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Perspective Podcast - January 23, 2015

In this edition of Perspective....

State Of The Union
This past Tuesday, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address to a new Republican majority in the House of Representatives. With more on what the president said, here's ABC's Steven Portnoy who was there:

Designated Survivor
While the State Of The Union is one of the hottest tickets in Washington, there's at least one high-level official missing from the crowd each year. We learn more about the "designated survivor:"

Ebola Orphans
In Liberia, an area of the world ravaged by the Ebola virus, you'd think those who survive would feel lucky. That's not the case with many Liberian children, who end up orphaned and neglected after their family members pass away. ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Doctor Richard Besser traveled to Liberia to see for himself:

Fake Doctors

When you head to the doctor's office, the last thing you want to hear is that it's the doc's first day on the job. Recently, one Florida teenager took that a little bit further...impersonating a member of the staff without actually having any medical training at all. ABC's Matt Gutman has the story:

Gun Control Debate In Colorado

This past week, jury selection began in a trial that's reigniting the gun control debate in Colorado. ABC's Alex Stone explains:

Concept Cafes

Ever heard of cat cafes? Places where you can sip your coffee while petting cats. Yeah, they're not the only concept cafés out there. ABC's Cecilia Vega went to Tokyo to see how the trend got started:

Home Restaurants
How would you invite a bunch of strangers over to your house to try your food? How about if they pay you? That's the premise behind a new kind of restaurant-quality dining experience taking place at dinner tables across the country. ABC's Juju Chang explains:

Host: Cheri Preston
Producer: David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - January 16, 2015

In this edition of Perspective...

The Story of #GamerGate
Many video games are filled with violent depictions of women - some being beaten, sexually assaulted, run over by cars. It's become the norm in this multi-billion dollar industry - and some women are getting louder in their calls for change. However, the backlash they've faced online is very real - and very frightening. ABC's Juju Chang has more:

Congressman Turns To Satire
In the wake of the terror attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, there's been some discussion about how far is too far when it comes to satire. Turns out there's one New York Congressman who isn't afraid to push the envelope - Steve Israel skewers Washington in his new book "The Global War on Morris" and he talked about it with ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and Yahoo News' Olivier Knox:

Man Overboard
Earlier this month, a 22-year-old man was traveling on a Royal Carribean cruise ship when he fell overboard. Luckily, he was soon spotted by another ship and was rescued. While accidents like these may never truly be avoided, groups are investing in technology they hope will provide safe rescues every time. ABC's Cecilia Vega explains:

From Model To Mugshot

From the runway to a cell block. It happened to one model, who once had a promising career in the reality T.V. spotlight. She saw it all disappear though when she turned to drugs. She told ABC's Linzie Janis how it all happened:

YouTube Relationships

Most of us don't feel comfortable sharing the most intimate details of our relationships with others, but some couples do. In fact, some couples are live-streaming their relationship to millions of followers on YouTube. They're a new breed of self-made reality stars turning love into profit - ABC's David Wright tells us what it's all about:

Help Yourself With Meditation
Are you stressed out? One of my colleagues here at ABC says he has a solution to relieve that stress - a method that's helped him sort out personal demons of his own . Here's ABC's Dan Harris:

Host: Cheri Preston
Producer: David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - January 9, 2015

In this edition of Perspective...

Paris Terror Attack
This past Wednesday, gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper in Paris and carried out what investigators say was an "execution-style" attack, killing 12 and wounding 11 others. ABC's Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran has the details from Paris:

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Begins
Jury selection began in the trial of the remaining Boston Marathon bombing suspect this week. ABC's Aaron Katersky is here with more:

Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby

She played Bill Cosby's wife on T.V. for eight years. Now, Phylicia Rashad is coming to her former co-star's defense after more than a dozen women have come forward accusing him of sexual abuse. She spoke to ABC's Linsey Davis:

Surviving An Avalanche
This past week, two elite skiers training for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team were killed in an avalanche. This tragedy is proving just how dangerous it can be on the mountains, especially this time of year. ABC's Clayton Sandell has more about the rescue teams trained to keep us safe when the snow comes sliding down:

Breast Cancer Surgery
There's a new medical procedure that's changing women's bodies - and lives - after cancer. It's giving cancer survivors the confidence some feel is missing after mastectomies. ABC's Cecilia Vega has more:

Bradley Cooper Takes Aim At War Film
Bradley Cooper has seen his star rise over the past few years. He's come a long way from the goofy "Hangover" movies, being nominated for two Oscars along the way. Now, he may be nominated again for his latest role portraying legendary Navy Seal Chris Kyle in "American Sniper." He sat down with ABC's Byron Pitts:

"Honeymoon In Vegas"
They're doing some wheeling and dealing on Broadway.  It's "Honeymoon in Vegas," starring Tony Danza.  Here's ABC News entertainment correspondent Bill Diehl:

Host:  Cheri Preston
Producer:  David Rind

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