9/11 remembered by peace supporters

As America marked the tenth anniversary of September eleventh yesterday, the county’s attention was fixed on remembering lives lost in the now infamous tragedy. But while many folks used the day to justify retaliatory military action such as the Wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, some people in Tampa promoted a message of peace. Musicians, activists,… Read more »

HIV/AIDS infections an epidemic among African-Americans

Florida HIV infection rates have increased recently in two groups: gay and bisexual males, and African-American females. WMNF’s Josh Holton reports from today’s National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS conference at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. A report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC,… Read more »

The Church Of Scientology responds To Janet Reitman’s book Inside Scientology

Last Monday on this program we featured an interview with Janet Reitman, author of a new book called Inside Scientology. Reitman describes the book as the first objective book on Scientology. It describes a church with fewer members than what church officials proclaim. It describes an autocratic ruler in charge of the church-David Miscavage who… Read more »

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 »