Investigative Reporter Greg Palast Says There’s No Proof Widespread Illegal Voting in US Exists

Radioactivity 4 20 18 Today on WMNF’s Radioactivity investigative reporter Greg Palast (The Guardian, The BBC, Rolling Stone Magazine) says that while FOX News and President Trump say that millions of people voted illegally in the last election there is no evidence that is true. In fact he says a trial on the matter currently… Read more »

Hearing postponed over officer’s Stand Your Ground claim for fatally shooting a black motorist

A judge has postponed a hearing to decide whether a fired police officer charged with fatally shooting a stranded black motorist should go to trial. Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer late Tuesday postponed former Palm Beach Gardens Officer Nouman Raja’s “stand your ground” hearing until May. It had been scheduled to begin Wednesday. Raja is… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, March 22 – Joe Redner and Tampa Pride director Carrie West

Adult club entrepreneur and progressive activist Joe Redner is awaiting a decision by a Leon County Circuit Judge regarding his lawsuit claiming that the Florida Dept. of Health has unconstitutionally denied him the right to grow his own marijuana plants. Redner and Adam Elend, the head of Redner’s marijuana business called Florigrown, appeared as guests on… Read more »

New Film About Veteran Community Organizer Heather Booth Will Be Shown Tonight in Tampa

Radioactivity 3 22 18 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— We’ll meet veteran community organizer Heather Booth— who took part in the Civil Rights movement, she was an early a feminist leader and is considered to be one of the country’s most effective progressive organizers. She’s the subject of a new… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, March 15 – John Judis and Tampa mayoral candidate Topher Morrison

Journalist and author John B. Judis was our guest for the first part of this edition of MidPoint. Judis is an editor at large at Talking Points Memo and the author of The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics. His piece, “The Two Sides of Immigration Policy,” was published in last… Read more »

Women Didn’t Count At All on Life Elsewhere

“When the founders wrote, ‘We the People’ they really meant ‘We the White, Wealthy Men.’ Despite much lofty rhetoric, all men were not created equal and women didn’t count at all” You are just four pages in and Elaine Weiss makes clear her superb new book The Woman’s Hour has an unabashed bias, and, deservedly… Read more »

Florida leaders propose new gun laws after school shooting

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, GARY FINEOUT and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Less than two weeks after the Florida school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislators announced school safety and gun restriction proposals Friday that would ban the sale of firearms to anyone under 21, but they differed on whether some teachers should… Read more »

Blake High School Students Plan Walkout Tomorrow to Protest Gun Violence

Radioactivity 2 22 18 Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. After last week’s massacre at the high school in Parkland, high school students from around the country have been organizing walkouts, meetings, protests- calling for laws to protect students from gun violence. This week the Parkland students took part in massive protests and… Read more »

Teens Vs Politicians in Tallahassee over gun control

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, GARY FINEOUT and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A week after a shooter slaughtered 17 people in a Florida high school, thousands of protesters, including many angry teenagers, swarmed into the state Capitol on Wednesday, calling for changes to gun laws, a ban on assault-type weapons and improved care for… Read more »

Oregon’s House of Representatives approves a bill declaring health care a right

Oregon House OKs health care as a right, funding questioned By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s Legislature took a step Tuesday toward enshrining the right to health care in the state Constitution, a move that would be unprecedented in the United States but raises serious funding questions. The House of Representatives’ 35-25… Read more »

Federal court strikes down Florida’s ex-felons voting ban

Federal judge knocks down Florida’s voting ban for ex-felons By GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a ruling that could have reverberations on this year’s crucial elections, a federal judge on Thursday ruled that Florida’s current ban on former felons voting is unconstitutional and needs to be changed as soon as possible. U.S…. Read more »

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 »