Friday, April 1 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 3 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Sean Foreman
Political Transparency & FPL Nuclear Plant Water Pollution
PACs- or Political Action Committees - are organizations set up to raise money to influence elections or legislation. But issues arise when it comes to transparency, often leaving the public in the dark about which PACs are backing which candidates. This week, in an effort to commit to transparent disclosure, a workshop was organized for Miami-Dade County Commissioners- but out of the 13 commissioners, only two attended. Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava organized the workshop and joins us to discuss the importance of political transparency and her concern for the water pollution stemming from leakage at Turkey Point.
Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 8
Originally considered a bold plan, the concept of repurposing open space beneath a 10-mile stretch of the Metrorail to create a pedestrian-friendly linear park, is another step closer to reality, following approval of a multi-million dollar state grant. Though similar parks have been created in Paris and New York City to much success, is this an attainable plan for Miami?
Meg Daly, Friends of The Underline
Marta Viciedo, Urban Impact Lab
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.
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.
Kathryn A. DePalo, Ph.D., Florida International University
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Friday, February 26 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 28 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
Code of Silence - Youth & Gun Violence
It started with a Facebook feud and ended with an innocent first grader being killed. The senseless shooting death of 6 year old King Carter has struck a nerve with both local officials and residents and they are demanding both change and immediate action. The consensus: speak up. A vocal proponent of ending this “code of silence”, M-D Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said "we must not allow ourselves to become desensitized when news of juveniles getting shot in our community becomes an almost daily occurrence.” So, what is being done by law enforcement and how can the community help?
Major Ricky Carter, Miami-Dade Police Department, Northside Dist.
Steve Gallon, III, Ed.D., Fmr. Principal, Miami Northwestern Senior High School
Uber Regulations & Frost Museum Funding
This week, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners continued discussions on regulating the popular ride-sharing app Uber, in order for the company to continue operating in the county. Commissioner Rebeca Sosa urged fingerprint checks for Uber drivers, citing last week's shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan - by an Uber driver. The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks gives us the latest on this and the status of current and potential future funding of the troubled Frost Museum of Science. Is the county willing to pitch in?
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Friday, January 29 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 31 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Transportation & Frost Bailout
Earlier this week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez gave his annual ‘State of the County’ address, praising accomplishments of the last year. Commissioner Esteban Bovo shares his take on the state of the county including the road to legitimacy for Uber, funding for transportation and a potential $45 million bailout for the Frost Museum.
Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 13
Fight to Ban Fracking
In response to a landowners request to drill an exploratory well, this week the Broward County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance banning the controversial practice of drilling for oil using chemicals, or fracking, in the Everglades. Now, a bill passed by the state legislature looks to supersede all South Florida counties’ control over fracking.
Matthew Schwartz, South Florida Wildlands Association
Friday, January 22 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 24 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Uber’s Road to Legitimacy in Miami-Dade
It was a victory this week for Uber supporters after the popular ride-sharing app's latest opponent, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, surprisingly withdrew his proposal for more stringent regulations - mirroring Uber's fight to exist in Broward County last year. As proponents push these alternatives to traditional taxis, opponents worry loose regulations put riders at risk.
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
State Legislators Eye Broward Seats
2016 is a big year for politics, and not just the presidential race, but locally too. As of now, 11 candidates are vying for 5 seats up for grabs in the Broward County Commission, with some familiar names from the state legislature hoping to secure a position.
Brittany Wallman, Sun Sentinel
Preventing Wrong Way Wrecks
In 2015, there were a reported 168 wrong-way crashes in Miami-Dade County alone - 7 of which were fatal. And it hasn’t stopped; just last weekend, another accident took the life of a driver and injured others. One advocate, who lost his daughter in a wreck in 2013, is working with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on ways to use technology to put an end to these tragedies once and for all.
Gary Catronio, Marisa’s Way, Inc.