University of South Florida science scientists

Students and profs ask: Will USF back its scientists in Trump era?

The next major march on Washington may be thousands of scientists; this week nearly 700,000 scientists and supporters of science have signed up for a new private Facebook group called March for Science (in addition, there’s a public group, also called March for Science). Many scientists feel under attack by the new administration of President Donald Trump…. Read more »

Susan Smith education schools progressive, critic of Betsy DeVos

How Betsy DeVos could impact education in Florida

Donald Trump is filling out his cabinet and has nominated billionaire conservative Betsy DeVos for education secretary; our guest on MidPoint is an advocate for public education, Susan Smith, the president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. Listen to the full show here (the video is below) … If the DeVos name sounds familiar, it’s… Read more »

US senate Libertarian candidate Paul Stanton; Former Gibbs HS principal discusses effects of segregation in Pinellas county schools

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160921_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday our first guest was Paul Stanton, who won the Libertarian Party primary here in Florida three weeks ago and is now the party’s nominee for US Senate. He works at MegaPath telecommunications software industry and is a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq war who left college in Indiana to join… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, August 25 – House District 68 debate between Ben Diamond & Eric Lynn

With just days before voters in Pinellas County’s House District 68 go to the polls, MidPoint hosted a radio debate between the two Democrats running in that primary election, attorney Ben Diamond and former Defense Dept. analyst Eric Lynn. The two men are very similar on many issues, one of the reasons why MidPoint wanted… Read more »

Florida This Week: Rubio calls Trump a “Con-man”, Florida Republicans wants party to divert money from Trump race.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160822_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talks show from local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the biggest stories in national and state news: Marco Rubio sticks by his description of… Read more »

President of education non profit says school choice help the state’s most vulnerable students

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160721_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3   By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest was Doug Tuthill, President of Step up for Students, a state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization that helps administer two scholarships for Florida schoolchildren: the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) for low-income families and the Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA) for children with certain special needs. Step Up For Students… Read more »

Candidates for state senate seat all want to tackle poverty; just differently

Four Democrats are running for a State Senate seat that includes parts of Hillsborough and South Pinellas Counties. They faced-off at a forum in the Enoch Davis Center in St. Petersburg. But the pre-screened questions provided for a subdued, almost scripted atmosphere. The NAACP Branch of Saint Petersburg organized the forum; attended by nearly 100… Read more »

Head of Florida’s largest teachers’ union discusses school vouchers, standardized testing

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160630_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Joanne McCall, President of The Florida Education Association (FEA), a statewide federation of teacher and education workers’ labor unions in the state of Florida. Its 137,000 members make it the largest union in the state. McCall talked about  the controversy surrounding school vouchers, standardized testing , and how… Read more »

Fixing the Failure Factories: Pinellas school board candidates offer their plan

Pinellas County School Board candidates are sharing their ideas to change the school system. During a forum last Saturday at Childs Park Recreation Center in Saint Petersburg, three candidates acknowledged dire problems. But they differed on the tools to fix them The three candidates differ in their approach to combating the racial disparity of behavioral… Read more »

The looming teacher shortage in Florida; low-wage workers demand a living wage at McDonald’s HQ in Chicago

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160525_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we first looked at the local fight for a livable, $15 an hour wage that took two fast food workers to McDonalds’ headquarters to protest at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.  Our  Guests Bleu Rainer and Gail Rogers, who respectively work for Checkers and McDonalds’ in Tampa, joined home care, child… Read more »

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FAST will press Pinellas leaders on issues

A coalition of religious groups is asking Pinellas County leaders for improvements in three areas: reducing education disparities, alternatives to arresting youth and funding basic human services. Joining us in the studio for MidPoint were Pastor Manuel Sykes of Bethel Community Baptist Church, Kathy Filippelli from St. Matthews Catholic Church and Rev. Jean Cooley from Lakewood Presbyterian… Read more »

What life is like for the average teenager living in Sweden

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160405_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Recently, there has been much discussion about democratic socialism as practiced in Sweden, Norway, Finland and other European countries that also rank high in standards of education, healthcare, and standards of living. On Radioactivity Tuesday,we talk to a class of Swedish high school students, who are visiting the US and the… Read more »

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Students smoke to call attention to USF’s tobacco investments

Some University of South Florida students trying to call attention to the school’s investment policy are organizing a smoking party Wednesday on campus; the campus officially became smoke-free this academic year and the students say it’s hypocritical for the university foundation to invest in tobacco companies. WMNF interviewed Chris Johnson, a junior double-majoring in political science… 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 »

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USF students will greet The Donald with Dump Trump action

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is coming to the USF SunDome Friday night and students are organizing a protest outside. Update, here’s audio from Rev. Bruce Wright, just before the Trump rally: WMNF News interviewed Elizabeth Kramer with SDS Tampa — Students for a Democratic Society. Listen: “One of the people saw an article that, you… Read more »

Saint Petersburg Mayor delivers hopeful State of the City Address

Mayor Rick Kriseman announces that the state of Saint Petersburg is strong and sunny. Kriseman delivered his State of the City address last Saturday at the Coliseum. The auditorium was packed with city workers, residents and elected officials. The mayor outlined progress already made then laid out his short and long term agenda’s. Mayor Kriseman… Read more »