October 18, 2016: Should There Be A Third Debate? Terror in Europe. Come to the Congo. Carole Bayer Sager: They’re Playing Our Song

October 19, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, between the leaked tape of Donald Trump’s lewd remarks about women and the accusers who have surfaced alleging harassment, thousands of hacked e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, and Twitter wars, this year’s presidential race appears to be built on incivility, mudslinging, and vulgarity. And there’s still one more presidential debate to go. If the candidates don’t plan to address the issues, is the third and final debate even necessary? Some Americans don’t think so. After the performances of both Trump and Clinton at the first two presidential debates this month, public opinion is that there is no ground to be won for either candidate and nothing for viewers at home to gain from another match-up. Among those sharing that opinion is an author and former ABC News correspondent Lynn Scherr who recently made the case to scrap the third debate on Bill Moyers’ website. She joins us tonight to explain why a third presidential debate would be overkill.

Then, in 2015, separate attacks in Paris against the Charlie Hebdo magazine and the Bataclan Concert Hall left close to 150 people dead. That was followed by suicide bombs in Brussels and the Bastille Day attack in Nice, on crowds gathered to watch fireworks and celebrate the independence of France on July 14th. Though more than 100 people died in those incidents, questions remain about this unprecedented wave of terror. Were the warning signs left unchecked and are intelligence forces ill-prepared for these more frequent attacks? A new FRONTLINE documentary investigated these questions in their documentary Terror in Europe, and the answer to both is chilling. Pro Publica reporter Sebastian Rotella led this investigation for FRONTLINE, and he joins us tonight to share his perspective on terror on the European continent.

Next, for cinematographer Vianet D’Jenguet, coming home to the Republic of Congo meant more than reliving childhood memories, it was a chance to film his homeland for the first time in his career and share the beautifully diverse landscapes, wildlife, and people. D’Jenguet’s journey home is documented in the new Nature film My Congo. Series Editor for Nature Janet Hess joins us to talk more about the breath-taking documentary that showcases the unique beauty of Congolese Africa.

Finally, Carole Bayer Sager is a lyricist, singer, and songwriter for some of music’s biggest hits, such as the 1977 title song for the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me and “That’s What Friends are For.” The brilliant wordsmith has collaborated with stars from Carly Simon to Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, and Céline Dion. Now, Carole is pouring her words into a new project: her memoir, They’re Playing Our Song, which goes on sale today. She joins us to discuss her life and decade-spanning career as a music pioneer, all chronicled in her memoir, which critics are calling “honest, heartfelt, and humorous.”

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