Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO; Consumers for Smart Solar PAC defends utilities-backed Amendment 1.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161012_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity Wednesday was Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. It’s the largest union federation in the US, representing more than 12 million active and retired workers. Trumka is a former coal miner and an attorney who was elected president of the AFL-CIO in 2009. He gave his take  on Trump’s stance… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, August 25 – House District 68 debate between Ben Diamond & Eric Lynn

With just days before voters in Pinellas County’s House District 68 go to the polls, MidPoint hosted a radio debate between the two Democrats running in that primary election, attorney Ben Diamond and former Defense Dept. analyst Eric Lynn. The two men are very similar on many issues, one of the reasons why MidPoint wanted… Read more »

Was John Oliver’s take down on the Newspaper Industry real journalism?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160811_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we looked at the latest rant by HBO comedian John Oliver on his show Last Week Tonight, this time aimed at the failing newspaper industry. Oliver insisted that what he does is not journalism, but it relies on the work of newspapers, many of are struggling with layoffs and financial… Read more »

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein

Green presidential nominee getting boost from Sanders fans

On Saturday at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston the party nominated Jill Stein for president and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka for vice president; Stein joined WMNF’s MidPoint Monday by phone. Listen to the full show here: Stein was also the Green nominee for president in 2012, so she is breaking a glass ceiling of… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, June 16 – David Dayen

Joining us on the program today was journalist David Dayen, author of the new book, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud. David is also a contributing writer to Salon.com and The Intercept, and a weekly columnist for The New Republic and The Fiscal Times. Patti Brigham with the League of… 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 »

Communist Party USA leader John Bachtell on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160513_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, our guest was John Bachtell,  national chair of the Communist Party USA. Previously he was Illinois organizer for the party, and is active in labor, peace and justice struggles. He gave his thoughts on accusations of communism thrown at Bernie Sanders, the difference between communism and socialism, and… Read more »

An Angry Woman’s Heart – on From a Woman’s POV

 I am getting steamed – really, really steamed.  If I hear one more comment on “the women’s card…..”  Read Rebecca Solnit’s column, “If Donald Trump Were a Woman and Hillary Clinton Were a Man: Here’s what the election would look like” (posted on our Facebook page ).  This election campaign is turning the spotlight on… Read more »

MidPoint: The Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer & minimum wage with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently signed an executive order that will restore the voting rights of 200,000 ex-felons. Talking about that development and what other states are doing on the issue is the Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer. Later in the program, we spoke with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who made news this week by announcing a… Read more »

Republican candidate for US senate Carlos Beruff says no to immigration from Middle East, raise in minimum wage

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160428_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday, we continue a conversation from Tuesday with Carlos Beruff, one of 5 republican candidates running for Marco Rubio’s seat in the US senate. Beruff made some controversial comments earlier this week, telling a Broward County  reporter that immigration from middle eastern countries (except Israel) should be banned. Today… Read more »

Tampa International Airport

Should new Tampa-area infrastructure come from American manufacturers?

In order to compete with other coastal cities Port Tampa Bay recently purchased two giant, Chinese-made cranes to unload the new massive container ships that can take advantage of the Panama Canal expansion that opens in June; but critics say major infrastructure improvements here should favor American-made products in order to better help the economy…. Read more »

Debate about lifting the Cuban embargo continues on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160329_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we continue the debate on lifting the Cuban Embargo from WEDU’s Florida this week. In this webcast-only portion of the debate, we are joined by two local people who just returned back from a trip to Cuba, a political intelligence consultant, and a lawyer who was once a… Read more »

Florida This week debates lifting the Cuban embargo; New group wants a constitutional amendment that will overturn Citizens United

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160328_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3   Today on Radioactivity we listen to a special edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show from WEDU, on the U.S. policy toward Cuba. Last week President Obama made a historical visit to Cuba, the first by a sitting US president in over 80 years. During his visit, Obama called for the end… Read more »

Can Manufacturing Be Restored in the US?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160322_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we talk about manufacturing in the U.S. Once a  part of strong sector in the U.S. economy that provided solid middle class salaries to those without college educations, Manufacturing companies have largely moved jobs overseas over the last few decades, leaving mostly lower-waged service sector jobs behind. Today… Read more »

Bernie Sanders brings his political revolution to Tampa

Senator Bernie Sanders draws nearly ten thousand people to Tampa rally. Yesterday evening, in an expo hall on the Florida Fairgrounds, the democratic presidential candidate Sanders brought his message to Florida voters. Bernie Sanders speech hit on many different issues and on Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Tampa visit was the last on his whistle stop… Read more »

Economist Richard Wolff examines the presidential candidates’ positions on economy

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160311_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today we are joined by Economist Richard Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and host of Economic Update, a radio show syndicated by WMNF on Tuesdays at 10 am. Wolff dissects the economics of higher tariffs of imported goods, as proposed by Donald Trump, the US corporate… Read more »

Libertarian Party Presidential Contender Live on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160219_110620_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei was joined by one of the top candidates for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, Austin Peterson. The Libertarian party is one of the most successful third parties when considering the number of votes and number of candidates running for public office. Well-known libertarians include politicians… Read more »

Saint Petersburg Mayor delivers hopeful State of the City Address

Mayor Rick Kriseman announces that the state of Saint Petersburg is strong and sunny. Kriseman delivered his State of the City address last Saturday at the Coliseum. The auditorium was packed with city workers, residents and elected officials. The mayor outlined progress already made then laid out his short and long term agenda’s. Mayor Kriseman… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, January 7 – David Dayen

David Dayen is a contributing writer to Salon.com and The Intercept, and a weekly columnist at The Fiscal Times. On today’s show, he discussed his recent piece in the New Republic where he takes issue with Atlantic magazine contributor Peter Bienart’s recent article that states that the next president – Republican or Democratic – will be more… Read more »

Compassionate Communication on the Sustainable Living show

Today on the Sustainable Living Program we spent the hour talking about communication skills. Our guests were Stephanie Bachmann Mattei, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, and Andrew Rock, a member of the Florida Center for Mindfulness. Andrew’s also the co-founder of the Tampa Bay Climate Action Network and last week had… Read more »