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: 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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Topics range from individual teacher autonomy to district-wide curricula selection during this lively exchange between the long-time incumbent, Georgia “Joy” Bowen, and the challenger, Marcus Nicolas.

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The five contenders for this seat talk about charter schools, a proposed constitutional amendment limiting school board member terms and the need to marshal more resources to prevent two troubled elementary schools in the district from being taken over by charter school management.  The incumbent in the race is Maggie Lewis-Butler.  The challengers are: Charles Antonio Williams, Lynn Jones (a write-in candidate who will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot), Dr. Donna Hayes-Austin and Darryl Jones.

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Leon County School Board District One Candidates stand in WFSU Lobby with Tom Flanigan
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The three candidates for the school district that encompasses the northeastern section of Leon County (view district map) talk about their qualifications, their priorities and what they consider to be the major challenges facing the district:  challengers Patty Ball Thomas and Ricky Bell will face incumbent Alva Striplin in the August 28th primary election.




Leon County Commission District Three candidates and Tom Flanigan siting around the table in the studio
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Four of the five candidates for Leon County’s northwest area talk about the issues they believe are most critical to the region (view district map) and why their respective backgrounds and approaches to governance would be most effective at addressing those issues.  Those contenders were: Emily Fritz, Rick Minor, Carlos Rey, and Kyle Frost.  (Candidate Rex Rekstis called afterward to extend his apologies for missing the discussion.)

Tom and Jasmine sitting at the table in the studio
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Since 1996, Bill Proctor has been the Leon County commissioner representing District One (view district map).  In the upcoming November election, he’ll face a challenger, Florida State University student Jasmine Ali.  Mr. Proctor was invited to be on the program but did not attend.  Ms. Ali discussed her background, qualifications and views on the issues facing the district during the course of the program.

Perspectives: Prescribed Burns

Jul 5, 2018

The recent and devastating fire near Eastpoint in Franklin County has led to a larger discussion about prescribed burns.  Talking about it are: Kevin Hiers and Dr. Kevin Robertson from the Tall Timbers Research Station; and Dr. David Godwin with the Southern Fire Exchange at the University of Florida.

Perspectives: Preventing a Local Opioid Crisis

Jun 28, 2018

In contrast to some other places, the Tallahassee area isn’t seeing widespread opioid addiction.  But to keep that relatively good situation from getting worse, a coalition of groups has joined in a well-coordinated preventive initiative.  To discuss that effort: Ellen Piekalkiewicz with the Florida State University College of Social Work; Captain Ed Cook, Criminal Investigations and Homeland Security Division supervisor with the Leon County Sheriff’s Department; Jordan Cowart with DISC Village; and Mike Watkins from Big Bend Community Based Care.

Buying a house in Tallahassee can be a daunting task. There’s the question of getting loan, selecting a location and figuring out a budget. Add to that a housing market that experts say is suffering from a lack of supply--especially for those hoping to purchase mid-range homes. That’s all coming up on this week’s Perspectives

Joining our conversation in studio are:

Ron Byrom, a national sales manager with University Lending Group

Will Shepherd, president of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors

Cristic Henry, Managing Broker at Kingdom First Realty

Perspectives: Paloma Rambana

Jun 14, 2018

Since the age of nine, a young Tallahassee lady with a visual impairment has been lobbying the Florida Legislature, speaking with members of Congress, winning awards for her advocacy and now, at the age of twelve, has written a book about her experiences.  Paloma Rambana hits the highlights of her book and also conveys her conviction that even a middle school student – given proper motivation, conviction and sufficient support network -can change the world.

Even though the Capital Region’s overall incidence of infant mortality is declining, the rate remains alarmingly high in certain populations.  To discuss the issue: Capital Area Healthy Start Coaltion Executive Director Tomica Smith; Board Chair Glenn Robertson; and Dr. Fran Close, full professor of Behavioral Science and Health Education in the Institute of Public Health in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University.

