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.
Miami Gardens Mayor A landslide win in the City of Miami Gardens for a ballot item that gives the city zoning control of that land that includes the city’s largest taxpayer: the newly re-named Hard Rock Stadium. The mayor fills us in on why this ballot item is important to the city.
Guest: Oliver Gilbert III, Mayor, City of Miami Gardens
M-D Campaign Finance Reform A proposed ballot item backed by unions and democrats has caused quite a stir in the Miami-Dade County Commission. The measure looks to address “the appearance of ethical impropriety” in county government by limiting maximum campaign donations as well as who can give to county candidates and some political action committees. Our guest host Miami Herald reporter, Doug Hanks discusses the pros and cons of the proposed ballot item.
Guests: Juan Cuba, Miami-Dade Democratic Party Eric Zichella, P3 Management
Making Miami More Awesome “Forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, one-thousand dollars at a time.” That’s the goal of the Awesome Foundation since its creation in Boston during the summer of 2009. Eighty-five chapters have sprung up in 19 countries around the globe and it has funded – no strings attached – 2,200 community projects to the tune of $2.2 million. Find out how you can participate in making Miami more awesome.
Guest: Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, Awesome Foundation MIAMI
Friday, August 26 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 28 @ 12:00 PM
Host: Sean Foreman
Florida Primary 2016 More than 1 million Floridians have taken advantaged of early voting - which ends August 28th. Then, voters will have to wait until Tuesday – Primary Day - to cast their ballots for local and state races such as Miami-Dade County Mayor, various state representative and senate seats, candidates for U.S. Congress, and a state-wide constitutional amendment.
In a lively debate, our panel examines the key races to watch and the impact they could have in the general election this fall. Tune in to find out which candidate one guest called, “the Ryan Lochte of politics”.
Guests: Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Mayra Macias, Florida Democratic Party Juan-Carlos “JC” Planas, Esq., KYMP Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
Friday, August 19 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 21 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Henry Mack
One-on-One with Superintendent Carvalho The man at the helm of nation’s fourth largest school district, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, joins us for a special episode to discuss the latest initiatives within Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Specifically, the superintendent highlights a pilot program which aims to show the benefits of regular “mental breaks” and recess for students, as well as how the district is dealing with fears of locally transmitted Zika.
Guest: Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Friday, August 12 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 14 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Henry Mack
One-on-One with Superintendent Runcie As summer winds down, both students and parents are preparing for the start of a new school year. What can they expect at Florida’s second largest school system? Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, Robert Runcie, speaks with us about new and expanded initiatives, which go beyond the typical schooling approach.
Guest: Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, Broward County Public Schools
Camillus House - Helping Miami’s Homeless What started as a small shelter for Cuban refugees more than 50 years ago has grown to become the leading resource for Miami-Dade County’s homeless and its poorest residents. Camillus House and Health’s Sam Gil joins us to discuss how this organization goes beyond providing basic necessities, to give some of Miami’s neediest residents a second chance.
Guest: Sam Gil, Camillus House and Health
Pregnant in the Zika Zone Miami's Wynwood neighborhood is considered the epicenter of most of the locally-acquired cases of the Zika virus in South Florida. A Center for Disease Control (CDC) warning for pregnant women traveling in and around this popular area remains in effect – but what if you call this area home? Multimedia Producer Charlotte Cushing followed one local pregnant woman, living by the Zika zone, to see how she is protecting both herself and her unborn child.
Friday, August 5 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 7 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Henry Mack
Zika in South Florida As of Friday morning, 15 cases of non-travel-related Zika have been confirmed in South Florida – with the majority of these cases coming from a 10-block radius in Downtown Miami’s Wynwood area. This has led to the Center for Disease Control to issue an unprecedented tourism warning – recommending a travel ban for pregnant women. Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Chief of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Bobby Kapur, joins us to explain the latest on this developing situation.
Guest: Dr. Bobby Kapur, M.D., M.P.H., Jackson Memorial Hospital
Lotto Sales Up – Where Does the Money Go? Big lotto sales should equate to big money for education. But in a soon-to-be released article, the Sun Sentinel found this isn't always the case. Though scratch-off sales have risen from $2 billion – $3.7 billion last year – more than half of which came from poor communities -- money funneled to help fund education within Florida, has not kept pace. The Sun Sentinel’s Dan Sweeney joins us to share his surprising findings.
Guest: Dan Sweeney, Sun Sentinel
Love the Everglades Well before the establishment of the Everglades as a national park in 1947, activists have worked to conserve and repair this important ecosystem. As we recognize the National Parks Services’ 100th anniversary, The Reverend Houston Cypress, co-founder of the “Love the Everglades” movement, joins us to discuss his group’s efforts to continue this work and their 3-day event, dedicated to raising awareness about the River of Grass.
Guest: Rev. Houston R. Cypress, Love the Everglades Movement