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Perspectives (WFSU) on 88.9 WFSU-FM

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 ar

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Perspectives: Pets as Medicine

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:06:59 +0000

Both research and practice now show that animal interaction can have undeniable benefits for people, especially older folks. To talk about it are: Dr. Natalie Sachs-Erickson with the FSU Dept. of Psychology who, along with the Dept. of Sociology’s Dr. Dawn Carr, studied the impact of companion animals on an aging population through the Health and Retirement Survey; and from the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Animal Therapy Program, Stephanie Perkins and Heather Gainey. In their study of companion pets and older adults, Natalie Sachs-Ericsson and Dawn Carr, both Faculty Affiliates of Florida State University’s Institute for Successful Longevity, are tapping into data on human-animal interaction collected as part of the Health and Retirement Survey, a long-term study of more than 20,000 individuals 50 years old or older. You can read more about their research project at . Site for the TMH Animal Therapy Program:

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Perspectives: Lymphedema

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:36:54 +0000

All the advances in cancer diagnoses, treatment and survivability means a lot more people with lymphedema. That’s swelling caused by compromises to the body’s lymphatic system, which results in an accumulation of fluid. So far, there is no cure, but there are multiple therapies that can reduce the symptoms and threat of greater problems. To talk about it are: Sheree Porter, rehab program manager at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare’s Rehabilitation Center; Kelly Uanino, occupational and certified lymphedema specialist; and Josie Gustafson, speech language pathologist with a specialty in head and neck cancers.

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Perspectives: Blues Revue

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 19:01:04 +0000

The Monticello Opera House hosts an All-Star Blues Revue on March 10. In advance of the occasion, some of the participating musicians, Jim Crozier, C.S. Holt and David Cotton, discuss this ancient and uniquely American musical form and its ongoing influence on many other kinds of musical expression.

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Perspectives: Apalachee Beekeepers

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:45:48 +0000

Bees not only produce delicious honey, but are a critical component in the production of other plant-based food sources. Members of the Apalachee Beekeepers, Bob Jackson, Leah Steelw and Rick Flagg, talk about their fascinating hobby and the group’s Introduction to Beekeeping Course being offered to everyone on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Wakulla County Extension Office in Crawfordville.

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Perspectives: Tallahassee National Cemetery

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:57:36 +0000

Now nearing the third anniversary of its dedication, the Tallahassee National Cemetery is a valuable regional asset for departed military veterans and their families. To speak about the facility and the many services and honors it provides is: Cemetery Director Raymond Miller; and the Cemetery’s Media Liaison Clark Brookstone.

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Perspectives: Turning Research Into Gold

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:51:21 +0000

Tallahassee’s two universities generate hundreds of millions of dollars in research every year. Much of this will eventually have commercial applications. Meanwhile, Tallahassee Community College stands ready to train the workforces needed to turn the research results into actual products. To discuss this pipeline and its promise to transform the area’s economy over the long term are: Dr. Gary Ostrander, vice president of research at Florida State University; Larry Lynch, program consultant in FSU’s Office of Research Commercialization; Dr. Timothy Moore, vice president of research at Florida A&M University; and Kimberly Moore, vice president for Workforce Innovation at Tallahassee Community College.

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Perspectives: Women For FSU

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:24:00 +0000

Nearly a decade ago, the Florida State University Foundation launched a unique program to keep more of the school’s female grads connected to the university and the greater community. Since then, Women For FSU has been a mechanism to recognize and celebrate women’s contributions of time, talent and treasure. To discuss that effort, four members of the program’s executive committee: Cassandra Rayne Gross, executive committee chair; Alicia Crew, student engagement chair; Michelle Futo, member program planning committee for Backstage Pass; and Michelle Mattox, assistant vice president, FSU Foundation.

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Perspectives: Local Business Roundtable

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:53:18 +0000

Four Tallahassee small business operators talk about the challenges and opportunities that abound in Florida’s Capital City and what can be done to promote more of these kinds of local enterprises. The panelists are: Joe Berg, President of the All Saints District Community Assoc. and relentless “Shop Local” advocate; Mutaquee Akbar, founder and owner of Frenchtown’s Akbar Law Firm who is promoting the commercial revitalization of that historic neighborhood; Paul Bradshaw, owner of Blue Dog Investments, whose wife Sally is the proprietor of Midtown Reader; and Jesse Edmunds, partner and manager in Seven Hills Hospitality Group, whose assets include the Liberty Bar and Restaurant, the Hawthone and El Cocinero.

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Perspectives: HBCUs

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:23:20 +0000

WFSU and Florida A&M University will jointly present the premiere screening of the documentary, “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” in FAMU’s Lee Hall Auditorium at 7 pm on January, 26, along with a panel discussion on the history, present time and future of HBCUs. In advance of that, we discuss the topic with Kanya Stewart with the Florida A&M Office of Communications; former FAMU student now FAMU Professor Dr. Atira Charles; and Senior Journalism Student Jessicka Ward whose interview is among those appearing in the film.

