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 29 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, March 31 @ 12:30 PM
Cuban Blogger in Miami Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez has been on an international tour and is slated to speak in Miami next week. How critical is she to accelerating the democratic process in Cuba?
Guest: Susan Kaufman Purcell, Ph.D., University of Miami
New Pope’s First Easter Newly installed Pope Francis has been at the helm of the Catholic Church for a few weeks now, but he has already distinguished himself from his predecessors. We gathered a panel to discuss this and the Pope’s first Easter celebration.
Guests: Elsie Miranda, D.Min., Barry University Maria Pascuzzi, S.T.D., S.S.L., St. Thomas University
Florida's 2012 Amendments - Amendment 8 Florida voters are deciding on 11 constitutional amendments this election season—Amendment 8 is easily one of the most controversial. This proposal, titled “Religious Freedom,” aims to remove language in the Florida constitution that prohibits the public funding of religious institutions. We gathered a panel to present the arguments in favor and against Amendment 8.
Guests: David Barkey, Esq., Anti-Defamation League Juan Bauta, Esq., Citizens for Religious Freedom and Non-Discrimination State Senator Anitere Flores, (R) District 38 Dan Gelber, No on 8 Committee
Friday, March 30 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 1 @ 12:30 PM
Mayoral Recall: One Year Later This March marked the one year anniversary of the recall of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas. Philanthropist and activist Norman Braman joins us on the program to discuss this and his ongoing fight to reform the County charter.
Guest: Norman Braman, Braman Management Association
Week-in-Review: Pope visits Cuba, Trayvon Martin Saga We gathered a panel of journalists to discuss some of the week's top stories, such as Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba and new developments from the Trayvon Martin saga.
Guests: Patricia Mazzei, The Miami Herald Tim Padgett, TIME Magazine Daniel Ricker, Watchdog Report
Friday, September 17 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, September 19 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: Miami-Dade School Board District 7 Race We invited the two candidates for the Miami-Dade County School Board District 7 runoff election to discuss topics such as SB6 and their thoughts on the class-size amendment. Guests: Carlos Curbelo, Candidate, Miami-Dade School Board, District 7 Libby Perez, Candidate, Miami-Dade School Board, District 7
ISSUE TWO: Fiscal Challenges for Miami-Dade and City of Miami The City of Miami and Miami-Dade County are taking very different tacks to reduce their budget. Oscar Musibay from the South Florida Business Journal explains.
Guest: Oscar Musibay, South Florida Business Journal
ISSUE THREE: Media’s Responsibility in Qur’an Burning Story Journalists flocked to Gainesville last week after a local Baptist pastor claimed he would burn the Qur’an, Islam's holy book, on the 9th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. How do media entities determine credibility? Did the media go overboard covering this story?
Guests: Fred Blevens, Ph.D., Florida International University Sam Terilli, J.D., University of Miami