Charlie Crist

8th grader who wants to help Syrian refugees is Crist’s guest for president’s speech

Many Democratic members of Congress are inviting immigrants as their guests to watch President Trump’s speech Tuesday night; St. Petersburg’s Charlie Crist is inviting a local 8th grader who wants to help Syrian refugees relocate to the area. Oliver Hess attends Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg. “Well, I am very honored to be Congressman… Read more »

What Do Mainstream Faiths Think Of President Trump’s Ban on Refugees from Seven Countries?

WMNF’s MidPoint with Rob Lorei February 1, 2017 President Donald Trump has banned the entry of Syrian refugees into the US until further notice. He has also halted the issuing of visas to the nationals of six other mainly Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, for three months. Trump said the measures were… Read more »

New York Times Reporter talks Russian Support for Far Right Movements in Europe

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161227_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on WMNF’s Radioactivity Rob Lorei talked with New York Times reporter Andrew Huggins about his front page story from this past Sunday which looks at Russian support for right wing and neo-nazi political groups in Europe. Higgins reports on a network of extremists in Hungary, France and Scandinavia who receive funding,… Read more »

Kathy Castor

“It’s obvious” Russia interfered in U.S. election: Castor

The Washington Post is reporting that the Obama administration will soon announce measures to punish Russia for its attempts to interfere in the recent U.S. election. The Post says there will be “economic sanctions and diplomatic censure.” In a press conference earlier this month President Barack Obama promised to retaliate against Russia for meddling in… Read more »

Donald Trump

MidPoint: Obama accuses Russia of tampering in US election

On Monday electors gathered in state capitols to cast their Electoral College votes for President; meanwhile, the current president is doubling-down on the claim that Russia – and Vladimir Putin himself – meddled in and may have influenced the U.S. election. This is the topic of this week’s MidPoint, which you can hear right here: Did Russia tamper… Read more »

Понимание того, как россияне понимают Америку* on Life Elsewhere

“Russia Hacks DNC”, “The New Red Scare”, “Trump’s Pal Vlad”. Russia keeps showing up in the headlines as we hurtle toward the most bizarre Presidential election ever. Mr. Trump, the GOP Presidential nominee, constantly refers to Russia and Mr. Putin with approval in his atypical stump speeches. And, email hacks of the DNC and former… Read more »

Radioactivity Friday: Whats really going on in Syria?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160826_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday, we looked at the current state of affairs in Syria. The country has been ravage by 5 years of civil war that many people think is consisted of rebels vs. the Assad Regime. But the situation is much more complex. We listened to an interview by  Mitch Jeserich,… Read more »

Max Richtman looks at GOP plan for Social Security and Medicare; Former Sen. Bob Graham says declassified 9/11 papers show link to Saudi Arabia.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160719_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity Tuesday we discussed the Republican platform on Social Security and medicare with Max Richtman, president and CEO of The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. The current GOP stance declares that the Social Security program is in dire need of a overhaul and that Medicare is too… 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 »

Interview with Republican Senate candidate Ron DeSantis on Radioactivity Friday

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160610_110617_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 by Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday,  we spoke with congressman Ron DeSantis, one of the 5 Republicans running for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat in Washington DC.  DeSantis is a lawyer who served with the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Navy and supported operations at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was a legal advisor… Read more »

Journalist Gail Pellett recounts experience reporting in post-Revolution 1980s China

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160531_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei This Friday, June 4, is the anniversary of The Tiananmen Massacre in China. One of the major (and  unrealized) goals of the protesters was a free press and the end of censorship. In addition, this month marks the 50th anniversary of the start of China’s Cultural Revolution. Gail Pellett was a journalist in Beijing in the early… Read more »

Reporter Dan Christensen discusses the latest on the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 report

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160518_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday our guest was Dan Christensen, an investigative  journalist whose news website the Florida Bulldog has been closely following the story of the 28 redacted pages of the 2003 9/11 commission report which many, including former Florida senator Bob Graham, believe contains information on the role of Saudi Arabia in the attacks. The Obama Administration… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: A Debate about US Policy Toward Israel and the Palestinians.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160421_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 On Radioactivity Thursday we hold a debate on one of then most contentious topics in US Policy: US relations with Israel and the Palestinians. Our guests today are Jonathan Ellis, a Tampa-based attorney and chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Tampa JCC Federation, and Alison Weir, a freelance journalist who traveled… 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 »

What life is like for the average teenager living in Sweden

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160405_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Recently, there has been much discussion about democratic socialism as practiced in Sweden, Norway, Finland and other European countries that also rank high in standards of education, healthcare, and standards of living. On Radioactivity Tuesday,we talk to a class of Swedish high school students, who are visiting the US and the… 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 »

Miami consulate general of Jamaica Franz Hall; Who becomes a terrorist?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160324_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 On Radioactivity Thursday, our guest is Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami Franz Hall, who will be visiting the Tampa bay area on Saturday April 9th for a consular community outreach program for local jamaican community. It is estimated that over 400,000 Jamaican nationals live in the state. The consulate provides services for obtaining legal… 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 »