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Perspective Podcast - February 27, 2015

In this edition of Perspective...

"American Sniper" Trial
This past Tuesday, a Texas jury convicted Eddie Ray Routh in the murder of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and a fellow Army veteran Chad Littlefield. The jury wasted little time in finding Routh guilty of capital murder, a crime that carried an automatic life sentence. ABC's Jim Ryan covered the entire trial, and we spoke to him from Stephenville Texas right after the verdict came down:

The Rescue Of Hannah Anderson
Back in 2013, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson was kidnapped. Her case made national news, but it also had a happy ending when she was rescued by the FBI. Now, we're getting details of just how the rescue played out - and how lucky she was to make it out alive. ABC News Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas has the details:

Conjoined Twins Separated
The parents of conjoined twins thought their girls would never have a life apart. But doctors thought otherwise, and went ahead with a risky, complicated surgery to separate them. ABC's Juju Chang was there for a behind the scenes look:

ABC News Fixer: Recall Confusion
Millions of cars containing defective airbags made by Takata Corporation have been recalled over the past year, but the list of vehicles affected has been rolled out slowly - and that can be confusing for consumers. One man wanted to know if his car was on the list, so he came to the ABC News Fixer for help. Here's ABC's Stephanie Zimmerman:

Winter Driving Phobia
This winter, ice, sleet and snow has made driving tough for millions of Americans. For one woman, it's more than tough - she says for her, it's a full-blown phobia. ABC News Senior Meteorologist Rob Marciano has her story:

Iran's First Female VP
During the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, an English-speaking spokeswoman became the voice of the student group that overran the U.S. embassy and took 52 Americans hostage. Now she's known by many as "Mary," and she's the first  Vice President of Iran who's a woman. ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz spoke to her:

"The Sound Of Music" Story
It is of course a cinema classic. "The Sound of Music" was released 50 years ago, and won numerous honors including the Oscar for "Best Picture." Now, there's a new book out - just in time for the anniversary and the film's re-release in April. Here's ABC News Entertainment Correspondent Bill Diehl:

Host: Cheri Preston
Producer: David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - February 20, 2015

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Locked Up For Life
55 years. That's the sentence handed down to one man convicted of selling weed while carrying a gun. Legal experts say he'd be doing far less time for a far more serious offenses. So why the harsh sentence? Turn's out there's a law out there that some say is ruining lives and wasting tax dollars. ABC's Byron Pitts explains:

Inside The Situation Room
It might be the most famous conference room in the world. The White House Situation Room is the place where the President makes the really tough calls - both in war and in  peace. ABC's Jonathan Karl talked to one of the men who used to manage it:

School Bus Safety
Every morning, parents put their kids on buses and trust they'll be safe on the ride to and from school. However, we've seen a number of accidents that have raised doubt about the protection these vehicles are offering. And then there's a question many parents ask - why aren't there seatbelts on school buses? ABC's Paula Faris investigates:

Westminster Dog Show
There was a big upset at this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and we were there to see it:

India Exorcisms
In India, supersitions are serious business. Women come from all over to see so-called gurus in hopes they can vanquish evil spirits from their bodies. But not everybody is buying in. ABC's Gloria Riviera traveled to India to find out more:

L.A. Mansion Wars
Los Angeles and much of the surrounding area is dotted with mega-mansions. These gigantic structures have price tags to match. For their owners, they're the best houses money can buy. But for their neighbors who live more modest lifestyles, these homes are causing real trouble. ABC's Brandi Hitt explains:

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Producer: David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - February 13, 2015

In this edition of Perspective...

Death Of An American Hostage
This past week, the White House confirmed the death of Kayla Mueller - a American hostage who was being held in Syria. As her friends and family mourn her loss, many are wondering if more could have been done to free her from the grip of that brutal terror group ISIS. ABC's Byron Pitts has more:

Former Google Employee Fixing Government IT
After the disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov, the White House created a new agency called the U.S. Digital Service to prevent future technical problems. Mike Dickerson is one of the engineers that helped fix the website. And as he told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, his work isn't finished just yet:

Former NFL Star Faking Injury?
If you ever seen the show "Survivor," you know the contestants are in pretty good physical shape. That's why some people started asking questions after a former NFL star who was claiming disability payments appeared on the show. Now he's being sued for fraud. ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross has the story:

Amazon All-Stars
Imagine receiving packages of stuff at your door. Free stuff, delivered right to you several times a week. It might sound nice, but for Amazon's top reviewers, it's a full-time job and a lot is riding on their reviews. ABC's Brandi Hitt explains:

We Bought A Drone
There's no disputing that drones are awesome. So we ordered one online and took it for a spin.

ABC News Fixer: Rats In The Attic
When you have a pest problem in your house, you call an exterminator. But what happens if they don't finish the job? That happened to one woman who says she had to take matters into her own hands....until the ABC News Fixer came to a rescue. Here's ABC's Stephanie Zimmerman:

Women Hunters
When you think hunters, you probably think of  big, burly dudes with big, burly beards. But now women are joining the hunt, taking down big game. Of course, the trend has caused some controversy - ABC's Neal Karlinsky explains:

Debunking LBJ Myths
Some critics of the movie "Selma" say the portrayal of former President Lyndon Johnson is off base. And at least one historian agrees - Julian Zelizer has a new book that argues "we exaggerate how much power" LBJ actually had. He spoke about it with ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and Yahoo News' Olivier Knox:

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