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Perspective Podcast - April 3, 2015

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FLDS Church Controversy
Warren Jeffs, the former leader of the FLDS Church, is serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting two underage girls. However, members of law enforcement say Jeffs is still controlling his congregation - and the local government - from inside prison. ABC's Dan Harris has the story:

Robin Williams Estate Battle
After the death of comic great Robin Williams, a family feud is playing out in court - his widow and his children are arguing over who should take possession of valuable items from his estate.  ABC's Linsey Davis has the details:

An Astronaut's View Of Space
Last week, astronaut Scott Kelly took off for an historic mission - one year in space aboard the International Space Station. He's poised to break the U.S. record for time in space by taking part in a study where scientists will compare his body to his identical twin brother's back on earth. Researchers to hope to use the information for a potential mission to Mars. But what's life really like for the astronauts aboard the Space Station? ABC's David Kerley talked to former astronaut Ron Garan who says the trip to space changed his whole outlook on life itself:

Surgery In The Womb
It was an agonizing decision for two parents who learned their child had a disease while still in the womb. Their choice? To undergo a risky but potentially beneficial in-utero surgery. ABC's Byron Pitts has more:

Driven To Distraction
It's a dangerous mix that can sometimes turn deadly - teenagers, cars and distractions. We have a new warning not only for teens, but for anyone who gets behind the wheel. Here's ABC's Linzie Janis:

Pope Francis & Young Catholics

According to a recent Pew Research Center study on religion, nearly a quarter of all Americans consider themselves Catholic - and they've begun to notice a change in the Church - a change from the top down:

Host: Cheri Preston
Producer: David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - March 27, 2015

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French Alps Plane Crash
This past Tuesday, a Germanwings plane flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, Germany crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, including three Americans. A few days after the crash - a stunning finding - with investigators saying the co-pilot deliberately set the plane on a downward course after the pilot was locked out of the cockpit. ABC's David Kerley has more:

Angelina Jolie's Second Surgery
It's been less than two years since Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing cancer. Now, the actress and humanitarian is opening up about her choice to undergo another preventative operation. ABC's Cecilia Vega has the details:

Cyberbullying & Teens
Cyberbullying is a growing problem for teenagers who spend a lot of their free time on social media - they're finding it hard to escape from the bullies even when they're not at school. Monica Lewinski - who considers herself one of the first cyberbullying victims - is even taking up the cause. Here's ABC's Ryan Smith:

Swimming With Sperm Whales
Sperm whales are some of the largest creatures on this planet, but there's still a lot we don't know about them. For instance, those signals they send through a series of audible clicks…just who are they trying to reach? ABC's Matt Gutman went to find out:

Daring Travel Hacks
He's the travel pro who some say is more con man than cost conscious. His hacks are daring - but if you have the confidence to pull them off, you could save yourself a ton of money. ABC's David Wright explains:

Al Pacino Still Going Strong

You probably know his classic roles in movies like Scarface and The Godfather, but did you know Al Pacino was actually rejected from the first acting school he applied to? Things have worked out just fine for the 74-year-old, but he tells ABC's Byron Pitts he still considers himself a "survivor:"

Host: Cheri Preston
Producer: David Rind

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Perspective Podcast - March 20, 2013

In this edition of Perspective...

Jehovah's Witnesses Sex Abuse
One young woman raised as a Jehovah's Witness says she was molested by a fellow church member. After she told her story, those she accused of the crime remained with the church. What's more, she said the church protected them. Now, more victims are coming forward. Here's ABC 's Dan Harris:

Intersex Controversy
It's a serious dilemma for parents -to say the least - whose children are born with the anatomy of both a boy and a girl. There's pressure to perform surgery right away, but some parents are practicing patience when it comes to these "intersexed" children. ABC's Juju Chang has the details:

NYPD Retraining
Last summer, video of an unarmed man being choked to death by a New York City police officer sparked a debate about race and policing in America, one that spilled onto the streets when the officer was not indicted. Now, the NYPD is being retrained - every last officer. ABC News World News Tonight anchor David Muir got an exclusive invite:

Mission To Mars
Would you sign up for a trip to be among the first humans to set foot on Mars? What if you were told you could never come back? Turns out hundreds of people around the world are auditioning for this very opportunity. ABC News International Affairs Correspondent Hamish MacDonald has the story:

America's History With Booze    
America has a somewhat complicated history with booze. There was once a time when it was as common as coffee at the breakfast table, and another others where it was outlawed altogether. Bruce Bustard is the curator of a new exhibit detailing all the twist and turns, and ABC's David Kerley went to the National Archives Museum to see it:  

Host: Cheri Preston
Producer: David Rind

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