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, July 1 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 3 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Henry Mack
Zika Virus - Update & Prevention This week, a mother from Haiti gave birth to a baby with Zika-related microcephaly – which is characterized by a noticeably underdeveloped head - right here in Florida. Up until now, most travel-related cases of the Zika virus have originated from countries in South America - but the island nation of Haiti is less than 700 miles from Miami. Is enough being done to prevent this mosquito-borne virus, or is it just a matter of time before we see cases originating in South Florida?
Guests: Nina Berrocal, M.D., Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Chalmers Vasquez, Miami-Dade Mosquito Control Operations Camila Ventura, M.D., Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Miami is “The Worst” It was just four years ago that Forbes called Miami “America’s Most Miserable City", and now we’re apparently living in the worst city in the United States - that's what financial news and opinion website, 24/7 Wall Street, says. Their survey, based on social and economic factors, attributes Miami’s ranking to the large economic gap. The South Florida Business Journal’s senior reporter, Brian Bandell, joins us to break down these findings – is Miami really the worst?
Guest: Brian Bandell, South Florida Business Journal
The Eat Beat From sports to politics, the Sun Sentinel's Michael Mayo has been informing and entertaining readers for 27 years, but as he says in his latest post: “not everybody votes, but everyone has to eat.” Now he plans to go beyond the typical food review in his latest gig as dining critic with the publication’s blog – SouthFlorida.com.
Friday, June 24 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 26 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Laurel Sauer, Veteran Journalist/ South Florida PBS Host
Homeless in Paradise From its beautiful beaches to its thriving nightlife, Miami is seen as a vibrant, world-class destination. But that glitz and glamour is lost on one population: the homeless. Hundreds of people live on the streets of Miami-Dade County. For many of them, a key cause is a treatable mental illness. But recent cuts to the county's federal homeless funding mean less help for the people who need it most. While the problem is not unique to our region, we look at a unique program one South Florida organization is using to help homeless people with serious mental health issues get off the street. Veteran journalist and South Florida PBS host, Laurel Sauer, engages our expert guests on the important role programs like the Lazarus Project play in ending the cycle of homelessness versus the cost of doing nothing at all.
Guests: Constance Collins, J.D., Exec. Dir., Lotus House Hon. Steven Leifman, Chair, Supreme Court of Florida Task Force on Substance Abuse & Mental Issues
Friday, June 17 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 19 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Henry Mack
Orlando Shooting - Aftermath A week after the mass shooting at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, the cause and effect is still being debated. Our guests analyze this debate and discuss the potential repercussions of this tragedy on the LGBT community, the religion of Islam, and U.S. gun laws.
Guests: Baylor Johnson, ACLU of Florida Eric Lob, Ph.D., Florida International University Robert Rabil, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
Friday, June 10 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 12 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Henry Mack
2016 Presidential Race – Presumptive Nominees & Local Impact We've come a long way from the start of the presidential race and it's finally down to two, or is it three? - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump - and let’s not forget Libertarian Candidate, Gary Johnson – who is already taking some of the GOP vote away from Trump. This is no doubt a historic milestone for women, but as of Friday morning, Senator Bernie Sanders is still fighting the good fight and has yet to drop out of the race. Our panel discusses the latest on the race for the White House and how it may impact local and state elections.
Guests: Maurice A. Ferrè, Former Mayor, City of Miami Kathryn A. DePalo, Ph.D., Florida International University Juan-Carlos “J.C.” Planas, Esq., Kaplan, Young, Moll & Parron, PLLC
Inside Miami Real Estate Miami's beaches, nightlife and culture continue to bring tens of thousands of new residents to the “Magic City”; but what should residents - both new and old - know about the local real estate market? Is it the time to buy? And how does the threat of sea level rise play a role? For the second year, The Miami Herald partnered with local polling firm, Bendixen & Amandi International to get the low down from industry insiders. Our guest takes us beyond the statistics and breaks down the latest on the industry.
Guest: Anthony Williams, Bendixen & Amandi International
Friday, June 3 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 5 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Sean Foreman
2016 Hurricane Season June 1st marked the official start of the 2016 Hurricane Season. But after more than a decade of relative peace and quiet, many say we’re long overdue for a more active season. Our expert guests discuss best practices for storm preparation and the new models and maps that will be a benefit to forecasters and residents alike.
Guests: Daniel Brown, NOAA National Hurricane Center Craig Setzer, CBS4 Miami
Hemispheric Congress – Making International Connections for 37 Years Florida's close proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean makes it the center of international trade for the region, with 40% of all U.S. exports to Latin and South America passing through the state. In order to foster and promote these partnerships, the Latin Chamber of Commerce of the United States (CAMACOL), holds its annual Hemispheric Congress. This year, representatives of 25 countries will network and cultivate relationships right here in Miami, June 6-9. What is the impact?
Guest: Jose Matto, Hemispheric Congress
Serving the Underserved Finding activities to keep your child safe and stimulated over the summer break can be a difficult task for any parent - even more so when your child has special needs and has aged out of the school system. Leaders of two local organizations, tell us about programs that help fill the gap.