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A Florida panhandle county could grant access for onshore oil and gas drilling

In December the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Oil & Gas Program issued “Final Permits” to Cholla Petroleum for six exploratory oil & gas wells. They would be located between the Apalachicola River, Dead Lakes and Chipola River in the Florida Panhandle, west of Tallahassee. On Tuesday the Calhoun County Commission will hold public hearings… Read more »

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Civil liberties group warns about face recognition system considered by Florida law enforcement departments

Civil liberties advocates are warning about powerful face recognition software that could be coming to a police department near you. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that about a dozen law enforcement agencies in Florida have tested or purchased a facial recognition system from a company called Clearview AI. WMNF interviewed Nate Freed Wessler, a… Read more »

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Oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster spread over a larger area than previously thought: scientists

A new study led by scientists in Florida finds that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster spread over a much larger area than previously thought. The research was published yesterday in the journal Science Advances. Steve Murawski is a professor at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg and a… Read more »

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President Trump Proposes Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 02/13/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll hear what President Trump is proposing in his new budget to do with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But first… Read more »

USF St. Pete students react to their volunteer experiences on New Hampshire presidential campaigns

Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday; the second- and third-place finishers, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, also earned delegates with their strong performance. They had help on their campaigns from political science students from the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. Peyton Johnson, a senior majoring in political… Read more »

The Negativity Effect & Standing Out

Why are we devastated by a word of criticism even when it’s mixed with lavish praise? Because our brains are wired to focus on the bad. This negativity effect explains things great and small: why countries blunder into disastrous wars, why couples divorce, why people flub job interviews, how schools fail students, why football coaches… Read more »

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USF St. Petersburg students head to New Hampshire primary to work on presidential campaigns

Students from a University of South Florida St. Petersburg political science course are leaving this weekend for New Hampshire to work on political campaigns. For more than a week, they’ll get hands-on experience working for their favorite candidate in the run-up to the February 11 primary election. Senior political science major Peyton Johnson will work… Read more »

Human Rights in Russia Through the Lens of Gender Politics

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/30/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about that big moment yesterday during the impeachment trial of President Trump where one of the President’s defenders made… Read more »

State workers say they have not seen pay increases to keep up with inflation

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/24/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. On the first part of today’s program we’re going to discuss wages for workers—specifically state workers. Later in this program we’ll hear how listeners responded to… Read more »

A Rare, Intimate Conversation With Colin Moulding

While XTC was founded in 1972, it wasn’t until 1979 that XTC had their first UK charting single. Although less prolific than his bandmate, Andy Partridge, bass-player, Colin Moulding wrote the first three charting singles Life Begins At The Hop, Making Plans For Nigel, and Generals and Majors. By 2007 it was reported that Colin “was not interested in music”. Yet over the next couple of years,… Read more »

When It Comes to Wasteful Pentagon Spending, Congress Offers Little Oversight

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/23/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: On Radioactivity today we’ll look at one area of government spending which gets little scrutiny.  For several years now President Trump has claimed that he “rebuilt” the US military- implying that… Read more »

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70 abortion rights supporters rally in St. Petersburg

Wednesday in St. Petersburg, about 70 demonstrators voiced their support for reproductive freedom on all four corners of an intersection along Central Avenue in downtown. What was called the “Roe v Wade Anniversary Visibility Event” was met with about five counter-demonstrators holding signs like “Stop Abortion Now.” In the Florida Legislature, a bill that will… Read more »

Local nurse practitioners discuss HB607, which gives them more independence from doctors

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/22/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Later in the program we’ll talk about the debate that began yesterday over impeaching President Trump. But first— Access to health care in… Read more »

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Conservation groups sue Trump administration for not protecting green sea turtle habitat

In Florida, the population numbers of several sea turtle species are improving, including green sea turtles; but conservation groups are suing the Trump administration for not doing enough to protect green sea turtle habitat. Jaclyn Lopez is Florida director with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups that filed a lawsuit last week…. Read more »

Governor DeSantis Gets Low Marks on Environmental Protection

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/14/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. As we speak the state legislature is beginning its annual two month session—with a series of speeches by elected state officials in the Capitol in Tallahassee…. Read more »

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Thousands of Florida teachers rally in the state Capitol

The Florida Legislative session begins Tuesday. Teachers and their allies held a massive demonstration on Monday in Tallahassee. On MidPoint, we spoke with the president of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, Rob Kriete, about education issues. “We have a sea of people and buses here. The buses are countless, with teachers, educators, educational support professionals,… Read more »

A Conversation With Walter Lure

The Heartbreakers…Drugs…Johnnie Thunders…Jerry Nolan…Richard Hell…Ramones…New York Dolls…Drugs…Mink De Ville…Sex Pistols…Drugs…Malcolm McLaren…The Clash…The Buzzcocks…The Damned…Heroin…New York in the early ’70s…London in the late ’70s…Drugs…Touring…Keith Richards…Drugs…Sex…Drugs…Walter Lure doesn’t drop names to impress or enhance his stories. As he speaks in his slightly reserved, matter-of-fact way, you quickly realize the infamous New York rocker and last surviving member… Read more »

Proof that Soleimani killed hundreds of Americans is “groundless” says Middle East expert

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/10/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: A week ago the US assassinated the top military leader in Iran—as he was traveling in Iraq. The latest justification by President Trump was that he was that Qasem Soleimani, the… Read more »