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  • Charlie Rose interviews Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Scott Pelley talks with U.S. President President Obama regarding the current crisis in Syria.
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    Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell gives first television interview since his recent retirement to CBS senior correspondent John Miller. He tells of his briefings to President Obama regarding Syria as well as other security issues. He also talks about the Syria situation and his concern that the nation could turn into a terrorist haven.
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    From October 21, 2012: Rocky Mountain High (Steve Kroft)

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  • Season 45 Summer Reairings (May 26 - September 8, 2013)
  • May 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM ET - A Long and Dangerous Journey, Lion Kings, Taylor Swift

    Anderson Cooper reports on one of the largest child migrations in modern times. Thousands of Afghan children flee their war-torn country in the hopes of creating a better life in Europe. The nearly 10,000 mile journey can take years.
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    Lara Logan profiles National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The Botswana residents, who have spent more time with lions than any other living people, have produced over 20 films in a three-decade career. 60 Minutes first profiled the couple in a November 25, 2012 segment.
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    Lesley Stahl profiles 23-year old music sensation Taylor Swift, who writes and sings her own autobiographical songs. 60 Minutes first profiled Taylor on November 20, 2011.

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  • May 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM ET - A Face in the Crowd, Three Generations of Punishment, Michael Jackson

    Lesley Stahl reports on the dramatic advancements in facial recognition and how the public proliferation of the technology which is making it more and more difficult to remain anonymous.
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    Anderson Cooper tells the story of North Koren defector Shin Dong Hyuk, who managed to escape Camp 14 after three generations of brutal punishment endured by his family. Camp 14 is thought to be part of a national prison system which is as brutal as any in the world.
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    Lara Logan looks at the Michael Jackson legacy. His brand has more income in death than when he was alive, having sold some 50 million albums since his death.

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  • Scott Pelley interviews Jessica Buchanan, the American aid worker who recounts her terrifying October 2011 kidnapping, captivity and dramatic nighttime rescue on January 25, 2012 by Navy SEAL Team 6 in the Somali desert.
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    Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiles Air Force veteran Mike Haynie, a Syracuse University business professor who created a course that teaches veterans how to start their own businesses.
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    Charlie Rose interviews Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who shows him a priceless and inspirational da Vinci manuscript.

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  • May 5, 2013 - Counterinsurgency Cops, Robin Hood, Invisible Wounds

    Law enforcement is taking back the streets of Springfield, Massachusetts, from criminal gangs and drugs by using military counterinsurgency tactics that are used overseas. Lesley Stahl looks at the tactics and the successes achieved using them.
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    Paul Tudor Jones, with inspiration from a 60 Minutes story in 1986, founded the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York charity for the richest of the rich. Scott Pelley reports on the foundation, which has raised as much as $57 million in one night. The charity has distributed over $1.25 billion to New York's neediest with an emphasis on education.
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    CBS News Correspondent David Martin, on assignment for 60 Minutes, reports on how tens of thousands of U.S. battlefield veterans are suffering from permanent and/or traumatic brain injuries from concussions incurred in Iraq and Afghanistan. The situation is one which the military is only recently coming to grips with. David also looks at the steps being taken to help veterans.

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  • April 28, 2013 - Angel of Death, Rosie's Run for the Roses

    In a two-part segment, Steve Kroft interviews serial killer nurse Charles Cullen, who confessed to as many as 40 murders and is in prison. This is his first television interview.
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    Bob Simon profiles American Jockey Rosie Napravnik, who is the only female jockey in the Kentucky Derby, coming up at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 4th. She is one of the few successful female jockeys in horse racing's history.

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  • Scott Pelley interviews Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis regarding the Boston Marathon bombings on Patriot's Day, Monday, April 15, 2013. The subsequent investigation led to the capture and killing of the alleged perpetrators in slightly over 100 hours.
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    Lara Logan gets a rare glimpse into the lives of bomb-sniffing dogs, who are used domestically for anti-terror operations and in combat zones around the world to protect the lives of American soldiers.
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    Lesley Stahl gets an in-depth look at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The museum, currently under construction, is located underground at ground zero in New York. Lesley previews some of its planned exhibits and speaks to the museum's director, president and victim's family members.

