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Thursdays, 11 am ET - Noon ET

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 us in the North Florida and South Georgia regions. Tom Flanigan invites local guests for a one hour discussion about timely social topics. We also encourage listener comments and questions. We rely on listener contributions to make this program an interactive platform for community discussion.

Please join us by listening to the program live every Thursday morning at 11 am ET on 88.9, WFSU-FM and wfsu.org. Get in touch with us several ways to share your questions and comments.

By phone: 850-414-1234
E-mail: perspectives@wfsu.org
Twitter: @wfsuperspective

Past episodes of WFSU Perspectives are listed below.

Latest Episodes
  • Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey has served on the bench for 14 years. Now she faces a challenge from Tallahassee Attorney Kevin Alvarez. The candidates discuss their judicial qualifications, temperament and legal philosophy.
  • Incumbent School Board Member Dee Dee Rasmussen and Challenger Alex Stemle discuss their differing approaches to guiding the school district through the challenge of COVID-19 and other educational issues.
  • Three of the four candidates for the seat being vacated by retiring Judge Charles Dodson talk about their judicial philosophies, legal background and qualifications. Vying for the seat are: Tiffany Baker; Nina Moody; and Amanda Wall who appear on the program. A fourth candidate, Pete Williams, was invited but did not respond.
  • With most of the criminal defenses in the six-county 2nd Judicial Circuit now falling to the Public Defender's office, that job is of vital importance to the region's criminal justice system. Also, there are widespread calls to reform that system, even as the pandemic is shrinking the state revenues on which that system depends. To talk about those and other issues are: Incumbent Public Defender Andy Thomas; and challenger Jessica Yeary.
  • The five contenders for Tallahassee City Commission Seat Two talk about crime, development and the challenge of providing critical services during a pandemic-driven revenue downturn. The guests are: Incumbent Commissioner Curtis Richardson; and the challengers: Trish Brown; Bill Schack; Geraldine Seay; and Lynette Halter.
  • Three contenders will appear on the August 18th ballot. All of them discuss such matters as the future of the community's police department, development and income inequality during this Political Perspectives. Incumbent Elaine Bryant is seeking to fend off challenges from: Jack Porter; and William Moore.
  • The seat being vacated by Maryanne Lindley has attracted the largest slate of local candidates the county's voters will see on the August 18th Primary ballot. All six talk about their qualifications and take on the issues in the course of this program, which features: Jeff Hendry; Scott Flowers: Danielle Irwin; Kelly Otte; Robin Colson; and Carolyn Cummings.
  • In response to the nationwide debate and protests involving the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color, the City of Tallahassee is moving to create an enhanced citizens advisory board for its police department. To discuss that and other law enforcement concerns are: Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad; Deputy City Manager Cynthia Barber; City Attorney Cassandra Jackson; and Police Chief Lawrence Revell.
  • Incumbent Walt McNeil and challenger Tommy Mills talk about crime statistics, deputy training, community policing and a host of other law enforcement issues during this first in a series of Political Perspectives in advance of the August 18th Primary Election.
  • From Zoom meetings to YouTube videos and virtual reality journeys, the latest technology is helping older folks stay connected and involved, even in the age of COVID-19. Among this region's greatest resources in promoting, teaching and leveraging those tools is Florida State University's Institute for Successful Longevity. We talk with Institute Director Neil Charness and Dr. Dawn Kerr, associate professor of Sociology about these developments and trends.