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Join WFSU Public Media and host Tom Flanigan for the live, listener call-in program Perspectives. It's the perfect forum to discuss the issues that concern listeners in the North Florida and South Georgia regions. Tom invites local guests for a one-hour discussion about timely social topics while encouraging listener comments and questions.

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Latest Episodes
  • Despite the national designation of Emancipation Day as June 19th, Florida’s historic Emancipation Day remains May 20. A three-day conference focused on a deeper understanding of that day’s historic and contemporary impact on Florida and all its people happens in Tallahassee Dec. 5-7. To provide a preview are: Althemese Barnes, founder and director emeritus of the Capital City’s Riley House Museum; Florida A&M English Professor Natalie King-Pedroso; Punta Gorda City Councilman Jaha Cummings; and Sandra Rooks, African-American historian in Pinellas County.
  • With help from Leon County’s Office for Economic Vitality, many Tallahassee area businesses were not only able to survive, but even thrive in the course of the long pandemic. We talk with the Office’s Director, Cristina Paredes and Deputy Director, Drew Dietrich. We also chat with local business owners: Summer Calenberg of Drip Drop Fitness; Tony O’Brien of Shamrock Cleaners; and Barby Moro with Redeye Coffee to learn how they’ve weathered the storm and are back in recovery mode.
  • Even before the conviction of three people – including a former Tallahassee City Commissioner – on federal corruption charges this year, many Capital City residents had concerns about unethical behavior at City Hall. In addition to a formal ethics advisory panel, there is also the Citizens for Ethics Reform Coalition, which is researching and suggesting additional safeguards to ensure decisions are made transparently and ethically. To talk about the initiative are Coalition members: Former State of Florida Attorney Richard Herring; Integrity Florida Co-founder Ben Wilcox; and “Common Ground” Founder and NEBA President Catherine Baer.
  • Tallahassee filmmaker Kenneth Jones’ movie will receive its local premiere along with community conversations on Alzheimer’s and those who care for its patients Nov. 5-7. He speaks about the film and is joined by Frenchtown Activist Miaisha Mitchell and Alzheimer’s Project Executive Director John Trombetta.
  • The former rabbi of Tallahassee’s Temple Israel has penned an exciting and insightful historical account of his great uncle Richard Stern’s saga as a Jew fighting for Germany in World War I and then fighting against the Nazis as an American soldier in World War II. He talks about the book and the lessons it brings to our lives today.
  • The Holocaust Education Resource Council and Tallahassee Community College are joining forces for this year's Holocaust Education Week observance. The event, Nov. 8-12, will include speakers, performances and the annual Remembrance Dinner, with remarks from a Holocaust survivor. To provide a preview of the occasion are: Barbara Goldstein, executive director of the Holocaust Education Resource Council; Tallahassee Community College Vice President Heather Mitchell; and TCC History Professor Monte Finkelstein.
  • The latest medical developments may mean earlier detection and gentler, more effective treatments for breast cancer. To talk about it are: Florida Society of Clinical Oncology President Dr. Luis Raez; Megan Hall, senior director of medical Communications with GRAIL, a firm that's developed a multi-cancer blood test; Congressman Neal Dunn who is backing federal legislation to support such technologies; and metastatic breast cancer survivor Terlisa Sheppard who has also written a book about her experience.
  • A small group of intrepid kayakers embarks on a 100-plus mile paddle trip in early October. They'll be traversing the Apalachicola River in Northwest Florida from Chattahoochee to the coastal community that bears the river's name. Some of this year's paddlers talk about it: Georgia Ackerman, Apalachicola Riverkeeper; Martha Haynes; Lee Rigby; and Rob Diaz de Villegas who is also a video producer and environmental reporter for WFSU Public Media.
  • On Oct. 14, Tallahassee's LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts will open an exhibit featuring giant photographs of 17 outstanding women from the local community, all 65 and older. Each photo will be accompanied by a revelatory haiku. To talk about the exhibit and its significance are: Project originator Eleanor Dietrich; Cherry Alexander, one of the portrait subjects; Powell Kreis, programming director of LeMoyne; Becki Rutta, the project's photographer; and Mary Jane Ryals who authored the portrait haikus.
  • A community conversation on human trafficking in the Capital City area will take place October 15-16 at St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral. To talk about that and how human sex and work trafficking in our area is such a pervasive issue are: Carolyn LeBoeuf, prime organizer of the upcoming Summit; Robin Hassler Thompson, head of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center; Wendy Strickland, executive director of Anglewing; and Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell.