Sleepwalking to Nuclear War? And President Trump Is About to Change US Policy Toward Israel.

Radioactivity 12 6 17 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— our first guest warns that the biggest danger facing the world is the threat of nuclear war. Later we’ll discuss President Trump’s planned announcement that he will move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move has caused outrage… Read more »

RNC Spokesperson Touts GOP Tax Bill

Radioactivity 11 17 17 Good morning, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. We’re going to talk about the GOP tax plan today- We’ll talk with a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. Yesterday the House in Washington passed the Republican tax plan. Now it moves to the US Senate. For weeks pro-tax plan ads… Read more »

Chip Berlet on the Rise of the Far-Right and Lawrence O’Donnell on the Pivotal Year 1968

Radioactivity 11 16 17 Thursday Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—we’ll speak with investigative journalist Chip Berlet—who for decades has been tracking the far right in the US. With the rise of Donald Trump Neo Nazi and fascist groups are becoming more active and we’ll dive into the history, motives and aims of… Read more »

Tampa Charity Provides Cardiac Surgery in Developing Nations and One of the Nation’s Top Investigative Reporters on Donald Trump’s Business History, Tax Cut Plan and Ties to Organized Crime

Radioactivity 11 14 17 Good morning, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today—we’ll talk with one of the nation’s top investigative reporters about the tax plan that’s making its way through Congress and about Donald Trump’s secret business history…. And we’ll meet a local doctor who travels the world- especially in low… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Nov. 2 – Kurt Andersen on his new book, “Fantasyland”

Kurt Andersen was our guest on MidPoint this Thursday, talking extensively about his new major work, “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year-History.” Currently the host of the PRI show Studio 360 and the author of novels like True Believer, Heyday and Turn of the Century, Andersen has been the forefront of reporting on American… Read more »

New “Autopsy” of Democratic Party Says Party Needs to Move in More Progressive Direction

Thursday Radioactivity 11 2 17 Welcome. I’m Rob Lorei. Why did the Democratic Party lose so many races last year? —From governor’s races to Senate to the House to the presidency—the Democrats were trounced. This morning in Washington DC Action for a Progressive Future and the Progressive Democrats of America are issuing an “autopsy” (https://democraticautopsy.org/)… Read more »

WEDU Adds Programs After WUSF TV Goes Off Air and One Of America’s Top Iran Scholars Looks At Trump’s Attack On Nuclear Deal

Radioactivity 10 17 2017 Good morning, this is WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with an American scholar about President Trump’s threat to scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran. But first- until this past Sunday the Tampa Bay area had been one of the few areas in the country to enjoy two… Read more »

Two Vietnam Veterans Discuss Ken Burns’ New PBS Film The War in Vietnam

Radioactivity September 19 2017 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity I’m Rob Lorei. This past Sunday night PBS began carrying the latest documentary series from film-maker Ken Burns called The War in Vietnam. The film begins with a search for the causes of the war—going all the way back to the French colonization of Vietnam in… Read more »

Twilight of American Sanity? A top psychiatrist analyzes the US in the age of Trump

Radioactivity 9 13 17 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- we’ll have one of the nation’s top psychiatrists talk about the new book he’s written about Donald Trump. And we’ll talk more about hurricane recovery and take your phone calls. Later we’ll talk with a spokesperson for Florida Power and Light about the… Read more »

Play in Tampa about Spanish Civil War– an Example of the Anti-fascist fight from the 1930’s and Meet Two of the People Who Are Working to Relocate Hillsborough’s Confederate Memorial

Radioactivity 8 18 17 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— We hear a lot about the anti-fascist movement these days. But the movement has a long history. In the 1930’s there was a strong anti-fascist (antifa) movement here in the US and around the country. Anti-fascists fought to preserve the democratically elected government… Read more »

Women’s Show 8/17 – Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Collier Myerson on Charlottesville

I’m losing track!  North Korea and its nuclear arsenal are relegated to the back page and we are fighting the Civil War again.  Note to self and others: the Civil War was fought over SLAVERY, not states rights, not economic rights, SLAVERY. Perhaps it has never been truer, “If you do not know your history,… Read more »

A Flower for the Graves – Eugene Patterson’s stunning column

A Flower for the Graves An editorial by Gene Patterson Eugene Patterson was the editor  of the Atlanta Constitution when he wrote this column. The bombing of the church in Birmingham killed four little girls -11 year old Denise McNair, and the 14 year olds  Addie Mae Collins, Carol Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley.  Patterson later… Read more »

Charlottesville Terror: The Rise of the Fascist Right and Why Were Those Confederate Monuments Built?

August 15 2017 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity…..I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— after the terrorist attack on peaceful demonstrators last weekend in Charlottesville—- what’s next? We’ll talk with a futurist and historian about the efforts by far right groups to build a movement. Our first guest is Sara Robinson a Seattle-based futurist and veteran blogger… Read more »

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 »

The Bosses of the Senate by Joseph Ferdinand Keppler depicting corporate power in the Gilded Age

Libertarian Republicans Powered by Billionaire Money Plan to Undo Gains of Last 100 Years

Nancy MacLean on her new book “Democracy in Chains” A lot of books have tried to explain the rise of conservative power that poses a direct challenge to the reforms that came about under the New Deal, the labor movement, the Civil Rights movement, and the Great Society. In her new book, a Duke University… Read more »

Confederate memorial Tampa

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 »

Former FBI agent Joe Navarro discusses various types of subtle non-verbal communication, including images, colors, location, and perception. photography by kris krüg

FBI Agent and Author Joe Navarro on Radioactivity Wednesday

FBI agent recounts the spy ring that went from West Germany to Tampa Host Rob Lorei interviewed Joe Navarro, a veteran FBI special agent who was able to uncover one of the smartest spies of the Cold War era — a spy with a photographic memory, an Army veteran who spent time here in Tampa,… Read more »

Cover of the book "The End of White Christian America"

Author Robert P. Jones on Radioactivity Wednesday

Why Did Evangelical Christians Vote in Such Big Numbers for Donald Trump? Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America, joined Rob Lorei on Radioactivity. He spoke on Thursday, March 23 at 6PM at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Conference Center. Christian conservatives overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump for president. How… Read more »

Cover for the book "Who Stole the American Dream?" by Hendrick Smith

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter Hendrick Smith on Radioactivity Wednesday

Host Rob Lorei talked with two speakers who gave talks in the area on Wednesday, March 15. One addresses how government informers trick people into doing things that will get them arrested on terrorism related charges, and another about the conservative populist movement that resulted in the election of Donald Trump. How far will the federal government go… Read more »

A War Tax Resistor and One of the Country’s Leading Advocates for Seniors Discuss Donald Trump’s Views on Military Spending and Social Security

WMNF’s Radioactivity 2 21 17 Tuesday Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today—President Trump wants to increase the military budget…. But what if you are religious and object to military spending and your money used for wars, and drones and instruments of killing? We’ll talk about that on the first part… Read more »

Gyrocopter Pilot Who Flew onto US Capitol Lawn Wants Big Money out of Politics

Radioactivity 2 16 17 11AM Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll meet the gyrocopter pilot Doug Hughes who flew onto the US Capital lawn – hoping to draw attention to the need for campaign finance reform. For the flight he spent 120 days in prison. He’s out now and… Read more »

What Do Mainstream Faiths Think Of President Trump’s Ban on Refugees from Seven Countries?

WMNF’s MidPoint with Rob Lorei February 1, 2017 President Donald Trump has banned the entry of Syrian refugees into the US until further notice. He has also halted the issuing of visas to the nationals of six other mainly Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, for three months. Trump said the measures were… Read more »