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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!

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

The four contenders for Leon County Commission At-Large Seat One talk about their qualifications for the job along with their priorities and political philosophy. Incumbent Akin Akinyemi and challengers Emily Fritz, Mary Anne Lindley and Fred Varn discuss the issues.

Voter Registration, Election Ballot Security and other 2012 local Election issues were discussed on this episode of Perspectives. The television cameras were back today in the radio studio so you can see and hear what Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho and Attorney J.D. DuRant have to say about these topics.

Political Perspectives: Leon County Sheriff

Jul 11, 2012

Sheriff Larry Campbell was first elected as Sheriff in 1996 and re-elected in subsequent races. He’s going for his fifth term in office. But there’s a move afoot to unseat him. This race features familiar challenger Tommy Mills, who has challenged Campbell in the past. Campbell and Mills will face off in the Democratic Primary. The winner will face Lisa Sprague in the general election.

Perspectives: Threats to Florida Springs

Jul 5, 2012

Florida has about 700 artesian springs but the breakout star of them all, is Silver Springs’s located in Ocala. But Florida’s signature spring is in peril and some are anticipating the loss of this treasured natural feature if corrective action isn’t taken, like stopping excessive groundwater pumping. We’ve assembled a panel of experts to talk about the problems with Florida’s Freshwater Springs including our very own Wakulla Springs joins the program.

Perspectives: Ancient Jefferson County

Jun 21, 2012

Were Jefferson County’s first residents among the very first people in all of North America? Recent archeological evidence in the Aucilla River Basis has some prominent scientists thinking that’s the case. Mainstreet Monticello’s Anne Hold and preservationist Jack Carswell have a preview of an upcoming conference that will focus on those findings.

Perspectives: Merit Retention

Jun 14, 2012

Besides all those federal, state and local political races this year, Florida voters will also determine the fate of three state supreme court justices and a multitude of appeal court judges. Those are called “merit retention” votes and we get an explanation of what that means from the outgoing and incoming presidents of the Florida Bar, Scott Hawkins and Gwynne Young.

Perspectives: Hunger is no Game

Jun 7, 2012

An estimated one out of four Leon County children don’t have enough to eat. Sharing their take on the situation is: Second Harvest of the Big Bend Board Member Bob Fulford; Second Harvest’s Program and Services Director Herman McBride; Cathy Reed, nutrition services director for the Leon County School District and the district’s Dietician Intern Rachel Moeller.

Perspectives: Preserving Historic Tallahassee

May 31, 2012

Tallahassee is packed with historical places, which deserve preservation. We talk it over with long-time local historic preservation advocate Ben Phipps, architect Randy Lewis who specializes in rehabbing older structures, Historic Capitol Curator Michelle Gammon Purvis and June Finnegan who’s education coordinator at The Grove.


May 24, 2012

From Midtown, to Cascades Park to Gaines Street, and Southside revitalization, there’s a lot of redevelopment around Tallahassee nowadays. Much of it is being driven and coordinated by the Knight Creative Communities Institute. We get a situational update from KCCI’s Laurie Hartsfield and initiative “catalysts” Betsy Couch and Jay Revell.

The Capital City area’s homeless population keeps growing. Big Bend Homeless Coalition Executive Director Susan Pourciau has the sobering numbers. She also has hope for the future as more private and public organizations join the fight to give homeless individuals and families a chance for better lives.

Perspectives: Saving the Skin We’re In

May 10, 2012

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Local plastic surgeon Dr. Alfredo Paredes and dermatologists, Dr. Mark Ingles and Dr. Jessica Yoon discuss ways to safeguard skin from cancer causes, such as the sun and tanning beds, along with ways to discover and treat skin cancer.

Perspectives: Writers’ Roundtable

May 3, 2012

In anticipation of the coming weekend’s Tallahassee Writers Association Conference, we plumb the depths of creative wordsmithing with local novelists Donna Meredith and Rhett DeVane, along with Grace Jackson, a fifth-grade poet from Cornerstone Learning Academy and New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry.

