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Perspectives
Weekly Podcast

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.

WFSU relies on listener contributions to make this program an interactive platform for community discussion. There are several ways to get in touch with us to share your questions and comments.

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Latest Episodes
  • Every year, more than one dozen hardy adventurers paddle more than 100 miles down the Apalachicola River to raise money and awareness for this unique ecological and economic resource. To talk about this year's event are: Apalachicola Riverkeeper Outreach and Advocacy Director Doug Alderson; along with Trekkers Jennifer Humayan; Courtenay Miller; and Harry Smith.
  • The coronavirus pandemic has compelled creative solutions to artistic problems. One of these was how to maintain a full season of performances for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. CEO Amanda Stringer and Music Director/Conductor Darko Butorac provide a preview of the online offerings - featuring an all-star lineup of performers - between Sept. 11 and March 27, 2021.
  • The pandemic has significantly increased stress levels, leading to more mental health problems, including suicide. To talk about it are: Jay Reeve, executive director of the Apalachee Center; James Smith, social worker with Big Bend Hospice; Beth Dees, board member NAMI Tallahassee; Cynthia Foster, NAMI operations mananager and Bluebird Run coordinator; and Maddie Stults, FSU 1st year psychology major and NAMI volunteer.
  • Florida State University Vice President of Research Gary Ostrander says the coronavirus pandemic has made the work done in the school's laboratories and other exploratory facilities more critical than ever. He talks about FSU's new COVID testing lab for students, faculty and staff and how quickly its results can be turned around. He also has plenty to say about the increasing amount of private sector contract research the school is doing and the ongoing efforts to turn that into local economic advancement.
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act took effect on July 26, 1990. Much has been accomplished since then to make all of society more accessible and participatory> But much more still needs to bring the full promise of the legislation to fruition. To talk about it are: Florida State University's J.R. Harding, long-time advocate; Dr. Max Lee of environmental consulting firm Koogler Associates; and Michael Elliott, CEO of Soar Technology, which provides services for the visually-impaired.
  • Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey has served on the bench for 14 years. Now she faces a challenge from Tallahassee Attorney Kevin Alvarez. The candidates discuss their judicial qualifications, temperament and legal philosophy.
  • Incumbent School Board Member Dee Dee Rasmussen and Challenger Alex Stemle discuss their differing approaches to guiding the school district through the challenge of COVID-19 and other educational issues.
  • Three of the four candidates for the seat being vacated by retiring Judge Charles Dodson talk about their judicial philosophies, legal background and qualifications. Vying for the seat are: Tiffany Baker; Nina Moody; and Amanda Wall who appear on the program. A fourth candidate, Pete Williams, was invited but did not respond.
  • With most of the criminal defenses in the six-county 2nd Judicial Circuit now falling to the Public Defender's office, that job is of vital importance to the region's criminal justice system. Also, there are widespread calls to reform that system, even as the pandemic is shrinking the state revenues on which that system depends. To talk about those and other issues are: Incumbent Public Defender Andy Thomas; and challenger Jessica Yeary.
  • The five contenders for Tallahassee City Commission Seat Two talk about crime, development and the challenge of providing critical services during a pandemic-driven revenue downturn. The guests are: Incumbent Commissioner Curtis Richardson; and the challengers: Trish Brown; Bill Schack; Geraldine Seay; and Lynette Halter.