Week of July 20, 2014
Segment 1: Double Life of an International Serial Killer
"[Jack Unterweger] was a true sadist. His sadistic desires never went away. In fact while he was in prison, without any kind of sexual outlet, they probably heightened. So he gets out of prison, he may have thought, 'I've got a lot to lose now, I will try to keep my sadistic desires in check.' But he didn't succeed."
Segment 2: Living to Tell About It
Federal prosecutor Stanley Alpert, The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival was kidnapped off the streets of Manhattan by gun-toting thugs on his birthday. By building a relationship with his abductors, he lived to tell his story.
"It just makes you realize, when you’re almost killed, that life is very short and very precious and you really need to do what it is that you care about the most. … Go out and do it and don’t waste time, because you don’t know how long you’re going to be alive."
Week of July 13, 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.'"