Radioactivity Wednesday: Lorenzo Milam, Community Radio and Disability Rights Activist Remembered

November 25, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. This month, at the age of 86, radio activist Lorenzo Milam passed away in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Milam was known as “The Johnny Appleseed of Community Radio” because he founded so many radio stations.  He was part of the second wave of community radio stations…. Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: Why QAnon Wasn’t Prepared for the Election Outcome

November 24, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei.  Perhaps no group in the country was more disappointed by the outcome of the presidential election than the followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory. For three years “Anon’s” (as they call themselves) have been told that the “Deep State” would soon be revealed and… Read more »

Recalling Reality. A Tale Of Revenge. Passionate Music.

Two engaging conversations in this edition of Life Elsewhere with two authors who have written two completely different books. One is an intimate, revelatory memoir, exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. The other takes us into the well-trodden path of noir set in Los Angeles. Only… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Questions about ACA Open Enrollment? Our guest has answers.

November 19, 2020 Open enrollment for Obamacare is now in full swing in Florida, even as the U.S. Supreme Court listened to oral arguments last week on whether the law is constitutional.  Florida’s Republican attorney general and attorneys general in 17 other states and the Trump administration argue the entire law should be struck down…. Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: How Corporations Deny the Truth

November 18, 2020 Barbara Freese is an environmental attorney and a former Minnesota assistant attorney general, currently living in St. Paul.  Freese is author of several books, including “Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible from the Slave Trade to Climate Change”. Her interest in corporate denial was sparked by cross-examining coal industry… Read more »

Tampa police review policy pushed to 2021 following citizen pushback

The Tampa City Council Thursday voted unanimously to push considering changes to its police Citizen Review Board until early 2021. Citizens came out in droves in person and virtually to call for citizen-led oversight of police amid a call for resistance from police unions. LISTEN: The call came from Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s office in… Read more »

With Thanksgiving approaching, Florida Education Association wants Board of Governors to take stricter measures against COVID-19

As Florida Coronavirus cases continue to rise by the thousands every day and test positivity rates nearly double the daily recommendation for phase 3 openings, the Florida Education Association is asking the Board of Governors to enact stricter regulations throughout Florida’s university system. Some schools are taking steps beyond the Board of Governor’s recommendations. LISTEN:… Read more »

In Florida, budget woes won’t get you out of accessibility responsibilities

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act provided federal civil rights safeguards for people with physical and mental impairments. But in the years since numerous pieces of federal and state-level legislation have determined exactly how those protections are enacted. Florida’s guidelines for transportation compliance often encourage going beyond minimum standards, including putting budget concerns in the… Read more »

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Hillsborough County’s coronavirus update

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Here’s the COVID-19 update for 16 November 2020 as provided by the  Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center: Nov. 16 County Commission COVID-19 Summary: Resolution Advocates for Routine Staff Testing at Senior Care Facilities, Other Congregate Homes COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 239 Hillsborough County, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2020)… Read more »

“Lowering The Temperature” On Morning Energy

The announcement of Joe Biden as president elect of the 2020 presidential race did not settle well with many Americans and resulted in protest around the nation due to what many felt was a rigged presidential race that led to Biden’s victory. Post election blues and waging protests against sitting president, presidential candidates, or presidential-elect… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Strongmen rulers – from Mussolini to Trump

November 12, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. President Trump and his allies—including most of the top elected Republican officials in Florida are refusing to concede that Democrat Joe Biden has won the presidential election. The President is challenging some results in courts but so far the courts have dismissed his claims… Read more »

With Obama-style strategies Republican Party might’ve turned Florida from swing state to solid red

Joe Biden is the President-elect of the United States, even as some election officials count votes in states where victory seems assured but it is too close the call. In Florida though, President Donald Trump’s victory was swift and decisive. A group of panelists at a Tiger Bay meeting considered whether Florida can be considered… Read more »

Following end of federal oversight, a Catholic University in Florida said it will no longer recognize faculty union, leaving teachers vulnerable

Faculty at Saint Leo University in Pasco County are worried about job security and other protections after a surprise decision from the school’s board of trustees stripped them of union protection. The university’s announcement came after the National Labor Relations Board ended oversight of faith-based universities. LISTEN: The news came as a shock to Valerie… Read more »

Pinellas School Board votes to continue mask mandate prompting backlash, arrest

The Pinellas County School Board Tuesday voted to continue its COVID-19 mandatory mask policy. The decision came after hours of discussion and opposing public comments from parents and students. One parent was arrested during the meeting. LISTEN: For more than an hour, speakers — mostly parents — railed against the school district’s mandatory mask policy…. Read more »

Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Election 2020

Florida’s U.S. Senators contribute to false claims election results shouldn’t be trusted

On Tuesday, both of Florida’s Republican U.S. Senators released statements seeming to sow seeds of doubt on the recent general election. Independent observers confirmed that the elections were free and fair and that Joe Biden is president-elect. But in a video, Marco Rubio seems to falsely suggest that unnamed entities are forbidding recounts or President… Read more »

Man who pulled gun on St. Pete Black Lives Matter protesters identified, but charges haven’t been filed

The man who pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Pete last month has been identified as Lawrence Arnold Davis. An investigation is ongoing, but lawyers representing a woman who Davis allegedly pushed to the ground before pulling the gun are calling for the lead prosecutor to recuse himself. LISTEN: When Kimberly… Read more »

St. Pete City Hall

Joe Biden is President-Elect; St. Pete celebrates

Dozens of people gathered across from St. Petersburg City Hall Saturday afternoon. It came hours after the Associated Press and several other news organizations projected that Joe Biden would earn more than 270 Electoral College votes and therefore has defeated President Donald Trump. At the street party in downtown St. Petersburg, Joan Thurman said her… Read more »

USF suspends ‘Students for a Democratic Society’, organization says it’s being suppressed

The University of South Florida has suspended activist organization Students for a Democratic Society for violating its policy on face-to-face events amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But the group’s members are saying this is the university attempting to suppress their voices. LISTEN: For Taylor Cook, a member of USF’s Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS,… Read more »

by Seán Kinane WMNF 2020 Nov 3 Election Day Gulfport (Pinellas County) Florida. Florida's most densely populated county. A swing county along the I-4 corridor in the country's largest swing state. vote sign precinct election 2020 Biden Harris Edmond Santana Rouson

CountOnUs rallies Saturday in Tampa, St. Pete

Saturday is a national day of action for groups pushing for, in their words, a “national celebration of the values underpinning our democracy: counting every vote, a peaceful transition of power, and putting and maintaining power in the hands of the people.” There are events in Tampa and in St. Petersburg. WMNF interviewed one of… Read more »

‘Keep calm and count on’ Experts say the election was never going to be decided on Nov. 3, but that’s normal and good

Experts are urging Americans to remain calm as votes in crucial states continue to be counted in a heavily contested presidential election. There’s no evidence of fraud or tampering, despite President Donald Trump’s premature claim of victory. LISTEN: The Red Mirage It’s being called the ‘Red Mirage,’ an effort by the Republican Party to give… Read more »