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!

For the 2016 election cycle, July will bring a focus on our local elections - what we are dubbing, "Political Perspectives."  Each of these episodes will be available to view on both 4fsu (channel 4 for Comcast subscribers - view TV schedules) and online at  Summer 2016's schedule includes the following conversations:

Tuesday, July 5 - Leon Clerk of Court 
Wednesday, July 6 - Leon Sheriff 
Thursday, July 7 - Leon School Superintendent 
Friday, July 8 - Leon Property Appraiser 
Monday, July 11 - Leon Supervisor of Elections 
Tuesday, July 12 - Leon County Commission Seat 2 
Wednesday, July 13 - Leon County Commission At-Large Seat 1 
Thursday, July 14 - Leon School Board District 2 
Friday, July 15 – Leon School Board District 4 
Monday, July 18 - Tallahassee City Commission Seat 1 
Tuesday, July 19 - Tallahassee City Commission Seat 2 
Wednesday, July 20 - Congressional Second District 
Thursday, July 21 - Congressional Fifth District 
Friday, July 22 - Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney 
Monday, July 25 - Second Judicial Circuit Public Defender 
Tuesday, July 26 - Florida State House District 8 
Wednesday, July 27 - Florida State House District 9

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: 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.