60 Minutes - Season 44

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  • September 23, 2012 - Campaign 2012

    Campaign 2012 is examined in depth with separate interviews with the two men vying for the Office of the President. Steve Kroft interviews President Barack Obama and Scott Pelley interviews Governor Mitt Romney on a wide range of topics which are of interest to voters including the economy, jobs, healthcare, national security and the federal budget.

  • September 16, 2012 - The Spymaster Speaks, The Player, The Year of Adele

    From March 11, 2012: The Spymaster Speaks (Lesley Stahl)
    From October 9, 2011: The Player (Scott Pelley)
    From February 12, 2012: The Year of Adele (Anderson Cooper)

  • September 9, 2012 - Killing Bin Laden

    Scott Pelley interviews "Mark Owen," one of the members of Seal Team 6. Owen, who is disguised for his own safety, gives a first-hand account of the raid in Pakistan which resulted in the killing of the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. "Mark" recalls each step of the mission and the preparation he and the nation's elite force made for it in order to give credit to his SEAL comrades and the hundreds of others whose work played a role in the successful mission. The story is presented in four parts and comprises the entire program.

  • Season 44 Summer Reairings (June 3 - September 2, 2012)

    See Recap for details.

  • August 12, 2012 - Romney / Ryan, Joy in the Congo, Trapped in Unemployment

    In their first joint interview since being announced as the Republican ticket, Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) sit down with CBS News' Bob Schieffer in High Point, North Carolina, where they were campaigning.
    From April 8, 2012: Joy in the Congo (Bob Simon)
    From February 19, 2012: Trapped in Unemployment (Scott Pelley)

  • May 27, 2012 - 60 Minutes Presents: Honoring Our Troops

    From September 18, 2011: "Never Seen The Like" (David Martin)
    From November 6, 2011: Operation Proper Exit (Scott Pelley)
    From January 8, 2012: Marine Brothers (Lara Logan)

  • May 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM ET - Final Resting Place, Tel Aviv, The Many Meryls

    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)

  • 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.

  • May 13, 2012 - Hank, The Gulen Movement, The Role of a Lifetime

    From CBSNEWS.com

    Hank - Legendary retired covert CIA Officer Henry "Hank" Crumpton tells his spy stories to Lara Logan, including his role in the early war in Afghanistan as Deputy Director of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center.

    The Gulen Movement -A worldwide Islamic movement that has inspired scores of public charter schools here in the U.S. is led by a Turkish cleric living in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Lesley Stahl reports on Fethullah Gulen and his message of education.

    The Role of a Lifetime - "CSI: NY" star Gary Sinise's appearance in "Forrest Gump" helped lead to his humanitarian efforts for disabled veterans like the "Lt. Dan" character he made so memorable in the c film. David Martin reports.

  • May 6, 2012 - The Raptor, Cleaning Up Whitley County, Michael Phelps

    Lesley Stahl talks to two pilots - Major Jeremy Gordon and Capt. Josh Wilson of the Virginia Air National Guard based at Langley Air Force Base - who have chosen not to fly the nation's top fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, because of safety and health concerns. The two pilots are risking their careers by speaking to 60 Minutes without military approval.

    Byron Pitts reports on the work of investigative reporters Adam Sulfridge and Samantha Swindler, who were responsible for the arrest and incarceration of Whitley County, Kentucky's corrupt sheriff, Lawrence Hodge. Working for The Corbin Times-Tribune, the two managed to do what federal authorities could not - building a case to get the sheriff and numerous associates convicted on charges which included money laundering, extortion and distribution of drugs.

    Anderson Cooper profiles United States swimmer Michael Phelps, eight-time gold medalist at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Michael talks about the time after Beijing when he stopped training to enjoy life, which included being photographed with a marijuana pipe. He has rededicated himself to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, after which he will retire.

  • 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.

