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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 »

Anti-War activist David Swanson says Obama admin spends more than ever on war.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160517_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday our guest is David Swanson,  an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director ofWorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books includes War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Today he talks with… Read more »

Is the F-35 a Waste of Taxpayer Money? And the Patriotic Millionaires Call for Changes in the Tax Code

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160414_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei In this pre-Tax Day discussion on Radioactivity Thursday, we look at where our tax money is going and whether our government can spend it more wisely. Over half  of the $1.1 trillion dollars budget for federal discretionary spending will be spent on the military and military-related programs. On of the biggest… Read more »

Marine injured in Afghanistan wants better veterans’ welfare; Shakespeare’s continued influence on pop culture, 400 years after his death

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160406_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity Wednesday is Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny Joey Jones, who suffered tremendous injuries that resulted in the lost of both of his legs below the knee. During his last deployment to Afghanistan, Jones was responsible for disarming and destroying more than 80 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and… 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 »

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 »

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 »

MidPoint for 1.14.16 – Rolling Stone reporter Janet Reitman on the current situation at Gitmo

In a recent issue of Rolling Stone, reporter Janet Reitman traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where now over 90 “enemy combatants” awaiting, well, not necessarily a trial, but some decision on their future. Reitman joined WMNF’s Thursday MidPoint for the entire hour to discuss the situation at the base, which is holding the prisoners at… Read more »

Veteran journalist Molly McCartney on the growth of the defense industry

By Rob Lorei Today we are have an interview with Molly McCartney, a veteran journalist and author of  America’s War Machine: Vested Interests, Endless Conflicts, a book she co-wrote with her late husband, journalist James McCartney, about the growth and power of the military industrial complex since the Cold War. Today she talks us through the mechanisms… Read more »

Florida This Week; Lockheed executive says military contractors stand to profit off Middle East unrest

by Rob Lorei Today we listen to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Rob Lorei that airs Friday nights on local PBS station WEDU. This week’s panel of experts discuss: Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy in Florida, Donald Trump’s visit to Sarasota over the weekend, the uptick in gun sales… Read more »

Women’s Show on “Standing Up to Terrorism” 12/3

With the recent Paris attack, terrorism is in all of our minds…..  Congress seems to be obsessed with the dangers from Syrian widows and orphans.  Women throughout this country are in daily fear when they go to their neighborhood Planned Parenthood Clinic.  Domestic terrorism has been a problem for a very long time.  Anthrax?  The… 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 »

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 »

Veterans Day Special: Expert Attorneys discuss legal issues facing veterans

On this Veteran’s day episode of Radioactivity, we speak with Richard K. Hurley Jr. and David C. Cory, of Cory and Hurley Law Group, two attorneys that specialize in legal issues affecting veterans. They talk about how to navigate the department of Veteran Affairs’ and how to handle problems with disability claims and appeals, employment laws… Read more »

Local Help & Events for Veterans plus a little History

Wednesday is Veteran’s Day, and there are several organizations stepping forward to help those who have served in the armed forces. There is a Free Dentistry Day at the Village Plaza Dental Designs, where veterans can get fillings, extractions or a cleaning on 11/11. They are located at 4204 US Highway 98n, Lakeland, 33809.  863-859-6662…. Read more »

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SDS Tampa supports Iran nuke agreement

Students for a Democratic Society Tampa supports the nuclear agreement hammered out between world powers and Iran. They’re organizing a sign-waving to support the deal next Tuesday at lunchtime on the campus of the University of South Florida, Tampa. It’s September 15 at 12:20 p.m. in front of Cooper Hall. WMNF News interviewed SDS Tampa’s Gage Lacharite:

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Retired Israeli general supports Iran nuclear deal

A retired Israeli Brigadier General told an audience at the University of South Florida in Tampa Thursday he supports the nuclear weapons agreement between Iran and the U.S. and other world powers. Shlomo Brom was part of a forum called Iran’s nuclear agreement and violent extremism in the greater Middle East: the implications for U.S. foreign… Read more »

Foreign policy expert gives insight into meeting between President Obama, Saudi king Salman

by Rob Lorei This morning  on Radioactivity, we speak with Robert Naiman, policy director at Just Foreign Policy,  independent and non-partisan organization dedicated to U.S. foreign policy reformation that is based on diplomacy, law and cooperation. Naiman offers his perspectives into the meeting between President Obama and King Salman of Saudi Arabia today that will address a cooperative… Read more »

The enduring impact of atomic bombing on Nagasaki and Hiroshima

  Today Host Rob Lorei interviews Susan Southard, author of Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, which looks at the enduring effect of the 1945 atomic bombing of the Japanese city through the stories of five survivors. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the  Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an event that resulted in a massive… Read more »