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60 Minutes Season 41 Episodes

50 Episodes 2008 - 2009

Episode 1

The Bailout, General O, The Collider

Sun, Sep 28, 2008 60 mins

The 41st season opens with Scott Pelley interviewing Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. Also: Lesley Stahl interviews Gen. Raymond Odierno, who is in charge of the U.S. military in Iraq; and Steve Kroft reports on the Large Hadron Collider, known as the "big bang machine," which may provide insight into how the universe was formed.

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Episode 2

Wall Street's Shadow Market, Kill bin Laden, 0 to 60 on a battery?

Sun, Oct 5, 2008 60 mins

Steve Kroft reports on questionable Wall Street practices; Scott Pelley investigates the U.S. military's efforts to kill Osama bin Laden; Lesley Stahl reports on efforts to produce a viable electric car.

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Episode 3

Made by the Mob, High Tech War, The Oldest Family Business

Sun, Oct 12, 2008 60 mins

An interview with an FBI agent who infiltrated the Gambino crime family; a report on advanced weaponry that operates miles away from the battlefield; and a profile of a family who has been in the winemaking business for 600 years.

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Episode 4

Al Qaeda Stronger, Government Owned Banks, Bullfighting today

Sun, Oct 19, 2008 60 mins

Lara Logan interviews Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schlosser in Afghanistan, where he discusses the increase of enemy personnel; Lesley Stahl reports on the federal government's aid to U.S. banks; Bob Simon profiles bullfighting brothers Cayetano and Francisco Ordóñez.

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Episode 5

Credit Default Swaps, T. Boone Pickens, Goronqosa

Sun, Oct 26, 2008 60 mins

Charlie Rose profiles Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens; Steve Kroft reports on credit-default swaps; Scott Pelley profiles American philanthropist Gregory C. Carr, who is helping to restore Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park.

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Episode 6

Welcome Home, You're fired, Fake Cop, Bionic People

Sun, Nov 2, 2008 60 mins

Lesley Stahl interviews Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Thomas F. Hall, who discusses the need to protect the jobs of returning reservists and guardsman. Also: Katie Couric reports on Bill Jakob, who fooled a small Missouri town's officials into hiring him as a law-enforcement officer; Scott Pelley reports on restoring movement to paralyzed individuals by connecting their brains to computers.

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Episode 7

The Inner Circle, The Wasteland, Ted Turner

Sun, Nov 9, 2008 60 mins

Steve Kroft reports on the strategists who helped Barack Obama win the presidential election; Scott Pelley reports on electronic refuse being illegally shipped to China and the harm it is causing the environment and those who salvage the components; and Morley Safer profiles Ted Turner.

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Episode 8

Obama's First Interview, Musical Savant

Sun, Nov 16, 2008 60 mins

Steve Kroft interviews President-elect Barack Obama and future first lady Michelle Obama; Lesley Stahl profiles musical savant Rex Lewis-Clack.

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Episode 9

Easy Nukes, For Better or Worse

Sun, Nov 23, 2008 60 mins

Scott Pelley investigates an assault on South Africa's Pelindaba nuclear reactor and research center; Bob Simon reports on foreigners married to Americans who are being asked to leave the U.S. now that their spouses have died; Lesley Stahl profiles musical savant Rex Lewis-Clack.

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Episode 10

The Cheaters, The Silver Star, Michael Phelps

Sun, Nov 30, 2008 60 mins

Steve Kroft investigates cheaters who play poker on the Internet; Lara Logan interviews Monica Brown, who is the second woman since WWII to be awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in combat; Anderson Cooper profiles Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

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Episode 11

The Oil Kingdom, Schnabel

Sun, Dec 7, 2008 60 mins

A report on America's dependence on foreign oil includes a visit to Saudi Arabia and its petroleum facilities. Also: a profile of artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel.

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Episode 12

Barney Frank, Where's the Bottom?, And Win Forever

Sun, Dec 14, 2008 60 mins

Lesley Stahl interviews House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank about government bailouts for financial institutions and automakers; Scott Pelley reports on mortgage defaults; Bryon Pitts profiles USC football coach Pete Carroll.

