MidPoint for Thursday, April 27 – Ben Pollara from United for Care and Christian Ziegler, Sarasota County GOP Committeeman

With a little more than a week to go before the Florida Legislature calls for an end of the session,  negotiations are still taking place on the final language in the Florida House regarding a medical marijuana bill. Amendment Two was overwhelmingly approved by Floridians at the ballot box last November, yet advocates for the… 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 »

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League of Women Voters of Florida questions Constitutional Revision Commission

The group that forms every twenty years to suggest changes to Florida’s constitution is meeting again Wednesday in Tallahassee; but the Constitutional Revision Commission is being faced with questions about process and rules. The president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, Pamela Goodman, has written a letter to the chair of the CDC,… 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 »

A Stetson Law Professor Discusses President Trump’s Nominee for the Supreme Court and Women’s March Activists Planning Their Next Steps

WMNF’s Radioactivity Feb 1 2017 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll get the perspective of a Constitutional law scholar from Stetson on President Trump’s nominee to fill the nearly year-long vacancy on the US Supreme Court. And with all the energy generated by the Women’s marches around the country two… Read more »

Women’s Show 1/26 – Women’s March and Moving Forward

The good, the bad, the ugly… The tweets are coming like Nano-bullets and we are realizing the constitution and our government are the targets.  But no matter how much things are changing, some things remain the same.  One of the first acts was to kick the political football of the global gag rule off the… Read more »

Trump’s Inauguration and Upcoming Veterans for Common Sense Award Dinner

WMNF 88.5FM’s Radioactivity with Rob Lorei 1 -23-17 Coming up toady we’ll hear Florida This Week from this past Friday night on WEDU-TV where we talked about the inauguration of President Donald Trump. And we’re going to talk about this Saturday’s 280th birthday celebration of Founding Father Thoma Paine the author of the influential pamphlet… Read more »

Women’s Show with CodePink Founder, Medea Benjamin

Join us today at 10 am. We will have frequent guest Medea Benjamin from CODEPINK  covering all that is happening in Washington D.C this week. CODEPINK will be taking part in three days of Presidential Counter Inauguration activities in Washington, D.C. from January 19-21. They will be participating in the Peace Ball, Occupy Inauguration, Disrupt J20,… Read more »

Women’s Show 1/12 – Women March – and More!

Raise your banners, women.  We are marching on Washington – and the streets of Sarasota, St. Petersburg and beyond.  We will not allow anyone – and you know who you are – to define who we are.  We are picking up the mantle from our foremothers and we are going to change the present so… Read more »

From a Woman’s POV- 12/15 “Irregularities in the recent Election”

On December 15th we spoke with guest Jeanne Mirer. She practices labor and employment law in New York, and is the president of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. She talke about irregularities in the recent presidential election and the recount. Steven Rosenfeld, attorney, a senior fellow at AlterNet covering democracy issues, updated us on election fraud…. Read more »

Women’s Show 11/17 – Where Do We Go From Here???

By Arlene Engelhardt The shock is wearing off… Perhaps the better question, how did we get here in the first place?  This did not happen overnight.  People have been aware that things have not been going well here for some time.  Many felt they were outsiders.  And tell me, is the outsider in now or… Read more »

Women’s Show 11/10 – The Glass Ceiling Is Still There…..

By Arlene Engelhardt But at least we can see who is stomping on our heads! What happened on Tuesday?  Why did the polls get it so wrong?  Two analysts will give us their insights: Adele Stan, columnist for The American Prospect. Previously she was Washington bureau chief for AlterNet, the progressive news and culture website. Stan… Read more »

Women’s Show “The Essential Guide to Donald Trump” book review 11/3

5 Days and Counting… We’re down to the wire…less than a week before we choose our next Commander in Chief? That’s up to you to decide. If you still haven’t made up your mind on who you’re voting for then pick up a copy of The Essential Guide to Donald Trump by Kenneth F. McCallion. In… Read more »

FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub

How St. Pete could play a role in overturning Citizens United

If the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturns its Citizens United decision it might be because of an ordinance that’s being considered by St. Petersburg; on Thursday afternoon the City heard about an ordinance that would limit foreign corporate money in local elections and limit the amount of super PAC contributions. The sponsor, City Council member Darden… Read more »

Thursday MidPoint – sports editor Dave Zirin talks about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for national anthem

On today’s program, Dave Zirin, the sports editor of The Nation  and the host of the popular Edge of Sports podcast, was our guest for the first part of the program. He discussed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision not to stand for the national anthem, and the fall out from that.  

Women’s Show – Politics and “Trumpism” 9/8

To get a little historical perspective on, particularly “Trumpism,” we need to look at the far right.  Phyllis Schlafly, who died Monday, was a huge factor in the shape of the present Republican Party.  Perhaps the reason her views and her tireless organizing are not more recognized is because she was a woman.  Her battles… Read more »

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Supporters have range of reasons to like Florida solar amendment

Florida voters are deciding this month whether to add a business tax break for solar power to the state constitution. Wayne Wallace is president of Solar Source, a Largo company that installs solar panels. He recommends that people vote “yes” on Amendment 4. Listen to the full story here: “People ask us all the time:… Read more »

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

A law professor answers: are corporations citizens?

Are corporations citizens and how have courts changed the role of corporations in society and in elections? We look at these topics with our guest in the studio, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy. She’s an associate professor of law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Her new book is called Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of… Read more »

Women’s Show – So Many Shootings?

After last week, do you feel you are on a powder keg that is just about ready to explode?…. …or have we been on an active volcano for a long time and just haven’t paid any attention to the lava flow?  Everything is connected, and I am more and more feeling that the problems at… Read more »

Women’s Show – Platforms…Who reads? We do

We are coming down to crunch time….. This has gone beyond mud fights and something tells me the game hasn’t even begun.  The conventions are coming up in just a few weeks.  Do the platforms matter?  Well – yes and no…..  they, of course, are not binding, but they do give a hint of some… Read more »

Women’s Show Discusses Victory in the Supreme Court

Women’s Show Discusses Victory in the Supreme Court and GMOs Finally a Victory!  Whole Women’s Health v Hellerstedt On Monday the Supreme Court struck down Texas HB 2 , finding it imposed an undue burden on women’s constitutional rights.  Facts – finally facts over rhetoric, data over beliefs.  It has been a long time coming!  Under… Read more »

Former US Supreme Court reporter pens new book on the Burger Court of the 1970s and 80s

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160614_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Tuesday was  Linda Greenhouse, who  covered the US Supreme Court for the New York Times for almost 30 years. She’s just co-written a new book about the Burger Court—named after the chief justice Warren Burger—from 1969-1986. Some scholars consider the court a moderate transitional court—between the liberal Warren… Read more »

Hillary Makes History and the ‘Presidentalization’ of Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via Flickr     On Tuesday Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee. Regardless of your political stance, you must admit that her nomination, almost 8 years after the first African- American male presidency,  is pretty historic. It proves to little girls across the country that you can be who or whatever you… Read more »

The “Presidentalization” of Donald Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via DonkeyHotey   We can’t get away from the election, can we? What does “presidential” mean?  Donald Trump has said, “It’s no job to act presidential, I can be presidential any time I want” while addressing claims that he was advised by friends and family  to change his demeanor while campaigning. While campaigning in… Read more »

“Undue Burden” and Trump/Ryan Meeting on Women’s Show

“Undue Burden” – It is an awkward phrase, isn’t it? On Monday the Supreme Court kicked the “undue burden” back to the courts.  The balance in this case is the “under burden” on one’s religious convictions about the morality of contraception and the mandate of the Affordable Care Act that contraception needs to be provided… Read more »