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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 .

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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.

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.