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: 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.


May 24, 2012

From Midtown, to Cascades Park to Gaines Street, and Southside revitalization, there’s a lot of redevelopment around Tallahassee nowadays. Much of it is being driven and coordinated by the Knight Creative Communities Institute. We get a situational update from KCCI’s Laurie Hartsfield and initiative “catalysts” Betsy Couch and Jay Revell.

The Capital City area’s homeless population keeps growing. Big Bend Homeless Coalition Executive Director Susan Pourciau has the sobering numbers. She also has hope for the future as more private and public organizations join the fight to give homeless individuals and families a chance for better lives.

Perspectives: Saving the Skin We’re In

May 10, 2012

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Local plastic surgeon Dr. Alfredo Paredes and dermatologists, Dr. Mark Ingles and Dr. Jessica Yoon discuss ways to safeguard skin from cancer causes, such as the sun and tanning beds, along with ways to discover and treat skin cancer.

Perspectives: Writers’ Roundtable

May 3, 2012

In anticipation of the coming weekend’s Tallahassee Writers Association Conference, we plumb the depths of creative wordsmithing with local novelists Donna Meredith and Rhett DeVane, along with Grace Jackson, a fifth-grade poet from Cornerstone Learning Academy and New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry.

Perspectives: Final Wishes

Apr 19, 2012

Is there any way to be sure what we want to have happen before our death actually takes place? Cathy Adkison and Reverend Candace McKibben with Big Bend Hospice and FSU Professor Marshall Kapp say there are important steps one can take in that direction, but there are no guarantees those advance wishes will be followed.

Perspectives: Family Law

Apr 12, 2012

Four Tallahassee family law attorneys discuss the low cost legal help for low-income families and children that’s available through the Florida Bar Foundation.  The legal panel is made up of Shannon Novey, Kristin Adamson, Thomas Duggar and Rob Boyd. 

Perspectives: “The Capital Curmudgeon”

Apr 5, 2012

Veteran state government reporter Bill Cotterell talks about his four decades covering Florida government and what his post-retirement years may bring.

Perspectives: FSU Communication Clinic

Mar 29, 2012

Florida State University’s School of Communication Science and Disorders, along with the L.S. Schendel Speech and Hearing Clinic offers help and hope to hundreds of people with communication issues.  Facility Director Dr. Kenn Appel and Clinical Education Director Dr. Lisa Scott talk about what the school provides students and what the clinic provides clients. 

Perspectives: Community Carbon Fund

Mar 26, 2012

There’s a new financial motivator for more Tallahassee area businesses and organizations to make their buildings more energy efficient.  It’s the Community Carbon Fund, which has already helped Grace Mission Episcopal Church Pastor Amanda Nickles save big money on her church’s utility bill.  She’s joined by Debbie Gibson from Sustainable Tallahassee, Venus Childs from the City of Tallahassee Environmental Resource and Energy Policy Department and City Energy Services Auditor Lee Jones.

Tallahassee’s historic Goodwood Museum and Gardens holds its Tenth Garden Symposium on Marcy 25th.  Goodwood Education Chair Rose Rodriguez and Facilities and Horticulture Director Mike Herrin look ahead to the event and explain how changes in plant varieties have changed the Southland’s environment.

Perspectives: Whole Child Leon

Mar 8, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month.  Whole Child Leon is helping celebrate by offering parents and restaurant operators tips on preparing healthier dishes for young people.  Whole Child Leon Executive Director Courtney Atkins, Steering Committee Member Lori Danello Roberts and Red Elephant Restaurant co-owner and founder Bradford Lewis talk about it.

Perspectives: Economic Update

Mar 1, 2012

It seems the Capital City is definitely on the rebound after the “Great Recession”.  We get the latest from Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County Chair Karen Moore and Executive Director Beth Kirkland, along with Tallahassee Regional Airport Director Sunil Harman. 

Perspectives: 50-LARGE

Feb 23, 2012

The 50-Large organization refers to itself as a “family” that adopts young men who are in trouble, or headed in that direction.  Family members taking part in the discussion are:  Larry Thompson, 50-Large coordinator; Tallahassee Police Lt. Steve Outlaw, who sits on the 50-Large steering committee; Kelly Seay with the Florida Department of Education, who coordinates the 50-Large reading program; and 50-Large Operations Manager William “B.J.” Fletcher.

Perspectives: Cars Optional

Feb 9, 2012

The “Moving Tallahassee-Cars Optional” plan aims to give Capital City residents more transportation choices with minimal impact on personal motor vehicle traffic flow.  Tallahassee City Commissioner Mark Mustian, City Public Works Director, Gabe Menendez, Cherie Bryant with the Tallahassee/Leon County Planning Department, and Capital City Cyclist Karen Loewen have the details.

Perspectives: Freedom Riders

Feb 2, 2012

Fifty-one years ago, fewer than 500 “Freedom Riders” changed the course of American history forever.  Author Ray Arsenault’s book was the first full account of these civil rights pioneers.  We talk to him, along with former Florida A&M University student Stephanie Burton who accompanied last year’s Freedom Riders re-enactment.

Since embarking upon an extensive refocusing effort two years ago, the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend has re-emerged as a leaner, but far more effective organization.  Today it serves hundreds of young people in Leon and Gadsden counties.  Club President/Executive Director Theresa Flury has lots to say about what the program means to its clients and the community.

Perspectives: Free Speech

Jan 19, 2012

Perspectives: Money Matters

Jan 12, 2012

Rich or poor, it seems everyone has money trouble at some time.  Zack Richardson with the Character Center and Financial Attorney John Bischof share their expertise on smart budgeting, debt management and other advice for living within available means.

Perspectives: Tallahassee Delegation

Jan 6, 2012

The 2012 Florida Legislation gets underway in less than a week.  We get a preview from members of the Tallahassee area delegation: State Senator Bill Montford; and State Representatives Michele Rehwinke-Vasilinda and Alan Williams.

No matter what you may celebrate over the holidays, it wouldn’t be a party without lots of wonderful things to eat. We explore a variety of tasty treats and how to prepare them with Keiser University Executive Chef Travis Howard and the school’s Pastry Chef Angela Wilson.

Florida A&M University’s latest trouble with hazing has again put the issue in the spotlight. We get insights into the behavioral and legal ramifications from Tallahassee Memorial Psychologist Dr. Larry Kubiak, Second Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell and Florida State University Associate Dean Adam Goldstein.

For more than five years, the Village Square has been hosting speakers and forums on a wide range of hot topics, always in a reasoned, civil context. Village Square Executive Director Liz Joyner and Board Co-Chairs, Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge and Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer talk it over…politely.

A tidal wave of unwanted animals faces the Capital Region’s animal welfare organizations. Meanwhile, there are few volunteers and even less money to stem the tide. We talk it over with Jeanine Reynolds with the Gadsden County Humane Society, CHAT of Wakulla County’s Joan Hendrix and Perri Dale from the Tallahassee/Leon County Animal Service Center.