News & Public Affairs

Friday January 30, 2015


Dr. Richard Conard and Glen Gibellina

photo by Rob Lorei

Activists and local doctor discuss efforts to bring healthcare to low-income Floridians

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Stan Brock, founder of medical relief non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM), about efforts to change Florida law that currently prohibits doctors licensed out of the state to practice medicine within it. Also joining Rob are local healthcare activists, Dr. Richard Conard and Glen Gibellina, who discuss the need for RAM's work in Manatee county.

Approximately 900,000 Floridians fall within the 'healthcare coverage gap', ...

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Fast Food workers in Tampa went on strike in May demanding a $15/hr wage.

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (May 2014).

Fast food workers will strike Thursday in Tampa and across America

Fast food workers across the country and here in Tampa plan on striking this Thursday, demanding a fifteen-dollar an hour wage.

For a preview, this week WMNF interviewed Shetara Brown, a fast food worker at the Taco Bell at 56th Street and Fowler Avenue in Temple Terrace who makes $8.10 an hour.

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Radioactivity airs Ralph Nader Radio Hour Show

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs an episode of The Ralph Nader Radio Hour. In this episode, Nader speaks with Lori Wallach of Global Trade Watch, a branch of consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, about the various impacts of modern free trade agreements.

Ralph Nader, David Feldman, Steve Skrovan - Co-hosts.

Jimmy Lee Wirt - producer

John Mathews - line producer

Alan Minsky - executive producer

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa FNB activist ends hunger strike after judge's decision halting Ft. Lauderdale feeding rule

Tuesday a judge in Broward County issued a temporary ban on citations or arrests for a controversial ordinance that outlawed most public food sharings in Fort Lauderdale; as a result seven people who had been on hunger strike to protest the rules could celebrate with a meal.

Dezeray Lyn is with Tampa Food Not Bombs. On her way to break her hunger strike, she took a few minutes Tuesday afternoon to stop by WMNF and tell us why she was striking and what she thought of the judge’s decision....

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Developers want to swap property on the Manatee County end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for land that's already protected.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (2011).

Florida environmental land group holds rare meeting in Bradenton

update, 5 December 2014: Mariella Smith tells us:

'Not a single one of the ten members of Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) showed up for their twice-yearly “Regional Public Meeting”'

If you’re concerned about which environmentally sensitive lands in Florida should be protected with funds from recently passed Amendment 1, there’s a little known meeting wh...

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Last week Tampa residents protested the decision by the grand jury in Missouri not to indict the Ferguson Police officer.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Nov 2014).

USF students will rally against police brutality and in solidarity with Ferguson protesters

Over the holiday weekend the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri resigned from the force; but that hasn’t calmed the outrage in cities across the country that he will not be indicted.

Here in Tampa, students at the University of South Florida are organizing a rally and march Tuesday at noon to fight against police brutality and to demonstrate in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson.

For a pre...

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photo by Gene Han

Radioactivity Listeners weigh in on working retail on Black Friday

Today on Radioactivity, listeners phone in to share their experiences on working Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend as well as their opinions on the growing 'Black Thursday' shopping trend.

Rob Lorei also speaks with Lauren Mitchell, whose band will be playing at the Bradenton Elks Lodge on Sunday as part of a fund-raiser for Elks Feeds Little Empty Tummies (EFLET), a Bradenton-based charity working on feeding the over 2000 children in Manatee County that have been identified as homele...

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