Perspectives: Prostate Cancer

Oct 17, 2019

This most “manly” of all cancers will impact one out of every eleven American males at some point in their lives.  Prostate cancer survivor Steve Hurm, Director of Licensing for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and his wife, former Second Florida District Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, talk about their experience with the disease, treatment and recovery.

To mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Michael, Perspectives went on the road to the storm’s point of landfall, Mexico Beach, Florida.  During this special broadcast, which included radio, live streaming and subsequent airing on WFSU-TV, the panel assessed Michael’s aftermath and how residents of the region were recovering.  That panel consisted of: Florida State Representatives Jay Trumbull of Panama City; and Jason Shoaf of Port St.

Perspectives: Choose Tallahassee

Oct 3, 2019

What began as a targeted campaign to lure more retirees to Tallahassee has now expanded to include millennials, middle-age career rebooters, and essentially everyone.  To talk about that effort are: Gregg Patterson, executive director of Choose Tallahassee; Virginia Glass, the new chair of Choose Tallahassee; Jimmy Cole with Florida State University’s Office of University Relations and Choose Tallahassee board member; Choose Tallahassee Board Member and Executive Director of DOMI Station Antonio Montoya; and Lester Hutt, organizer of the last two welcome events for new FSU/FAMU/TCC faculty.

Perspectives: Walk Against Alzheimer’s

Sep 26, 2019

On Saturday, Oct. 12, hundreds of people will take part in the Tallahassee Walk Against Alzheimer’s at Cascades Park.  To talk about the event and to share their personal connection to the battle against this dread disease are: Yasmin Khan, development manager for the regional Alzheimer’s Association; Aubrey Schmid, “Walk for Papa” team captain; and Jordan Burroughs, “ALZ You Need is Love” team captain.

Perspectives: Holocaust Remembrance

Sep 19, 2019

James Grymes, author of the award-winning “Violins of Hope – Strings of the Holocaust” will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 10 Remembrance Dinner hosted by the Holocaust Education Resource Council.  He appears by phone to discuss his work and research during the program, while HERC Co-Founder Barbara Goldstein and Dinner Coordinator Susan Turner appear in studio.

Perspectives: First Americans Conference

Sep 5, 2019

A nearly constant wave of exciting new archeological discoveries are showing how vital North Florida was in the very earliest human settling of what would someday be known as America.  Those findings will be discussed during the upcoming Old Stories and New Discoveries Conference Oct.

Perspectives: Grandparents as Parents

Aug 29, 2019

There are nearly three million American grandparents now serving as the primary caregivers for their grandchildren and that number is growing steadily.  Jack Levine, founder of the 4Generations Institute, talks about the changing family dynamic and also provides some positive news about more federal and state support for children whose upbringing doesn’t fit the “traditional” (and somewhat mythical) mold.

Perspectives: Suicide Prevention

Aug 22, 2019

The yearly Bluebird Run for Brookie B. takes place on Monday, September 2 at the J.R. Alford Greenway.  This event is to focus attention on and support for local suicide prevention initiatives and resources for the survivors of suicide.  To talk about it are: Mary and Bill Bowers, for whose daughter the run is named; and Maria Mosca whose friend died by suicide.

Perspectives: Local Farmers Markets

Aug 15, 2019

From fewer than a handful a generation ago, the Tallahassee area now has scores of farmers markets, featuring locally grown produce, as well as dairy and meat products.  The Frenchtown Farmers Market even has a state-of-the-art kitchen to encourage more local food product commercialization.  Jim Bellamy, executive director the Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association is on hand to talk about that.  Meanwhile, the demolition of the Market Square Pavilion means that market is relocating to the corner of Kerry Forest Parkway and Thomasville Road.

Perspectives: Restorative Justice

Aug 8, 2019

On Monday, Aug. 19, Tallahassee’s Good Samaritan United Methodist Church will host a community-wide discussion on how the concept of restorative justice can be used to reduce the area’s crime rate and the overall cost of the criminal justice system.  Providing a preview of the event are:  Longmont, Colorado Chief of Public Safety Michael Butler (the event’s keynote presenter); Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell; and Dr. Jeremiah Murphy, representing the Community Connection that has applied the principles of restorative justice to juvenile cases in the area.

Perspectives: Tallahassee Tourism

Aug 1, 2019

Most area residents may not think of Tallahassee as a major visitor destination, but Visit Tallahassee Executive Director Kerri Post says the Capital City attracts more than 2.5 million visitors a year, most of them unconnected with either the Legislature or college football.  Post discusses the latest promotional efforts to further increase those visitor numbers and their economic impact on the region.

Perspectives: Post-Michael Resilience

Jul 18, 2019

Last year’s Hurricane Michael not only caused economic and ecological destruction.  The storm also left shattered minds and emotions in its wake, especially among its younger survivors.  Now a partnership is bringing significant mental health resources to the areas most impacted by Michael.  To talk about it are: Ellen Piekalkiewicz, Director, Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families and Children; Karen Oehme, Director, Institute for Family Violence Studies; Katrina Boone, Director, Field Placement, FSU College of Social Work; and Donna Harper, Save the Children.