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Episode 13

Governor Schwarzenegger, Airport Security, Elephant Orphans

Sun, Dec 21, 2008 60 mins

Scott Pelley interviews California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about the state's economic condition; Lesley Stahl investigates whether airport security checkpoints are making passengers more safe; Bob Simon visits an elephant orphanage in Kenya.

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Episode 14

The Road to the White House

Sun, Dec 28, 2008 60 mins

Steve Kroft chronicles Barack Obama's historic journey to the White House. The hour includes interviews with Obama, his family members and advisers.

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Episode 15

Mind Reading, Is It Murder?, The Mad Scientist of Football

Sun, Jan 4, 2009 60 mins

Bob Simon reports on drunken-driving fatalities and prosecutors who want to impose stiffer penalties against those who are guilty; Lesley Stahl reports on neuroscience and how to read a person's mind; Scott Pelley profiles Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach.

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Episode 16

Wall Street Speculation, Obama's Advisor, Wyclef Jean

Sun, Jan 11, 2009 60 mins

Steve Kroft investigates the cause of high oil prices in 2008; David Martin profiles Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Scott Pelley interviews Wyclef Jean, who discusses his career and his efforts to help his native Haiti.

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Episode 17

The Winter of Our Hardship, No Peace Deal, Wine Rx

Sun, Jan 25, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley visits residents of Wilmington, Ohio, who are losing their jobs as a result of the town's largest employer, DHL, closing; Bob Simon interviews Israelis and Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank; Morley Safer reports on resveratrol, a substance in red wine that slows down aging in mice.

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Episode 18

Brace For Impact, Coldplay

Sun, Feb 8, 2009 60 mins

Katie Couric interviews US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who safely landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on Jan. 15 after losing both engines shortly after takeoff. Also: Steve Kroft profiles Coldplay and interviews lead singer Chris Martin.

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Episode 19

Buy American, Whistle Blower, Taliban Power

Sun, Feb 15, 2009 60 mins

Steve Kroft interviews Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari; Lesley Stahl reports on whether Obama's economic-stimulus package with its "buy American" clause will cause foreign governments to keep U.S. products from its markets; Scott Pelley interviews Paul Bishop about mortgages granted by World Savings.

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Episode 20

Lower Drinking Age, Muslim Militants, Nazi Mascot

Sun, Feb 22, 2009 60 mins

Lesley Stahl examines the debate over whether to lower the drinking age to 18; Lara Logan interviews CBS News cameraman Richard Butler, who was held captive for two months in Iraq; Bob Simon reports on a Jewish boy who became a mascot for the Nazis.

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Episode 21

SEC Ignoring Fraud, Mexico's War, The Republican Obama

Sun, Mar 1, 2009 60 mins

Steve Kroft interviews Boston investment investigator Harry Markopolos, who repeatedly alerted the Securities and Exchange Commission about Bernie Madoff's allegedly fraudulent hedge fund; Anderson Cooper reports on Mexican drug cartels armed with military-quality weapons; and Morley Safer profiles Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.

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Episode 22

Follow the Failure, DNA exoneration

Sun, Mar 8, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley reports on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as it takes control of a failed bank; Lesley Stahl reports on flaws in eyewitness testimonies that later prove to be incorrect by DNA evidence.

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Episode 23

What Went Wrong, Nourishment of a Nation

Sun, Mar 15, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley interviews Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, who discusses the current economic crisis; Lesley Stahl profiles chef Alice Waters.

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Episode 24

Barrack & Michelle Obama

Sun, Mar 22, 2009 60 mins

Steve Kroft interviews President Barack Obama about his first two months in office; Morley Safer profiles Los Angeles street musician Nathaniel Ayers, who is the subject of the movie "The Soloist."

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Episode 25

Do You Have Worms?, Kenya Cats, LeBron James

Sun, Mar 29, 2009 60 mins

Lesley Stahl reports on computer viruses that flood the Internet, infect PCs and allow their creators to electronically rob personal bank accounts. Also: Bob Simons discusses endangered African lions; Steve Kroft profiles LeBron James.