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  • April 14, 2013 - The Warlord, The Knuckleballer, Marfa, Texas

    Lara Logan joins soldiers from multiple African nations, along with their U.S. military advisers, as they search for Joseph Kony, the world's most wanted warlord who abducts children to fight in and kill for his Lord's Resistance Army.
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    Lesley Stahl profiles R.A. Dickey, the only knuckleball pitcher win major league baseball's Cy Young Award, which he won in the National League in 2012 while pitching for the New York Mets. Dickey, who signed a three-year $30 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2013 season, is the only remaining knuckleball pitcher in the majors.
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    Morley Safer visits Marfa, Texas, a small town of 2,000 people in West Texas that features a quirky and rich cultural blend of cowboys and artists.

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  • April 7, 2013 - 12/14, Linsanity
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    In a two-part segment, Scott Pelley talks to parents of the December 14, 2012, victims of the Newtown, Connecticut massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The parents talk about their lifelong quest to change various gun laws in the hopes of preventing future tragedies.
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    Charlie Rose profiles Jeremy Lin, the backup Asian New York Knicks guard who shot to stardom in the 2011-12 season. His play gave rise to what is called "Linsanity." Today, Lin plays for the Houston Rockets after signing a 3-year $25 million contract.

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  • March 31, 2013 - The Pioneer Hotel Fire, The Lost Boys

    Steve Kroft reports on the Pioneer Hotel fire, which occurred on on December 20, 1970 in Tucson, Arizona. The blaze killed 28 people and, despite sketchy evidence, police arrested 16-year old Louis Taylor. Taylor was found guilty of setting the fire and has been in prison for 42 years on 28 counts of murder. The Arizona Justice Project has been looking at Taylor’s case for over than a decade and the case was also investigated by in a joint 60 Minutes and Court TV report in 2002. Modern methods of arson investigation, along with new testimony, have led
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    In a two-part segment, Bob Simon revisits the story of 3,000 Sudanese refugees who have resettled in the United States. In a story that 60 Minutes has been following for 12 years, their odyssey is traced back to the beginning, when the refugees were forced to flee on foot to escape a Sudanese civil war that destroyed their families and homes.

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  • March 24, 2013 - Crackdown in Russia, Blindsided, The Nile Crocodile

    Lesley Stahl profiles Russian female punk protest band Pussy Riot, whose anti-President Vladimir Putin performances, including one in Moscow's largest Orthodox cathedral. Viral videos of their stunts and subsequent stiff prison sentences for some band members have made the group a cause celebre amid the government's crackdowns on democratic rights.
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    James Brown profiles Brian Banks who, at the age of 27, is hoping to make the NFL despite not having played the game for 10 years. He spent five years in prison for a rape that he pleaded no contest to despite not having committed the crime. Brian spent five years in prison and was later exonerated. After unsuccessfully attending several tryout camps in advance of the 2012 season, Brain is now in negotiations with multiple NFL teams.
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    Anderson Cooper goes underwater to get a close look at Africa's largest and most feared predator, the man-eating Nile crocodile. He swims with wildlife filmmakers Brad Bestelink and his wife Andy Crawford, who are studying the creatures.

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  • March 17, 2013 - The American Nuns, The Innovator, Hit Man

    Bob Simon reports on the rift between a group of Catholic nuns in the United States and the Vatican. The sisters were reprimanded by the Vatican, claiming that their liberal ideas were undermining the Church.

    Lara Logan profiles Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, who talks about his latest venture, a phone based payment system called Square.

    Byron Pitts profiles former mafiahit man John Veasey, who used to work for the Philadelphia Mob. These days, he is a married born-again Christian who attends weekly worship and drives the church bus.

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  • March 10, 2013 - Lethal Medicine, Sheryl Sandberg, God's Architect

    Scott Pelley presents an investigative report on the New England Compounding Center, the source of pain medication that was infected with fungal meningitis. As of this report, the outbreak has killed 48 Americans and sickened hundreds more.
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    Norah O'Donnell profiles Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg about the feminist movement and about her controversial book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.
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    Lara Logan looks at one of the world's most unique churches, the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. The building, designed by architect Antoni Gaudí has been under construction since 1883. Pope Benedict XVI visited the church and consecrated it as a Basilica.

