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!

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@wfsu.org .

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

Perspectives: Prescribed Burns

Jan 19, 2017

No matter what Smoky Bear says, periodic fires are actually essential for the well-being of woodlands.  To talk about it are: Brian Wiebler, Red Hills Outreach & Education Coordinator Tall Timbers Research Station; Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Program Director Kevin Robertson; Rebecca Means, Ecologist Coastal Plains Institute; and Debbie Beard, Fire Management Officer U.S. Forest Service in Florida.

Perspectives: Tree Talk

Jan 12, 2017
Girl holding basket of plums
Leon Fruit and Nut Exchange

Tallahassee loves its trees.  And Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District Three Supervisor Tabitha Fraziers has come up with unique initiatives involving the community’s stately icons.  One will provide low-income residents in the city’s “food deserts” with excess produce from local fruit and nut trees.  Another will turn the county’s oldest trees into teachers, using the latest technology so they can share the local history they’ve witnessed over the years.

Visit the Leon Fruit & Nut Exchange Website

Perspectives: Human Trafficking

Jan 5, 2017

Human trafficking is by no means confined to third-world countries and the gritty back allies of major cities.  Here in the North Florida area, sex and labor slavery is surprisingly widespread and happening under seemingly innocent cover.  To talk about this scourge problem and what’s being done to combat it is: Robin Hassler Thompson from the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center; Bethany Gilot with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; and Frank Williams, assistant US Attorney from Gainesville.

Perspectives: Holiday Music Show 12-22-2016

Dec 22, 2016

Once again, WFSU partners with Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Darko Butorac to present a diverse cross-section of seasonal songs.  Selections include classical and popular expressions of peace, joy, hope and a little bit of humor thrown in.

-Jussi Bjoerling, O Helga Natt
-Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, Karen Carpenter
-African Noel, Andre Thomas
-Candlelight Hanukkah, Maccabeats
-Silent Night, 2Cellos
-Father Christmas, Greg Lake
-It Is Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas, Michael Buble

Marshalling every available resource into rapid-response teams may prevent suicide and provide greater healing to suicide survivors.  That’s the premise for a conference coming up January 27th and 28th at Tallahassee Community College.  Speaking about it are: conference keynote speaker and nationally recognized expert on suicide prevention Dr. Frank Campbell; Mary Bowers with NAMI Tallahassee; Apalachee Center President and CEO Jay Reeve; and Tallahassee Community College Chief of Police Chris Summers.

It’s a roundtable featuring the last four presidents of TCC: Dr. Jim Hinson (1983-95); Dr. T.K. Wetherell (1995-2002); Dr. Bill Law (2002-2010); and Dr. Jim Murdaugh (2010-present).  They talk about the school’s illustrious history, its remarkable successes and hopes for the future.

Perspectives: Small Business Help

Dec 1, 2016

Tallahassee’s two universities offer a wide range of free services for both business start-ups and existing enterprises.  To talk about those resources, Keith Bowers, regional director of the Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University and Mike Campbell, director of the North Florida Operations at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University.

Perspectives: Office of Economic Vitality

Nov 17, 2016

Leon County’s new Office of Economic Vitality is dedicated to, not only attracting new outside business to the area, but also helping promote local existing and startup business.  To talk about is the office’s Director Al Latimer, Jay Revell, vice president of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Lucas Lindsey, executive director of DOMI Station, Cecilia Homison, CEO of First Commerce Credit Union, and Alyce Lee Stansbury, president of Stansbury Consulting and member of Institute for Nonprofit Innovation Excellence.

Perspectives: Willie Meggs

Nov 10, 2016

Since first being elected in 1984, Willie Meggs has been the state attorney for Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit.  Now, with retirement coming up fast and his hand-chosen successor also the pick of the voters, Meggs remembers some of his more interesting prosecutorial experiences and the many personalities he’s dealt with over these many years in office.

Perspectives: Political High Anxiety

Nov 3, 2016

Does a constant exposure to political news – particularly the high-intensity kind from cable TV news channels and talk radio – cause changes in such things as brain chemistry, attitudes and behavior?  Florida State University’s Dr. Brad Schmidt, distinguished research professor and director of the Anxiety & Behavioral Health Clinic and Sociology Professor Dr. Deana Rohlinger discuss what that means, not only for our political, but also our personal well-being.

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