In-depth state and local coverage, plus national and international perspectives. The show alternates weekly between the Surly Feminists (Erin Aebel, Donna Davis, Liz Lanier, Nadia Ghabin) and MidPoint with Shelley Reback and Janet Scherberger
March 12, 2020 Amendment 4. Where Are We At? Shelley and Janet were joined by Julie Ebenstein, Sr. Staff Atty, ACLU Voting Rights Project who won the federal case in which the recent legislation requiring felons to pay all financial obligations before voting was declared unconstitutional, Andrew Warren, Hillsborough Co. State Attorney, and Jabaar Edmond, from the Pinellas Co. Chapter of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
March 5, 2020 Affordable Housing Our guests, Kimberley Overman, Hillsborough County Commissioner and Chair of the County’s Affordable Housing Task Force and Vanessa McCleary, Manager of the City of Tampa Dept. of Housing and Community Development joined Shelley and Janet to discuss what we are doing to increase the availability of affordable housing locally.
February 13, 2020 Matchmaker, Matchmaker Our Valentine’s Day Show guests are Dr. Nancy Wall, Tampa Bay’s only “Certified Matchmaker and Relationship Coach” and Elizabeth P. who found her husband through online dating. We are taking your calls on internet dating horror stories and successes and offering up tips on successful relationships.
January 30, 2020 Tampa City Councilman Orlando Gudes is Shelley’s guest. He offers a statement on and addresses his use of the slur “getting Jewed” to a Tampa Bay Times reporter (on Wed. 01/29/20 TBT) with Shelley and many WMNF listeners.
January 16, 2020 WMNF Commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day Holocaust Memorial Day is Jan. 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp. WMNF presents a very special interview with 94-year-old Rene Hammond, a local Holocaust survivor. Listen to Rene’s experience as a teenager rounded up and taken to a Hungarian ghetto, transferred to Auschwitz in a boxcar, then to a slave labor camp in Germany, to finally, her escape and liberation from the Nazis.
January 2, 2020 All Politics is Local-Forecasts for 2020 Veteran political observers Windy March of the Tampa Bay Times, Ernest Hooper, formerly of the Tampa Bay Times and Mitch Perry, now with BayNews 9, all join Shelley to talk about who, what and why we should be watching in Tampa Bay local politics in 2020.
December 19, 2019 More Than ABC’s Public Schools have become much more than a place of ABC’s. Today, they are often a child’s only source of food, clothes, hygiene supplies, laundry and other basic necessities of life. It’s the Season of Giving and Toy Drives at Christmas are nice & fun, but kids need more than shiny objects and plastic toys. Let’s do a deeper dive into how we can help kids with what they really need, where they are–at school. My guests tell us what, how and where to give.
December 5, 2019 Resiliency in the Region Our local economy and safety depend on our environment and the Tampa Bay region is critically vulnerable to climate change and sea-level rise. What are we doing about it? Shelley’s guests Sean Sullivan, Exec. Dir. Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Harry Cohen, former Tampa City Council member and co-chair of Mayor Jane Castor’s transition team, and Janet Scherberger, V.P. Tampa International Airport will tell us what is being done and planned to harden our community assets and mitigate the risks of the rising water.
November 21, 2019 Fertility, Surrogacy and the Law Shelley’s guests are Souad Dreyfus, founder of Sarasota’s Open Arms Surrogacy Agency, Tim Sullivan, administrator of a surrogacy escrow fund, Stefan Beurge and Roia Berrios, both lawyers who specialize in the legal issues which arise in connection with surrogacy arrangements, and Christie Hiatt, who is a gestational surrogate herself. Everything (non-medical) that you’ve ever wanted to know about high tech, modern, assisted reproductive technologies but didn’t know who to ask is addressed and answered in this lively and informative discussion.
November 7, 2019 Tampa’s Hidden Cemeteries Tampa Bay Times reporter Paul Guzzo and local historian Fred Hearns join Shelley to discuss the recently discovered “lost” African American cemeteries, how the extensive, exhaustive investigation and discovery of the cemeteries proceeded and what is to be done about them now given the financial, spiritual, emotional and historical interests at stake.
October 24, 2019 The Skyway Bridge Disaster Shelley’s guest is noted Tampa lawyer Steve Yerrid who recently made a documentary film on the 1980 Skyway Bridge Disaster. A freighter crashed into the bridge and caused a 1200 ft. span to collapse into the bay, taking 6 cars, a pickup truck and a Greyhound bus down with it, causing the death of 35 souls. Was the harbor pilot at fault or was it a freak weather event and Act of God that caused the deaths? How much control do we really have over our own fate?
September 26, 2019 Decriminalizing HIV We are talking with guests from the Sex Workers Outreach Project and the Sero Project about their efforts to decriminalize HIV in Florida. Sex workers and others are sometimes afraid to seek HIV testing and care. People don’t always take their medicine as required to prevent transmission. But should we be treating HIV status as a criminal law problem or a public safety problem or a public health problem or even a “problem” at all? And, where’s our $70 million in Federal funding that Rick Scott turned down for HIV services?
