Florida State’s Attorneys to combat racial disparity with data, transparency

Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren and Jacksonville’s Melissa Nelson Thursday joined prosecutors from around the country to announce new initiatives aimed at accountability and reducing racial disparity in the justice system. The two participated in the Prosecutorial Performance Indicator project aimed at using detailed data sets to track the success of prosecutor offices and… Read more »

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Florida residents gather to oppose proposed Gulf of Mexico fish farm as Sen. Rubio tries to clear a path

Florida residents and environmental activists gathered online today voicing opposition to a proposed fish farm in the Gulf of Mexico near Sarasota. The testimony comes less than a week after Florida Senator Marco Rubio introduced legislation to clear the way for offshore fish farming. Listen: Gulf Coast waters west of Sarasota County could soon be… Read more »

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Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) says Amy Coney Barrett should be confirmed quickly, despite 2016 precedent

On Saturday, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday morning, U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) said she should be confirmed quickly. Scott spoke on a conference call with reporters organized by the Trump Victory campaign. “I applaud President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the… Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: Jonathan Alter discusses his new biography of Jimmy Carter “HIS VERY BEST”

September 29, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. Our guest today is Jonathan Alter, an award-winning historian, columnist and documentary filmmaker. An MSNBC political analyst and former senior editor at Newsweek, he is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies; The Promise: President Obama, Year One; and The Defining Moment:… Read more »

Hillsborough State Attorney won’t file charges against activist who jumped on hood of car that drove through June protest

The Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office said it will not file charges against an activist who jumped on the hood of a car as it drove through a June protest in Tampa. His attorney said he shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place. Listen: Jason Stuart Flores might not be facing prison time any… Read more »

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WMNF listeners share their opinions about coronavirus mask mandates – some responses will surprise you

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources There is a lot of debate about whether Tampa Bay area counties and cities should continue with ordinances mandating masks or other face coverings to slow the spread of coronavirus. On MidPoint we heard public comments from Pinellas County residents during a commission meeting earlier in September… Read more »

New Port Richey officer who gave intel to armed counter-protester is out of a job and activists want department investigated

A New Port Richey police officer who provided department information about Black Lives Matter protests to a “Back the Blue” activist is no longer employed by the city’s police department. Listen: According to the New Port Richey Police Department, Corey Oliver is a former officer with the department. City Manager Debbie Manns told WMNF his… Read more »

A Conversation With Kris Jozajtis

London’s Notting Hill circa early 80s was yet to be gentrified. The ubiquitous Portobello Road did bring hoards of tourists and suburbanites looking for an actual antique treasure. But the throngs who crowded the ramshackle market on a Saturday were equally delighted to witness a never-ending parade of crusty-hippy-types; rasta youths sporting fierce dreads; skinny-wasted-silk-scarf-draped-wannabe-Keefs… Read more »

St. Pete protesters supporting Breonna Taylor face threats from police supporters and more vehicles after viral video

Before they marched, they prayed. Protesters marched with renewed vigor this week after a grand jury in Kentucky chose to not bring charges against officers who killed Breonna Taylor. Listen: After four straight months of near-daily, peaceful marches, tensions were among the highest they’d been Thursday night. Wednesday, a Tampa Bay Times reporter tweeted a… Read more »

Contaminated water at Piney Point puts Tampa Bay on brink of disaster

Contaminated water at the former Piney Point phosphate plant is nearing the site’s capacity, putting all of Tampa Bay at risk for an environmental crisis. Manatee County Commissioners heard from the site’s manager and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday as officials struggle to come up with a plan. Listen: Time is quickly running… Read more »

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Black Lives Matter groups slam “cynical and nihilistic political stunt” by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

A coalition of more than a dozen social justice groups from across the state slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Tuesday during an online press conference. The groups say that proposals DeSantis made Monday for new laws targeting protesters would “embolden police attacks and terrorize anti-racism and Black Lives Matter organizers in Florida.” St. Petersburg’s Ashley… Read more »

District 64 candidates Harrington and Koster face voter questions in Tiger Bay forum

The candidates for Florida House District 64 met in a virtual candidate forum Friday. They fielded questions ranging from Medicaid expansion to budget priorities in what is one of the more unique races for the state legislature. Listen: District 64 covers part of northwest Hillsborough County and northeast Pinellas. Each candidate hoping to fill the… Read more »

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Florida’s proposed toll roads get another round of online meetings

The Florida Department of Transportation is holding another round of online meetings this week to discuss three proposed toll highways through rural parts of the state. The meetings started with the Northern Turnpike Connector Task Force discussing some of the input they’ve received from the public. Listen: Thousands of Floridians have weighed in on the… Read more »

The Secrets Of Groceries & The Passion For Baking

Benjamin Lorr – The Secret Life Of Groceries  – The Dark Miracle Of The American Supermarket What does it take to run the American supermarket? How do products get to shelves? Who sets the price? And who suffers the consequences of increased convenience end efficiency? In his alarming exposé, author Benjamin Lorr pulls back the… Read more »

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Sweden tried “Herd Immunity” to deal with Coronavirus; it resulted in a death rate many times larger than its neighbors.

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources There has been discussion about the success of Sweden’s “herd immunity” approach to the Coronavirus pandemic on WMNF/Radioactivity this week. Some listeners have claimed that the Swedish government’s plan has been successful. Below is a review of some COVID-19 data. It includes the two leading pandemic countries,… Read more »

Ivanka Trump stops by two Ybor City institutions to sing president’s praises as Trump and Biden vie for Florida’s Latino vote

First Daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump visited Tampa’s Ybor City today. She stopped at La Segunda Bakery before joining former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for a fireside chat at the Columbia Restaurant. Listen: After touring the century-old Ybor institution and literally rolling up her sleeves to help make a loaf of La Segunda’s… Read more »

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After hours of public comment, Pinellas County extends its local emergency, leaving mask mandate in place

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources After hours of public comment Tuesday, the Pinellas County Commission voted unanimously to extend the county’s local coronavirus emergency. The county’s rule requiring face coverings in public remains in place. Dozens of residents weighed in on both sides of the mask issue. Largo resident Virginia Frizzle wants… Read more »

Joe Biden makes first Florida stop to talk vets in Tampa as Democrat and GOP supporters clash outside

Democratic presidential nominee and former vice-president Joe Biden Tuesday made his first stop in Florida since accepting his party’s nomination. Biden gave a speech and held a roundtable about issues facing veterans inside Tampa’s Hillsborough Community College. Enthusiastic supporters of both candidates met on the streets just outside the school’s Dale Mabry campus. Listen: Flags… Read more »

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Activists call for $13 million Tampa police increase to instead be put into social programs

Tampa and Hillsborough County are both set to adopt new budgets this week. Both are also set to increase law enforcement spending as activists in the area call for some of that money to be diverted to social programs. Listen: City and county governments are preparing to finalize their first budgets since widespread calls have… Read more »

Martha Graham, The Dancing Diplomat. A Tribute To Toots

Martha Graham’s Cold War frames the story of Martha Graham and her particular brand of dance modernism as pro-Western Cold War propaganda used by the United States government to promote American democracy. Representing every seated president from Dwight D. Eisenhower through Ronald Reagan, Graham performed politics in the global field for over thirty years. Why did… Read more »

Pasco Black Lives Matter leader to plead not guilty on police battery charge, activists say he’s being targeted

A Black Lives Matter activist in Pasco was arraigned Friday on charges he battered a New Port Richey police officer in July and obstructed the officer without violence. Marlowe Jones will plead not guilty to the charges and maintains he, and other activists, are being targeted by New Port Richey police. Listen: Despite facing a… Read more »