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.

Instead of a source of conflict, Gadsden County’s growing Hispanic population and the area’s cultural diversity are being celebrated in the county’s high school.  English/Journalism Teacher John Nogowski and Language Department Chair Maria D’Oleo talk about the many ways the students themselves are driving that appreciation, while Monica Grimaldo from the Panhandle Area Educational Forum talks about the impact these efforts are having in the community at large.

Perspectives: Summer Camp Options

May 10, 2019

It’s possible to shell out thousands of dollars to send the kids to summer camp.  But there are more affordable options, including special camps for kids with extraordinary needs.  To talk about a few of the local possibilities are: Casey Dennis, area director of the summer camp program with Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend; Joyce Dove with Rotary Youth Camp; and Bobby Sparks, Jr., recreation superintendent with the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department.

Perspectives: Spring Gardening

May 2, 2019

The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming and many in Tallahassee are turning their thoughts to their gardens, lawns and flower beds. On Perspectives we explore all things gardening from farmer’s markets to native plants, to growing your own food.

Joining us in the studio are:

Courtney Schoen: Tapp Coordinator for the City of Tallahassee

Molly Jameson: Sustainable Agriculture and Community Food Systems Extension Agent for UF/IFAS in Leon County

Mark Tancig: Horticulture Extension Agent for UF/ IFAS in Leon County

Perspectives: STD Awareness

Apr 25, 2019

The month of April is STD awareness month. The rate of sexually transmitted diseases is raising alarms in Leon County where the number of syphilis cases jumped by 134 percent from 2017 to 2018. In response officials launched the Leon County Syphilis Prevention Coalition this month.

Joining the conversation are:

Claudia Blackburn – The Health Officer for the Department of Health in Leon County

James Easton—HIV/AIDS Program coordinator

Dale Harrison—STD Program Manager

Perspectives: Response to Hunger

Apr 18, 2019

The latest estimates are that one out of five children in the Capital Region are chronically hungry.  Over the warm weather months, the Full Summer initiative will provide about 60,000 meals to many of those children and their families.  At the same time, the area’s school districts and Second Harvest of the Big Bend are working to identify and serve more residents who lack enough nutritious food.  To talk about those issues: Laurye Messer and Becky Liner, two of the founders of the local Full Summer program; Todd Lanter, assistant principal at Tallahassee’s Godby High School where the Jun

Perspectives: It’s All For The Kids

Apr 11, 2019

An all-star panel on the region’s child welfare issues talks about the multitude of programs and initiatives – including the Second Judicial Circuit’s “Baby Court,” the proposed Leon Children’s Council and the upcoming Community Children’s Summit on May 10.  On hand for the discussion: Second Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Jonathan Sjostrom; Mimi Graham, director of Florida State University’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy; Ninth Florida House District Representative Lorrane Ausley (D-Tallahassee); Whole Child Leon Executive Director Courtney Atkins; Jamie Van Pelt, pres

Perspectives: Mental Health Services

Apr 4, 2019

There is a growing recognition that mental health care is just as important as physical health care.  Yet mental health care services remain less accessible and affordable for many people who need these services.  To talk about it are: Mike Eurich,  director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Policy at Big Bend Hospice; and Pam Mezzina, director/counselor at the Capstone Center.

Perspectives: Mental Health Services

Apr 4, 2019

There is a growing recognition that mental health care is just as important as physical health care.  Yet mental health care services remain less accessible and affordable for many people who need these services.  To talk about it are: Mike Eurich,  director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Policy at Big Bend Hospice; and Pam Mezzina, director/counselor at the Capstone Center.

Perspectives: Citizen Scientists

Mar 28, 2019

The 3-part PSB Nature special “American Spring” will be aired on WFSU-TV and on Facebook Live April 29-May 1.  In anticipation of that and multiple local events connected to the program and the larger promotion of “citizen scientists” to help with environmental research, we speak with: Nature Executive Producer Fred Kaufman; Rob Diaz de Villegas, ecology producer with WFSU Public Media; Peter Keinhenz with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and Rebecca Means, director of the Coastal Plains Institute.

