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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.

The contenders to represent the schools in the northwestern part of the county make their respective cases for membership on the school board and discuss their particular priorities when it comes to local education policy.  On the panel, Incumbent Dee Dee Rasmussen and the challengers, Patrick Neel Cannon and Tallie Gainer III.

With longtime member Dee Crumpler not seeking re-election, the Leon School Board District Two seat is open.  Vying for the job are two veteran educators: Roger Pinholster; and Rosanne Wood.

From growth management to economic development and the need for more sidewalks, there are many issues facing Leon County and the two contenders for this county commission seat discuss those matters: challenger David Hawkins; and incumbent Mary Ann Lindley.

With the retirement of longtime District Two Commissioner Jane Sauls, the seat has attracted a large number of candidates.  Talking about their particular qualifications and vision for the position are:  Jeffrey William Bullock; Nancy Calhoun; Howard Font; Margaret Franklin; Kirk Headley-Perdue; Manny Joanos; and T.J. Lewis.  An eighth candidate, Jimbo Jackson, was unable to attend.

With the impending retirement of Ion Sancho, for the first time in 28 years there will be no incumbent in the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office seeking re-election.  The three would-be successors to Mr. Sancho make their respective cases: Mark Earley; Tena Pate; and Alan Williams.

The importance of this job to everyone who owns (or rents) property in the county is the focus of this panel, along with the unique qualifications each of the candidates brings to the job.  All four candidates are on hand: Akin Akinyemi; Clay Ketchum; and Doug Will (all Democrats) and No Party Affiliation Candidate Greg Lane.

Three of the five contenders for the office of School Superintendent share their qualifications and vision to lead the district: the incumbent, Democrat Jackie Pons; Republican Forrest Van Camp; and No Party Affiliate Patricia Ann Sunday.  Unable to attend: NPA Rocky Hanna and Democrat Woody Hildebrandt.

Political Perspectives: Leon County Sheriff

Jul 6, 2016

Three of the four contenders for the office of Leon County Sheriff talk about their unique qualifications for the job and their vision for improving public safety.  The candidates are: Democrat Walt McNeil; Republican Charlie Strickland; and No Party Affiliate Mike Wood.  The other No Part Affiliate in the race, Tommy Mills, did not attend.

candidates standing with Tom Flanigan in the Perspectives studio
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In this first of a month-long series of Perspectives programs on this year’s local candidate races, we speak with the four contenders for Leon County Clerk of Court/Comptroller: Franklin Ayetin; Bill Bogan; Barry Brooks; and Gwendolyn Marshall.

Perspectives: 'Happy Motoring' and Beyond

Jun 30, 2016

We talk with three folks who have decided to move Tallahassee forward by preserving a part of the city’s past.  They are the founding members of “Foremost Creative”, Micah Widen, Jack Kiker and Lucas Lindsey.  They are repurposing the old Esso service station on South Adams Street as a community magnet space and are advocating similar solutions for other areas of town.

Perspectives: City Manager Rick Fernandez

Jun 23, 2016

The city of Tallahassee is in the midst of its budget process and officials are working to include the community’s views while making the process more transparent. Officials have introduced a website aimed at helping citizens drill down into the city’s spending plan. They’ve also surveyed residents about their priorities for spending city money.

Perspectives: Ion Sancho

Jun 16, 2016

Sancho has been Leon County’s elections supervisor since 1989.  Now in his final term, he talks about his ongoing efforts to assure greater voter access and participation.  He also has strong words for those in state legislatures and elsewhere who seek to limit that access and participation.

Perspectives: Elder Abuse

Jun 9, 2016

The incidence of seasoned citizens being neglected, isolated, scammed, intimidated or physically abused is shocking, particularly in Florida, which has such a high number of retirees.  To talk about these cases and what’s being done to resolve and prevent them are: Laura Copeland, elder abuse prevention coordinator for planning and service area 2 with the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, Inc.; Wendy Fletcher-Altman, senior human services specialist with Adult Protective Services, Florida Department of Children and Families; Mike Milliken, Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; and

Perspectives: Citizens for Ethics Reform

Jun 2, 2016

Two years ago, Tallahassee voters approved a City Charter amendment mandating more new ethics policies and procedures regarding elected and top appointed officials.   Members of the Citizens for Ethics Reform, which championed that change, provide an update on how the initiative has been implemented as the City Commission contemplates some possible changes to the charter amendment.  Guests are: Ben Wilcox, Head Researcher for Integrity Florida; Marilyn Wills, Chair of Integrity Florida, also representing the League of Women Voters; Catherine Baer, Vice-Chair of Citizens for Ethics Reform a

Perspectives: Women and Finance

May 26, 2016

Once an almost exclusively male-dominated field, the matters of personal financial organization, investment and retirement planning are being taken over more and more by women.  To discuss the special challenges and opportunities in this arena are:  Diana Cureton, vice president and private banker with Hancock Bank; Canita Peterson, CPA, CFST and director of tax services with Thomas Howell Ferguson; and Kelby Tardi, chief financial officer Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic.

