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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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Sarasota artist will hold mock funerals for confederate flags on Memorial Day

05/22/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Confederate flag, Memorial Day, John Sims, Orlando Sentinel, Julian Chambliss, ALEC, Channel 11 Atlanta, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we talk about a controversial art project involving the mock funeral of confederate flags across the South. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the cremation and burial these flags will take place on Memorial Day, coinciding with similar ceremonies taken place in southern states such as Kentucky and Missouri as part of the [The 13 Flag Funeral art project](https://www...

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Radioactivity remembers former state senator Helen Gordon Davis

05/21/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Helen Gordon Davis, Florida Senate, Hillsborough, equal rights, NAACP, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we listen back to a 2013 interview with former state senator Helen Gordon Davis, who died Monday at the age of 88. She was the first woman from Hillsborough county to be elected to the state senate, serving 6 terms and one term in the state house. She was the first white woman in Florida to join the NAACP and was a known advocate for minorities, the poor, and women's rights.

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America is losing its religion, atheist activist Hemant Mehta discusses why

05/20/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Pew Research Center, Hemant Mehta, Religion, christianity, atheism, agnosticism, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Last week the Pew Research Center released an extensive study showing that the number of self-identified christians are on the decline, falling 8 percentage points in the last 7 years, according to the survey. Meanwhile the numbers of the religiously unaffiliated, including atheists and agnostics, have increased 6 percent in the same amount of time, non-christian followers also increased slightly. Atheist blogger and author Hemant Mehta, joins us to discuss the meaning of the study's findings.

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Pinellas County Commissioners to hold conversation with citizens this week

05/19/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Pinellas County Board of Commissioners, Charlie Justice, St.Petersburg College, housing, Transportation, Marco Rubio, Fox News, Iraq war, George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein, Paul PIllar, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we talk with Pinellas County Commissioner Chair Charlie Justice, about a community conversation meeting that will take place tomorrow at the St.Petersburg College in Seminole. Citizens will be able to engage with their local government and bring up questions and concerns about topics such as transportation, housing, and social services. a 'meet your commissioner' open house will precede the meeting at 5:30 with the conversation starting at 6.pm. The meeting will also be...

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WEDU's Florida This Week, and Hillsborough drafts ordinance on wage theft listen

05/18/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: WEDU, Florida This Week, Medicaid expansion, Rick Scott, ACA, obama, Patrick Mantaiga, Chris Ingram, Amy Hollyfield, Darryl Paulson, wage theft, Bruce Nissen, Jeanette Smith, Cheryl Shroeder, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we listen to the latest episode of WEDU's Florida this week, moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei. The topic of discussion centers around medicaid expansion, particularly Rick Scott's refusal to accept money tied to the ACA while asking the Obama administration to expand low-income pool funding within the state. the budget chiefs of the house and senate met recently and have said they made "a fair amount of progress", but the governor has warned state agencies to prepare for a po...

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Tampa fast-food workers will travel to Mcdonald's HQ to protest working conditions

05/15/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Bleu Rainer, McDonalds, minimum wage, coverage gap, Medicaid, The Gap, Jordana Goldmann, Christopher Cogle, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We kick-off this morning's Radioactivity with an interview with Bleu Rainer, a Tampa McDonald's cook that will travel to the company's headquarters in Illinois to call for an increase in wages for its employees. Rainer wants a living raise and right to unionize for the restaurants employees, saying that the minimum wage that many of them receive keeps them trapped in poverty. He is one of a dozen local workers that will be protesting the Mcdonald's annual shareholder's meeting next week.

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Local students compete in the world's largest science fair in Pittsburgh

05/14/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, science, Pittsburgh, Colton Lewis, Margaret Parrish, Rebecca Elsishans, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we talk with 3 bay area students who are in Pittsburgh to participate in the World's largest science fair. Colton Lewis, Margaret Parrish,and Rebecca Elsishans are all high schools students that have entered The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that awards over $4 million in prizes and scholarships. The student's projects range from nanotube technology, electromagnetic science and public health through water sanitation.

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The Fairness Doctrine tackles the minimum wage debate listen

05/13/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: minimum wage, Fairness Doctrine, Jennifer Sullivan, Kofi Hunt, Mark Hoffman, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we listen to the latest edition of The Fairness Doctrine, a monthly debate segment moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. This episode's topic: should the minimum wage be raised to 15 dollars per hour? Arguing for the wage hike is Kofi Hunt from Fight for 15 and arguing against the raise is Mark Hoffmann, host of "Patriot Nation" on blog talk radio.

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