Perspectives: Bicentennial Countdown

Jul 11, 2019

In 2024, Tallahassee and Leon County will mark a 200th anniversary.  That observance is now in the planning stage.  Members of the Tallahassee Historical Society talk about those preparations as well as efforts to enlist the help of the community at large to make this the most inclusive and comprehensive celebration possible.  On the panel: Tallahassee Historical Society President Bob Holladay; Dave Lang, THS past president, board member and former Leon County Court Clerk; Claude Kenneson, board member and historical researcher; Board Member Beth McGrotha; and former Brogan Museum director

Perspectives: Oyster Revival

Jun 28, 2019

Thanks to a coordinated effort by researchers, educators and entrepreneurs, there is literally new life in the trouble Gulf oyster industry.  And what is advancing the new paradigm of aquacultured oysters may also prove beneficial to the region’s wild oyster resource.  To talk about it are: Gulf oyster ranchers Rob Olin; and Deborah “Oyster Mom” Keller; Tallahassee Community College Wakulla Environmental Institute Associate Director Albert Wynn; and Florida State University Vice President of Research Gary Ostrander.

Perspectives: Rabbi Jack Romberg

Jun 13, 2019

Since 2001, Jack Romberg’s tenure at Tallahassee’s Temple Israel has been marked by community outreach and involvement beyond the temple walls and a dedication to fostering dialogue and understand among all people of good will, including nonbelievers.  With his retirement and departure from the Capital City imminent, he talks about his theology, his philosophy and plans, which include a book and other projects.

Perspectives: D-Day Memories

Jun 7, 2019

On this 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, Mac Kemp with Honor Flight Tallahassee and Val Frailey, commander of Sauls-Bridges Post 13 American Legion, recall the stories and sagas of the many World War II veterans they’ve known over the years, seasoned with some tales of their own.

The business community has supported local schools since forever.  But that help is now more critical than ever.  To give some examples on how those partnerships are working in the Tallahassee area are: Catie Goodman, Director of Tallahassee Community College’s Career Center;  Heather Mitchell, TCC Vice President for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the TCC Foundation; Pam Butler, CEO of Aegis Business Technologies, which is a major TCC supporter; and Tony Brown, general manager of Alsco, a south Tallahassee firm that has “adopted” nearby Pineview and Oak Ridge elementar

Perspectives: Florida Animation Festival

May 23, 2019

The weekend of June 13, Tallahassee’s All-Saints Cinema will present dozens of top-quality animated short films under the auspices of the Tallahassee Film Society.  Speaking about that and the movie industry in general (both major studio and independent) are:  Festival Chair Kristin Bass-Petersen; Tallahassee Film Society Co-Founder John Fraser; Antonio Mendez Esparza, filmmaker in residence at Florida State University; and local filmmakers Fred Rabbath and Elam Stolzfus.

Instead of a source of conflict, Gadsden County’s growing Hispanic population and the area’s cultural diversity are being celebrated in the county’s high school.  English/Journalism Teacher John Nogowski and Language Department Chair Maria D’Oleo talk about the many ways the students themselves are driving that appreciation, while Monica Grimaldo from the Panhandle Area Educational Forum talks about the impact these efforts are having in the community at large.

Perspectives: Summer Camp Options

May 10, 2019

It’s possible to shell out thousands of dollars to send the kids to summer camp.  But there are more affordable options, including special camps for kids with extraordinary needs.  To talk about a few of the local possibilities are: Casey Dennis, area director of the summer camp program with Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend; Joyce Dove with Rotary Youth Camp; and Bobby Sparks, Jr., recreation superintendent with the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department.

Perspectives: Spring Gardening

May 2, 2019

The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming and many in Tallahassee are turning their thoughts to their gardens, lawns and flower beds. On Perspectives we explore all things gardening from farmer’s markets to native plants, to growing your own food.

Joining us in the studio are:

Courtney Schoen: Tapp Coordinator for the City of Tallahassee

Molly Jameson: Sustainable Agriculture and Community Food Systems Extension Agent for UF/IFAS in Leon County

Mark Tancig: Horticulture Extension Agent for UF/ IFAS in Leon County

Perspectives: STD Awareness

Apr 25, 2019

The month of April is STD awareness month. The rate of sexually transmitted diseases is raising alarms in Leon County where the number of syphilis cases jumped by 134 percent from 2017 to 2018. In response officials launched the Leon County Syphilis Prevention Coalition this month.

Joining the conversation are:

Claudia Blackburn – The Health Officer for the Department of Health in Leon County

James Easton—HIV/AIDS Program coordinator

Dale Harrison—STD Program Manager

Perspectives: Response to Hunger

Apr 18, 2019

The latest estimates are that one out of five children in the Capital Region are chronically hungry.  Over the warm weather months, the Full Summer initiative will provide about 60,000 meals to many of those children and their families.  At the same time, the area’s school districts and Second Harvest of the Big Bend are working to identify and serve more residents who lack enough nutritious food.  To talk about those issues: Laurye Messer and Becky Liner, two of the founders of the local Full Summer program; Todd Lanter, assistant principal at Tallahassee’s Godby High School where the Jun

Perspectives: It’s All For The Kids

Apr 11, 2019

An all-star panel on the region’s child welfare issues talks about the multitude of programs and initiatives – including the Second Judicial Circuit’s “Baby Court,” the proposed Leon Children’s Council and the upcoming Community Children’s Summit on May 10.  On hand for the discussion: Second Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Jonathan Sjostrom; Mimi Graham, director of Florida State University’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy; Ninth Florida House District Representative Lorrane Ausley (D-Tallahassee); Whole Child Leon Executive Director Courtney Atkins; Jamie Van Pelt, pres

Perspectives: Mental Health Services

Apr 4, 2019

There is a growing recognition that mental health care is just as important as physical health care.  Yet mental health care services remain less accessible and affordable for many people who need these services.  To talk about it are: Mike Eurich,  director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Policy at Big Bend Hospice; and Pam Mezzina, director/counselor at the Capstone Center.