This is definitely not the kind of story we're used to hearing from Afghanistan.
It involves heroics, but no gunfire. This is the story of how U.S. Marines, military transport pilots, a CBS bureau chief, and "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan went to extraordinary lengths to try to rescue a little puppy named Bill.Continue Reading »
"It was clear from the beginning that this wasn't going to be an ordinary shoot," Lara Logan said. She and her team were just finishing up the final edit of this week's 60 Minutes story on polo, when we managed to sneak her into the Overtime studio to ask her about the magnificent footage of polo ponies in her piece. Where were the cameras positioned? How did they manage to get those gorgeous slow-motion shots, we wondered.Continue Reading »
One of the first things we resolved to do when we launched "60 Minutes Overtime" was hang out with Morley Safer in that wonderfully cluttered office of his and ask him to tell some stories from his 42 years as a correspondent on "60 Minutes." Imagine our delight when he invited our cameras in and cleared off a spot on his couch.
Any plans for the evening of February 5th? You might want to be near a TV set and catch Super Bowl 46 between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. (If you're not football minded, "60 Minutes" will be on that night as well.)
She was the fresh-faced British girl from the famous 1965 National Geographic film "Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees." It's been 50 years since Jane Goodall walked into the Gombe Forest (with binoculars but no training in science) to study chimpanzees. Today, Goodall is 76 years old, and she's still at it: tolerating camera crews, so she can show the world why chimps are worth saving.Continue Reading »
"60 Minutes" producer Michael Karzis is the perfect tour guide to take you behind the scenes on the show's Mt. Athos story. Karzis is the son of Greek immigrants and he speaks Greek. Those things surely helped as he and fellow producer Harry Radliffe tried to get permission to film a "60 Minutes" story on the otherworldly Mt. Athos, a self-governed peninsula in Greece that's home to 20 monasteries and some 2,000 monks.
But getting permission was no easy task. "The parliament that exists there, the holy community, is the only parliament on the face of the Earth that has been continually in session since the 10th century," says Karzis. When the veteran producers of "60 Minutes" came calling, the Holy Community wasn't impressed.
You know those religion-neutral "holiday greetings" aired by network TV every December? Back in the 60s, there wasn't any tip-toeing around the C-word. On Dec. 24,1968, "60 Minutes" aired this story about Christ's physical appearance, and correspondent Harry Reasoner dove right in with the opening line: Tomorrow is Christmas.
Is Albert Pujols the best baseball player ever? Consider his stats over his first 10 years: he never hit less than .300, never had less than 30 homeruns, and never had fewer than 100 RBIs. No player in baseball's long history has ever achieved that in his first ten seasons. Yet much of the general public knows who Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Babe Ruth are, but they've never heard of Pujols. What gives?
In this Overtime Original first posted in April 2011, Overtime Editor Ann Silvio sits down with "60 Minutes" producer Draggan Mihailovich to go behind the scenes on the Pujols shoot and learn more about the low-profile power hitter.Continue Reading »
For this week's "60 Minutes" broadcast, correspondent Bob Simon traveled to the Arctic and reported on an innovative BBC wildlife filmmaker who has come up with novel ways of shooting up-close footage of the dangerous polar bear -- without becoming polar bear bait. The subject of Simon's story is the legendary John Downer, who films animals using hidden spy cams, controlled remotely or connected to motion sensors. Downer and his team disguised cameras as floating icebergs, rolling snowballs, and snowy rock ledges.Continue Reading »
By now, most of the world has heard of and seen Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks. Assange is responsible for publishing tens of thousands of secret U.S. military reports and diplomatic cables. His supporters say he's a freedom fighter; his detractors call him a dangerous traitor or worse.Continue Reading »