Issues has responded to the community’s need for in-depth representation of local concerns for almost 30 years, bringing together local leaders and journalists to discuss the important topics facing South Florida. The weekly half-hour public affairs and news program provides the type of extensive and probing analysis that addresses the community’s continuous concerns.
Friday, September 23 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 25 @ 12:00 PM
Host - Henry Mack
Naled vs. Zika Experts have given the all-clear this week for the Zika virus in the Wynwood area. They are crediting the use of Naled, a controversial insecticide banned in Europe, in recent aerial sprayings. But, a 1.5 square mile area of Miami Beach is still considered a “Zika Zone”. Though residents and environmentalists continue to protest, another aerial spraying is scheduled for Saturday morning. Infectious disease subspecialist Dr. Consuelo Beck-Sagué, joins us to explain the pros and cons of this debated chemical, and why she says this isn’t the end of Zika.
Guest: Consuelo M. Beck-Sagué, M.D., FAAP, FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Voter Voices – Ex-Felon Once convicted of a felony, Florida residents face a lifetime ban on their civil rights, including the right to vote. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ex-felons can apply to have their rights restored, but only after completing parole, probation and a lengthy waiting period – and there's still no guarantee these rights will be restored. This week, we continue our Voter Voices series, turning our attention to Steven, an ex-felon who is on a mission to re-gain his vote and help other ex-felons restore their voting rights. Our guests discuss this contentious issue affecting 1.5 million disenfranchised ex-felons.
Guests: Donald Jones, University of Miami School of Law Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Watch-a-thon 40 years after WPBT2’s groundbreaking bilingual sitcom ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? debuted, fans still can't get enough of the Peña family, or their American neighbor Sharon, played by Barbara Ann Martin. Barbara Ann joins us to talk about the show's legacy and a fun event this weekend where you can get your ¿Qué Pasa? fix!
Guest: Barbara Ann Martin, “Sharon”, Que Pasa, U.S.A.?
Friday, September 16 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 18 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Sean Foreman
Voter Voices - First Time Voter Voting is every American’s civic responsibility, and for most, it’s an uneventful affair. But what if you have a disability, have been a convicted felon, or are a naturalized citizen? These barriers may make voting seem difficult or even impossible. That’s why each week leading up to the November presidential election, we’ll follow the journeys of these individuals to the voting booth. The League of Women Voters’ (LWV) Maribel Balbin joins us to discuss these barriers, voter education, and how the LWV takes steps to assist these voters.
Guest: Maribel Balbin, League of Women Voters
New Poll - The Hispanic Vote With less than two months until the November presidential election, polls continue to show a tight race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In a new survey released this week, Miami-based pollsters Bendixen & Amandi International teamed up with the Tarrance Group for a poll on Hispanic voters for Univision, to see what this much sought-after demographic thinks of the issues and the candidates. The firm's Anthony Williams joins us to breakdown the numbers.
Guest: Anthony Williams, Bendixen & Amandi International
Friday, September 9 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 11 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Economic Impact of Sea Level Rise Sea level rise has been a constant and increasing threat to many coastal cities throughout the world -- but it's Miami Beach that is considered the epicenter. Coastal flooding, especially during the annual King Tide, continues to create heavy flooding -- affecting everything from local traffic to tourism. Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce chair-elect Wayne Pathman explains the great economic impact sea level rise will have on banks, businesses and the real estate market.
Guest: Wayne Pathman, Esq., Chair-elect, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce & Member, City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee
City Year Miami - Mentoring At-Risk Youth For almost a decade, City Year Miami has impacted over 200,000 middle and high school students throughout Miami-Dade County. Executive Director Keith Fletcher and AmeriCorps member Roline Delva discuss how these mentors work as an added resource for the county's most at-risk students, and how a new partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s office looks to help curb violence.
Guests: Keith Fletcher, City Year Miami Roline Delva, City Year Miami
Commemorating 9/11 Through Interfaith Dialogue This September 11th marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed the U.S. forever. Many have focused their anger and frustration at the 9/11 attacks, and more recent terror events, on certain religious groups -- dividing communities.. But the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (MCCJ) takes a different approach -- in a time of violence and hatred, they're taking this opportunity to promote solidarity among South Florida’s religious and community leaders, by celebrating the interfaith community with a special service, where all are welcome. Pastor Wilifred Allen-Faiella, designer of the service, joins us to discuss the significance of this event and the importance of an open dialogue between different faiths.
Guest: Rev. Wilifred Allen-Faiella, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Miami Gardens Mayor A landslide win in the City of Miami Gardens for a ballot item that gives the city zoning control of that land that includes the city’s largest taxpayer: the newly re-named Hard Rock Stadium. The mayor fills us in on why this ballot item is important to the city.
Guest: Oliver Gilbert III, Mayor, City of Miami Gardens
M-D Campaign Finance Reform A proposed ballot item backed by unions and democrats has caused quite a stir in the Miami-Dade County Commission. The measure looks to address “the appearance of ethical impropriety” in county government by limiting maximum campaign donations as well as who can give to county candidates and some political action committees. Our guest host Miami Herald reporter, Doug Hanks discusses the pros and cons of the proposed ballot item.
Guests: Juan Cuba, Miami-Dade Democratic Party Eric Zichella, P3 Management
Making Miami More Awesome “Forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, one-thousand dollars at a time.” That’s the goal of the Awesome Foundation since its creation in Boston during the summer of 2009. Eighty-five chapters have sprung up in 19 countries around the globe and it has funded – no strings attached – 2,200 community projects to the tune of $2.2 million. Find out how you can participate in making Miami more awesome.
Guest: Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, Awesome Foundation MIAMI
Friday, August 26 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 28 @ 12:00 PM
Host: Sean Foreman
Florida Primary 2016 More than 1 million Floridians have taken advantaged of early voting - which ends August 28th. Then, voters will have to wait until Tuesday – Primary Day - to cast their ballots for local and state races such as Miami-Dade County Mayor, various state representative and senate seats, candidates for U.S. Congress, and a state-wide constitutional amendment.
In a lively debate, our panel examines the key races to watch and the impact they could have in the general election this fall. Tune in to find out which candidate one guest called, “the Ryan Lochte of politics”.
Guests: Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Mayra Macias, Florida Democratic Party Juan-Carlos “JC” Planas, Esq., KYMP Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm