All eyes were on Pope Francis today to see how he performed in his first Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Here at Overtime we thought it would be a good time to ask: What exactly makes a good pope? We took a look in our archives and found this segment, reported by Scott Pelley, about one of the world's most beloved popes, John Paul II, who died 8 years ago this week.Continue Reading »
In honor of spring, we dove into the 60 Minutes archives and came up with this treasure: In 1976, Morley Safer paid a Saturday visit to the famed New York City department store Bloomingdale's. Regulars called it "Bloomies," and on any given Saturday, 60 thousand people flocked to be a part of the scene. It's was evidently THE thing to do on a Manhattan weekend, so much that Bloomingdale's merchandised the idea in a special department called Saturday's Generation.Continue Reading »
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside the Vatican? Who answers the phones? Who irons the pope's vestments? In 1982, Harry Reasoner took 60 Minutes cameras behind the scenes at the Vatican and filmed TV's first good look at how the Vatican is run. We think it's a rare peek into what a day in the life will be like for our newly elected pope.
In 2002, 60 Minutes interviewed President Hugo Chavez about his rise to power, the coup that ousted him, and his return to power in Venezuela.Continue Reading »
Most people think "Chernobyl" when it comes to nuclear disaster sites. But outside of Russia, the most contaminated nuclear site in the world is right here on the beautiful Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. At Hanford Nuclear Facility in Washington State, 56 million gallons of radioactive waste sit in underground storage tanks. Those tanks have already leaked more than one million gallons of a toxic brew of plutonium, enriched uranium, nitric acid, and solvents into the ground.Continue Reading »
"I've decided that I'd like to spend more time with my family," Andrew Mason said today when Groupon, the company he founded, announced he was being replaced as CEO. In an unusual twist, Mason then added: "Just kidding - I was fired today. If you're wondering why . . . you haven't been paying attention."Continue Reading »
With the release of "No Easy Day," a new book that offers a first-hand account of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the secretive Navy SEAL unit known as "Team 6" has been Topic A in the news.Continue Reading »
Hard labor, enforced silence, and imprisonment - that was the sentence for more than 10,000 young Irish women sent off to the church-run Magdalen Laundries between 1922 and 1996, a dark chapter in Irish history that Steve Kroft reported on for 60 Minutes in January 1999.Continue Reading »