Perspectives (WFSU) on 88.9 WFSU-FM

Thursdays, 11 am ET - Noon

Join WFSU and host Tom Flanigan for the live, listener call-in program Perspectives. It's the perfect forum to discuss the issues that concern YOU!

Please join us by listening to the program every Thursday morning at 11, and by calling us. The numbers are 850-414-1234, or 800-926-8809. You can also e-mail your questions and comments to perspectives@wfsu.org .

Perspectives is broadcast LIVE each Thursday at 11:00 am ET on 88.9, WFSU-FM and wfsu.org.

Perspectives: Local Business

Jun 23, 2017

Whether buying into a national franchise or starting your own unique enterprise from scratch, Tallahassee is becoming an ever-hotter place to start (and grow) a business.  To discuss this topic in all its ramifications: Jay Revell, vice president of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce; Adam Faurot, CEO of Titus Human Performance Solutions, a home-grown Tallahassee firm with international connections; Josh Desha, assistant vice president and Tallahassee business center manager for Hancock Bank; Joe Berg, founder of Capital City Villager and local business advocate; and Jeremy Matlaw, owner o

Perspectives: Guardian Ad Litem

Jun 15, 2017

At the moment, more than 500 minor children in the six counties that make up Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit are being helped by the Guardian Ad Litem program.  To talk about what the program is, how it helps those kids and the need for more volunteers are: Volunteer Recruiter Sara Blumenthal; and Volunteer Larry Carmichael.

The Capital Region has a wealth of summer camps, school programs and special outreach organizations focused on giving girls and young women more personal options and opportunities.  To discuss the many implications are: Kim Kelling, content director for WFSU Public Media; Roxanne Hughes and Carlos Villa from the High Magnetic Field Laboratory; Ericka McKibbon, executive director of Girls on the Run; and Trish Hanson, co-founder of MoLab.

Perspectives: Down on the Farm

May 30, 2017

From the small farm revival to the rise of community gardens and planned agricultural communities, healthful, locally-sourced produce is becoming the hottest commodity in America.  To talk about the impacts on the Capital Region are: Sundiata Ameh-El of iGrow Whatever You Like; Herman Holley of Turkey Hill Farm (a member of the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance); and Molly Jameson with the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension office.

Perspectives: A Full Summer

May 11, 2017

With the 2017 school year coming to a close, students can finally say goodbye for now to geometry, reading comprehension, the laws of thermodynamics and pop quizzes. But it’s much harder to close the book on hunger and food insecurity. More than half of Florida’s public school students are eligible free and reduced price meals during the academic school. But what happens to students in need during summer vacation? On this episode of Perspectives, we speak with some of the folks behind A Full Summer, a food packaging program that helps fill in the gap.

Perspectives: Collectors and Crooks

May 4, 2017

Tallahassee’s Goodwood Museum and Gardens is now featuring a collection of Clementine Hunter’s iconic artwork depicting Louisiana plantation life.  After years of obscurity, Hunter’s work grew to such value that it was forged and FBI Special Agent Randy Deaton led the investigation that led to the forger’s guilty plea.  Joining the discussion with Agent Deaton, Hunter biographer and collector Tom Whitehead and Goodwood Co-Executive Director Nancy Morgan.

Perspectives: Innovating Florida

Apr 27, 2017

A new statewide coalition of business, industry and education leaders has united in an effort to make Florida the nation’s primary site of healthcare research and related product development and manufacturing.  On the studio panel: Ed Moore with the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida; and Amanda Bowen with the Manufacturers Association of Florida.  The discussion also features an earlier recorded conversation with Florida Chamber CEO Mark Wilson.

Perspectives: Immigration Reform

Apr 20, 2017

A year-old coalition called “FWD.us” hopes Florida will be where national immigration reform starts through a coalition of groups advocating “common-sense solutions”.

In studio are: FWD.Fla Organizer Sam Aguilar and Advocate Caesar Hernandez; and on the phone, President/CEO of the Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Julio Fuentes.

Perspectives: Farmers Feeding Florida

Apr 13, 2017

Upwards of 20% of the nation’s harvested fruits and vegetables never makes it to market because, while perfectly edible, it doesn’t meet the appearance standards of commercial grocery stores.  Now a new program called Farmers Feeding Florida aims to divert that surplus produce to needy families who are food insecure.  Our panel is: Robin Safley, executive director of Farmers Feeding Florida; Jay Johnson with JGL Produce, who works with farmers who provide crops to the program; and Second Harvest of the Big Bend Executive Director Rick Minor.

Perspectives: Dental Care

Apr 6, 2017

Members of the Florida Dental Association talk about the newly-released Two Year Progress Report on the accessibility and affordability of dental care in Florida.  They also address some common misperceptions about good dental health and the connection to overall wellness.  On the panel: Drew Eason, FDA executive director/CEO; Dr, Bill D’Aiuto, FDA president and member of the Workforce Innovations Task Group, which developed the state’s Action for Dental Health Initiative; FDA Vice President and Workforce Chair Dr. Jolene Paramore; Joe Anne Hart.

Perspectives: Stomping Out Childhood Obesity

Mar 30, 2017

Leon County’s Eighth Annual “Stomp Out” event is set for April 8th at the Tallahassee Museum.  Begun as part of the community’s campaign against juvenile Type II Diabetes, it now focuses on reversing the exploding trend of childhood obesity.  To talk about that epidemic and the many community resources arrayed to fight it are: Nick Maddox, executive director of the Foundation for Leon County Schools; Courtney Atkins, executive director of Whole Child Leon; Dawn Springs, director of the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Metabolic Health Center; and joining the conversation by phone, Tallahass

Perspectives: Open Lines

Mar 23, 2017

Listeners choose the topics and guide the conversation.

