Archives: 2000

Revisit <i><b>60 Minutes II</i></b> Stories From 2000

America's Dream Defense: The U.S. Defense Department has spent billions trying to create an effective missile defense system. But some prominent scientific critics say the system is not only fatally flawed, it's surrounded by allegations of fraud. 60 Minutes II reports. (Dec. 26, 2000)

Miracle Man: When cyclist Lance Armstrong got cancer, many thought he would not live. He not only survived, he went back to cycling, and actually won the Tour de France - twice. (Dec. 26, 2000)

Clinton Speaks To 60 Minutes II: With only a few weeks left in his final term as president, Bill Clinton sat down with CBS News Anchor Dan Rather to talk about the president-elect, the economy and his legacy. (Dec. 19, 2000)

A Lion In Winter: After more than a hundred film and stage roles and seven Oscar nominations, actor Peter O'Toole tells 60 Minutes II he is enjoying his old age. (Dec. 19, 2000)

The Answer For AIDS? A vaccine against the HIV virus is now being tested. But finding support for its research wasn't easy. If gp120 proves to be effective in stopping the spread of AIDS, it will be because of one man's perseverance. (Dec. 12, 2000)

Celtic Tiger: There is change in the air on the Emerald Isle. Gone are the days of widespread poverty as high-tech companies drive the Irish economy. But is that change robbing Ireland of its traditions? (Dec. 12, 2000)

James Taylor: Through Fire And Rain: James Taylor writes and performs intensely personal songs - about himself - that millions of people buy. He describes for 60 Minutes II his creative process and the path his life has taken. (Dec. 12, 2000)

Bush Speaks About The Future: In his first prime-time interview since Election Day, George W. Bush talks with 60 Minutes II about the latest turn of events in the courts, his opponent Al Gore, and his plans for the presidency. (Dec. 5, 2000)

Giving Away Bilions: Bill Gates' personal fortune is larger than the gross national product of some countries. And he has already started to give a substantial portion of it away. But that task is not as easy as it may sound. (Dec. 5, 2000)

Boy Wonder: 60 Minutes II encountered a child with enormous ability, talent and intelligence atypical of someone his age. At age 10, Sho Yano is the youngest freshman at Loyola University. (Dec. 5, 2000)

Blood and Oil: A fight over the family business has exposed more than just a rift in the relationship between two brothers. Koch Industries finds itself mired in allegations of fraud and environmental neglect. (Nov. 28, 2000)

Treasure Island: In a scene reminiscent of the Gold Rush, boomtowns are springing up on Madagascar. Sapphire fever has hit the island, along with allegations of corruption and exploitation. (Nov. 28, 2000)

Classic: The Incomparable Misha: 60 Minutes II revisits Mikhail Baryshnikov, once considered the finest male ballet dancer in the world. Now 52, Misha has hung up his ballet slippers but he has not given up dancing. (Nov. 28, 2000)

Hitler's Lake: The Nazis didn't want anybody to find what they buried at the bottom of Lake Toplitz in Austria. But 55 years later, 60 Minutes II has uncovered a secret cache of counterfeit currency. (Nov. 21, 2000)

Full of Holes: Election indecision in Florida is shedding light on a type of ballot that critics say makes accurate computer counts impossible. And the alleged problem is more widespread than one might think. (Nov. 14, 2000)

Execution of Ricky McGinn: What is it like to witness an execution? In Texas, 60 Minutes II takes an inside look at the state-sanctioned killing of convicted murderer Ricky McGinn. (Nov. 14, 2000)

The Man Behind The Dynasty: In his first prime-time interview, Florida State University coach Bobby Bowden talks about faith, football and the struggle to win in the ever-changing world of collegiate sports. (Nov. 14, 2000)

See How They Run: Right now, some of the fastest runners on Earth don't even have legs. A new kind of athlete, equipped with metallic limbs and high-tech joints, is setting records for speed and endurance at the Olympics. (Oct. 31, 2000)

America's Dream Defense: The U.S. Defense Department has spent billions trying to create an effective missile defense system. But some prominent scientific critics say the system is not only fatally flawed, it's surrounded by allegations of fraud. (Oct. 31, 2000)

The Reckoning: Online companies were among the biggest losers on Wall Street this weeas election uncertainty added to downward pressure on stocks. One result is the dot-com business reality is a lot less virtual than it once was. (Oct. 24, 2000)

To Be Continued: As the rocks of Palestinian demonstrators provoke Israeli rocket fire, an end to the conflict in the Middle East is nowhere in site. And the list of martyrs on both sides is growing. (Oct. 24, 2000)

Dixie Chicks: In three years, The Dixie Chicks have sold 17 million CDs, snared four Grammy awards, won the entertainer of the year trophy at the Country Music Association awards. Find out about the women behind the success. (Oct. 24, 2000)

Hush Money? More than 100 people are known to have died in highway accidents linked to Firestone tires. Could information sealed in court documents have prevented some of the deaths? (Oct. 10, 2000)

