kerr/Flickr

Transportation officials and TBX opponents debate the controversial interstate project

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160427_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday  we had a debate over the TBX project, the hotly debated interstate project that proposes to build toll roads in the middle  the 1-4 and 1-275 interstates through the heart of Tampa and in parts of Pinellas County. Backers say the new toll roads will easy traffic congestion… Read more »

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 »

Lisa Montelione

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 »