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, July 15 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 17 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Henry Mack
America Post-Dallas Following the tragic events of last week, the conversation across the country has focused on race-relations and the way police interact with communities of color. Pastor, former police chief and radio show host, Chief Jimmie Brown, discusses the impact of these events on police training and community relationships with law enforcement. How will we as a nation deal with the ongoing racial divide?
Guest: Chief Jimmie Brown, WMBM AM 1490/ (Ret.) Miami-Dade Police Department
M-D County: Budget & Mayoral Race This week, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez released his proposed $7.1 billion budget for the county. In his statement, the mayor was optimistic that the pending Liberty Square Development will bode well for the county's economy and lead to job creation -- but he warned of the possible negative impact of struggling foreign economies, on the county. The Miami Herald’s Doug Hank breaks down the pros and cons of the budget and the latest controversies surrounding the upcoming county mayoral election.
Friday, July 8 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 10 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Henry Mack
Miami Prosperity Report Just last week, Wall Street 24/7 released a study labeling Miami the “worst city in America” - mainly due to the large economic disparity. Now, a different study - conducted by Florida International University's Metropolitan Center- shows Miami is actually on the rise. While there are challenges, the study's results show there is great opportunity as well – but our guest, and author of the study, urges an aggressive approach.
Guest: Kevin T. Greiner, J.D., MUP, FIU’s Metropolitan Center
(W)Dade County It’s a dark day for Miami Heat fans - as they bid farewell to future Hall-of-Famer, Dwyane Wade. After 13 seasons with The Miami Heat - the man that changed the name of an entire county - has taken an offer to play for the Chicago Bulls. Fans hoped D-Wade would finish his career with the team, but instead, he's headed back to his hometown. What will his loss mean for the future of The Heat?
Guest: Will Manso, Local 10/Fox Sports Sun
HistoryMiami – Beyond the Game From the iconic Fifth Street Gym where Muhammad Ali “floated like a butterfly” during segregation, to the game of Jai-Alai brought from Cuba- Miami has made its mark in the world of sports and beyond. HistoryMiami’s latest exhibit highlights this and more, including new documentaries and plenty of sports memorabilia, to showcase the way sports impacted the evolution of South Florida.
Guests: Gaspar Gonzalez, Guest Curator, HistoryMiami Museum Michele Reese, HistoryMiami Museum
Friday, July 1 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 3 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Henry Mack
Zika Virus - Update & Prevention This week, a mother from Haiti gave birth to a baby with Zika-related microcephaly – which is characterized by a noticeably underdeveloped head - right here in Florida. Up until now, most travel-related cases of the Zika virus have originated from countries in South America - but the island nation of Haiti is less than 700 miles from Miami. Is enough being done to prevent this mosquito-borne virus, or is it just a matter of time before we see cases originating in South Florida?
Guests: Nina Berrocal, M.D., Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Chalmers Vasquez, Miami-Dade Mosquito Control Operations Camila Ventura, M.D., Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Miami is “The Worst” It was just four years ago that Forbes called Miami “America’s Most Miserable City", and now we’re apparently living in the worst city in the United States - that's what financial news and opinion website, 24/7 Wall Street, says. Their survey, based on social and economic factors, attributes Miami’s ranking to the large economic gap. The South Florida Business Journal’s senior reporter, Brian Bandell, joins us to break down these findings – is Miami really the worst?
Guest: Brian Bandell, South Florida Business Journal
The Eat Beat From sports to politics, the Sun Sentinel's Michael Mayo has been informing and entertaining readers for 27 years, but as he says in his latest post: “not everybody votes, but everyone has to eat.” Now he plans to go beyond the typical food review in his latest gig as dining critic with the publication’s blog – SouthFlorida.com.
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.
Guests: Constance Collins, J.D., Exec. Dir., Lotus House Hon. Steven Leifman, Chair, Supreme Court of Florida Task Force on Substance Abuse & Mental Issues
Friday, June 17 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 19 @ 12:00 PM
Hosted by Henry Mack
Orlando Shooting - Aftermath A week after the mass shooting at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, the cause and effect is still being debated. Our guests analyze this debate and discuss the potential repercussions of this tragedy on the LGBT community, the religion of Islam, and U.S. gun laws.
Guests: Baylor Johnson, ACLU of Florida Eric Lob, Ph.D., Florida International University Robert Rabil, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University