Joanne McCall, Florida Education Association Vice-President

Head of Florida’s largest teachers’ union discusses school vouchers, standardized testing BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Joanne McCall, President of The Florida Education Association (FEA), a statewide federation of teacher and education workers’ labor unions in the state of Florida. Its 137,000 members make it the largest union in the state. McCall talked about  the controversy surrounding school vouchers, standardized testing , and how… Read more »


Adjusting To Change on Morning Energy

The last few weeks have been filled with tragedies…such as the killings in Orlando, the bombings in Turkey, the fires in California and the floods in West Virginia…which has left many people around the world in positions where they had to make major adjustments in their lives because of all of the unexpected changes that… Read more »


Thursday MidPoint with CNN political analyst Kevin Madden & Planned Parenthood’s Anna Eskamani

CNN political analyst Kevin Madden talked about the Donald Trump campaign, as we approach the Republican National Convention next month. Madden served as national press secretary for Mitt Romney’s presidential runs in 2007-2008 and 2011-2012. Earlier in the show, Anna Eskamani, the Director of Public Policy and Field Operations for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida…. Read more »

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Three Florida House District 68 candidates face off

There are two Democrats and one Republican running for the Florida House seat being vacated by St. Petersburg Democrat Dwight Dudley; WMNF spoke with all three of them Wednesday morning about whether they agree with the call from Democrats in the Legislature to hold a special session on gun control. Democrat Eric Lynn originally was running… Read more »

All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future By  Leah Y. Parks and  S. David Freeman

Author Leah Y. Parks says America can be completely fueled by renewable energy by 2050 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we were joined by Leah Y. Parks, who along with  S. David Freeman authored the new book All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, which posits that cheaper and better technology will allow the United States to be completely run on renewable energy by 2050. She discussed how… Read more »

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

Florida This Week; former Chilean military officer found responsible in murder of folk singer Victor Jara By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we listened to the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts and insiders discuss the biggest stories in Florida news and politics: : Senator Marco Rubio’s decides to… Read more »

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Women’s Show Discusses Victory in the Supreme Court

Women’s Show Discusses Victory in the Supreme Court and GMOs Finally a Victory!  Whole Women’s Health v Hellerstedt On Monday the Supreme Court struck down Texas HB 2 , finding it imposed an undue burden on women’s constitutional rights.  Facts – finally facts over rhetoric, data over beliefs.  It has been a long time coming!  Under… Read more »

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WMNF @ the St. Pete Pride Parade

We were so happy to again march in the 14th Annual St. Pete Pride Parade. Many thanks to the Suncoast Sierra Club for making room for WMNF volunteers. And many many thanks to Pamela Robinson, photographer and Diversity Committee Chair for setting it up and taking the pictures below.      

Dr. Carlos Fernandes, Manager of Hillsborough County’s Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control Unit

Mosquito expert offers advice on how to protect yourself against Zika virus. By Rob Lorei Its the rainy season in Florida, and that means there will be a boom in the mosquito population. However, there is an increased concern this year over the spread of Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause birth defects in children born to infected mothers. Florida currently has more than 200 cases of Zika… 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

Local religious leaders preach acceptance of LGBT community, interfaith unity BY Rob Lorei St.Pete Pride will be kicking off this weekend with a parade on Saturday. It is the largest LGBT event in Florida, attracting around a quarter of a million people every year. On Radioactivity Thursday, we spoke with two people from local religious congregations that are gay-friendly: Jen Daysa, pastor at the Good… Read more »

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization public meeting
Photo by Samuel Johnson

Tampa area express toll lanes approved by MPO

Shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday morning, after hours of heated debate, the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization voted 12-4 to move forward on the highly controversial $6 billion road project known as TBX. Voting against the project were Tampa City Council Members Guido Maniscalco and Lisa Montelione, Hillsborough County Commissioner and MPO Chairman Les Miller and County… Read more »

Donald Trump speaking at an event in Las Vegas in 2016

Politifact checks the latest comments from presidential candidates; Meet the Oregon students who support Trump

On Radioactivity Wednesday we looked at the truth behind recent statements made by political figures with Katie Sanders, deputy editor of, a fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times. We looked at whether comments made by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and President Obama ranked as true, half-true, or were straight-out “pants-on-fire” lies. Then we were… Read more »

Lady Gaga speaking at a vigil for the victims on the shooting in Orlando on the steps of City Hall. Photo by Eric Garcetti

Women’s Show Discusses Recovery in Orlando and TPP

By Arlene Engelhardt How are the people in Orlando doing? With the funerals, the memorials and the press conferences, the broken threads of life need to be restored to the fabric of the living – all in all, a very difficult time.  Ida Eskamani, Equality Florida’s North and Central Florida Development Officer,will talk about the… Read more »

Carlos Beruff campaign photo.

Carlos Beruff responds to Marco Rubio entering Senate race

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has re-entered the race for Senate. For months he insisted he would not seek re-election to the Senate and ran an unsuccessful campaign for president instead. So far three of his opponents have dropped out of the race. But two wealthy first-time candidates remain: businessman Todd Wilcox and developer Carlos Beruff…. Read more »

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

Perspectives on TBX project on the eve of major MPO vote By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we talked about the controversial TBX project that will be voted on the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization on Tuesday. TBX is the proposal to widen much of the interstate system in Hillsborough County by adding 90 miles of toll lanes to the currently free I-4, I-75 and I-275. The… Read more »

Peta Lindsay v Hillary Clinton

Former presidential candidate “another level of furious” that Clinton used her in campaign video

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton put out a campaign video this month on breakthroughs for women. But a woman who ran for president four years ago with the Party for Socialism and Liberation says she’s furious that her image was used in Clinton’s video. Peta Lindsay ran for president in 2012 and is the… Read more »

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Local Public Transportation Discussion on WMNF’s Sustainable Living

On Sustainable Living Program this week we talked with representatives of two of our local public transportation providers. Our guests were Rose Bruckner, Pasco County’s Transportation Program Coordinator and Bob Lasher, External Affairs Officer with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, PSTA. A lot is happening in Pinellas; of main interest to our listeners would be the… Read more »

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

Angel wings at Pulse shooting funeral

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 »


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 and The Intercept, and a weekly columnist for The New Republic and The Fiscal Times. Patti Brigham with the League of… Read more »