Joe MInter, by Julie Armstrong

A Surprise on the Civil Rights Trail in Birmingham

Dr. Julie Armstrong is in Birmingham, Alabama, her home town. She is blogging about following the official and unofficial Civil Rights trails through a town that starkly flaunts its contradictions. She had a wonderful surprise while following the trail yesterday, which led her farther afield, and yet right back to the beginning. Beautiful Freedom Surprise… Read more »

Kneeling Ministers statue Birmingham Sculptor Raymond Kaskey Photograph by Julie Armstrong.

Walking Through Birmingham – Telling its Civil Rights Stories with Julie Buckner Armstrong

How do bricks and cement store the history that have passed upon them? What happens in a town that then lingers in the air, sensed by some and refused (or refuted) by others? Dr. Julie Armstrong, Professor of English at USFSP, is a Birmingham native. The civil rights battles – both the victories and defeats –… Read more »

Nadaije Paul Jajoute, childcare worker and activist with Fight for 15

Local Fight for 15 activists want better pay and working conditions for childcare workers

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160408_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we have two childcare workers who are part of the local effort to push for a living wage for childcare workers and other low-wage employees. Our guests Nadaije Paul Jajoute and Lianne Flakes say that while they love their jobs as daycare workers, current wages often just barely… Read more »

photo by Johnny Silvercloud via flickr

Filmmaker makes doc on the “brain-washing” of her father by FOX News and Talk Radio

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160407_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 Filmmaker Jen Senko’s father had always been an apolitical, mild-mannered man—until he started listen to right-wing talk radio and eventually Fox News. He then began to angrily rant against poor people, gay people, immigrants, and, particularly, democrats. In her newest documentary,The Brainwashing of My Dad, she follows the transformation of her father, and in… Read more »

solar panel

St. Pete Rep. Dwight Dudley says utility-backed solar amendment hinders energy choice for consumers

BY Rob Lorei Floridians will get a chance this fall to put a utility backed solar-energy amendment into the state Constitution.Last week the Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling found that the wording of the controversial ballot initiative backed by major utilities meets the legal standards to go before voters in NovemberThe group backing… Read more »

Retired Army 1st Sgt. William Staude, of Elliott, Pa., salutes the Colors being carried by Soldiers from the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, stationed in Coraopolis, Pa., 
Photo by the US army via Flickr

Marine injured in Afghanistan wants better veterans’ welfare; Shakespeare’s continued influence on pop culture, 400 years after his death

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160406_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity Wednesday is Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny Joey Jones, who suffered tremendous injuries that resulted in the lost of both of his legs below the knee. During his last deployment to Afghanistan, Jones was responsible for disarming and destroying more than 80 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and… Read more »

Weeki Wachee River

Hernando residents can learn about climate change

In the coming decades Florida residents will face increasing disruptions from climate change: hotter temperatures, more storms, tropical diseases, fresh water shortages and rising seas; Hernando County residents can learn about how their community might fare in a warming climate at a forum Thursday night in Spring Hill. It’s hosted by the Sierra Club Adventure Coast… Read more »

Local officials stood before a crowd of of hundreds at HOPE's Annual Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa. Photo by Nicole Martinez

Hillsborough Sheriff says no to civil citations for juveniles caught with marijuana

On Monday in Tampa, The Hillsborough County Sheriffs office said in a letter recited at a meeting of interfaith congregations that it will not extend its civil citation program for misdemeanor marijuana possession to juveniles. At the annual Nehemiah action meeting for The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, an interfaith coalition of over 20… Read more »

The class of High School students from Sweden, who stopped by the WMNF studios  during a sailing field trip around the Caribbean.

What life is like for the average teenager living in Sweden

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160405_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Recently, there has been much discussion about democratic socialism as practiced in Sweden, Norway, Finland and other European countries that also rank high in standards of education, healthcare, and standards of living. On Radioactivity Tuesday,we talk to a class of Swedish high school students, who are visiting the US and the… Read more »

Sea Ice Patterns

Women’s Show on Women’s Health and Climate Change

Photo credit: Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center New York is the anti-fracking center of the U.S.  With the primary coming up, fracking and fossil fuels are  major issues.  When Eva Resnick- Day recently asked Hillary Clinton about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, Hillary Clinton got down right testy and accused her of being a… Read more »

Sabal Trail route

Environmentalist concerned about Sabal Trail pipeline in Florida

Two of Florida’s largest energy companies want to build a pipeline for natural gas through the center of the state – but environmentalists say it could negatively impact wetlands and the state’s aquifer. The Gulf Restoration Network is one of the groups opposing what’s called the Sabal Trail pipeline. WMNF News spoke with their coastal campaign… Read more »

Bernie Sanders in Kissimmee, Florida. By Seán Kinane

Could new voter ID laws impact Wisconsin’s primary?

The Republican and Democratic presidential preference primaries are Tuesday in Wisconsin; the state could boost the chances of candidates challenging front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. On MidPoint we spoke with Molly Stentz – she’s News and Public Affairs Facilitator at WORT, the Community Radio station in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin has new laws that might make it… Read more »

Rick Kriseman

St.Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman talks recent economic boom, Rays move to Tampa, and troubled schools on WEDU’s Florida this Week

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160404_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 by Rob Lorei Once known as a city for the retired, St.Petersburg has experience a rebirth over the last decade as one of the most livable cities in the countries, known for its walk-able streets and thriving arts scene. Today on Radioactivity Monday, we listen to an interview with St.Pete mayor Rick Kriseman from… Read more »

The US Capitol building in Washington D.C. photo by FEMA/Bill Koplitz via wikicommons

Campaign finance reform group to stage sit-in at the US capitol

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160401_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity we are joined by Rae Claire Johnson, Florida Coordinator for the Democracy Spring March, which will start in Philadelphia and end in a 6-day sit-in at the US capitol in Washington DC from from April 2nd to 18th . Modeled after the civil rights marches in the 1960s,… Read more »

Anna Eskamani of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

Planned Parenthood criticizes new Florida law

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill last week that prohibits state funds from going to Planned Parenthood and adds new restrictions on abortions; it requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Anna Eskamani, with Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, says that limits preventive medical services for women and means Planned Parenthood… Read more »

Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Two political scientists look at sex, gender, and politics in Trump’s campaign

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160331_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has once again stirred up controversy over his remarks on women, this time saying those who get abortions should be punished. Although he later retracted his remarks, they already drew a firestorm of criticism and accusations of sexism. Today we are joined by two political scientists,… Read more »

Cuban flag in Santa Clara, Cuba - Credit: Matt Smith/Flickr

Debate about lifting the Cuban embargo continues on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160329_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we continue the debate on lifting the Cuban Embargo from WEDU’s Florida this week. In this webcast-only portion of the debate, we are joined by two local people who just returned back from a trip to Cuba, a political intelligence consultant, and a lawyer who was once a… Read more »

Kathy Castor

Tampa area Dems want Rubio and Senate to vote on SCOTUS nominee

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk is breaking with leaders of his Republican Party and meeting Tuesday with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Most Republican leaders say they won’t hold hearings or vote on Garland but Kirk is in a tough re-election fight in a blue state. During a press conference Tuesday morning outside the Federal Courthouse in Tampa,… Read more »

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Chomsky, Snowden and Greenwald talk about privacy, terror

On MidPoint we heard part of a conversation about privacy and terrorism between Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowdon. Privacy, security and terrorism On Friday at the University of Arizona College of Behavioral Sciences in Tucson three well-known thinkers on issues like privacy and terrorism got together for the first time for a two-hour conversation. Well,… Read more »