Sunday, November 11, 2018

60 Minutes Listings and Info Sunday 11/11



YOUR DATA – For years, big tech companies have been collecting and monetizing the personal information of their users, with almost no oversight or regulation. But public attitudes about data and privacy are changing, and Europe is taking the lead. Steve Kroft reports. Maria Gavrilovic is the producer.

ULTRA DEEP – South African miners are going ever deeper to find gold, digging some of the deepest mines in the world. Bill Whitaker descends nearly two miles for this story about gold extraction and some of the deepest living organisms on Earth. Heather Abbott is the producer. 

THE PACT –Twins Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin were athletic, competitive and identical – except for one difference: Shaquem’s left hand had to be amputated when he was 4. Later they made a pact to stay together, a promise that led them to the Seattle Seahawks and NFL history. Sharyn Alfonsi reports. Guy Campanile is the producer.

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Griffin Brothers’ Solidarity Leads to the First One-Handed NFL Player

“Not without my brother” could be the motto of Seattle Seahawks defensive standouts Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin. The twin brothers made a pact at the age of 8 to stick together no matter what. Their loyalty resulted in the rarity of twin players on the same NFL team and the first one-handed NFL player ever. Sharyn Alfonsi profiles the remarkable siblings for the next edition of 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Nov. 11 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Growing up, the twins were athletic, competitive and identical – except for one difference: Shaquem was born with a deformed left hand that had to be amputated at the age of 4. Shaquem had to work harder. The twins’ father, Terry, helped train his sons with intensity and some tough love. Asked how his young son could catch a football, Terry replies, “When you get hit in the face, five, six, seven times…You start catching…He wanted it. You got to want it.”

His sons grew into top-notch college prospects, but only Shaquill was offered scholarships to elite programs. Even though Shaquem told him to go, Shaquill would not break the pact. When the University of Miami, Shaquill’s dream team, came calling, he laid down the law in his interview. “‘If you don’t offer my brother, don’t offer me, Cause I’m not leaving him,” he recalls telling the school official. Miami said no. 

The University of Central Florida said yes to the twin scholarships, but while Shaquill starred on the field, Shaquem festered on the bench. Shaquem almost quit, says Shaquill. “You get to a point where he said, ‘I was leaving,’ and I was going to leave too. And then I think he ended up staying because he knew how much it would affect me. I said, ‘If you leave, then you’re just breakin’ everything we promised to each other.’” 

After college, Shaquill began playing for the Seattle Seahawks. Shaquem kept working hard. Not being selected in the early rounds of the NFL draft was part of a pattern he experienced all his life. “People don’t want to take a chance. And I just feel like that’s what it was,” says Shaquem. “It’s like that in every single level I’ve been in, from little league to high school and college.” 

Shaquill lobbied his team to consider his brother. In the end, it wasn’t a hard decision for the Seahawks. Shaquem attended the showcase for NFL prospects and was a star performer in all the skills the event tests for, especially speed. He ran the 40-yard dash in the fastest time a linebacker had ever clocked in the combine. It was the same time his cornerback brother had run the year before. Seattle drafted him, and he now plays linebacker and on special teams – as always, with brother Shaquill not far away.

Shaquem considers the absence of a left hand as an advantage. “I thought about it. I was like, ‘If I had two hands, I don’t think I’d be good as I am now.’ I think me having one hand made me work even harder than many other people.”

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South African gold miners are going to the bottom of the deepest man-made holes on earth in pursuit of the precious metal these days. But it turns out there’s more to find at that deep depth. As Bill Whitaker reports, scientists are have found some of the deepest-dwelling organisms on Earth living in ancient water buried deep in the rocks. Whitaker’s story will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Nov. 11 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The Moab Khotsong mine is one of the deepest in the country. 60 MINUTES cameras were given rare permission to film inside the smelter, which results in a spectacular pouring of flaming, molten gold into bars. After decades of mining, only the deepest gold remains, as miners have exhausted productive veins closer to the surface. 

The extreme depths have captured the attention of scientists seeking what they call “extreme life,” organisms that can live under harsh conditions that no one thought possible. They still require one of life’s most basic necessities: water. “We have found water that’s a billion years old,” says Princeton University geoscientists Tullis Onstott. 

To see that water, Whitaker, the scientists and 60 MINUTES crew took the longest elevator ride in the world, an estimated 450 stories straight down. At the end of that ride, the journey continues on foot and chairlift even deeper into the mine to a depth equivalent of five of the world’s largest skyscrapers stacked atop each other. Temperatures can reach 120 degrees. 

There in the walls of the mine, highly unusual salt deposits spotted by the team led them to dripping salt water. “This water is extremely old,” says Onstott. “These rock formations were formed three billion years ago,” he tells Whitaker. He’s excited to learn what testing will reveal about this ancient water.

Onstott and his team already smashed the record books once, finding 5,000-year-old water practically teeming with microorganisms. No one thought animal life could exist so deep in the Earth. Onstott’s partner, Belgian biologist Gaetan Borgonie, is proud of their achievement. “For me, it is big…I had to fight quite a lot of people to be able to do this,” he tells Whitaker. “On a personal level, that was the biggest victory for me.” 

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