Morley Safer profiles Peter Thiel, a billionaire internet business pioneer who pays students with promising entrepreneurial ideas $100,000 to drop out of college. He sees the controversial program as a viable alternative to what, in his opinion, is a university system that is too expensive and not effective in preparing graduates for success.
Lara Logan reports on the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, a final hope for patients with rare and undiagnosed medical conditions run by Dr. William Gahl's.
Steve Kroft profiles Roger Waters, the creative force behind Pink Floyd and writer of the rock opera The Wall which, at the age of 68, he is still performing around the world.moreless
Anderson Cooper reports on illegal activities at America's cemeteries including exhuming bodies to resell plots, pressurized sales tactics and moving graves without informing families. These practices raise questions around whether or not the multi-billion needs more government oversight.
Bob Simon visits Tel Aviv, Israel's largest city. The city is an oasis of merriment in the increasingly violent and unstable Middle East.
From December 18, 2011 - The Many Meryls (Morley Safer)moreless
In a double-length segment, Lesley Stahl interviews the former head of the C.I.A.'s Clandestine Service, Jose Rodriguez, who talks to about 'enhanced interrogation techniques' used on high-level al-Qaeda prisoners. He defends certain techniques, including waterboarding, that some consider torture.
Morley Safer talks to Dr. Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, on the use of MRI brain scans of addicts to demonstrate the difficulty to just no to drugs and other addictions, including eating, smoking and gambling.
Scott Pelley reports on the impact of the end of the Space Shuttle program in which 7,000 employees at the Kennedy Space Center lost their jobs and the devastating ripple effect on local businesses in Brevard County.
Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California at San Francisco, believes the high amount of sugar in the American diet is deadly. His research, supported by new studies from some of the nation's most respected institutions, suggests that sugar is toxic and a contributory factor to cancer, obesity, Type II diabetes, hypertension and even heart disease and stroke.
Morley Safer visits the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair where contemporary art prices have been outperforming the stock market since 2003.