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

Perspectives: Tallahassee Startup Week

Nov 16, 2017

The Capital City was a whirlwind of seminars, workshops, community forums and networking events this week, all involving the area’s newest do-it-yourself businesses.  To talk about the ever-improving environment for these enterprises in Tallahassee are:  Darryl Jones, deputy director for Minority and Women Small Business Enterprise at the Office for Economic Vitality; David Brightbill, founder of Making Awesome, the community workshop for arts and tech makers; Brian Wyatt, president and CEO of BEZGraphiz; J.R.

In recent months, Tallahassee and Leon County’s crime rates have become the subject of breathless media coverage.  But both Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo and Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil agree the raw numbers can be misleading.  Also discussed during the program, law officer training, crime-fighting technology and crime prevention measures.

Perspectives: KCCI

Nov 2, 2017

Since 2007, the Knight Creative Communities Institute (“KCCI” for short) has been steadily remaking and reimagining Florida’s Capital City through a series of projects driven by volunteer “community catalysts”.  To talk about those past and future initiatives are:  KCCI Executive Director Betsy Couch; and former catalyst and present KCCI Board Member Lauren Shoaf Pace.

Perspectives: Oyster Revival

Oct 26, 2017

The old ways of oystering are just about over in the Gulf waters off North Florida.  But new methods of cultivating oysters could mean new generations of men and women making their livelihood from the water.  To talk about it:  Rob Olin, chairman and CEO of the Panacea Oyster Co-op; Bob Ballard, executive director of Tallahassee Community College’s Wakulla Environmental Institute; Leo Lovel, old-time seafood harvester and owner of the Spring Creek Restaurant; and first-generation oyster rancher Cainnon Gregg.

Perspectives: Local Government Home Rule

Oct 20, 2017

In recent years, Florida’s Legislature, as well as lawmakers in several other states, have begun chipping away at the autonomy and self-determination of cities, counties and school districts.  To talk about that trend and what it means for those local governments and the citizens they serve area:  Third District Florida Senator Bill Montford; Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer; and Leon County Commissioner Brian Desloge.

Perspectives: Conversations About Race

Oct 12, 2017

In the course of the next few months, residents of Florida’s Capital City will have lots of opportunities to speak openly and honestly about race relations and other matters that divide us as a civil society.  To talk about these multiple discussions are:  Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, one of the originators of the “Longest Table” series of community conversations; Village Square Executive Director Liz Joyner; Florida A&M University Theater Professor Chris Berry; and Southern Shakespeare Company Education Director Phil Croton.

Perspectives: Children’s Home Society

Oct 5, 2017

The Tallahassee outreach of Florida’s Children’s Home Society has been around since 1964.  Since then it’s morphed from primarily an adoption mechanism to a fully-integrated agency caring for infants through teens with a vast array of programs, partnerships and other support mechanisms.  To talk about it are: Kevin Winship, director of program operations; Lindsay Elliott, chair for the upcoming “Wish Upon a Star” fundraiser Oct.

Perspectives: Art’s Economic Impact

Sep 28, 2017

Concerts, cultural festivals and art gallery shows aren’t only enjoyable, they also mean big bucks in Tallahassee and Leon County.  A new study completed by COCA (Council on Culture & Arts), using a methodology from Americans for the Arts shows that local impact includes hundreds-of-millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.  To talk about those numbers and how they might be even further increased are: Kevin Carr, COCA’s grants and strategic partnerships manager; Bob Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts; Al Latimer, director of the Tallahassee/Leon County Office of Econom

Perspectives: River Trek 2017

Sep 21, 2017

This year’s Tenth Annual Apalachicola River Trek starts October 10.  In advance of the five-day, 100+ mile paddle down North Florida’s most important waterway, we talk about the event and the river itself with: Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola Riverkeeper; Georgia Ackerman, president of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper board; the board’s Vice President Katie McCormick; and Cameron Barton, sixth-grade science teacher at Maclay School and one of this year’s river trekkers.

Perspectives: Irma’s Aftermath

Sep 15, 2017
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It’s been a week since Hurricane Irma drew a direct bead on Florida.  Even though Florida’s Capital City area escaped serious devastation, there were many downed trees and power lines, along with some shortages of food, bottled water and gasoline across the region.  To talk about how local government and emergency responders dealt Irma are: Leon County Administrator Vince Long; Leon County Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters; and City of Tallahassee Deputy City Manager Reese Goad.

Perspectives: Spanish Missions Conference

Sep 14, 2017

Florida’s earliest Spanish settlers built a string of Missions across the northern part of “La Florida”, which spawned a remarkable connection with the native Aplachee peoples.  The history and modern-day impact of that connection is the focus of the Spanish Missions in Florida and the Borderlands Conference, set to happen at the Monticello Opera House October 5-7.  To talk about it: Jefferson County writer, historian and philosopher Dr. Anne Holt; Jack Carswell whose Jefferson County roots reach back nearly two centuries; Dr.

Perspectives: Vietnam Memories

Sep 7, 2017

In anticipation of the Sept. 17 premiere of: “The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick” on WFSU-TV, we plumb the Vietnam memories of listeners and those of Command Sergeant Major Leon J. Roy IV (U.S. Army Retired) who served from 1957-80.  This program was recorded for delayed broadcast on 4FSU, Comcast Channel 4.

