In the 1920’s the KKK relied on Fake News, Religious Conservatives and Anti-Immigrant Feelings

Radioactivity 1 30 18 Fear of immigrants. It’s been at the center of President Trump’s call to build a wall across the US border with Mexico. And at the center of his attacks on so called Sanctuary cities. And it’s entered into the debate over the future of the so called Dreamers—young who were brought… Read more »

Signs from The Women’s Rally 2018 in St. Pete

On a bright Florida winter day, over 5,000 people came to downtown St. Petersburg to send messages to political leaders, community leaders, and each other. Messages were funny, heartfelt, empowering, topical, optimistic, and inspiring. Here we have a sample, in no particular order. Clicking on the pictures makes them easier to scroll through. 

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 »

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Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform backs several state bills

Nearly 100,000 people are incarcerated in Florida, costing state taxpayers more than 2.3 billion dollars a year; those numbers are from the website of the Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, a nonpartisan group that’s trying to reduce the number of people caught up in the justice system. WMNF News interviewed Raymer Maguire, the ACLU… Read more »

A Night To Unite: One Tampa native and her vision for the future of women

From Women’s Marches to the #MeToo movement and a subsequent honor by Time magazine, it’s been an eventful year for women’s issues in America. The far-reaching topic is a contentious and necessary dialogue that lately has been seeing more attention than in recent years, and one Tampa-based producer, personal coach, and motivational speaker wants to… Read more »

How can sexual misconduct be prevented in the workplace?

What can be done to successfully prevent or reduce sexual misconduct in the workplace? Sexual Violence Prevention programs have been established in workplaces for decades. But as a barrage of incident reports flood our news feeds and consciousness, those programs seem useless. What can be done to measurably diminish harassment, violence, and abuse in organizations… Read more »

Women’s Show 11/16 Abusive Times – Sarah Posner and Sexual Harassment

We are living in very abusive times.  The universe is doing its best to shake us up… We had planned a different show.  We were going to talk about some of the myths around sexual harassment and assault and another abusive situation, tax reform.  We as people are not overtaxed.  We are underserved, underpaid and… Read more »

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Lawyers concerned about UF police rules for Richard Spencer protests

White supremacist Richard Spencer plans to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville next Thursday and hundreds of anti-fascists are expected to protest him; the university’s police department has made up a list of items that are prohibited at the demonstration that includes common items like bicycles, backpacks and purses. WMNF News spoke with… 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 »

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State Attorney calls Florida’s ex-felon rights process a “poll tax”

If supporters can gather another 700,000 certified signatures by February 1, Floridians will vote in November of 2018 whether to grant most ex-felons their civil rights, including the right to vote; on Friday the Tampa Tiger Bay Club hosted five supporters of the proposed amendment. One is Desmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration… 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 »

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Restorative Justice Coalition of Tampa to meet Saturday

A new activist group in Tampa, Restorative Justice Coalition, is pushing to reduce prison recidivism and bring under-served communities closer together; their first workshop is this Saturday at the Peace House in Temple Terrace. WMNF News interviewed Sadie Dean, a co-chair of the Restorative Justice Coalition of Tampa. Listen: “The Restorative Justice Coalition is actually… Read more »

LGBT Leader Wonders What’s Next After Trump Tweets Transgender Ban

Radioactivity Thursday 8 3 17 Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—President Trump issued three tweets last week calling for a ban on transgender people in the military. Since then there’s been confusion and the Trump administration has yet to move forward on enacting the tweets into policy. We’ll talk about the… 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 »

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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 »

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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 »