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, January 16 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 18 @ 12:00 PM
Sun Sentinel Investigation: “The Cuban Criminal Pipeline” On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement of changes to policy with Cuba, the Sun Sentinel has published a three-part series – "Plundering America: The Cuban Criminal Pipeline". After a yearlong investigation, they found that money stolen in the U.S. by Cuban thieves living in South Florida is going back to Cuba -- all by taking advantage of the special status given to them by the U.S.
Guest: Megan O’Matz, Sun Sentinel
Amendments to Cuba Sanctions This week, the Obama Administration outlined specifics for a plan to ease restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. While not ending the 50 year embargo with the communist nation, these plans significantly loosen restrictions on American trade, travel and investment with Cuba. What will this mean for Cuban-Americans here in the U.S. and their families still on the island?
Guest: David Duckenfield, U.S. Department of State
Friday, January 9 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 11 @ 12:00 PM
Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Florida 2015 started with wedding bells for hundreds of same-sex couples as Florida became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage, after U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that the ban was unconstitutional. Will this ruling help strengthen society or continue to tear it apart?
Guest: Asia Eaton, Ph.D., Florida International University
Governor Rick Scott’s New Term During his second inauguration this week, Florida Governor Rick Scott outlined his accomplishments from his first term and promises for the next four years. These included expanding the state's ports and highway systems, cutting one billion in taxes and improving education. What needs to happen for these promises to be fulfilled?
Guest: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Jobs and Education A growing number of investors are betting that Miami can develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem that plays to its strengths and will thrive. We discuss how education can help to diversify our economic base and keep companies, and jobs, in South Florida.
For the first time in more than half a century, the United States reinstated formal diplomatic relations with Cuba. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced he is using executive action to increase business and travel to Cuba, In addition, remittances will be dramatically increased and the use of debit and credit cards from U.S. banks in Cuba will now be allowed. The president is also asking Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s status as a terrorist state and plans on re-opening embassies on the island.
As South Florida’s Cubans remain torn, our guests join Helen to discuss their reactions to this sweeping change and what this will mean for the 2016 Presidential Election.
Guests in order of appearance: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27 Ana Carbonell, The Factor, Inc. Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP George LeMieux, Former U.S. Senator
Friday, December 12 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, December 14 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Congressman-elect Carlos Curbelo Congressman Joe Garcia was defeated in his recent bid for re-election by former Miami-Dade County School Board Member Carlos Curbelo in a closely watched, contentious race. Helen speaks to the new congressman about his plans once in office including his views on Common Core, Transportation and following a bipartisan work model.
Guest: Congressman-elect Carlos Curbelo, (R) District 26
Interview with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine Last week wrapped up the annual Art Basel and Art Miami which attracts art aficionados from around the world to Miami-Dade County each year. The fair has become a catalyst for growth in the city of Miami Beach -- organizers of the fair estimate that $13 million was contributed to the local economy. This cultural development is also affecting high-end real estate and it could have an impact on the redevelopment of the convention center.
Friday, December 5 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, December 7 @ 12:00 PM
Judge Rules on Feeding Fort Lauderdale Homeless Tuesday, a Broward County Circuit Judge ordered city officials to cease enforcing a controversial law which limits to where outdoor feeding sites for the homeless can be located. This temporary suspension comes after weeks of protests and challenges coming from activists -- most notably from 90 year old Arnold Abbott, who challenged the ordinance after being arrested twice in November for serving food to the homeless through his group, Love Thy Neighbor. The hope is that both sides of this issue can come to a mutual understanding through mediation.
Guest: Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel
Local and State News of the Week Helen reviews some of the week’s top news stories:
- Marriages for Same-Sex Couples in Florida After Jan. 5 - NY Times: Art Basel’s Unfulfilled Promise - Florida Releases Teacher Evaluations - Jeb Bush Weighs Presidential Bid - Suspended North Miami Mayor Faces Trial
Prosecuting Social Media Threats? This week, the U.S. Supreme Court was tasked with drawing the distinction between illegal threats made on social media and violent speech - which is protected by the first amendment. Previous Supreme Court rulings have said the government can prohibit such threats but, what those threats are, has never been clearly defined. How should the courts prosecute threats made on social media?
Guest: Caroline Mala Corbin, J.D., University of Miami School of Law