September 12, 2019 ERA NOW? Did you know women STILL are not protected with equal rights under the Constitution? What exactly does that mean? Has the Equal Rights Amendment’s time come or passed us by? Do we still need a constitutional amendment? I will be talking with local community leaders from The Hillsborough Commission on the Status of Women, The League of Women Voters and the Athena Society who are all working to make Florida the 38th and last State needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
August 1, 2019 “SEX SEX SEX! Is Our Children Learning?” School is back next week and I will be talking with parents, physicians, and educators about efforts to reform the sex education curriculum in our public schools. What is being taught now? Do we need more or less sex ed, do our kids get enough of the right info, is it taught at the right grade level, should it include LGBTQ sexuality? The Hillsborough Co. School System’s new sex-ed information web site www.TeenConnectTampaBay.org will go live Aug. 5th.
July 18, 2019 “Rocket Docket Rights Restoration” My guest is Prosecutor Andrew Warren, the Hillsborough Co. State Atty. He’ll be talking about his Criminal Justice Reform agenda, including his innovative proposal for a court “rocket docket” to allow eligible felons to convert their legal fines and fees to community service hours so they can vote.
May 23, 2019 “Cigar City: Tales from a 1980’s Creative Ghetto” Our guest today is local author and cultural impresario, Paul Wilborn, whose new book of “auto-fiction:” linked fictional short stories taken from his days as a denizen of wild Ybor City in the 1980’s when it was home of the legendary Artists and Writers Balls, the birth of Guavaween and the beginning of WMNF’s own, late, lamented Tropical Heatwave.
May 9, 2019 “Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Will Solve a Murder!” Lynn and Shelley will be hosting Drew Smith, the genealogy librarian at USF, to discuss the recent impact of using DNA to identify suspects in cold cases of violent crimes, as well as to put a name to long-unidentified bodily remains. Genetic genealogy is here to stay. Should we be glad or scared? If you’d like more info on this topic, check out:
Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques (for general questions): https://www.facebook.com/groups/geneticgenealogytipsandtechniques/
DNA Detectives (especially good for adoptees searching for birth parents): https://www.facebook.com/groups/DNADetectives/
April 25, 2019 May 2d is Holocaust Remembrance Day. We are speaking with our friends from the Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services Holocaust Survivors Project. GCJFS’s project helps elderly Holocaust survivors remain in their homes and live their lives with dignity, safety, and comfort. We are also privileged to host Renee Hammond, who is a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor herself, to tell us about her experiences and why spreading her story and her memories to audiences today is still so important. Admission to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg is free all day on May 2d too.
April 11, 2019 April is Autism Awareness month. We will be discussing AUTISM and local resources for families affected by autism, from early childhood to young adulthood. My guests will be Samantha Hartz, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who will talk about early diagnosis and intervention, Claudia Roberts, who will advise on advocating for children with disabilities in public education, and Scott Fontechia, an Employment Specialist & Job Developer with USF’s The Learning Academy, on getting neurodiverse young adults ready for the world of work and businesses ready to hire them.
March 28, 2019: Women Who Kick Butt…Literally.
February 14th– Happy Valentines Day! Or, is it? In the first segment of our show, “LOVE HEALS” Tom Scherberger, Dir. of Communications for the Hillsborough County Clerk’s Office will talk with us about the ins and outs of getting married at the Clerk’s Office Marriage Corner, the happiest place in the Courthouse. We also hope to be joined by a lunchtime Courthouse bride who will share her courthouse wedding experience. In our second segment, “LOVE HURTS” we will talk with a Deputy Court Clerk about the process to obtain a Domestic Violence Restraining Order without a lawyer, and we’ll speak with a divorce lawyer about DV Restraining Order complaints, what the courts are looking for and what community resources are available for victims of domestic violence.
For more information: http://www.hillsclerk.com/
February 7th– Join us for the WMNF Winter Fundraising marathon!
January 31st– President Trump was elected by a vote of the Electoral College while Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. Is that fair? Our show will focus on explaining efforts to promote ratification of the National Popular Vote Compact, which would permit the election of the U.S. President by direct popular vote, but without a constitutional amendment to void the Electoral College. Our guests from the League of Women Voters will explain the NPV Compact and promote their public engagement program which is scheduled in Tampa for Feb. 20th.
For more information: https://www.lwvfl.org/issue/npv/
January 17th– Welcome Returning Citizens! We will be talking with Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer and Dir. of Communications for the SoE Gerri Kramer about felons now registering to vote and returning to a life of civic engagement. Our guests will tell us who is eligible, the process, etc. We will also have some returning citizens as our guests to talk about what voting means to them. We will also review the 2018 election and discuss the upcoming municipal elections for Mayor and City Council: who is running for what, deadlines to file and register. etc.
For more information: https://www.votehillsborough.org/