Janet Reitman: author of Inside Scientology (The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion)

Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Scientology, a religion founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard describes itself as the world’s fastest growing religion. The Church of Scientology is a significant player locally—owning significant amounts of real estate in Clearwater and Ybor City. For years the church has been embroiled in scandal…. Read more »

The Plight and Promise of Africa

The Plight and Promise of Africa was an educational and global awareness initiative of Eckerd College in 2010. Throughout the year WMNF reported on various lectures and community events that were a part of the college’s initiative. Alizza Punzalan-Hall is the director of Community and media relations and co-chair of The Plight and Promise of… Read more »

Health Care Debate Heats Up

Tuesday night, members of the Pinellas County Medical Association met at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where two doctors debated health care reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Dr. David McKalip and Dr. Mona Mangat went head-to-head for nearly two hours. McKalip, a neurosurgeon, calls for its repeal. Mangat, a physician… Read more »

Refugees become citizens at World Refugee Day

Many local refugees can now call America their true home this week. On Saturday the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force celebrated World Refugee Day with naturalization ceremonies, awards, films, and resettlement services from local refugee organizations in Tampa and Largo. Waving small American flags, newly naturalized US refugees were declared citizens, some after waiting almost… Read more »

Protestors urge nationalization of BP

Today, protesters gathered in St. Petersburg to rally against oil giant BP for its role in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blast that resulted in an uncontrolled oil leak. WMNF’s Joshua Holton reports. More WMNF coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: BP’s track record on safety and are the chemical dispersants harmful to the… Read more »

Alex Sink works to secure loans for small businesses

Today more than a dozen small business owners gathered to hear financial advice form the state’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. At the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Sink heard some of their struggles and optimism, while giving suggestions for improving Florida’s economy, and galvanizing job creation. Small businesses play an important part in Florida’s… Read more »