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Kriseman told Cuba its consulate should be in St. Pete

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has returned from what he called a “very worthwhile trip” to Cuba. During a press conference at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, Kriseman said he was blown away by the beauty and the arts in Havana. The St. Petersburg delegation met for two hours with the deputy director for American affairs… Read more »

Walt Disney World entrance in 2010. photo By Jrobertiko (Denis Adriana Macias) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

Attorney says Disney displaced US employees with foreign guest workers

By Rob Lorei The presidential race so far has brought a lot of attention to illegal immigration and its affect on low wage jobs, but there is growing attention on the practice of major companies using the H1B work visa to replace US workers with imported, cheaper foreign workers. The H1B visa was originally intended… Read more »


MidPoint for August 27 – Frank Sharry of America’s Voice talk about GOP immigration plans

Frank Sharry is the founder and executive director of America’s Voice, an immigration reform group.  They had great hopes two years after the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill to move the system forward. But the immigration debate has been stuck in neural ever since, and in fact has lost momentum,  in part because… Read more »

Florida This Week panel with moderator and Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. Photo by Florida This Week/WEDU

Florida This Week looks at congressional maps mess; Bush v. Trump on immigration

By Rob Lorei Today we listen back on the latest Florida this week from local PBS station WEDU, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week’s panelist ( 70th district rep. Darryl Rouson, Political Consultant Adam Goodman,  Former TV Reporter and Documentary filmmaker Lynn Marvin Dingfelder, New College Professor Frank Alcock) look… Read more »

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Critic says Buckhorn’s Police review board not independent

On Friday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a new Citizens Review Board to keep an eye on the city’s police department; on WMNF’s MidPoint, Seán Kinane spoke with Laila Abdelaziz, a critic who is part of a movement that thinks an independent board is needed instead. Abdelaziz is legislative and government affairs director at CAIR Florida… Read more »

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

gun control advocate says Roanoke shooting part of an “epidemic” of gun violence

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity tackles the topic of gun violence in the wake of the tragic shooting in Roanoke, Virginia, in which two TV journalists were gunned down live on air by a disgruntled former employee. Ladd Everitt with The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence joins us to talk about the alarming rate of… Read more »

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Preview of Trans Lives Matter rally in Tampa

At least eighteen transgender women have been killed this year in the United States. This week there have been vigils and rallies across the country calling attention to violence against trans women. Friday night there is a rally in downtown Tampa called Trans Lives Matter #SayHerName to remember victims like Tampa resident India Clarke, who… Read more »


Advocates demand reversal of Hillsborough County’s “no go” on expanded free school meals

Proponents demand child nutrition programs in Hillsborough County schools are extended and expanded. Earlier this week, several activists gathered near Miles Elementary in East Tampa on the first day of school. They were drawing attention to the need for school children to be fed before their learning day starts. Hillsborough lags behind much of Florida… Read more »


Tampa Council delays decision on stormwater fee hikes

Despite more than 30 residents speaking out during a public hearing that lasted into the afternoon, Tampa City Council made no decisions Thursday on proposed increases in stormwater fees. Like the majority of the citizens who spoke, resident Larry Patterson opposes the rate increases – at least the way they are proposed. There are two… Read more »

The facade of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. photo by Trey Ratcliff via Flickr

Economics Expert Explains Recent Stock Markets Flux & Why We Need a Financial Transaction Tax

By Rob Lorei Today we talk with economist James Henry about the recent drop seen in the U.S. stock markets in response to market fluctuations seen in China  caused by the devaluation of its currency a few weeks ago and overvaluation of its markets amid fears of a slowing Chinese economy. Henry explains what that means for… Read more »


ACLU of Florida on redistricting and “prison Gerrymandering”

During the recent special session to re-draw Congressional districts, the Florida Legislature did not end up agreeing on maps; but during the discussion there was renewed focus on how prisoners affect the population of districts and who represents communities. For example, Congress member Corrine Brown said if her district is re-drawn heading west from Jacksonville… Read more »

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“Biking While Black” citations decline in Tampa

Update from Friday, August 28: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has announced the creation of a Citizens Review Board to review issues related to the Tampa Police Department.  The number of citations Tampa Police are issuing to bicyclists has sharply declined over the past three months; during a presentation to Tampa City Council Thursday morning the… Read more »

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Six Affirmations & A Tribute To The Puzzle Master on Life Elsewhere

Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter, and recovery advocate Paul Williams, and screenwriter and author Tracey Jackson join Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about their book, Gratitude and Trust, just released in paperback. The two long-time friends teamed up to write the book, subtitled, Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. The interview, like their… Read more »

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Women’s POV – New Orleans Recovery / Welfare Reform 20 Yrs Later 8/27

All week we have been hearing about New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, and that New Orleans better than ever.  What about the 100,000 African Americans that were displaced, particularly African American women and their children? Why has the lower 9th Ward been written off?  The much heralded school system – charter schools?  Is that really the best? … Read more »

Fight for 15 advocates, from left to right: Kelly Benjamin,Nadaije Pail Jajoute, and Bleu Rainer

fight for 15 workers attend hearing in Brazil on Mcdonald’s labor practices

Today Host Rob Lorei talks with two Tampa area workers who just returned from a trip to Brazil to testify at a global hearing on the working conditions of McDonald’s workers from all over the world. Bleu Rainer, a McDonald’s employee for three years, and Nadaije Pail Jajoute, a childcare worker and wage advocate, are part of… Read more »

A Flooded New Orleans, four days after Hurricane Katrina hit. Photo By U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

10 years after Katrina: Who is being left out of New Orleans’ Renaissance?

this Saturday marks the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the northern gulf coast, devastating New Orleans as the storm overwhelmed its aged levee system and flooded 80 percent of the city, leaving over 1800 dead. Over the last few years New Orleans has experienced what many see as a renewal with as it economy… Read more »

Pay 2 Play, a documentary by John Ennis. Copyright Pay 2 Play

Radioactivity talks with Pay 2 Play director about new doc on money in politics

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with John Ennis, director of Pay 2 Play, a documentary about the influence of monied interests in politics. several influential political figures will appear in the film such as Lawrence Lessig, Thom Hartmann, Noam Chomsky, Van Jones, and Marianne Williamson . It will be shown this Friday night at… Read more »

Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. photo by  Infrogmation via Wikimedia commons

Florida this week looks at impasse over new congressional map, Clinton’s slipping poll numbers

Today we listen to the latest edition of WEDU’s Florida this Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week’s panel of political experts offer up analysis and insight on the biggest stories from Tallahassee and around the state: another deadlock between the state legislative chambers over the redrawing of the congressional map,… Read more »