Perspectives: Bus Boycott Anniversary

May 19, 2016

An observance of the 60th anniversary of the Tallahassee Bus Boycott is one week away.  To talk about the events of Thursday, May 26 are:  Shauna Smith, daughter of the late FAMU Professor Charles U.

Perspectives: Full Summer

May 12, 2016

Come June 4, hundreds of Tallahassee area volunteers will be packing thousands of summertime meals for kids who are on summer break and are not receiving their schools’ breakfast and lunch service.  It’s the fourth year for the Full Summer initiative.  The guests are: Jim Croteau Interim CEO America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend; Becky Liner, Executive Vice President The James Madison Institute and member, First Baptist Church; Laurye Messer, Adjunct History Instructor, TCC and member, St.

Perspectives: Aging Issues

May 5, 2016

When it comes to getting older, “everybody’s doing it”.  The steady aging of the nation, the state and even younger-than-average Tallahassee means significant changes in everything from the way we design and build our homes to public transportation and healthcare policy.  On hand to discuss all these matters are: Dr. Alice Pomidor and Suzanne Baker from the FSU College of Medicine and Dr. Walter “Wally” Boot with the school’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Perspectives: Gaines Street Development

Apr 28, 2016

Take a drive through Tallahassee and you’ll see development in nearly every neighborhood. And one might say the epicenter of that growth is right along Gaines Street. But along with growth spurts come growing pains and not everyone sees eye-to-eye when it comes to Tallahassee’s changing identity. So, what does it take to balance the needs of a growing city while maintaining the small-town charm that attracted many of its residents in the first place? 

Joining the Conversation are:

Cherie Bryant, Director of planning for the city of Tallahassee Leon County

It’s the sixteenth year for the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival in downtown Tallahassee.  Providing this year’s preview are: Festival Chair Kelly Dozier; LeMoyne Executive Director Ann Kozeliski; and Festival Patron Jim Davis, who also heads Sustainable Tallahassee.

Back in the fall, several Tallahassee business people, former elected officials, along with public policy and budgeting experts, joined forces in opposition to the City of Tallahassee’s proposed 27% property tax increase.  Ultimately, that effort was partially successful and now the group wants to be an ongoing force in helping craft the City’s fiscal priorities.  Talking about this effort is former Tallahassee City Commissioner/Mayor and real estate company owner Penny Herman, along with local insurance executive Bobby Bacon.

Perspectives: Developmental Screening

Mar 31, 2016

On Friday, April 8, dozens of area agencies and providers join forces for the bi-annual free developmental screening at Children’s Medical Services in Tallahassee.  To talk about the event and how it’s designed to help kids and their caregivers are:  Courtney Atkins, executive director of Whole Child Leon; Catie McRae, chair of the Developmental Screening Committee; Tallahassee Pediatrician Dr. Mary Beth Seay; and Sarah McElhaney with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine in the FSU College of Medicine.

Perspectives: Guardian Ad Litem

Mar 24, 2016

Last year, about 700 neglected and abused children in Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties found a friend in the judicial circuit’s Guardian Ad Litem program.  Talking about that program and its many community partners and an upcoming fundraiser on April 16 are: Deborah Moore, circuit director of the program; Omega Wynn, president of Child Advocates II, which helps support the effort; and Kristine Lamont, chair of the “Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids” fundraiser.

Perspectives: Fresh from the Farm

Mar 17, 2016

The newly-relocated Frenchtown Heritage Market is just one of many area outlets for locally grown produce and homemade edibles.  We talk about the resurgence of the old-fashioned neighborhood vegetable stand with: Lauren Chappell Harris, Frenchtown Heritage Market Manager; Jim Bellamy, executive director of the Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association; David Newman, co-owner of Tallahassee urban farm “Ripe City”; and Rose Marie Garrison, owner and purveyor of “Marie’s Jellies, Jams & Herbs”.

Perspectives: Birds and Birding

Mar 10, 2016

There are around 11,000 species of birds worldwide and a surprising number of these species can be found in North Florida and South Georgia.  That’s what makes this area a paradise for birders, many of whom come from all over the world.  At the same time, a healthy bird population is critical to the health of the ecology as a whole.  To talk about it are: Former Leon County Commissioner, member of Sustainable Tallahassee, Apalachee Audubon Society member and world traveler Bob Henderson; Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Information Specialist Andy Wraithmell; and Jim Cox, director of

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