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AIRED ON 12/14/2014
Season 47 : Episode 13
AIRS ON 12/21/2014
Season 47 : Episode 14
From October 04, 2009: The Swindler (Steve Kroft)
Lesley Stahl interviews former president Jimmy Carter about his new book White House Diary. In the book, he admits to mistakes he made and blames Senator Ted Kennedy for delaying comprehensive health care reform.
From January 17, 2010: Football Island (Scott Pelley)
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From November 15, 2009: The Deadliest Weapon (Byron Pitts)
From January 10, 2010: Resurrecting the Extinct (Lesley Stahl)
From May 17, 2009: Anna Wintour (Morley Safer)
Steve Kroft presents a three part interview with John Gotti, Jr., son of the late John "Teflon Don" Gotti. Topics include growing up with his father whom he strove to please by living a life of crime, how he betrayed his father by leaving the mob and, with the end of his court case in December 2009, adjusting to being a free man ay his home on Long Island with his wife and six children.moreless
Our first story is a must see for anyone who owns or has ever used plastic. That means everyone. Lesley Stahl investigates phthalates, chemical compounds found in many plastics. Just how safe, or how dangerous are they?
In our next story, Byron Pitts with a look at the SEED school. Inner-city kids with a live in option for education.
Finally, here's the man to thank or blame it all on: Martin Cooper, inventor of the cell phone talks, in person, with Morley Safer.
In a double length episode, Scott Pelley with Michael Williams, the chief tech on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. What this man has to say about what happened and why is disturbing. Worst of all, how easy it is to happen again.
Also tonight, Bob Simon with Gustavo Dudamel, phenomenal conductor with magnetic personality, wonderful humor and a dedication to bring options of music to inner city kids rather than gangs, drugs and crime. "el Sistema" is a working model of how to help these kids make different choices.
Andy Rooney's essay is on gambling.
Steve Kroft with a shocking report on American citizens in training to become a terrorist against their own country. The 'Times Square Bomber' is far from the only one out there.
In our second story, Scott Pelley on the Hillary Clinton's heels as she goes about her usual duties and delves into her biggest focuses with regard to foreign policy.
Finally, Morley Safer looks at the newest trend of "walking away" from homes with mortgages far higher than their value. One former such home owner is now showing others how to cut their losses and just 'walk away'.
Immigrants trying to get into the U.S. by any means will often end up giving their lives in the attempt. Hundreds of John and Jane Doe's are buried not too far from where they drown crossing "The All American Canal". Scott Pelley reports.
An entirely new look at cooking with José Andrés who deconstructs the chemistry of food and flavors in ways you'd never expect or even believe. Anderson Cooper reports (and eats).
Finally, Steve Kroft interviews Conan O'Brien in his first interview since his being ousted from the Tonight Show in order to make it possible for Jay Leno to return after failing miserably in a different time slot. Conan tries, but doesn't always hold back how he's feeling.
Tonight, Lesley Stahl explores the how and why behind American born and raised individuals joining terrorist "jihads".
Also, Katie Couric reports on the overwhelming use of "smart drugs" in our nation's schools and universities.Finally, Byron Pitts from San Francisco where the Bay Bridge is being rebuilt and fitted for the "big one".
Byron Pitts reports on the earthquake preparedness of the Bay Bridge, which collapsed during the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta quake.
In our first story, a double sized episode with Scott Pelley and hidden cameras exposing the heartless, low down and completely fraudulent stem cell snake oil sales pitches that rob sick people and their loved ones of hope and a lot of money.
Also tonight, Katie Couric with Al Pacino. His latest role as Dr. Jack Kevorkian, "Dr. Death" was actually fashioned by his studying the 1998 Mike Wallace interview with the actual Kevorkian. How does Pacino feel about the role and the subject itself, medically assisted suicide or euthanasia for people?
In a double-length report, Steve Kroft interviews John Gotti Jr. in his first extended television interview about growing in the mafia lifestyle and being the son of "The Dapper Don."
Bob Simon reports on the landmark discovery of a nearly 2 million year old hominid skeleton in South Africa.
Morley Safer interviews Lori Andrews, a professor of law who insists your genes are yours alone. Another lawyer, who is also a molecular biologist, insists that biotech gene patents benefit society as a whole.
In our next story, Bob Simon reports on Ugandans dying of HIV and AIDS, in a country where the vast majority of people cannot afford or access to necessary medications, are now finding hope in a program, started by President George W. Bush, helping to alter tragic outcomes.
Also tonight, Leslie Stahl looks at how tobacco companies are trying to stay afloat as the number of smokers declines with smokeless products.
