Ryan Torrens, candidate for Florida Attorney General

Ryan Torrens Florida Democratic Candidate for Attorney General

Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General Ryan Torrens On the first part of Tuesday’s Radioactivty, host Rob Lorei spoke with attorney Ryan Torrens, a Democrat who is running for the office of Florida’s Attorney General. The election is next year but the race to replace the current attorney general, Pam Bondi, is already underway. Efforts… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, July 13 – Victor Crist, Yvette Lewis and Doug Guetzloe

Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist kicked off the program, which was centered around the controversy regarding the Confederate monument that has stood outside a Hillsborough County courthouse for more than 100 years. Crist is critical in the discussion, because after voting last month with 3 of his GOP colleagues to maintain the statue (vs. three… Read more »

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Protesters chant “Take it down!” at Tampa Confederate monument

About sixty protesters chanted “Take it down!” in front of a monument to Confederate soldiers outside a Hillsborough Courts administration building in downtown Tampa Tuesday morning; they were there for a press conference criticizing last week’s Hillsborough County Commission narrow vote to keep the monument in place, despite widespread community objection. Rev. James T. Golden is… Read more »

Confederate monument

Hillsborough Commissioners vote to keep Confederate monument

The monument to Confederate soldiers outside a Tampa court administration building is staying put; after nearly two hours of heated public comment the Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-3 Wednesday to keep the memorial. Members of the public pleading with the commission to support Les Miller’s motion to remove the 1911 memorial outnumbered those who want to… Read more »

Juneteenth Sustainable Education and Cooking on Sustainable Living

On the Juneteenth WMNF Sustainable Living Program we talked about food, cooking and helping others.  Our guests were Hal and Liza Bailstein, co-founders of the non-profit Illumi-Nation Project. Liza also teaches healthy cooking to inner-city children at the Academy Prep in St. Petersburg.  Halimat Ajibade, a 20 year old woman interested in nutrition, farming and… Read more »

Travis Bell, Lena Young Green, Dr. Beverly Ward

Tampa’s Central Avenue: Central to Tampa History, Central to Tampa’s Transportation Future

Will the controversial TBX plan be revived? Central Avenue in Tampa is a storied place and its past, present, and future ties together African American history, police killings, walkable communities, and the future of transportation in the entire Tampa Bay area. A few months ago, residents living in Tampa’s central neighborhoods — Tampa Heights, Ybor… Read more »

Allan J. Lichtman, Professor and Chair, Department of History, American University, at the Washington Foreign Press Center Briefing on "Election Eve: Overview of the 2008 Presidential Election."

Historian Allan J. Lichtman and impeachment on Radioactivity Monday

National Poetry Month with Tampa’s Poet Laureate, James Tokley In 1996 under then mayor Dick Greco, James Tokley was named the first official Poet Laureate for the city of Tampa. And in 2013 the Hillsborough County Commission honored him as Hillsborough County’s Official Poet Laureate. James Tokley has recited poems during the inaugurations of mayors and… Read more »

Community meets to help inner-city schools in Hillsborough

The education chair of the Hillsborough County Branch NAACP says the county’s superintendent of schools may have the legal authority to suspend the contract of teachers’ union in order to move more effective teachers to high-need schools; Saba Baptiste and other community activists are so fed up about the quality of inner-city public schools in Tampa and… Read more »

St. Pete mayor candidate announcement

Uhuru Solidarity leader runs for St. Pete Mayor

A leader in the Uhuru Solidarity Movement announced Wednesday morning that he is running for Mayor of St. Petersburg; Jesse Nevel is running for economic revitalization in the black community and under the slogan of “Unity through reparations.” “That means a true, positive, public policy of economic development for this city’s historic black communities. That… Read more »

March for Truth / Fight for 15 / Poor People's Campaign

Dr. King Day Local Activism on Sustainable Living

On Monday’s  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day edition of the WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we talked with a local community activist and political organizer, Kofi Hunt. Kofi’s presently working with “Fight For 15 Florida” and has “The Peoples Inauguration” event coming up this Friday, January 20, at Williams Park in St Petersburg… Read more »

Historian Charles Dew recounts growing up in St.Pete during Segregation on Radioactivity Thursday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161103_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest was  award-winning historian Charles Dew, a professor at Williams College who teaches American History focusing on the South, Slavery, and the Civil War. He spoke about his new book, a memoir of his childhood in St. Petersburg  during Segregation, called The Making of a Racist: A Southerner… Read more »

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Manatee NAACP accuses Bradenton Police of racial disparities

The Manatee County NAACP is pointing out racial disparities in policing by the Bradenton Police; Rodney Jones, president of the Manatee branch of the NAACP, used a public records request to get documents showing that 21 percent of motorists stopped by police are black, even though African-Americans make up only 16 percent of the city’s population…. Read more »

Pastors want early voting location in black community

Pastors call for early voting site in black neighborhood; Pinellas says no

Pastors of predominantly black churches are asking for an early voting location in South St. Pete; but the supervisor of elections in Pinellas County is rejecting that request. In a press conference Friday morning at the Lake Vista Recreation Center in South St. Petersburg, Bethel Community Baptist Church Pastor Manuel Sykes said the rec center… Read more »