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Did the FBI entrap would-be Tampa terrorist Sami Osmakac?

03/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, terrorism, islam, FBI, Tampa, entrapment, Trevor Aaronson, The Intercept, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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In 2012, Sami Osmakac, a 25-year-old naturalized Muslim American from Kosovo, was arrested in a counter-terrorism sting by the FBI for plotting a terror attack against a popular Tampa bar and casino. The Feds painted Osmakac as a lone-wolf Islamic extremist, citing a "martyrdom video" featuring Osmakac as damning evidence,. But journalist Trevor Aaronson reports in a lengthy investigative piece for The Intercept, tha...

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Radioactivity callers discuss Florida Environmental Protection's ban on Climate Change listen

03/16/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: climate change, Florida, Rick Scott, global warming, Rob Lorei, wmnf, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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Host Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines for callers to voice in on an array of topics in local and national news, namely last week's story on the state Department of Environmental Protection banning the terms "Climate Change" and "Global Warming", per order of Governor Rick Scott's Administration.

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Solar cooking and Food Fermentation on Today's Sustainable Living program listen

03/16/15 Rob Lorei
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: Sun Oven, Paul Munsen, deforestation, Sandor Ellix Katz, Fermented Food, live culture, sustainable living, wmnf, Rob Lorei, Jon Butts

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Host Jon Butts talks with Paul Munsen, CEO of Sun Ovens International, a non-profit which advocates for solar cooking technology use in third world countries. Munsen presents solar ovens as a sustainable solution to cooking with an open fire, which contributes to deforestation and has detrimental health effects from smoke inhalation.

Then author Sandor Ellix Katz, who has written two popular books on food fermanation:The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation, joins us to discuss t...

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History Professor Christian Appy discusses the skewed legacy of the Vietnam War listen

03/13/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Lyndon Johnson, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, My Lai, Christian Appy, peace activists, Cambodia, Laos, wmnf, Rob Lorei, agent orange, mines, cluster bombs

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Its been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson authorized a bombing campaign in Vietnam that marked the escalation of US involvement in the country's civil war. The Vietnam war would go on to claim tens of thousands of American lives and millions in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Christian Appy,a professor of history at the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, joins us to talk about how the wider effects of the war in Southeast Asia have been downplayed th...

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Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts talks race and the media, and we discuss the Republican letter to Iran

03/12/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Byron Pitts, Nightline, ABC, Ferguson, Race, Media, Poynter Institute, Iran, Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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With the most recent flair of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Race continues to be the topic of national conversation. We speak with Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts on the media's coverage of race-related issues. Pitts will be speaking on the topic on Friday at the Poynter institute at 7:30 pm. He had a brief stint in Tampa as a reporter for WFLA-TV in the late 80's.He later worked for CBS for 15 years, becoming the lead correspondent for CBS following his coverage of the 9/11 attacks bef...

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The Fairness Doctrine debate segment takes on the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba listen

03/11/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Cuba, embargo, Fairness Doctrine, Jennifer Sullivan, Patrick Manteiga, Ralph Fernandez, Tampa, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we air the latest installment of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate style segment moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. Today's episode addresses the current trade embargo against Cuba, and with recent talks of re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island nation, whether it should be lifted. Taking the side for lifting the embargo is Patrick Manteiga, publisher for the trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. Arguing in favor of the embargo is Ralph Fernandez, a Tampa-based attorney and c...

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Author Ian Haney Lopez explains racial codewords and "dog-whistle" politics

03/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Race, politics, dog whistle politics, Ian Haney Lopez, George Wallace, welfare, immigration, terrorism, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Rob Lorei, wmnf

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In the past, politicians that opposed equal rights for minorities used to be able to express that sentiment frankly. But as open racism has fallen out of fashion, many politicians have turned to coded language that stokes racial anxiety amongst their constituency. Ian Haney Lopez, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, explains that racism survives in today's politics through racialized ...

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Florida This Week analyses the state legislative session, Florida environmental protection bans the term "Climate Change"

03/09/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Governor Rick Scott, Medicaid expansion, LIP program, State budget, Everglades restoration, Bob Buckhorn, Darryl Paulson, Mike Fasano, Amy Hollyfield, Barry Edwards, Rob Lorei, wmnf, Florida This Week, WEDU, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, climate change, global warming, Tristram Korten

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We listen to last Friday's episode of Florida this Week, moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. The governor's state of the state address and the most contentious issues of the current legislative session are discussed by a diverse panel of political experts: Tampa Bay times politics and business managing editor Amy Hollyfield, USF St.Pete Professor Emeritus of Government Dr. Darryl Paulson, Pasco Tax Collector and former state senator Mike Fasano, and political strategist Barry Edwards. ...

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A rare Pacifica radio documentary on the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama

03/06/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Selma, Alabama, civil rights, Voting rights, nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dale Minor, Pacifica radio, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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On March 7 1965, hundreds of nonviolent activists began to march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery in protest of the discriminatory voting practices against African-Americans in Alabama. Upon crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge they were intercepted by State troopers and county police, who beat and tear-gassed the demonstrators when they refused to return to Selma. Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in civil rights history, which would go on to be kn...

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Terrorism expert Loretta Napoleoni explains the spread of ISIS and its appeal to western youth

03/06/15 Rob Lorei
True Talk
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Tags: ISIS, terrorism, Loretta Napoleoni, wmnf

Loretta Napoleoni, an expert on money laundering and terror financing,speaks from Seattle's town hall on the spread of ISIS and radical caliphates in context of an anti-imperialist reaction to western influences. She also explains how ISIS has been able appeal to youths in the western world.

Napoleoni is an author and columnist for La Stampa, La Repubblica, El PaĆ­s, and Le Monde. She is a former Fulbright Scholar with degrees from John Hopkins University and the London School of Economics.

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