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 is broadcast LIVE each Thursday at 11:00 am ET on 88.9, WFSU-FM and

Perspectives: Veterans Day

Nov 8, 2018

Florida’s Capital City has aspired to be the country’s most “Vet Friendly” community.  Progress toward that goal forms a large part of the discussion featuring: Representative of the Tallahassee National Cemetery Clark Brookstone; Washington Sanchez, member of the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame, Purple Heart recipient and major contributor to the Tallahassee Veterans Legal Collaborative; and Jennifer LaVia from the Florida State University Law School Veterans’ Legal Clinic.

Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

More than 400,000 American children are in foster care, and 25,000 of them are in Florida. Their average length of stay is 25.3 months, according to the Ackerman Institute for the Family – and they have rates of post-traumatic stress disorder similar to veterans of war.

Shannon Carroll owns and operates Redemptive Love Farm in Tallahassee. She and her husband have adopted 7 children and fostered many more.

Perspectives: Adoption From All Sides

Nov 1, 2018

What’s it like to foster or adopt one or more children?  And what is it like to actually BE one of those kids?  As we kick off National Adoption Month, an expert panel examines these questions from multiple angles, even as Florida’s need for more foster and adoptive parents, as well as supportive volunteers, continues to grow.  We speak with: Jane Johnson, Director of Advocacy at the Florida Council for Community Mental Health; Shannon Carroll, Tallahassee-based adoptive mother of 7 children; Michelle Scott, FSU Senior who was in foster care herself for many years, experiencing 14 differen

Florida State University President John Thrasher talks about why the school decided to go ahead with this weekend’s Homecoming festivities in the wake of Hurricane Michael.  The event will now include a major relief effort to help storm victims and bring national attention to their plight.  Then WFSU-FM News Director Lynn Hatter and Assignment Editor Regan McCarthy join the discussion to share their observations from the field and latest developments in the region’s storm recovery.

The two candidates vying to succeed Gil Ziffer in the Tallahassee City Commission Seat Five job, Bob Lotane and Dianne Williams-Cox, talk about what they’d do about crime, the lack of public confidence in city government, job creation, enacting a higher minimum wage in Tallahassee and increasing opportunity for the community’s young people.

The two finalist candidates for Tallahassee City Commission Seat Three, Lisa Brown and Jeremy Matlow, discuss their priorities for city government.  Topics covered include campaign finances, bringing more business to the area, Community Redevelopment projects, and more.

The two finalist candidates for Tallahassee Mayor, John Dailey and Dustin Daniels, talk about their particular approaches to economic development, income inequality, workforce development, crime, City Hall ethics and much more.

Perspectives: Hurricane Michael Coverage 10-14-2018

Perspectives: Hurricane Michael Coverage 10-13-2018

Perspectives: Hurricane Michael Coverage 10-12-2018

Perspectives: Hurricane Michael Coverage 10-11-2018

Perspectives: 8-80 Cities Initiative

Oct 4, 2018

How do you create a community that will be a great place to live for the majority of its residents?  Simply make it the best place it can be for young people aged 8 and older folks aged 80.  That’s the premise of the “8-80 Cities” concept, being advocated by a Toronto-based non-profit urban planning organization.  Gil Penarosa with that group has been meeting with multiple people in Tallahassee to discuss that idea this week and appears on Perspectives, along with: Cynthia Solomon Barber, assistant city manager for Community Engagement and Public Safety with the City of Tallahassee; Ben Pi

Perspectives: HERC Happenings

Sep 27, 2018

Tallahassee’s Holocaust Education Resource Council has several major events coming up in October.  There will be the 25th Anniversary Screening of “Schindler’s List” Oct. 7 at the FSU Askew Student Life Center, an Oct. 8 Holocaust training session on Oct. 8 for area teachers and the Annual Remembrance Dinner on Oct.

