Two Vietnam Veterans Discuss Ken Burns’ New PBS Film The War in Vietnam

Radioactivity September 19 2017 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity I’m Rob Lorei. This past Sunday night PBS began carrying the latest documentary series from film-maker Ken Burns called The War in Vietnam. The film begins with a search for the causes of the war—going all the way back to the French colonization of Vietnam in… Read more »

MidPoint for Sept. 14 – Examining the post – Irma environment

With tens of thousands still without power under sweltering conditions, we spoke about the recovery efforts ongoing after Hurricane Irma hit the Tampa Bay area Sunday night. Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp, Hillsborough County Hazard Mitigation Manager Gene Henry, and FEMA representatives Dan Needham and Keith St. Claire joined the show to talk about what… Read more »

Twilight of American Sanity? A top psychiatrist analyzes the US in the age of Trump

Radioactivity 9 13 17 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- we’ll have one of the nation’s top psychiatrists talk about the new book he’s written about Donald Trump. And we’ll talk more about hurricane recovery and take your phone calls. Later we’ll talk with a spokesperson for Florida Power and Light about the… Read more »

Will President Trump’s proposed tax cuts help small business in the U.S.? National small business group says “No”.

Thursday August 31 2017 Will President Trump’s proposed tax cuts help small business in the U.S.? Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Yesterday President Trump gave a speech in Missouri- calling for Congress to pass what he calls “tax reform”. The president is calling for a cut in the corporate tax rate to 15%, down… Read more »

Women’s Show 8/31– Hurricane Harvey – Desperate Havoc and Beyond Nuclear

Words simply cannot convey the desperate havoc that is besieging the people of Houston and the surrounding areas… Climate Change – regardless of your belief in the causation – is very real and simply cannot be ignored and disregarded.  Everything about Hurricane Harvey underscores the warnings that meteorologists and scientists have been giving for years. … Read more »

Women’s Show 8/24– Dr. Rebecca Gordon on War as Metaphor

The celestial event of the year has come and gone… Impressive display by Mother Nature of the periodicity of our orbiting neighbors in space.  Even more impressive was the ability of science to so predict the movement, to predict so accurately the times and paths.  Science observes the universe with an eye to truth, not… Read more »

Women’s Show 8/17 – Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Collier Myerson on Charlottesville

I’m losing track!  North Korea and its nuclear arsenal are relegated to the back page and we are fighting the Civil War again.  Note to self and others: the Civil War was fought over SLAVERY, not states rights, not economic rights, SLAVERY. Perhaps it has never been truer, “If you do not know your history,… Read more »

Charlottesville Terror: The Rise of the Fascist Right and Why Were Those Confederate Monuments Built?

August 15 2017 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity…..I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— after the terrorist attack on peaceful demonstrators last weekend in Charlottesville—- what’s next? We’ll talk with a futurist and historian about the efforts by far right groups to build a movement. Our first guest is Sara Robinson a Seattle-based futurist and veteran blogger… Read more »

Women’s Show 8/10 – Medea Benjamin, Ms. Ray Acheson, & Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

Fire and Fury…….the hour of reckoning is at hand……. All this is happening on the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  “When will they learn? When will they ever learn?” (Pete Seeger)  Flowers don’t make it to the graveyards any more, they are already being burned to ash by climate… Read more »

Women’s Show – Jessica Mason Pieklo on Women’s Health; Arnie Arnesen’s “Attitude”

Score one for the little people…  all your protests and Indivisible groups demanding to be heard by your senators has paid off… We have beaten back the latest version of TrumpCare.  Celebrate, but do not assume this is the last chapter.  Mitch McConnell has already suggested repeal only and Trump is keen on that.  So… Read more »

Women’s Show – Arnie Arnesen’s “Attitude” & Emma Collum on Women’s NRA March

Women will not be intimidated into silence….  Drip….drip….drip….the Russians are coming.  On, they are already here?  The Prince of Orange – which side are you on?  It is said, you have to step back to get the big picture.  All I know is that if I step back any further, I will fall off the… Read more »

Image for the film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Greg Palast Has the Scoop on the President’s Election Integrity Commission

Human rights workers arrested for investigating labor conditions in Ivanka Trump’s factories Three labor rights investigators were arrested in China in May while they were looking into working conditions at factories that make shoes for Ivanka trump — the president’s daughter. After a month in custody they have been released, but now they face trial… Read more »

