Perspectives: A Salute To Dads

Jun 19, 2015

“Any guy can be a father; it takes a real man to be a dad”.  That’s the message from Jack Levine, advocate and founder of the 4Generations Institute as he talks about the crucial role of men in the lives of their kids and society at large.

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You don’t have to be a biological father to play the role of dad. Speaking on WFSU’s Public Affairs Program, Perspectives, Jack Levine shares the ways men can have an impactful role on children. He’s the founder of the Four Generations Institute.

Community Seeks Solutions To Gun And Gang Violence

Jun 11, 2015
Bill Proctor

Violence in Tallahassee neighborhoods is a continuing problem. Two community leaders, Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor and Reverend Stanley Sims, discussed the issues Thursday on WFSU’s Perspectives program.

Perspectives: Community Violence Response

Jun 11, 2015

Leon County District One Commissioner Bill Proctor and Reverend Stanley Sims from A Shepherd’s Hand Rescue Center talk about the recent uptick in Tallahassee street violence and ways the community is responding.

Perspectives: Mental Health

Jun 4, 2015

A significant part of the population faces mental health and substance abuse issues.  This discussion involves the changing attitudes of family, community and the criminal justice system when it comes to these issues, along with the challenge of providing more services to mitigate the problem.  Participants are: Miami Judge Steve Leifman; Executive Director of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Mark Fontaine; and Miaisha Mitchell, health educator and executive director of the Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council.

Perspectives: U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham

May 28, 2015

North Florida’s congressional representative talks about her efforts to bring “The North Florida Way” to Washington, with particular emphasis on working out a solution to the decades-old Apalachicola water war and the reason behind some votes that dismayed more than a few of her Democratic supporters.  Her dad, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham also calls in during the conversation.

Perspectives: Startup Quest

May 26, 2015

A new initiative called “Startup Quest” is helping Florida entrepreneurs get their business dreams off the ground.  We talk it over with Statewide Program Overseer Bryan Eastman, Kara Palmer Smith with CareerSource Capital Region, Startup Quest Mentor Dr. Mark Davidson, and Christine Urban from Tallahassee’s DOMI Station.

Perspectives: Boulder and Beyond

May 14, 2015

A 60-member delegation from the Capital City headed to Boulder, Colorado earlier this month to learn how that community has become a recent national “hot spot” for economic and cultural development.  At the same time, two Harvard University researchers produced a study suggesting the Tallahassee area isn’t great when it comes to upward mobility.  Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier (who was among the Boulder group) and Capital Area Community Action Agency Executive Director Tim Center talk it over.

Perspectives: Emancipation Month

May 7, 2015

Along with the annual reenactment of the first reading in Florida of the Emancipation Proclamation at Tallahassee’s Knott House on May 20, 1865, there are many other observances in the area this year.  We get a preview from John G. Riley House Museum Director Emeritus Althasmese Barnes, Marion McGee, 2015 Conference Chair for the Florida African-American Heritage Preservation Network, and Sarah Shaw, museum education for the Florida Museum of History.

Perspectives: Literacy Volunteers

Apr 30, 2015

Since the early 1980s, Literacy Volunteers of Leon County have been opening up new worlds for many thousands of adults.  Our guests are: Program Director Rhonda Cooper; Board President Kendra Mitchell; Board Member (and former client) Larry Strickland; and Tutor Bill Zuna.

Perspectives: Chief Michael DeLeo

Apr 23, 2015

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo talks about the new officer vetting and training programs now in place in the department and ways he and his officers are trying to build more positive community and inter-agency relations.

Perspectives: HOMELESS YOUTH

Apr 16, 2015

Hundreds of young people in Leon County alone have no permanent place to call home.  Big Bend Housing Coalition Assistant Director Kim Galban-Countryman, Capital City Youth Services President/CEO Kevin Priest and Alison Feinberg who coordinates homeless student programs with the Leon County School District talk about the problem and what’s needed for solutions.

Perspectives: Holocaust

Apr 9, 2015

Members of the Holocaust Education Resource Council, Barbara Goldstein, Eileen Lerner and Donna Callaway, along with Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, talk about this month’s awareness campaign and supporting activities.

