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 »

Doctors without Borders: Neutral & Impartial On Life Elsewhere

“Our patients come to us with rat and other vermin bites, scabies, lice, skin ailments, colds, and congestion. Conditions that are easily treated.” These are the words of Dr. Rogy Masri, of Doctors Without Borders, currently working in Tripoli, Lebanon. Vulnerable migrants and refugees in Tripoli are living in appalling conditions explains Dr. Masri in… Read more »

Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman talks American militarism, foreign policy

BY Rob Lorei National intelligence and security expert Melvin Goodman joins us today to  talk about American militarism, foreign defense policy and the information that led to the Iraq war. Goodman was an analyst for the CIA for 24 years, including 10 years as the division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs…. Read more »

Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb;Environmentalists want more action to clean up Lake Okeechobee

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160223_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our First guest on Radioactivity is national security expert and journalist Marvin Kalb. Kalb is a former correspondent for  CBS News and Meet the Press, reporting extensively on US/Russian Relations during his 50 year career. His latest book , Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War, looks at the Soviet origins of… 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 »

World Affairs conference in St.Pete; Adam Smith’s exclusive interview with Donald Trump

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160216_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity is  former radio journalist Diane Seligsohn, who is commitee chair of the St.Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, which feature panels with  diplomats, military, media, and academic experts discussing urgent matters in world politics such as the refugee crisis, universal healthcare, and diplomatic relations with Cuba and Venezuela…. Read more »

Opponents say TBX project based on old data, bad engineering

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160203_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei Yesterday we discussed the ongoing fight by local communities to stop an interstate expansion that threaten several historic neighborhoods in Tampa. Known as the TBX Project. It plans to add express lanes to interstates 275 and 1-4 through Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, as way of relieving traffic congestion in those areas. But… Read more »

Florida this week with Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn; Green Party candidate Jill Stein wants no bomb sale to Saudi Arabia

By Rob Lorei Today we listen to a special Thanksgiving edition of Florida this week in which host Rob Lorei interviews Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn, touching on a variety of topics such as the Vinik Project in downtown Tampa, the TBX interstate expansion, the idea of a  citizen’s police review board  and his goals for his… Read more »

Human rights activist speaks out against Columbian paramilitary training in the US

On Midpoint Wednesday, Host Rob Lorei speaks with Deborah Barros Fince, a Columbian Attorney, artist and human rights advocate for the Wayuu , an indigenous ethnic group in Columbia and Venezeula. In 2004, Fince witnessed a massacre of 12 Wayuu people by paramilitary forces in Bahía Portete, Columbia. She is a critic of the School of the Americas,… Read more »

Satirical musician Roy Zimmerman; Author Dan Lazare talks about who is responsible for the rise of ISIS

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we are joined  by comedic musician Roy Zimmerman, who sings guitar-based folk songs poking fun at the political topics like Same-Sex Marriage, creationism, guns, and Marijuana (with some jabs at Republicans and Liberals peppered in). He has released 12 albums of satirical music, both as a solo musician and as a… Read more »

Florida This Week; listeners discuss Paris terrorist attacks

By Rob Lorei We start off today with the latest edition of Florida this week, a political discussion show broadcast by local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights and moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei. This Week’s Panel includes CAIR government affairs director Laila Abdelaziz, Attorney Danny Alvarez,  Sierra Club campaign organizer Tim Heberline, Investigative… Read more »

Florida This Week; Holocaust Museum commemorates Kristallnacht

By Rob Lorei We start off today with the latest edition of Florida this week, a political discussion show broadcast by local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights and moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei. This Week’s Panel ( Political Consultant April Schiff, Former USF Professor Liana Fernandez Fox, Political Reporter Mitch Perry, Radio Host Susan… Read more »

Tax Havens

Fortune 500 companies save $2 billion through offshore havens: report

In 2014 nearly three-quarters of Fortune 500 companies used offshore havens to hide profits and pay less U.S. taxes; that’s part of the findings of a report released Tuesday by public interest groups. During a press conference in St. Petersburg Michelle Allen with Florida PIRG said thirty of those companies accounted for 62 percent of profits… Read more »

Florida This Week; Russian History scholar looks at Putin’s involvement in Syrian Civil War

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political discussion show moderated by Rob Lorei and broadcasted by local PBS station WEDU on Friday Nights at 8:30. This week’s panel (Manatee County Democratic Party Sheryl Wilson, Fox 13 News political reporter Craig Patrick, Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper,… Read more »

Aaron Carmella

Tampa labor activist opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership

Monday the United States reached agreement with eleven partner countries concluding negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership; there’s organized opposition to the TPP from environmental and labor activists, including a field director for the Central Labor Council – Aaron Carmella, who was a guest on WMNF’s MidPoint Monday. We talked about why labor opposes this trade… Read more »

Russian involvement in Syria might be diverting attention from Russian plans for Eastern Europe

Professor of Russian History warns the Syrian crisis might be just one move in a chess game being played by Vladimir Putin. Last evening in Saint Petersburg, Bill Parsons, professor emeritus of history and Russian studies at Eckerd College, lectured to roughly 50 students and residents about the Russian mindset. Vladamir Putin might have his… Read more »

Congressman Alan Grayson talks foreign policy, declining middle class

By Rob Lorei On today’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei interviews Congressman (D-Orlando) Alan Grayson, who is  running for the democratic nomination for  the US senate. Grayson speaks on a variety of topics such as  the ongoing Planned Parenthood controversy, the Iran deal and 9/11 comission, illegal immigration, the declining middle class and supports expansion for social security and… Read more »

Radioactivity looks at how refugees fare in Florida; Bernie Sanders’ speech at Liberty University

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we look at the state of refugees that have resettled in Florida. Our guest is Patti Grogan, the head of Florida’s Refugee Services program , which helps over 5000 people annually who have arrived in the state to escape war or persecution achieve self-sufficiency. The Tampa Bay Area Refugee Task Force… Read more »

Palestine flag

Reaction in Palestine to flag vote in United Nations

Later this month the flag of Palestine will be raised at U.N. headquarters in New York; that’s after an overwhelming vote last week by the U.N. General Assembly allowing Palestine and the Holy See to raise their flags. It’s symbolic step pursued by Palestine in its quest for an independent state. Israel strongly objected to the proposal and… Read more »