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, November 29 @ 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 1 @ 12:00 p.m.
Building Community Retired Miami Herald publisher and children’s rights advocate, David Lawrence Jr., joins us on the program to discuss building community in diverse South Florida.
Guest: David Lawrence Jr., The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation
Profile on Boston Marathon Hero Carlos Arredondo Cowboy-hat wearing Carlos Arredondo is perhaps best known for rushing in to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in April. But in South Florida, he may be remembered as the father who set a Marine Corps van on fire after learning that his son was killed in Iraq. Sun Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo profiles the complex life of this unintentional hero.
Guest: Michael Mayo, Sun Sentinel
Engaging Youth in Service How do you convince and motivate youth to volunteer their time?
Friday, October 25 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 27 @ 12:00 PM
City and County Elections We gathered a panel to discuss some of the key races in the November ballot, such as the Miami Beach mayoral race and the City of Miami race for District 5.
Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Terrence McCoy, Miami New Times
“Root Causes” of Shutdown Jack Pinkowski, associate professor of public administration at Nova Southeastern University, joins us on the program to discuss the "root causes" of the shutdown and what may happen in January if issues aren't resolved by then.
Guest: Jack Pinkowski, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Bullying and School Violence There’s been several high profile cases involving school violence and bullying in Florida and throughout the country. Would things change if parents were also charged when children commit violent acts?
Friday, August 30 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 1 @ 12:30 PM
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Syria Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen joins us on the program to discuss the ongoing civil strife in Syria and whether or not the United States should intervene given the new intelligence suggesting the Syrian government was responsible for using chemical weapons against civilians.
Guest: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27
March on Washington 50th Anniversary This week, the nation reflected on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. We gathered a panel to discuss the current state of affairs in South Florida's African-American community.
Guests: Bill Diggs, Mourning Family Foundation T. Willard Fair, Urban League of Greater Miami Freddie Young, Ed.D., Miami-Dade NAACP Branch
On this week’s program, host Helen Ferre interviewed Tamara Lawson, professor of law at St. Thomas University, on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. During the interview, Helen referenced Professor Lawson’s paper on the killing of Trayvon Martin. A link to the paper’s abstract is below—to read the paper in its entirety, click on the “download this paper” button for a free PDF file.
Friday, July 19 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 21 @ 12:30 PM
Senate Rules with George LeMieux Former U.S. Senator George LeMieux joins us on the program to discuss Senate rules in light of the “nuclear option” on the table earlier this week, plus other issues such as the Trayvon Martin case and immigration reform.
Guest: George LeMieux, Gunster Law Firm
Trayvon Martin Verdict: Stand Your Ground, Race & Politics On Saturday night, a jury of 6 women found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The case is complex as it brings up issues such as race relations in America, self-defense and the Second Amendment, Florida's Stand Your Ground law, and even politics to a degree. Our guests share their thoughts.
Guests: Marili Cancio, Esq., Cancio Johnson & Echarte, P.L. Marlon Hill, Esq., delancyhill, P.A.
Friday, June 14 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 16 @ 12:30 PM
Noorani on Immigration Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, joins us on the program to discuss immigration reform and his organization’s project to pair area businesses with civic groups to help legal residents in attaining their U.S. citizenship.
Guest: Ali Noorani, National Immigration Forum
FIU Extends In-State Tuition to Dreamers Florida International University recently decided to extend in-state tuition to Dreamers—young students who are the recipients of deferred action for childhood arrival (DACA). We discuss the legal complexities surrounding this action.
Guest: Ediberto Roman, J.D., Florida International University
Scott and Living Wage A bill presented to Governor Rick Scott's office on Monday would prohibit local governments from providing more sick-leave, living wage, and other benefits than already required by state and federal law. We discuss this proposal.