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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

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.

Rob Boston, Director of Communications for Un...

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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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Sunshine Week and the erosion of Florida's open public records laws

03/18/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Open government, Sunshine Laws, public records, government meetings, Florida Legislature, Rosemary O'hara, Florida Sun Sentinel, Journalism, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We talk about open government in the midst of Sunshine Week. Florida's Sunshine Law, a series of laws that guarantee public access to government meetings and records, have long been one of the strongest in the country. However over the years the Legislature have been passing a growing number of exemptions to the laws.Over 1100 exemptions exist today, an 250 percent from 1985. Another 43 are being considered in the current legislative session. Rosemary O’hara, the editorial page editor at the ...

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Did the FBI entrap would-be Tampa terrorist Sami Osmakac?

03/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, terrorism, islam, FBI, Tampa, entrapment, Trevor Aaronson, The Intercept, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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In 2012, Sami Osmakac, a 25-year-old naturalized Muslim American from Kosovo, was arrested in a counter-terrorism sting by the FBI for plotting a terror attack against a popular Tampa bar and casino. The Feds painted Osmakac as a lone-wolf Islamic extremist, citing a "martyrdom video" featuring Osmakac as damning evidence,. But journalist Trevor Aaronson reports in a lengthy investigative piece for The Intercept, tha...

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Radioactivity callers discuss Florida Environmental Protection's ban on Climate Change listen

03/16/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: climate change, Florida, Rick Scott, global warming, Rob Lorei, wmnf, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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Host Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines for callers to voice in on an array of topics in local and national news, namely last week's story on the state Department of Environmental Protection banning the terms "Climate Change" and "Global Warming", per order of Governor Rick Scott's Administration.

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Solar cooking and Food Fermentation on Today's Sustainable Living program listen

03/16/15 Rob Lorei
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: Sun Oven, Paul Munsen, deforestation, Sandor Ellix Katz, Fermented Food, live culture, sustainable living, wmnf, Rob Lorei, Jon Butts

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Host Jon Butts talks with Paul Munsen, CEO of Sun Ovens International, a non-profit which advocates for solar cooking technology use in third world countries. Munsen presents solar ovens as a sustainable solution to cooking with an open fire, which contributes to deforestation and has detrimental health effects from smoke inhalation.

Then author Sandor Ellix Katz, who has written two popular books on food fermanation:The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation, joins us to discuss t...

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