  • April 22, 2012 - The Case Against Lehman Brothers, Christians of the Holy Land, The Trouble with Treasure

    Steve Kroft talks to Anton R. Valukas, Chairman of Jenner & Block and former U.S. Attorney, the bank examiner who investigated the how and why of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history and the trigger behind the world financial crisis. This is Valukas' first interview.

    Bob Simon reports on the slow exodus of Palestinian Christians from the Holy Land, who say life in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become too difficult.

    Armen Keteyian reports on Jay Miscovich, who found a cache of emeralds on the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Key West, Florida worth millions.

  • April 15, 2012 - Remembering Mike Wallace

    A special program dedicated to Mike Wallace, who died on April 7 at the age of 93. Mike was one of the founders of 60 Minutes and set the tone for the show. He and Harry Reasoner were the initial correspondents when the show debuted in 1968.

  • April 8, 2012 - An Imperfect Union, The Sport of Kings, Joy in the Congo

    Steve Kroft reports on the European debt crisis which, if not contained, would impact the United States. Interviewees include International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde.

    Lara Logan profiles Ignacio "Nacho" Figueras, the sport of polo's leading star and the face of Ralph Lauren's Polo fashion brand.

    Bob Simon visits the Congo's Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra, a group of 200 musicians and vocalists who perform in the capital city of Kinshasa. Today, it is Central Africa's only symphony orchestra and the world's only all-black orchestra.

  • 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.

  • March 25, 2012 - Resurrecting Chrysler, Evidence of Innocence, Novak Djokovic

    Steve Kroft profiles Sergio Marchionne, who is credited with saving Chrysler through an alliance with Fiat. They paid back their loans to the U.S. Government six years early.

    Lara Logan reports on the case of Michael Morton, who was exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife. In his first interview, talks about the likelihood that prosecutorial misconduct played a role in his conviction.

    Bob Simon profiles world number-one men's tennis player Novak Djokovic, who is the current holder of three of the four Grand Slam titles and began 2012 by winning his first 41 matches.

  • March 18, 2012 - SpaceX, Face Blindness

    Scott Pelley profiles Elon Musk, the first private citizen to launch a space vehicle into orbit and recover it. He is the founder of SpaceX and hopes to become the first private venture to put a person into orbit.
    In a double-length segment, Lesley Stahl reports on Face Blindness, known medically as Prosopagnosia. It is a condition that keeps people from remembering faces, even those of family members. Some studies estimate that as many as one in 50 people may be afflicted with Prosopagnosia. Lesley also interviews 'super recognizers,' people who never forget a face, no matter how long ago they saw it.

  • March 11, 2012 - The Spymaster Speaks, Teacher to the World, Aerosmith

    Lesley Stahl talks with Meir Dagan, the former head of the Israeli intelligence service about the possibility of a nuclear Iran.

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the teaching methods of Sal Khan, whose educational website Khan Academy helps millions of students around the world. His teaching methods have become so effective that they may become the future of American education.

    Lara Logan profiles the members of Aerosmith who, despite their differences, substance abuse and changing musical tastes, have stayed together for 40 years.

  • March 4, 2012 - Stuxnet, The Archbishop of Dublin, Redshirting

    Steve Kroft reports on a sophisticated computer worm called Stuxnet successfully sabotaged Iran's nuclear program by destroying centrifuges. It is now available to all and its ideas and methods potentially exposed to terrorists or rogue nations who could modify the worm and use it against the United States.

    Bob Simon talks to the Archbishop of Dublin regarding the sex abuse crisis in the Irish Catholic Church. The Archbishop is an outspoken critic of the Church and the way the crisis has been handled.

    Morley Safer reports on kindergarten "redshirting," the practice of holding children who have late birthdays back one year so they will be among the oldest in instead of among the youngest.