Napster: In his first substantial television interview, Shawn Fanning, the creator of the controversial Web site Napster, talks about his rise to cyber stardom while a storm rages over the legality of his work. (Oct. 10, 2000)

The Black Dog: Mike Wallace and Tipper Gore share their personal experiences with depression, an illness that affects millions of Americans today. (Oct. 10, 2000)

First Casualty: On the first night of the Gulf War, Scott Speicher became the first American casualty. But there there never was any evidence that he died. (Sept. 19, 2000)

Madonna At 40: After two decades of playing an eclectic, erotic, outrageous rebel, Madonna is finding satisfaction in a more conventional role, as a mother. (Sept. 19, 2000)

Hate on Trial: Carlos Colbert dreamed of joining the Marines. But as 60 Minutes II Correspondent Scott Pelley reports, a vicious attack left him paralyzed. Find out how his case was eventually settled. (Sept. 12, 2000)

Bush's Guru: George W. Bush's mantra of "compassionate conservatism" may sound poll-tested, but the phrase - and the philosophy - comes from a college professor, Marvin Olasky. (Sept. 12, 2000)

Classics: Tina: Mike Wallace revisits Tina Turner as she wraps up another world tour - which she says is her last. She talks about her life in France, racial harmony and her dispute with rock 'n' roll legend Elton John. (Sept. 12, 2000)

America's Secret War: Dan Rather reports on America's covert operation to bring down Colombia's drug lords. (Sept. 5, 2000)

The Champion: Pete Sampras is one of the greatest tennis players in history. But he wants to be the greatest. To find out what makes Sampras such a daunting player, Charlie Rose recently spnt time with him. (Sept. 5, 2000)

Tobacco Slaves: 60 Minutes II follows up on a report about India on child slaves who make cigarettes popular with American teens. (Aug. 29, 2000)

Saving Stephen Heywood: Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is always fatal. When Stephen Heywood was diagnosed, his brother decided to do something. (Aug. 29, 2000)

Going to Extremes: BASE jumpers hurl themselves off buildings or mountains. 60 Minutes II reports on this sport and the people who test the law to do it. (Aug. 29, 2000)

Wake-up Call: (Aug. 22, 2000)

The Delinquents: Dozens of rhinos were being killed in a South African game park. Were poachers to blame? No. The culprits were a herd of teen-age elephants. (Aug. 22, 2000)

Teen Idol: 60 Minutes II profiles Lou Pearlman, a 46-year-old man who has mastered the recipe for creating teen music sensations like the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. (Aug. 22, 2000)

Live DNC coverage: (Aug. 15, 2000)

Mind of the Assassin: For five years the Secret Service interviewed assassins and would-be assassins, trying to find out what motivated them. (Aug. 15, 2000)

Ecstasy: A new drug called Ecstasy is sweeping the country. Law enforcement officials say it worries them more than any other drug. Vicki Mabrey spoke to some who have tried the drug, including Chauncey Barton. (Aug. 8, 2000)

Classic: Shirley MacLaine: Entertainer and author Shirley MacLaine updates Mike Wallace on her recent and past adventures, which she says included affairs with former Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme and with Charlemagne. (Aug. 8, 2000)

State of Neglect: In 1998, 5-year-old Terrell Peterson was beaten to death, allegedly by his foster mother. There may be another accomplice: the state of Georgia. (Aug. 2, 2000)

Dot-com Kids: 60 Minutes II reports on Manhattan's Web elite, including Razorfish co-founder Jeff Dachis. They are trying to build a new medium. (Aug. 2, 2000)

Live convention coverage (Aug. 2, 2000)

Miracle Man: When cyclist Lance Armstrong got cancer, many thought he would not live. He not only survived, he went back to cycling, and actually won the Tour de France - twice. (July 26, 2000)

Santana: After years of being off the charts, Carlos Santana has scored big with eight Grammy Awards. But the real story behind this album is not that of "comeback," but where he's come from, he said. (July 26, 2000)

Killing Time: 60 Minutes II Correspondent Da Rather talked to Shawn Berry about his role in the dragging death of a black man in Jasper, Texas. (July 26, 2000)

Sorry About That: Two decades after 52 Americans were held hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, some of those responsible say it may not have been such a good idea. (July 4, 2000)

The Ferry Is Coming After almost 40 years of isolation, tiny Gees Bend, Alabama was supposed to get a new ferry. 60 Minutes II found out what a new ferry could mean, and why it would be so important. (July 4, 2000)

A Different Kind of Family: Recently rock star Melissa Etheridge and her partner, filmmaker Julie Cypher, named the father of their two children: rock star David Crosby. (July 4, 2000)

Death by Denial: 60 Minutes II and Ed Bradley report on the tragedy of AIDS in Africa. How was this tragedy allowed to happen? (June 27, 2000)

Doris and Dorothy: Doris Wyne, shown at left, has Alzheimer's disease. Her identical twin, Dorothy, does not. Correspondent Vicki Mabrey reports on their struggles and how their lives may shed light on the disease. (June 20, 2000)