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Move to Amend rallies for full disclosure of political contributions by corporations

04/02/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Move To Amend, obama, corporations, political contributions, Rae Claire Johnson, Ted Cruz, New York Times, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today political advocacy group Move to Amend will be holding a nationwide series of rallies calling for President Obama to sign an executive order requiring full disclosure of political contributions from corporations. We talk to Rae Claire Johnson of Move to Amend Pinellas on how corporate involvement in politics can pose conflicts of interests and the benefits of greater transparency regarding corporate donations.[The group will be holding a rally tonight](https://movetoamend.org/fl-st-pete...

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Interactive art exhibit gives voice to Polish children of WWII, and Indiana governor defends Religious Freedom Law listen

03/31/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Wojtek Sawa, Poland, WWII, The Wall Speak- Voices of the Unheard, Interactive Art, Multimedia, The Florida Holocaust Museum, Nazi Germnay, Soviet Union, Indiana, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, George Stephanopoulos, Mike Pence, LGBT, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we talk with Wojtek Sawa, a Polish-born visual artist based out of Sarasota. Sawa is the the author of The Wall Speaks - Voices of the Unheard, an interactive multimedia exhibit currently on display at The Florida Holocaust Museum. The exhibit tells the story of the Polish experience of World War II, of a country that at one point was simultaneous besieged by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Like many Polish families, Sawa's was personally affected by the war; His f...

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Columnist Paula Dockery and State Senator Greg Evers address issues facing the State Prison System

03/31/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Florida, prison, Department of Corrections, privatization, Paula Dockery, Greg Evers, wmnf

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Hosting today's talk portion of Midpoint is Paula Dockery, a former state senator from Lakeland and syndicated columnist whose work appears in 22 Florida papers each week. Today she takes on the state prison system. Joining the discussion is State Senator and Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Greg Evers. Together they discuss prison privatization,high leadership turnover, reports of corruption and a string of brutal inmate deaths that have plagued the system.

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Coal Industry challenges EPA pollution standards in the Supreme Court, and WEDU's Florida this week listen

03/30/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: environment, EPA, coal industry, Mercury and Air Toxin Standards, MATS, Jim Pew, Florida This Week, Amendment 1, budget, population growth, Jim Davis, Wilton Simpson, Susan Macmanus, Ernest Hooper, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We start off this morning's radioactivity with an important US Supreme Court case that has flown underneath the media's radar. Last week the Court heard arguments on whether to keep EPA-set limits on mercury pollution caused by coal power plants. The Mercury and Air Toxin Standards (MATS) that were issued by the EPA in 2011 not only set limits on mercury emissions but other toxic metals and gases that are serious pollutants. The coal industry has fought the impleme...

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Folk Musician Carlos Valera, often called the 'Bob Dylan of Cuba', joins us today on Radioactivity listen

03/28/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Tags: gun control, Hudson, firearms, Julia Wyman, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, National Physicians Alliance, Carlos Varela, Cuba, music, The Poet of Havana, Ron Chapman, Gasparilla International Film Festival, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Guns are a contentious topic right now in the Tampa Bay Area with an reported increase in gun violence in Tampa, and the tragic case in Hudson where a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother before taking his own life. At the same time a bill banning backyard shooting ranges was rejected, while bills allowing firearms on college campuses and during emergency situations are still moving through the state legislature.

Gun control advocacy group, States United to Prevent Gun V...

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School voucher tax credit violates separation of church and state, opponents say listen

03/26/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: school choice, school vouchers, Jeb Bush, Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, private schools, Rob Boston, United Americans for the Seperation of Church and State, Religion, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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The debate over school choice has raged ever since a school voucher program was implement during the Jeb Bush administration in the early 2000's. The program was deemed unconstitutional and struck down by the Florida Supreme Court in 2006. Still, there is the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, which gives tax breaks to those who donate to a private school's scholarship program, which many who oppose the plan say is a roundabout voucher program.

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Letter Carriers union work to increase vote-by-mail participation listen

03/25/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: early voting, vote by mail, Florida Association of Letter Carriers, Alan Peacock, Al Freedman, absentee voting, retirement, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we look at efforts to increase vote-by-mail participation in Florida. Two bills moving through the Florida Senate and House aim to encourage remote voting by changing the language from "Absentee voting" to "Vote-by-Mail". Two members of the Florida Association of Letter Carriers, Alan Peacock and Al Freedman, explain that many voters are confused by the term absentee voting and mail voting, thinking they must be absent from their voting county in order to vote by mail. They also talk a...

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State and local news discussed on WEDU's Florida This Week listen

03/23/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Florida senate seat, Marco Rubio, Gerald Bailey, FDLE, transgender, gun control, Adam Smith, Bill Bunting, Susan Nilon, Patrick Manteiga, wmnf, Rob Lorei

We listen to last Friday's episode of Florida This Week, a politcal analysis and panel discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. Topics include possible candidates to run for the Florida senate seat, which is expected to be vacated by Marco Rubio as he pursues the Rupublican nomination for the presidency. We also talk about the growing scrutiny surrounding former FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey's sudden resignation, the controversial transgender bathroom bill and the guns on ...

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Public Employees group files complaint to FDEP over climate change gag order

03/19/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: environment climate change, global warming, Public Employees for Environmental Protection, FDEP, Barton Bibler, PEER, Jerry Phillips, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, national budget, wmnf, Rob Lorei

In the latest in the story over FDEPs "climate change" ban, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility(PEER) has (filed a complaint to the department's Inspector General)[http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2015/03/18/scott%E2%80%99s-climate-change-gag-order-claims-a-victim/] for reprimanding an employee who addressed climate change at a official meeting. Land Management Plan Coordinator Barton Bibler was fo...

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First opera about the Iraq War comes to the USF School of Music in Tampa

03/18/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Iraq war, Fallujah, Opera, music, Heather Raffo, Christian Ellis, 9 parts of Desire, USF School of Music, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Award-working Iraqi-American playright Heather Raffo joins us to talk about her latest work, Fallujah, the first opera about the Iraq War that will be performed at the USF School of Music in Tampa on Friday at 7:30 pm. She previously written and starred in an successful off broadway play, 9 parts of Desire, about the lives of 9 Iraqi women set between the two gulf wars.

Falljah is based on the true story of Christian Ellis, an American machine gunner whose platoon was ambushed in an ...

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