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Cuba expert defends Sanders’ statement about education under Fidel; Democratic “superdelegates” and a possible “brokered convention”

About a week ago, establishment politicians criticized Senator Bernie Sanders for his comments about Cuba on 60 minutes. The Democratic presidential frontrunner said that when Fidel Castro was president of Cuba there was repression, but Castro also instituted high-quality education. Republicans and many Democrats slammed Sanders for those remarks. But on WMNF’s MidPoint Monday, a… Read more »

The Christian nationalists who back President Trump

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Follow this link and select 02/26/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: One of the great mysteries of the Trump era is how a man who has two ex-wives, multiple accusations of sexual harassment and rape, multiple bankruptcies and dozens of lawsuits, openly boasted… Read more »

St. Petersburg and Tampa Mayors

Mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa weigh in on Rays and other issues

The mayors of the region’s two largest cities answered questions Friday from Tampa Tiger Bay Club members. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor spoke about a range of topics like the Tampa Bay Rays, sustainability and climate change and the Florida Legislature infringing upon cities and counties. Kriseman and Castor were asked… Read more »

What did Bernie Sanders really say about Fidel Castro?

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Follow this link and select 02/25/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today: Bernie Sanders is being criticized across cable television news channels this morning for remarks he made about the late Cuban leader… Read more »

An interview with ‘Sweet Home Monteverde’ director and the Democratic Presidential Debate

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 02/20/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Later in the program we’ll hear excerpts from that fiery Democratic debate last night in Las vegas. The first one featuring billionaire Michael Bloomberg. First up… Read more »

German Consul to Florida discusses tourism business investment, the rise of the far-right and immigration

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 02/19/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Our guest today will be speaking  afternoon at the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs (http://www.stpetersburgconferenceonworldaffairs.com) . He’s Andreas Siegel Germany’s Consul General in Florida. We sat down for this interview… Read more »

"Don't Drill Our Coasts" beach ball. offshore drilling

A Florida panhandle county could grant access for onshore oil and gas drilling

In December the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Oil & Gas Program issued “Final Permits” to Cholla Petroleum for six exploratory oil & gas wells. They would be located between the Apalachicola River, Dead Lakes and Chipola River in the Florida Panhandle, west of Tallahassee. On Tuesday the Calhoun County Commission will hold public hearings… Read more »

face recognition

Civil liberties group warns about face recognition system considered by Florida law enforcement departments

Civil liberties advocates are warning about powerful face recognition software that could be coming to a police department near you. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that about a dozen law enforcement agencies in Florida have tested or purchased a facial recognition system from a company called Clearview AI. WMNF interviewed Nate Freed Wessler, a… Read more »

BP oil spill USF Gulf of Mexico

Oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster spread over a larger area than previously thought: scientists

A new study led by scientists in Florida finds that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster spread over a much larger area than previously thought. The research was published yesterday in the journal Science Advances. Steve Murawski is a professor at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg and a… Read more »

Trump 2021 Budget

President Trump Proposes Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 02/13/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll hear what President Trump is proposing in his new budget to do with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But first… Read more »

USF St. Pete students react to their volunteer experiences on New Hampshire presidential campaigns

Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday; the second- and third-place finishers, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, also earned delegates with their strong performance. They had help on their campaigns from political science students from the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. Peyton Johnson, a senior majoring in political… Read more »

The Negativity Effect & Standing Out

Why are we devastated by a word of criticism even when it’s mixed with lavish praise? Because our brains are wired to focus on the bad. This negativity effect explains things great and small: why countries blunder into disastrous wars, why couples divorce, why people flub job interviews, how schools fail students, why football coaches… Read more »

University of South Florida students work on 2020 election

USF St. Petersburg students head to New Hampshire primary to work on presidential campaigns

Students from a University of South Florida St. Petersburg political science course are leaving this weekend for New Hampshire to work on political campaigns. For more than a week, they’ll get hands-on experience working for their favorite candidate in the run-up to the February 11 primary election. Senior political science major Peyton Johnson will work… Read more »

Human Rights in Russia Through the Lens of Gender Politics

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/30/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about that big moment yesterday during the impeachment trial of President Trump where one of the President’s defenders made… Read more »