  • February 26, 2012 - 60 Minutes Presents: Going to Extremes

    From October 11, 2009: The Birdmen (Steve Kroft)
    From October 02, 2011: Alone on the Wall (Lara Logan)
    From March 28, 2010: The Sharkman (Anderson Cooper)

  • February 19, 2012 - Trapped in Unemployment, Treating Depression, The Mozart of Chess

    Scott Pelley reports on a program run by Joe Carbone, president and CEO of WorkPlace Inc., called Platform to Employment which is designed to help the long term unemployed back into the workforce.

    Lesley Stahl profiles Dr. Irving Kirsh, a Harvard psychologist who says anti-depression drugs are not much better than placebos, especially for the mildly to moderately depressed, something that is heavily disputed by psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry.

    Bob Simon profiles chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, the number one chess player in the world.

  • February 12, 2012 - Deception at Duke, India's Gold, The Year of Adele

    Scott Pelley reports on Duke University oncologist Dr. Anil Potti, an Indian-born Rhodes Scholar who manipulated data in his study of a breakthrough cancer therapy and fooled not only Duke itself, but also 112 patients who signed up for the treatment and top medical journals. It is one of the largest medical frauds in history.

    Byron Pitts reports on the demand for gold in India, which accounts for an amazing 32 percent of the worldwide market for the precious metal with wedding jewellery driving roughly 50 per cent of the demand. The Indian Dream of owning gold is akin to the American Dream of owning a home

    Anderson Cooper profiles 23-year old British singing sensation Adele, whose second album sold over 17 million copies worldwide and has put her in line for six Grammys. She talks about recent laser vocal cord surgery to remove a polyp that threatened her career.

  • February 5, 2012 - 60 Minutes Presents: Dolly Parton, Anna Wintour, Meryl Streep

    Morley Safer profiles three famous ladies.
    From June 7, 2009 - Dolly
    From May 17, 2009 - Anna Wintour
    From December 18, 2011 - The Many Meryls

  • January 29, 2012 - Defense Secretary Panetta, The Commissioner, Big Game Hunting

    Scott Pelley profiles U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta who, as head of the CIA, ran the mission that captured and killed Osama bin Laden.
    Steve Kroft profiles National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell.
    Lara Logan looks at exotic big game hunting in Texas, where people can hunt for some 100 species from places like Africa and Asia.

  • January 22, 2012 - The Great Migration, The Secret Language of Elephants, Jane Goodall

    From October 4, 2009: The Great Migration (Scott Pelley)
    From January 3, 2010: The Secret Language of Elephants (Bob Simon)
    From October 24, 2010: Jane Goodall (Lara Logan)

    The Great Migration and The Secret Language of Elephants were also replayed on December 26, 2010 as part of 60 Minutes Presents: Into The Wild.

  • January 15, 2012 - Groupon, Qatar, Jake

    Lesley Stahl interviews 31-year old Andrew Mason, founder and CEO of Groupon, the multibillion dollar Internet coupon company that, according to Forbes, is the fastest growing company in the world.

    Bob Simon profiles the tiny and wealthy Middle Eastern nation of Qatar, whose 250,000 citizens are the richest in the world. The nation has no income taxes and free health care, education and electricity. The country is home to the Arab world's only independent television news station, Al Jazeera, which is seen as a large influence in launching the Arab Spring.

    Morley Safer profiles Jake Barnett who, at 13 years of age, is attending college and tutoring his much older fellow students. The math and science genius was already taking college courses at the age of eight.

  • January 8, 2012 - Stem Cell Fraud, Marine Brothers, The Most Expensive Food in the World

    Scott Pelley reports on Dan Ecklund, who offers to treat cerebral palsy with a quality of stem cell that could actually be endangering patients. In truth, stem cells have not proven to be the magic cure-all for incurable illnesses that many Internet sites claim.

    Lara Logan reports on five sets of brothers in the Marine Reserves who fought to be able to fight together on the front lines in Afghanistan.

    Lesley Stahl reports from France and Italy where truffle hunters search for white truffles, which can sell for as much as $3,600 a pound. Due to their great value, a mafia-like attitude and a black market has emerged allowing an influx of inferior Chinese truffles, all of which contribute to the dilution of this lucrative market.

  • January 1, 2012 - The Majority Leader, The Perfect Score, "Alone on the Wall"

    Lesley Stahl profiles House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) regarding political gridlock and his role in it. President Obama has used him as a lightning rod for popular opposition to the Republican agenda in the House.
    Alison Stewart, on assignment for 60 Minutes, interviews Sam Eshaghoff about his criminally fraudulent behavior of taking the SAT and ACT college tests and being paid up to $2,500 per test.
    From October 2, 2011, Lara Logan profiles free-soloing rock climber Alex Honnold, the subject of the movie Alone on the Wall.

  • December 25, 2011 - The Library, Mount Athos

    This special Christmas edition of 60 Minutes features two segments from previous programs.

    From April 10, 2011, Morley Safer tours the Vatican Library, which holds some of the oldest and most precious works of art and treasure known to man.

    From April24, 2011, Bob Simon presents a two-part feature in which he steps back in time getting rare access to monks in ancient monasteries on a remote Greek peninsula, whose lives and routines have remained constant for a thousand years. Bob sees many aspects of the monastic life including chanting, prayers, rituals and priceless relics and icons from the Byzantine Empire.

  • December 18, 2011 - There Goes the Neighborhood, The Gardens of the Queen, The Many Meryls

    Scott Pelley reports from Cleveland, where the sheer volume of foreclosures is causing high vacancy rates in some neighborhoods to be so high that the values of occupied homes are being impacted. In order to combat the problem, the city is demolishing once valuable properties.

    Anderson Cooper goes on an underwater adventure off coast of Cuba to look first hand at one of the world's most pristine and vibrant coral reefs. But unless mankind is more careful, these reefs, which are already dying, could disappear entirely.

    Morley Safer sits down with the two-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep for a rare interview. She talks about acting, her career, family and her major role: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

  • December 11, 2011 - President Obama, Howard Buffett

    On Friday, December 9, Steve Kroft sat down with President Obama in the Cabinet Room and asks him a wide-ranging questions of subjects which include his record, his leadership, the economy and his re-election hopes. This is a double-length feature.

    Lesley Stahl profiles Howard Buffett, son of investor Warren Buffett. Warren has chosen Howard to succeed him as head of Berkshire-Hathaway.

  • December 4, 2011 - Prosecuting Wall Street, Michael Bublé

    In a two-part segment, Steve Kroft interviews two whistleblowers from Countrywide and Citi Group about fraudulent and substandard mortgages and how their warnings were ignored by their companies. The report, which is the culmination of a nine-month investigation and includes interviews with the Department of Justice, offers a look into the root causes of the subprime mortgage crisis, which is still a drag on the struggling United States economy.

    Lara Logan profiles three-time Grammy Award winning Canadian-born singer Michael Bublé, who started out singing in shopping malls and now sells out venues like Madison Square Garden. Michael has sold over 34 million albums by covering c American songs made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. The feature includes Cry Me a River, I've Got World on a String, Twist and Shout as well as original work. His current album,Christmas, is number one in the U.S.

  • November 27, 2011 - Hard Times Generation, The Flavorists, Angelina

    In a follow up to a March 6, 2011 story, Scott Pelley returns back to central Florida to interview homeless families who are forced to live in cars.

    Morley Safer reports on the real and artificial flavors industry, upon which food manufacturers rely to make their foods and beverages desirable to consumers.

    Bob Simon profiles Angelina Jolie, who is making her directorial debut with the film In the Land of Blood and Honey.

  • November 20, 2011 - The Pledge, Christine Lagarde, Taylor Swift

    Steve Kroft profiles Grover Norquist, whose Americans For Tax Reform group has obtained anti-tax pledges from nearly all Republican politicians in Washington and who many blame for the current stalemate in the Nation's Capital.