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  • March 3, 2013 - The Life and Death of Clay Hunt, China's Real Estate Mogul, China's Real Estate Bubble

    Last year, more active duty military personnel committed suicide than lost their lives in combat, an alarming trend which also impacts veterans. Byron Pitts profiles one such man, Clay Hunt, a Marine combat veteran wounded in battle and later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. Hunt, who helped other struggling veterans come to terms with with illness and the experiences of war, lost his own battle and committed suicide.
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    Lesley Stahl talks to the fifth richest self-made billionaire woman in the world, Zhang Xin. Zhang, one of China's largest developers of office space, discusses her business empire and her country and its hope for what most Chinese yearn for: democracy.
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    In the second part of her report on the Chinese real estate, Lesley Stahl focuses on the residential market. She travels to 'ghost cities,' which features miles of empty residential dwellings. She speaks to a successful real estate developer about the bubble that has been created by the over-building. A burst bubble, like in America, could produce a debt crisis that may grind the world's second largest economy to a stop.

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  • February 24, 2013 - 60 Minutes Presents: Killing Bin Laden

    From September 9, 2012 - Killing Bin Laden (Scott Pelley)

  • February 17, 2013 - Iron Dome, Africa Mercy, Dame Maggie

    Bob Simon reports on Israel's game-changing missile defense system, the Iron Dome. Defense Minister Ehud Barak discusses the system, which the Air Force says shot down 85 percent of rockets fired at Israel from Gaza last November.
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    Scott Pelley reports on the Africa Mercy, the world's largest civilian hospital ship. She transports volunteer staff to the Third World where the medical team has successfully restored sight to thousands suffering from cataracts and has helped victims of facial tumors and cleft palates to be able to smile again.
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    Steve Kroft profiles Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith, the 78 year old star of PBS' hit series.

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  • February 10, 2013 - Attack in Algeria, 40 Million Mistakes, Lincoln

    Charlie Rose interviews Mark Cobb, Steve Wysocki and Nick Frazier, three of the five Americans who survived the January 16, 2013 terrorist attack on an Algerian natural gas facility. The three-pronged al Qaeda attack resulted in 37 deaths.
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    An investigative report by Steve Kroft examines the accuracy of credit reports that 200 million American consumers rely on. An eight-year Federal Trade Commission study, due out the day after this segment aired, looks at Experian, TransUnion, Equifax, the three major players in the credit reporting industry. The study says that there is a 20 percent error rate, which translates in 40 million mistakes.
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    Lesley Stahl examines the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, through the eyes of the team that made the film Lincoln. Featured in the report are director Steven Spielberg, star Daniel Day Lewis and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, on whose book the movie is based. Lincoln has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards.

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  • January 27, 2013 - President Obama & Secretary Clinton, The Fall of Lance Armstrong

    In a double-length segment, Steve Kroft sits down with President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in their first joint interview.
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    Scott Pelley interviews the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, who is convinced that Lance Armstrong continued to lie when he confessed to serial doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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  • January 13, 2013 - March of the Machines, Justice Sotomayor, Free Diving

    Steve Kroft reports on technological advances, focusing on robotics, that revolutionize the workplace but do not necessarily creating jobs.
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    In her first broadcast interview, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks to Scott Pelley about her life and career.
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    Bob Simon reports on Free Diving, a growing extreme sport in which divers perform feats not heretofore thought medically possible. The sport involves reach great depths on one breath.

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  • January 6, 2013 - The Paper, Design Thinking, Barca

    Morley Safer reports on the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the venerable paper that has published every day for 175 years. Recently, amid much outrage, the paper changed to a three-day-a-week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) publishing schedule. The change is as a result of how people source their news: the instantaneous world of the Internet.
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    Design Thinking a term that refers to the incorporation of human behavior and empathy into design. Charlie Rose profiles David Kelley, founder of his Silicon Valley company IDEO, who uses used this approach to create some of the world's most iconic products like the Apple computer mouse. Included in the feature is his 30-year friendship with Steve Jobs.
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    Bob Simon reports on European football powerhouse Barcelona's unique training academy for children, who are educated and trained in football. The program has produced 17 of the club's current 25 first-line players - including the best player in the world, Lionel Messi.

