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.

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.