Friday, March 27 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 29 @ 12:00 PM
Florida Secretary of Commerce on Economic Development
Economic development and job growth are of key concerns for Florida residents. Many worry about the lack of a well trained workforce and infrastructure needs that may impede that. But the multi-billion dollar expansion project for the Panama Canal, to make room for a new generation of larger cargo ships, will present great opportunities to Florida’s ports
Bill Johnson, Enterprise Florida
Advancements in Cancer Research
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2015 alone, there will be an estimated 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses and an estimated 590,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. The director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami joins Helen to discuss advancements in research and treatment.
Stephen Nimer, M.D., UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Friday, March 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 22 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. on Fixing Transit Woes
South Florida residents are all too familiar with daily, traffic congestion. A decade ago, residents of Miami-Dade County were hopeful a half penny tax would help traffic by funding upgrades to public transportation - but that has not been the case. As our communities continue to grow, what is the real solution?
Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 13
High-Speed Rail & Tourism
Whether it’s for the arts, the weather or the shopping, there is always a reason to visit Miami Beach. Traveling to this iconic city, and elsewhere in South Florida, may become easier for tourists and residents alike, with the arrival of high-speed rail service to the area. Our guest shares his views on the benefits the arrival of All Aboard Florida and the impact it will have on the tourism industry.
William Talbert, III, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
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, March 6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 8 @ 12:00 PM
Last week, the second round of high level talks between the U.S. government and Cuba were held, this time in Washington D.C. While the U.S. has held firm to its stance against relations with Cuba for 50 years, Canada has had a special relationship with the island nation -- as both investors and tourists. The former Canadian Ambassador to Cuba shares his unique insight into what could come of a stronger relationship between Cuba and the U.S.
Mark Entwistle, Former Canadian Ambassador to Cuba
Miami – Future Tech Hub of The Americas?
Touted as the "organization dedicated to securing Miami's future in technology", eMerge Americas looks to continue its mission in May by holding its second annual 5-day tech conference in Miami Beach. Founder Manny Medina sees Miami as being the tech hub of the Americas, but says there's still a lot of work to be done including education and building the employment base to keep the jobs here.
Manny Medina, eMerge Americas
Friday, February 27 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 1 @ 10:30 AM
Community Redevelopment Agencies
In January, we aired our latest Issues Reports investigation on community redevelopment agencies -- or CRAs. We reported that though the results of some CRAs have been positive, there have been others that left much to be desired. Redevelopment Management Associates were contacted during our investigation, but said they were unable to participate. Since the programs airing, they reached out to us wanting to correct what they feel were inaccuracies on the topic.
Kevin Crowder, CEcD, Redevelopment Management Associates
Lt. Governor on 2015 Legislative Session
March 3rd is the start of the 2015 Florida Legislative Session and there is a lot up for debate. Some of the hot-button issues on the table for discussion range from standardized testing in public schools to reforming the troubled prison system and Medicaid expansion -- not to mention an almost $77 billion state budget. Florida’s Lt. Governor joins Helen to discuss these topics and more state news.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida
Friday, February 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 22 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Rebeca Sosa – Former Chairwoman Looks Towards Future
For the last two years, Rebeca Sosa has chaired the Miami-Dade County Commission, during which important debates relating to infrastructure needs, stadium deals and contracting issues have been debated and/or resolved. The commissioner joins Helen to discuss what’s next on her agenda including sea level rise, jobs and transportation – is a run for mayor in her future?
Rebeca Sosa, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 6
Raquel Regalado – Skyrise Miami Lawsuit & Mayoral Run
Raquel Regalado is suing the City of Miami, with the help of businessman Norman Braman, because public dollars are being slated for Skyrise Miami. Critics say this and other lawsuits are a public relations ploy to pave the way for other political aspirations.
Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Dist. 6