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  • December 30, 2012 - Breakthrough, Morten Storm, Judd Apatow

    Scott Pelley reports on a medical breakthrough which allows people to move robotic limbs using only their thoughts. The remarkable accomplishment is a big step in the development of robotic prostheses that hold the potential to improve millions of lives, including war veterans, amputees and sufferers from illnesses like cerebral palsy.
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    Lara Logan profiles Morten Storm, a former Danish spy who claims to have played a crucial role in the CIA drone strike that killed American-born al Qaeda leader Anwar Al Awlaki.
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    Anderson Cooper profiles comedy filmmaker Judd Apatow whose credits include Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

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  • December 23, 2012 - 60 Minutes Presents: "An Evening of Music" - The Year of Adele, Rodriguez, Taylor Swift

    From February 12, 2012 - The Year of Adele (Anderson Cooper)
    From October 07, 2012 - Rodriguez (Bob Simon)
    From November 20, 2011 - Taylor Swift (Lesley Stahl)

  • December 16, 2012 - Newtown, Costa Concordia, The Library

    Scott Pelley looks at the tragic events of December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, in which a lone gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He interviews school nurse Sally Cox, who survived by hiding in a locked closet for over four hours.
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    Lesley Stahl looks at the world's largest salvage operation, the recovery of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, which wrecked on the night of January 13, 2011 killing 32. The wreckage sits off the coast of Italy.
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    From April 10, 2011 - The Library (Morley Safer)

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  • December 9, 2012 - The False Confession Capital, The Race To Save The Tortoise, Hugh Jackman

    Byron Pitts reports on two cases of rape and murder in which defendants were coerced into confessing to the crimes even though they did not commit them and there was no physical evidence implicating them. The report focuses on Chicago,the city with the most proven cases of false confession in America.
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    Lesley Stahl profiles Eric Goode, a New York entrepreneur whose passion is saving turtles and tortoises. These creatures have been roaming the earth for some 200 million years and are now endangered by poachers who get up to $60,000 per animal.
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    Scott Pelley profiles Australian actor Hugh Jackman, who talks about his "role of a lifetime" as Jean Valjean in the film adaption of the musical Les Miserables.

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  • December 2, 2012 - The Cost of Admission, Three Generations of Punishment, Around the World in 20 Days

    Steve Kroft investigates Health Management Associates (HMA), America's fourth largest for profit hospital chain. HMA owns 70 hospital in 15 states and faces allegations from doctors that HMA's non-medical staff pressured them to meet admission quotas, regardless of a patient's medical needs.
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    Anderson Cooper profiles Shin Dong-hyuk, the first defector from North Korea's Camp 14. Shin was born in the camp and escaped at age 23. He tells the story of his escape and talks of the brutality of life in such camps.
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    Bob Simon profiles Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, two Swiss men who built the only solar-powered plane capable of night-time flight. Their goal is to circumnavigate the globe in 20 days and 20 nights without burning a drop of fossil fuel.

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  • November 25, 2012 - Children Helping Children, The New York City Ballet, Lion Kings

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    Children Helping Children
    - Craig Kielburger has kept his promise to save children around the world, a mission he began 17 years ago when, as a child himself, he founded "Free the Children" -- an organization now in 45 countries that empowers children to help other children. Scott Pelley reports.
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    The New York City Ballet - 60 Minutes goes behind the curtain to show how Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins works hard to build a new future for the New York City Ballet on the legacy of its founder, George Balanchine. Lesley Stahl reports.
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    Lion Kings
    - Few people know more about lions than filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who have been living in the bush and filming Africa's big cats for 30 years. Lara Logan reports

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  • November 18, 2012 - The Super Cartel, The Baby Lab, The College Game

    Lara Logan reports from Colombia as 60 Minutes cameras follow a three-year investigation which resulted in the breakup of the largest drug trafficking cartel ever known to law enforcement: The Super Cartel.

    Lesley Stahl reports on studies at Yale University which are finding that infants only a few months old appear to know right from wrong, leading to the conclusion that morality may come built in.

    Armen Keteyian reports on the lucrative college football industry which helps universities to raise revenues, bolster images and increase fundraising. The segment focuses on the University pf Michigan at Ann Arbor and includes interviews with Athletic Director David Brandon and Head Coach Brady Hoke.

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  • November 11, 2012 - Belle Harbor, 3 Million Open Jobs, McCullough

    Scott Pelley profiles the residents of Belle Harbor, New York, a shoreline neighborhood located in Queens on a strip of sand called the Rockaway Peninsula. Many of the residents are first responders whose families have lived in the neighborhood for generations. Belle Harbor was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
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    Byron Pitts reports on the skills gap in America, which has resulted over three million open jobs across the country. The focus of the feature is the manufacturing industry and a small business in Reno, Nevada (Click Bond) which is struggling to find qualified employees.
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    In the second of a two-part feature on David McCullough (Part 1 aired last week), Morley Safer accompanies the author and historian to Paris, France, a place that had a profound influence on the new nation of America.

