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.

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Cybersecurity isn’t something to be taken lightly. And the more you know about how to protect yourself, the safer you’ll be.

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

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

Cost Concerns Drive Healthcare Conversation

Jul 16, 2015

With the Supreme Court reaffirming the Affordable Care Act, questions about its future linger. One big issue  not addressed is the rising cost.

Perspectives: Future of US Healthcare

Jul 16, 2015

How might American healthcare and healthcare coverage evolve now that the US Supreme Court has affirmed Obamacare for the 2nd time?  Discussing the future possibilities are: John Howard with Tallahassee’s Rogers, Vaughn & Gunter Insurance; Jason Altire, senior vice-president with Florida Blue and a member of Congress during the debate on the Affordable Care Act; and Rose Naff, CEO of Florida Health Choices.


The Americans with Disabilities Act is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Disability advocates say there’s still a long way to go in boosting access to jobs, technology, and buildings.

Perspectives: ADA Anniversary

Jul 9, 2015

It’s the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To talk about the way that law has transformed access and attitudes is: J.R. Harding with the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities; Adam Gaffney with the Florida Division of Blind Services; Paul Martell with the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; and Ability First Executive Director Dan Moore.

Perspectives: Local Writers

Jul 2, 2015

Summer is a great time to relax with a good book and Tallahassee writers Susan Cerulean and Mary Jane Ryals talk about their latest books, along with their writing methods and why this part of the country is such a fertile ground for great literature.

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A local interfaith group is looking for ways to safely discuss racial tensions in the community. The group made their comments about local and national issues Thursday on WFSU’s Perspectives program.

Perspectives: God Squad

Jun 25, 2015

Members of the “God Squad”, five Tallahassee clergy folk from various faith traditions who meet regularly for the Village Square’s “Faith, Food, Friday” events, talk about the recent shooting tragedy in Charleston and how religion can be a unifying as well as a divisive factor in the lives of believers and non-believers alike.  The panelists: Temple Israel’s Rabbi Jack Romberg; Pastor Derrick McGhee of Bible Based Church; Rev. Betsy Ouelette-Zierden of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church; Dr. Bill Shiell of First Baptist Church; and Fr.