News & Public Affairs

Friday March 27, 2015

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Why was the midterm voter turnout the lowest it had been in 72 years?

Today on Radioactivity, we'll talk with Thomas Ferguson, political science professor at University of Massachusetts, on why the national turnout for November's midterm elections was the lowest for any election cycle since 1942. According to an article Ferguson recently co-wrote for, some states experienced the lowest voter turnout since they have joined the union. We then look at the case of Latandra Ellington, a Lowell Correctional Facility inmate, who in October was found dead ...

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Rare and Not So Rare Fruit Trees

On today’s program we talked about perennials and trees that produce fruit with three guests, all members of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International (TBRFCI). Joining the show was Charles Novak; Charles did a program on frost plant protection at the November meeting of the TBRFCI. Jimmy and Sally Lee, both Master Gardeners with Hillsborough County Extension Service, will be doing a talk about fruit trees at the Hillsborough County Bruton Memorial Plant City Library in ...

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photo by André Gustavo Stumpf/ Flickr

Radioactivity listeners sound off on recent NYPD officer killings

On Saturday afternoon, two NYPD officers were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, by a Baltimore man who had reported posted anti-police statements on social media before the shooting. Today on Radioactivity, we look at opposing viewpoints, one from a TV segment with FOX News host Tucker Carlson, and another from a press conference with Rev. Al Sharpton, on whether recent civil unrest regarding police brutality and racial tensi...

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Attorney and Radio Host Ralph Nader

Radioactivity airs an episode of The Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Today, we air an episode of KPFK's the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Nader is a lawyer, author, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate. In this episode, he speaks with Law Professor Rena Steinzor, who argues in her latest book, Why Not Jail?, that prosecutors should punish corporate criminals and white-collar crimes as severely as they punish street crime. Later, Co-hosts Steve Skrovan and David Feldman join Nader in discussing President Obama's recent announcement to normalize diploma...

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Tropicana Field in St Petersburg.

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

St. Pete City Council rejects deal for Rays to explore stadium sites in Hillsborough and Pinellas

This is St. Pete city council voting down an agreement between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays that would have allowed the team to explore possible stadium locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

The vote Thursday night was 5-3 against the deal.

One of the reasons the measure failed is a clause in the original contract with the Rays that requires the city to split revenue from any development on the Tropicana Field site with the baseball team. Council member Jim Ken...

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Cuban flag in Santa Clara, Cuba

photo by Matt Smith/Flickr

Local reactions and oppositions to President Obama's new approach on Cuba.

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in over 50 years. The surprising statement outlined plans to easy economic and travel embargoes between the two countries, as well as establish an American embassy in Cuba. On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei gets local perspectives from Al Fox, Founder of Alliance for a Responsible Cuba Policy, and Patrick Manteiga, Editor and Publisher of La Gaceta newspaper. We also listen...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Protesters outside Tampa Chamber meeting ask "Prosperity for Whom?"

Thursday the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual meeting at the Tampa Convention Center.

During the meeting the Chamber tweeted that a downtown vision unveiled yesterday by the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning would create 6,700 jobs.

But outside, a half-dozen protesters held signs and chanted that the promised prosperity would not trickle down to every day residents of Tampa.

WMNF News interviewed Samantha Bowden, a graduate student at the University of South Flor...

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Tropicana Field in St Petersburg

photo by Sean

The Fairness Doctrine with Jennifer Sulivan, and The Tampa Bay Rays might look outside of St.Pete for new stadium.

Today,we start off Radioactivity with an installment of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate show hosted by Jennifer Sulivan. Today's topic for debate: Should U.S. taxpayers continue to fund the state of Israel, or can we use the funds domestically? local Rabbi Lazer Rivkin of Young Israel Tampa, and Dezeray Lyn of Block the Boat Tampa weigh in. Then, Host Rob Lorei and Tampa Bay Times reporter Steven Nohlgren discuss the recent decision by St.Pete mayor Rick Kriseman to allow the Tampa Bay Rays ...

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The Cuban flag flies over Jose Marti Park in Ybor City, Tampa, FL.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (May 2011).

US and Cuba look to mend diplomatic relations

Here are some points "Senior Administration Officials" made Wednesday morning on a phone conference with reporters that was embargoed until the call ended:

The three remaining Cuban Five members are being exchanged for American Alan Gross and a U.S. spy who has been imprisoned for 20 years in Cuba (an "intelligence asset").

The U.S. will ease travel restrictions across all areas of allowed travel, but Americans will still not be able to travel to Cuba for tourism. U.S. visitors to Cuba ...

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Attorney General Pam Bondi

Equality Florida responds to Pam Bondi's request to appeal gay marriage in Florida.

Today on Radioactivity, Ed Lally, Central Florida development and corporate manager for Equality Florida, responds to Attorney General Pam Bondi's filing of an emergency petition to extend Florida's ban on same-sex marriage past January 5, the day that Florida is expected to become the 36th state to allow gay marriage. We then speak with Aaron Sharockman from, who reveals the fact-checking website's pick for the 2014 lie of the year.

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