Friday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM & Sunday, July 20 @ 12:00 PM
Watch this week's program on YouTube:
Friday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 20 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera
The Florida gubernatorial race took a new turn with Charlie Crist's announcement of local Colombian-American Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate. Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera considers her a “class act”, but thinks she’ll “have a tough time with this race.”
He joins Helen to discuss the campaign, All Aboard Florida, Medicaid expansion and why he feels former Gov. Crist was “never focused on the job at hand” while in office.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida
Miami-Dade County Commission: Budget Vote, Police Layoffs & Exile Museum
The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks joins Helen to discuss the latest in Miami-Dade County Commission news:
-Commissioners voted in favor of raising property taxes to avoid cuts to an already under-funded library system.
-Layoffs are still anticipated for the county's police force, with a proposed 8 percent cut to their payroll, eliminating 230 positions.
-Commissioners approved a Cuban Exile Museum for the land behind American Airlines Arena
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
From FMU Press Release:
Dr. Artis appears on WPBT’s ISSUES
Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Artis and education leaders Fran Allegra of SEED Miami and Gorge Cabrerra, President & CEO, ASPIRA of Florida were interviewed at the studios of WPBT by journalist Helen Ferrè in a roundtable setting on the public affairs show ISSUES. The group discussed the topic: the evolution of alternative education in Miami.
Friday, July 4 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 6 @ 12:00 PM
New Charter School Option in Miami
This August, a new school will open in Miami, where charter school meets boarding school - The Seed School of Miami and Florida Memorial University have teamed up for this unique academic learning environment, where at-risk students from 6th to 12th grade will live and study on campus and follow a college-prep education model.
Fran Allegra,SEED School of Miami
Roslyn Artis, J.D., Ed.D.,Florida Memorial University
George Cabrera,ASPIRA of Florida
"Like" us on Facebook: Issues with Helen Ferrè
Friday, June 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 22 @ 12:00 PM
High-Speed Rail in Florida
All Aboard Florida is on the cusp of being the first private rail line in the U.S. in 30 years. If approved, this multi-billion dollar project will connect Miami to Orlando with stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. This proposal is not without its obstacles. A committee has been organized to review some concerns from residents and officials, as Governor Rick Scott calls for sensitivity to these hesitations.
Julie Edwards, All Aboard Florida
Miami-Dade County: Big Donations, Big Cuts
Doug Hanks from The Miami Herald joins Helen to discuss what’s happening in Miami-Dade County:
•Review of the Herald’s in-depth analysis of those writing big checks to county commissioners running for re-election and whether this influences future projects and local politics
•Mayor Gimenez Budget Battle: looming cuts to the police force to balance the budget
•Sun Life Stadium renovation
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Friday, May 30 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 1 @ 12:00 PM
State & Local Week in Review
We look at some of the headlines from Tallahassee and South Florida:
• Florida Suing the Department of Veterans for “Stonewalling”
• Redistricting Trial
• Port Miami Tunnel Delay
• M-D County “Bait & Switch”
• Commissioner Carollo & the FEC Slip
Opposition to Soccer Stadium Plan
There are many who have been vocal about their reservations to a water front location for the proposed soccer stadium. Greg Bush from the Urban Environment League joins us to discuss why he and his group so strongly oppose what they call a “hastily drawn plan”.
Greg Bush, Urban Environment League
Friday, March 28 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 30 @ 12:00 PM
Legislative Review: E-Cigs, Speed Limit
The Florida legislature brought forth many bills this week on issues such as: red light cameras, school choice, e-cigarette bans and highway speed limits. Our panelists share their thoughts.
Marili Cancio, Esq., Miami-Dade County Republican Executive Committee
Juan Cuba, Miami-Dade Democratic Party
Soccer superstar David Beckham was in town this week to continue to push for building a stadium in the Port of Miami. Sun Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo joins us to discuss this and legislative proposals to change how sales-tax rebates are given to sports franchises.
Michael Mayo, Sun Sentinel
Friday, March 21 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 23 @ 12:00 PM
The Miami Herald published an investigative series titled, "Innocents Lost," highlighting child deaths that may have been preventable with proper oversight from Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF). How and what policies can be implemented to help keep Florida’s children safe?
Frances Allegra, Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe
Howard Talenfeld, Esq., Florida’s Children First
Several hot-button topics were discussed in the Florida legislature this week, such as the Stand your Ground law, the future of gaming in the state, and parental school choice. Our panelists share their thoughts.
Jose Mallea, JM Global Consulting
Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP
Friday, March 14 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 16 @ 12:00 PM
New Dolphins Stadium Renovation Proposal
The Miami Dolphins now say they can pay for stadium renovations, but what they want in return, is meeting some resistance. The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks explains.
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Special Election Results: US FL-13
Republican lobbyist David Jolly beat Democrat and former State Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, this Tuesday in a special election. The seat had been held by Bill Young, who passed away in October. What conclusions, if any, can be drawn from the election results?
Greg Allen, NPR News
Diabetes and Nutrition
According to the American Diabetes Association, the total cost of diagnosed diabetes is $245 billion dollars. How much of this is preventable?
Linda Gassenheimer, Dinner in Minutes