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  • November 4, 2012 - The Broken Senate, McCullough, Leader of the Pack

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    The Broken Senate - Current and former senators, including the majority and minority Senate leaders, tell Steve Kroft why the U.S. Senate is bogged down in partisan gridlock. Ira Rosen and Gabrielle Schonder are the producers. Watch it now
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    McCullough - On the eve of the elections, popular author and historian David McCullough guides Morley Safer on an American historical journey, discovering many issues of today are the same as those of long ago. David Browning is the producer. Watch it now
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    Leader of the Pack - Reigning MVP of the NFL and a former Super Bowl MVP, the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league - a rare feat for a player who couldn't get a college scholarship. Scott Pelley profiles Rodgers. Robert Anderson and Nicole Young are the producers.

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  • October 28, 2012 - The Death and Life of Asheboro, Stealing History, Face of the Franchise

    Scott Pelley reports on the factory town of Asheboro, North Carolina, where thousands of jobs have lost to outsourcing and the recession and what some entrepreneurs are doing to turn things around.
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    Bob Simon reports on the disappearance of some of America's precious treasures including signed presidential papers and the Wright Brothers patent.
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    Byron Pitts profiles Shahid Khan, the owner of the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars. He is a Pakistani immigrant who came to America at age 16 and made his fortune in auto-parts. Khan is one of the NFL's most popular owners.

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  • October 21, 2012 - Rocky Mountain High, Resignation, Spielberg

    Steve Kroft reports on the thriving medical marijuana industry in Colorado which, despite its creation of jobs and revenue, is all against federal law.
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    Anderson Cooper profiles Greg Smith, whose very public resignation from Goldman Sachs via a The New York Times editorial. He tells Anderson of his motivation behind his actions.
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    Lesley Stahl profiles Steven Spielberg, Hollywood's most successful filmmaker. Spielberg discusses his new film, an epic historic feature on Abraham Lincoln's quest to abolish slavery.

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  • Clarissa Ward, on assignment for 60 Minutes, travels to Syria including its largest city, Aleppo, to take a first-hand look at the Syrian civil war which has taken hundreds of lives and destroyed cities. She talks to rebels who, due to a lack of support from the West, are turning Islamic militants who have their own agenda: turning Syria into an Islamic state.
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    Scott Pelley reports on an alternative to standard justice for veterans who are first time felony offenders. Instead of going to prison, they attend a program that helps them overcome symptoms of war, including PTSD. Upon graduation, their criminal record is expunged. State Judge Marc Carter talks about the program.
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    In celebration of 50 years of James Bond films, Anderson Cooper profiles the current Bond, Daniel Craig and talks to Barbara Broccoli, whose family has produced every Bond film - dating back to 1962. Anderson also gets a look at some of the memorabilia from the franchise, including a champagne bottle from the first film, Dr. No, and the famous golden gun.

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  • Steve Kroft looks into Chinese telecom giant Huawei, a global company whose U.S. Headquarters are in Plano, Texas. Huawei, whose Chinese hierarchy is clothed in secrecy and whose senior executives rarely grant interviews, has been investigated by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee over concerns of being a potential security threat to the United States, government, industry and citizenry.
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    Lesley Stahl reports on the world's largest eye-wear company, the Italian firm Luxottica, responsible for putting glasses on half a billion people.
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    Bob Simon profiles singer-songwriter Rodriguez, whose two early-1970's albums were largely ignored in America while thriving in South Africa. A recent documentary on his life entitled Searching for Sugar Man, has helped Rodriguez gain a measure of notoriety in America.

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  • September 30, 2012 - The Longest War, Arnold

    The 45th Season premieres features two stories.

    At 11 years, the Afghan campaign is the longest in American history. Lara Logan talks to General James Allen, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, and to President Hamid Karzai on the state of the war on terror.

    In a two-part segment, Lesley Stahl interviews Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose autobiography - Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life - is due out on October 1. The former Governor of California discusses his upbringing, marital infidelities and his bodybuilding and Hollywood careers.

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