MidPoint for Thursday, May 10 – MAPS executive director Rick Doblin

Rick Doblin is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a nonprofit and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. Recently, the results of a pioneering U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy… Read more »

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on oil drilling off Florida

Zinke: “no new oil and gas platforms off the coast of Florida”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said again Thursday that there will be no new oil and gas platforms off the state of Florida; his position on drilling off the coasts of Florida has been confusing this year. He was challenged Thursday in a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing by Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen regarding draft regulations… Read more »

The Nazis Next Door in Tampa; and Heightened War Tensions in the Middle East Between Iran and Israel

Is a wider war about to break out in the Middle East and Southwest Asia? There are already conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Northern Iraq and other parts of the region. Some call it a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Has the US just officially joined that war by getting out of the Iran… Read more »

A Compelling Story Explained + A Vulnerable & Insightful Voice on Life Elsewhere

‘In Everything is Borrowed, acclaimed architect Nicholas Moscowitz lands a major commission, but his drive suddenly falters. The site of the new project awakens guilty memories, and when he digs into the place’s history, he uncovers a 19th-century Moskowitz whose life offers strange parallels to his own. As Nicholas grows obsessed with this shadow man, the… Read more »

Cars Versus Car-less on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living program our topic was Urban and Transportation Planning for our future. Guests included, Al Bartolotta, Rodney Chatman, and Chelsea Favero from Forward Pinellas; also from the University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation and Research (CUTR) the director, Professor Robert Berniti joined the program. Topics discussed centered on car-less… Read more »

Don’t believe what you read! Fake News roundup

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week. By The Associated Press A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real… Read more »

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Privacy concerns over police using dead man’s finger to unlock phone?

On WMNF’s MidPoint Monday we discussed privacy concerns that arise from police trying to use a dead man’s finger to unlock his phone; we also heard part of President Donald Trump’s speech at the National Rifle Association. In March, Linus Phillip was shot and killed by police at a gas station in Pinellas County. Officers say… Read more »

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Hillsborough Commission delays decision on expanding to 9 single-member districts

The Hillsborough County Commission has delayed its decision on expanding to nine single-member districts and three other changes to the county charter; that came after several members of the public spoke out Wednesday morning against the proposed changes and against how the process seemed rushed. One of them was long-time Hillsborough resident, Taylor Ward. “I’ve… Read more »

In West Tampa, Rick Scott celebrates the U.S. as a melting pot while wooing Puerto Rican voters

With more than 200,000 Puerto Ricans migrating to Florida in the aftermath of last fall’s Hurricane Maria, that already ascendant voting bloc in the Sunshine State has become an even more significant voting demographic as the U.S. Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott looms this November. And Scott is working… Read more »

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Indivisible Action Tampa Bay endorses Andrew Gillum for Florida governor

A progressive group in the Tampa Bay area has made its first endorsement in the Democratic primary for Florida governor; Indivisible Action Tampa Bay members voted to endorse Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. WMNF News interviewed the group’s founder, Christine Hanna. “We really were looking at the candidates’ alignment with our progressive values and the alignment… Read more »

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A young person suing Florida Governor Rick Scott on climate change inaction: on WMNF’s MidPoint Monday

On MidPoint Monday we heard from one of the young people suing Florida Governor Rick Scott and others in the state government over their inaction on climate change. We had two guests: 18-year-old college freshman and climate activist Delaney Reynolds and Tampa-area attorney Guy Burns, a Managing Partner at Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP. Reynolds is… Read more »

The Poet, The Author & The Eccentric Physician on Life Elsewhere

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is a best-selling poet and author, she also happens to be the possessor of an infectious laugh. We’ll get to the eccentric physician part in a moment. Cristin has the remarkable ability to share emotive stories about the death of her mother in poetry while being cleverly funny. She uses the same… Read more »

David Straz gets closer to announcing his candidacy for Tampa Mayor

Philanthropist and former banker David Straz is one step closer to officially entering the race for Tampa mayor, announcing in a statement on Friday that he has registered as a Democrat. The 75-year-old Straz has most recently been registered as a political independent, but previously had been a longtime Republican. He has given substantial campaign contributions… Read more »

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Several coral species could go locally extinct in Florida from white-plague disease

A mysterious disease is killing Florida corals, and a coral reef ecologist says the disease is still spreading and causing local extinctions of some coral species. What’s called white-plague disease spread when corals were already stressed and vulnerable after heat waves caused widespread coral bleaching. During a conference with reporters Thursday, the director of marine… Read more »

Local Woman Survives Dangerous Form of Cancer Dedicates Her Life to Inspiring Others

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll meet a local woman who, after surviving an extremely rare and dangerous form of cancer, has had an amazing series of adventures in her life— including a 1200 mile sailing trip. We’ll meet her in a moment. Later we’ll talk about central Florida Sheriff… Read more »