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

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.

From Educator Henry Louis Gates Jr’s popular PBS series “Finding Your Roots” to the fascination with African heritage ignited by the blockbuster film “Black Panther,” everyone is interested in where they came from and how their personal history figures into that of America and the world.  To explore these issues are: Dr. Anthony Dixon, assistant professor and archivist at Bethune Cookman University; Bill Lowman, author, speaker, HBCU advocate and African history proponent.

Perspectives: Pets as Medicine

Mar 16, 2018

Both research and practice now show that animal interaction can have undeniable benefits for people, especially older folks.  To talk about it are: Dr. Natalie Sachs-Erickson with the FSU Dept. of Psychology who, along with the Dept. of Sociology’s Dr. Dawn Carr, studied the impact of companion animals on an aging population through the Health and Retirement Survey; and from the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Animal Therapy Program, Stephanie Perkins and Heather Gainey.

Perspectives: Lymphedema

Mar 8, 2018

All the advances in cancer diagnoses, treatment and survivability means a lot more people with lymphedema.  That’s swelling caused by compromises to the body’s lymphatic system, which results in an accumulation of fluid.  So far, there is no cure, but there are multiple therapies that can reduce the symptoms and threat of greater problems.  To talk about it are: Sheree Porter, rehab program manager at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare’s Rehabilitation Center; Kelly Uanino, occupational and certified lymphedema specialist; and Josie Gustafson, speech language pathologist with a specialty in h

Perspectives: Blues Revue

Mar 1, 2018

The Monticello Opera House hosts an All-Star Blues Revue on March 10.  In advance of the occasion, some of the participating musicians, Jim Crozier, C.S. Holt and David Cotton, discuss this ancient and uniquely American musical form and its ongoing influence on many other kinds of musical expression.

Perspectives: Apalachee Beekeepers

Feb 22, 2018

Bees not only produce delicious honey, but are a critical component in the production of other plant-based food sources.  Members of the Apalachee Beekeepers, Bob Jackson, Leah Steelw and Rick Flagg, talk about their fascinating hobby and the group’s Introduction to Beekeeping Course being offered to everyone on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Wakulla County Extension Office in Crawfordville.

Perspectives: Tallahassee National Cemetery

Feb 15, 2018

Now nearing the third anniversary of its dedication, the Tallahassee National Cemetery is a valuable regional asset for departed military veterans and their families.  To speak about the facility and the many services and honors it provides is: Cemetery Director Raymond Miller; and the Cemetery’s Media Liaison Clark Brookstone.

Perspectives: Turning Research Into Gold

Feb 8, 2018

Tallahassee’s two universities generate hundreds of millions of dollars in research every year.  Much of this will eventually have commercial applications.  Meanwhile, Tallahassee Community College stands ready to train the workforces needed to turn the research results into actual products.  To discuss this pipeline and its promise to transform the area’s economy over the long term are: Dr. Gary Ostrander, vice president of research at Florida State University; Larry Lynch, program consultant in FSU’s Office of Research Commercialization; Dr.

Perspectives: Women For FSU

Feb 1, 2018

Nearly a decade ago, the Florida State University Foundation launched a unique program to keep more of the school’s female grads connected to the university and the greater community.

Perspectives: Local Business Roundtable

Jan 25, 2018

Four Tallahassee small business operators talk about the challenges and opportunities that abound in Florida’s Capital City and what can be done to promote more of these kinds of local enterprises.  The panelists are: Joe Berg, President of the All Saints District Community Assoc.

Perspectives: HBCUs

Jan 18, 2018

WFSU and Florida A&M University will jointly present the premiere screening of the documentary, “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” in FAMU’s Lee Hall Auditorium at 7 pm on January, 26, along with a panel discussion on the history, present time and future of HBCUs.  In advance of that, we discuss the topic with Kanya Stewart with the Florida A&M Office of Communications; former FAMU student now FAMU Professor Dr. Atira Charles; and Senior Journalism Student Jessicka Ward whose interview is among those appearing in the film.

Perspectives: Kids and the Opioid Crisis

Jan 11, 2018

The youngest victims of Florida’s growing addiction to opioids are the children of those who are addicted.  The growth in their numbers is straining the state’s resources, including the foster care and Guardian Ad Litem programs.  To talk about it are: longtime Guardian Ad Litem Executive Director Alan Abramowitz; State Representative Patricia Williams (D-Fort Lauderdale) – herself a foster parent and Guardian Ad Litem volunteer - who is sponsoring three bills aimed at shortening the time kids stay in foster care; and Christine Meyer, supervising attorney for the Guardian Ad Litem program

Perspectives: Human Trafficking

Jan 4, 2018

The incidence of human trafficking is on the upswing, both nationwide and even in the Capital City.  To discuss the issue and the vast community resources now arrayed against this heinous crime are: Chris Canova, acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida and head of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking; Jeff Beasley, chief of investigations with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office; Robin Hassler Thompson, executive director of STAC (the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center); and Amylynn Harrington Smoot, survivor mentor with the Porchlight and herself a chil

Perspectives: Affordable Housing

Dec 14, 2017

In Leon County more than 40 percent of the people living here are putting more than a third of their income toward housing costs. That’s according to 2016 data from the University of Florida’s Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. That means more than 40 percent of the county’s residents are living in housing that’s considered unaffordable.

Joining us for the discussion are:

Wanda Hunter Assistant County Administrator for Citizen Services

Michael Parker Director of Housing and Human Services for the City of Tallahassee

Perspectives: Chef Shac

Nov 30, 2017

Tallahassee’s own Shacafrica Simmons – better known as “Chef Shac” – shares her kitchen secrets, holiday recipe suggestions and eclectic approach to cooking.  Earlier this year, she won the title of “Chopped Champion” on the popular Food Network program.

Perspectives: Tallahassee Startup Week

Nov 16, 2017

The Capital City was a whirlwind of seminars, workshops, community forums and networking events this week, all involving the area’s newest do-it-yourself businesses.  To talk about the ever-improving environment for these enterprises in Tallahassee are:  Darryl Jones, deputy director for Minority and Women Small Business Enterprise at the Office for Economic Vitality; David Brightbill, founder of Making Awesome, the community workshop for arts and tech makers; Brian Wyatt, president and CEO of BEZGraphiz; J.R.