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, March 26 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 28 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: Health Insurance Reform Law: What Does it Mean? The new healthcare legislation makes coverage available to every U.S. citizen. In exchange, everyone would be required to carry health insurance. What changes with this reform and does it make healthcare more accessible and affordable?
Guests: William Donelan, University of Miami Casey Klofstad, Ph.D., University of Miami Linda Quick, South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association
ISSUE TWO: Constitutionality of Healthcare Law Soon after President Barack Obama signed the legislation on healthcare reform, thirteen attorney generals, led by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, filed a suit saying the new law was unconstitutional. Two legal experts join us to share their thoughts on the merits of this legal challenge.
Guests: Doug Donoho, J.D., LL.M., Nova Southeastern University Elizabeth Price Foley, J.D., LL.M., Florida International University
Friday, March 19 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 21 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: Interview with Broward School Superintendent James Notter This week, the Broward School system made unfortunate headlines with stories such as former board member Beverly Gallagher pleading guilty to bribery, violence at one area school, and an audit of the school district's construction department. Broward School Superintendent James Notter joins us to discuss these and other Broward education stories.
Guest: James Notter, Broward County Public Schools
ISSUE TWO: Florida Legislative Review Panel The Florida legislature is in session--the House is focusing on Medicaid while the Senate is tackling education. Both are important goals, but how does the state fill a $3.2 billion dollar deficit?
Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Joy Reid, The Miami Herald
ISSUE THREE: Political Protests in Cuba This week, the "Ladies in White," a group of women in Cuba consisting of wives, mothers and daughters of political prisoners, were beaten and detained as they marched in Havana. Is this protest and consequent violence par for the course or can it be viewed as the beginning of an uprising?
Friday, March 12 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 14 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: New Oversight Board for Jackson? The area's largest public health provider, Jackson Memorial Hospital, is still drowning in debt. On Thursday, Florida legislators denied a request for a $100 million dollar advance of the approximately $77 million Jackson receives from the state on a monthly basis. How should we approach Jackson’s financial mess, and how much can the state and county do when they, too, are in debt?
Guest: Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Commission, District 7
ISSUE TWO: Education Reform through Community Service Organizations President Barack Obama has proposed a five-tier plan to reform our country's educational system. The proposal begins with early childhood initiatives and ends with higher education measures. Obama is also an advocate for community service groups, but do these groups really enhance education and influence much-needed reform?
Guest: Brad Meltzer, City Year Miami
ISSUE THREE: Bottom of Foreclosure Crisis? RealtyTrac released their figures from February with Florida placing third in the country for foreclosures. What, if anything, can be said for Broward and Palm Beach County's record foreclosures last month? Is this is bottom of the real estate market? Guest: Jack McCabe, McCabe Research and Consulting
Friday, March 5 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 7 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: Interview with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez Last week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez gave his annual State of the County speech where he highlighted past and future public works projects. We invited him on the program to discuss the state of the County today and other topics such as the police salary increase and Jackson Health System’s financial troubles.
Guest: Mayor Carlos Alvarez, Miami-Dade County
ISSUE TWO: Interview with City of Miami Manager Carlos Migoya Last week, Carlos Migoya was sworn in as the City of Miami’s new manager after former manager Pete Hernandez resigned the week prior. We discuss the City of Miami’s current fiscal health and the challenges ahead.