The Bosses of the Senate by Joseph Ferdinand Keppler depicting corporate power in the Gilded Age

Libertarian Republicans Powered by Billionaire Money Plan to Undo Gains of Last 100 Years

Nancy MacLean on her new book “Democracy in Chains” A lot of books have tried to explain the rise of conservative power that poses a direct challenge to the reforms that came about under the New Deal, the labor movement, the Civil Rights movement, and the Great Society. In her new book, a Duke University… Read more »

Women’s Show: Independence Day – The Hour of Land author

Independence Day??? The fireworks have ended (at least I hope so).  The parades, the music, the picnics and barbecues, all the fun trappings of the 4th are past.  The president goes abroad – on Friday he meets with Putin.  Oh to be a patriotic fly on that wall!  And the North Koreans set off quite… Read more »

Women’s Show 6/22 – Megyn Kelly interviews Alex Jones

The labyrinthine murkiness of media gets more difficult by the day…… Even Stephen Colbert’s truthiness is on parade.  Did you catch Megan Kelly’s interview/coverage  of Alex Jones?  This is worth examining – the hype from the fake to the outlandish.  “The Feminist Icon” Kelly – so obsessively part of the Fox News Team that helped elect Trump… Read more »

Woman protesting for campaign finance reform and against super PACs

Campaign Finance Reform in St. Pete

Constitutional attorney working on campaign finance reform in St. Petersburg and impeaching President Trump Activists in St. Petersburg are attempting to do what’s never been done before anywhere in the country—that is, to place a total ban on Super PAC donations to political candidates. And they hope it will lead to campaign finance reform around… Read more »

Karen Clay, co-chair Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology

Senate Healthcare Bill Threatens People with Disabilities

Senate Republicans are quietly moving forward with plans to pass a health care bill In the U.S. right now, the number of people without health insurance has been falling since the passing of Obamacare, but that trend could be reversed now that Republicans want to repeal it. The new plan could take away health insurance… Read more »

WMNF will broadcast former FBI Director Comey’s testimony live – here’s a primer

WMNF will be live broadcasting the Comey testimony in front of  the Senate Select Intelligence Committee (SSIC), starting at 10am, courtesy of NPR. It is anticipated to be winding up at 1pm. The SSIC will start a closed hearing at 1pm. Former FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump on May 9… Read more »

Cover of the book Ghost Riders

Military Veteran Criticizes Military Worship

Military Decision-Making in the Trump Administration Host Rob Lorei interviewed  Major Danny Sjursen,  a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has written a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, “Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth… Read more »

Women’s Show 5/25 –Democratic Norms Under Attack and Sexism

Where, oh where has my country gone?           Where on earth can it be?  I wish it were a nursery rhyme.  Our leader says he is committed to bringing peace to the world.  After the arms deal with Saudi Arabia, what kind of peace do you think that will be?  The president’s budget was announced… Read more »

Andrea Prascow

Trump Meets with Leaders of Two Countries with Poor Human Rights Records

Trump Administration Continues to Neglect Human Rights Abuses President Trump met with the Turkish president on Tuesday, and later this week he’ll travel to Saudi Arabia. Human rights activists say that both countries have troubling records on torture, press freedom, and respect for individual liberty. Host Rob Lorei interviewed Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington Director at Human Rights… Read more »

Women’s Show – Abominable Trumpcare and Sara Paretsky as V. I. Warshawski Rises…..

The time of reckoning…  Frustrated?  Ashamed?  Incredulous?  Disturbing?  The words fail, don’t they?  How did it come to this – that we have a man whose moral and emotional temperament are absolutely unsuitable to be the leader of the most powerful country in the world?  When anything is this shocking to a person’s reality, there… Read more »

Immigration Advocate Juan Escalante on Radioactivity Friday

What it’s like to be an undocumented immigrant President Trump is vowing a crackdown on illegal immigration. After some very tough talk about undocumented immigrants during the campaign, President Trump’s administration has issued some new guidelines for treating undocumented immigrants. Host Rob Lorei  spoke with Juan Escalante, who is with a group called America’s Voice,… Read more »

From a Woman’s POV 5/11-Assaults on Democracy and Net Neutrality

Trump…Trump…Trump…the Trumps are Marching…  The assaults on our democracy are coming like machine gun fire – the  separation of church and state.  Last week on National Prayer Day, the president signed a “religious freedom” executive order.  Many breathed a sigh of relief – it could have been so much worse, but attacking the Johnson Amendment… Read more »