Week of October 19, 2014
Segment 1: Update on the Syrian Civil War
Many Syrians understandably have fled the civil war. Edward Dark (not his real name) is still there and writing from the once prosperous city of Aleppo. He updates us on how and why things went so terribly wrong there, what day to day life is like in Aleppo, and the situation of the indeginous Syrian Christians. Read his latest article on Syria here.
"The revolution morphed into just a mirror image of the regime. ... And they both didn't give two damns about the Syrian people. They were both targeting civilians and they still do on a daily basis - they murder Syrians like they were cattle."
Segment 2: Plumb - "Need You Now"
Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, known as Plumb, suffered from painful anxiety and panic attacks in high school. She thought of those days of hiding in the bathroom, crying out to God as she wrote the title track of her album, Need You Now. Recently, the song had renewed relevance as her marriage crumbled and she faced divorce. She discusses her career, her music and her reconciliation with her husband.
"I wanted there to be a song that said, out loud, it's OK to cry for help, it's OK to just scream it at the top of your lungs."
Week of October 12, 2014
Segment 1: The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City
Electronics giant Circuit City started as a Mom and Pop TV store in 1949 with a $13,000 investment. It became a multi-billion dollar company and the best performing Fortune 500 Company for any 15-year period between 1965 and 1995. Then it went bankrupt in 2009. Alan Wurtzel, son of Circuit City founder Sam Wurtzel, took over as CEO in 1972, then joined the board from 1986 to 2000. "Good to Great to Gone: The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City."
"A significant contributing factor was hubris on the part of management during the decline of Circuit City. Lots of companies ... think they're smarter than the competition. And when you start thinking that way, you're making a big mistake."
Segment 2: Historical Thriller Writer - Steve Berry
New York Times Bestselling novelist Steve Berry's books have been translated into 40 languages with 15 million copies in print. Steve Berry discusses his twelfth thriller called “The Columbus Affair” as well as how and why he writes. He’ll also talk about a foundation he created called www.historymatters.com which is dedicated to preserving historical places and documents.
"Every writer on the planet has a little voice in their head. ... It says, 'Sit down and write. If you write, I'll be very happy and I will hush. If you don't write, I'm going to nag you to death.'"