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: 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.

Perspectives: HERC Remembrance Dinner

Oct 27, 2016

On November 9th, the Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC) hosts its annual Remembrance Dinner at FSU’s Turnbull Center.  The featured speaker will be former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Pamela Marsh, who will talk about the 2011 discovery of a 16th Century art masterpiece, stolen by the Nazis in World War II, that wound up in the state art museum in Milan, Italy and then brought to Tallahassee’s Brogan Museum as part of a traveling exhibit.  On this Perspectives, Ms.

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

With a possible U.S.

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.

Perspectives: Opening Nights

Aug 12, 2016

From legendary singer Smokey Robinson to the humor of Lily Tomlin, dance, film and everything in between, the 2016-17 season of Opening Nights features an incomparable lineup of world-class talent.  With behind-the-scenes insights about this cultural cavalcade are: Opening Nights Performing Arts Director Chirs Heacox; Administrative Coordinator Bethany Atwell; Marketing and Communications Coordinator Sarah Howard Bozeman; Development Officer Kelly-Ann Fasano; and Education and Engagement Manager Calla MacNamara.

The leadership team of this coalition to attack the problem of childhood obesity in the Tallahassee area talks about what they’ve done and what they plan to do as more partners join this community-wide effort: Dr. Cynthia Harris, director and professor with the College of Pharmacy/Institute of Public Health at FAMU; Sokoya Finch, director Florida Family Network; Dr.

There are three Democrats seeking to succeed term-limited Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda as the representative from Florida House District Nine: Democrats Lorrane Ausley, Josh Johnson and Arnitta Grice-Walker.  One of them will have Republican Jim Messer in the November General Election.  All four candidates present their case for winning the office.

There are four Democratic candidates running for Florida House District Eight, which takes in the northern part of Gadsden County, along with parts of northwest, west and southwest Tallahassee: Ramon Alexander; Clarence Jackson; Brad Johnson; and Dianne Williams-Cox.  They discuss the issues facing the district and their plans to address those issues if elected to the Florida Legislature.

The county’s long-time (since 2000) Tax Collector, Democrat Doris Maloy, faces former City Commissioner, Police Officer and Business Owner, Republican John Paul Bailey.  The candidates talk about their backgrounds and what that experience brings to their respective vision for the office.

The three candidates to succeed long-time State Attorney Willie Meggs make their respective cases: Democrats Jack Campbell and Sean Desmond; and Republican Pete Williams.

There are four people running for this newly-redrawn Florida congressional district that sprawls across the northern part of the state between Jacksonville and Tallahassee.  Three of them are Democrats: the incumbent Brown; LaShonda Holloway; and Al Lawson.  There is also a Republican, Glo Smith.  Lawson was the lone candidate responding to an invitation to appear on Political Perspectives and spends the hour outlining his priorities and philosophy of governance honed by many years in the Florida Legislature.

There are three Republicans and two Democrats vying to win their party’s primary election August 30th for the newly-redrawn Second Congressional District of Florida.  Two of those contenders discuss their very different approaches to governance: Democrat Walter Dartland; and Republican Ken Sukhia.

City budgeting, employee compensation, law enforcement, economic development and two very different visions for the future are topics of discussion during this Political Perspectives featuring: challenger Dr. Steven Hougland; and the incumbent, Curtis Richardson.

Growth, economic development, addressing racial and income disparities and protecting the area’s environment are just a few of the topics tackled by three of the candidates for Tallahassee City Commission Seat One: challengers Luther Lee; and Bruce Warren Strouble; along with the incumbent, Scott Maddox.  A fourth contender, Gary Gayle, did not respond to multiple invitations to participate.

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