60 Minutes

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  • 60 Minutes has been on the air since 1968, beginning on a Tuesday, but spending most of its time on Sundays, where it remains today. This popular news magazine provides both hard hitting investigations, interviews and features, along with people in the news and current events.60 Minutes has set unprecedented records in the Nielsen's ratings with a number 1 rating, five times, making it among the most successful t.v. programs in all of television history. This series has won more Emmy awards than any other news program and in 2003, Don Hewitt, the creator (back in 1968), was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Emmy, along with the 60 Minute correspondents. For the 2009 season, correspondents include Steve Kroft, Lesley Stahl, Bob Simon, Scott Pelley, Morley Safer, Katie Couric, Byron Pitts, Lara Logan, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper, and Andy Rooney. Added to the 11 Peabody awards, this phenomenally long-lived series has collected 78 awards up to the 2005 season and remains among the viewers top choice for news magazine features.moreless

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  • S 48 : Ep 22


    Airs 2/21/16

  • S 48 : Ep 21


    Airing Today

  • S 48 : Ep 20


    Aired 1/24/16

  • S 48 : Ep 19


    Aired 1/31/16

  • S 48 : Ep 18


    Aired 1/24/16

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steve Kroft


  • Lesley Stahl


  • Bob Simon


  • Morley Safer


  • Scott Pelley


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  • Quotes (23)

    • Morgan Freeman (says labelling each other 'white' or 'black' is an obstacle to ending racism): I am going to stop calling you a white man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.

    • Morgan Freeman (talking about Black History Month): I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history.

    • Andy Rooney's final essay entitled My Lucky Life
      When I went on television it was as a writer. I don't think of myself as a television personality. I'm a writer who reads what he's written.

      People have often told me I said the things they are thinking themselves. I probably haven't said anything here that you didn't already know or have already thought. That's what a writer does. There aren't too many original thoughts in the world.

      A writers' job is to tell the truth. I believe that if all the truth were known about everything in the world it would be a better place to live. I know I've been terribly wrong sometimes, but I think I've been right more than I've been wrong.

      I may have given the impression that I don't care what anyone else thinks, but I do care. I care a lot. I have always hoped people will like what I've written. Being liked is nice but it's not my intent.

      I spent my first 50 years trying to become well known as a writer, and the next 30 trying to avoid being famous. I walk down the street now or go to a football game and people shout "Hey Andy!" And I hate that.

      I've done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I've complained about, I can't complain about my life. My wife Margie and I had four good kids...now there are grandchildren. I have two great grand children although they're a little young for me to know how great they are. And all this time I've been paid to say what is on my mind on television. You don't get any luckier in life than that.

      This is a moment I have dreaded. I wish I could do this forever. I can't though. But I'm not retiring. Writers don't retire and I'll always be a writer.

      A lot of you have sent me wonderful letters and said good things to me when you meet me in the street. I wasn't always gracious about it. It's hard to accept being liked. I don't say this often, but thank you. Although if you do see me in a restaurant, please, just let me eat my dinner.

    • Steve Kroft: In his new biography of Jobs, Walter Isaacson writes that he revolutionized or reimagined seven industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, telephones, tablet computing, digital publishing and retail stores.

    • Lesley Stahl: I'm having two reactions: one is brilliant and the other is I'm sick to my stomach.
      Jack Abramoff: Right. Evil. Yeah. Terrible.
      Lesley Stahl: Cos it's, it's hurting...
      Jack Abramoff: Shameful.
      Lesley Stahl: ...our country.
      Jack Abramoff: Absolutely. It's the worst thing that can happen, all parts of the system...
      Lesley Stahl: I'm mad at you.
      Jack Abramoff: I was mad...
      Lesley Stahl: I'm not kidding, I'm not kidding.
      Jack Abramoff: I was mad at me. Lesley, look, I did things and I was involved in the system I should have not been in. I'm ashamed of the fact I was there. The very reason why now I'm speaking about it, and now I'm trying to do something to recompense is the fact that I thought it was, it was wrong of me to do it.

    • Lesley Stahl: I really think what you were doing was, was subverting the essence of our system.
      Jack Abramoff: Yes, absolutely right. But our system is flawed and has to be fixed. Human beings populate our system. Human beings are weak.
      Lesley Stahl: You preyed on that.
      Jack Abramoff: I did. I was one of many who did. I did and I'm ashamed of, of, of that fact.

