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Local charity holds earthquake relief concert for Nepal

05/01/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Rob Rowan, Nepal, earthquake, Global Action Group, Palladium Theater, Judith Miller, Jon Stewart, New York Times, Weapons of Mass Destruction, wmnf, Rob Lorei


We talk with Rob Rowan, whose charity organization Global Action Coalition will be holding an earthquake relief concert for Nepal. The south asian country was hit by a devastating earthquake last week that killed over 6000 people, including 19 climbers on Mount Everest. The Nepalese government is appealing for international aid in face of a shortage of tents and food for many people that have been left homeless. The jazz concert will take place at the P...

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6 Baltimore officers charged in death of Freddie Gray listen

05/01/15 AP
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Freddie Gray, Black Lives Matter

Baltimore's mayor says at least five of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are in custody. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made the announcement Friday afternoon, hours after the city's chief prosecutor said they were charged. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says the death of Gray, from an unexplained spinal injury, "was a homicide." She says his arrest was illegal in the first place -- and that his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter.

The stiffest charge --...

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Ben Pollara weighs in on medical pot

05/01/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Ben Pollara, United for Care, John Morgan, Janelle Irwin, medical marijuana

The Florida House has adjourned sine die, meaning the are abandoning the legislative session three-days early and leaving a host of unresolved issues on the table.

Among those issues is medical marijuana, which has been left dead for 2015.

“Today the people we elected to represent us in Tallahassee literally abdicated their responsibility to Floridians. The House of Representatives decided to simply quit work, three days before the end of session, and with that, medical marijuana legisl...

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Hillary Clinton's viability and HOPE pursues meeting with Mayor Buckhorn on "fair chance" hiring listen

04/30/15 Mitch Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Bob Buckhorn, HOPE, Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders today officially became the first challenger to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party primary race for president. With issues regarding the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation continuing to make headlines, we ask how Democrats feel about Mrs. Clinton being their seemingly certain candidate in 2016?

We also spoke with Bernice Powell Jackson from the group HOPE (Hillsborough Organization for Progress & Equality) about their unsuccessful efforts so far to meet with Tam...

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Vietnam War journalist discusses it's legacy on the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon listen

04/30/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Vietnam War, Fall of Saigon, TD Allman, Nixon, Chengzhong Focus Foundation, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today is the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, which marked the end of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam war and the beginning of communist control of Southern Vietnam. according to recent survey estimates, between 1.5 and 3.6 million people during the 20 year span of the war. We are joined by TD Allman, a Tampa-born journalist who covered the war and revealed a secret illegal war in Laos that was kept under wraps by the Nixon Administration. TD is an author of books such as...

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Bill for 24 hour waiting period for abortions passes Florida Legislature, heads to Gov.Scott's desk

04/29/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Kellie Dupree, abortion, Planned Parenthood, Florida Legislature, Women's rights, wmnf, Rob Lorei


We talk to Kellie Dupree, Vice President of Public Policy & Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, on the bill that would require women to wait 24 hours after consultation to get an abortion. The bill passed the house and senate with mostly republican support and democrat opposition. Along the way the bill was amended to exempt cases of rape, incest, human trafficking and domestic abuse.

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New Port Richey state rep sounds off on the Florida House early session closure

04/29/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Florida Legislature, Florida House of Representatives, Medicaid expansion, coverage gap, Amanda Murphy, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today we talk about the surprising adjournment of the Florida House yesterday,3 days before the end of the legislative session and without reaching an agreement with the senate on the state budget. The point of contention is the expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage to more than 800,000 working poor Floridians, as federal money for hospitals to treat them runs out. Bills on tax cuts, prison reform, and medical marijuana died in the house due to the sudden closure. State Representative Ama...

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FDEP head wants to allow commercial use on State Park land,and details on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

04/28/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, state parks, Craig Pittman, Tampa Bay Times, FDEP, Jon Steverson, Myakka River State Park, Trans Pacific Partnership, Ben Beachy, Public Citizen, trade agreement, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today we look at plans by the head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to open up state parks for commercial use. A story from Craig Pittman for the Tampa Bay Times this weekend says FDEP secretary Jon Steverson aims to make the parks completely financially self-sustaining. Currently revenue from the parks cover about 77 percent of their operating costs...

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Preview of May Day labor and immigration rally in Tampa listen

04/27/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: May Day, immigration, immigrant rights, labor, workers, Labor Day, Raices en Tampa, Marisol Marquez, SDS, Tampa, Ybor City


Friday is May First – Celebrated around the world as May Day, International Workers Day or Labor Day; on MidPoint we spoke about a May Day celebration in Tampa and about labor rights and immigration rights.

Guests were Marisol Marquez and Gague Lacharite, with Raices en Tampa and Tampa Bay SDS.

We talked about the history of May Day, and about a disturbing response to the event on Facebook by a right-wing group called ROF.

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Urban Activist Peter Kageyama on successful cities and the people who love them listen

04/27/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Peter kageyama, urbanism, city planning, For the Love of Cities, St.Petersburg, Tampa, Museum of Fine Art, Florida This Week, Medicaid, Florida Legislature, Jim Davis, Rick Baker, Susan Macmanus, Adam Smith


Today we have Peter Kageyama, urban activist and author of For the Love of Cities, to discuss what it takes to make a livable and emotionally engaging city. We look at several factors that have contributed in making St.Petersburg such a desirable place to live over the past decade, and if sister city Tampa can recreate the same vibrancy in its urban core. Kageyama will be a keynote speaker for a conversation called "For the Love of St.Pete", hosted by St. Petersburg Sunset Rotary Foundation a...

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