PERSPECTIVES

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: Animal Welfare

Jun 21, 2019

Many people have heard the sad story of the puppy found injured outside a Liberty County school. That puppy is now under the care of the Leon County Human Society. On Perspectives we get an update on Everett and talk about ongoing efforts to protect the welfare of animals living throughout North Florida—from injured wildlife, to adopting pets, to advocating for the animals in your community. 

Joining the discussion are:

Michael St. John, Assistant Director of Animal Services for the City of Tallahassee

Lisa Glunt, Director of the Leon County Humane Society

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.

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.

Perspectives: Citizen Scientists

Mar 28, 2019

The 3-part PSB Nature special “American Spring” will be aired on WFSU-TV and on Facebook Live April 29-May 1.  In anticipation of that and multiple local events connected to the program and the larger promotion of “citizen scientists” to help with environmental research, we speak with: Nature Executive Producer Fred Kaufman; Rob Diaz de Villegas, ecology producer with WFSU Public Media; Peter Keinhenz with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and Rebecca Means, director of the Coastal Plains Institute.

Perspectives: Ode to Joy: Ode to Understanding

Mar 21, 2019

Performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, including the soul-stirring “Ode to Joy” Fourth Movement will take place the evening of Saturday, March 30th and afternoon of Sunday, March 31st at FSU’s Ruby Diamond Concert Hall (the March 31st event will also be live streamed on WFSU.org.) Joining the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra will be the Morehouse College Glee Club and Florida A&M Concert Choir.

Perspectives: Imagining Freedom

Mar 14, 2019

A March 28 event at Tallahassee’s Turnbull Center will reveal how so much of the nation’s commercially sold foods are directly connected to human trafficking.  To discuss that, as well as new Florida anti-trafficking bills working their way through the Legislature are: Robin Hassler Thompson, executive director of Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC); Susan Turner, STAC board member and co-owner of Food Glorious Food; Terry Coonan, executive director of the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights; and Derek Phillips, owner and grower/farmer of Handsome Harvest Farm in Gadsden Co

Perspectives: A Month of Irish Celebration

Mar 7, 2019

The Tallahassee Irish Society returns its St. Patrick’s Day Festival to its traditional home at Midtown’s Lake Ella on Saturday, March 16.  Society President John Terrel presents a preview of the day-long gala.  Meanwhile, the Irish Repertory Theatre presents a series of performances of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Tallahassee’s Goodwood Museum and Gardens.  The Theatre’s Jim McMurtry and Lanny Thomas discuss the play and its amazing relevance to modern American audiences, while Goodwood Co-Executive Director Dr.

Perspectives: REBUILD850

Feb 28, 2019

The recovery of Northwest Florida from Hurricane Michael will be a long and painful process.  Helping that effort is a coalition of organizations and individuals under the “REBUILD850” banner, that was launched by former Florida House Speakers Allan Bense and Will Weatherford this past November.  Speaking on behalf of the group and the area’s continuing needs are: former Second District Congresswoman Gwen Graham; and former Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon.

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