Robert Kuttner Outlines How a Progressive Populist Democrat Can Beat Trump in 2020

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 09/03/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei Our next guest is Robert Kuttner the co-founder of The American Prospect Magazine. In his new book about the upcoming presidential election he says that neglect by Democratic… Read more »

Is Chinese investment the path to revive US factories?

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/28/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Acclaimed film makers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar and a team of cinematographers spent three years documenting the revival of a former auto plant just outside of Dayton, Ohio in their new film AMERICAN FACTORY. The … Read more »

Severe weather preparation and Tampa Bay area resources, shelters, sandbag information

Hurricane Dorian is expected to seriously impact Florida as a major hurricane. Here are severe weather resources and sandbag information for the Tampa Bay area.  This post will be updated as new resources and sandbag locations are available. Check out the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network for updates here WMNF’s Seán Kinane interviewed meteorologist Ray… Read more »

Florida toll roads task forces meet in Tampa; environmentalists say don’t build them

The three task forces that will decide the parameters of new toll roads through rural west Florida met for the first time Tuesday at the Tampa Convention Center. But many environmental groups oppose the toll roads, saying they’re unnecessary, will lead to sprawl and could harm sensitive ecosystems and natural resources. Lindsay Cross is government… Read more »

Neglected African American cemeteries are a haunting testament to perpetual racism

The Robles Park Village government housing project that sits atop Zion Cemetery is falling apart. Apartments are riddled with dangerous mold. Leaks and structural issues disturb the residents. Many are without air conditioning to ward off the deadly summer heat. Daily life is a struggle, and now there’s a spiritual fervor in the air. Since… Read more »

New Coalition Forms to Fight for Lower Drug Prices; And Florida’s Largest Utility Companies Fight Against More Energy Effficiency

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/20/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: There’s a new coalition to try to lower drug prices in the US. The group says the only way to get drug prices down is to get government to take action. Today they are holding a… Read more »

Water activist opposes Nestlé’s plan to bottle 1 million gallons a day from Florida springs

Nestlé wants to take more than one million gallons of water a day from Florida springs near Ginnie Springs and the Santa Fe River; the giant multinational corporation plans to put the water into plastic bottles and sell it at a tremendous markup. But environmentalists oppose the move. WMNF interviewed Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, a board member… Read more »

Former Congressman David Jolly on President Trump: “It Breaks My Heart What He’s Doing to This Country”

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/16/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning- welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—in the wake of recent mass shootings in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio– what are the chances that any sort of legislation to limit… Read more »

Study: Census under-count of Hispanics could cost Florida a half billion dollars

Florida could lose between $130 million and $550 million from the federal government, depending on the scale of the under-count of Latinos in the upcoming census; those numbers were calculated in a new study by the group Child Trends. WMNF interviewed Lina Guzman, the director of Child Trend’s Hispanic Institute. “We’re estimating that Florida is… Read more »

Senior Policy Analyst for National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Answers Questions From The Public

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/15/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—we’ll answer your questions about Social Security. When is the best age to retire? Will Social Security be here in twenty years? What if I am paid… Read more »

Do we really have free speech in the US?

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/13/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— Yesterday marked the second anniversary of Charlottesville where far right groups marched through the Virginia city- objecting to the removal of a confederate statue and chanting… Read more »

Investigative report finds some Florida election systems are hooked up to the internet, despite official denials

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/09/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Rob interviews investigative journalist Kim Zetter, author of the VICE News investigative report: “Florida Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials”. FROM VICE: EXCLUSIVE: FLORIDA ELECTION SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN LEFT EXPOSED ONLINE DESPITE OFFICIAL… Read more »

Despite all the talk about government funding for mental health, Tampa Bay nonprofits aren’t seeing increases

In the aftermath of the mass shootings this week, part of the conversation turned to mental illnesses and calls for increased government funding for mental health services. In his speech Monday President Donald Trump suggested a link between acts of violence and mental health. “Third, we must reform our mental health laws to better identify… Read more »

Gun control activist says the state legislature and Attorney General Ashley Moody are “pulling out all the stops” to block proposed military-style weapons ban amendment from being on Florida ballot next year

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/06/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. After another series of gun massacres shocked the country this past weekend- many people are wondering what can be done to limit gun violence in the US? We’re… Read more »

Mix of solemnity, frustration at St. Pete vigil for victims of gun violence

About three hundred people held candles, prayed and cheered during a vigil against gun violence Monday night in St. Petersburg. On stage, elected officials and activists made passionate speeches, some of them furious that mass shootings continue. Before the vigil, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) expressed his frustration with the U.S. Senate for not… Read more »