immigration migrant families

Migrant advocates will hold vigil and “noise demonstration” in Ybor City Friday night

In a tweet this week, President Donald Trump announced that ICE will start deporting millions of people from the U.S.; that’s not the only thing upsetting advocates for immigrants. There’s also the Trump administration’s family separation policy and the recent trial of a man in Arizona who provided humanitarian aid to people traveling through the… Read more »

transit refererendum

Judge rules that Hillsborough’s All For Transportation tax is valid

Late Tuesday a judge ruled that Hillsborough County’s one cent sales tax surcharge for transportation is legal. But the judge negated some of the voter-approved charter amendment’s language about spending allocations and restrictions. To find out what it means for transportation spending in Hillsborough, WMNF spoke with Tyler Hudson, chair of All For Transportation, the… Read more »

Columnist Paula Dockery On Radioactivity

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/18/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—we’ll speak with a former Republican legislator who is now a political independent and a newspaper columnist. Our guest is Paula Dockery. We’re going to talk about… Read more »

TECO CO2 emissions / climate change

Sierra Club says TECO plant conversion to gas would be “generational betrayal”

Next month the Florida Cabinet will consider granting approval to Tampa Electric Company to convert part of its Apollo Beach electric plant from coal to methane gas. But groups like the Sierra Club, Extinction Rebellion Tampa Bay and Organize Florida oppose converting to gas and think TECO should convert to solar energy generation instead. They’re… Read more »

Amid Public Outcry, Hillsborough Planners Vote In Favor of Interstate Expansion

After over four hours of comments from the public Tuesday night, the board that sets long-term transportation priorities for Hillsborough County voted to keep two controversial projects to add lanes to the interstate north of downtown Tampa. The Metropolitan Planning Organization supported plans to add a lane to I-275 in each direction from Rev. Dr…. Read more »

Tampa Mayor’s Forum on the Arts

On Wednesday night, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor held The Mayor’s Forum on the Arts. In her opening speech, Mayor Castor committed to, “grow the arts in a very, very big way.” She stressed the need to use art within the Tampa community to incentivize curb appeal and tell the story of our unique, diverse neighborhoods,… Read more »

Florida is third worst state in U.S. for sex-trafficking, two local criminology professors look at why

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/13/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning- welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—  It is estimated that over 20 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide. Statistics rank Florida as the third highest trafficking destination in the country,… Read more »

Author of “American Prison” Discusses Conditions For Prisoners in the U.S.

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/12/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— Corporations are making a good profit housing prisoners– what’s it like to be a guard in a private, for profit prison? It’s a growing business and… Read more »

Economic Policy Institute: Young Workers Face Low Wages

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/11/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—American wages continue to lag behind for many workers—especially people just out of high school. In the Economic Policy Institute’s new report:  “Class of 2019: High School Edition,” they look at the… Read more »

FDOT Secretary photo

MPO will vote on Hillsborough transportation priorities — will widening interstate be one?

On Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s board [MPO] will meet to vote transportation priorities; it will consider plans for expanding the number of lanes and overpasses where I-4 and I-275 meet near downtown Tampa. And the MPO will consider adding lanes on I-275 from downtown north to Bearrs Avenue. One… Read more »

Florida This Week From June 7th, 2019 On Radioactivity

Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei Plays Audio From Florida This Week on WEDU Listen Here: Select 06/10/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In This morning we’ll hear a replay of Florida This Week which is a TV showing airing every Friday night on WEDU-TV (Tampa), Florida’s most watched PBS station. Florida This… Read more »

Journalist Says Pentagon Can’t Account for Trillions of Tax Dollars Spent

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/07/19 in the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—what agency of the federal government cannot account for trillions of dollars in spending of tax dollars? We’ll find out in a moment. But first—two listener comments about… Read more »

Havana Cuba Jose Marti

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist: Floridians & Cubans are harmed by Trump travel restrictions

This week the Trump administration placed further restrictions on the rights of Americans to travel to Cuba; among the new restrictions are cruise ships and group “people to people” travel. For reaction, WMNF asked Democratic Congress member Charlie Crist, who recently visited Cuba. “Well, it’s disappointing. Obviously, it will significantly affect the cruise industry, which… Read more »

TECO power plant in Apollo Beach Florida burns coal and releases water vapor plus greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change

Food & Water Watch report warns against TECO’s Big Bend conversion to gas

Food & Water Watch released a report Wednesday called “The Fracking Endgame,” which criticizes natural gas exploration and blames it for pollution, making the climate crisis worse and increasing the abundance of plastics. Brooke Errett, an organizer with Food & Water Watch, says the report should make Tampa Electric Company reconsider converting part of its… Read more »

La Gaceta Editor and Publisher Discusses Trump’s Cuba Travel Restrictions

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 06/05/19 in the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning- welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. The Trump administration is banning cruises to Cuba under new restrictions on U.S. travel to the Caribbean island– imposed yesterday– to pressure its government to reform and stop… Read more »

Hurricane Preparedness in Florida and Child Care: Who Should Have Control, Parents Or The State?

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Choose 06/04/19 in the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—We’ll get prepared for the hurricane season that just got underway on Saturday. And later—in the battle over the proper medical treatment for children—who should have more… Read more »

Rob Lorei Interviews Caroline Fredrickson, author of Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts, and Fair Elections

From Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen here: Select Wednesday, May 29th from the drop down menu. The interview begins 30 minutes into the program. Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Read the transcript by Blannie Whelan below: Rob Lorei (Host): Our next guest today is Caroline Fredrickson, author of Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight… Read more »