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Episode 26

Closing the Clinic, Torture in Iran, Dolly

Sun, Apr 5, 2009 60 mins

Anderson Cooper interviews human-rights activist Ahmad Batebi, who discusses his imprisonment in Iran and his escape. Also: Scott Pelley reports on an outpatient cancer clinic closing due to budget cuts; Morley Safer interviews Dolly Parton, who discusses the musical "9 to 5."

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Episode 27

Bionic Veterans, Guns for Sale, Steve Wynn's Win

Sun, Apr 12, 2009 60 mins

A segment on a robotic arm designed to help amputees; a report on the rising rate of gun purchases in the U.S.; and an interview with Las Vegas entrepreneur Steve Wynn.

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Episode 28

Delayed Retirement, Cold Fusion, Ole'!

Sun, Apr 19, 2009 60 mins

Steve Kroft reports on 401(k) retirement funds; Scott Pelley examines cold fusion as a source of energy; Bob Simon profiles bullfighting brothers Cayetano and Francisco Ordonez.

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Episode 29

Vice President Biden, Powered by Coal, The Orphanage

Sun, Apr 26, 2009 60 mins

Lesley Stahl profiles Vice President Joe Biden. Also: Scott Pelley reports on creating energy by burning coal, even though it heavily contributes to global warming; Bob Simon visits an elephant orphanage in Kenya.

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Episode 30

Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, wine

Sun, May 3, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley reports on an environmental lawsuit in Ecuador against Chevron related to oil drilling in the Amazon rainforest; David Martin reports on Saudi Arabia's efforts to reeducate people who were once loyal to Osama bin Laden; Morley Safer profiles Italy's Antinori family, who have been in the winemaking business for 600 years.

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Episode 31

Military, Spy, Baseball

Sun, May 10, 2009 60 mins

Lara Logan reports on the U.S. military's use of armed but unmanned aircraft to track and destroy enemy targets; Steve Kroft probes the life of late Egyptian billionaire Ashraf Marwan (1944-2007), who was allegedly a double agent for Israel and Egypt; Morley Safer profiles Boston Red Sox senior adviser Bill James.

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Episode 32

Secretary Gates, AIG, Anna Wintour

Sun, May 17, 2009 60 mins

Katie Couric interviews Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates about the war in Afghanistan; Steve Kroft interviews AIG CEO Ed Liddy; Morley Safer profiles Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

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Episode 33

Buy American, Sergeant Bill, Wine RX

Sun, May 24, 2009 60 mins

Lesley Stahl reports on whether Obama's economic-stimulus package with its "buy American" clause will cause foreign governments to keep U.S. products from its markets; Morley Safer reports on resveratrol, a substance in red wine that slows down aging in mice; Katie Couric reports on Bill Jakob, who fooled a small Missouri town's officials into hiring him as a law-enforcement officer.

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Episode 34

Failed Banks, Pakistan, Michael Phelps

Sun, May 31, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley reports on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as it takes control of a failed bank; Steve Kroft interviews Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari; Anderson Cooper profiles swimmer Michael Phelps.

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Episode 35

Federal Reserve, Dolly Parton

Sun, Jun 7, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley interviews Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, who discusses the current economic crisis; Morley Safer profiles Dolly Parton, who wrote the music and lyrics for Broadway's "9 to 5."

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Episode 36

The Man Who Knew, For Better or For Worse, Alice Waters

Sun, Jun 14, 2009 60 mins

Steve Kroft interviews Boston investment investigator Harry Markopolos, who repeatedly alerted the Securities and Exchange Commission about Bernie Madoff's fraudulent hedge fund; Bob Simon reports on foreigners married to Americans who are being asked to leave the U.S. now that their spouses have died; Lesley Stahl profiles chef Alice Waters.

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Episode 37

A Clean Version of Hell, The War Next Door, LeBron

Sun, Jun 21, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley visits ADX Florence, a federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo., that houses some of the country's most infamous prisoners; Anderson Cooper reports on violence in Mexico fueled by drug cartels; Steve Kroft profiles LeBron James.