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Perspectives: Kids and the Opioid Crisis

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:14:26 +0000

The youngest victims of Florida’s growing addiction to opioids are the children of those who are addicted. The growth in their numbers is straining the state’s resources, including the foster care and Guardian Ad Litem programs. To talk about it are: longtime Guardian Ad Litem Executive Director Alan Abramowitz; State Representative Patricia Williams (D-Fort Lauderdale) – herself a foster parent and Guardian Ad Litem volunteer - who is sponsoring three bills aimed at shortening the time kids stay in foster care; and Christine Meyer, supervising attorney for the Guardian Ad Litem program in Jacksonville.

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Perspectives: Human Trafficking

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:57:33 +0000

The incidence of human trafficking is on the upswing, both nationwide and even in the Capital City. To discuss the issue and the vast community resources now arrayed against this heinous crime are: Chris Canova, acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida and head of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking; Jeff Beasley, chief of investigations with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office; Robin Hassler Thompson, executive director of STAC (the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center); and Amylynn Harrington Smoot, survivor mentor with the Porchlight and herself a child sex trafficking survivor.

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Perspectives: Affordable Housing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:35:09 +0000

In Leon County more than 40 percent of the people living here are putting more than a third of their income toward housing costs. That’s according to 2016 data from the University of Florida’s Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. That means more than 40 percent of the county’s residents are living in housing that’s considered unaffordable. Joining us for the discussion are: Wanda Hunter Assistant County Administrator for Citizen Services Michael Parker Director of Housing and Human Services for the City of Tallahassee Antoine Wright Executive Director of Big Bend Habitat for Humanity Dan Moore Executive Director of Ability First And Jaimie Ross President and CEO of the Florida Housing Coalition

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Perspectives: Chef Shac

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:09:21 +0000

Tallahassee’s own Shacafrica Simmons – better known as “Chef Shac” – shares her kitchen secrets, holiday recipe suggestions and eclectic approach to cooking. Earlier this year, she won the title of “Chopped Champion” on the popular Food Network program.

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Perspectives: Tallahassee Startup Week

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:42:55 +0000

The Capital City was a whirlwind of seminars, workshops, community forums and networking events this week, all involving the area’s newest do-it-yourself businesses. To talk about the ever-improving environment for these enterprises in Tallahassee are: Darryl Jones, deputy director for Minority and Women Small Business Enterprise at the Office for Economic Vitality; David Brightbill, founder of Making Awesome, the community workshop for arts and tech makers; Brian Wyatt, president and CEO of BEZGraphiz; J.R. Sims, FSU student and director of Startup Grind; Samantha Strickland, CEO of The Pod; and Susan Fiorito, director of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship.

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Perspectives: The Capital City’s Top Law Enforcers

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:41:14 +0000

In recent months, Tallahassee and Leon County’s crime rates have become the subject of breathless media coverage. But both Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo and Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil agree the raw numbers can be misleading. Also discussed during the program, law officer training, crime-fighting technology and crime prevention measures.

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Perspectives: KCCI

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:42:17 +0000

Since 2007, the Knight Creative Communities Institute (“KCCI” for short) has been steadily remaking and reimagining Florida’s Capital City through a series of projects driven by volunteer “community catalysts”. To talk about those past and future initiatives are: KCCI Executive Director Betsy Couch; and former catalyst and present KCCI Board Member Lauren Shoaf Pace.

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Perspectives: Oyster Revival

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:42:39 +0000

The old ways of oystering are just about over in the Gulf waters off North Florida. But new methods of cultivating oysters could mean new generations of men and women making their livelihood from the water. To talk about it: Rob Olin, chairman and CEO of the Panacea Oyster Co-op; Bob Ballard, executive director of Tallahassee Community College’s Wakulla Environmental Institute; Leo Lovel, old-time seafood harvester and owner of the Spring Creek Restaurant; and first-generation oyster rancher Cainnon Gregg.

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Perspectives: Local Government Home Rule

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:37:02 +0000

In recent years, Florida’s Legislature, as well as lawmakers in several other states, have begun chipping away at the autonomy and self-determination of cities, counties and school districts. To talk about that trend and what it means for those local governments and the citizens they serve area: Third District Florida Senator Bill Montford; Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer; and Leon County Commissioner Brian Desloge.

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Perspectives: Conversations About Race

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:04:35 +0000

In the course of the next few months, residents of Florida’s Capital City will have lots of opportunities to speak openly and honestly about race relations and other matters that divide us as a civil society. To talk about these multiple discussions are: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, one of the originators of the “Longest Table” series of community conversations; Village Square Executive Director Liz Joyner; Florida A&M University Theater Professor Chris Berry; and Southern Shakespeare Company Education Director Phil Croton.

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Perspectives: Children’s Home Society

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:44:58 +0000

The Tallahassee outreach of Florida’s Children’s Home Society has been around since 1964. Since then it’s morphed from primarily an adoption mechanism to a fully-integrated agency caring for infants through teens with a vast array of programs, partnerships and other support mechanisms. To talk about it are: Kevin Winship, director of program operations; Lindsay Elliott, chair for the upcoming “Wish Upon a Star” fundraiser Oct. 20 at Goodwood Museum and Gardens; Nick Raines, independent living program supervisor; and Rebekah Simmons, whose adopted daughter Christina is one of the “stars” at October’s Goodwood event.

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