COVID-19 vaccine

Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites in St. Pete

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has announced two pop-up community vaccination clinics on May 1 and May 9 in St. Petersburg. The health department says the purpose is to “make COVID-19 vaccinations more accessible to all Pinellas residents,” Florida residents 16 and older can register by phone at (727) 433-8077 or online…. Read more »

Black Lives Matter march draws hundreds in Tampa, but organizers say HB1’s chilling effect is already taking hold

 Hundreds of activists gathered at Tampa’s Cyrus Greene Park Saturday for a Black Lives Matter march protesting continued police killings of Black Americans. But the crowd was a long way off from the nearly 4,000 who came out for previous marches. Organizers say that’s thanks to the chilling effects of Florida’s HB1. LISTEN: The… Read more »

Two more police shootings leave two more Black Americans dead less than a day after Derek Chauvin found guilty

 LISTEN: Less than 24 hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, two more Black Americans have been killed by police. Ma’Khia Bryant, 16 Police in Columbus Ohio shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant Tuesday. The shooting was reported just as the verdict was being announced in the… Read more »

Ron DeSantis in West Bank of Palestine / Israel

DeSantis espouses debunked rumors, misinformation while signing HB1 into law

On Monday morning, Governor Ron DeSantis used debunked rumors and misinformation to justify his HB1 bill. DeSantis signed the bill into law while flanked by a group of law enforcement officials and Republican legislators at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office headquarters. Listen: Depending on who you ask, HB1 is either an anti-riot bill or an… Read more »

As specter of HB1 looms, St. Pete protestors return to streets demanding justice for Daunte Wright

With the specter of Florida’s HB1 “anti-riot” bill looming, protestors in St. Pete returned to the streets Friday to demand justice for Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man killed by police in a Minneapolis Suburb, and others. Protestors didn’t know if the bill’s new restrictions on protesting would go into effect as they marched or… Read more »

Vices & Taboos

Much of the health advice we receive today tells us that in order to be healthy, we must consume a Spartan diet, exercise with the intensity of an Olympic athlete, and take a drug for every ailment. We constantly worry about the foods we should or shouldn’t be eating and the medical tests we have… Read more »

Trump supporters suqare off with Black Lives Matter protesters

DeSantis wants corporations out of Florida politics, but civic groups say ramp up the pressure on voting, protest bills

Gov. Ron DeSantis is lambasting the growing number of major corporations pushing back on Republican-backed legislation. But civic groups want those corporations and more to ramp up the pressure and fight bills targeting voting rights and protests. LISTEN: Will Smith is not filming his $100 million movie, Emancipation, in Georgia. The MLB will not hold… Read more »

HRK warned of disaster at Piney Point for months and asked for help, now DEP says they’re on the hook

HRK holdings spent months warning Manatee commissioners and state officials of impending disaster at Piney Point. Despite the pleas for help, Florida officials said HRK will be on the hook for a narrowly avoided catastrophe at the shuddered phosphate plant that it owns. Florida DEP head Noah Valenstein said a legal team in Tallahassee is… Read more »

A Conversation With Rebecca Handler

After reading, Edie Richter Is Not Alone, the outstanding debut novel from Rebecca Handler, the big question was how do you talk to the author about her surprising book without revealing the “secret” I prepared myself by taking my time in reading a book that taunts you to immerse yourself in the tragicomic stylized writing and devour it in… 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. Webb Meyer Twitty Biden Edmond 2020 Gulfport

Fair Districts Coalition hopes to avoid repeat of Florida’s contentious, gerrymandered 2012 redistricting

A group of civic organizations hopes to avoid a repeat of the 2012 redistricting debacle that led to numerous court battles and uncovered gerrymandering in the drawing of maps. The Fair Districts Coalition is calling on legislators to pledge they will have a fair, transparent and interactive redistricting process. LISTEN: Ellen Freidin helped lead the… Read more »

Radioactivity Tuesday: Some good news about health care premium costs, COBRA and subsidies under the ACA

April 6, 2021 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. When President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law last month it included lots of additional help for people who are currently using the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), or who would like to get Obamacare -but found they would… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: Environmental Group Warns of “No Good Solutions” to Pending Disaster at Piney Point Phosphate Plant

March 31, 2021 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. The news that a holding pond at the former Piney Point phosphate plant in Northern Manatee County may be on the brink of collapse is raising new questions about the phosphate industry and the way it stores mining waste. The holding pond contains at… Read more »