A report on assisted suicide includes a Barbara Walters interview with Dr. Jack Kevorkian, acquitted of violating Michigan's law banning the act. Also: comments from Heidi Fernandez, the former fianceé of a terminally ill man whose death Kevorkian assisted.
Don Kladstrup reports on the Chicago Tribune's campaign targeting violence against youngsters, which gave front-page coverage to victims under age 15. Examined: the impact of the campaign. Diane Sawyer anchors.
Scheduled: A profile of Frank Sinatra includes comments from friends and colleagues, among them Don Rickles, Liza Minnelli and songwriter Paul Anka ("My Way"). Also: actress Janet Leigh on Sinatra's acting career; archival footage.
An investigative report on locales where people work "in conditions of slavery or near slavery," according to co-executive producer Betsy West. Included: a look at a carpet factory in India and efforts to end its existing child labor. Don Kladstrup reports.
A report commemorating the 25th anniversary of Woodstock includes comments from people who participated in the 1969 event; a look at competing festivals scheduled for August; and footage from the film "Woodstock." John Donvan reports.
A report on child prodigies includes a young man who graduated college at age 10; a 6-year-old "science whiz"; and a California teen who is studying the effects of Parkinson's disease. Also: comments from parents and a psychologist; and a look at the challenges of educating these children. Meredith Vieira reports.
A report on the mainstreaming of disabled children compares the education of "two little boys, both of them with Down syndrome," says reporter Meredith Vieira, as one attends a "special school" and the other goes to a regular elementary school.
“Mountain Without Mercy: The Everest Story,” updates a September 1996 report on the ill-fated expeditions to scale Mount Everest last May. Eight people died during the three-day effort, among them two expert guides. Included: comments from survivors and rescuers. Anchor: Forrest Sawyer.
A report on the "Framingham Eight"---women who were imprisoned in Massachusetts for killing the partners who allegedly abused them. The hour addresses the use of "battered-woman syndrome" as a defense. Meredith Vieira reports.
A report on the rise of heroin use. Included are comments from Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, a former addict, who tells of the narcotic's effect on his life. Also: a Texas woman talks about the drug's impact on her family. Meredith Vieira reports.
A look at the case of a California couple who received 240-year sentences based on their young sons' testimony of sexual abuse. The boys later recanted and their parents were released (having served 12 years). Included: comments from the prosecutor in the case.
Profiling families with children suffering from hereditary ailments. The hour addresses gene therapy and documents a couple's effort to raise money for research into the rare illness that affects their kids. Also: an expectant California couple whose son is being treated for a genetic illness. Barbara Walters reports.
"Broadway's New `Annie': The Search for a Star" follows the 1996 hunt for the lead for a revival of the musical. Included: profiles of several children who were in the running; the history of the musical; interviews with those involved in the casting decision. Barbara Walters reports.
A report on same-sex couples seeking to formalize their relationships features interviews with soon-to-be-wed couples and their families. Included: a divorced mother whose sister objects to her impending lesbian union; an Episcopal priest who helps plan a same-sex ceremony.
“Deadly Game: The Mark and Delia Owens Story” examines the efforts of two naturalists to combat elephant poaching in Zambia. After moving to the country in 1986, the couple waged war against an indifferent government, and trained an understaffed army of scouts to keep hunters away from the animals. Correspondent: Meredith Vieira.
New York Yankees Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry discuss their recovery from substance-abuse problems and their personal and team victories this season. Included: their years on the New York Mets; comments from scout Ray Negron and writer Bob Klapisch.
Barbara Walters reports on problems faced by those trying to combat drunken driving and to prevent repeat offenses. Included: interviews with families of accident victims; a look at cases in Texas and New York.