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@wfsu.org .

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

Perspectives: Canopy Roads Protection

Feb 11, 2016

The Leon County Commission is set to consider the possible dismantling of the long-standing Canopy Road Citizens Committee.  Now a group called the Canopy Roads Protection Coalition are petitioning to keep the committee in business.  Making that case are: Tabitha Frazier, current Citizens Committee chair; Stan Rosenthal, recently-retired Leon County Forester; Scott Davis, vice-chair Leon County Native Plant Society; Marjorie Turnbull, former state representative, Leon county commissioners and principal advocate for the creation of the committee in 1992; and Former Leon County Commissioner C

Perspectives: Working Well Update

Feb 4, 2016

Leon County’s Working Well program is celebrating its tenth year.  In addition to traditional employee wellness programs, the initiative has expanded to include resources that promote less stressful, more productive and collaborative workplaces.  To talk about it: Mary Barley with Leon County, Working Well’s executive director; Melissa Dancer-Brown, director of colleague health and wellness at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare; and Business Health Manager for Capital Regional Medical Center, Mary Weller.

Perspectives: Special Olympics

Jan 28, 2016

Organizers, volunteers and athletes connected with Leon County’s Special Olympics talk about the program and the positive impact it has on everyone who’s involved with it.

Perspectives: Gerald Ensley

Jan 21, 2016

Recently retired from the Tallahassee Democrat, Gerald Ensley’s news coverage and columns have been a fascinating source of information about Capital City people, places and history for many years.  He talks about his long career, while life partner Dr. Sally Karioth adds fascinating context to the conversation.

Perspectives: Innovation Park

Jan 14, 2016

The past, present and future of Tallahassee’s center for public/private research and development activity is the topic for Leon Research and Development Authority Chair Anne Longman, Immediate Past Chair and Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier and Authority Executive Director Ron Miller.

Among the many events during the Florida Legislative Session this month will be the 21st Annual Children’s Week (Jan. 24-29) and Second Annual Seniors’ Day (Jan. 27).  To talk about those events, as well as the issues facing Florida’s younger and older folks, are: Children’s Week/Seniors’ Day Coordinator Jason Zaborske; Ted Granger, president of United Way of Florida; and 4Generations Institute Founder and Human Services Advocate Jack Levine.

Perspectives: Holiday Music Program

Dec 17, 2015

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Darko Butorac and Tom Flanigan spin their favorite seasonal sounds, not all of which could be considered “traditional”.

Perspectives: Benjamin Chaires

Dec 10, 2015

The man considered by some to be Florida’s first millionaire left a legacy mostly lost until now.  Author and researcher Sharyn Heiland Shields has written a history of Benjamin Chaires, who founded the massive Verdura Plantation in east Leon County before the Civil War and also had dreams of transporting the area’s cotton harvest by railroad to the Gulf.  Joining Shields is Bob Holladay from the Tallahassee Community College history department.

Perspectives: Community School

Dec 3, 2015

The plan is to turn South Tallahassee’s former Leonard Wesson Elementary School into a full-service community school.  It would provide not only education, but also health and other services to the area’s young children and their parents.  Talking about the concept and proposed execution are:  Tallahassee City Commissioners Gil Ziffer and Scott Maddox; Early Childhood Development Consultant Alisa Ghazvini; and Whole Child Leon Executive Director Courtney Atkins.

Perspectives: Alternative Christmas Market

Nov 19, 2015

This is the 29th year for Tallahassee’s Alternative Christmas Markets, during which shoppers support worthy causes and organizations on behalf of friends and loved ones who receive a card acknowledging the charitable gift made in their behalf.  Talking about it are: Debbie Gibson, representing John Wesley United Methodist Church, which hosts the Market on December 5th and 6th; and Pastor Danny Dieth of Christ Presbyterian Church, where the Market takes place December 11th and 12th.

Perspectives: University Commercialization

Nov 12, 2015

Florida’s higher education institutions are a brain trust of innovation and research, some which rarely leaves academic circles. But much of it has broader applications for everyday use. And schools are working to bring that work from the classroom to the marketplace.

Perspectives: Two Regimes

Nov 5, 2015

The emerging tale of the Holocaust from long-forgotten paintings and first-person documents could form the heart of a school curriculum for Florida and beyond. Talking about these powerful images and words are: Sheila Costigan, executive director of the Foundation for Leon County Schools; FSU Art Education Department Head and Art Therapist Dr. Dave Gussak; and Mimi Shaw who has assembled the “Two Regimes” collection as a way to promote tolerance and understanding among young people.

Perspectives: Constitution Revision Commission

Oct 29, 2015

Every 20 years, a special constitution revision commission looks at possible changes to the state’s foundational document.  That body meets next in 2017 and already there’s an effort to make sure as many everyday citizens as possible are part of the process.  Speaking about it are:  Carol Weissert, head of the LeRoy Collins Institute at FSU;  Steve Uhlfelder was was a member of the 1977-78 commission; and Bob Nabors and Martha Barnett who both sat on the 1997-98 commission.

