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, April 22 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 24 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Tim Canova for Congress For the first time in her lengthy political career, Debbie Wassermann Schultz has a challenger, and a formidable one at that. Law professor Tim Canova, who calls the 6-term congresswoman the "quintessential corporate machine politician", has raised more than half a million dollars in campaign contributions in just the first three months of 2016- from over 15,000 individual donations. This is a huge sum, particularly for a relative political newcomer. But this isn't just any political race - the outcome has nationally reaching implications, with the Huffington Post calling it "a test of whether progressive ideas or corporate money are more central to the Democratic Party’s future”.
Guest: Tim Canova, (D), Candidate, U.S. Rep. District 23
Child Abuse Prevention Month In 2013, over 1,500 children died from abuse and neglect in the U.S. Like years past, Amigos For Kids takes this time – the month of April - to honor the lives of children lost to child abuse and educate the community to help foster healthy and safe environments for our children, through their Blue Ribbon Week campaign. The organizations president, Rosa Maria Plasencia, discusses the importance of their focus of preventing child abuse over the last twenty five years.
Friday, March 18 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 20 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host - Henry Mack
M-D Superintendent Carvalho – Violence & Education After a string of youth-involved gun violence and deaths of local children caught in the crosshairs - such as 6 year old King Carter - community leaders and residents have come out in full force to demand change. Most importantly, this change, they say, can only be accomplished by working together in a concerted effort to put the welfare of the area’s children first. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho sits down to discuss his efforts to combat this violence and his disappointment with a 1% increase in state funds allocated for education.
Guest: Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Florida Primary Results & Legislative Session Review Tuesday's Florida Primary was a pivotal point in the race for The White House and saw hometown candidate Marco Rubio, once hailed as the “savior” of the Republican Party, drop out, after an embarrassing defeat by front-runner Donald Trump. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton easily won Florida, getting about twice the amount of votes as Bernie Sanders, bringing the former Secretary of State closer to clinching the Democratic nomination. Our guests discuss these results and the notable winners and losers of the 2016 Florida Legislative session, which saw legislators pass an $82.3 billion budget.
Guest: Kathryn A. DePalo, Ph.D., Florida International University Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Friday, July 24 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 26 @ 12:00 PM
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen on Cuba & Iran Nuclear Deal The relationship between Cuba and the United States took another step towards normalizing diplomatic relations this week with the re-opening of Cuba’s embassy in Washington D.C. While Democrats support the Obama Administration’s mending of ties with Cuba and see it as a step forward for both countries, it continues to draw negative reactions from Cuban-American Republicans. Another point of contention is the Iran nuclear agreement, with the majority of Republicans seemingly steadfast in their opposition to the terms. One of the leading opponents to both these issues, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, joins Helen to discuss.
Guest: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27
Minimum Wage & Child Poverty A report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, dedicated to helping disadvantaged children in the U.S., shows 16.1 million American children, or 22 percent, were living in poverty in 2013 -- three million more than during the 2008 recession. The statistics are sobering to say the least and will likely have long-lasting affects that will be detrimental to the nation's economy. Economist Albert Williams discusses this report and another study that shows raising the minimum wage will not hurt employment.
Guest: Albert Williams, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
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