Perspectives: Volunteerism

Mar 16, 2017

Whether it’s responding to a house fire down the road or helping kids discovery the secrets of their neighborhood public library, volunteers form a huge part of our community’s overall response to the needs of all of us.  To talk about that and the many volunteer opportunities now available in our area: Jeri Bush, director of Volunteer Leon; Ellen Piekalkiewicz, executive director of United Parners for Human Services; and Chaires-Capitola Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joe Parks.

Perspectives: Dementia Resources

Mar 9, 2017

Even though there is still no cure or prevention, the number of state and local resources to help patients of dementia and their caregivers is growing.  To talk about it are: Florida Department of Elder Affairs Deputy Secretary Richard Prudom; Debbie Maroney with the Alzheimer’s Project; Demential Caregiver Dr. Regina Sofer; and Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer.

Perspectives: Terezin Requiem

Mar 2, 2017

A Tallahassee performance of Verdi’s Requiem of Resistance comes to the state of Ruby Diamon Concert Hall on March 25.  It will be part of Holocaust Education Week and to speak about this community outreach is: Barbara Goldstein, executive director of the Holocaust Education Resource Council; Rabbi Jack Romberg from Temple Israel; Mandy Stringer, director of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra; and Orchestra Board Member Marjorie Turnbull.

Perspectives: Bees and Beekeeping

Feb 23, 2017

Members of the Apalachee Beekeepers Association, Rick, Michelle, Melanie, Kate and Ryan, talk about their hobby and how eager they are to help anyone get involved in this fascinating and rewarding pastime.

Perspectives: Great Florida Cattle Drive

Feb 16, 2017

Florida’s ancient cattle culture and its modern expression are the themes of a new PBS documentary, “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles”, produced by the father/son filmmaking team from Blountstown, Florida, Elam and Nic Stoltzfus.  That film, to be aired on WFSU-TV and other Florida Public Television stations, will be premiered at Tallahassee’s Mission San Luis this evening (2/17) and Elam and Nic talk about the movie and its significance.

Tallahassee and Leon County may be an urban area, but it also has wooded trails, natural springs, hiking, biking, camping and many other nature-based recreational opportunities.  That will form the focus of this year’s Leon County Sustainability Summit, Feb. 18 at FSU’s Turnbull Center.  Providing a preview of the event are: Maggie Theriot, director of the Leon County Office of Resource Stewardship; Kerri Post, executive director of Visit Tallahassee; Meghan Mick, founder of Red Dirt Discoveries; and Erica Puckett, founder of Joyride Bicycle Collective.

Perspectives: Minority Business Resources

Feb 2, 2017

Lots of people are talking about “entrepreneurship” nowadays, but women and minorities have historically had far more obstacles to entering this realm.  The conversation about all the local resources now available to jump-start these businesses involves: Sean Pittman, founder of the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce and Board Member Gina Kinchlow along with former John G. Riley House Museum Executive Director Althamese Barnes and the new Deputy Director of the Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise Unite of the Leon County Office of Economic Vitality Darryl Jones.

Perspectives: Prescribed Burns

Jan 19, 2017

No matter what Smoky Bear says, periodic fires are actually essential for the well-being of woodlands.  To talk about it are: Brian Wiebler, Red Hills Outreach & Education Coordinator Tall Timbers Research Station; Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Program Director Kevin Robertson; Rebecca Means, Ecologist Coastal Plains Institute; and Debbie Beard, Fire Management Officer U.S. Forest Service in Florida.

Perspectives: Tree Talk

Jan 12, 2017
Girl holding basket of plums
Leon Fruit and Nut Exchange

Tallahassee loves its trees.  And Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District Three Supervisor Tabitha Fraziers has come up with unique initiatives involving the community’s stately icons.  One will provide low-income residents in the city’s “food deserts” with excess produce from local fruit and nut trees.  Another will turn the county’s oldest trees into teachers, using the latest technology so they can share the local history they’ve witnessed over the years.

Visit the Leon Fruit & Nut Exchange Website

Perspectives: Human Trafficking

Jan 5, 2017

Human trafficking is by no means confined to third-world countries and the gritty back allies of major cities.  Here in the North Florida area, sex and labor slavery is surprisingly widespread and happening under seemingly innocent cover.  To talk about this scourge problem and what’s being done to combat it is: Robin Hassler Thompson from the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center; Bethany Gilot with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; and Frank Williams, assistant US Attorney from Gainesville.

Perspectives: Holiday Music Show 12-22-2016

Dec 22, 2016

Once again, WFSU partners with Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Darko Butorac to present a diverse cross-section of seasonal songs.  Selections include classical and popular expressions of peace, joy, hope and a little bit of humor thrown in.

-Jussi Bjoerling, O Helga Natt
-Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, Karen Carpenter
-African Noel, Andre Thomas
-Candlelight Hanukkah, Maccabeats
-Silent Night, 2Cellos
-Father Christmas, Greg Lake
-It Is Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas, Michael Buble

Marshalling every available resource into rapid-response teams may prevent suicide and provide greater healing to suicide survivors.  That’s the premise for a conference coming up January 27th and 28th at Tallahassee Community College.  Speaking about it are: conference keynote speaker and nationally recognized expert on suicide prevention Dr. Frank Campbell; Mary Bowers with NAMI Tallahassee; Apalachee Center President and CEO Jay Reeve; and Tallahassee Community College Chief of Police Chris Summers.

It’s a roundtable featuring the last four presidents of TCC: Dr. Jim Hinson (1983-95); Dr. T.K. Wetherell (1995-2002); Dr. Bill Law (2002-2010); and Dr. Jim Murdaugh (2010-present).  They talk about the school’s illustrious history, its remarkable successes and hopes for the future.

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