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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: Working Well Tallahassee

Jan 24, 2013

Working Well Tallahassee holds its Seventh Annual CEO Breakfast on Jan. 29th. In advance of the event and to explain how the initiative is producing healthier, happier, more productive employees, we talk with: Len Harvey of Premier Health and Fitness; Capital Regional Medical Center’s Mary Waller; Glenda Atkinson from FBMC; and Bart Gunter of Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance.

Perspectives: Restorative Justice

Jan 17, 2013

Two Tallahassee families devastated by murder have made peace with those who brought them so much pain. Kate and Andy Grosmaire’s daughter was killed by her fiancée in 2010. Agnes Furey lost a daughter and grandson at the hands of a daughter’s acquaintance. Both families are now vigorous advocates for “Restorative Justice.”

Perspectives: Kinetic Learning

Jan 10, 2013
Bill Carney

Active bodies promote active minds. That’s the theory behind Kinetic Learning and a first-of-its kind research study on the subject will soon be underway in Florida. Guests for this program are: Dr. John Ratey with the Harvard Medical School; Dr. Frances Prevatt from Florida State University and Mike Higgins with the Kinetic Learning Academy at the Coral Springs Charter School where the study will take place.

Perspectives: God Squad

Dec 20, 2012

The subject is religion in politics and public policy and three members of the Village Square’s “God Squad” bring their unique views to the subject. On the program, Reverend Betsy Oulette of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Reverend Dave Killenn from St. Johns Episcopal Church, Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel and Liz Joyner, executive director of the Village Square.

Perspectives: Buy Local

Dec 13, 2012

Shop local and, whenever possible, shop “green”. Discussing the many advantages of supporting community-based enterprise are: Fair Trade authority Allen Joseph; Independent Business Advocate Joe Berg; family farmer and restaurant owner Ruben Fields; Tony Demaria, property manager of Railroad Square; and Kim Ross, director of Rethink Energy Florida.

Perspectives: Viva Florida

Dec 6, 2012
Tom Flanigan sitting in the studio with guests.

Between 2013 and 2015, Florida marks the 500th anniversary of its discovery by Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon. That occasion will include a massive campaign to commemorate the state’s history and many local events connected with the “Viva Florida” observance. To provide the details are: Kerri Post with the Florida 

Perspectives: Alternative Christmas Market

Nov 29, 2012
Perspectives Guests: Alternative Christmas Market

For more than a quarter-of-a-century, the Alternative Christmas Market has provided Tallahassee area gift-givers with a different way to show their love for friends, family and the worldwide community. We talk it over with regular shopper Lisa Foran, Debbie Gibson from John Wesley United Methodist Church (one Alternative Christmas Market location) and Pastor Danny Dieth from Christ Presbyterian Church (the Market’s other location).

Perspectives: Local 2012 Election Breakdown

Nov 15, 2012

The results of the 2012 election cycle are in and Tallahassee and Leon County residents have made their choices for everything from circuit judge, to city and county commissioner. This recent election has brought with it familiar faces and some new names, and is also yielding some potential power plays for the upcoming mayoral race in 2014. But it’s also been marked by what some people call dirty politics and heavy spending.


Jeff Howell, Leon County Republican State Committeeman and Treasurer of the Republican Party of Florida.

Perspectives: A Salute to Veterans

Nov 8, 2012

Veterans Day (Nov. 12) will be a busy time in Tallahassee. Besides all the events, it’s also a time to reflect on the continuing contributions of veterans to the community and veterans concerns and challenges.

Perspectives: Sustainability Update

Nov 1, 2012

In the wake of this week’s Sustainable Communities Summit in Tallahassee, four local sustainability experts discuss their individual and collective efforts to save resources and money thorough conservation and education. On the panel: Leon County Sustainability Coordinator Maggie Theriot; Stewart Parson, executive director of Sustainable Tallahassee; Bill Berlow, project manager for policy and planning with the Leon District Schools; and Florida State University Sustainable Campus Initiative Director Elizabeth Swiman.

