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

Perspectives: American Graduate Project

Oct 31, 2013

WFSU-FM and WFSU-TV will simulcast a town hall discussion about the American Graduate Project to encourage more high school graduation this (10/15) evening.  We get a preview of that discussion from Godby High School Principal Shelly Bell and Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Louis Garcia.

Perspectives: The Florida Archives

Oct 4, 2013

Far from being a forgotten collection of dusty old documents and photographs, the Florida Archives has evolved into a vibrant, ever-expanding physical and digital resource.  The Archive’s Jody Norman and Jon Grandage explain how their Florida Memory Project is encouraging residents to submit their photos and stories for inclusion into the state’s official history.

Perspectives: Miccosukee Land Co-op

Sep 26, 2013

Tallahassee’s longest-running experiment in sustainable community living is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  Some of the Miccosukee Land Co-op’s founding residents and other occupants join the discussion, including:  Rose Kelley, one of the original planners and settlers; her son Bree Van Oss, the first child born to community parents; early settler Lucia Maxwell; second generation resident and artist Anne Hempel; and Cliff Thaell and Georjean Machulis.

Perspectives: Health and Wellness

Sep 19, 2013

Leon County ranks as one of the healthiest in Florida--but there are still problems where the county fares among the worst. STD's, Infant Mortality, Poverty, and sexual violence are all issues that Leon County struggles with the most.

Holly Kirsch: acting administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County. 
Kristy Goldwire: Executive Director for Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition.

Perspectives: How's It Working In Tallahassee

Sep 12, 2013

Take a quick drive around Tallahassee and you’ll see a lot of construction. It’s the construction of new big box stores and businesses, new housing developments and home renovations, and even new improvements at the Tallahassee airport. The city is changing. It’s an issue the WFSU News team considered in its week-long  series “How’s it working in Tallahassee.” We follow that up with a conversation on Perspectives with Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce President Sue Dick, Interim Director of Aviation at the Tallahassee airport Jay Townsend and Owner of Water Works Don Quarello.

Perspectives: Emergency Rooms

Sep 5, 2013

When should people go to a hospital emergency room?  When shouldn’t they and what alternatives are there to hospital-based E.R.s?  Guests for this topic are:  Dr. Michael Graze, emergency services assistant medical director for Tallahassee Memorial Hospital; Korene Christianson, director of the hospital’s new Northeast Emergency Center; Dr. Thomas Noel, interventional cardiologist with the Southern Medical Group; and Dr. Adam Oliver, neurosurgeon with the Tallahassee Neurological Clinic.

Perspectives: Apalachicola River Trek

Aug 29, 2013

With the interstate "water war" escalating, the Apalachicola River is back in the news.  Participants in the annual River Trek that supports  efforts to preserve and protect the river talk about the event and the waterway itself, including:  Apalachicola Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire; River Trek team members Alex Reed; Michael Mendez; and Georgia Ackerman.

Perspectives: Wildlife Wonders

Aug 22, 2013

In this part of the world, human interaction with wildlife is an almost daily occurrence.  St. Francis Wildlife Association Executive Director Stephanie Neumann talks about those interactions; especially what to do in cases involving injured or sick wild creatures.

Perspectives: Arts and Culture Plan

Aug 15, 2013

The Tallahassee/Leon County Arts and Cultural Plan is getting its ten-year tuneup.  A 17-member committee, appointed by the City and County, has finished its draft the document is now being vetted publicly.  To talk about the plan and the process are committee members:  Kelly Dozier, Berneice Cox, Jan Sheffield sand Chris Heacox.


Perspectives: Technology & Teaching

Aug 8, 2013

Chalkboards have become smart boards; composition books have given way to I-Pads.  Technology is remaking our classrooms and the way kids are learning.  Chris Czajka, director of WNET New York’s LAB@Thirteen educational materials project is joined by Astoria Park Elementary Teacher Brian Lassiter and Florida State University Educational Researcher Dr. Fengfeng Ke to examine the lessons learned.

Leon and its surrounding counties tend to have a higher infant mortality rate than the state as a whole, particularly in the African-American community.  Research shows that breastfeeding is a powerful weapon in the battle against infant mortality, while it also provides many other benefits to children and their families.  To discuss the issue at the start of Breastfeeding Awareness Month:  Tallahassee Memorial OBGYN Dr.

Perspectives: Aging in Place

Jul 25, 2013

On the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act becoming law, there’s a growing awareness that age, accident or illness will affect most of us at some time in our lives.  The panel argues it’s smart to plan for that eventuality when it comes to home construction and community redevelopment so more people can stay in their houses and neighborhoods for more of their lives.  Taking part in the discussion: Advocate for people with disabilities J.R. Harding; Larry Baxter with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs; and Jack Levine, founder of 4Generations Institute.

