Friday, January 16 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 18 @ 12:00 PM
Sun Sentinel Investigation: “The Cuban Criminal Pipeline”
On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement of changes to policy with Cuba, the Sun Sentinel has published a three-part series – "Plundering America: The Cuban Criminal Pipeline". After a yearlong investigation, they found that money stolen in the U.S. by Cuban thieves living in South Florida is going back to Cuba -- all by taking advantage of the special status given to them by the U.S.
Megan O’Matz, Sun Sentinel
Amendments to Cuba Sanctions
This week, the Obama Administration outlined specifics for a plan to ease restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. While not ending the 50 year embargo with the communist nation, these plans significantly loosen restrictions on American trade, travel and investment with Cuba. What will this mean for Cuban-Americans here in the U.S. and their families still on the island?
David Duckenfield, U.S. Department of State
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
Friday, December 12 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 14 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Congressman-elect Carlos Curbelo
Congressman Joe Garcia was defeated in his recent bid for re-election by former Miami-Dade County School Board Member Carlos Curbelo in a closely watched, contentious race. Helen speaks to the new congressman about his plans once in office including his views on Common Core, Transportation and following a bipartisan work model.
Congressman-elect Carlos Curbelo, (R) District 26
Interview with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine
Last week wrapped up the annual Art Basel and Art Miami which attracts art aficionados from around the world to Miami-Dade County each year. The fair has become a catalyst for growth in the city of Miami Beach -- organizers of the fair estimate that $13 million was contributed to the local economy. This cultural development is also affecting high-end real estate and it could have an impact on the redevelopment of the convention center.
Mayor Philip Levine, City of Miami Beach
Friday, September 12 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 14 @ 12:00 PM
Miami-Dade County: Police Body Cameras & Budget
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has called for all county police to wear body cameras; making this camera plan a centerpiece of his public agenda. With the support of the local NAACP and push-back from the police union, commissioners still need to approve the purchase of the devices in the coming months.
Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Video of former NFL player Ray Rice beating his then girlfriend – whom he later married - has brought the issue of domestic violence to the forefront of the American consciousness. We discuss why this incident sparked a national conversation on social media and why some victims find it hard to leave.
Ellen G. Cohn, Ph.D., Florida International University
Friday, July 25 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 27 @ 12:00 PM
Undocumented, Minor Immigrants: A Moral & Political Issue
As border shelters fill up, many undocumented children are being sent to shelters in non-border cities like Miami, which has increased beds to accommodate the influx. One South Florida group, Americans for Immigrant Justice, is leading the charge, offering these children legal means to evade deportation and eventually become U.S. citizens
Cheryl Little, Esq., Americans for Immigrant Justice
Interview with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez
After getting most of what he wanted from his proposed budget, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez still has more work to do. Will he veto the increased millage rates for libraries? The mayor joins Helen to discuss this and other county endeavors.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County