Democratic freedoms are waning in US, according to watchdog group

Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts, according to a new report released Tuesday by… Read more »

Anti Killer Drone Activist Says Tiny Robot Assassins Might Be Built Within Next 18 Months

Radioactivity 1 11 18 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Imagine a tiny killer drone—smaller than a butterfly— able to fly almost anywhere to assassinate human beings. Either one by one- or in the thousands. Our first guest today says such drones could be built in the next few years–—if countries don’t ban the research… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Jan 4 – State Sen. Darryl Rouson and Marijuana Policy Project’s Morgan Fox

With the announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he is rescinding an Obama-era policy that had discouraged federal prosecutors from bringing charges of marijuana-related crimes in states that have legalized sales of the drug, MidPoint spoke with Morgan Fox from the Marijuana Policy Project. We followed that up with a discussion with St. Petersburg… Read more »

Women’s Show 12/14: The Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America & Tax Reform Update

Hurrah!  Joy to the World!  Doug Jones wins in Alabama.  Pedophile loses.  Let there be light. I wonder how many men, not only the most powerful ones, are hoping the light won’t shine on them!  I hope they never feel comfortable. Truly let the light shine on the draconian tax reform bill that the Republicans… Read more »

The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump

Radioactivity 12 5 17 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- During last year’s presidential campaign and now in the 13 months since the election—right wing speakers and groups have become more emboldened in America. From the violence in Charlottesville, to white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech in Gainesville in October, to the… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Nov. 30 – Sexual harassment in Congress and the death of Dusharn Weems

While titans like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Later, Charlie Rose and Kevin Spacey have seen their careers blown up following revelations about their sexually harassing men or women, it’s not exactly the same thing for politicians. Judge Roy Moore, Congressman John Conyers and Minnesota Senator Al Franken have all been accused of improprieties, but they’ll still… Read more »

Women’s Show 11/30 We are under Attack: Borosage on Tax Reform & McSherry on Net Neutrality

Make no bones about it, the people of this country are being attacked.  I wouldn’t worry so much about Russia.  I would worry about the Trump administration and his allies in DC.  First, Tax Reform.  Call it what it is – a tax heist, a blatant, bold, in-your-face plan of reverse Robin Hood – steal… Read more »

Women’s Show-“Quiet before the Storm”-10/12

The chaos we live in…… The president winks at us and tells us “it is the calm before the storm.”  Hurricanes, floods, people dying in Puerto Rico… People dying in the west with the explosive fire storms…People dying in the massacre in Las Vegas.  Calm before the storm?  We’re in the vortex of a super… 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 »

Poster image for the film Nobody Speak

Was the Hulk Hogan Trial the Start of a New Assault on Freedom of the Press?

Brian Knappenberger on the film “Nobody Speak” Last year a sensational trial took place in Pinellas County in which wrestler Terry Bollea, better known by his stage name Hulk Hogan, won a $140 million judgement against Gawker, a website known for publishing celebrity gossip. Hogan had sued the website for posting a short video of… Read more »

Women’s Show: Independence Day – The Hour of Land author

Independence Day??? The fireworks have ended (at least I hope so).  The parades, the music, the picnics and barbecues, all the fun trappings of the 4th are past.  The president goes abroad – on Friday he meets with Putin.  Oh to be a patriotic fly on that wall!  And the North Koreans set off quite… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, June 15 – Professor and writer Laura Kipnis

Laura Kipnis is a tenured professor at Northwestern and a renowned writer of books and provocative essays in places like the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Harper’s, among other publications. Two years ago in the Chronicle of Higher Education, she argued that the rules governing sexual relationships between students and professors had become draconian. The… Read more »

Women’s Show – Abominable Trumpcare and Sara Paretsky as V. I. Warshawski Rises…..

The time of reckoning…  Frustrated?  Ashamed?  Incredulous?  Disturbing?  The words fail, don’t they?  How did it come to this – that we have a man whose moral and emotional temperament are absolutely unsuitable to be the leader of the most powerful country in the world?  When anything is this shocking to a person’s reality, there… Read more »

Juan Melendez and Mark Elliott with host Rob Lorei

Death Row Survivor Juan Melendez on Radioactivity Monday

Wrongly convicted Death Row survivor speaks out Host Rob Lorei interviewed Juan Melendez, who spent more that 17 years on Florida’s Death Row before being exonerated and released. Juan is one of 26 innocent people exonerated and released from Florida’s Death Row – by far the nation’s highest number of exonerated death row survivors. He’ll be… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, April 13 – Glenn Frankel, author of “High Noon”

Pulitzer-Prize winning  journalist Glenn Frankel has just written his second straight book about the making of an American classic western film in High Noon:The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic. It’s a story of Hollywood’s golden age, as High Noon achieved instant box-office and critical success. But what is often overlooked is that High Noon was made… Read more »

Women’s Show 4/6 – Russian Connection and Supreme Court

What is happening? This reminds me of what I call the shadow.  I have been lucky to observe eagles and hawks in nature (eagles do not always fish).  I have watched them do their dive after a rabbit or a squirrel and in the moment before the talons strike, a shadow comes over the prey… 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 »

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 »