To view the televised version of this program click below.

It’s been 50 years since the last segregated Leon County public school closed its doors (the old all-black Lincoln High School in Frenchtown).  How did school integration take place in Florida’s Capital City and what has changed since then?  To discuss the issue in the run-up to a special series of WFSU news reports on the subject is this Perspectives featuring Leon County Schools Administrator C.B. “Rick” Williams, one of the first three African-American students to enter the formerly all-white Rickards High School in 1965, along with WFSU Reporter Kate Payne.

Perspectives: Suicide Response and Prevention

Aug 24, 2017

Although suicide remains a taboo topic for many, experts say the subject needs much more discussion and preventive resources.  Talking about it are: Mary Bowers and Bill Tice who lost family members to suicide; NAMI Tallahassee Vice President Cindy Foster; and Kelli Mercer with the Behavioral Health Center at Capital Regional Medical Center.

Perspectives: Pets and People

Aug 17, 2017

The majority of American homes already have at least one pet, but more loving homes, volunteers and resources are needed to help the many homeless animals that remain.  To discuss the issue on a local level: Michael St. John, assistant director of the Tallahassee/Leon County Animal Services Center; Lisa Glunt, executive director of the Leon County Humane Society; Gerry Phipps, president and co-founder of Be the Solution (a spay and neuter organization); and Isabell Parker, foster manager for Cauzican Care Animal Rescue.

Perspectives: The Role of Libraries

Aug 10, 2017

As technology advances, placing information literally at our fingertips some have started to think of more traditional sources of information as outdated—perhaps even unnecessary. That’s resulted in budget cuts for many libraries across the United States. But a new study from the Pew Research Center says Millennials are using libraries more than any other generation. And the study says the reason for that may be that libraries are so much more than the big buildings full of dusty books they tend to be associated with.

Perspectives: Youth Mentoring

Aug 7, 2017

The Capital City area has a multitude of organizations and programs devoted to providing positive adult role models and experiences for young people who otherwise might have little access to them.  To talk about their programs are:  Lee Wagner, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend; Alva Striplin, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend; and Dr. Willie Williams who heads the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy in the Tallahassee Mayor’s Office.

Perspectives: Neighbors and Neighborhoods

Jul 28, 2017

No matter where people live, they all live in neighborhoods.  Christic Henry, long-time neighborhood advocate and past president of the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) talks about the challenges and changes facing Tallahassee/Leon County neighborhoods and how neighbors are working together to address those concerns.

Perspectives: Financial Literacy

Jul 20, 2017

When it comes to finances many people are left feeling confused. Navigating the world of   diversification and compound interest can be complicated. On this week's Perspectives our panel of experts break some of those tricky subjects down.

This week's guests include:
Rick Theobald a financial advisor at Waddell and Reed
Matt Hall, a pastor at Canopy Roads Baptist Church
David Beidel a CPA at Beidel and Company

Perspectives: Pamela Marsh

Jul 13, 2017

The former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida provides a primer on how federal investigations are initiated, can proceed and the possible outcomes.  This provides some general context for the recent revelation of a federal investigation into the joint City of Tallahassee/Leon County Community Redevelopment Agency.

Perspectives: Andrew Gillum

Jul 6, 2017

The Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum talks about crime, legislative assaults on home rule, federal requests for voting records and the many challenges of keeping up with local issues and responsibilities while running a very competitive statewide political campaign.

Perspectives: Shakespeare and Race Relations

Jun 29, 2017

Tallahassee’s Southern Shakespeare Company is partnering with The Village Square, John G. Riley House Museum, Goodwood Museum and Gardens and the Leon County School District to solicit stories from the community.  These tales will form the core of the planned production: “A Town Divided: A Story of Shakespeare, Race and Our City.”  To talk about the project is:  Southern Shakespeare Compary Artistic Director Lanny Thomas; Education Director Phil Croton; and Florida A&M University Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Berry.

Perspectives: Local Business

Jun 23, 2017

Whether buying into a national franchise or starting your own unique enterprise from scratch, Tallahassee is becoming an ever-hotter place to start (and grow) a business.  To discuss this topic in all its ramifications: Jay Revell, vice president of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce; Adam Faurot, CEO of Titus Human Performance Solutions, a home-grown Tallahassee firm with international connections; Josh Desha, assistant vice president and Tallahassee business center manager for Hancock Bank; Joe Berg, founder of Capital City Villager and local business advocate; and Jeremy Matlaw, owner

Perspectives: Guardian Ad Litem

Jun 15, 2017

At the moment, more than 500 minor children in the six counties that make up Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit are being helped by the Guardian Ad Litem program.  To talk about what the program is, how it helps those kids and the need for more volunteers are: Volunteer Recruiter Sara Blumenthal; and Volunteer Larry Carmichael.

The Capital Region has a wealth of summer camps, school programs and special outreach organizations focused on giving girls and young women more personal options and opportunities.  To discuss the many implications are: Kim Kelling, content director for WFSU Public Media; Roxanne Hughes and Carlos Villa from the High Magnetic Field Laboratory; Ericka McKibbon, executive director of Girls on the Run; and Trish Hanson, co-founder of MoLab.