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: Farmers Feeding Florida

Apr 13, 2017

Upwards of 20% of the nation’s harvested fruits and vegetables never makes it to market because, while perfectly edible, it doesn’t meet the appearance standards of commercial grocery stores.  Now a new program called Farmers Feeding Florida aims to divert that surplus produce to needy families who are food insecure.  Our panel is: Robin Safley, executive director of Farmers Feeding Florida; Jay Johnson with JGL Produce, who works with farmers who provide crops to the program; and Second Harvest of the Big Bend Executive Director Rick Minor.

Perspectives: Dental Care

Apr 6, 2017

Members of the Florida Dental Association talk about the newly-released Two Year Progress Report on the accessibility and affordability of dental care in Florida.  They also address some common misperceptions about good dental health and the connection to overall wellness.  On the panel: Drew Eason, FDA executive director/CEO; Dr, Bill D’Aiuto, FDA president and member of the Workforce Innovations Task Group, which developed the state’s Action for Dental Health Initiative; FDA Vice President and Workforce Chair Dr. Jolene Paramore; Joe Anne Hart.

Perspectives: Stomping Out Childhood Obesity

Mar 30, 2017

Leon County’s Eighth Annual “Stomp Out” event is set for April 8th at the Tallahassee Museum.  Begun as part of the community’s campaign against juvenile Type II Diabetes, it now focuses on reversing the exploding trend of childhood obesity.  To talk about that epidemic and the many community resources arrayed to fight it are: Nick Maddox, executive director of the Foundation for Leon County Schools; Courtney Atkins, executive director of Whole Child Leon; Dawn Springs, director of the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Metabolic Health Center; and joining the conversation by phone, Tallahass

Perspectives: Open Lines

Mar 23, 2017

Listeners choose the topics and guide the conversation.

Perspectives: Volunteerism

Mar 16, 2017

Whether it’s responding to a house fire down the road or helping kids discovery the secrets of their neighborhood public library, volunteers form a huge part of our community’s overall response to the needs of all of us.  To talk about that and the many volunteer opportunities now available in our area: Jeri Bush, director of Volunteer Leon; Ellen Piekalkiewicz, executive director of United Parners for Human Services; and Chaires-Capitola Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joe Parks.

Perspectives: Dementia Resources

Mar 9, 2017

Even though there is still no cure or prevention, the number of state and local resources to help patients of dementia and their caregivers is growing.  To talk about it are: Florida Department of Elder Affairs Deputy Secretary Richard Prudom; Debbie Maroney with the Alzheimer’s Project; Demential Caregiver Dr. Regina Sofer; and Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer.

Perspectives: Terezin Requiem

Mar 2, 2017

A Tallahassee performance of Verdi’s Requiem of Resistance comes to the state of Ruby Diamon Concert Hall on March 25.  It will be part of Holocaust Education Week and to speak about this community outreach is: Barbara Goldstein, executive director of the Holocaust Education Resource Council; Rabbi Jack Romberg from Temple Israel; Mandy Stringer, director of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra; and Orchestra Board Member Marjorie Turnbull.

Perspectives: Bees and Beekeeping

Feb 23, 2017

Members of the Apalachee Beekeepers Association, Rick, Michelle, Melanie, Kate and Ryan, talk about their hobby and how eager they are to help anyone get involved in this fascinating and rewarding pastime.

Perspectives: Great Florida Cattle Drive

Feb 16, 2017

Florida’s ancient cattle culture and its modern expression are the themes of a new PBS documentary, “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles”, produced by the father/son filmmaking team from Blountstown, Florida, Elam and Nic Stoltzfus.  That film, to be aired on WFSU-TV and other Florida Public Television stations, will be premiered at Tallahassee’s Mission San Luis this evening (2/17) and Elam and Nic talk about the movie and its significance.

Tallahassee and Leon County may be an urban area, but it also has wooded trails, natural springs, hiking, biking, camping and many other nature-based recreational opportunities.  That will form the focus of this year’s Leon County Sustainability Summit, Feb. 18 at FSU’s Turnbull Center.  Providing a preview of the event are: Maggie Theriot, director of the Leon County Office of Resource Stewardship; Kerri Post, executive director of Visit Tallahassee; Meghan Mick, founder of Red Dirt Discoveries; and Erica Puckett, founder of Joyride Bicycle Collective.

Perspectives: Minority Business Resources

Feb 2, 2017

Lots of people are talking about “entrepreneurship” nowadays, but women and minorities have historically had far more obstacles to entering this realm.  The conversation about all the local resources now available to jump-start these businesses involves: Sean Pittman, founder of the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce and Board Member Gina Kinchlow along with former John G. Riley House Museum Executive Director Althamese Barnes and the new Deputy Director of the Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise Unite of the Leon County Office of Economic Vitality Darryl Jones.

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.

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.

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