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


Perspective Podcast - September 24, 2014

In this special edition of Perspective...

"Loving Your Cancer Away"
Breast cancer affects one in eight  American women. That means if you stand in a room with eight of your friends, loved ones or acquaintances, co-workers who are women - one of them will have cancer at some point in her lifetime.  Jillian Veran Rezo was one of those eight.  She is not only a dear patient of mine, but she's a survivor - and what we like to call here at ABC - a cancer "thriver":

Breast Cancer & Pregnancy
Breast cancer can be tough enough to deal with on its own. What happens if you are diagnosed and your future dreams include having a baby?  Does that mean you cannot conceive?   The short answer is no as we hear from one new mom - and breast cancer survivor - who held off on chemo - so she could harvest her eggs.  ABC's Cheri Preston tells us more:

Early Detection Skin Device
Technology has been a huge help when it comes to detecting breast cancer early. More than 38-million mammograms are performed each year in the U.S, and they have been helping - the death rate from breast cancer is down 34 percent since 1990. Here's ABC's Aaron Katersky with a look at one device that could fine-tune doctor's efforts to snuff out breast cancer early on:

Breast Cancer Journey App
When you get breast cancer, it can mean a ton of hospital visits - and a lot of paperwork, adding to the stress of being sick. But there's a new app that promises to be the helping hand throughout this entire process. ABC's Jim Ryan explains:

Men & Breast Cancer

All month long, we're going Pink here at ABC News to raise awareness about breast cancer and to highlight the stories of those who have risen above it all. But let's not forget about the men. Over two-thousand men every year are diagnosed with this disease, not to mention the guys supporting their mothers, sisters and spouses who are diagnosed. One former rock star recently got the shock of his life at the doctor's...ABC's Scott Goldberg has his story:

The "Angelina Effect"
Angelina Jolie made headlines last year when she revealed her plans to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after she found out that  she carries the BRCA gene, which puts a person at  higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Well, that's had a ripple effect - researchers found that in the six months following her announcement, testing for the gene has doubled. ABC's Karen Chase has the story:

Country Music Stars & Cancer
There's also a duo of country music stars pitching in in the fight against breast cancer. Amy Grant and Kellie Pickler have both had people close to them touched by the disease, and they have not stood still. ABC's Daria Albinger explains:

Amy Robach's Journey

Finally, a story about one of our own here at ABC. Good Morning America co-anchor and my friend Amy Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer last year after undergoing a mammogram on live TV. It was a bold step that changed her life, but she hasn't missed a beat. She spent the last year spreading the word and helping others and is telling us why she's a true "thriver:"

Host:  Dr. Jennifer Ashton
Producer:  Cristi Landes & David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - September 17, 2014

In this edition of Perspective...

Grim Worldwide Ebola Outlook
Alarming numbers about Ebola. The World Health Organization released data this past week, saying that within two months, there could be 10,000 new cases of the disease each week in West Africa. ABC News Chief Health and Medical editor Dr. Richard Besser, who's been to Liberia twice, sat down with ABC's Dan Kloeffler for more analysis on the virus there and here in the U.S:

Ebola Protocol Breach?
There are many questions about *how* those health care workers in Dallas became infected with Ebola. And after saying a "breach in protocol" is what led to the virus spreading, CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden has admitted....they should have done more, and nurses everywhere are responding:

Sex Traffic Sting
Sex trafficking is a big problem in many countries around the world. We're going to take you inside a dangerous mission now to rescue young girls caught up in the Colombian sex trade...but the people carrying out this particular mission may surprise you. ABC's David Wright has the story:

Foreign Policy Debate
President Obama's foreign policy has become a focus of debate in recent weeks after the rise of the terror group ISIS and conflicts in the Middle East. Has the president lost his way? That's what former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta contends in his new book, "Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace." He recently sat down with ABC's Aaron Katersky:

Yelp Review Revenge
The Internet is a great place to vent after a bad meal or a trip to a dirty hotel. You're about to meet one woman who says she posted a scathing review after she suffered damage from a dental procedure…but the dentist fought back. Here's ABC's Juju Chang.

Luxury Dorms
College is more expensive than ever these days. But what are those college and universities actually doing with all that money? Some are putting it into perks like upscale dorms, top-tier restaurants and even water parks. These days, students are hardly slumming it. Here's ABC's Mara Schiavocampo:

Host:  Cheri Preston
Producer:  David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - October 10, 2014

In this edition of Perspective...

Ebola In America
Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person in this country to die of Ebola when he passed away Wednesday morning in Dallas. Now, there's a new screening protocol in place at major airports and concern about the people Duncan came in contact with after contracting the disease. How much blame should be put on the Dallas hospital officials for his death? A lot of questions surrounding Ebola. ABC's Cecilia Vega is in Dallas with more:

Columbine's Chilling Legacy
Ever since the Columbine massacre 15 years ago, we've seen more and more of those mass shootings, many of them carried out by troubled young men inspired by the Columbine killers. ABC News investigated these incidents, trying to figure out just what drives these young men to commit terrible acts. ABC News Senior Justice Department Correspondent Pierre Thomas has the details:

"Real Housewife" Headed To Jail
Teresa and Joe Giudice from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" are just the latest reality stars to find themselves in hot water - sentenced to jail time after being convicted on a variety of fraud-related charges. It wasn't a shock to most legal experts…but it certainly was to the defendants. How are they coping with their sentence? ABC's Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams has more:

Prayers For Punches
Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, usually takes place in a cage. Now, some of these brutal battles are going down in a place you wouldn't expect - church. That's right, even the pastors are throwing punches…but they say it's just another way to get closer to God. ABC's Bob Woodruff explains:

Arne Duncan Talks Education
It's another controversial year in American education. One of the hot button issues this year is "Common Core," a new approach that demands higher standards for students and more accountability for the teachers. Parents and teachers unions have voiced their concern with the approach…and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is the man who has to answer their questions. He spoke with ABC's Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila:

Divorce Hotel
When we talk about divorce, we usually talk about a long, drawn-out and painful process. But a new business that claims they can wrap up your divorce quick and easy…it's called the "Divorce Hotel." Couples check in together, and check out single. But is it really that simple? ABC's Paula Faris investigates:

Jennifer Garner Talks Parenting In The Digital Age
Jennifer Garner has fought many villains over the years in movies and on television, but in her latest role, she's fighting a foe a little closer to home… and one that concerns parents everywhere - the Internet. So how does protect her own kids in the digital age? ABC's Juju Chang sat down with her to get the answers:

"Twin Peaks" Returns
When it originally aired, "Twin Peaks" was like nothing else on TV. It was dark, strange, funny, creepy and certainly not for everybody. 25 years later, the hardcore fans of the show are being rewarded, because Twin Peaks is coming back. ABC's David Wright has more:

Host: Cheri Preston
Producer: David Rind

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