Perspectives: Cybersecurity

Aug 20, 2015

The fastest growing crime today is fraud, identity theft and other illegal activity committed over the Internet.  We get a thorough lesson in how to avoid being a victim (and what to do if you become one) from: Ben Graybar with Hancock Bank; Mike Rosciam of Thomas Howell Ferguson; and Sam Rogers with Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance.

Perspectives: Suicide

Aug 13, 2015

Robin Williams’ death a year ago brought much public attention to the issue of suicide.  But celebrities aren’t the only people who take their own lives.  Talking about suicide, its victims and survivors, are Mary Bowers whose daughter Brook took her own life in 2012 and Nancy O’Farrell (both affiliated with NAMI Tallahassee), along with Lee’s Place Founder Brenda Rabalais and Pam Mezzina with Big Bend Hospice.

The publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat talks about the paper’s efforts to enhance its local news coverage while distributing its content across a growing number of platforms.

Perspectives: Girl Empowerment

Jul 30, 2015

A special event focused on empowering girls and young women takes place at Tallahassee’s High Magnetic Field Laboratory on Saturday, August 8th.  To give a preview of the occasion is the Mag Lab’s Roxanne Hughes, Ericka McKibbin with Girls on the Run, Haley Cutler from the Oasis Center for Women and Girls and former Sci-Girl Lucy Toman, who is a summer intern with the Society of Women Engineers in Chicago.

Perspectives: Food Sustainability

Jul 23, 2015

High quality food can have an impact on the health of the planet, your community and you. Leaders in the Tallahassee region are working to grow efforts to make local, sustainable foods more widely available through encouraging and supporting community gardening, farmers markets, and thoughtful purchasing. Joining the discussion are:

Sundiata Ameh-El, Director of the iGrow Dunn Street and South City Youth Farms

Michelle Gomez, Executive Director of the Frenchtown Heritage Marketplace and Food Hub

Cost Concerns Drive Healthcare Conversation

Jul 16, 2015

With the Supreme Court reaffirming the Affordable Care Act, questions about its future linger. One big issue  not addressed is the rising cost.

Perspectives: Future of US Healthcare

Jul 16, 2015

How might American healthcare and healthcare coverage evolve now that the US Supreme Court has affirmed Obamacare for the 2nd time?  Discussing the future possibilities are: John Howard with Tallahassee’s Rogers, Vaughn & Gunter Insurance; Jason Altire, senior vice-president with Florida Blue and a member of Congress during the debate on the Affordable Care Act; and Rose Naff, CEO of Florida Health Choices.


The Americans with Disabilities Act is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Disability advocates say there’s still a long way to go in boosting access to jobs, technology, and buildings.

Perspectives: ADA Anniversary

Jul 9, 2015

It’s the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To talk about the way that law has transformed access and attitudes is: J.R. Harding with the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities; Adam Gaffney with the Florida Division of Blind Services; Paul Martell with the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; and Ability First Executive Director Dan Moore.

Perspectives: Local Writers

Jul 2, 2015

Summer is a great time to relax with a good book and Tallahassee writers Susan Cerulean and Mary Jane Ryals talk about their latest books, along with their writing methods and why this part of the country is such a fertile ground for great literature.

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A local interfaith group is looking for ways to safely discuss racial tensions in the community. The group made their comments about local and national issues Thursday on WFSU’s Perspectives program.

Perspectives: God Squad

Jun 25, 2015

Members of the “God Squad”, five Tallahassee clergy folk from various faith traditions who meet regularly for the Village Square’s “Faith, Food, Friday” events, talk about the recent shooting tragedy in Charleston and how religion can be a unifying as well as a divisive factor in the lives of believers and non-believers alike.  The panelists: Temple Israel’s Rabbi Jack Romberg; Pastor Derrick McGhee of Bible Based Church; Rev. Betsy Ouelette-Zierden of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church; Dr. Bill Shiell of First Baptist Church; and Fr.

