News & Public Affairs

Sunday July 5, 2015


Two years ago today St. Pete residents celebrated the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (June 2013).

SCOTUS ruling: Bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional

Huge news coming out of Washington today representing a major with for same-sex marriage and LGBT allies. In a 5-4 ruling, the high court officially paved the way for same-sex marriages nationwide, ruling that bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.

Justices answered two questions. First, does the 14th Amendment require states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and then, does that same amendment require a state to recognize legally valid same-sex marriages perform...

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State Flag of Florida flying below the United States Flag

photo by beachgirlnbay

Florida historian says confederate inspired state flag needs to go

Since last week's tragic shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers at the hands of an alleged white supremacist in Charleston, South Carolina, there has been growing outcry over public representations of the confederacy. Recently Representative Kathy Castor called for the statue of a confederate general to be removed from Florida's section of the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Today we talk to Florida historian and author TD Allman, who says that the State Flag of Florida is a refashioned...

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A Move to Amend protest holds a banner on an overpass in Kitsap County,Washington

photo by Backbone Campaign/flickr

The Fairness Doctrine with Jennifer Sullivan addresses corporate money in political campaigning

Today we have the latest installment of The Fairness Doctrine, a debate show hosted and produced with Jennifer Sullivan. This edition discusses the validity and ethics of private money in political campaigning. Joining Sullivan today is Anita Stewart, Host of Wise Women Radio and former member of the Hillsborough Soil and Water Conser­vation Board.

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Large Confederate Flag flies near the intersection of 1-4 and 1-75

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Sept 2008)

Despite public outcry, confederate history group will continue to fly flag in Hillsborough

We kick off today's Radioactivity with Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf, two comedy writers who recently penned the book Spinglish:a dictionary of deliberately deceptive language, a humorous 'dictionary' of misleading phrases and euphemisms in business, politics, art and sports. both Beard and Cerf were involved in the National Lampoon, a pioneering humor magazine, in the 1970's.

Then we look at the lawsuit filed yesterday by three Florida conservation groups over what they see is a misa...

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A giant Confederate flag occassionaly flies along I-75 near I-4 in Tampa.

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

Listeners weigh in on Confederate flags and St. Pete's history of lynching

On this episode of MidPoint we aired WMNF reporter Samuel Johnson's new report on the history of lynching in St. Petersburg. It's called Historical amnesia about lynching in St. Petersburg: the John Evans plaque. Listeners weighed in on that, on the shooting in Charleston and the Confederate battle flags that fly on the grounds o...

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photo by Nina Porciuncula/WMNF News

Tampa vigil for victims of Charleston mass shooting

As the nation grieves, people from all walks of life gathered Saturday evening in downtown Tampa to remember the victims of the Charleston shooting.

About 400 miles south of Charleston, the Tampa community came together to show solidarity. More than a hundred people attended the vigil in Gaslight Square Park Saturday evening to remember the 9 lives taken in Charleston. And at twilight, candlelight took over Gaslight.

“Rev. Daniel Simmons… Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor…”

One by one...

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Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee

photo by Stuart Seeger/Flickr

WEDU's Florida This Week tackles healthcare, state budget, and abortion waiting period

Today we listen to clips from the last couple weeks of WEDU''s Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. We first look at an discussion with Pasco Committeeman Bill Bunting, La Gaceta Editor Patrick Mantaiga, Tampa Bay Times Columnist Ernest Hopper, 10 News investigative reporter Mike Deeson, over the Republican opposition to medicaid expansion for uninsured Floridians and a bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. ...

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A giant Confederate flag occassionaly flies along I-75 near I-4 in Tampa.

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

Senator Bill Nelson implores South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag

Florida Senator Bill Nelson wants South Carolina to remove a Confederate Flag from the state capital. Nelson made the statement on Saturday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa where he was congratulating students accepted to a US military academy.

Symbols of racial subjugation and hatred have become headline news. This comes in the wake of the apparent racially motivated Charleston killings at one of the nation's oldest black churches. The Confederate Flag has been the poster child of what ...

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John Evans Plaque

photo by Samuel Johnson

Historical amnesia about lynching in St. Petersburg: the John Evans plaque

A small aluminum plaque, memorializing a victim of Saint Petersburg racial violence in 1914, is collecting dust in city archives. Investigation into a particularly grim episode in Saint Petersburg's past as a way to reevaluate the historical amnesia of Saint Petersburg.

On November 12, 1914, the intersection of 2nd Ave and 9th Street South in Saint Petersburg was the grizzly scene of the lynching of John Evans, an itinerant black farm worker. He was dragged out of the city jail on Central...

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