Wonk and Circumstance 108 - Recess in Schools

April 18, 2017

On this week's show, we dip our toe into the waters of education by looking at a surprisingly controversial topic - recess. As the Florida Senate and House of Representatives battle it out to see whether recess should be mandatory, we welcome Rene Medina on to give us a look into the daily lives of students, teachers, and how recess fits into those snapshots.

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Wonk and Circumstance Episode 107 - The Death Penalty

April 11, 2017

It seems that one of the most popular topics for high school opinion essays is capital punishment, also known as the death penalty. It's an issue that divides opinion across the political spectrum, the country, and the world. Its origins can be traced back to Biblical times, with Hammurabi's Code ("eye for an eye") often being cited when discussing the issue.

On today's podcast, we are joined by four esteemed guests to discuss this sensitive topic. Each of the four guests presents a different perspective and has a different preferred outcome for capital punishment. Father Willy Garcia-Tuñon advocates for repealing the death penalty on moral grounds. Francesca Corallo argues that the death penalty should be repealed, though her arguments are practical. Arthur Freyre offers a defense of the status quo - capital punishment used primarily for first-degree murder. Finally, Juan Perez makes the case for a death penalty that is expanded to include crimes other than murder.

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Coral Gables Election Preview

April 7, 2017

Special episode! Today we are joined by Elaine de Valle, aka "Ladra" of the Political Cortadito, for a sneak peek at Tuesday's Coral Gables election. If you're a Coral Gables resident, or a local politics junkie, this is the episode for you.

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Episode 106 - Marijuana

April 4, 2017

This week, we tackle an issue that Florida's voters passed a constitutional amendment on just last year - marjuana. We touch on the medicinal aspects as well as the recreational side. We also look at how marijuana compares to other drugs, both legal and illegal.

 

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Episode 105 - AirBnB

March 28, 2017

On this week's episode, we invite on four different guests to discuss a popular issue - AirBnb. You'll hear Alan Bradin, Jessica Fernandez, Armando Ibarra, and Nick Jimenez discuss what's going on in Tallahassee, what the differences are between hotels and short-term rental sites, and what the ideal regulatory structure for AirBnB (et al.) should look like.

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Meet the Candidates: Chip Withers

March 27, 2017

Get to know Wayne "Chip" Withers, a candidate for Coral Gables Commission in Group III. Election Day is fast approaching - Coral Gables heads to the polls on April 11th, 2017.

 

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Wonk and Circumstance 104 - Solar Energy

March 21, 2017

In this week's episode, we talk to Mario Ariza about the solar energy situation in Florida. We cover the gamut from the amendments proposed last year to pie in the sky technology and everything in between.

Mario Alejandro Ariza is a Dominican immigrant to the United States who grew up in Santo Domingo and Miami. He is currently a Michener Fellow in poetry at the University of Miami’s Master in Fine Arts program, and he holds a Master’s degree in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Columbia University.  He has held a waiter-ship from the Breadloaf Writer’s conference, is the winner of the 2015 Small Axe magazine poetry contest, and was a 2016 Cantomundo fellow. His poetry can be found in Gulf Coast, The Raleigh Review, The Baffler, Luna Luna, and The Rumpus. You can find his feature journalism in places like The Atlantic and The Miami New Times, and The New Tropic. His essays appear in Cigar Snob Magazine and are forthcoming in The New Inquiry. He is working on a book about one of his greatest obsessions, human-driven climate change, and its effects on South Florida.

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Wonk and Circumstance 103 - Transportation

March 14, 2017

In this week's episode, Adam Schachner and Nick Jimenez join the podcast to discuss all manner of transportation issues. Throughout the super-sized episode this week, the panelists discuss public transit, self-driving cars, and everything in between.

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Wonk and Circumstance 102 - Guns

March 7, 2017

This week's issue is one of the most contentious topics in politics: Guns. Panelists Adam Schachner, Jordan Sanchez, and Nick Jimenez join the podcast to discuss some of the gun legislation that has been proposed during the 2017 Florida legislative session.

 

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Wonk and Circumstance 101 - FL Legislative Preview

March 1, 2017

Welcome to the very first episode of Wonk and Circumstance, a new podcast presented by VoterAid. In this episode, we bring on legislative staffers in Tallahassee, Nick Alvarez and Nick Recuset, to help us preview the the 2017 Florida Legislative session that beings on 3/7/2017.

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