Issues has responded to the community’s need for in-depth representation of local concerns for almost 30 years, bringing together local leaders and journalists to discuss the important topics facing South Florida. The weekly half-hour public affairs and news program provides the type of extensive and probing analysis that addresses the community’s continuous concerns.
Friday, October 16 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 18 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
Analysis of First Democratic Debate The first of many Democratic debates took place earlier this week in Las Vegas and offered stark differences when compared to the Republican debates. While the first two GOP debates largely discussed defunding Planned Parenthood, illegal immigration, and cutting taxes and tax reform, this week's Democratic debate covered race, the disparity between the middle class and the one percent as well as paid family leave and college affordability. The nature of the topics highlights key differences between the parties. Our panel analyzes the debate and discusses the key philosophical differences about the nature and scope of the federal government.
Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Raul L. Martinez, Former Mayor, City of Hialeah Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Friday, September 18 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 20 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
REVIEW: 2nd GOP Debate On Thursday night, the top 11 Republican presidential candidates gathered at the Reagan National Library for a second debate – while a good portion of the three hour debate focused on front-runner Donald Trump, candidates eventually took on topics ranging from foreign policy to immigration. So how did the candidates fair this time and was there a clear winner?
Guests: Jorge Arrizurieta, Arrizurieta & Associates, LLC Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Lopez Law Firm Marcia Narine, St. Thomas University School of Law
Friday, August 7 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 9 @ 12:00 PM
Henry Mack, Guest Host
Superintendent Carvalho on New M-D School Offerings
As parents and students prepare for the 2015-16 school year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has announced new initiatives and programs that will be implemented. These new offerings include additional Magnet programs and expanding STEM programs. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho discusses these plans and the need to find an alternative option to discipline students.
Guest: Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Analysis of First GOP Primary Debate
Thursday night, the first of several Republican primary debates took place in Ohio to an enthusiastic crowd and a record-breaking TV viewing audience. With ten candidates participating, it was a lengthy debate, lasting two hours. Although many topics were discussed, such as foreign policy, the economy and the candidates’ electability, there were some topics that were notably overlooked such as climate change. Our panel discusses some of the stand-out moments and whether there was clear victor.
Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Antonio Lopez, Recusant Media Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
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.
Guest: 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.
Guest: Albert Williams, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University