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Perspective Podcast - April 18, 2014

In this edition of Perspective...

Eating Green
In honor of Earth Day, it's this Tuesday, we're taking a look at ways to be a bit kinder to the environment, beginnning with what you eat. How can you make sure it's both good for the environment and good for you? How can you avoid pesticides? And will a green diet take a toll on your wallet? To answer these questions, we bring in Adina Steiman, the Features Director at SELF magazine.

From the grocery store to the garden, with tips to turn your backyard into a bevy of wholesome, fresh ingredients. It doesn't get any greener than walking just a few feet from your door to grab everything you need for dinner. Creating the perfect garden may seem daunting, but ABC's Scott Goldberg is here to help.

Scott and Michael Symon touched briefly on the benefits of composting, but we're going to dig a little deeper.

Building a Green Home
They say home is where the heart is, and you might love it even more when it saves you money on energy and water.  For the details on keeping an eco-friendly home, we bring in ABC's Jim Ryan.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning
Now that your living space is more energy-efficient, how about keeping it clean? A spotless kitchen and sparkling bathroom are the goal, even if it's not always the reality. But harsh cleaning chemicals can be tough on the environment and even hurt some of the delicate surfaces we have in our homes. The answer? Going green when you clean. Here's ABC's Daria Albinger.

Green Driving

Cars have come a long way from the gas guzzlers of the '70s and '80s. Now there are options ranging from electric to hybrid to clean diesel ... and even the promise of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the future. But which of these options is right for you? And if you're not in the market for a new car, how can you make your current one more fuel efficient? For that, once again we bring in ABC's Scott Goldberg.

Green Technology

One thing that's inherently *not* eco-friendly? Our electronics. But there are steps you can take to change that. More from ABC's Alex Stone..

Eco-Friendly Fashion

You might not think of your clothes as green, except maybe on St. Patrick's Day, but there are actually some stylish, environmentally-friendly options. Here's ABC's Karen Chase.

All-Natural Skincare
Another industry well-known for using chemicals and other ingredients you can't pronounce is the beauty business. There are several natural products you can use at home but what about when it comes to serious deep-cleaning for your skin? Once again, here's ABC's Daria Albinger.

Going Green
So far, we've run through a long list of ways you can bcomee more eco-friendly and save a pretty good deal of money at the same time, but what *are* most Americans doing to go green? We hit the rode to find out.

Host:  Cheri Preston
Producers: Jeanette Torres, Veronica Kennedy and Colin Tipton

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Perspective Podcast - April 11, 2014

In this edition of Perspective...

Pistorius Takes the Stand
This week olympian Oscar Pistorius took the stand in a South African courtroom. The man known as 'Blade Runner' is charged with the premeditated murder of his former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and could face at least 25 years in prison if convicted. ABC's Matt Gutman has the details from Pretoria.

Lean In for Graduates
Sheryl Sandberg is Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, the author of Lean In and now Lean In for Graduates. She joins us now.

Coal Boss
Don Blankenship is a powerful and widely despised businessman accused of skimping on safety measures in his coal mine, where 29 men died. When ABC News first tried to interview him, he threatened to have a producer shot. Despite that unpleasant run-in, Blankenship recently agreed to sit down with ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross who brings us this report.

Prepubescent Preachers
The LaVelle family of Washington State preaches a fiery brand of gospel, sending their children out into the streets to confront sinners in a very public way. What they do turns heads and often elicits very strong responses. ABC's Neal Karlinsky has the story.

It's a Small World
This Thursday, a big anniversary around the world ... Disney's It's a Small World attraction turned 50. Here's ABC's Alex Stone.

Host:  Cheri Preston
Producer:  Colin Tipton

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Perspective Podcast - November 4, 2014

In this edition of Perspective...

Shooting at Fort Hood
On Wednesday evening, a U-S soldier, combat veteran and married father went on a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, leaving four people dead and 16 injured before committing suicide. ABC News Anchor David Muir has the details.

The Fort Hood Community
So how does something like this happen at an Army base? ... the same site of another mass shooting just 5 years earlier. ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz has reported extensively on the soldiers and families at Fort Hood. She sits down with ABC's Dan Abrams to tell us more about this community.

Military Caregivers
Across the country, there are husbands, wives and parents who devote their lives to caring for our wounded soldiers. It's often a very challenging job and there are few programs to support them. ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer has more on these hidden heroes.

Talking Stocks with Henry Blodget
There's been a lot of talk this week about the stock market and high-speed computerized trading. ABC's Richard Davies finds out more from a former trader and Wall Street expert.

Beauty and Beast
An experiment to answer an age-old question: how much can someone get away with *just* because they're good looking? Would you overlook a bad personality because someone was attractive? And how awful of a personality is just *too* much to bear? Here's ABC's Juju Chang.

The Women of Duck Dynasty

The guys with the beards aren't the only stars of Duck Dynasty. Their wives are a large part of the show and now they're opening up to us in ways that may surprise you -- from intimate moments to infidelity to comments on race and sexuality.  Here's ABC's Bianna Golodryga.

Bullets Over Broadway
Woody Allen's 19-94 film "Bullets Over Broadway" is now a big, splashy old-fashioned musical on Broadway, the likes of which the great white way hasn't seen for quite awhile.  Here to tell us more is ABC News Entertainment Correspondent Bill Diehl.

Host:  Cheri Preston
Producer:  Colin Tipton

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