Perspectives: “Leon Works”

Oct 8, 2015

The new “Leon Works” program is intended to connect more potential employees with jobs that require skill, but not necessarily extensive academic credentials.  A public expo to explain the program and attract participants takes place at Lively Technical Center on October 23.  To talk about it are:  Leon County Board of County Commissioners Chair Mary Ann Lindley; Cristina Paredes, director of the Leon County Office of Economic Vitality; Dr.

Perspectives: Breast Cancer Month

Oct 1, 2015

Although still a feared affliction, the outcomes for breast cancer patients are now better than ever.  As we embark upon National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we talk it over with: One Year Breast Cancer Survivor Danielle Groenen; Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute Oncologist Dr. Paresh Patel; FSU Professor of Human Services Dr. Lynn Panton; and Amy Harris with the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Perspectives: Young Actors Theatre

Sep 24, 2015

Tallahassee’s unique school for the performing arts is marking its 40th year.  To talk about what the program has and is doing, we chat with alum (now Broadway writer and director) David Reiser, YAT Artistic Director Robert Stuart and Managing Director Valerie SAmith.

Perspectives: First Americans

Sep 17, 2015

Did some of North America’s first people call North Florida home?  That’s the question that will be tackled by some of the world’s top researchers October 1, 2 and 3 during the Second First Floridians First Americans Conference at the Monticello Opera House.  Conference organizers Anne Holt, Jack Carswell with the Aucilla Research Institute and Scientist Dr. James Dunbar have a preview.

Perspectives: Grandparents

Sep 10, 2015

Today’s grandparents are often very different from their grandparents.  Many are far more plugged-in, active and aware than their forebears.  And a surprising number are raising their own childrens’ children.  Our panelists: Karen Boebinger, program coordinator for the local Grandparents as Parents organization; Parenting Grandparent Suzanne Parke; Greatgrandparent Rose Blackburn; and Grandparent Leslie Puckett, who also directs the arts program at the Tallahassee Senior Center.

Perspectives: Apalachicola River Trek

Sep 3, 2015

That annual event, which this year will include peddlers (bicyclists) as well as paddlers (kayaks) is set for Oct. 6.  Event organizer and participant: Georgia Ackerman; Apalachicola Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire; FSU Sustainability Director Elizabeth Swiman; and Paddler and Academic John Moran talk about the Trek and what it means for promoting awareness and fundraising for river basin conservation.

Perspectives: Beyond the Chamber Conference

Aug 27, 2015

The recent Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference in Sandestin is the starting point for a lively discussion on the present and possible future of a rapidly growing (and changing) Capital City.  Talking about it are:  Sue Dick, President/CEO of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce; Kathy Bell, chief operating officer of Coloney Bell Engineering and incoming chamber board chair; and Cecilia Homison, president of First Commerce Credit Union and incoming chair for the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County.

Perspectives: Cybersecurity

Aug 20, 2015

The fastest growing crime today is fraud, identity theft and other illegal activity committed over the Internet.  We get a thorough lesson in how to avoid being a victim (and what to do if you become one) from: Ben Graybar with Hancock Bank; Mike Rosciam of Thomas Howell Ferguson; and Sam Rogers with Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance.

Perspectives: Suicide

Aug 13, 2015
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Robin Williams’ death a year ago brought much public attention to the issue of suicide.  But celebrities aren’t the only people who take their own lives.  Talking about suicide, its victims and survivors, are Mary Bowers whose daughter Brook took her own life in 2012 and Nancy O’Farrell (both affiliated with NAMI Tallahassee), along with Lee’s Place Founder Brenda Rabalais and Pam Mezzina with Big Bend Hospice.

The publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat talks about the paper’s efforts to enhance its local news coverage while distributing its content across a growing number of platforms.

Perspectives: Girl Empowerment

Jul 30, 2015

A special event focused on empowering girls and young women takes place at Tallahassee’s High Magnetic Field Laboratory on Saturday, August 8th.  To give a preview of the occasion is the Mag Lab’s Roxanne Hughes, Ericka McKibbin with Girls on the Run, Haley Cutler from the Oasis Center for Women and Girls and former Sci-Girl Lucy Toman, who is a summer intern with the Society of Women Engineers in Chicago.

Perspectives: Food Sustainability

Jul 23, 2015

High quality food can have an impact on the health of the planet, your community and you. Leaders in the Tallahassee region are working to grow efforts to make local, sustainable foods more widely available through encouraging and supporting community gardening, farmers markets, and thoughtful purchasing. Joining the discussion are:

Sundiata Ameh-El, Director of the iGrow Dunn Street and South City Youth Farms

Michelle Gomez, Executive Director of the Frenchtown Heritage Marketplace and Food Hub

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