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, October 14 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 16 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Sean Foreman
Race for State Senate District 39 With Election Day just weeks away and early voting set to begin October 24th, on this week’s Issues, we're taking a closer look at the race for State Senate District 39 -- an expansive area that includes The Everglades, Florida Keys and western portions of Miami-Dade County. Both candidates joined host Sean Foreman for individual, 10-minute interviews discussing topics ranging from insurance rates, education, the environment and the potential impact of the presidential election on this race.
Be sure to stay tuned to the end of the show – we’ll have the latest in our Voter Voices series! We meet Mallory and see first-hand what it’s like for someone to vote with an intellectual disability.
Guests: State Senator Anitere Flores, (R), Candidate, State Sen. Dist. 39 Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, (D), Candidate, State Sen. Dist. 39
Friday, September 30 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 2 @ 12:00 PM
Host: Sean Foreman
First Presidential Debate Monday night's highly anticipated, first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, was the most watched debate in U.S. history -- with more than 80 million viewers -- topping even Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan's only 1980 debate. From taxes to nuclear codes, the candidates only touched upon a fraction of the issues voters are concerned with this election. Our panel gives a lively analysis of the candidates, the issues and the future of the 2016 presidential election.
Guests: Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Rey Anthony Lastre, Miami-Dade County Republican Executive Committee Mayra Macias, Florida Democratic Party Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
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