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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 .

Perspectives is broadcast LIVE each Thursday at 11:00 am ET on 88.9, WFSU-FM and

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.

In recent months, Tallahassee and Leon County’s crime rates have become the subject of breathless media coverage.  But both Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo and Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil agree the raw numbers can be misleading.  Also discussed during the program, law officer training, crime-fighting technology and crime prevention measures.

Perspectives: KCCI

Nov 2, 2017

Since 2007, the Knight Creative Communities Institute (“KCCI” for short) has been steadily remaking and reimagining Florida’s Capital City through a series of projects driven by volunteer “community catalysts”.  To talk about those past and future initiatives are:  KCCI Executive Director Betsy Couch; and former catalyst and present KCCI Board Member Lauren Shoaf Pace.

Perspectives: Oyster Revival

Oct 26, 2017

The old ways of oystering are just about over in the Gulf waters off North Florida.  But new methods of cultivating oysters could mean new generations of men and women making their livelihood from the water.  To talk about it:  Rob Olin, chairman and CEO of the Panacea Oyster Co-op; Bob Ballard, executive director of Tallahassee Community College’s Wakulla Environmental Institute; Leo Lovel, old-time seafood harvester and owner of the Spring Creek Restaurant; and first-generation oyster rancher Cainnon Gregg.

Perspectives: Local Government Home Rule

Oct 20, 2017

In recent years, Florida’s Legislature, as well as lawmakers in several other states, have begun chipping away at the autonomy and self-determination of cities, counties and school districts.  To talk about that trend and what it means for those local governments and the citizens they serve area:  Third District Florida Senator Bill Montford; Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer; and Leon County Commissioner Brian Desloge.

Perspectives: Conversations About Race

Oct 12, 2017

In the course of the next few months, residents of Florida’s Capital City will have lots of opportunities to speak openly and honestly about race relations and other matters that divide us as a civil society.  To talk about these multiple discussions are:  Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, one of the originators of the “Longest Table” series of community conversations; Village Square Executive Director Liz Joyner; Florida A&M University Theater Professor Chris Berry; and Southern Shakespeare Company Education Director Phil Croton.

Perspectives: Children’s Home Society

Oct 5, 2017

The Tallahassee outreach of Florida’s Children’s Home Society has been around since 1964.  Since then it’s morphed from primarily an adoption mechanism to a fully-integrated agency caring for infants through teens with a vast array of programs, partnerships and other support mechanisms.  To talk about it are: Kevin Winship, director of program operations; Lindsay Elliott, chair for the upcoming “Wish Upon a Star” fundraiser Oct.

Perspectives: Art’s Economic Impact

Sep 28, 2017

Concerts, cultural festivals and art gallery shows aren’t only enjoyable, they also mean big bucks in Tallahassee and Leon County.  A new study completed by COCA (Council on Culture & Arts), using a methodology from Americans for the Arts shows that local impact includes hundreds-of-millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.  To talk about those numbers and how they might be even further increased are: Kevin Carr, COCA’s grants and strategic partnerships manager; Bob Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts; Al Latimer, director of the Tallahassee/Leon County Office of Econom

Perspectives: River Trek 2017

Sep 21, 2017

This year’s Tenth Annual Apalachicola River Trek starts October 10.  In advance of the five-day, 100+ mile paddle down North Florida’s most important waterway, we talk about the event and the river itself with: Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola Riverkeeper; Georgia Ackerman, president of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper board; the board’s Vice President Katie McCormick; and Cameron Barton, sixth-grade science teacher at Maclay School and one of this year’s river trekkers.

Perspectives: Irma’s Aftermath

Sep 15, 2017
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It’s been a week since Hurricane Irma drew a direct bead on Florida.  Even though Florida’s Capital City area escaped serious devastation, there were many downed trees and power lines, along with some shortages of food, bottled water and gasoline across the region.  To talk about how local government and emergency responders dealt Irma are: Leon County Administrator Vince Long; Leon County Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters; and City of Tallahassee Deputy City Manager Reese Goad.

Perspectives: Spanish Missions Conference

Sep 14, 2017

Florida’s earliest Spanish settlers built a string of Missions across the northern part of “La Florida”, which spawned a remarkable connection with the native Aplachee peoples.  The history and modern-day impact of that connection is the focus of the Spanish Missions in Florida and the Borderlands Conference, set to happen at the Monticello Opera House October 5-7.  To talk about it: Jefferson County writer, historian and philosopher Dr. Anne Holt; Jack Carswell whose Jefferson County roots reach back nearly two centuries; Dr.

Perspectives: Vietnam Memories

Sep 7, 2017

In anticipation of the Sept. 17 premiere of: “The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick” on WFSU-TV, we plumb the Vietnam memories of listeners and those of Command Sergeant Major Leon J. Roy IV (U.S. Army Retired) who served from 1957-80.  This program was recorded for delayed broadcast on 4FSU, Comcast Channel 4.

To view the televised version of this program click below.

It’s been 50 years since the last segregated Leon County public school closed its doors (the old all-black Lincoln High School in Frenchtown).  How did school integration take place in Florida’s Capital City and what has changed since then?  To discuss the issue in the run-up to a special series of WFSU news reports on the subject is this Perspectives featuring Leon County Schools Administrator C.B. “Rick” Williams, one of the first three African-American students to enter the formerly all-white Rickards High School in 1965, along with WFSU Reporter Kate Payne.

Perspectives: Suicide Response and Prevention

Aug 24, 2017

Although suicide remains a taboo topic for many, experts say the subject needs much more discussion and preventive resources.  Talking about it are: Mary Bowers and Bill Tice who lost family members to suicide; NAMI Tallahassee Vice President Cindy Foster; and Kelli Mercer with the Behavioral Health Center at Capital Regional Medical Center.

Perspectives: Pets and People

Aug 17, 2017

The majority of American homes already have at least one pet, but more loving homes, volunteers and resources are needed to help the many homeless animals that remain.  To discuss the issue on a local level: Michael St. John, assistant director of the Tallahassee/Leon County Animal Services Center; Lisa Glunt, executive director of the Leon County Humane Society; Gerry Phipps, president and co-founder of Be the Solution (a spay and neuter organization); and Isabell Parker, foster manager for Cauzican Care Animal Rescue.

Perspectives: The Role of Libraries

Aug 10, 2017

As technology advances, placing information literally at our fingertips some have started to think of more traditional sources of information as outdated—perhaps even unnecessary. That’s resulted in budget cuts for many libraries across the United States. But a new study from the Pew Research Center says Millennials are using libraries more than any other generation. And the study says the reason for that may be that libraries are so much more than the big buildings full of dusty books they tend to be associated with.

Perspectives: Youth Mentoring

Aug 7, 2017

The Capital City area has a multitude of organizations and programs devoted to providing positive adult role models and experiences for young people who otherwise might have little access to them.  To talk about their programs are:  Lee Wagner, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend; Alva Striplin, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend; and Dr. Willie Williams who heads the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy in the Tallahassee Mayor’s Office.