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, March 7 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 9 @ 12:00 PM
State of State Address Governor Rick Scott gave his annual state of the state address on Tuesday. Media outlets noted the more personal tone in Scott’s speech, referring to how the death of his mother influenced his decision regarding Medicaid. We discuss this and the start of the Florida legislative session.
Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Michael Hernandez, Penn Schoen Berland Richard Perez, Esq., Holland & Knight, LLP
Child Abuse in Florida Unfortunately, the United States has one of the worst records of child abuse among industrialized nations. Why and what can we do to address this issue?
Friday, February 28 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 2 @ 12:00 PM
State of the County Address The annual State of the County address by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was held this Wednesday in Hialeah. Miami Herald writer Patricia Mazzei joins us to discuss the speech and the mayor’s “budget battles.”
Guest: Patricia Mazzei, The Miami Herald
Senate Gaming Proposal The Florida Senate Gaming Committee this week released their proposal to reform gambling statewide. Are destination casinos in the future for Miami-Dade and Broward Counties?
Guest: Doug Lyons, Sun Sentinel
Sanctions Against Venezuela? U.S. politicians are calling for sanctions against Venezuela over protest violence. We discuss this and Cuba’s influence in Venezuela’s political affairs.
Friday, February 21 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, February 23 @ 12:00 PM
Dunn Verdict and Race Relations The issue of race loomed over the case of Michael Dunn, a white man, who killed Jordan Davis, a black teen, after a quarrel over loud music in Jacksonville. Given the recent verdict, how far has Florida come in race relations?
Guest: Enid Pinkney, Historic Hampton House Community Trust H.T. Smith, Florida International University
Gun Vendor Initiative Using the purchasing power of government, 14 local municipalities have signed on to an initiative which asks gun manufacturers to comply with best practices to keep guns away from criminals. Does this solve the issues of properly regulating firearms without weakening the Second Amendment?
Guest: Casey Woods, Arms with Ethics
Haitians Stateless in Dominican Republic In September 2013, the top court of the Dominican Republic ruled that children of undocumented parents living in the country would not be granted automatic citizenship. This law affects tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent who now find themselves stateless. We discuss this and the local efforts being made to bring awareness to the issue.
Guest: Gepsie Metellus, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center
Friday, February 14 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, February 16 @ 12:00 PM
Changing Attitudes on Cuba? Sun Sentinel political writer Anthony Man joins us to discuss topics such as: recent polling that says more than half of Americans favor changing U.S. policy on Cuba, Charlie Crist announcing he’s against the Cuban embargo, and Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers in Florida for a 2016 presidential race.
Guest: Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel
Soccer in Downtown Miami? Last week, soccer superstar David Beckham was in town to announce his commitment to bringing a Major League Soccer team to Miami. PortMiami is one of the locations being considered—but should it be?
Guest: Terry Murphy, Ph.D., Public Affairs Concepts