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John Eastman – Scott Pelley interviews John Eastman, the conservative former law professor who gave controversial legal advice to former President Donald Trump and is facing possible prison time in Georgia's election conspiracy case. A leader in efforts to overturn the 2020 vote, Eastman shares with 60 MINUTES what happened in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and why he believes he's innocent. Aaron Weisz and Sarah Koch are the producers.
Our Mistake is Your Responsibility – Each year, about one million Americans receive a bill from the Social Security Administration, saying they were paid too much in benefits and must pay it back. Even if the error is not their fault, they often still have to pay. Correspondent Anderson Cooper reports on how some elderly and disabled people have been burdened with tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Andy Court is the producer.
Monkey Island – Correspondent Lesley Stahl reports from Cayo Santiago, also known as Monkey Island, off the coast of Puerto Rico, and home to roughly 1,800 monkeys, including the rhesus macaques whose DNA is a 94% match to humans. Stahl examines one study set to determine the impact of environmental crises on the longevity and overall health of the macaques and what the inhabitants of Monkey Island can reveal about climate-related trauma and survival. Ayesha Siddiqi is the producer.
The Last Minute – CBS News senior foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports from Tel Aviv with the latest developments on the Israel-Hamas war.
IRAN'S ASSASSINS –While Iran's backing of Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon is widely known, the regime is quietly carrying out a shadow war in the U.S. and Europe, deploying proxy assassins to silence or eliminate critics of the regime. Britain's head of counter-terrorism policing, Matt Jukes, tells correspondent Lesley Stahl they're noticing a significant uptick in Iran's efforts. In the U.S., Stahl meets some of the targets, including former White House national security adviser John Bolton and Iranian American activist Masih Alinejad. Shachar Bar-On is the producer.
THE HERITAGE WAR –Correspondent Bill Whitaker reports from Kyiv on Russia's continued war and what Ukrainians say is the deliberate destruction and looting of the country's museums, churches and monuments – a strategy believed to come straight from the Kremlin – and a potential war crime. Whitaker tours the remains of shelled churches and bombed libraries, and speaks with museum workers who are risking their lives to save Ukraine's heritage. Heather Abbott is the producer.
HORSE RACING REFORM? –As the Justice Department winds down one of the biggest horse doping investigations in U.S. history, correspondent Cecilia Vega examines the wiretaps that helped solve the case and convict dozens of veterinarians, horse trainers and drug distributors. Lisa Lazarus, the woman heading up the new national regulator tasked with cleaning up horse racing, sits down with Vega to discuss the moment of reckoning and the sport's future. Sarah Koch is the producer.
DISAPPEARED – No one knows exactly how many Ukrainian children have allegedly been abducted by Russia during Vladimir Putin's war. The Ukrainian government estimates about 20,000 kids have been taken, but says the number may actually be closer to 300,000. Correspondent Cecilia Vega reports from Ukraine and Poland on the dangerous journey mothers are taking, traveling thousands of miles into enemy territory to bring back their children with the help of the organization Save Ukraine. Vega spent months following one grandmother as she risked her life to find her grandson before he completely disappeared. Nichole Marks is the producer.
THE STAND –After a wildfire devastated the Hawaiian town of Lahaina in August, correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi reports new details about the disaster, including the narrow escape of Maui County firefighters who had become trapped by the rapidly moving flames. Guy Campanile and Lucy Hatcher are the producers.
THE UNDERBOSS – Reporting from backstage of a Bruce Springsteen concert in Rome, correspondent Jon Wertheim profiles longtime guitarist and musical director for Springsteen and the E Street Band –and ultimate wingman – Steven Van Zandt. Wertheim talks with Van Zandt, now 72 years old, about growing up in New Jersey with his best friend, Springsteen, the success of the E Street Band, his involvement with political activism, the shifting state of music and what makes him a true American original. Michael Karzis is the producer.
AFRICATOWN – Correspondent Anderson Cooper continues his reporting on Africatown, a community founded by the formerly enslaved men and women brought to Alabama on the Clotilda slave ship in 1860. The Clotilda is the last known ship to bring enslaved Africans to America and was found in 2018 in an Alabama river, a story first reported by 60 MINUTES in 2020. Cooper returns to Africatown to witness a historic meeting between the descendants of the enslaved Africans and the descendants of Timothy Meaher, the man who commissioned the Clotilda. This is a double-length segment. Denise Schrier Cetta and Katie Brennan are the producers.
RISE – As Ukrainian families grieve the losses of their loved ones in Russia's continued conflict, correspondent Scott Pelley joins a group of widows and children of the war on a mountain climb in the Austrian Alps, a journey of recovery and resilience. Organized by a charity founded by an American marine who is still finding his footing after serving three combat tours in Iraq, Pelley joins the bereaved families, who traveled 1,300 miles after their city was bombed, on an expedition of hope, community and teamwork. This is a double-length segment. Oriana Zill de Granados and Michael Rey are the producers.
SEALAND – Correspondent Jon Wertheim journeys by boat (and winch) into the world's smallest—and unlikeliest—state: the Principality of Sealand. Just off the English coast, and roughly the landmass of two tennis courts, it boasts a full-time population of one. It was built during World War II as a nautical fort, and later repurposed as a "pirate radio" station under its monarchs, the Bates family. Wertheim takes a tour of this micronation and its history of piracy, coups, countercoups and rogues. Michael Gavshon is the producer.
ANCIENT VINES – Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi reports from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, regarded by scholars as the birthplace of wine. Alfonsi delves into its deep history of winemaking and the enduring vineyards that have survived thousands of years of invasions, wars and communist rule. She visits the lush wine region of Kakheti to meet monks protecting these ancient vines and one American vineyard owner who is committed to bringing Georgian wines to the rest of the world. This is a double-length segment. Ashley Velie is the producer.
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