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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 celebrated 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.

Season 48 of 60 MINUTES premiered 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.

The 49th season 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.

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. 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.
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Season 52 of 60 MINUTES premiered on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 7:30pm ET/7pm PT on CBS. (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.) The season opener features three stories from domestic and foreign datelines. Norah O'Donnell's rare interview with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman leads the broadcast followed by Scott Pelley's look at the impeachment inquiry into the presidency of Donald Trump. The third segment is Bill Whitaker's report on the resurgence of perhaps man's most feared creature, the great white shark.

O'Donnell traveled to Saudi Arabia this week where she interviewed the crown prince in Jeddah. It is the crown prince's first appearance on American television discussing the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. It is also his first interview since his kingdom's oil facilities were bombed.

Scott Pelley has been in the nation's capital all week observing the raging impeachment inquiry and gathering the facts and people to tell this fascinating story, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Pelosi announced the establishment of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Tuesday after reports that Mr. Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate for the presidency. President Trump acknowledged Sunday that he discussed Biden in a phone call with the newly elected president of Ukraine in July. One week before that call, Mr. Trump had instructed aides to hold off on releasing nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, a senior administration official confirmed to CBS News. In addition to Pelosi and McCarthy, Pelley also interviews House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). The interviews were conducted in Washington on Friday, September 27.

Bill Whitaker was on the water in New England and Nova Scotia earlier this month, where sightings of great white sharks close to beaches have created what scientists are saying is a mostly unwarranted fear. One thing is for certain: there are many more of the big fish in the ocean than before. Just 20 years ago, great white shark sightings were so rare in the North Atlantic that they were declared "vulnerable" and given protected status by the U.S. government. Now they are seen so often -- and so close to shore -- that they are drawing a public outcry, particularly on Cape Cod. It's true there are many more great whites now say scientists who study them. Whitaker saw them not much more than 10 feet off a Cape Cod beach with Dr. Greg Skomal, chief shark scientist for the Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries. Nearby were the reasons for the sharks coming so close to shore: hundreds of lounging federally protected gray seals, the favorite meal of great whites. "This is the restaurant here. These sharks have found the restaurant, and they're waiting for the doors to open," quips Skomal. What's also true is that the chances of one attacking a human remain infinitesimal. Shark attacks are extremely rare, but last September, Arthur Medici was killed by a great white while swimming off a Cape Cod beach. His was the first death by shark on the cape since 1936. It still set off a chain of fear reminiscent of that caused by the number-one film of 1975, JAWS. It's a fear built into humans, says Skomal. "I think that fear is primal. It's innate...it's in all of us." Chris Fischer, who founded Ocearch, an organization that monitors the oceans and tags and tracks white sharks, thinks educating the public is the key "We've basically got to undo everything JAWS did. I mean, we've got half the people on the eastern seaboard terrified about something that almost never happens."

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