Perspectives: Apalachicola River Trek

Sep 20, 2018

An intrepid group of kayakers will be paddling their way down the final 106 miles of North Florida’s mighty Apalachicola River for a five-day adventure starting October 9.  To preview the journey and talk about the larger impact of this massive ecological system are: Apalachicola Riverkeeper Executive Director Georgia Ackerman; Riverkeeper Board Vice President and veteran trekker Katie McCormick; and two first-time paddlers: Anita Grove, Apalachicola City Commissioner; and LeMoyne Staff Member Mayowa Ogunjobi.

Perspectives: The Wisdom of Grandparents

Sep 13, 2018

Longtime advocate for children and families Jack Levine, founder of the 4Generations Institute, talks about our changing local and national demographics that will make more of us grandparents and the positive impact grandparents can and should have on young lives.

Perspectives: Leon Schools Update

Sep 6, 2018

From more school safety measures to greater access to mental health services for students, a new community school and the ongoing charter school debate, Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna and Chief of Safety, Security and Emergency Management John Hunkiar have lots to talk about.

Perspectives: Making the Most of College

Aug 30, 2018

As students head back to college this fall many are focused on building credits and working toward a degree. While experts say that’s a worthy goal, some caution it shouldn’t be a student’s only goal. Today on Perspectives we talk about how students can make the most out of their college experience.

Joining us in the studio are:

Jennifer Barr director of Student Services at Tallahassee Community College

Alice Wright  director of Student Retention at Florida State University

Brandon Brown Florida State University student body vice president

Death by suicide remains a very uncomfortable as well as a tragic topic.  But more people and organizations than ever before are now working together in the cause of suicide prevention and awareness.  Discussing the issue: Steve Litherland, certified recovery peer specialist with the Apalachee Center; Mary Bowers, former NAMI-Tallahassee board president whose youngest daughter Brook died by suicide in 2012 after struggling with mental illness for years; MaKenna Woods, PhD candidate with FSU’s College of Social Work whose research includes veteran and adolescent suicide, intervention and pr

Perspectives: Big Bend Heart Walk

Aug 16, 2018

Coming up on Sept. 27 at Tallahassee’s Cascades Park, this is the region’s largest single fundraiser for the American Heart Association.  Clark Brookstone, retired state employee, military veteran and survivor of two major cardiac surgeries, talks about the walk and how its proceeds help pay for research and other Heart Association initiatives.

Perspectives: Debbie Lightsey

Aug 9, 2018

Debbie Lightsey, the longest-serving city commissioner in Tallahassee history, talks about the people and policies that figured prominently during her 22 years on the commission from 1988 to 2010.  She also has some advice for those now serving (and those wishing to serve) on that body.

Perspectives: Disaster Preparedness Update

Aug 2, 2018

Even as this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season moves into its most active period, recent rains across North Florida and South Georgia have reminded both area residents and emergency responders that disasters can come in all shapes and sizes.  We talk about readiness and resilience with: Leon County Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters; Robert McGarrah, general manager of the City of Tallahassee’s electric utility; and the City’s Resilience Officer Abena Ojetayo.

Perspectives: Toxic Stress and Resiliance

Jul 26, 2018

Everyone gets stressed out on occasion.  But the kind of overwhelming, continuous and traumatic stress defined as “toxic” is particularly harmful to children.  At the same time, there are techniques and methods to develop greater resilience in the face of toxic stress.  We talk about it all with Chris Lolley, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Florida.

There are four candidates in contention to succeed Gil Ziffer in this City Commission seat: Henry Adelusi, Jr., Howard Kessler, Bob Lotane and Dianne Williams-Cox.  Some of the major issues they address in the course of this program include the perception of corruption at City Hall, the city’s crime rate and the balance between growth and preservation.

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There are six candidates in the mayor’s race and five of them took part in this lively discussion of what the future of Tallahassee should look like: John Dailey, Dustin Daniels, Carrie Litherland, Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Joe West discuss a wide variety of topics.  Candidate Norris Barr did not attend.

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The five candidates vying to succeed Nancy Miller on the Tallahassee City Commission discuss issues ranging from economic development, to crime to charges of corruption at City Hall: Lisa Brown, Richard Garzola, Alex Jordan, Jeremy Matlow and Bill Schack.

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