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60 Minutes

60 Minutes

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Photo Credit:  CBS
  • Premiered: 
    September 24, 1968
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Newsmagazine
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Don Hewitt 
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60 MINUTES offers hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news. This series celebrates the start of its 46th year, when the 2013-2014 season debuted on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 7pm ET/PT on CBS, with these reports: Scott Pelley interviewing Secretary of State John Kerry, who described the concrete steps Iran would need to take to have sanctions removed that were imposed because of its nuclear program; Steve Kroft examining America's mental health system, which many believe is failing those with severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia; Norah O'Donnell interviewing author Bill O'Reilly about his book "Killing Jesus," which is not religious and contradicts the Bible. 60 MINUTES returned for its 47th season on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7pm PT and 7:30pm ET (time may change), immediately following the conclusion of the football game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. In the season opener, Scott Pelley goes to the heart of the fighting against ISIS in the northern regions of Iraq, where he speaks with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who have battled ISIS. Then, Steve Kroft reports on an income tax scam that is getting out of hand because the IRS hasn't found a way to stop it. 60 MINUTES returned for its 48th season on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 7:30-9pm ET/7-9pm PT on CBS. In the season opener, Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with Charlie Rose about his country's presence in Syria, the Islamic State group, conflict in Ukraine, and his feelings about President Obama and Americans. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump talks with Scott Pelley about his campaign. Note that the start time in the Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones may by later -- and the episode may be 75- or 90-minutes long -- depending on the duration of the NFL football game that airs immediately beforehand. Plus, a story about Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo, which will be part of the two-hour West Coast broadcast, may or may not air in other time zones. Season 49 of 60 MINUTES premiered on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 7:30-8:30pm ET/7-8pm PT on CBS. 60 MINUTES kicked off its 50th anniversary season on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 7:30pm ET/7pm PT, with these three stories: Scott Pelley looking at Harvey's destruction in Houston; Lesley Stahl talking to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) about his health and politics; and Oprah Winfrey, in her first story for the series, exploring the political divide that's currently stirring America.
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On Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 7:30pm ET/7pm PT, CBS premiered the 51st season of 60 MINUTES. (Note that the start time in the Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones may by later, depending on the duration of the NFL football game that airs immediately before 60 MINUTES.) Sir Paul McCartney appears in his first 60 MINUTES profile, a report containing surprisingly intimate moments in which he shares rare details from the Beatles years and his subsequent decades as the most successful musician in popular music history. Sharyn Alfonsi interviewed McCartney as he prepared to tour for his new album, Egypt Station. It's also a few weeks away from the 50th anniversary of the band's classic album The Beatles, known as The White Album. The 76-year-old music legend -- who is credited with 29 #1 songs -- was candid when Alfonsi asked him if he and John Lennon ever complimented each other on their songwriting skills. "Once. Once John gave me a compliment. It was only once the whole time," he tells Alfonsi. It was for a song on the band's 1966 album Revolver. "It was 'Here, There and Everywhere,' [it] was one of my songs on [Revolver]...John says just as it finishes, 'That's a really good song, lad. I love that song.' And I'm like, 'Yes! He likes it!'" McCartney tells Alfonsi he and Lennon were quite competitive at their songwriting, a one-upmanship collaboration that spurred some of the biggest hits in popular music history. Lennon's compliment was felt deeply. "I've remembered it to this day," he says. "It's pathetic, really." Even with the fierce rivalry, McCartney says he would give Lennon credit. "I would tell him his stuff was great. You'd normally have to be a little bit drunk. It helped," he says with a smile. Alfonsi and her 60 MINUTES crew spent two days with McCartney at his recording studio in the south of England. In two interviews, McCartney waxes nostalgic about the band's last concert, a live session atop the Apple Building's roof in London. He also tells Alfonsi the stories behind rare photos such as those taken on the set of the famous Abbey Road album cover shoot and another one of him and Lennon that he calls "very special for me...We're obviously just two mates."

Also in the season premiere, Barry Schultz, one of the opioid epidemic's most notorious felons, tell 60 MINUTES that he sees himself as a healer in a rare prison interview with Bill Whitaker. The mother of a man who overdosed on pills prescribed by Schultz disagrees. This is Whitaker's sixth report on the drug crisis, an epidemic that last year alone took the lives of more Americans than the Vietnam War. Florida was awash in opioids; millions of prescribed pills were being diverted to the black market. In 2009, 2900 people died in Florida of drug overdoses, mostly from prescribed opioid pills. But who is more responsible, doctors like Schultz, or the manufacturers and distributors who supply huge amounts of the addictive drugs? Many of the pills prescribed by Schultz came from a company called Mallinckrodt, and the DEA launched an investigation into the company and built a case, the first against a manufacturer. Internal Justice Department documents obtained by 60 MINUTES reveal, "Mallinckrodt's own data on Barry Schultz indicated that he was purchasing large amounts of oxycodone in a suspicious pattern indicated diversion." When the results of the DEA investigation into the company were given to the Justice Department, it decided to settle the charges on Mallinckrodt out of court. The drug distributor agreed to pay a fine of $35 million, or less than a week's worth of the company's yearly revenue. Mallinckrodt would not come on camera but told 60 Minutes it never sold directly to Schultz, only distributors. It denied "it violated any applicable laws." It also said it would make changes to its drug monitoring program and identify suspicious sales. According to Florida state attorney Dave Aronberg, Mallinckrodt sent 500 million oxycodone pills to his state between 2008 and 2012. "We're talking about enough pills to give every resident of Florida 25 oxycodone pills, enough pills to create an entire state of addicts," says Aronberg.

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  • Produced by CBS News Productions