Perspectives: Post High School Pathways

May 31, 2018

There are SO many options for a rewarding, fulfilling life after graduation.  Or even for those who don’t graduate.  It’s just a matter of discovering what resources are available.  To talk about that are:  Todd Clark, Director of the Office of Articulation with the Florida Department of Education; Kevin Smith, Research Alliance Manager REL-Southeast, FCRR; Shelly Bell,| Director of Career Technology & Adult Education at Lively Tech; and Karen Wells, Associate Career Center Manager with CareerSource Capital Region.

Tallahassee has a larger tree canopy than most comparable cities. And as the state's capital it's filled with spaces that represent important moments in our history. Many would argue that's what gives Tallahassee the unique character that drew them here in the first place. But as more people are drawn to the city, more space for growth is needed.

Joining us to talk about that in the studio today are:

Mindy Mohrman Tallahassee's new urban forester.

Devan Leavins Director of Special Projects for the Tallahassee/Leon County planning office.

Perspectives: Florida Animation Festival

May 17, 2018

Tallahassee’s All-Saints Cinema near Railroad Square is the site for this year’s Florida Animation Festival, June 14-17.  To provide an event preview as well as a spirited discussion of cinematic animation past, present and future are: Co-founder and current President/Executive Director of the Tallahassee Film Society John Fraser; freelance computer animator Keith Osborn; Kris Petersen, vice president of Digital Media Services at The Pod; and Jonathan Stone and Tom Mikota from the Florida State University Film School.

Perspectives: Hunger in the Capital City

May 11, 2018

The latest figures indicate Leon County ranks number three statewide when it comes to the percentage of households experiencing chronic hunger.  But there are many community responses underway to alleviate that need.  Involved in this discussion are: Mary Dekle, director of development with Second Harvest of the Big Bend; Miaisha Mitchell, co-founder of the Tallahassee Food Network; Laurye Messer and Tracy Ippolito, volunteers with the Full Summer program that provides summertime sustenance to families that rely on the public schools’ breakfast and lunch programs; and Candace Gautney and K

Perspectives: Tallahassee Ballet Company

May 3, 2018

Since 1972, the Capital City has had a ballet company, dedicated to not only performance, but also to the education of aspiring young dancers.  To talk about the Company and give a preview of its upcoming performance of selections from Swan Lake and other ballets, are: Janet Pichard, Chief Executive Officer of The Tallahassee Ballet; Tyrone Brooks, Tallahassee Ballet Artistic Director; Tallahassee Ballet Choreographer Kathryn Karrh Cashin; Shelby Kennerly Augustyniak, president of the Tallahassee Ballet’s board of directors; and Jorge Arceo, Tallahassee Ballet Principal Dancer.

Perspectives: Greenways and Trails

Apr 26, 2018

The Capital Region’s growing network of trails for hiking and biking will soon include the Coastal Trail paralleling Hwy. 98 through Wakulla County.  To talk about that, and the state’s overall trail initiative are: Dale Allen, president of the Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation; John Sewell with Kimley-Horn, lead transportation consultant for the Capital City to the Sea trails project; Sheree Keeler with Wakulla County; the Florida Department of Transportation’s Jim Wood; and Jack Kostrzewa with the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency.

After 17 years as WFSU-FM’s Morning Edition Host, Ronald J. Ebben is finally hanging up his headphones.  But before his April 27 retirement, he sat down to recall an incredible six decades in the radio business he both loved and contributed so much to over the years.

Perspectives: Family First

Apr 12, 2018

Tallahassee’s Fourth Annual Family First Week and Family First Summit takes place during the week of May 7.  In advance of that occasion WFSU presents a multi-media panel discussion on how the Capital City’s private and public sectors can work together to make the area more supportive of families.  The panelists are: Dustin Daniels, chief of staff with the Office of Tallahassee Mayor; President of Bow Stern Marketing Communications Tom Derzypolski; and Multi-cultural Outreach Coordinator with Parents of the Panhandle Information Network Luciana Brown.

Forty years ago, it seemed a given that Florida’s Old Capitol would soon be demolished.  But a focused grass-roots campaign saved the structure and resulted in the lovingly restored building that still symbolizes state government to millions of people.