Perspectives (WFSU) on 88.9 WFSU-FM

Thursdays, 11 am ET - Noon

Join WFSU and host Tom Flanigan for the live, listener call-in program Perspectives. It's the perfect forum to discuss the issues that concern YOU!

For the 2016 election cycle, July will bring a focus on our local elections - what we are dubbing, "Political Perspectives."  Each of these episodes will be available to view on both 4fsu (channel 4 for Comcast subscribers - view TV schedules) and online at  Summer 2016's schedule includes the following conversations:

Tuesday, July 5 - Leon Clerk of Court 
Wednesday, July 6 - Leon Sheriff 
Thursday, July 7 - Leon School Superintendent 
Friday, July 8 - Leon Property Appraiser 
Monday, July 11 - Leon Supervisor of Elections 
Tuesday, July 12 - Leon County Commission Seat 2 
Wednesday, July 13 - Leon County Commission At-Large Seat 1 
Thursday, July 14 - Leon School Board District 2 
Friday, July 15 – Leon School Board District 4 
Monday, July 18 - Tallahassee City Commission Seat 1 
Tuesday, July 19 - Tallahassee City Commission Seat 2 
Wednesday, July 20 - Congressional Second District 
Thursday, July 21 - Congressional Fifth District 
Friday, July 22 - Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney 
Monday, July 25 - Second Judicial Circuit Public Defender 
Tuesday, July 26 - Florida State House District 8 
Wednesday, July 27 - Florida State House District 9

Please join us by listening to the program every Thursday morning at 11, and by calling us. The numbers are 850-414-1234, or 800-926-8809. You can also e-mail your questions and comments to .

Perspectives is broadcast LIVE each Thursday at 11:00 am ET on 88.9, WFSU-FM and

Perspectives: Tallahassee’s Tress

Oct 20, 2016

Tallahassee is known for its trees.  Lives oaks line the city’s canopy roads, pines tower in parks and crepe myrtles bloom. But as many city residents have learned following Hurricane Hermine, those same trees can create a liability when a storm comes. Joining us in the studio are:

Perry Odom an electric utility arborist with the city of Tallahassee.

Jennifer Magavero an urban forestry specialist with the city.

Stan Rosenthal, a forester with Big Bend Forestry and extension agent emeritus.

Perspectives: Mayor Andrew Gillum

Oct 13, 2016

A new city budget, concerns over crime rates, community initiatives and Hermine clean up—Tallahassee is growing and sometimes that can leave city leaders in a rush to keep up. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum joins WFSU for a about how he helps the community navigate change.

Perspectives: Disability Employment Awareness

Oct 6, 2016

The month of October is set aside to encourage more employers to hire people with disabilities.  To talk about programs that do this, as well as those helping more people with disabilities get training, education, employment counseling and connect with other resources, we speak with: Dr. Sue Homant, president and CEO of the Able Trust; John Finch, director of ABLE United; and CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane.

Perspectives: Apalachicola River Trek

Sep 29, 2016

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Perspectives: Foley Plant Pipeline

Sep 22, 2016

Georgia Pacific’s Foley Paper Mill in Wakulla County has proposed running a 15-mile wastewater pipeline from the plant to the Gulf of Mexico.  The company has promised to restore the Fenholloway River, which had been the discharge route for that wastewater.  Still, environmentalists, Gulf fishermen and political leaders from neighboring counties remain concerned.  Company officials declined to appear on the program, which features:  Linda Young, Director of the Clean Water Network of Florida; Wakulla County Commissioner Howard Kessler; and John Taylor who heads the Wakulla Commercial Fisher

Perspectives: Hurricane Hermine Retrospective

Sep 15, 2016

What went well (and not so well) when Hermine paid a visit to Florida’s Capital City Region a few weeks ago?  And what lessons can be applied to the next major disaster that befalls the area?  To talk about it are: Leon County Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters; Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations Mathieu Cavell; Tallahassee Deputy City Manager Reese Goad; Tallahassee Assistant City Manager Community Engagement and Public Safety Cynthia Barber; Tony Guillen with the City of Tallahassee Electric Department; and joining the conversation by phone, former Florida Lt.

Perspectives: Suicide

Sep 8, 2016

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  The reasons so many people kill themselves and the latest tools and therapies to address the issue are the subjects discussed by our expert panel: FSU College of Medicine Clinical Psychologist Dr. Heather Flynn; former NAMI-Tallahassee Board President and suicide survivor Mary Bowers; and Dr. John Bailey from TMS Health Care.

Perspectives: Working Well

Sep 1, 2016

For the past 10 years, Tallahassee’s Working Well program has been making the workplace environment of dozens of Capital City employers a lot more healthy and fun.

Talking about it are: Mary Barley, health and well-being coordinator for Leon County and Working Well executive director; Mary Waller, business health and wellness manager at Capital Regional Medical Center; Becca Gilbert, senior manager of Marketing and Business Development for Thomas Howell Ferguson; and Dr. Patrick Smith, DC of Smith Family Chiropractic.

Perspectives: Business Succession Plan

Aug 25, 2016

You’ve got that lifetime-dream business off the ground, but how do you make sure it will continue to exist and prosper after you’re not around anymore?  To talk about the many advantages and pitfalls of putting together a succession plan are: Chip Cicchetti, vice president/commercial banker with Hancock Bank; Stuart Goldberg, Law Offices of Stuart E. Goldberg, PL; and Michael Kalifeh, CPA/CFST, Thomas Howell Ferguson.

Perspectives: Chronic Disease Impact

Aug 18, 2016

As estimated one out of every two Americans has some kind of chronic disease; one out of three people have more than one of these conditions.  To talk about how the pervasiveness of chronic disease affects everything from health care costs to national productivity are: Candace DeMatteis, policy chief for the Florida Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; Charlie Adams, deputy director of Big Bend Cares; Brenda Olsen, chief mission officer for the American Lung Association of the Southeast; and Dr. Nicole Bixler, president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.