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.
Watch the latest installment of Issues' new investigative series, Issues Reports - Smuggling: Baseball's Open Secret, Friday, September 19th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 21st, at a special time, 11:00 AM on WPBT2
Friday, September 12 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 14 @ 12:00 PM
Miami-Dade County: Police Body Cameras & Budget Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has called for all county police to wear body cameras; making this camera plan a centerpiece of his public agenda. With the support of the local NAACP and push-back from the police union, commissioners still need to approve the purchase of the devices in the coming months.
Guest: Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Domestic Violence Video of former NFL player Ray Rice beating his then girlfriend – whom he later married - has brought the issue of domestic violence to the forefront of the American consciousness. We discuss why this incident sparked a national conversation on social media and why some victims find it hard to leave.
Guest: Ellen G. Cohn, Ph.D., Florida International University
Friday, September 5 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 7 @ 12:00 PM
FIU Expansion Plan Wednesday night, Miami-Dade County Commissioners overwhelmingly backed a referendum that would allow Florida International University to expand its main campus, while relocating the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair at Tamiami Park. If county voters approve this question on the November ballot, FIU, through the state budget, would pay 900 million dollars for the new campus and would also have to finance the youth fair's move.
Guest: Mark B. Rosenberg, Florida International University
Data Breaches From Target, to Home Depot - data breaches are at an all-time high, placing personal information such as your name, email and social security number, at risk. Concerns regarding these types of data breaches prompted the state legislature to pass the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014. What we can do to protect ourselves?
Guest: Luis Salazar, Esq., Salazar Jackson Attorneys at Law
Friday, August 29 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 31 @ 12:00 PM
Burger King to Canada? This week, Miami-based fast-food chain, Burger King, announced its plans to buy Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons for over $10 billion, becoming a foreign entity in order to, some say, avoid U.S. corporate taxes. Is this truly a tax-dodging maneuver?
Guest: Timothy Canova, J.D., Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center
Review of State & Local Primaries The primary election results for local and state offices are in – some expected others surprising. Former Governor Charlie Crist won over Nan Rich, clinching his spot in the general election against current Governor Rick Scott. New-comer Daniella Levine Cava won over Lynda Bell for Miami-Dade County Commissioner of district 8; being only the third person to unseat an incumbent in the last 20 years.
Guests: Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP Juan-Carlos “J.C.” Planas, Esq., Kurkin Brandes, LLP Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Friday, August 22 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 24 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Annette Taddeo In the most closely watched campaign in Florida, former republican turned democrat Charlie Crist announced his choice of Annette Taddeo as his running mate for governor. Opponents refer to her as a “class act”, but feel she is unprepared to run for this coveted political seat. If Crist wins in November, Annette Taddeo will be the first female, Hispanic Lt. Governor of Florida.
Primaries Preview As early voting comes to a close, reports show only about 3 percent of Miami-Dade County's total registered voters have turned out to cast their ballot-- drastically lower than the county's anticipated 20-25 percent turnout. What is causing such a low numbers? Could it be low voter interest?
Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University