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, March 25 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 27 @ 12:00 PM
Obama’s Cuba Trip President Barack Obama made his historic trip to Cuba this week where he gave a speech both praising and challenging the Cuban people, and the Castro regime. In his speech, President Obama stressed the importance of a democracy saying, “It gives individuals the capacity to be catalysts to think in new ways, and to reimagine how our society should be, and to make them better.” What impact will his speech make in the efforts to ending the decades-long embargo?
Broward Health Probe - UPDATE Amid a deepening probe into allegations of misdeeds and "an internal climate of intimidation and fear" within Broward Health, state investigators are requesting the hospital district now hand over more records including "complete personal files" for some current and former officials. Is this the beginning of the end for one of the 10 largest health systems in the U.S.?
Guest: Dan Christensen, Florida Bulldog
Bracing for Zika As temperatures rise and the rainy season begins, protecting ourselves from the typical nagging insects we encounter is a practice most South Floridians are accustomed to. But, with the birth of the Zika Virus, which is linked to birth defects and other ailments such as paralysis, fears have grown for residents and vacationers alike. The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted a Zika forum this week, to discuss collaborative efforts and strides in research as health officials try to combat this invasive disease. We speak with their chief of infectious diseases about “significant research efforts” for a vaccine.
Guest: Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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.
Guest: 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.
Guest: 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.
Guest: 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.
Guest: 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.
Guest: 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?
Guests: Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP
Friday, February 26 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, February 28 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
Code of Silence - Youth & Gun Violence It started with a Facebook feud and ended with an innocent first grader being killed. The senseless shooting death of 6 year old King Carter has struck a nerve with both local officials and residents and they are demanding both change and immediate action. The consensus: speak up. A vocal proponent of ending this “code of silence”, M-D Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said "we must not allow ourselves to become desensitized when news of juveniles getting shot in our community becomes an almost daily occurrence.” So, what is being done by law enforcement and how can the community help?
Guests: Major Ricky Carter, Miami-Dade Police Department, Northside Dist. Steve Gallon, III, Ed.D., Fmr. Principal, Miami Northwestern Senior High School
Uber Regulations & Frost Museum Funding This week, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners continued discussions on regulating the popular ride-sharing app Uber, in order for the company to continue operating in the county. Commissioner Rebeca Sosa urged fingerprint checks for Uber drivers, citing last week's shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan - by an Uber driver. The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks gives us the latest on this and the status of current and potential future funding of the troubled Frost Museum of Science. Is the county willing to pitch in?