FBI & CIA officer, Nada Prouty was on the trail of terrorists for years before being branded a traitor and spy. Scott Pelley with the first media interview she's conducted since being targeted by national security investigations and nicknamed, "Jihad Jane"
Next up, Steve Kroft with a man who insists there's a lot of luck behind his making it big in his lifetime. Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's richest 'oligarch' is now talking about making the New Jersey Nets a New York based team. With his billions of dollars, mega boats, cars and nearly everything he touches prospering, it seems strange that he attributes it to being in the right place at the right time - and 8 Russian party girls.
Finally, Anderson Cooper with Mike Rutzen in Cape Town, South Africa. Rutzen, also known as "The Sharkman", swims with the most feared predators in the ocean and takes Anderson with him.
Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel talks with Katie Couric about what it's like to be the man who is consistently in the middle of all presidential decisions and tough, unpopular choices, not the least of which being the new health care reform.
In our second story, Scott Pelley reports on the current situation with Haiti's earthquake victims, the most tragic being the children. We've heard about the attempts to steal the kids that desperate parents give up with hopes for a better chance at survival, but what about those left in a form of legal slavery there?
Finally, Lesley Stahl with pro tennis doubles champs, identical twins who have convinced their opponents that a psychic connection explains how they know what each other are doing or going to do.
Our first story is a double length feature with a different look at the Wall Street mess. Michael Lewis, former bond trader and best selling author talks with Steve Kroft on the current status on Wall Street, including why big bonuses continue to be paid.
Also tonight, Lesley Stahl with Derek Paravicini, who despite severe disabilities is a renowned musical savant.
The full program is dedicated to Bob Simon's report on Spain's superstar bullfighting brothers, Francisco and Cayetano Rivera-Ordonez.
Scott Pelley examines the world of espionage in and the ever increasing role of the Chinese in their attempts to steal America's secrets.
Bob Simon reports from the banks of the Euphrates River, where Armenians claim that some 100 years ago the Turks committed genocide with the deportation and killing of more than a million of their citizens. The Turkish and American governments, however, refuse to call it genocide.
Lesley Stahl profiles Kathryn Bigelow, whose film The Hurt Locker has her in line to possibly become the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director.
Steve Kroft examines the story behind "Blackwater 61", a plane carrying soldiers and supplies that crashed into a mountain in Afghanistan.
Lesley Stahl reports on an alternative energy source that large corporations in California have been secretly testing.
Scott Pelley returns to Ground Zero to look at why, despite billions spent, none of the buildings and memorial has been completed.
Leslie Stahl talks with David Kris, head of the National Security Division at the Justice Department about Iran's nuclear capabilities and how some their uranium enrichment equipment may have come from America..
Scott Pelley gets an inside look at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Morley Safer reports that despite over a year of news coverage on Bernard Madoff's multibillion dollar Ponzi, similar scams are still thriving.
Lara Logan was given unprecedented access to a team of Army Green Berets, ODA 7215, whose job it is to train Afghan soldiers to protect their homeland. The 60 Minutes team "lived with them, trained with them and went to battle with them" for 2 1/2 months.
Bob Simon interviews Olympic snowboarder U.S. Shaun White as he prepared for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
Steve Kroft profiles award winning performer Beyonce Knowles, best known only by her first name.
Byron Pitts with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne in the latest efforts for citizens of Haiti.
Also, Scott Pelley in American Samoa trying to shed light on why this small territory produces more NFL players than anywhere else.
Finally, Penelope Cruz sits down with Charlie Rose.
Steve Kroft talks with Director of Homeland Security Richard Stana on the status of the multi-billion-dollar "virtual fence" being built at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Anderson Cooper's report looks at behind-the-scenes issues from the Republican and Democratic camps during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Lesley Stahl reports on advances in sustaining endangered species and maybe day even resurrect some that have died out by using DNA technology.
Steve Kroft with Bradley Birkenfeld, a Swiss banker who exposes how some Americans evade taxes by hiding their money in Swiss bank accounts. This has been known for decades, but not until this whistle blower was anything ever able to be traced.
Byron Pitts reports on the impacts of two wars and a recession have had on the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. Claims have significantly increased, slowing the large bureaucracy and frustrating many veterans.
African elephants with language? Experts not only have this to be true, but are putting together a sort of elephant translation-dictionary. Bob Simon in Central Africa for this absolutely incredible story.
Lesley Stahl looks into California's three year drought.
Lara Logan reports on Afghanistan's efforts to be rid of al Qaeda and the Taliban. Former CIA operative Henry Crumpton discusses the strategy he feels is now necessary in Pakistan.
