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, April 8 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 10 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Panama Papers Dubbed the Panama Papers, a massive leak of over 11 million documents exposed the secret details of offshore companies used to hide billions of dollars by shady world leaders and anonymous business people. The story of the Panama Papers is being told by a Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a group that includes The Miami Herald, The BBC, Fusion, The Guardian and among others. The shoes are already beginning to drop with the Prime Minister of Iceland resigning after being named in the investigation.
Guest: Nicholas Nehamas, The Miami Herald Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
GMCC Educates Businesses on Sea Level Rise In response to the threat of sea level rise, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a conference to address concerns and to prepare local businesses for this very real threat. What is being done to prepare for sea level rise and what are the economic opportunities that may come of it?
Guests: Irela Bague, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
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.
Guest: Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 8
The Underline 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?
Guests: Meg Daly, Friends of The Underline Marta Viciedo, Urban Impact Lab
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