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Advocates warn Florida’s Parent’s Bill of Rights will have fatal consequence for LGBTQ youth

A bill some fear will compel teachers and counselors to forcibly out LGBTQ students to their families is making another round through the Florida legislature and some fear the consequences could be fatal. With passage in the House Thursday, the Parent’s Bill of Rights is one step closer to becoming law. LISTEN: Kent Marerro of… Read more »

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Florida bills limiting transgender participation in sports look a lot like an Idaho bill already struck down in federal court

Bills limiting the participation of transgender girls in school sports are being criticized for lacking scientific basis. And they look a lot like model legislation that’s already been struck down by federal courts in other states. LISTEN: Two of the bills being pushed through the legislature are, for all intents and purposes, bans on transgender… Read more »

A Conversation About Keats’s Odes With Anahid Nersessian

In 1819, the poet John Keats wrote six poems that would become known as the Great Odes. Some of them—“Ode to a Nightingale,” “To Autumn”—are among the most celebrated poems in the English language. Associate professor of English, Anahid Nersessian has gathered the odes to write a personal account of what they reveal in our troubled… Read more »

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Radioactivity Thursday: Local Medical Doctor Trained in Cuba Calls for Lifting Trade Embargo

March 25, 2021 Good morning, I’m Rob Lorei and this is WMNF’s Radioactivity program. Our guest today is Dr. Graham Sowa, MD, 35,  who practices internal medicine here in Hillsborough County. He has an unusual story. Born in Texas he decided to go to medical school and found that Cuba was offering free training to… Read more »

State Attorney, Supreme Court Justice, Sheriff say HB1 protest bill is unconstitutional affront on democracy

Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren joined a former Florida Supreme Court Justice and a former Sheriff Thursday in blasting the HB1 protest bill. The group called the bill an unconstitutional affront on democracy. No solutions, just more problems Of the 20 State Attorneys in Florida, Warren is one of the few who’s actually dealt… Read more »

Hillsborough’s biggest criminal justice stakeholders commit to supporting civil citations, addressing racial bias

Some of Tampa Bay’s biggest criminal justice stakeholders Monday said they’d support more access to arrest avoidance programs and would address racial bias issues. They spoke during an annual meeting of the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, but some stakeholders were noticeably absent. LISTEN: Sheriff Chad Chronister and Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan are… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Covid long-haulers; local firefighter recounts his near year-long battle with the coronavirus

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources March 18, 2021 Good morning. I’m Rob Lorei. Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. It’s often said that young people usually don’t get infected with COVID 19. And if they do, their symptoms aren’t that serious. Today on the program we’ll meet a COVID long-hauler, a 37 year old… Read more »

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Different reactions to the gun violence in Boulder, CO

The suspect in Monday’s Boulder supermarket shootings bought the assault rifle six days before he allegedly shot and killed ten people. Investigators have not established a motive. On Tuesday President Biden reiterated his priorities for gun safety: banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and closing gun background check loopholes. “It received votes from both Republicans… Read more »

Florida’s GOP-backed voting bills could disenfranchise millions of elderly and disabled Floridians, especially in minority communities

Supervisors of Elections and advocates for voting access said changes to existing laws could disenfranchise millions of elderly and disabled persons in Florida. Some of the greatest impacts would be felt in minority communities. LISTEN: Republican Rep. Blaise Ingoglia presented a House version of the election bill during a Monday meeting of the Public Integrity… Read more »

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Radioactivity Friday: Florida House takes up controversial bill that would criminalize protest

March 19, 2021 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. The Florida House will consider a controversial bill next week that would increase penalties on protests. Democrats and others argue the measure would violate First Amendment rights and have a chilling effect on peaceful protests. The bill (HB 1),is  a priority of House Speaker Chris… Read more »

What Animals May Tell Us About Aliens. A Return Visit With Katherine May.

Was Arik Kershenbaum’s intent in writing, The Zoologist’s Guide To The Galaxy to make the reader reconsider – everything? To look at our world from a new perspective? “Yes!” the zoologist, College Lecturer, and Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge responds rapidly. His new book will not only make you think, you’ll also find yourself wanting… Read more »