WMNF Board President on the reinstatement of Rob Lorei

In February, WMNF news and public affairs director Rob Lorei was fired. He filed a grievance with the station’s board of directors and its president announced the board’s decision on the WMNF airwaves at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. “This is assistant News and Public Affairs Director Seán Kinane and I am speaking with David Harbeitner… Read more »

FL. Legislature proposes new restrictions on Felon Voting Rights Restoration bill

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that sets conditions on restoring felon voting rights won approval Tuesday from a Florida House committee over the objection of advocates who helped get rights restoration placed in the state constitution. The Brennan Center has a… Read more »

Youth Climate Strike around the world, demanding action from leaders

Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future at the Youth Climate Strike. By FRANK JORDANS and SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry… Read more »

Understanding The Suffrage Movement on Life Elsewhere

Make no mistake, Sally Roesch Wagner is a force to be reckoned with. Her wonderfully rich voice and her crystal-clear articulation tells you she does not suffer fools gladly. You know immediately as your interview beings that Sally Roesch Wagner is not to be trifled with. Yet, even through a heartless digital connection, you cannot… Read more »

Connecticut Supreme Court says gun manufacturer can be sued by Sandy Hook plaintiffs

Court rules gun maker can be sued over Newtown shooting By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun-maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled today. Gun control advocates… Read more »

Florida passes bill to repeal smokable medical marijuana ban

The Legislature wanted to make sure there were some restrictions on use. By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature met Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ deadline to hand him a bill to repeal the state’s ban on smokable medical marijuana when the House passed the legislation Wednesday. While lawmakers aren’t necessarily… Read more »

Senator, seeking its closure, visits migrant youth detention camp in Homestead

Senator tours Florida teen detention camp he wants shut down By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A Democratic senator from Oregon advocating against migrant youth detention camps says he toured a Florida facility and found children are being held there for too long in a restrictive environment. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said… Read more »

Rally Sunday in Tampa: “Say NO to Trump’s War on Women”

Friday is International Women’s Day. On Sunday there’s a rally in downtown Tampa called “International Women’s Day: Say NO to Trump’s War on Women.” WMNF’s Seán Kinane interviewed Jerrica Hoey, with Florida Future Labor Leaders. “Under Trump’s presidency we’ve been seen huge attacks on women’s rights in this country. We’ve been seeing attacks on Title… Read more »

Tampa Bay Express

Community activists want transit options, not just highways, under Tampa Bay Next

The Tampa Bay region will undergo a transportation overhaul during the next several years under what’s being called Tampa Bay Next; the Florida Department of Transportation rolled it out after its predecessor, TBX, faced some local backlash. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, “The Regional Tampa Bay Next is a program to modernize Tampa… Read more »

Herbs Roots of Health on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about herbs. Our guests were Bob Linde, an herbalist and owner of Acupuncture Herbal Therapies in St. Pete; and Renee Crozier, an herbalist and co-director, with Bob, of the Traditions School of Herbal Studies. During the program they answered many questions; including the definition of… Read more »

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers will stop in Tampa on march “4 Fair Food”

Coalition of Immokalee Workers The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is organizing a cross-country march that includes Florida, for what they’re calling the “4 Fair Food” tour to boycott Wendy’s. As part of that tour, the CIW is coming to Tampa. The Tampa event, called “A Human Rights Revolution: Tampa Welcomes the Immokalee Workers” is on March… Read more »

Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker on Afghanistan, Iran and Syria

Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker is diplomat in residence at Princeton University and was U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon under the four presidents who preceded Donald Trump. So, WMNF spoke with Ambassador Crocker about several foreign affairs hot-spots. Late last month the U.S. and Taliban agreed to a framework for a cease-fire… Read more »

Actually, I Mean, It’s Very, You Know, Kind Of…* on Life Elsewhere

Dreyer’s English – An Utterly Correct Guide To Clarity And Style, the new, much-lauded tome from Benjamin Dreyer, Copy Chief at Random House is by any measure a delight to read. This will be no surprise to the fans who lap up his delicious banquet of Tweets. With magician-like skill, he is simultaneously authoritative and droll…. Read more »