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 »

Peace Activist Medea Benjamin Gives her thoughts about President Obama, Drone warfare, and US military spending

  http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160818_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday, our guest was Peace Activist Medea Benjamin. You may have seen her as she’s disrupted hearings and speeches, trying to unfurl banners carry a message of peace. She unfurled a banner that read “Build Bridges Not Walls”  last month during Donald trump’s closing speech at the Republican Convention in… Read more »

“I Will Be With You, Whatever” (on Life Elsewhere)

Our headline is taken from the voluminous, seven-year official investigation into how and why Britain went to war in Iraq. Britain’s investigation by the independent Iraq Inquiry was unequivocal in its findings. Britain, like the United States, used flawed intelligence to justify the invasion, that Iraq posed no immediate national security threat, that the allies… 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 »

Florida This Week; former Chilean military officer found responsible in murder of folk singer Victor Jara

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160628_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we listened to the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode our panel of political experts and insiders discuss the biggest stories in Florida news and politics: : Senator Marco Rubio’s decides to… 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 »

CIW farmworkers vs Publix

Deficit expert says Pentagon hides true extent of Military Spending; Human Rights violations found at farms of two Publix tomato suppliers

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160526_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei There is a lot of concern about government spending and the federal deficit, with many people pointing the finger at social programs like SNAP.And while there has been many attempts to curtail access and use of SNAP benefits, which is mostly used by the elderly, disabled and for children, there has been… Read more »

Local transgender activist speaks out against bathroom laws on RadioActivity

BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we looked at the North Carolina bathroom law which has fired-up controversy over where transgender individuals should use the bathroom in public. Last week the Obama administration issued a directive to public schools to allow access to bathrooms based on self-identified gender. Target stores have been protested over their Pro-trans… 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 »

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 »

New documentary looks at the legacy of murdered Chilean folk singer Victor Jara

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160429_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we look at the life and legacy of Chilean  folk singer Victor Jara. Jara was a well known musician, theater director, teacher and advocate for social justice in his home country, considered by many to be the Bob Dylan of Chile. During the US-backed Chilean coup of 1973, Jara… 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 »

MidPoint for Thursday, March 24 – Kelly Kirschner on Cuba

Kelly Kirschner is Vice President and Dean of Executive and Continuing Education at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. In 2011, Kirschner completed four years as the youngest City Commissioner ever elected in Sarasota, including serving two years as Vice-Mayor and one as Mayor. Prior to joining Eckerd, Kirschner was the director of the SW Florida non-profit, UnidosNow.org. … Read more »

Women’s Show …Cuba and Immigration to the Forefront

Did you know how big of an economic contribution undocumented immigrants make to this country each year?- Let’s try $11.7 billion. In Florida alone its about $547 million. Their economic contributions are so great that we can no longer do without them. This week we will have Michelle Chen, writer for The Nation and editor… Read more »

Code Pink – Saudi Arabia, BDS, Local Peace Economy…Women’s Show 3/17

Photo via Elaine Vigneault Feeling discouraged with all the negativity of the presidential campaign – and the state of our world today?  Give yourself a treat and spend a few minutes at Code Pink to gain some hope.  Tune in Thursday to hear always upbeat, yet realistic and focused on the “real” world, Medea Benjamin,… Read more »

Florida Passes Anti-Abortion Bill -tune in for a discussion on From a Woman’s PoV

During last weeks show we discussed Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Texas omnibus bill the Supreme Court is currently debating. Florida has followed in Texas’ footsteps and passed Senate Bill 1722, an anti-abortion bill that Governor Rick Scott is expected to sign. The bill which passed 25-15 in the Senate, would drastically change the state’s… Read more »

Anti-death penalty sign

Florida Senate rejects amendment requiring unanimous jury recommendation for death penalty

Wednesday the Florida Senate narrowly rejected a proposal that would have required a unanimous jury recommendation in order for a death penalty sentence to be imposed; that means the bill the Senate will vote on requires a minimum of 10 out of 12 jurors to recommend the death penalty in order for an execution to be… Read more »

Florida This Week; Palestinian activist says Israel is polluting the village of Wadi Fouqin

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160222_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 On the first half of today’s show we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts tackle the week’s biggest stories in Florida Politics: President Obama’s announcement to visit Cuba next month, The… Read more »

Laila Abdelaziz

CAIR opposes Florida bill it says targets human rights defenders

A bill in the Florida Legislature would sanction groups that organize boycotts of or divestment from Israel or from companies that contribute to alleged human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine. But HB 527 isopposed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. Our guest on MidPoint, Laila Abdelaziz, is legislative and government affairs director at CAIR-Florida.  Listen to this segment… Read more »

Extended Maternity and Paternity Leave for Military

In an effort to better serve military families, and raise retention, the Defense Department is increasing maternity leave to 12 weeks paid time off, Defense Secretary  Ash Carter announce Thursday.  The new guidelines apply to all active duty members, reserve members working in a full time status, definite active duty recall or mobilization orders for… Read more »