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

Republican Congressman Steve Southerland presents a brief Washington update. His Democratic opponent Al Lawson then joins the conversation during the second half of the program.

Leon County Commission Seat Two has attracted three contenders and two of them, challengers Kirk Headley-Perdue and write-in candidate Harrison Arencibian, discuss why they would do a better job than incumbent Commissioner Jane Sauls, who was unable to take part in the program.

The often contentious Tallahassee City Commission Seat One contest between Scott Maddox and Steve Stewart results in some angry exchanges during this Perspectives. Still, both candidates find some time to compare and contrast their approach to the challenges facing city government.


The Leon County Commission at Large Seat One takes center stage, as incumbent Akin Akinyemi and challenger Mary Ann Lindley talk about the issues, as well as a Florida Ethics Commission complaint just filed by Lindley against Akinyemi.

Political Perspectives: Half-Cent School Tax

Sep 27, 2012

Leon County voters will decide November sixth whether or not to extend the county’s half-cent local option sales tax in support of the county’s public schools. School Board Member Dee Crumpler and Deputy School Superintendent Dr. Marvin Henderson make the case for a “yes” vote.

WFSU-FM’s pre-election series of “Political Perspectives” resumes with the contest for Leon County Sheriff. The program starts with incumbent Larry Campbell and concludes with challenger Lisa Sprague.

Perspectives: Vocational Rehabilitation

Sep 20, 2012

It’s tough these days for anyone to find work. But people with disabilities have even more of a challenge. The Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation within the state’s Department of Education is dedicated to helping make preparing for and finding a job less challenging. We speak with Vocational Rehab Counselor Jennifer Wester, Vocational Rehab Client Robin Collins, Shirley Beuford, who is now Robin’s boss at the Florida Department of Management Services, and Vocational Rehab Communications Director Rachel Smith.

The festival’s new Executive Director Chris Heacox joins famed choreographer Emily Johnson and Dance Artist Aretha Aoki to talk about the upcoming Seven Days of Opening Nights lineup, as well as providing some great insights into the creative process.

Perspectives: Criminal Justice Women

Sep 6, 2012

Today, there are more women occupying professional jobs in the American criminal justice system than ever before. Does more need to be done to encourage additional young women to become lawyers, judges and law enforcement officers? We talk it over with Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson, local attorneys Barbara Hobbs and Dana Brooks, along with former Florida State University Deputy Police Chief Lisa Sprague.

Perspectives: Apalachicola River Trek

Aug 30, 2012

The yearly River Trek to raise awareness and money to help preserve the Apalachicola River happens in mid-October. Some of the event participants talk about its importance as well as the recreational opportunities in the area for paddle sports enthusiasts. Guests are: Wilderness Way paddle sports outlet owner Georgia Ackerman; Paddler and Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge; author and naturalist Doug Alderson; and Apalachicola River Keeper Dan Tonsmiere.

Perspectives: Chamber Retreat in Review

Aug 23, 2012

An overview of the recent Greater Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce retreat in Sandestin and how that gathering might impact the community’s future. In to talk about it are: Greater Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce President Sue Dick and Chairman Bill Moor, Ed Murray with NAI Talcor Commercial Real Estate and Jay Townsend with the City of Tallahassee.

Tallahassee is working to market itself to retirees and young professionals. A national survey released over the summer shows Baby Boomers are flocking South for their retirement years and Tallahassee was named the top retirement destination. But what attracts retirees may or may not attract young professionals looking to start up careers. So this morning on Perspectives we’ll talk about the city’s efforts in branding itself to appeal to these two different groups and whether it creates some conflicts along the way.

Host: Lynn Hatter

Perspectives: Health and Wellness

Aug 9, 2012

This week’s show topic is focused around on the 95210: Wellness and Nutrition Initiative, with overall fitness and wellness tips for all.