From October 11, 2009: The Birdmen (Steve Kroft)
Scott Pelley returns to Wilmington, Ohio for the latest on the aftermath of the DHL shut down.
Bob Simon travels to Istanbul, Turkey to interview Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leader of the 300-million member Orthodox Christian Church.
Morley Safer interviews Alec Baldwin.
Steve Kroft interviews President Obama on a range of topics including the war, troops, bankers getting richer despite doing a bad job and taking bail out money and the recent party crashers at the White House.
Morley Safer profies Dr. Anthony Atala, a researcher who is growing body parts from human cells taken directly from patients for the purpose of producing replacing body parts.
Lesley Stahl profiles Ricky Gervais.
Anderson Cooper reports on education pioneer Geoffrey Canada's successful experiment in inner-city education, the Harlem Children's Zone, which has helped put historically low-achieving students in New York City on an academic par with their grammar-school peers.
In a double-length segment, Bob Simon talks to disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who speaks for the first time about betting on pro basketball games, his Mafia involvement, how he got caught and his subsequent prison term.
Scott Pelley reports on Congo's gold war, including the cost of human life.
In a double-length segment, Lara Logan reports on Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic, the Bismarck and the PT 109. Lara now takes 60 Minutes cameras to his latest discovery, located 1500 feet down in the Aegean Sea off Turkey.
Andy Rooney's essay is on his alleged negativity.
Steve Kroft reports on how many Americans spend their last days in an intensive care unit, subjected to uncomfortable machines or surgeries to prolong their lives at enormous cost.
Bob Simon talks to Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari who was recently freed after four months of interrogation and torture at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
Morley Safer interviews with James Cameron on his newest 3D sci fi fantasy movie, Avatar.
Byron Pitts with Christopher Parsons, a bomb squad National Guardsman who, along with other specialists like him are finding roadside and other deadly bombs before anyone else does.
Lesley Stahl talks with the inspiration behind the lead character in Jurassic Park and reports on famed dinosaur hunter Jack Horner, who is shaking up the paleontology world.
Scott Pelley travels to Southern Iraq, where many biblical scholars place the Garden of Eden, and finds a water world where the 'Marsh Arabs' are recovering from Saddam Hussein's attempt to destroy the 'cradle of civilization.'
How safe are our computer systems? The ones that run the water works, power grids and possibly even military arsenals? Steve Kroft reports.
In a two-part segment, Katie Couric profiles Andre Agassi on his the release of his upcoming autobiography Open and his decision to open up about the darkest moments of his life.
Scott Pelley reports on the latest on the status and availability of the H1N1 vaccine.
Lara Logan reports on a high ranking member of Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, who maneuvered his way to the front of the line in the U.S. for a liver transplant.
Lesley Stahl reports on how major movies are pirated, in some instances prior to being releassed in movie theaters.
Steve Kroft examines the $60 billion a year Medicare and Medicaid fraud industry.
Katie Couric reports on the lack of attention paid to combating epilepsy.
Byron Pitts profiles Tyler Perry, who started his own studio in Atlanta and produced the popular movie series Madea.
Scott Pelley on the Center for Disease Control's report that Swine Flu (the H1N1 virus) is targeting people who would normally be safe.
Lesley Stahl files a follow up report on the incredible invention of John Kanzius, a cancer fighting machine that sidesteps the side effects of chemo or radiation.
Anderson Cooper interviews Drew Barrymore, who has gone from child star to producer to movie director.
Scott Pelley spends time with a U.S. Marine company in Afghanistan. They were deployed as part of President Obama's troop buildup.
Bob Simon reports on new that studies show athletes, especially professional football players, who suffered many blows to the head, became brain damaged.
Steve Kroft reports on the latest extreme adventurer craze: men donning wing suits and jumping off mountain tops to glide at speeds of 140 miles per hour.
Steve Kroft interviews New York attorney Marc Dreier, who has scammed some $400 million and earned the nickname the 'mini-Madoff.'
Lesley Stahl reports on the possible dangers of coal ash.
Scott Pelley reports from Kenya, the site of the great wildebeest migration.
The 42nd Season opens with the following segments:
David Martin talks to General Stanley McChrystal, the man tasked with turning things around in Afghanistan. He tells David that the spread of violence in Afghanistan was more than he expected and talks about some the challenges he faces.
Irving Picard is the man in charge of recovering assets from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme and returning some of his victims lost investments. He tells Morley Safer that there is still about $18 billion out there that he hopes to recover and that it won't be easy.
Many famous stars like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Elvis Presley are dead and now but, as Steve Kroft reports, all are very much alive when it comes to generating income for their estates.