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Episode 38

The Cheater$, Mind Reading, Gorongosa

Sun, Jun 28, 2009 60 mins

Steve Kroft investigates online-poker cheating; Lesley Stahl reports on neuroscience and how to read a person's mind; and Scott Pelley profiles American philanthropist Gregory C. Carr, who is helping restore Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park.

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Episode 39

Saving Flight 1549, Bon Jovi

Sun, Jul 5, 2009 60 mins

Katie Couric interviews US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who safely landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on Jan. 15 after losing both engines shortly after takeoff. Also: Steve Kroft profiles Jon Bon Jovi.

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Episode 40

Kill Bin Laden, Eyewitness

Sun, Jul 12, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley investigates the U.S. military's efforts to kill Osama bin Laden; Lesley Stahl reports on flaws in eyewitness testimonies that later prove to be incorrect by DNA evidence.

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Episode 41

Remembering Walter Cronkite

Sun, Jul 19, 2009 60 mins

Lesley Stahl reports on the rising rate of gun purchases in the U.S.; Bob Simon discusses endangered African lions; Charlie Rose interviews Las Vegas entrepreneur Steve Wynn.

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Episode 42

Gun Rush, Poisoned, Steve Wynn

Sun, Jul 26, 2009 60 mins

A report on U.S. purchases of arms and ammunition; a segment on the threatened African lion; an interview with hotel magnate Steve Wynn.

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Episode 43

Screening the TSA, Is It Murder?, Wyclef

Sun, Aug 2, 2009 60 mins

Wyclef Jean discusses his career and his efforts to help his native Haiti. Also: Lesley Stahl investigates whether airport security checkpoints are making passengers safer; Bob Simon reports on drunk-driving fatalities and prosecutors who want to impose stiffer penalties against guilty parties.

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Episode 44

The Price of Bananas, Brain Power, Swimming with Sharks

Sun, Aug 9, 2009 60 mins

A report on controversy surrounding Chiquita Brands International and paramilitary groups in Colombia; a segment on technology that helps people who are completely paralyzed communicate; and a report on the dangers of tour operators attracting sharks with food, creating the association with humans and feeding.

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Episode 45

Michael Vick, America's New Air Force, Coldplay

Sun, Aug 16, 2009 60 mins

James Brown interviews Michael Vick; Steve Kroft profiles British band Coldplay and interviews front man Chris Martin. Also: Lara Logan reports on the U.S. military's use of armed but unmanned aircraft to track and destroy enemy targets.

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Episode 46

Remembering Don Hewitt

Sun, Aug 23, 2009 60 mins

A tribute to "60 Minutes" creator and former executive producer, Don Hewitt (1922-2009), includes a retrospective of his life; and reminiscences by the correspondents.

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Episode 47

The Wasteland, Financial Weapon of Mass Destruction, The Bird Man of Idaho

Sun, Aug 30, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley reports on electronic refuse being illegally shipped to China, including the harm it is causing to the environment and those who salvage the components; Steve Kroft examines credit-default swaps and the effect they have on the economy. Also: Morley Safer profiles inventor Forrest Bird, the creator of the medical respirator.

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Episode 48

The Age of Megafires, Combat in Afghanistan, Mr. Ayers and Mr. Lopez

Sun, Sep 6, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley investigates the intensity and frequency of forest fires and whether they are linked to global warming; Lara Logan interviews Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser in Afghanistan, where he discusses the increase of enemy personnel; Morley Safer profiles Los Angeles street musician Nathaniel Ayers, who is the subject of the 2009 movie "The Soloist."

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Episode 49

President Obama, Big Teddy, Guiding Light

Sun, Sep 13, 2009 60 mins

Steve Kroft interviews President Obama. Also: Ted Kennedy Jr. and editor Jonathan Karp reflect on the life of Sen. Edward Kennedy; Morley Safer interviews "Guiding Light" cast members, including Kim Zimmer, Beth Chamberlin and Ron Raines, who recall the soap opera's 72-year history.

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Episode 50

The DEKA Arm

Sun, Sep 20, 2009 60 mins

Scott Pelley reports on the DEKA robotic arm, designed to help amputees; Morley Safer interviews Vogue editor Anna Wintour; Byron Pitts profiles USC football coach Pete Carroll.

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