The granddaddy (and the Rolls-Royce) of newsmagazines, it set the standard for all that followed, and has kept on ticking on CBS since Sept. 24, 1968, with its familiar format of three stories (most of them hard news) and a commentary or two.
Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh talks about the 1995 bombing, his feelings toward the U.S. Government and his legal case in an interview with Ed Bradley; Trevor Rees-Jones, the bodyguard who survived the Paris auto crash that killed Princess Diana, recalls the 1997 tragedy and Diana's relationship with Dodi Al Fayed in a conversation with Mike Wallace. Rees-Jones' soon-to-be-published book is titled “The Bodyguard's Story.”
Included: Lesley Stahl profiles radio personality Tom Joyner; Ed Bradley explores the question of whether Medicare should fund non-medical nursing facilities run by the Christian Science Church. Interviewees include Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah).
An interview with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, who discusses a lawsuit filed by Native Americans regarding a trust fund managed by the Federal Government.
An interview with Gov. George H. Ryan (R-Ill.), who discusses his decision to impose a moratorium on executions in Illinois. Ryan's decision was prompted by the 13 death-row inmates found innocent in recent years.
Mike Wallace interviews Charlton Heston about his leadership of the National Rifle Association; Ed Bradley investigates the hundreds of murders of white farmers in South Africa since white rule ended there; Steve Kroft reports on the U.S. Supreme Court's possible re-examination of a suspect's Miranda rights.
A report on Nathaniel Abraham, who at age 11 was tried and convicted as an adult for murder. Also: a segment on an Israeli fighter pilot who has been missing since 1986 after being shot down over Lebanon.
Ed Bradley interviews author John Cornwell (“Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII”); Lesley Stahl talks with Kevin Spacey; Mike Wallace reports on the American Farm Bureau, which some allege isn't supporting small family farmers but rather big businesses.
Mike Wallace reports on the need for hospitals to conduct more autopsies; Morley Safer investigates alleged vandalism at Emory University and the consequences for one professor; Steve Kroft looks at a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis from Russia.
Steve Kroft reports on Echelon, a global surveillance network; Ed Bradley interviews author Frank McCourt (“Angela's Ashes”); Mike Wallace looks at KIPP, an intense school program that stands for Knowledge Is Power Program.
Mike Wallace interviews Dr. Wen Ho Lee, a former Los Alamos scientist, about allegations that he mishandled vital U.S. nuclear secrets; Morley Safer takes a look at the possibility of ballroom dancing becoming an Olympic sport; Lesley Stahl reports on how cruising the Internet may affect a person's privacy.
Bob Simon reports on the battle between religious Jews and secular Jews in Israel; Morley Safer looks at how TV is affecting the lives of Buddhists in Bhutan; Steve Kroft examines California's three-strikes law, under which even nonviolent criminals receive mandatory sentences of 25 years to life.
Christiane Amanpour reports on how Russia's weakened economy is adversely affecting its military; Ed Bradley interviews Eric Clapton; Lesley Stahl investigates the possibility of using the hearts and kidneys of pigs in humans.
Mike Wallace interviews columnist Liz Smith; Morley Safer reports a black college offering scholarships to white students; Steve Kroft investigates Hawaii's Bishop Estate, which was founded to fund the education of native Hawaiian children.
Morley Safer reports on a historically black college that offers scholarships only to white students; Steve Kroft profiles film producer Arnon Milchan; Bob Simons investigates whether the former Soviet republic of Baku may be the world's next big oil producer.