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, January 15 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 17 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Eye on Broward Sea Level Rise According to global warming experts and scientists, Miami is considered "ground zero" for sea-level rise and continues to be the focal point to witness the affects in action. But what about counties to the north, that also have low-lying areas prone to flooding? These residents could be underestimating their vulnerability.
Florida Death Penalty “Unconstitutional” This week, in a nearly unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Florida's death penalty system unconstitutional – essentially changing a 40 year judicial process. The state is one of only three that grants judges' the right to impose a death sentence - as opposed to juries, which is stated in the U.S. Constitution. Having the second highest number of inmates on death row in the country, how will this affect the hundreds of Florida’s inmates awaiting execution?
Guest: Nancy Abudu, J.D., ACLU of Florida Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Friday, January 8 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 10 @ 12:00 PM
2016 Florida Legislative Preview It’s an election year which means the Florida Legislature gets an early start arguing a litany of items in this session. Aside from expected budget negotiations, lawmakers will be addressing a few contentious issues, including bills allowing guns on college campuses, Medicaid expansion and changes to the state’s testing system for students – prompting one panelist to call Florida a “laboratory for high-stakes testing”.
Guests: Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Genaro “Chip” Iglesias, Ballard Partners Jose Mallea, JM Global Consulting, Inc. Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP
Friday, November 20 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 22 @ 12:00 PM
City of Miami Commissioner-Elect Ken Russell When it comes to elections in Florida, things are never easy, and the recent City of Miami District 2 election was no different – in fact, it was unprecedented.
After coming in a distant second to businessman Ken Russell in the primary, Teresa Sarnoff, wife of out-going Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, announced she would withdraw from the race, though a run-off election would still need to take place by charter. Nonetheless, City of Miami residents came out to the polls, resulting in 2,700 votes for Russell, solidifying his win. The commissioner-elect joins Helen to discuss his plans for District 2 which includes solving transportation woes and preserving open, green spaces.
Guest: Ken Russell, Commissioner-Elect, City of Miami Dist. 2
Bill to Shrink School Districts The State of Florida is home to five of the country's largest school districts, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties -- but could they be too large? Proponents of a legislative bill say yes.
If approved by state legislators and voters, school districts as we know them, could fall under the governance of cities as opposed to counties - allowing more local control. Opponents argue this would cause a greater inequity between more affluent schools and schools in inner-city areas -- a concern that killed a similar bill in 1998.
Which is best for our students?
Guest: Martha Barantovich, Ed.D., College of Education, Florida International University
Friday, November 13 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 15 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host, Henry Mack
Race for the White House After a raucous third debate in October, Tuesday’s GOP debate was relatively composed and arguably the most substantive. The questioning focused on economic issues, as well as foreign policy and immigration; two of the most contentious issues of the night, with both continuing to divide the Republican Party. Our panel had their own lively debate on the candidates’ progress, staying power and policies.
Guests: Raul Martinez, Former Mayor, City of Hialeah Marcia Narine, St. Thomas University School of Law Edward Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm Juan-Carlos “J.C.” Planas, Esq., Kurkin Brandes, LLP