PERSPECTIVES

Perspectives: Restorative Ecology

Mar 12, 2020

Noted entomologist, author and speaker Dr. Doug Tallamy is due to visit Tallahassee on March 19.  His talk will focus on how everyone can support the return to a more natural environment by removing invasive plants from their yards and replacing them with native flora that supports all indigenous life forms.  With an advance discussion on that presentation are: Jody Walthall and Rob Williams with the Apalachee Audubon Society, which is hosting Tallamy’s visit.

Perspectives: Life After Lockup

Mar 5, 2020

There are more than 100,000 people in Florida’s state prisons and thousands more in county jail.  The vast majority will be released into society and what programs and initiatives are available to help ensure they don’t wind up re-incarcerated?  Speaking on the subject are: Assistant Leon County Sheriff Steve Harrelson; Lucretia Shaw-Collins with Bethel Empowerment Foundation, Inc.; Dr.

Since his appointment to the job at the close of 2019, Chief Revell has been putting a new command structure in place, changing some policies and protocols and placing his law enforcement philosophy into the functions of the nation’s second-oldest city police department.  He talks about making the department more inclusive, responsive and transparent while also moving ahead with plans to increase citizen involvement and construction of a new headquarters on the site of the old Northwood Centre.

Perspectives: Julie Meadows-Keefe

Feb 20, 2020

As the first-ever ethics officer for the City of Tallahassee, Julie Meadows-Keefe not only had to work with the Independent Ethics Board to change the internal culture of city government.  She also had to establish her own role from the ground up, sometimes attracting criticism and even open hostility along the way.  Now, as she steps down from the job she’s held since 2014, she talks about those experiences and looks forward to a future in private law practice.

Leon County and the Village Square is hosting a community discussion on Tallahassee’s long connection with the civil rights struggle, from its earliest days to the present.

Perspectives: League of Women Voters

Feb 6, 2020

The 19th Amendment extending the vote to women in the United States was ratified in 1920.  That was also the year the League of Women Voters was founded.  Now, on the League’s 100th anniversary, its primary mission of voter education and advocating for voter participation and access continues, nationally and locally.  We talk with: Jessica Lowe-Minor treasurer of the League’s national organization; and Teri Cleeland, current president of the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee.

Perspectives: Affordable Housing

Jan 30, 2020

The cost of housing in the Tallahassee area is growing rapidly.  To talk about the resources available to meet the need are: Shington Lamy, director of Leon County’s Office of Human Services and Community Partnerships; Kyndra Light with the Housing Leadership Council of Tallahassee/Leon County; Karen Miller, assistant executive director of the Big Bend Lenders Consortium; Antoine Wright, executive director Big Bend Habitat for Humanity; and Nola Shotwell with Noble Seed Contractors.

Perspectives: Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame”

Jan 23, 2020

Considered by many to be Beckett’s greatest play, “Endgame” will be presented by Tallahassee’s Irish Repertory Theatre at the Goodwood Museum and Gardens Carriage House Jan. 31, Feb.1 and Feb. 2 and at Crawfordville’s Palaver Tree Theatre Feb.

Perspectives: THIRD ACT

Jan 17, 2020

Leon County and several partners are joining forces to provide support and resources for older residents who wish to re-invent themselves.  To talk about the new Third Act initiative are:  Leon County District Three Commissioner Rick Minor; Antonio Montoya, executive director DOMI Station; Director of the Leon County Office of Economic Vitality Cristina Paredes; and Barbara Westcott, CEO and founder of Swellcoin and co-founder of Women Wednesdays.

Perspectives: Human Trafficking

Jan 9, 2020

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and multiple local events are planned to spread the word on the pervasiveness of the crime and what can be done to fight it.  To discuss the multiple aspects of the issue are: Robin Hassler Thompson, executive director of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center; Regina Bernadin with the International Rescue Committee; Michelle Gaines from the Florida Department of Education; and Melissa Wright from Capital City Bank.

It seems those communities with vibrant arts and cultural offerings are attracting more corporate and individual businesses.  To talk about the Tallahassee potential are: COCA (Council of Culture and the Arts) Executive Director Kathleen Spehar; Christina Paredes, director of the Leon County Office of Economic Vitality; legendary jazz and classical trumpet player Longineau Parsons; and Jonathan Conrad, now chief operating officer with the Tallahassee operation of ISF, whose assignment with the firm’s Austin, TX operation gave him insight on how that community leveraged its creative assets

Perspectives: Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey

Dec 5, 2019

At the end of his first year as mayor, John Dailey talks about the City’s newly-adopted ethics policy, new police chief, the local crime problem, status of a stalled downtown development, and a plethora of other issues facing the Capital City’s municipal government.

Perspectives: City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow

Nov 22, 2019

Now marking his first anniversary as a Tallahassee city commissioner, Jeremy Matlow has often taken issue with his four fellow commissioners on various issues, but he says his goal is to include as many citizens as possible in the local government decisions that affect them.  He talks about everything from preservation vs. development to his relations with his commission colleagues and city staff in the course of the hour.

Perspectives: Tallahassee Turkey Trot

Nov 14, 2019

The origins of the annual Tallahassee Turkey Trot – which actually includes a number of run/walk events – goes back to the 1970s.  Today, the Thanksgiving morning event attracts thousands of people with the proceeds benefiting a number of community causes.  To talk about this year’s Trot are: Event Directors David and Mary Jean Yon; Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend Executive Director (and Leon County Commissioner) Nick Maddox; Kearney Center Director of Communications Audra Peoples; and Refuge House Executive Director Meg Baldwin.

Perspectives: James Polkinghorne Returns

Nov 7, 2019

The Florida A&M Village Residence Hall is being rechristened “Polkinghorne Village” in honor the Rattler who left at the end of his junior year in 1943 to eventually join the famed Tuskeegee Airman and then lose his life over Italy.  To talk about his legacy and story are: Eddie Jackson, retired Vice President of University Relations at FAMU;Dr. Brian Lucas, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations at FAMU; Marjorie Turnbull, former member of the FAMU Board of Trustees.

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.

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