Since Trump’s election, Tampa-area immigrants are on edge

The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented 23 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation in Florida since the election of Donald Trump and they’ve counted more than 400 nationwide; in the Tampa Bay area advocates for migrant workers and immigrants say there’s an acute climate of fear of deportation. Lourdes Villanueva is the director of… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, October 27 – Cesar Hernandez

Cesar Hernandez is the Government Relations Director at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). He’s also a former student body president at the University of South Florida. A Brooklyn native, Cesar is also an extremely active millennial when it comes to public policy and trying to make the community better. He spoke on the program about… 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 »

A Palestinian Promotes Peaceful Resistance to the Israeli Occupation

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160722_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On radioactivity Friday, our first guest was Palestinian peace activist Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour (Abed).  Dr. Abed is the founder and director of Al-Rowwad, a cultural center located in Aida Refugee Camp in Palestine. As the theater director, he teaches that the arts, which include music, dance, theater and sports, are tools for empowerment to… 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 »

MidPoint for Tuesday, April 19 – Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson

In a recent poll, Gary Johnson received 11 percent support for president, listed in a three-way race with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The former New Mexico Governor (1994-2002) was the Libertarian candidate for President in 2012, and he could likely be again in 2016, after the party holds its convention in Orlando late next… 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 »

MidPoint for Thursday, Feb.18 Florida Legislature takes on immigration

The Florida Legislature unveiled a series of measures to begin the 2016 regular session that angered immigration activists. Joining us to talk about those issues were Francesca Menes with the Florida Immigration Coalition, and Mark R. Schlakman, who serves as senior program director for The Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. He specifically spoke… Read more »

Women’s Show discusses birth, death and taxes… 1/28

Roe vs Wade was a hot topic on From a Woman’s POV    this week. The war on a woman’s right to choose continues. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 on the “Florida for Life Act” or HB865. If made law, it will ban all abortions with the exception of the health and… 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 »

Year in Review: Stories that had us talking in 2015

As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »

Do Donald Trump’s policies flirt with the ideals of fascism?

By Rob Lorei Donald Trump is still leading the polls for the Republican presidential nomination, but those within his own party are beginning to call his platform “fascist”, a word that brings into mind the dictatorships of Germany and Italy  from the 1930’s until the end of World War II. Republicans like national security conservative Max… Read more »

Florida This Week discusses political opposition to Syrian refugee resettlement.

BY Rob Lorei Today we listen back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Rob Lorei and broadcast by local PBS station WEDU. This week, the panel of politicians, journalists, and other experts discuss the opposition by national and state politicians to Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S.,… Read more »

Women’s Show on “Perilous Times – Paris and Beyond” 11/19

What perilous times…..   Paris is the epicenter of the world right now.  What to do – who and how are critical.  Just policies demand an understanding of people.  How much did our endeavors in Iraq contribute to the terrorism in the Middle East? A very powerful play is being presented at USF Tampa –… Read more »