News & Public Affairs

Sunday April 26, 2015


Havana Nocturne by T.J. English

Author TJ English explores American organized crime within Cuba in Havana Nocturne

On the first Radioactivity episode of 2015, Host Rob Lorei interviews crime writer T.J. English, author of Havana Nocturne:How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution Havana Nocturne delves into American organized crime in Cuba and the role it played in the revolution that overthrew the Batista dictatorship 59 years ago to this day.English touches on Cuban syndicated crime's local ties with Tampa and to famous mobsters such as Lucky Luciano and Santo Trafficante.

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

Black Lives Matter march planned for Tampa on New Year's Day

Demonstrators in St. Louis briefly occupied a Metro Police Station Wednesday. Some protesters were pepper-sprayed, according to several videos posted on the Twitter account of a notable Ferguson protester, @deray.

There may be a different tone at a gathering in Tampa Thursday afternoon.

A “Black Lives Matter” march is planned to start in Ybor City and head toward the Tampa Police headquarters near Gaslight Square.

WMNF News interviewed one of the organizers, Tom Scott, pastor of the ...

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Bill Moyers, Host of Moyers and company

photo by Bill Moyers, Host of Moyers and company

Are we experiencing a new age of robber barrons? A Bill Moyers interview with Historian Steve Fraser

Today on Radioactivity, we listen to an interview from Moyers and Company with author and historian Steve Fraser. Fraser's upcoming book,The Age of Acquiescence, explores whether growing disparities between the wealthy and poor has led America into a second Gilded Age. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phonelines to listeners.

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Same-sex couples exchange vows during a Valentine's Day 2008 ceremony after they were denied marriage licenses by Hillsborough County.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Feb. 2008).

Unpacking the legal issues surrounding Florida's unconstitutional same-sex marriage ban

Next week a federal judge’s stay expires on his ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional; but that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a flood of marriages the following day -- many of the 67 clerks of courts have said they will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

To wade through the legal questions that are coming up, Monday WMNF News spoke with Michael Allen, an associate dean and professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Flori...

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Host and former presidential canidate Ralph Nader

photo by Don LaVange/Flickr

Radioactivity airs the Ralph Nader Radio Hour Show

Today we are an episode of KPFK's Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Nader is a lawyer, author, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate. In this Boxing Day episode, Ralph fields Facebook questions posted by listeners, ranging in topic from job growth to how millennials can become more politically involved. Co-hosts include Steve Skrovan and David Feldman.

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Metropolitan Ministries CEO Tim Marks

photo by Janelle Irwin

Radioactivity speaks with Metropolitan Ministries CEO Tim Marks, and a famed Christmas story turns 100.

On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with Tim Marks, CEO of Metropolitan Ministries, on how one of the Bay Area's largest charities provides housing and food assistance to thousands of homeless and at-risk families. We then take a look back in time to Christmas of 1914, when an impromptu ceasefire within the trenches of World War I lead to a fleeting peace between British and German soldiers.

Listeners can donate a gift to Metropolitan Ministries here . ...

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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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