Perspectives: DIY Business

Jul 18, 2013

Entrepreneurship is hot in Tallahassee and there’s an abundance of local help to make it even hotter.  On the panel: Keith Bowers from Florida A&M University’s Small Business Development Center; Larry Lynch with the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program for the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County; and Mike Campbell with the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University’s College of Business.

Perspectives: Domestic Violence Toolkit

Jul 12, 2013

There’s a new toolkit to help prevent domestic violence involving law enforcement officers.  Initially developed by Florida State University for Florida law agencies, it’s now going nationwide.  Discussing the matter:  Karen Oehme, director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies and Program Coordinator Zachary Summerlin, both from FSU; Steve Casey, executive director of the Florida Sheriffs Association; and Darrel Stephens, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

Perspectives: Aging Issues

Jun 27, 2013

Tallahassee may still have one of Florida’s youngest populations, but the area is rapidly getting older as long-time residents age and a new wave of retirees starts moving in.  Lisa Bretz, planning administrator for the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, Inc. and Mark Baldino, president and CEO of Elder Care Services of North Florida, talk about the need for more services as the trend accelerates.

Perspectives: Imagine Tallahassee

Jun 20, 2013

What will Tallahassee look like in five, ten, twenty years? The Imagine Tallahassee initiative is out to enlist as much of the community as possible in planning for that future. At the table: Mike Campbell, director of the North Florida Outreach Initiative for the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the Florida State U University College of Business; Kim Williams, president of Marpan; Tracey Cohen, president of Target Copy and Dale Brill, founder and CEO of ThinkSpot.

Perspectives: Homelessness

Jun 14, 2013

The face of homelessness is changing and that presents new challenges for those trying to keep up with the demand for services. An expert panel responds to the issue: Big Bend Homeless Coalition Executive Director Susan Pourciau; Refuge House Executive Director Meg Baldwin; Renaissance Center Director Chuck White; and the present and past directors of The Shelter, Jacob Reiter and Mel Eby.


Perspectives: Art Therapy

Jun 6, 2013

Producing art has become an accepted therapy for combating mental illness. Florida State University Art Therapy Graduate Students Samantha Maederer and Mallori Willis discuss the matter, along with FSU Art Therapy Program Director Professor Marcia Rosal.

Perspectives: TalTech Alliance

May 31, 2013

The TalTech Alliance brings together government, education, and business in the Capital Region to create opportunity, foster economic growth and promote the area as a source of technology innovation. Alliance members Jason Stamm, Marc Paul and Kevin Saunders talk about it.

Perspectives: Financing Higher Education

May 28, 2013

As a nation we now owe more on our student loans than we do our credit cards. Student loan debt has topped a trillion dollars, with the average student owing about $20,000 when they graduate. Some people are now beginning to rethink those college costs. This morning on Perspectives we’ll speak with a local panel of experts on how to keep expenses down while navigate the financial side of higher education.


Florida A&M University Financial Aid Director Lisa Stewart

Florida State University Director Darryl Marshall

Perspectives: Hunger

May 16, 2013

A community project to provide healthy meals to thousands of low-income kids and families in the Big Bend happens June 1st at Tallahassee’s St. Johns Episcopal Church. To speak about it are: Scott Bonnel with Hope2theHungry; Father Dave Killeen from St. Johns; and Paul Clements with Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

Perspectives: Strokes

May 9, 2013

Stroke is now the nation’s fourth most common killer, but recent advancements in medical science have greatly improved stroke treatment, recovery and prevention. On the panel to talk about it: Stroke Survivor Doug Wright; and from Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Von Knight, Stroke Coordinator; Neurologist Dr. Siddarth Sehghal ; and Sheree Porter, rehabilitation program manager.


Perspectives: Writers Roundtable

May 2, 2013

The Tallahassee Writers Association annual conference and festival is coming up May 17 and 18. We get a preview and discuss the individual craft of local writers: Peggy Kassees, Glynn Marsh Alam, Sam Staley, Ann Marie Bryan and Susan Cerulean.

The 13th Annual LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival is this weekend (April 20-21) in downtown Tallahassee. On hand to talk about it and the community’s artistic endeavors are: LeMoyne Board Member Kelly Dozier and Executive Director Ann Kozeliski; Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer; and festival artists Gustavo, Randy Brienan and Quincie Hamby.

Perspectives: Literacy: Verbal and Financial

Apr 11, 2013

Two units within the United Way of the Big Bend are helping community partner organizations teach kids how to read and both children and adults handle money better. R.J. Gillum is in the charge of the BEST Program that focuses on financial literacy and Courtenay Garcia handles the Reading Pals program.