Perspectives: Final Wishes

Apr 19, 2012

Is there any way to be sure what we want to have happen before our death actually takes place? Cathy Adkison and Reverend Candace McKibben with Big Bend Hospice and FSU Professor Marshall Kapp say there are important steps one can take in that direction, but there are no guarantees those advance wishes will be followed.

Perspectives: Family Law

Apr 12, 2012

Four Tallahassee family law attorneys discuss the low cost legal help for low-income families and children that’s available through the Florida Bar Foundation.  The legal panel is made up of Shannon Novey, Kristin Adamson, Thomas Duggar and Rob Boyd. 

Perspectives: “The Capital Curmudgeon”

Apr 5, 2012

Veteran state government reporter Bill Cotterell talks about his four decades covering Florida government and what his post-retirement years may bring.

Perspectives: FSU Communication Clinic

Mar 29, 2012

Florida State University’s School of Communication Science and Disorders, along with the L.S. Schendel Speech and Hearing Clinic offers help and hope to hundreds of people with communication issues.  Facility Director Dr. Kenn Appel and Clinical Education Director Dr. Lisa Scott talk about what the school provides students and what the clinic provides clients. 

Perspectives: Community Carbon Fund

Mar 26, 2012

There’s a new financial motivator for more Tallahassee area businesses and organizations to make their buildings more energy efficient.  It’s the Community Carbon Fund, which has already helped Grace Mission Episcopal Church Pastor Amanda Nickles save big money on her church’s utility bill.  She’s joined by Debbie Gibson from Sustainable Tallahassee, Venus Childs from the City of Tallahassee Environmental Resource and Energy Policy Department and City Energy Services Auditor Lee Jones.

Tallahassee’s historic Goodwood Museum and Gardens holds its Tenth Garden Symposium on Marcy 25th.  Goodwood Education Chair Rose Rodriguez and Facilities and Horticulture Director Mike Herrin look ahead to the event and explain how changes in plant varieties have changed the Southland’s environment.

Perspectives: Whole Child Leon

Mar 8, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month.  Whole Child Leon is helping celebrate by offering parents and restaurant operators tips on preparing healthier dishes for young people.  Whole Child Leon Executive Director Courtney Atkins, Steering Committee Member Lori Danello Roberts and Red Elephant Restaurant co-owner and founder Bradford Lewis talk about it.

Perspectives: Economic Update

Mar 1, 2012

It seems the Capital City is definitely on the rebound after the “Great Recession”.  We get the latest from Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County Chair Karen Moore and Executive Director Beth Kirkland, along with Tallahassee Regional Airport Director Sunil Harman. 

Perspectives: 50-LARGE

Feb 23, 2012

The 50-Large organization refers to itself as a “family” that adopts young men who are in trouble, or headed in that direction.  Family members taking part in the discussion are:  Larry Thompson, 50-Large coordinator; Tallahassee Police Lt. Steve Outlaw, who sits on the 50-Large steering committee; Kelly Seay with the Florida Department of Education, who coordinates the 50-Large reading program; and 50-Large Operations Manager William “B.J.” Fletcher.

Perspectives: Cars Optional

Feb 9, 2012

The “Moving Tallahassee-Cars Optional” plan aims to give Capital City residents more transportation choices with minimal impact on personal motor vehicle traffic flow.  Tallahassee City Commissioner Mark Mustian, City Public Works Director, Gabe Menendez, Cherie Bryant with the Tallahassee/Leon County Planning Department, and Capital City Cyclist Karen Loewen have the details.

Perspectives: Freedom Riders

Feb 2, 2012

Fifty-one years ago, fewer than 500 “Freedom Riders” changed the course of American history forever.  Author Ray Arsenault’s book was the first full account of these civil rights pioneers.  We talk to him, along with former Florida A&M University student Stephanie Burton who accompanied last year’s Freedom Riders re-enactment.

Since embarking upon an extensive refocusing effort two years ago, the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend has re-emerged as a leaner, but far more effective organization.  Today it serves hundreds of young people in Leon and Gadsden counties.  Club President/Executive Director Theresa Flury has lots to say about what the program means to its clients and the community.

Perspectives: Free Speech

Jan 19, 2012