Perspectives: Ode to Joy: Ode to Understanding

Mar 21, 2019

Performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, including the soul-stirring “Ode to Joy” Fourth Movement will take place the evening of Saturday, March 30th and afternoon of Sunday, March 31st at FSU’s Ruby Diamond Concert Hall (the March 31st event will also be live streamed on WFSU.org.) Joining the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra will be the Morehouse College Glee Club and Florida A&M Concert Choir.

Perspectives: Imagining Freedom

Mar 14, 2019

A March 28 event at Tallahassee’s Turnbull Center will reveal how so much of the nation’s commercially sold foods are directly connected to human trafficking.  To discuss that, as well as new Florida anti-trafficking bills working their way through the Legislature are: Robin Hassler Thompson, executive director of Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC); Susan Turner, STAC board member and co-owner of Food Glorious Food; Terry Coonan, executive director of the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights; and Derek Phillips, owner and grower/farmer of Handsome Harvest Farm in Gadsden Co

Perspectives: A Month of Irish Celebration

Mar 7, 2019

The Tallahassee Irish Society returns its St. Patrick’s Day Festival to its traditional home at Midtown’s Lake Ella on Saturday, March 16.  Society President John Terrel presents a preview of the day-long gala.  Meanwhile, the Irish Repertory Theatre presents a series of performances of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Tallahassee’s Goodwood Museum and Gardens.  The Theatre’s Jim McMurtry and Lanny Thomas discuss the play and its amazing relevance to modern American audiences, while Goodwood Co-Executive Director Dr.

Perspectives: REBUILD850

Feb 28, 2019

The recovery of Northwest Florida from Hurricane Michael will be a long and painful process.  Helping that effort is a coalition of organizations and individuals under the “REBUILD850” banner, that was launched by former Florida House Speakers Allan Bense and Will Weatherford this past November.  Speaking on behalf of the group and the area’s continuing needs are: former Second District Congresswoman Gwen Graham; and former Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon.

Perspectives: Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey

Feb 21, 2019

Just 100 days into his first term, Mayor Dailey tackles the issues of Southside and Frenchtown development, infrastructure improvements, workforce creation, a sustainable energy commitment, and a host of other topics.

On this first anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, our Perspectives panel takes a look at how the Leon County School District has responded as well as what the future of local school safety may look like.  Talking about the issues: John Hunkiar, chief of security and safety for Leon County schools; Jim Russell, retired as major at the Florida State University Police Department; and Kate Kile, Tallahassee-based member of the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.

Perspectives: Undiscovered Black History

Feb 8, 2019

Tallahassee has many sites of significance to African-American history and the struggle for equal rights.  But many more such locations may yet to be properly preserved, or at least acknowledged.

To talk about it are: Tallahassee City Commissioner Dianne Williams Cox; John G. Riley House and Museum Director Emeritus Althamese Barnes; and Dalitre Hollinger, Executive Director/CEO of The National Association for the Preservation of African-American Culture, Inc., 

Perspectives: Holocaust Education Week

Jan 31, 2019

From Monday, Feb. 4 through Friday, Feb. 8, Florida’s Capital City will host a daily series of events to focus more attention on both the historical Holocaust, as well as more modern expressions of hatred from which new atrocities might spring.  To discuss that and the many happenings throughout the week are: Barbara Goldstein, executive director of the Holocaust Education Resource Council; Sally Bradshaw, owner of Midtown Reader; and Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College.

Perspectives: Animal and Music Therapies

Jan 24, 2019

Using a fuzzy puppy or a favorite song as therapeutic tools may seem unconventional – or even downright strange – but solid research shows that these can be part of effective treatments for any number of conditions affecting young and old alike.  Representing the Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy Program are:  READ Coordinator Lauralee Mitchell; and Animal Therapy Coordinator Savannah LeFors; from the TMH Music Therapy Program, Director Brittany Rosado; and TMH Cancer Center Music Therapy Director Manny Carvajal.

