This program is 28 minutes long
(Capitol: Nancy Cordes) Obama's efforts to convince Congress to authorize action in Syria reviewed; scenes shown of Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey at a Congressional hearing. [Representative Nancy PELOSI – says we must respond.] [Representative Rick NOLAN- worries about US boots on the ground.] [KERRY – says this is not the time for armchair isolationism.] [Senator Bob CORKER- questions Kerry about ground troops.] [In response to Senator Marco Rubio, DEMPSEY – says we will have an initial target set and subsequent target sets.] Kerry’s concern about US allies Israel & Jordan noted.
(Studio: Scott Pelley) The revolt against Syrian President Bashir al-Assad and the civil war that began 2 years ago reviewed; U.N. numbers on refugees cited; map shown.
(Damascus: Elizabeth Palmer) The situation in Damascus featured; scenes shown of blasted buildings, refugees from the countryside; details given about the Civilian Defense Force militia set up by the government to help the military. The stress for residents of Damascus discussed; scenes shown of the fighting.
(Los Angeles: Ben Tracy) Microsoft’s deal to buy Nokia’s line of phones & its patents in an effort to compete with its smartphone rivals, including Apple & Android devices, examined; statistics on smartphone sales and the drop in desktop computer sales cited. [Microsoft CEO Steve BALLMER- says this is a bold step into the future.] [CNET editor-at-large Brian COOLEY- says Microsoft had to get more serious about mobiles.] Nokia’s drop in the market noted.
(Key West, Florida: Elaine Quijano) Interview held with 64-year-old Diana Nyad the day after her historic swim of over 100 miles from Cuba to Florida; scenes shown of her swimming in the ocean and arriving on the beach. [NYAD – notes at times it was like hell on earth; admits she wondered if she could make it; recounts her reaction to seeing the lights from Key West; responds to criticism of the money spent on her dream.] Nyad’s planned 48-hour swim next month mentioned.
(Studio: Armen Keteyian) "60 Minutes Sports" interview held with Frank Fina & Joseph McGettigan, who prosecuted the child sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky; report by former FBI director Louis Freeh quoted. [FINA – says Penn State president Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz & athletic director Tim Curley were obstructing the investigation and they deserve to be charged; states he does not think Coach Joe Paterno was part of the cover-up conspiracy.] [McGETTIGAN – comments on the mindset of Spanier, Schultz & Curley.]
(San Francisco: John Blackstone) Photographer Joe Blum’s 15-year project chronicling the workers building the bridge featured; photos shown. [BLUM – explains the purpose of his project.] [Ironworker Ed MEYER- says Joe was putting us in a favorable light when most people put labor down.]