    • Meryl Streep: It's good to have something that is discoverable. Frankly, I think every human being has. I don't think I'm that mysterious, but I'm glad he (Jack Nicholson) thinks so.

    • Morley Safer: If you look at the movies being made, the big movies that are being made are, are about comic strips...
      Meryl Streep: (playfully waving her hand) Well, I don't see those!
      Morley Safer: ...vampires, or gross behavior.
      Meryl Streep: Yeah.
      Morley Safer: All aimed at, what, 18 year-old boys?
      Meryl Streep: Yes, that's called the narrowing of the audience. The movie business has worked assiduously to discourage you, and other intelligent, discerning people (Morley laughs) from the theater, from the movie theater. They have worked hard to get rid of you because you don't go then buy toys and games.

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    Notes (132)

    • Live From New York captures singer Ashlee Simpson's October 24, 2004 lip-syncing miscue, which resulted in her walking off the set. Simpson claimed that acid reflux disease caused her to lose her voice and forced her to rely on a backing tape.

    • Morgan Freeman considers the concept of a month dedicated to Black history to be 'ridiculous' and notes there is no 'white history month'.

    • The Great Migration
      Editor: Tom Honeysett
      Camera: Chris Everson, Ian Robbie
      Sound: Anton van der Merwe
      Field Producer: Nick Wadhams

    • Credits:
      The Birdmen

      Editor: Andy Soto
      Camera: Chris Albert, Dan Bussell, Tom Rapier
      Sound: Everett Wong
      Associate Producer: Coleman Cowan
      Broadcast Associate: Kate Morris
      Video From: MSP Films

    • The Secret Language of Elephants
      Editor: Terry Manning
      Camera: Chris Everson, Ian Roobie
      Sound: Anton van der Merwe
      Associate Producer: Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson
      Video from: The Elephant Listening Project
      Photos from: Andrea Turalko

    • The January 24, 2010 episode of 60 Minutes was canceled in favor of CBS' prime time coverage of the AFC Championship game.

    • The February 7, 2010 episode of 60 Minutes was canceled in favor of CBS' Sports coverage of Super Bowl XLIV.

    • Credits:
      The Sharkman

      Editor: Paul Bellinger
      Camera: Chris Everson, Morne Hardenberg, Ian Robbie
      Sound: Anton van der Merwe
      Associate Producer: Drew Magratten
      Broadcast Associate: Michelle Boniface
      Video from: Ralf Kiefner, Andrea Ramalho, Pretoma

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    Trivia (7)

    • The society of water-nomads that survived the tsunami and helped warn others of it's arrival, have no words for "hello", "goodbye" or "worry", among others. Without a concept of passing time, saying hello or goodbye would indicate they even notice. And they don't. - As for 'worry'? - They don't even have a word for 'why' ?


      Taxpayer Protection Pledge
      I, ________, pledge to the taxpayers of the state
      of ___________, and to the American people that I will:

      ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax
      rates for individuals and/or businesses; and
      TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and
      credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

    • The average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar per year.

    • At the conclusion of the program, Scott Pelley presented a followup to a November 2008 segment called The Wasteland which examined the practices of Executive Recycling (ER) with regards to the illegal disposal of electronic waste.
      In December, 2012, a jury in the U.S. District Court of Colorado (Denver) found Brandon Richter and Tor Olson guilty on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, environmental crimes related to illegal disposal, smuggling and obstruction of justice. Richter, owner and CEO and Olson, a former vice president of operations form the Englewood, Colorado, based company, each face up to decades in prison.

    • Traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress account for 36% of the disabling injuries suffered by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan; amputations account for 10%.

    • In the week following the telecast, Jessica published her story in a book called Impossible Odds, The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six with Erik Landemalm and Anthony Flacco.

    • On Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States, it is expected that online shoppers will produce 300 orders per second.

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  • Fan Reviews (30)
  • A really good foreign affairs correspondent needed!

    By newswatchdog911, May 25, 2015

  • wondering why there's racism in the United states

    By nanamccall, May 17, 2015

  • Confirmation bias is a terrible thing to waste...

    By ritchiepage2001, Nov 20, 2014

  • Interesting story

    By DP0424, Sep 15, 2014


    By lizbethtaylor1, Jul 07, 2014