1. Jonathan Alter tells Dave Davies about the story behind the infamous ‘47 percent’ video:

    This was one of the more pivotal external events in recent campaign history, and it really begins five years earlier on a pitch black night in the Florida Everglades, when a woman in a car plunges to the bottom of a canal and a man working at a motorcycle dealership nearby hears the screams. He goes to the canal. He dives in. He finally gets the door open, but she’s trapped in her seatbelt. He gets … a knife. He cuts the seatbelt, saves the woman, is decorated as a hero. And then this man — whose name is Scott Prouty — five years later is a bartender at a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Boca Raton. And I think listeners know what happens next, but what interested me was his motivation for why he basically lost his job and knew that his life would change, and it went back to his night in the Everglades. And he told me as part of many hours of conversations that what he learned from that experience was if you can jump in, you must jump in — you have an obligation to jump in. And he felt with that 68-minute video of Mitt Romney that he had an obligation in his mind to prevent that man from becoming president of the United States, and he acted on that sense of obligation.”

  2. Fresh Air

    Interviews

    Jonathan Alter

    The Center Holds

    Barack Obama

    Mitt Romney

    2012 presidential campaign

    47 percent

    Scott Prouty