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Perspective Podcast - September 12, 2014

In this edition of Perspective...

President Obama's ISIS Strategy
President Obama addressed the nation Thursday in a primetime speech to discuss his plan to stop ISIS, the brutal terror group responsible for the beheading of at least two American journalists. ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl has more:

Reading Legacy From 9/11 Tragedy
The President's remarks, of course, come 13 years after the terror attacks that changed the world. More than 3,000 people lost their lives that day, and in that time, some have decided they'll also change the world in other ways:

Ray Rice's Fall From Grace
Ray Rice was one of the top running backs in the NFL. Now, he's out of a job after surveillance video showed him slugging his wife, knocking her unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator. There are still questions about why the league did not initially bring a harsher punishment to Rice. ABC's Linsey Davis has a closer look:

Domestic Violence & The NFL
Rice's suspension just happens to coincide with the 20th anniversary of President Clinton signing into law a bill that cracked down on abusers and is credited with making cases like Rice's a little more rare. ABC's Scott Goldberg spoke with someone who was instrumental in getting that law passed:

Apple's Big Day
Apple's back…their big product announcement this week commanded the attention of the tech, business and consumer worlds all at once. ABC News scored an exclusive backstage conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook - here's ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir:

Ann Compton's Long White House Career
This week, White House Correspondent Ann Compton retired after more than four decades covering the Oval Office. She has truly been a groundbreaker---the first full time female White House Correspondent. Ann has covered every president since Gerald Ford. She will truly be missed here at ABC News, and before she left, we talked to her about her life on the air, just around the corner from the West Wing:

The Royal Baby Pt. 2

The Royal Baby Watch is back on. That's right, The Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate are expecting…revealing the surprise pregnancy announcement earlier this week. What does it mean for little Prince George and his parents? ABC's Bob Woodruff has more:

Host:  Cheri Preston
Producer:  David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - September 5, 2014

In this edition of Perspective...

Joan Rivers
Hollywood is mourning the loss of another comedy icon. Joan Rivers passed away this week at the age of 81 after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure last week. She blazed a trail for women in comedy while never holding back. And in the end, it seemed like she had no regrets about her life and the way she lived it. ABC's Juju Chang has a look back at Joan Rivers' memorable life:

Celebrity Photo Hack
It's the celebrity photo hack that shook up social media. Nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other Hollywood celebrities, leaked to the Internet stolen from their hacked iPhones. Now, new warnings about about these types of attacks - and tips on how to keep your data safe. ABC News Chief Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis has more:

Arson Or Not?
An arson squad in Phoenix was known as one of the most effective in the country…until it all came crashing down after an investigation raised more troubling questions about their methods. ABC's Byron Pitts has more:

Counterfeit Concert Tickets
When your favorite artists go on tour, tickets can sell out fast. But a warning for those trying to find deals online or on the street...some of those tickets could be counterfeit.  ABC's Mara Schiavocampo explains:

Lunchtime Lipo
Plastic surgery is big business for people who want a fast fix for their perceived physical flaws. Now, an even quicker fix has women lining up - and sometimes going back to work right afterwords. ABC's Linzie Janis has more on what some are calling "Lunchtime Lipo:"

The Gift Of Hearing
When one couple's son was born without the ability to hear, they thought he would live in silence forever. But they didn't give up - and now an experimental operation could be the answer to their prayers. ABC's John Donvan has the story:

Host:  Cheri Preston
Producer:  David Rind

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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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