Tampa Bay area Green Party activists talk about the future of their party

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/arlhw-ukTZg/wmnf_161130_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity we spoke with with local Green Party members about their efforts to build the party in the Tampa bay area. Our guests were Rich Carpenter, Joanne Santiago and Joe Walters. They talked about how they came to join the Green Party, their party’s platform on some key issues facing… Read more »

Fight for 15 minimum wage

Fight for $15 walk-outs in Tampa Bay

Low-wage workers across the country are protesting and even walking out of work Tuesday as part of what’s being called a “Nationwide Fight for $15 Day of Disruption.” At noon in St. Petersburg more than 70 workers crammed the steps of City Hall, chanting, holding signs and listening to speeches. Gail Rogers works at the… Read more »

Radioactivity Monday:Workers plan a nationwide protest against low wages

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161128_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we spent the hour talking with two local activists who are pushing for a 15-an-hour minimum wage and a union for low-wage workers. Bleu Rainer  is a fast-food worker and Liang Flakes  is a day care teacher who will be taking part in several protests tomorrow to demand an increase… Read more »

How did Donald Trump win working class voters in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania?

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/bxD7VhyxfeE/wmnf_161110_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3   On Radioactivity Thursday we continued our discussion about Tuesdays’ elections results with John Nichols, national affairs correspondent with The Nation Magazine and author of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. Nichols spoke on how Trump’s campaign promises appealed to the white working and middle class that helped win him the presidency… Read more »

Matthew Weidner

Consumer advocates slam David Jolly

A Pinellas County Congressional district could change parties after Election Day; Republican incumbent David Jolly faces an uphill battle in the newly redrawn district against Democrat Charlie Crist. The district now has more Democrats. Tuesday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, critics of Congress member Jolly tried to paint him as anti-consumer. Democratic State Representative Dwight Dudley… Read more »

New Tampa Bay Times article follows story of Kings Lake, a community devastated by 2006 housing crash

BY Rob Lorei Our guest  on Midpoint Wednesday was Tampa Bay Times reporter Susan Taylor Martin, who was part of an investigative team at the Tampa bay Times who followed up on the neighborhood here in the Bay area that was hardest hit by the housing foreclosure crisis a decade ago. Once an attractive neighborhood for… Read more »

Richard Wolff

Economist Richard Wolff dissects Trump’s plan for trade, jobs

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161014_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Friday was Economist Richard Wolff. He is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. Wolff is  the author of several books… Read more »

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 »