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, February 5 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, February 7 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Sean Foreman, Ph.D.
Zika Virus in Florida As of today, the Florida Department of Health has confirmed five travel-related cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Miami-Dade County, as well as a case in Broward, bringing the total number in the state to 12. Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 5 counties in the hopes to get ahead of this fast-spreading virus. What do you need to know and are we prepared?
Guest: Dr. Girish Bobby Kapur, M.D., M.P.H., Jackson Memorial Hospital
Fixing Miami-Dade’s Transit System How do we fix Miami-Dade County's transit system? This is a question residents and transit activists have been asking for years. But with 28 local governments running the county's mass transit, and no requirements to connect them, this uphill battle seems to have no end in sight. What’s the first step and how do we make it sustainable?
Guest: Michael Lewis, Miami Today
Seminole Gaming & Broward Health FBI Probe The Sun Sentinel’s Michael Mayo joins us to discuss “the biggest (gaming) compact ever signed" and an FBI probe into Broward Health that may be connected to the recent suicide of their CEO.
Friday, January 29 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 31 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Transportation & Frost Bailout Earlier this week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez gave his annual ‘State of the County’ address, praising accomplishments of the last year. Commissioner Esteban Bovo shares his take on the state of the county including the road to legitimacy for Uber, funding for transportation and a potential $45 million bailout for the Frost Museum.
Guest: Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 13
Fight to Ban Fracking In response to a landowners request to drill an exploratory well, this week the Broward County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance banning the controversial practice of drilling for oil using chemicals, or fracking, in the Everglades. Now, a bill passed by the state legislature looks to supersede all South Florida counties’ control over fracking.
Guest: Matthew Schwartz, South Florida Wildlands Association
Friday, January 22 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 24 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Uber’s Road to Legitimacy in Miami-Dade It was a victory this week for Uber supporters after the popular ride-sharing app's latest opponent, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, surprisingly withdrew his proposal for more stringent regulations - mirroring Uber's fight to exist in Broward County last year. As proponents push these alternatives to traditional taxis, opponents worry loose regulations put riders at risk.
Guest: Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
State Legislators Eye Broward Seats 2016 is a big year for politics, and not just the presidential race, but locally too. As of now, 11 candidates are vying for 5 seats up for grabs in the Broward County Commission, with some familiar names from the state legislature hoping to secure a position.
Guest: Brittany Wallman, Sun Sentinel
Preventing Wrong Way Wrecks In 2015, there were a reported 168 wrong-way crashes in Miami-Dade County alone - 7 of which were fatal. And it hasn’t stopped; just last weekend, another accident took the life of a driver and injured others. One advocate, who lost his daughter in a wreck in 2013, is working with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on ways to use technology to put an end to these tragedies once and for all.
Friday, January 15 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 17 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Eye on Broward Sea Level Rise According to global warming experts and scientists, Miami is considered "ground zero" for sea-level rise and continues to be the focal point to witness the affects in action. But what about counties to the north, that also have low-lying areas prone to flooding? These residents could be underestimating their vulnerability.
Florida Death Penalty “Unconstitutional” This week, in a nearly unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Florida's death penalty system unconstitutional – essentially changing a 40 year judicial process. The state is one of only three that grants judges' the right to impose a death sentence - as opposed to juries, which is stated in the U.S. Constitution. Having the second highest number of inmates on death row in the country, how will this affect the hundreds of Florida’s inmates awaiting execution?
Guest: Nancy Abudu, J.D., ACLU of Florida Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Friday, January 8 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 10 @ 12:00 PM
2016 Florida Legislative Preview It’s an election year which means the Florida Legislature gets an early start arguing a litany of items in this session. Aside from expected budget negotiations, lawmakers will be addressing a few contentious issues, including bills allowing guns on college campuses, Medicaid expansion and changes to the state’s testing system for students – prompting one panelist to call Florida a “laboratory for high-stakes testing”.
Guests: Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Genaro “Chip” Iglesias, Ballard Partners Jose Mallea, JM Global Consulting, Inc. Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP