MidPoint for Thursday, Feb.18 Florida Legislature takes on immigration

The Florida Legislature unveiled a series of measures to begin the 2016 regular session that angered immigration activists. Joining us to talk about those issues were Francesca Menes with the Florida Immigration Coalition, and Mark R. Schlakman, who serves as senior program director for The Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. He specifically spoke… Read more »

Florida This Week; USF graduate assistants demand higher wages

First on Radioactivity, we listen back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is hosted by Rob Lorei. This week’s panel of political insiders and experts discuss the Rubio/Bush feud, lead in the water at Sawgrass Lake Park, the highs and lows of the legislative… Read more »

New study says low wage jobs cost Floridians over $11 Billion a year

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160204_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3   BY Rob Lorei Today we are joined by FSU economic professor Patrick Mason, author of a new Study on the high cost of low wage jobs in Florida. The report found that near the nearly 39 percent of Florida’s workforce, about 3 million people, are working in low-wage jobs that cost taxpayers over $11 Billion… Read more »

Florida This Week: Senate opens door to fracking, new bill would make abortion a first-degree felony

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160201_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts and insiders discuss several controversial bills moving through the state legislature.One bill would allow the state to regulate and… Read more »

Extended Maternity and Paternity Leave for Military

In an effort to better serve military families, and raise retention, the Defense Department is increasing maternity leave to 12 weeks paid time off, Defense Secretary  Ash Carter announce Thursday.  The new guidelines apply to all active duty members, reserve members working in a full time status, definite active duty recall or mobilization orders for… Read more »

Women’s Show discusses birth, death and taxes… 1/28

Roe vs Wade was a hot topic on From a Woman’s POV    this week. The war on a woman’s right to choose continues. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 on the “Florida for Life Act” or HB865. If made law, it will ban all abortions with the exception of the health and… Read more »

Florida Subcommittee Votes to overturn Roe vs Wade

Just after the Planned Parenthood decision in Texas, where a grand jury not only did not indict Planned Parenthood for selling fetal tissue, but instead chose to indict the Planned Parenthood accusers, the attack on women’s rights to control their bodies continued. On Tuesday the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 in favor of passing Bill HB865, with… Read more »

Florida This Week; New bill threatens to overrule local anti-fracking laws

By Rob Lorei On Today’s Radioactivity we replay the latest Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU, moderated by Radioactivity’s own Rob Lorei. In this Episode, Lorei convenes with a panel of experts on local and state politics to discuss the biggest current events in Florida: the  budget shortfall that… Read more »

Florida This Week; Perspectives on latest Democratic debate

By Rob Lorei Today on radioactivity we listen to the latest  Florida this week, a news and public affairs show moderated by Rob Lorei that airs every Friday night at 8:30 on local PBS station WEDU. This week’s panel offers political insights on the biggest political issues in Florida: Gov. Rick Scott call for a… Read more »

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Tampa Democrat opposes three Florida gun bills

President Obama has unveiled plans to tighten enforcement of gun laws; meanwhile in Florida the gun lobby will be pushing at least three changes to gun laws during the upcoming Florida legislative session. Last month WMNF News asked Ed Narain, a Democratic State Representative from Tampa, about all three. We started by asking if gun owners with concealed carry… Read more »

Year in Review: Stories that had us talking in 2015

As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »

Florida This Week; Highlights from 2nd Democratic Debate.

Today on Radioactivity we listen back to last Friday’s episode of Florida This Week, a political discussion broadcasted on local PBS station WEDU and moderated by Rob Lorei. Our expert panel offer an array of diverse perspectives on the latest in Florida politics and news: Jeb Bush and Donald Trump’s face-off in the latest GOP… Read more »

Political Analyst Barry Edwards discusses Trump’s poll numbers, rise in independent voters

By Rob Lorei First on Radioactivity we speak with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the Affordable Care Act enrollment period which ends today for individuals and families to enrollment through the health insurance marketplace for coverage starting in the new year. Tampa ranks 9th out of the 20 cities competing in the Health Communities… Read more »

Florida This Week; what the Fed’s interest rate hike means for us.

by Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we hear the latest on Florida news and politics from Florida This Week, the current affairs talk show moderated by WMNF’s Rob Lorei that is broadcasted on PBS station WEDU on Friday nights at 8:30 pm. This episode’s panel of political analysts look at the controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s remarks about… Read more »

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Legislators see little chance for Florida Medicaid expansion

State Rep. Jamie Grant (R-Tampa) thinks that Medicaid expansion will be off the table during Florida’s Legislative session that begins in January. For one, Grant says this week’s gambling agreement “sucks a good bit of oxygen out of the time in Tallahassee” to consider other issues. But Grant thinks the legislature will still have time to… Read more »

Florida This Week; Lockheed executive says military contractors stand to profit off Middle East unrest

by Rob Lorei Today we listen to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Rob Lorei that airs Friday nights on local PBS station WEDU. This week’s panel of experts discuss: Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy in Florida, Donald Trump’s visit to Sarasota over the weekend, the uptick in gun sales… Read more »

Women’s Show on “Standing Up to Terrorism” 12/3

With the recent Paris attack, terrorism is in all of our minds…..  Congress seems to be obsessed with the dangers from Syrian widows and orphans.  Women throughout this country are in daily fear when they go to their neighborhood Planned Parenthood Clinic.  Domestic terrorism has been a problem for a very long time.  Anthrax?  The… Read more »

Mosaic $2 Billion Deal with EPA is Not Enough, Environmentalists Say

By Rob Lorei In October, phosphate mining giant Mosaic reached a $2 billion agreement with  the Environmental Protection Agency to settle a lawsuit regarding the mishandling of toxic material at 6 mines in Florida and two in Louisiana. But a local environmental group says the deal does not do enough. Joining us talk about the… Read more »

Florida This Week discusses political opposition to Syrian refugee resettlement.

BY Rob Lorei Today we listen back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Rob Lorei and broadcast by local PBS station WEDU. This week, the panel of politicians, journalists, and other experts discuss the opposition by national and state politicians to Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S.,… Read more »

Florida This Week; listeners discuss Paris terrorist attacks

By Rob Lorei We start off today with the latest edition of Florida this week, a political discussion show broadcast by local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights and moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei. This Week’s Panel includes CAIR government affairs director Laila Abdelaziz, Attorney Danny Alvarez,  Sierra Club campaign organizer Tim Heberline, Investigative… Read more »