    Lara Logan profiles the new head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, who replaced the disgraced Dominique Strauss-Kahn and became one of the most powerful women in the world.

    Lesley Stahl profiles Taylor Swift who, at the ripe age of 21, writes and sings all her own songs and sells millions of records.

  • November 13, 2011 - Insiders, Taser, Freeman Hrabowski

    Steve Kroft reports on how America's lawmakers can legally buy stock and real estate based on information not available to the public.

    David Martin reports on tasers, a non-lethal device that has saved lives and prevented serious injury to suspects and police. But a new study says some authorities use it too quickly, with deadly consequences.

    Byron Pitts profiles University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski has turned UMBC into an institution which produces outstanding scientists and engineers, many of whom are minorities.

  • November 6, 2011 - The Lobbyist's Playbook, Operation Proper Exit, Andy Rooney

    Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist who spent 3 1/2 years in prison for his part in one of the largest Washington corruption scandals in decades gives his first television interview and opens up his playbook to Lesley Stahl, telling her that not much has changed since.

    Scott Pelley reports on Operation Proper Exit, a unique military program which takes wounded soldiers back to the battlefield in an effort to provide closure that often leads to better lives for these veterans and their families.

    Morley Safer presents a tribute to beloved 60 Minutes commentator and 'grouch-in-chief' Andy Rooney, who died on November 4th at the age of 92.

  • October 30, 2011 - Madoff, All-American

    In a double-length feature, Morley Safer interviews Ruth and Andrew Madoff, the wife and son of Bernie Madoff about what it's like to be a Madoff.

    Mark Herzlich of the New York Giants talks about his battle with bone cancer, which he has been fighting since his days at Boston College.

  • October 23, 2011 - Steve Jobs, Apps for Autism

    In a double-length segment, Steve Kroft interviews biographer Walter Isaacson, who wrote Steve Jobs authorized biography. The feature includes Jobs telling his story in his own words from over 40 interviews he gave to Isaacson. Among Jobs' revelations are that he refused potentially life-saving surgery on the cancer that recently killed him.

    Lesley Stahl reports on special applications for the iPad that allow autistic people to make breakthroughs in communicating, some for the first time.

  • October 16, 2011 - Running the War, The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh

    Scott Pelley talks to General John Allen, the man in charge of the war in Afghanistan, which hits the 10 year mark. As guerrilla tactics are still exacting a high human toll, Gen. Allen says that some U.S. troops will need to be there longer than most Americans thought.

    In a double length segment, Morley Safer looks at the troubled life of artist Vincent van Gogh through the eyes of Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, whose exhaustive investigation produced the biography Van Gogh: The Life. The authors say their research strongly indicates van Gogh may not have taken his own life.

  • October 9, 2011 - The Jobs Czar, The Revolution, The Player

    Lesley Stahl interviews General Electric Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, the man chosen by President Obama to lead the quest for American jobs.

    Bob Simon reports on post Hosni Mubarak Egypt, where the country's military is continuing the repression and torture that citizens endured under the ousted President.

    Scott Pelley interviews NFL super-agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents more NFL players than any other agent.

  • Bob Simon reports on the March 2011 tsunami's destruction of the Japanese town of Otsuchi and its bond to the town of Fort Bragg, California.

    Lara Logan profiles free-soloing rock climber Alex Honnold, the subject of the movie Alone on the Wall.

    Morley Safer interviews 92-year old Andy Rooney, who is making his final regular appearance on the program.

  • September 25, 2011 - The Counter-Terrorism Bureau, The Murder of an American Nazi, Parker & Stone

    The 44th Season opens with three segments:
    New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly takes Scott Pelley on a personal tour of the city's anti-terror defenses, which rival most nation's armies.
    Lesley Stahl gets inside the growing neo-Nazi movement in America.
    Steve Kroft profiles Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of Comedy Central's animated hit South Park.