While both candidates are invited to the program, only Incumbent two-term Superintendent Jackie Pons is able to appear and he makes his case to retain that seat for another term. Pons is being challenged by veteran school teacher Sabrina Allen.

Incumbent Representative, Democrat Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Republican Challenger Bradley Maxwell, compare and contrast their qualifications for the job.

Most of what was Florida Senate District Six has become District Three in the wake of redistricting. The former District Six senator, Democrat Bill Montford, discusses the issues facing the region with Republican John Shaw.

The state attorney for Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit is on the November sixth ballot. Long-time incumbent Willie Meggs and challenger, former statewide prosecutor Pete Williams, compare and contrast their prosecutorial philosophies.

Republican Congressman Steve Southerland presents a brief Washington update. His Democratic opponent Al Lawson then joins the conversation during the second half of the program.

Leon County Commission Seat Two has attracted three contenders and two of them, challengers Kirk Headley-Perdue and write-in candidate Harrison Arencibian, discuss why they would do a better job than incumbent Commissioner Jane Sauls, who was unable to take part in the program.

The often contentious Tallahassee City Commission Seat One contest between Scott Maddox and Steve Stewart results in some angry exchanges during this Perspectives. Still, both candidates find some time to compare and contrast their approach to the challenges facing city government.


The Leon County Commission at Large Seat One takes center stage, as incumbent Akin Akinyemi and challenger Mary Ann Lindley talk about the issues, as well as a Florida Ethics Commission complaint just filed by Lindley against Akinyemi.

Political Perspectives: Half-Cent School Tax

Sep 27, 2012

Leon County voters will decide November sixth whether or not to extend the county’s half-cent local option sales tax in support of the county’s public schools. School Board Member Dee Crumpler and Deputy School Superintendent Dr. Marvin Henderson make the case for a “yes” vote.

WFSU-FM’s pre-election series of “Political Perspectives” resumes with the contest for Leon County Sheriff. The program starts with incumbent Larry Campbell and concludes with challenger Lisa Sprague.

Perspectives: Vocational Rehabilitation

Sep 20, 2012

It’s tough these days for anyone to find work. But people with disabilities have even more of a challenge. The Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation within the state’s Department of Education is dedicated to helping make preparing for and finding a job less challenging. We speak with Vocational Rehab Counselor Jennifer Wester, Vocational Rehab Client Robin Collins, Shirley Beuford, who is now Robin’s boss at the Florida Department of Management Services, and Vocational Rehab Communications Director Rachel Smith.

The festival’s new Executive Director Chris Heacox joins famed choreographer Emily Johnson and Dance Artist Aretha Aoki to talk about the upcoming Seven Days of Opening Nights lineup, as well as providing some great insights into the creative process.

Perspectives: Criminal Justice Women

Sep 6, 2012

Today, there are more women occupying professional jobs in the American criminal justice system than ever before. Does more need to be done to encourage additional young women to become lawyers, judges and law enforcement officers? We talk it over with Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson, local attorneys Barbara Hobbs and Dana Brooks, along with former Florida State University Deputy Police Chief Lisa Sprague.

Perspectives: Apalachicola River Trek

Aug 30, 2012

The yearly River Trek to raise awareness and money to help preserve the Apalachicola River happens in mid-October. Some of the event participants talk about its importance as well as the recreational opportunities in the area for paddle sports enthusiasts. Guests are: Wilderness Way paddle sports outlet owner Georgia Ackerman; Paddler and Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge; author and naturalist Doug Alderson; and Apalachicola River Keeper Dan Tonsmiere.

Perspectives: Chamber Retreat in Review

Aug 23, 2012

An overview of the recent Greater Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce retreat in Sandestin and how that gathering might impact the community’s future. In to talk about it are: Greater Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce President Sue Dick and Chairman Bill Moor, Ed Murray with NAI Talcor Commercial Real Estate and Jay Townsend with the City of Tallahassee.