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Perspectives
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Join WFSU Public Media and host Tom Flanigan for the live, listener call-in program Perspectives. It's the perfect forum to discuss the issues that concern listeners in the North Florida and South Georgia regions. Tom invites local guests for a one-hour discussion about timely social topics while encouraging listener comments and questions.

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Latest Episodes
  • Even before the pandemic struck, America's employment picture was already undergoing big changes. That process has now accelerated because of COVID-19 and new partnerships are forming to ensure there's a good fit between the new jobs and the people needed to do them. To talk about it are: Henry Mack, chancellor for Career, Technical and Adult Education with the Florida Department of Education; Michelle Dennard, president and CEO of CareerSource Florida; and Kim Moore, vice president for Workforce Innovation at Tallahassee Community College.
  • From getting a flu shot to keeping up the hand washing/mask wearing/social distancing routine, there are plenty of steps people can take to lower the chances of being infected by the coronavirus. To talk about it are: Director of the Florida Department of Health in Leon County Claudia Blackburn; Dr. Gervin Robertson, division director of Pharmacy Services, Florida A&M University; Dr. Paul Robinson, past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Florida Chapter; and Cathy Mayfield, whose college-age daughter Lawson died from meningitis.
  • There's a national campaign underway to make Juneteenth (June 19th) the day commemorating the first public reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865, freeing the enslaved peoples who lived in the now-defeated Confederate States of America. But Florida's first public reading of the Proclamation took place almost a month earlier, on May 20th. To make the case for why the Sunshine State should adopt that date as its own Emancipation Day are: Althemese Barnes, director emeritus of the John G. Riley House and Museum; Tallahassee Mayor Pro Tem Dianne Williams-Cox; Dr. Sandra Thompson, founder and CEO of the Legacy Communities of North Florida; Sgt. Major Jarvis Rosier with the Second Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops; Bob Holladay, president of the Tallahassee Historical Society; and Clifton Lewis, curator of the L.B. Brown Museum in Bartow, Florida.
  • Untold thousands of the Capital City area's occupants lie beneath our feet. Ahead of Halloween, our panel of historians and archeologists "digs the dirt" on our deceased neighbors: Matt Lutz, who documents City of Tallahassee cemeteries; archeologists Lonnie Mann; and Julie Duggins with PaleoWest; and TCC History Professor and Tallahassee Historical Society President Bob Holladay.
  • Since it first opened in the early 1980s, Leon County's Innovation Park has had moderate success in attracting major tenants, such as the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Danfoss Turbocor. That goal is still part of its mission, but the Park and its partners have expanded that role to support new homegrown enterprises. To talk about it are: Ron Miller, Innovation Park executive director; Michael Tentnowski, director of entrepreneurship; and Board Chair Kim Moore.
  • The combination of the coronavirus pandemic, economic uncertainty, contentious politics and other stressors seem connected to the recent rise in substance abuse across the nation. To talk about it are: Kathleen Roberts, executive director Community Coalition Alliance; General Arthur Dean, CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America); Joe Davis with Florida Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs; Florida State Representative Colleen Burton (R-Polk County); and Dr. Greg Colbath, an orthopedic surgeon based in Spartanburg, SC.
  • The question is whether or not to create a taxpayer-supported appointed council to coordinate the provision of education, health care and other services to young children in Leon County. It's generated lots of recent controversy as the November 3rd election nears. Two panels make the case for and against the proposal. The proponents are: Lashawn Gordon with United Partners for Human Services; Michele Watson who heads the Florida Children's Council; Tallahassee City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox; and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare CEO Mark O'Bryant. That's followed by arguments from the opponents: Community Activist Emily Fritz; and Lobbyist, Advocate and Public Policy Analyst Barney Bishop.
  • Since 2016, Curtis Richardson has occupied this seat on the Tallahassee City Commission. Now he's being challenged by Kearney Center Food Services Director Bill Schack. The two candidates have a sometimes impassioned discussion on economic development and other issues including poverty, income disparity and crime, and how local government has responded to the pandemic.
  • Since 2006, Bryan Desloge has represented the fast-growing and mostly affluent Northeast part of the county. Now, for the first time in a dozen years, he has a challenger; Chiles High School teacher Brian Welch. They give their views about issues ranging from economic development, to the response to COVID-19.
  • What was a packed field vying to succeed Mary Ann Lindley on the county commission is now down to three finalists: Carolyn Cummings and Kelly Otte - the top vote getters in the August primary election - and write-in candidate Melissa Villar.