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 »

Jeb Bush rally

Jeb Bush tries to rejuvenate campaign in Tampa

Jeb Bush is kicking off a tour of Florida, South Carolina and New Hampshire, trying to jump-start his slumping campaign. A handful of local elected officials were among the crowd of about 250 people squeezed into the reception hall of the Tampa Garden Club on Bayshore Blvd Monday morning. Some prominent Florida politicians took to the podium to endorse… Read more »

USA Today journalist pulls back veil on Nixon in newest book

Today on Radioactivity, we are joined by Ray Locker, USA Today Enterprise editor and former reporter for the Tampa Tribune, about his newest book  Nixon’s Gamble. In the book, Locker looks at how the Nixon administration created a secret new national security power structure that undermined U.S. policy and values and still affects Washington today.

Bernie Sanders supporters “Feel the Bern” at St Petersburg debate viewing party

Bernie Sanders delivered the goods to his base and beyond during the first live Democratic presidential debate. Last night more than 40 people showed up to watch the debate at a Bernie Sanders viewing party held at the historic Manhattan Casino located in the Deuces neighborhood of Saint Petersburg. The South Saint Petersburg viewing party… 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 »

Florida This Week looks at Pope Francis’s US visit, Hillsborough School District budget shortfall

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we listen to the latest edition of Florida This Week, a public affairs talk show moderated by Rob Lorei and broadcast on PBS station WEDU on Friday nights. This episode’s panel (Hillsborough Republican Party Secretary Sharon Calvert, NPR’s Eric Deggans, Tampa Tribune Columnist Joe Henderson, Attorney Ron Weaver) discuss Pope… Read more »

Democratic firebrand Alan Grayson dispatches good news to minimum wage workers

Congressman Alan Grayson urges for Florida low wage earners to unionize. In a roundtable discussion, the congressman spoke with 10 or so minimum-wage workers, last Saturday at Tampa Letter Carriers Hall. Alan Grayson ramps up his campaign for Senator Marco Rubio’s seat by telling workers he’s got their back when in comes to a living… Read more »

Women’s POV discusses Government Shutdown and Non-violent Protest 9/24

  Reporting from the Land of Oz…..     …and here the Pope has arrived… Congress is in a knockdown, drag out battle threatening to bring government to a halt over abortion.  I really do not think this is to impress the Pope and hoping that he will forgive us for our moral failings. EMILY CROCKETT of… Read more »

Radioactivity finds out: what exactly is Democratic Socialism?

throughout most of Bernie Sanders presidential run, a lot have attention has been drawn to the fact that he is a self-described democratic socialist. But what exactly is democratic socialism? Joining us is Maria Svart, the National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America, to give insight into the this ideology that pairs democratic political… Read more »

Women’s POV Explores Planned Parenthood Lies 9/10

So many serious problems to focus on: the Iran Nuclear deal, the catastrophic migrant crisis, climate change talks, wars, floods , the economy-hard to know the most serious to address.  But apparently not to members of Congress– the most serious concern in Congress- with threats to bring the government to a halt is — PLANNED… Read more »

Florida this Week looks at GOP debate, Richard Corocan’s promise to reform lobbying

Today on Radioactivity, we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political talks show moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei and broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday Nights. This week’s Panel includes:Tampa Crossroads Executive Director Sara Romeo; Tampa Bay Times columnist William March, and Dr.  USF Distinguished Professor Susan MacManus, Migrant’s Foundation director Daniel Alvarez. They discuss… Read more »

Radioactivity fact-checks the GOP debate with Politifact editor Angie Holan

By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, we heard which comments  from the latest Republican presidential debate were true, and which ones were a pants-on-fire lie.  Angie Holan, editor of the fact-checking news website Politifact, joined host Rob Lorei. They looked at statements made by the candidates on the Planned Parenthood controversy; the validity of health claims made… Read more »

Radioactivity listeners weigh in on last nights GOP debate

Today we listen back to some key moments of last night’s Republican presidential debate that was broadcast live on CNN from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, regarding topics such as religious freedom and illegal immigration . We also listen to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ response to the debates before opening up the phone… 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 »

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 »

CO2

Florida scientists warn about ocean acidification

There are at least three major ways that skyrocketing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are affecting the oceans and species, like humans, that depend on them; you probably already know about soaring temperatures and about rising seas, but scientists discussed the third – ocean acidification – at a roundtable panel Wednesday in Sarasota. Higher concentrations… Read more »

Kriseman Cuba

Kriseman told Cuba its consulate should be in St. Pete

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has returned from what he called a “very worthwhile trip” to Cuba. During a press conference at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, Kriseman said he was blown away by the beauty and the arts in Havana. The St. Petersburg delegation met for two hours with the deputy director for American affairs… Read more »

Florida This Week looks at congressional maps mess; Bush v. Trump on immigration

By Rob Lorei Today we listen back on the latest Florida this week from local PBS station WEDU, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week’s panelist ( 70th district rep. Darryl Rouson, Political Consultant Adam Goodman,  Former TV Reporter and Documentary filmmaker Lynn Marvin Dingfelder, New College Professor Frank Alcock) look… Read more »

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig may run for president on clean elections platform

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig has launched an exploratory campaign to run for President of the United States in 2016; his main issue is to give individual voters more power in elections by reversing the tendency of big money in elections. Each election cycle, it seems, sets a new record for campaign spending, breaking the record of… Read more »

Kathy Castor will announce position on Iran deal in week or two

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) says she has not yet announced her position on the Iran nuclear agreement. At an unrelated event Wednesday morning at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Castor answered questions from media and said, “I’m going to make an announcement in another week or two.” The Republican-dominated House is likely… Read more »

Rep. David Jolly calls Trump a liar, takes hard line on Obamacare and Iran deal

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei interviews  13th District Congressman David Jolly, who makes his case for his run for the senate seat vacated by Marco Rubio as he runs for president. Jolly outlines his positions on the the Affordable Care Act, current foreign policies regarding Iran and ISIS, and Social Security. He also calls Donald… Read more »