For generations, African-American families had lived in the area around Wakulla Springs, long before Ed Ball built the lodge and other resort amenities at which many of these families would find employment.  Those connections continue to this day and on January 26, Wakulla Springs will celebrate that legacy with a day-long event.  To talk about it are: Herb Donaldson with the area’s Palaver Tree Theatre; Wakulla Springs Park Manager Amy Conyers; Friends of Wakulla Springs President Barbara Wilson; and Wakulla Springs Historian Madeline Carr.

The Grosmaire Family

Conor McBride is serving 20 years at Wakulla Correctional Institution for killing his fiancée, Ann Grosmaire, when they were both 19. It could have been a life sentence, but her parents asked the state attorney for less time. Now, Kate and Andy Grosmaire are helping to drive the expansion of restorative justice practices in Leon County.

As part of his agreement with the Grosmaires, whom he knew well after dating their daughter for three years, McBride cut this PSA for the Florida Restorative Justice Association.

"If you're in a relationship that seems out of control…if you feel like you're out of control…if you don't understand why you're doing it, why you're hurting the person you love or the person you love is hurting you, seek help. Please. Seek help."

Perspectives: Restorative Justice

Jan 10, 2019

The idea behind restorative justice is not just forgiving those who have wronged you and forging a positive relationship with them.  More fundamentally, it’s a comprehensive approach to life and human interaction that produces more positive outcomes.  To talk about the concept in all its ramifications are: Agnes Furey, author of “Wildflowers in the Medium”, with her story prominently featured in the documentary, “Another Justice;” Kate Grosmaire, who, with her husband, Andy, also is featured in the documentary; Betty Serow, a leader in Good Shepherd Catholic Church’s work in restorative ju

Perspectives: Human Trafficking

Jan 3, 2019

Florida remains with the third highest incidence of human trafficking in the country, and the number of cases keeps rising.  Our panel talks about ways to detect human trafficking in everyday interactions and what various organizations are doing to fight this scourge.  On the panel: Susan Turner, co-owner of Food Glorious Food, SURVIVE AND THRIVE ADVOCACY CENTER Board member; Vania Llovera, Assistant Director, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, STAC Board member, Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking co-chair, Social Services Committee; Geoff Luebkemann, Sr.

Perspectives: Diversity and Inclusion

Dec 6, 2018

Including people of different backgrounds, skill sets, attitudes and personalities in any organization is a critical factor in that organization’s ultimate success.  That’s the premise of this discussion, which was also made available via Facebook Live and 4FSU, Comcast Channel 4.  The guests for the discussion: John Thrasher, President of Florida State University; Renisha Gibbs, Florida State University’s Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Human Resources; Inam Sakinah, Founding Chair of Power of We at Florida State University; Isa Colli, present FSU Power of We chai

Perspectives: Workforces of the Future

Nov 29, 2018

Even though the Capital Region is technically at full employment, the jobs of tomorrow may be very different from what’s available today.  To talk about the new collaborations among many agencies and organizations to prepare today’s workforce for what’s likely to come are: Kimberly Moore, vice president for Workforce Innovation at Tallahassee Community College; and Cristina Paredes, director of Leon County’s Office of Economic Vitality.

Perspectives: After the Storm

Nov 15, 2018

Hurricane Michael was just over one month ago.  As much of the area struggles to recover, what has worked, what hasn’t worked so well and what might help future storm preparation and response efforts?  We hear from: Deanna Frazier with FEMA’s Office of External Affairs; Kevin Peters, director of Leon County Emergency Management; Mathieu Cavell from Leon County Administration; Rob McGarrah, City of Tallahassee Electric Utility Manager; Michael Martin, 2-1-1 Northwest Florida Manager and also with United Way of Escambia County; and Beth Tracy, IBM Corporate Citizenship Manager.

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