Women’s Show discusses the real costs of Medicare for All…..and Title IX 2/25

What is the real cost of “Medicare for all?” Even with the Affordable Care Act, 33 million Americans are uninsured and another 15-55 million are underinsured.  Yet by far, American’s pay the highest  health costs per capita of any nation in the world.  With the elections coming up our healthcare system is still a major issue…. 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 »

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Jeb! campaign post-mortem; what are superdelegates? on Monday’s MidPoint

Jeb! Bush has suspended his campaign for president; we look back at the former Florida governor’s short run for president, what went wrong and what’s next. We also look at the controversial issue of superdelegates – it’s supposed to be one person, one vote, but some persons’ votes count more than yours! We speak with an actual… Read more »

Libertarian Party Presidential Contender Live on Radioactivity

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160219_110620_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Friday’s Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei was joined by one of the top candidates for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, Austin Peterson. The Libertarian party is one of the most successful third parties when considering the number of votes and number of candidates running for public office. Well-known libertarians include politicians… 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 »

How much would a Bernie Sanders healthcare system cost?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160212_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 by Rob Lorei During last night’s Democratic debate, one of the argument that Hillary Clinton levied against Sen. Bernie Sanders is that his plan for single payer healthcare system is unfeasibly expensive; both she and the wall street journal quote a $18 trillion price tag for a single payer model. That number is based… Read more »

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USF students will greet The Donald with Dump Trump action

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is coming to the USF SunDome Friday night and students are organizing a protest outside. Update, here’s audio from Rev. Bruce Wright, just before the Trump rally: WMNF News interviewed Elizabeth Kramer with SDS Tampa — Students for a Democratic Society. Listen: “One of the people saw an article that, you… Read more »

Women for Bernie Sanders meet-up in Tampa Bay

Bernie Sanders won by a landslide in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary; on Wednesday evening the group Tampa Bay Women for Bernie Sanders will meet in St. Petersburg to dispel myths that women and feminists are supporting Hillary Clinton. In New Hampshire, 55% of women voted for Sanders. This comes after a week in which… 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 »

Women’s Show discusses birth, death and taxes… 1/28

Roe vs Wade was a hot topic on From a Woman’s POV    this week. The war on a woman’s right to choose continues. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 on the “Florida for Life Act” or HB865. If made law, it will ban all abortions with the exception of the health and… Read more »

Florida Subcommittee Votes to overturn Roe vs Wade

Just after the Planned Parenthood decision in Texas, where a grand jury not only did not indict Planned Parenthood for selling fetal tissue, but instead chose to indict the Planned Parenthood accusers, the attack on women’s rights to control their bodies continued. On Tuesday the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 in favor of passing Bill HB865, with… Read more »

David Jolly urges Bay area politicians to join his effort to stop wasting time raising money

David Jolly makes a plea across the aisle to get elected officials to stop begging for money and get back to work. The republican US representative from Florida is pushing for more of his colleagues to get on board.  Jolly is upbeat about recruiting local supporters. Jolly’s “Stop Act” bill is meant to halt members… Read more »

Rev. Barry Lynn discusses the role of religion in modern American politics

Religion and personal faith is a topic that has been brought up frequently during this presidential campaign cycle, even though Americans are becoming more and more secular . Today we talk about the role of religion in politics with Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Lynn tackles the… Read more »

Bernie Sanders debate watch-party attracts die-hard supporters

  Tangible grassroots campaign has supporters turning out to voice their endorsement for presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. Last Sunday’s Democratic Debate attracted a nearly a hundred Sanders advocates to The Local 662 bar in Saint Petersburg to watch the debate on a huge video screen.  Sanders supporters are eager to let it be known… Read more »

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Floridians Organize to Overturn Citizens United

By Rob Lorei Its been six years since The United States Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision which determined that political campaign contributions from corporations are protected as a first amendment right under the condition’s of corporate personhood. Since then the amount of corporate money donated to election campaigns has double between 2010 and… Read more »

Florida This Week; Perspectives on latest Democratic debate

By Rob Lorei Today on radioactivity we listen to the latest  Florida this week, a news and public affairs show moderated by Rob Lorei that airs every Friday night at 8:30 on local PBS station WEDU. This week’s panel offers political insights on the biggest political issues in Florida: Gov. Rick Scott call for a… Read more »

Radioactivity listeners chime in on Thursday’s GOP debate.

BY Rob Lorei On today’s Radioactivity, we open up the phone lines to listener  comments on Thursday’s GOP debate from Charleston, South Carolina. Highlights from last night’s discourse include criticism of President Obama’s handle on gun control and a dispute between  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump regarding Cruz’s eligibility to run due his birthplace in Canada…. 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 »

Local choir production celebrates the Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

By Rob Lorei Today, Host Rob Lorei speaks with September Penn, director of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song, a musical production centered around the freedom songs of the Civil Rights Era. Many of these songs were adapted from religious spirituals and crafted to carry the message of equal rights for… Read more »