ON "PRIMETIME: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?," FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5
When People See a Situation that Cries Out for Action,
Do They Step in, Back Away or Just Walk on by?
Will store patrons step in when a bigoted clerk insults a Jewish couple? How will onlookers react to a mother drinking heavily at a bar while her young son begs her to stop? Using hidden cameras, "What Would You Do?" establishes everyday scenarios and then captures people's reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Qui�ones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process. "Primetime: What Would You Do?" airs FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
This week's scenarios include:
· Anti-Semitism: When a clerk is rude to a young Jewish couple -- insulting them with commonly used anti-Jewish slurs -- will fellow patrons intervene? And will there be a difference in how Jewish or non Jewish bystanders react to the bigoted clerk?
· Drunk Parents: What happens when a mom brings her child to a bar, drinking a few too many? Will patrons react any differently if the parent drinking is a dad instead of a mom?
· Fake Panhandler: Imagine sitting down in a local outside caf�/park when you see a woman get out of her car and, before your eyes, transform from dressed up to dressed down. She pulls out a cup/sign and sets up shop to ask for spare change. What would you do? Would it make a difference if it was a man?
· Muslim -- "American" Girl: Last year "WWYD?" saw how diners reacted when they saw a young, would-be bride trying to escape from her Polygamist family; this season we see how witnesses react to a girl who is unwilling to obey the strict customs of her fundamentalist Muslim family. While her parents and siblings are concealed in fundamentalist garb, she is dressed as a typical American teenager - without veil or headscarf. As her family accuses her of being corrupted by Western ways, she will fight back, insisting she just wants to dress -- and act -- like her friends.
"Primetime: What Would You Do?" has won awards from the Chicago International Television Festival, and the Avon Foundation's 2006 Voice of Change award for exposing "injustice and wrongdoing against women and bringing the message of domestic violence to the mainstream." The Columbia Journalism Review has called the program "a Candid Camera of Ethics.
David Sloan and Chris Whipple are co-executive producers and Danielle Baum Rossen is the senior producer of "What Would You Do?"
SHOULD A MOTHER BE CONVICTED OF MURDER
BASED ON THE TESTIMONY OF HER SEVEN-YEAR-OLD SON?
"20/20" Airs Friday, November 5 on ABC
Whom to believe -- mother or son? Just hours after the drowning death of seven-year-old Adrianna Hutto, her six-year-old brother, AJ, had a horrific story to tell police about their mother, Amanda Lewis. He accused his mother of dunking Adrianna, drowning her in their Florida pool. But can AJ be believed, or was he coached into telling the damaging story? "20/20" explores family secrets, the challenges of child testimony, and AJ's heart-wrenching testimony at the age of seven at the trial that pits mother against son. Ashleigh Banfield's report, which includes an exclusive interview with Amanda Lewis, airs on "20/20," FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Video preview: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/tragedy-pool-mama-dunked-sister-Amanda-Lewis-drowned-death-daughter-12049050
"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and Chris Cuomo. David Sloan is executive producer.