Friday, June 24 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 26 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Laurel Sauer, Veteran Journalist/ South Florida PBS Host
Homeless in Paradise
From its beautiful beaches to its thriving nightlife, Miami is seen as a vibrant, world-class destination. But that glitz and glamour is lost on one population: the homeless.
Hundreds of people live on the streets of Miami-Dade County. For many of them, a key cause is a treatable mental illness. But recent cuts to the county's federal homeless funding mean less help for the people who need it most. While the problem is not unique to our region, we look at a unique program one South Florida organization is using to help homeless people with serious mental health issues get off the street.
Veteran journalist and South Florida PBS host, Laurel Sauer, engages our expert guests on the important role programs like the Lazarus Project play in ending the cycle of homelessness versus the cost of doing nothing at all.
Constance Collins, J.D., Exec. Dir., Lotus House
Hon. Steven Leifman, Chair, Supreme Court of Florida Task Force on Substance Abuse & Mental Issues
Friday, April 22 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 24 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Tim Canova for Congress
For the first time in her lengthy political career, Debbie Wassermann Schultz has a challenger, and a formidable one at that. Law professor Tim Canova, who calls the 6-term congresswoman the "quintessential corporate machine politician", has raised more than half a million dollars in campaign contributions in just the first three months of 2016- from over 15,000 individual donations. This is a huge sum, particularly for a relative political newcomer. But this isn't just any political race - the outcome has nationally reaching implications, with the Huffington Post calling it "a test of whether progressive ideas or corporate money are more central to the Democratic Party’s future”.
Tim Canova, (D), Candidate, U.S. Rep. District 23
Child Abuse Prevention Month
In 2013, over 1,500 children died from abuse and neglect in the U.S. Like years past, Amigos For Kids takes this time – the month of April - to honor the lives of children lost to child abuse and educate the community to help foster healthy and safe environments for our children, through their Blue Ribbon Week campaign. The organizations president, Rosa Maria Plasencia, discusses the importance of their focus of preventing child abuse over the last twenty five years.
Rosa Maria Plasencia, Amigos For Kids
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, March 11 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 13 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, comments on how her party’s candidates addressed the issues, in a wide-ranging debate at Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus this week. She doesn’t hold back on the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump, either.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, (D) District 23
Democratic & GOP Debates – Republican Analysis
Thursday night's GOP debate at the University of Miami took a turn towards civility, with candidates veering away from the typical unruly discourse, and instead focusing on issues ranging from Social Security, Cuba and climate change.
Juan-Carlos “JC” Planas, Kurkin Brandes, LLP
Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
Friday, March 4 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 6 @ 12:00 PM
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Cuba & GOP
With commercial airlines in the U.S. adding Cuba to their destinations, President Barack Obama, pushing for the closure of Guantanamo Bay, and his upcoming trip to the island, U.S.-Cuba relations continue to intensify – yet refugees continue to seek asylum elsewhere. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen joins us to denounce these thawing relations and to highlight the importance of addressing human rights violations committed by the Castro regime. She also weighs in on the state of the GOP and where her support lies in the race for the White House.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27
Democratic Analysis: Florida Primary & Debates
With the Florida Primary coming up on March 15th, candidates on both sides are setting their sights on local voters, holding debates at Miami Dade College and University of Miami next week. But with unique needs and issues, which candidate will succeed in giving Floridians what they want?
Dan Gelber, Former State Senator
Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP