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Radioactivity airs an episode of The Ralph Nader Radio Hour listen

12/19/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Ralph Nader, Rena Steinzor, Steve Skrovan, David Feldman, corporate crime, Cuba


Today, we air an episode of KPFK's the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Nader is a lawyer, author, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate. In this episode, he speaks with Law Professor Rena Steinzor, who argues in her latest book, Why Not Jail?, that prosecutors should punish corporate criminals and white-collar crimes as severely as they punish street crime. Later, Co-hosts Steve Skrovan and David Feldman join Nader in discussing President Obama's recent announcement to normalize diploma...

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Local reactions and oppositions to President Obama's new approach on Cuba. listen

12/18/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Cuba, Al Fox, La Gaceta, Ted Cruz, embargo, diplomacy., Patrick Manteiga


On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in over 50 years. The surprising statement outlined plans to easy economic and travel embargoes between the two countries, as well as establish an American embassy in Cuba. On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei gets local perspectives from Al Fox, Founder of Alliance for a Responsible Cuba Policy, and Patrick Manteiga, Editor and Publisher of La Gaceta newspaper. We also listen...

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US and Cuba look to mend diplomatic relations listen

12/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Cuba, Barack Obama, Cuban embargo, Alan Gross, Cuban Five


Here are some points "Senior Administration Officials" made Wednesday morning on a phone conference with reporters that was embargoed until the call ended:

The three remaining Cuban Five members are being exchanged for American Alan Gross and a U.S. spy who has been imprisoned for 20 years in Cuba (an "intelligence asset").

The U.S. will ease travel restrictions across all areas of allowed travel, but Americans will still not be able to travel to Cuba for tourism. U.S. visitors to Cuba ...

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Charlie Crist says if elected he'll reconvene annual climate change summit listen

06/16/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida, Rick Scott, economy, The Everglades, Cuba, jobs, environment, marijuana, Space X, Elon Musk, education, Steve Kornell, Saint Petersburg, climate change


If Charlie Crist is re-elected governor this year he says he will reconvene two environmental summits that were held at the beginning of his previous term as governor. One hundred or so Crist supporters were on hand Saturday to help launch a new St. Petersburg campaign office.

During his first two years as governor, Crist convened what were billed as annual summits on global climate change. But then, in his last two years as governor the [summits stopped without notice](https://www.wmnf.or...

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Rally against Monsanto in Ybor City and Cuba's role in the Florida Governor’s race listen

05/23/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Monsanto, Christine Wall, Cuba, Patrick Manteiga, La Gaceta, Charlie Crist


Today on Radioactivity, we discuss tomorrow’s rally against Monsanto in Ybor City. Rob Lorei speaks to Christine Wall who is one of the organizers of tomorrow march against Monsanto- a multinational corporation heavily involved in genetically modifying food. Activists demanding that consumers have the choice to select genetically modified or not when they grocery shop will rally.

Rally will be held 2106 East 15th Avenue in Ybor City from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Later in the show, we loo...

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La Gaceta columnist Joe O'Neill talks local, state and national politics listen

03/06/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: La Gaceta, Joe O'Neill, Martin St. Louis, Cuba, DNC, Bob Buckhorn

The CD13 race is next Tuesday. La Gaceta columnist Joe O'Neill, gives his take on what's been going on in that Pinellas County race. He also weighs in on Bob Buckhorn rejecting a bid to host the Democratic National Convention, Charlie Crist discussing his support for ending the sanctions against Cuba, and even why former Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis is no longer playing in Tampa.

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As Charlie Crist calls on lifting Cuba embargo, not all Cuban-Americans agree listen

02/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Cuba, Cuban-American, trade embargo, Charlie Crist, Bill Nelson

Last week, former Governor Charlie Crist, who is running to get his old job back, announced he supports lifting the half-century trade embargo against Cuba. Many Cuban-Americans support his stance, but opinions vary. During a lecture at Eckerd College Wednesday night, Patsy Feliciano, director of diversity and inclusion at USF said she thinks the embargo should stand.

“I don’t believe that lifting the embargo is going to change a thing in Cuba. In fact, I don’t see there is an embargo. Cu...

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A look back at 5 of the biggest stories of Florida of 2013 listen

12/31/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday

Tags: Edward Snowden, Cuba

In the Dec. 26 issue of Creative Loafing, political editor Mitch Perry listed 5 issues worth remembering at the end of the year. 1) bad cops, 2) The ascendancy of LGBT rights in Florida, 3) St. Petersburg's renaissance 4)The disconnect between Tampa and Cuba and 4) The surveillance state as documented by Edward Snowden. We talked about these issues on today's program.

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Interview with Former State Senator Helen Gordon Davis listen

10/21/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Helen Gordon Davis, Tampa, NAACP, cross burning, Women's rights, Feminism, Nicaragua, Charlie Crist, Cuba, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Rob Lorei talks with women's and civil rights champion Helen Gordon Davis. In 1974 Davis was the first woman elected from Hillsborough County to the state legislature. Davis was a champion of women's issues and fought hard on behalf of ethnic minorities. She served six terms in the Florida House of Representatives. In 1988 she was elected to the Florida Senate. In this interview she talks about being the first white woman to join the local NAACP, a cross burning on her law...


Part one Charlie Miranda on Baseball and Tampa Bay

07/24/13 Warren Elly and Charlie Miranda
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today on Last Call, Warren Elly explores the history of baseball in the bay area. His guest, six term city council member Charlie Miranda and the current chairman talks about the story of baseball in Tampa.

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