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A look back at the late Vincent Bugliosi, Manson Family prosecutor and bestselling crime author

06/11/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Vincent Bugliosi, Manson Family, Helter Skelter, George W. Bush, Iraq war, Prosecution of an American President, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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On Saturday Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor of the Manson family in the late 60s and author of several true crime bestsellers, died at the age of 80. Bugliosi wrote a first-hand account of the Manson trials in his 1974 book Helter Skelter, and called into question the legality of George W. Bush's election to presidency in 2000 and his decision to invade Iraq in his books The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President, and *The Prosecution ...

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Leading Environmentalist Gives Florida Legislature F Grade for Failing to Follow Constitutional Amendment One listen

06/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Audubon of Florida, Eric Draper, Amendment 1, environment, Green Swamp, The Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Joining us today is Eric Draper, Executive Director of Audubon of Florida, to talk about the millions of dollars promised to environmental conservation under Amendment 1 that the Florida Legislature has been unable to agree on how to spend. Draper goes over how the money could help conserve land around the Green Swamp, a large area of wetland which feeds many rivers that thousands of bay area residents rely on for drinking water. Many environmentalists also want law...

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Midpoint quizzes listeners on presidential approval ratings, water consumption in farming

06/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: 2016 presidential race, approval ratings, California drought, water use, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we have a little fun on Midpoint with a couple of news quizzes. From Washington Post's Wonkblog we ask listeners to rank the approval ratings of several presidential candidates and fictional characters. Is Darth Vader more popular than Jeb Bush? How about Hillary Clinton vs. Voldemort from Harry Potter? the results may surprise you.

The severe drough...

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Journalist Martin A. Lee discusses the science of medical marijuana and non-psychoactive compound CBD listen

06/09/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: medical marijuana, CBD, Martin A. Lee, Smoke Signals, drugs, ScienceDebate, Sheril Kirshenbaum, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we talk with journalist and author Martin A. Lee on the science of medical marijuana, particularly CBD, a chemical compound found in pot that is like THC but does not give the user a psychoactive "high". CBD is claimed to shrink malignant tumors, improve insulin sensitivity, and ease anxiety and chronic pain.

Martin A. Lee has written extensively on drug politics, authoring the books Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana and *Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD...

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Florida This Week looks at senate bill on healthcare, Gov.Scott's economic summit, and land-buying for conservation listen

06/08/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: healthcare, Florida Senate, Florida This Week, Rick Scott, Daniel Ruth, Keith Fitzgerald, Adam Goodman, Susan Macmanus, WEDU, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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On today's show we listen to the latest episode of WEDU's Florida this week, a political panel discussion moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. We look at the recent bill passed by the senate last week during the special session, which would allocate billions of dollars to health insurance for over half a million Floridians. Gov. Rick Scott and House Republicans remain steadfast in their opposition to accepting federal money to expand healthcare.

We also look at an economic summit h...

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Radioactivity airs speech by American History Professor and author Howard Zinn

06/01/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Howard Zinn, War, peace, A People's History of the United States, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We listen to a speech by esteemed American History Professor and author Howard Zinn, whose best-selling and controversial book A People's History of the United States looks at American History people of the common people and marginalized groups. Zinn was a combat veteran in WWII, his experiences later shaped his stance aganist the wars in both Vietnam and Iraq. In this 2006 speech he gave in Austin Texas, he talks at length about war and peace.

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Radioactivity airs a speech by journalist and author Chris Hedges

05/28/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Chris Hedges, University of Montana, social justice, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we listen to a speech by journalist and author Chris Hedges that he made at the Holter Museum of Art at the University of Montana in Helena. He is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and a regular columnist for progressive news website truthdig.com, as well as a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times from 1990-2005. Hedges talks about his time teaching American history to prison inmates and the moral imperative of nonviolent social justice.

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Environmentalists want more Amendment 1 funds for Everglades restoration

05/27/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Everglades. environment, Amendment 1, pollution, Audubon Florida, US Sugar Corporation, Marco Rubio, Gay Marriage, Religion, Bernie Sanders, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Environmentalists plan on holding rallies throughout the state this week , calling for lawmakers to allocate more funds to land acquisition and protection. Many feel that the voters' intent for Amendment 1, which allocates one-third of the revenues from real estate sales tax to land conservation, has been ignored in Tallahassee. We listen to a recorded conference call with Audubon of Florida and other environmental groups, in which they discuss the allocation of funds for land-buying and rest...

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Musical based on the life of Woody Guthrie to premiere at Asolo Theatre in Sarasota

05/26/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Woody Guthrie, Woody Sez:The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, Woody Sez:, David Lutken, folk music, Americana, Asolo Repertory Theatre, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Joining us today is actor David Lutken, actor and co-creator of Woody Sez:The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, a play based on the life and work of the seminal folk musician, whose politicized take on traditional folk songs influenced the protest songs and folk revival of the 1960's. We talk about how Guthrie's upbringing and travels throughout the Great Depression and Dust bowl period influenced his music and poetry.

Woody Sez will be premiering locally at the Asolo Repertory Theat...

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Florida This Week speaks with combat veterans from WWII to Iraq War

05/25/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Memorial Day, veterans, Korean War, Vietnam War, World War II, Iraq war, Gulf War, George Hardy, Skip Hannan, Anne Rawley, Nadine Noky, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity, we air a Memorial Day edition of WEDU's Florida This Week, in which host Rob Lorei interviews 4 combat veterans from different eras of conflict: Pilot George Hardy who flew in WWII, Korean and Vietnam Wars, Skip Hannan who was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in the Korean War, Ann Rawley who served as a military nurse in Vietnam and the first Gulf War, and Nadine Noky who served in the Iraq War. Each shared their experience serving in the wars and current m...

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