95210: The Whole Picture of Health is based on the idea that if families are exposed to the health promotion and chronic disease prevention messages of 95210 through several sector- wide settings, and if t hose settings have policies and environments that are the easier choice, they will be more likely to adopt or maintain the 95210 behaviors in their daily lives

Perspectives: Disability Act Anniversary

Aug 2, 2012

The Americans With Disabilities Act has been around for 22 years, but some recent changes have expanded the law’s impact. Noted Disability Coach and Advocate J.R. Harding has the latest information and explains how it applies to everyday situations.

An often spirited discussion featuring three out of the four candidates for Seat Two on the Tallahassee City Commission. Incumbent Andrew Gillum is opposed by Jacob Eaton and David Riddle. Challenger Nick Halley was unable to join the conversation.

It’s the most crowded local race in the upcoming August 14th primary. Six candidates are in the running for Tallahassee City Commission Seat One and five of them: Daniel Parker, Dalaitre Hollinger, Steve Stewart, Scott Maddox and Bob Fulford, discuss the big issues facing the Capital City. Eric Friall was unable to be part of this conversation.

The Leon County Clerk of Court incumbent and challenger make their pitch to the voters. Three-term Clerk Bob Inzer will face Cynthia P. Turner in the upcoming election.

The four contenders for Leon County Commission At-Large Seat One talk about their qualifications for the job along with their priorities and political philosophy. Incumbent Akin Akinyemi and challengers Emily Fritz, Mary Anne Lindley and Fred Varn discuss the issues.

Voter Registration, Election Ballot Security and other 2012 local Election issues were discussed on this episode of Perspectives. The television cameras were back today in the radio studio so you can see and hear what Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho and Attorney J.D. DuRant have to say about these topics.

Political Perspectives: Leon County Sheriff

Jul 11, 2012

Sheriff Larry Campbell was first elected as Sheriff in 1996 and re-elected in subsequent races. He’s going for his fifth term in office. But there’s a move afoot to unseat him. This race features familiar challenger Tommy Mills, who has challenged Campbell in the past. Campbell and Mills will face off in the Democratic Primary. The winner will face Lisa Sprague in the general election.

Perspectives: Threats to Florida Springs

Jul 5, 2012

Florida has about 700 artesian springs but the breakout star of them all, is Silver Springs’s located in Ocala. But Florida’s signature spring is in peril and some are anticipating the loss of this treasured natural feature if corrective action isn’t taken, like stopping excessive groundwater pumping. We’ve assembled a panel of experts to talk about the problems with Florida’s Freshwater Springs including our very own Wakulla Springs joins the program.

Perspectives: Ancient Jefferson County

Jun 21, 2012

Were Jefferson County’s first residents among the very first people in all of North America? Recent archeological evidence in the Aucilla River Basis has some prominent scientists thinking that’s the case. Mainstreet Monticello’s Anne Hold and preservationist Jack Carswell have a preview of an upcoming conference that will focus on those findings.

Perspectives: Merit Retention

Jun 14, 2012

Besides all those federal, state and local political races this year, Florida voters will also determine the fate of three state supreme court justices and a multitude of appeal court judges. Those are called “merit retention” votes and we get an explanation of what that means from the outgoing and incoming presidents of the Florida Bar, Scott Hawkins and Gwynne Young.

Perspectives: Hunger is no Game

Jun 7, 2012

An estimated one out of four Leon County children don’t have enough to eat. Sharing their take on the situation is: Second Harvest of the Big Bend Board Member Bob Fulford; Second Harvest’s Program and Services Director Herman McBride; Cathy Reed, nutrition services director for the Leon County School District and the district’s Dietician Intern Rachel Moeller.

Perspectives: Preserving Historic Tallahassee

May 31, 2012

Tallahassee is packed with historical places, which deserve preservation. We talk it over with long-time local historic preservation advocate Ben Phipps, architect Randy Lewis who specializes in rehabbing older structures, Historic Capitol Curator Michelle Gammon Purvis and June Finnegan who’s education coordinator at The Grove.