Perspective is an award winning news magazine program that takes you beyond the headlines of today's stories and trends.


Perspective Podcast - August 29, 2014

In this edition of Perspective...

Hostage Negotiation
Theo Curtis is one of the lucky ones. After being held in Syria by Al Qaeda, the American journalist was freed and gets to see his family again. But for other hostages, their rescue missions are tense, dangerous and unfortunately, often unsuccessful. ABC Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross takes a closer look:

Facing Ebola
There was a lot of concern when the first Americans confirmed to have the Ebola virus were brought to U.S. soil. In Africa, the virus is more widespread, and the resources to stop it even more scarce. ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser went to the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia to see for himself:

Kids & Guns
It's just the latest incident raising questions about gun control. A nine-year-old girl shooting an Uzi at a gun range accidentally kills her instructor when the recoil is too strong. How young is too young to be shooting guns? ABC's Juju Chang investigates:

Disability Fraud
A beauty pageant contestant walking the runway…all while collecting money for disability insurance. But she's not the only one scamming the system by pretending to be injured. Here's ABC's Neal Karlinsky:

Vacation Thieves
As families across the country hit the road this holiday weekend for a late summer vacation, there are new warnings about scammers trying to take advantage of unsuspecting travelers. From hotels to gas stations and everywhere in between, thieves could be on the prowl. Details now from ABC's Linsey Davis:

Presidential Vacations
Of course, there's probably never a good time to take a vacation if you're President of the United States. Larry Knutson is the author of the new book "Away From the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats and Vacations," and he sat down with ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and Yahoo News' Olivier Knox to talk about Presidential getaways, past and present:

The Glamour Of The U.S. Open
What's the most glamorous sporting event in America? It just might be the U.S. Open - the tennis tournament going on right now in New York. It attracts celebrities and the super-rich...but they're not just coming for the tennis action. ABC News Chief Business and Economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis has a look behind the scenes:

Luxury Realtors
They are the men and women responsible for selling the priciest pads on the markets. When towering mega-mansions go on sale, the top real estate agents in the country pull out all the stops to seal the deal. ABC's Paula Faris has the story:

Host:  Cheri Preston
Producer:  David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - August 22, 2014

In this edition of Perspective...

City Under Siege
Over the last two weeks, the streets of Ferguson, Missouri have looked like a war zone as law enforcement fought back protests sparked by the killing of an unarmed black teen. And under the cover of darkness, the danger increased. ABC's Alex Perez was on the front lines in Ferguson for this up-close look:

Teen Love Triangle Turns Deadly
A young love triangle...turned fatal. It all happened when one man's girlfriend broke his heart, leaving him for his best friend. But just how did he resort to killing that best friend? ABC's Matt Gutman has the details:

Million Dollar Closet Heist
It's not often that a closet makes headline news. But when it measures three-thousand square feet and has more than a million dollars of merchandise inside, people tend to take notice. And one person certainly did….a thief. But it's what he did after he robbed the mega-closet that's really turning heads. ABC's Gio Benitez explains

Surrogacy Standoff
It's a conception controversy. For many couples, surrogacy can be their path to parenthood. But, it's expensive and some say it can actually be dangerous for both the parents and the children. Here's ABC's Linzie Janis with a closer look:

Secret Life Of The Secret Service

When  you hear the words "Secret Service," what comes to mind? Probably the black suits, earpieces, sunglasses....Ronald Kessler is the author of "First Family Detail," a new book that offers an inside look at the Secret Service...including the toughest politicians to work with. ABC News Political Director Rick Klein sat down with Kessler to get all the details:

ABC News Fixer
When Kay Hunsberger's son got sick, the college he was attending wouldn't refund tuition money for the classes he missed. So, she reached out to the ABC News Fixer:

Taylor Swift "Shakes It Off"
Taylor Swift has sold countless records, won seven Grammy awards and has adoring fans around the world. So why is she changing her musical style now? Swift sat down with ABC's Amy Robach to talk about her new track and the current state of the music industry:

Little Leaguer Turning Heads

She's the 13-year-old taking the baseball world by storm. Mo'ne Davis turned heads with her performance at the Little League World Series with a sizzling fastball, mowing down the boys with ease. Her skills have even landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated. ABC's John Donvan has her story:

Host:  Scott Goldberg
Producer:  David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - August 15, 2014

In this edition of Perspective...

Robin Williams
Long-time comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead at his home at the age of 63 on Monday after committing suicide. Hollywood is mourning the loss of a man who made so many people smile. ABC's David Muir has more on Robin Williams' final days:

Hollywood & Robin Williams
Perhaps the thing people will remember most about Robin Williams are the characters he helped bring to life. From the genie in Aladdin to Mrs. Doubtfire and all the movies in between, he always seemed to find a new vehicle for his joy and spirit. ABC's Chris Connelly tells us more about Robin William's many roles:

Robin Williams & The Troops
Robin Williams was more than just an actor and comedian - he was a supporter of our armed forces, entertaining the troops on multiple USO tours overseas. ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz has that story:

Remembering Lauren Bacall
Another Hollywood legend also left us this week. Lauren Bacall, who delighted audiences during Hollywood's "Golden Age," passed away from a stroke Tuesday at the age of 89. ABC's Juju Chang has a look back at her memorable career:

Beach Rescues
Summer is a time for swimming of course, tanning and everything else you do at the beach. But experts say the millions of beach-goers that wade into the water can easily get into dangerous situations. Beach rescues are at an all-time high, ABC's Matt Gutman tried to find out why:

Swimming With The Sharks

Whether they thrill or terrify you, there's no denying that sharks are a big draw - Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" continues to reel in record viewership. But for some thrill seekers, the couch isn't close enough - ABC News Senior Meteorologist Ginger Zee actually dove in to the water for a swim with the sharks:

Businesses "Yelp" For Help
In the Internet age, it's easier than ever to write critical reviews of businesses online - sometimes without ever leaving home. But for the owners of those businesses, those reviews can really hurt their bottom line - and they're going to great lengths to clear their names. ABC News Chief Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis explains:

The U.S.A Knights
There's a group of people really going "medieval" for a new type of competition. The "USA Knights" use old-fashioned gear right out of the Middle Ages to achieve glory against teams from different countries.  And it's a fight just to get a spot on the team. Here's ABC's Alex Perez with a look behind the armor:

Yanni Continues To Please
There are only a handful of stars in the world with names that are recognized with just one word: Beyonce, Bono and Madonna all come to mind. For some, Yanni is another one - he's currently on a world tour with stops in 20 countries.  ABC News Entertainment Correspondent Bill Diehl caught up with the legendary musician during a recent visit to New York:

Host:  Cheri Preston
Producer:  David Rind

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