Perspectives: A Salute To Dads

Jun 19, 2015

“Any guy can be a father; it takes a real man to be a dad”.  That’s the message from Jack Levine, advocate and founder of the 4Generations Institute as he talks about the crucial role of men in the lives of their kids and society at large.

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You don’t have to be a biological father to play the role of dad. Speaking on WFSU’s Public Affairs Program, Perspectives, Jack Levine shares the ways men can have an impactful role on children. He’s the founder of the Four Generations Institute.

Community Seeks Solutions To Gun And Gang Violence

Jun 11, 2015
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Violence in Tallahassee neighborhoods is a continuing problem. Two community leaders, Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor and Reverend Stanley Sims, discussed the issues Thursday on WFSU’s Perspectives program.

Perspectives: Community Violence Response

Jun 11, 2015

Leon County District One Commissioner Bill Proctor and Reverend Stanley Sims from A Shepherd’s Hand Rescue Center talk about the recent uptick in Tallahassee street violence and ways the community is responding.

Perspectives: Mental Health

Jun 4, 2015

A significant part of the population faces mental health and substance abuse issues.  This discussion involves the changing attitudes of family, community and the criminal justice system when it comes to these issues, along with the challenge of providing more services to mitigate the problem.  Participants are: Miami Judge Steve Leifman; Executive Director of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Mark Fontaine; and Miaisha Mitchell, health educator and executive director of the Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council.

Perspectives: U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham

May 28, 2015

North Florida’s congressional representative talks about her efforts to bring “The North Florida Way” to Washington, with particular emphasis on working out a solution to the decades-old Apalachicola water war and the reason behind some votes that dismayed more than a few of her Democratic supporters.  Her dad, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham also calls in during the conversation.

Perspectives: Startup Quest

May 26, 2015

A new initiative called “Startup Quest” is helping Florida entrepreneurs get their business dreams off the ground.  We talk it over with Statewide Program Overseer Bryan Eastman, Kara Palmer Smith with CareerSource Capital Region, Startup Quest Mentor Dr. Mark Davidson, and Christine Urban from Tallahassee’s DOMI Station.

Perspectives: Boulder and Beyond

May 14, 2015

A 60-member delegation from the Capital City headed to Boulder, Colorado earlier this month to learn how that community has become a recent national “hot spot” for economic and cultural development.  At the same time, two Harvard University researchers produced a study suggesting the Tallahassee area isn’t great when it comes to upward mobility.  Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier (who was among the Boulder group) and Capital Area Community Action Agency Executive Director Tim Center talk it over.

Perspectives: Emancipation Month

May 7, 2015

Along with the annual reenactment of the first reading in Florida of the Emancipation Proclamation at Tallahassee’s Knott House on May 20, 1865, there are many other observances in the area this year.  We get a preview from John G. Riley House Museum Director Emeritus Althasmese Barnes, Marion McGee, 2015 Conference Chair for the Florida African-American Heritage Preservation Network, and Sarah Shaw, museum education for the Florida Museum of History.

Perspectives: Literacy Volunteers

Apr 30, 2015

Since the early 1980s, Literacy Volunteers of Leon County have been opening up new worlds for many thousands of adults.  Our guests are: Program Director Rhonda Cooper; Board President Kendra Mitchell; Board Member (and former client) Larry Strickland; and Tutor Bill Zuna.

Perspectives: Chief Michael DeLeo

Apr 23, 2015

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo talks about the new officer vetting and training programs now in place in the department and ways he and his officers are trying to build more positive community and inter-agency relations.

Perspectives: HOMELESS YOUTH

Apr 16, 2015

Hundreds of young people in Leon County alone have no permanent place to call home.  Big Bend Housing Coalition Assistant Director Kim Galban-Countryman, Capital City Youth Services President/CEO Kevin Priest and Alison Feinberg who coordinates homeless student programs with the Leon County School District talk about the problem and what’s needed for solutions.

Perspectives: Holocaust

Apr 9, 2015

Members of the Holocaust Education Resource Council, Barbara Goldstein, Eileen Lerner and Donna Callaway, along with Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, talk about this month’s awareness campaign and supporting activities.