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Florida This Week discussion on Orlando massacre and gun control on Radioactivity Monday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160620_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we listened back to last Friday’s episode of Florida This Week, a political discussion program from local PBS station WEDU that is also moderated by Rob Lorei. In this episode, political experts discuss the Orlando massacre that took 49 lives and renewed a still unsettled debate over guns; Pam Bondi… Read more »

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Supporters shield Orlando Pulse shooting victim’s funeral from protesters

On Saturday members of the Westboro Baptist Church loudly protested the wake of one victim of the Pulse shooting in Orlando. But the anti-gay church members were met by counter-protesters who shielded grieving family members from the signs and shouts of the protesters. Tampa activist Dezeray Lyn was outside the funeral of Pulse nightclub shooting victim… Read more »

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MidPoint for Thursday, June 16 – David Dayen

Joining us on the program today was journalist David Dayen, author of the new book, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud. David is also a contributing writer to Salon.com and The Intercept, and a weekly columnist for The New Republic and The Fiscal Times. Patti Brigham with the League of… Read more »

A Gun show in Houston, Texas. Photo by M&R Glasgow via flickr

After Orlando Shooting, Gun Control Group renews call for stricter regulations on firearms

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160615_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei Following the tragic shooting in an Orlando nightclub that claimed the lives of 49 people, there is again public outcry over gun control and the legality of owning powerful firearms like the assault rifle that was used in the attack. A Philadelphia Daily News columnist reported this week that she was able to… Read more »

Warren Burger, Chief Justice of The US Supreme Court from 1969 to 1986

Former US Supreme Court reporter pens new book on the Burger Court of the 1970s and 80s

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160614_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Tuesday was  Linda Greenhouse, who  covered the US Supreme Court for the New York Times for almost 30 years. She’s just co-written a new book about the Burger Court—named after the chief justice Warren Burger—from 1969-1986. Some scholars consider the court a moderate transitional court—between the liberal Warren… Read more »

Thousands gather in Minneapolis, Minn for  a vigil in remembrance of the 50 people who died in  shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub on Sunday. It is the deadliest mass shooting in the US to date. Photo by:  Fibonacci Blue via Flickr

Florida This Week; Radioactivity Listeners discuss tragic nightclub shooting in Orlando

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160613_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity Monday we have the latest episode of Florida this Week, a political discussion show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. Our panel of political experts and insiders discuss the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: Did Pam Bondi do a political favor… Read more »

US  Representative  (R-District 6)  Ron DeSantis, who is running for Marco Rubio's Seat in the US Senate.

Interview with Republican Senate candidate Ron DeSantis on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160610_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday,  we spoke with congressman Ron DeSantis, one of the 5 Republicans running for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat in Washington DC.  DeSantis is a lawyer who served with the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Navy and supported operations at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was a legal advisor… Read more »

Donald Trump: Tampa
Photo by: Samuel Johnson

Trump pulls out all the stops at Tampa rally

Donald Trump’s Tampa visit was full of rhetoric and low on details. The Trump Train made a whistle stop at The Tampa Convention Center, last Saturday. The media savvy, GOP firebrand, berated his critics to the delight of his Florida supporters. Trump took to the podium after about 70 minutes of strategic and high profile… Read more »

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Part of Tampa Bay cleanup canceled due to Donald Trump rally

Part of a major Tampa Bay cleanup effort scheduled for Saturday will be canceled because of a Donald Trump rally; the presumptive Republican nominee for president will speak at the Tampa Convention Center and it means that volunteer divers won’t be able to clean up a pier along Bayshore Boulevard. Tom Damico is environmental program coordinator… Read more »

A flooded street in St.Petersburg during Hurricane Debby in 2012. photo by WalterPro4755/flickr

Can Tampa handle the consequences of climate change ?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160609_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei Tropical Storm Colin lashed Tampa Bay earlier this week, causing flooding, road and bridge closures, and forcing some local cities to release raw and partially treated sewage into local waterways. Amid rising sea levels and increased rainfall, the results of global warming as scientists have predicted, can Tampa bay handle the effects… Read more »

Childs Park Recreation Center
Photo by Samuel Johnson

Fixing the Failure Factories: Pinellas school board candidates offer their plan

Pinellas County School Board candidates are sharing their ideas to change the school system. During a forum last Saturday at Childs Park Recreation Center in Saint Petersburg, three candidates acknowledged dire problems. But they differed on the tools to fix them The three candidates differ in their approach to combating the racial disparity of behavioral… Read more »

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Hillary Makes History and the ‘Presidentalization’ of Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via Flickr     On Tuesday Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee. Regardless of your political stance, you must admit that her nomination, almost 8 years after the first African- American male presidency,  is pretty historic. It proves to little girls across the country that you can be who or whatever you… Read more »

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You Must Speak To Be Heard On Life Elsewhere

This may surprise you: As the US Presidential election looms ahead in November and the non-stop news coverage of every move the candidates make and the cacophony of noise that generates, there are still folks who need prompting to register to vote. Yes, it is hard to fathom. Which is where HeadCount comes in. A non-partisan organization that uses the… Read more »

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Fracking banned in Pinellas County, Florida

The Pinellas County Commission has outlawed fracking within the county limits. The oil and gas drilling technique is also known as hydraulic fracturing and critics, like Environment Florida director Jennifer Rubiello, say it’s dangerous for water supplies and contributes to climate change. She says St. Petersburg and Clearwater are also working on ordinances to ban… Read more »

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Wastewater discharged into Tampa Bay and other Pinellas waters

Because of flooding from Tropical Storm Colin this week several cities in Pinellas County urged residents to stop using the sewer systems and had to release partially treated wastewater into the open water. Beginning at 4:00 p.m Tuesday the City of St. Petersburg discharged partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay about one-quarter of a mile east… Read more »

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Inspired by Tolstoy & Pigs

 Originally printed in Deep Roots Magazine, a wonderful compilation about Roots Music & Meaningful Matters.   Anita Krajnc: ‘…if there’s an injustice in your community, it’s up to you to organize.’ Hey, did you hear the one about the woman arrested for giving water to a truckload of thirsty pigs on a sweltering day as… Read more »

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Polls: The Most Inexact Of Sciences on Life Elsewhere

“Caught between a cynical Clinton machine and a shape-changing reality television show, US politics has featured its latest twist in the saga of surges and poll ratings. Now, we are being told that Donald Trump does have a chance against Hillary Clinton, spluttering ahead in some of the figures.” The words of Dr. Binoy Kampmark… Read more »

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The “Presidentalization” of Donald Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via DonkeyHotey   We can’t get away from the election, can we? What does “presidential” mean?  Donald Trump has said, “It’s no job to act presidential, I can be presidential any time I want” while addressing claims that he was advised by friends and family  to change his demeanor while campaigning. While campaigning in… Read more »