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Local charity holds earthquake relief concert for Nepal

05/01/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Rob Rowan, Nepal, earthquake, Global Action Group, Palladium Theater, Judith Miller, Jon Stewart, New York Times, Weapons of Mass Destruction, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We talk with Rob Rowan, whose charity organization Global Action Coalition will be holding an earthquake relief concert for Nepal. The south asian country was hit by a devastating earthquake last week that killed over 6000 people, including 19 climbers on Mount Everest. The Nepalese government is appealing for international aid in face of a shortage of tents and food for many people that have been left homeless. The jazz concert will take place at the P...

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Vietnam War journalist discusses it's legacy on the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon listen

04/30/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Vietnam War, Fall of Saigon, TD Allman, Nixon, Chengzhong Focus Foundation, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today is the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, which marked the end of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam war and the beginning of communist control of Southern Vietnam. according to recent survey estimates, between 1.5 and 3.6 million people during the 20 year span of the war. We are joined by TD Allman, a Tampa-born journalist who covered the war and revealed a secret illegal war in Laos that was kept under wraps by the Nixon Administration. TD is an author of books such as...

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New Port Richey state rep sounds off on the Florida House early session closure

04/29/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Florida Legislature, Florida House of Representatives, Medicaid expansion, coverage gap, Amanda Murphy, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we talk about the surprising adjournment of the Florida House yesterday,3 days before the end of the legislative session and without reaching an agreement with the senate on the state budget. The point of contention is the expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage to more than 800,000 working poor Floridians, as federal money for hospitals to treat them runs out. Bills on tax cuts, prison reform, and medical marijuana died in the house due to the sudden closure. State Representative Ama...

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Bill for 24 hour waiting period for abortions passes Florida Legislature, heads to Gov.Scott's desk

04/29/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Kellie Dupree, abortion, Planned Parenthood, Florida Legislature, Women's rights, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We talk to Kellie Dupree, Vice President of Public Policy & Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, on the bill that would require women to wait 24 hours after consultation to get an abortion. The bill passed the house and senate with mostly republican support and democrat opposition. Along the way the bill was amended to exempt cases of rape, incest, human trafficking and domestic abuse.

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FDEP head wants to allow commercial use on State Park land,and details on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

04/28/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, state parks, Craig Pittman, Tampa Bay Times, FDEP, Jon Steverson, Myakka River State Park, Trans Pacific Partnership, Ben Beachy, Public Citizen, trade agreement, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we look at plans by the head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to open up state parks for commercial use. A story from Craig Pittman for the Tampa Bay Times this weekend says FDEP secretary Jon Steverson aims to make the parks completely financially self-sustaining. Currently revenue from the parks cover about 77 percent of their operating costs...

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Margaret Lowman, leading tree-top biologist, talks about her work and effect of climate change on Florida trees.

04/24/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: trees, Margaret Lowman, Canopy meg, tree-top ecology, canopy walkways, Myakka River State Park, ecology, Sylvia Earle, Tampa Theatre, Susan Giles, WUSF, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we have an interview with Margaret ‘Canopy Meg’ Lowman, a globe-trotting conservationist and pioneer in 'tree-top ecology' which utilizes hot air balloons and forest canopy walkways to study the environment of trees. She started the TREE foundation, which helped build the canopy walkways in Myakka River State Park near Sarasota. Lowman is Chief of Science & Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences. Fullbright Scholar and recipient of numerous academic and scientific awards....

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An interview with family of Tampa man killed in police raid over two dollars worth of pot listen

04/23/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Jason Westcott, Tampa Police, marijuana, Patti Sillman, Israel Reyes, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today Host Rob Lorei interviews the family of Jason Westcott, a 29-year-old man that was shot and killed during a police raid of his home in Tampa last year. He was previously advised by the same police department to arm himself against a potential intruder after uncovering a potential plot to rob his home. The Tampa Police were led to Westcott by an informant that claim...

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Tampa Bay Times reporters discuss profiling of poor, black cyclists by Tampa Police

04/21/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Tampa Police, African-American, bicycle laws, Alexandra Zayas, Kameel Stanley, Tampa Bay Times, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on radioactivity we discuss a Tampa Bay Times report published over the weekend that found Tampa Police disproportionately cite black residents with bicycle violations. Of the 2500 citations issued, 79 percent went to African-Americans, though less than a quarter of the city's population is black. According to the report, police used bicycle stops for minor ...

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Florida history professor recounts black migration from Florida in early 20th century listen

04/20/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Gary Mormino, black history, Florida history, Great Migration, USF st.petersburg, Marco Rubio, Medicaid, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity our guest is Gary Mormino, the Frank Duckwall history professor emeritus at USF St. Petersburg and author of several books on Florida History. He talks to us about the Great Migration in Florida, a period starting right before World War I until the early 1920's when over a million African American workers fled the state for the Northeast and Midwest states. This is was part of a larger exodus of millions of southern blacks seeking to escape low wages and racial discrimi...

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5 years later, effects from the BP oil spill still felt in the Gulf today

04/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)

Tags: BP oil spill, pollution, Gulf of Mexico, Raleigh Hoke, Gulf Restoration Network, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Monday is the 5th anniversary of the BP oil spill that devastated The Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems and the coastal economies that depended on them. Raleigh Hoke of the Gulf Restoration Network, an environmental coalition focused on the continued clean-up of the Gulf, says that despite what BP would like the public to think, there are still lingering effects of the oil spill on the Gulf waters today. The Network will be organizing a series of protests and events over the weekend leading up to t...

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