Friday, March 13 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 15 @ 12:00 PM
U.S. & Israel: “Stronger Together”
In a recent address to a joint session of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama Administration against a deal being negotiated with Iran. Since this controversial speech, many have come to question whether the relationship between the U.S. and Israel has become strained. Our guest discusses the need to keep this long-time relationship intact and the status of security in the Middle East.
Lt. Col. (Res.) Avital Leibovich, AJC Jerusalem
Florida Medicaid Expansion
Medicaid expansion has long been an issue that's divided the Florida Legislature. This week, the state's Senate Health Policy Committee, approved a comprehensive proposal to allow the use of billions of federal dollars to fill in a healthcare coverage gap that affects almost a million low-income residents. Aside from covering the uninsured, supporters say filling this gap could fund hospitals and create more healthcare jobs throughout the state, causing great economic impact. But first, the proposal needs to pass in the more conservative Florida House -- many are doubtful it will.
Fabio A. Andrade, A Healthy Florida Works
Friday, October 3 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 5 @ 12:00 PM
Restructuring County Government
Last month, Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved the budget, which will take effect this week, increasing the county's tax rate less than one percent over this year, avoiding both police layoffs and a 25-cent increase to public transit fares. Though some commissioners praised Mayor Carlos Gimenez for this final budget, Commissioner Xavier Suarez says there is still much more that can be done to streamline county government.
Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, District 7
Healthcare and Immigration
As of this month, health insurance has been terminated for 115,000 people who, the government claims, failed to prove they were U.S. citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Florida leads the nation in those losing coverage because of immigration and citizenship issues, with over 35 thousand affected. Our guests discuss their options and the government’s moral obligation.
Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Juanita Mainster, Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
Friday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 20 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera
The Florida gubernatorial race took a new turn with Charlie Crist's announcement of local Colombian-American Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate. Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera considers her a “class act”, but thinks she’ll “have a tough time with this race.”
He joins Helen to discuss the campaign, All Aboard Florida, Medicaid expansion and why he feels former Gov. Crist was “never focused on the job at hand” while in office.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida
Miami-Dade County Commission: Budget Vote, Police Layoffs & Exile Museum
The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks joins Helen to discuss the latest in Miami-Dade County Commission news:
-Commissioners voted in favor of raising property taxes to avoid cuts to an already under-funded library system.
-Layoffs are still anticipated for the county's police force, with a proposed 8 percent cut to their payroll, eliminating 230 positions.
-Commissioners approved a Cuban Exile Museum for the land behind American Airlines Arena
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Friday, May 16 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 18 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez
The proposed soccer stadium in downtown Miami being pushed by superstar David Beckham may head to voters for approval. But if the referendum is not required, then why do it?
Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County
Sleep and Delinquency
Criminal justice researcher Ryan Meldrum joins us on the program to discuss how lack of sleep may contribute to delinquent behavior in teens.
Ryan Meldrum, Ph.D., Florida International University
Friday, May 9 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 11 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo joins us on the program to discuss issues such as procurement, placing straw polls on ballots, and the soccer stadium proposal being pushed by David Beckham.
Esteban Bovo Jr., Miami-Dade County Commission, District 13
Remembering Scottie McNeil
Scottie McNeil was an extraordinary young man we featured on the program two years ago. He had a rare form of brain cancer since childhood, but he did not let this diminish his spirit. He unfortunately lost his battle with cancer a few weeks ago, just four months after marrying his long-time love. We take a look back at his Issues interview.
Friday, April 4 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 6 @ 12:00 PM
Obamacare Debate Over?
As of the March 31st enrollment deadline, the White House says that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. The enrollment numbers were high in Miami-Dade, which has the greatest number of uninsured residents in the state. But is the debate over repealing Obamacare really over?
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Changing Media Trends
The Pew Research Center's Journalism Project has released its annual report examining the landscape of American journalism. This latest edition shows there has been a surge in news reporting and sharing due to the growing influence of social media and technology. We examine the current trends.
Sam Terilli, University of Miami
South Florida’s Economy
Based on real estate and employment figures, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta suggests South Florida’s economy is recovering quicker than the rest of the southeast United States. Does Miami’s international appeal attribute to these findings?
Manuel Lasaga, Ph.D., StratInfo