News & Public Affairs


Media critic Eric Deggans and USF Professor Roy Kaplan tackle race in America listen

04/01/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Race has been the topic of national conversation following the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Gardner, Micheal Brown, and Tamir Rice. Each was either a black man or boy. Many feel now is the time for to talk about race while others argue that we are living in a post-racial society that has moved past racism, discrimination, and prejudice. Today we have Eric Deggans, Author of Race-Baiter, How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation and media critic with NPR, and Roy Kaplan, au...

Be the first to comment

Craft beer enthusiasts hook up with environmentalists to call for clean water in Florida listen

04/01/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Tags: Beer, craft beer, St. Petersburg, Darden Rice, environment, water


A new alliance between environmentalists and craft beer enthusiasts has formed to protect clean water and to call on the Florida legislature to act; they argue that microbreweries need pure water to brew the best beer.

The alliance between craft beer enthusiasts and environmentalists is calling for a ban on fracking in Florida and for the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce Clean Water Act protections for state waterways.

Tuesday night at [3 Daughters Brewing](http://3dbrewing....

Be the first to comment

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
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Tags: Florida, prison, Department of Corrections, privatization, Paula Dockery, Greg Evers, wmnf


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.

Be the first to comment

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
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

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


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...

Be the first to comment

Florida farmers paid by state to store water: conversation with Craig Pittman

03/30/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Tags: water, Florida, Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, pollution, Rick Scott, Adam Putnam, Lobbyists, sugar, corporate welfare

On WMNF News' MidPoint we spoke about the crucial issue of water in Florida with Craig Pittman, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. His latest article is “Florida taxpayers pay ranchers millions to hold water back from Lake Okeechobee.”

<iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="

Be the first to comment

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)
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

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


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...

Be the first to comment

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


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...

Be the first to comment

Tampa Pride & Tampa/Florida electoral politics listen

03/26/15 Mitch E. Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday

Tags: Hillsborough County Commission, Pat Kemp, Carrie West, LGBT

Our first guest was Carrie West is the director of Tampa Pride 2015. It's the first LGBT event in Tampa in over a decade, and a bit of a milestone considering the hostility of previous measures enacted by the Hillsborough County Commission.

Pat Kemp then joined us. Kemp narrowly lost a bid for Hillsborough County Commission in 2014, and has already announced her candidacy in 2016. We talked about the recent Tampa City Council District 6 race, as well as the 2016 U.S. Senate race.

Be the first to comment

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

03/26/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

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


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.

Rob Boston, Director of Communications for Un...

Be the first to comment

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

03/25/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Tags: early voting, vote by mail, Florida Association of Letter Carriers, Alan Peacock, Al Freedman, absentee voting, retirement, wmnf, Rob Lorei


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...

Be the first to comment

Healthy State Local Journalism Center