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.
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.
Albert Williams, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Friday, July 17 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 19 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
Obama’s Accomplishments & Challenges During his Presidency
With a year and a half left in office, Obama’s legacy is starting to take shape, for good or for bad. It has led many to try and determine what type of impact he has made in the United States and abroad. According to an article by Vox.com, entitled “Barack Obama is Officially One of the Most Consequential Presidents in American History,” it states that the president will be a particularly towering figure in the history of American progressivism. Obama’s supporters will point out his important achievements and his critics will argue that his accomplishments are not successful. What are the measures of presidential success?
Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP
Marcia Narine, St. Thomas University
Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
Friday, June 5 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 7 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Xavier Suarez on Vizcaya’s Future
Since Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled his plan to privatize Vizcaya Museum and Gardens last month, two opponents on this issue have stepped forward to offer other options; school board member Raquel Regalado -- who is running for county mayor -- and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez -- who has yet to confirm whether he will run. In a joint op-ed in the Miami Herald this week, Regalado and Suarez call the proposal to privatize premature and lay out their plan which would include encouraging community input.
Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 7
Preparing for Business with Cuba
As of Friday, May 29th, Cuba has been officially removed from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list -- just one more barrier removed in the effort to re-establish diplomatic ties after 54 years. Several attorneys from the Florida Bar visited the island last week, getting a first-hand account of life there in the mist of this historic change. They also took this opportunity to better understand business, the culture and education in anticipation of one day having a closer working relationship with Cuba and its residents.
Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, Esq., Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
“Call Me Caitlyn” – The Reaction
By now, most know what the phrase "Call Me Caitlyn" is referring to -- Olympic hero and icon Bruce Jenner. Jenner, who officially unveiled himself as her “true” self, is now being hailed as a hero in her own right by members of the LGBT community and their supporters. Many would say this has undoubtedly been a watershed moment for transgender people, but what does our reaction to it say about society as a whole?
Asia Eaton, Ph.D., Florida International University
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Friday, April 3 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 5 @ 12:00 PM
Tech Demands in Latin America
A new study reveals mobile devices, apps and other digital media are in high demand in Latin America. The survey shows those polled are highly influenced by social media and a demand for the same level of services offered in countries such as the U.S., where about 95% have internet access, compared to 65-75% of Latin Americans.
Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Faith & Politics – Looking Towards 2016
Last month, Senator Ted Cruz was the first major candidate to formally announce his presidential bid for 2016. Speaking at a private, Christian university, he spoke at length about his family and his faith -- but, do religious beliefs still inspire voters? As we look towards 2016, what will religions impact be on the election and the war on religious extremists abroad?
Dustin Berna, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Robert Chalwell, Ph.D., OrdM, Broward College
Joe Holland, Ph. D., St. Thomas University
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