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 »

Food bank Spokesperson Says in Some Parts Of Tampa Bay, 25% of the Population May Be Food Insecure

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/02/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: About 3.1 million people would lose food stamp benefits under the Trump administration’s proposal to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program. As Politico reports in a cost-benefit analysis, USDA estimates that tightening the policy… Read more »

whale stranding photo Redington Beach Florida July 2019

Why do pilot whales strand? We ask experts

On Monday, five pilot whales became stranded in shallow water off Redington Beach in Pinellas County. After a day-long rescue effort, three of the whales were released back into deeper water and two were taken to a nearby rehabilitation facility. In an email on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium told WMNF that… Read more »

A Discussion About Florida’s Springs And What Is Being Done To Protect Them

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 07/26/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: This summer we may see a record number of heat index days reaching over 100 degrees. While environmentalists continue to push Tallahassee and Washington to do something about global warming- progress has been slow. One of… Read more »

Tampa Electric Apollo Beach Big Bend Power Station CO2

Florida Cabinet approves Tampa Electric’s power plant changes despite objections from environmentalists

Tampa Electric got final approval for major changes to its Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach; on Thursday morning the Florida Cabinet voted 3-1 in favor of TECO’s plan that includes reducing the amount of coal used to generate electricity and increasing the burning of methane gas. Holland & Knight attorney Larry Curtin represented… Read more »

Clearwater Rep. Legislator Explains Why He Criticized the “Send Her Back” Chants at the Trump Rally; Professor Points to Similarities between Trump’s Rally and Rallies During the Rise of Fascism

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 07/23/19 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 local elected Republican who has been critical of the chants last week at the Trump campaign rally following President Trump’s tweets last… Read more »