Perspectives: A FULL SUMMER

Apr 2, 2015

Organizers of an all-volunteer effort to provide meals for low-income kids during the summer months when they don’t receive school-based breakfasts and lunches talk about the upcoming community effort set for June 6th at Rickards High School.  Show participants are: Becky Liner, co-chair of A Full Summer and member of First Baptist Church; Doug Cook, principal of Rickards High School, which is host for this year’s program; Lydia Claire Brooks, director of development of Second Harvest of the Big Bend; Dennis Howard, A Full Summer volunteer and member of St.

Perspectives: Tallahassee Music Week

Mar 26, 2015

Between April 3 and 12, more than a hundred Capital City musical performances will take place during the first-ever Tallahassee Music Week.  Event President Rick Minor has

Perspectives: Tech Expo

Mar 19, 2015

The TalTech Alliance hosts its Eighth Annual TechExpo April 2 at FSU’s Turnbull Conference Center.  Three of the event organizers, Amanda Kuff, Maureen Burns and Kevin Saunders, give a preview of the happening, who should attend and why.

Perspectives: Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood

Mar 12, 2015

The county’s top law enforcement officer talks about the legacy of his predecessor Larry Campbell and his own approach to issues like deadly force, community relations and the need for more resources to address mental health and substance abuse issues.

Perspectives: Teen Drama

Mar 5, 2015

The Capital City area has an amazing variety of venues for area young people to express their theatrical creativity.  We speak with Lincoln High School Choral Director Scott Leaman and Young Actors’ Theatre Artistic Director Robert Stuart.

Perspectives: Bees

Feb 19, 2015

From oranges, to almonds about a third of the foods we eat depend on pollination from insects like bees. Nation-wide, they’re responsible for pollinating about 15-billion dollars in crops each year as well as the production of about 150-million dollars of honey. And while that might sound sweet, experts say pesticide use and a changing global climate, are leading to a steep honey bee decline. We’ll talk with a local beekeepers about what that means for Florida, and how they’re working to protect Tallahassee’s bee population.

Perspectives: Florida Dental Association

Feb 6, 2015

When is the last time you went to the dentist? Today, we bring the dentists, to you.

Perspectives: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

Jan 29, 2015

In office for just two months, the Mayor of Tallahassee talks about his vision for the city, including issues such as growth, the possible legality of guns on college and university campuses and the debate over “ban the box” on city job applications.

Perspectives: Children’s Day

Jan 22, 2015

The Florida Museum of History is hosting the 32nd Annual Children’s Day at the R.A. Gray Building from 10 until 4, Saturday, Jan. 31.  To give a preview is the Museum’s Gary Pettit, Jan Wiley with Mission San Luis, Natasha Hartsfield with the Tallahassee Museum and Claire Mikko with the Pilot Club of Tallahassee.


Jan 15, 2015

The upcoming Leon County Sustainable Communities Summit (1/24/15) is entitled, “Food for Us: We’re all at the Table Together”.   At the Perspectives table to give an event preview are:  Dr. Richard Gragg with the FAMU School of the Environment; FSU Urban Planning Professor Dr. Will Butler; Shington Lamy assistant to the Leon county administrator; and Lauren Chappell-Harris, the county’s sustainability assistant.

Perspectives: Shakespeare Festival

Jan 8, 2015

Tallahassee’s 2015 Southern Shakespeare Festival culminates with performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” the weekend of April 17.  But much more takes place throughout the community between now and then.  To talk about it are: Festival Executive Director Laura Johnson; Artistic Director Lanny Thomas; Education Director Kevin Carr; and WFSU’s Coordinator of Educational Outreach Tasha Weinstein.

Discussion of the present and future of performing arts in the Tallahassee area with Visit Tallahassee’s Lee Daniels, Chris Heacox with FSU’s “Opening Nights”, Erica Thaler from the Council of Culture and the Arts, and Randi Atwood with the Tallahassee Democrat.

Thursday at 11am.