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Episode 57 29x57
08.09.2007
Brian Ross reports on a child-predator sting operation in Murphy, Texas, and the role “Dateline NBC” played in it. Also: a John Stossel report on health care in Cuba; a preview of “Inside the Living Body,” a National Geographic Channel film (premiering Sept. 16) in which cutting-edge imaging technology is employed to look inside the human body and document its continuous transformation from birth to old age.
 
Episode 56 29x56
01.09.2007
A 2005 Connecticut divorce case in which a man shot his estranged wife and her lawyer in a courthouse garage prior to a custody hearing. Also: writer Diane Nichols on the family tragedy (her husband murdered his mistress) that led to her memoir “Prison of My Own: A True Story of Redemption & Forgiveness”; self-help author Judith Wright on overcoming bad habits; Steve and Annette Economides, authors of “America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money,” with tips for frugal living.
 
Episode 55 29x55
18.08.2007
An exploration of conventional wisdom regarding such topics as microwave ovens, multitasking, mosquitoes, selfishness among only children, whether dogs can sense illnesses in people, and whether falling cats always land on their feet. Also: author David Zinczenko (“The Abs Diet”) on abdominal exercises.
 
Pastor to Power: Billy Graham and the Presidents 29x54
11.08.2007
Evangelist Billy Graham's ties to the White House since the time of the Truman administration are explored. The hour includes reflections from Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton on their relationships with Graham, and Graham returns the favor. Charles Gibson moderates a forum featuring Graham and the presidents, and also interviews First Ladies Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton.
 
Episode 54 29x53
04.08.2007
Diane Sawyer interviews Nicole Richie, who discusses celebrity behavior, her legal problems and her pregnancy. Also: how to escape from a submerged car; an update on a California woman's recovery from a 1997 accident that left her in a coma.
 
Season 29, Episode 52 29x52
28.07.2007
Bob Brown reports on challenges facing giants and dwarfs. Produced in conjunction with the National Geographic Channel, which presents “Science of Dwarfism” and “Science of Gigantism” on July 30.
 
Vanity 29x51
21.07.2007
A report on vanity. Topics include breast implants for teens and plastic-surgery vacations in Costa Rica. Also: A New York plastic surgeon assesses a potential patient; a woman describes her beauty regimen; and Lynn Sherr comments on vanity and cosmetic surgery.
 
Season 29, Episode 50 29x50
14.07.2007
Correspondent Bill Weir reports on people's views about---and fear of---hell.
 
Season 29, Episode 49 29x49
07.07.2007
Plastic surgery is explored in repeat reports. Included: breast implants for teens; plastic-surgery options abroad and online; and expensive beauty-enhancement options. Also: a Lynn Sherr commentary on vanity.
 
Season 29, Episode 48 29x48
30.06.2007
An interview with former fashion writer Peter Braunstein, who was convicted in May 2007 of kidnapping and sexual abuse for holding a woman captive in her home; a report on a Chicago radio station's social experiment to see whether two strangers could fall in love; dog trainer Tamar Geller's attempt to tame John Stossel's unruly dog; a January 2007 Brian Ross investigation of third-party debt-collection tactics.
 
Season 29, Episode 47 29x47
23.06.2007
A report on real estate includes financial advice about the benefits of home ownership and tips to consider before buying, selling or building a home.
 
Good Luck, Bad Luck 29x46
16.06.2007
A report on luck and the role it plays in people's lives. Included: segments exploring changing attitudes toward luck, luck in love and how people can make their own good fortune; and a profile of Jessica Forsyth, a Midland, Mich., teen whose life was probably saved because a steel plate implanted to repair a broken collarbone protected her when she was shot. Also: remarks by actress Marilu Henner and author Stephen J. Dubner.
 
Murder on Prom Night; Heimlich Family Feud; Diana: a Life Overshadowed By Pain 29x45
09.06.2007
A report on a case of an Indiana man convicted in 2006 of the 1989 slayings of his father, step-mother and two step-sisters. He had been arguing with his father, a minister, over whether he could attend the prom night events.
 
Sugar Pill Treats Cancer? 29x44
02.06.2007
An investigation of the effectiveness of the food supplement Ambrotose in treating diseases, including cancer, and the practices of the sales force of the company that makes it; an interview with a Utah woman who says she was kidnapped by her parents to keep her from marrying a man of whom they disapproved. Also: John Stossel on gasoline prices.
 
Dramatic Rescue at Sea 29x43
26.05.2007
A 2006 report on the high-seas rescue of a pregnant woman whose legs were mangled in machinery on a fish-processing ship in the Bering Sea in October 2005; a 2006 interview with Cornell food-science professor Brian Wansink, author of “Mindless Eating”; a 2005 taste taste pitting premium vodkas against less-expensive brands.
 
Taboos 29x42
19.05.2007
A report on taboos in such areas as race, sex, language and relationships. Segments feature a stay-at-home dad; British journalist Helen Kirwan-Taylor, who wrote about motherhood being boring; and Chad Allen and Rupert Everett, who talk about obstacles facing openly gay actors in Hollywood.
 
Seeing and Believing: the Power of Faith 29x41
12.05.2007
“Seeing and Believing: The Power of Faith” concludes with reports on exorcism and magical thinking (making wishes come true); a profile of televangelist Peter Popoff; and a Diane Sawyer visit with cloistered nuns in a New Mexico convent.
 
Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity; D.C. Madam 29x40
05.05.2007
The true facts about gun control, stress, ethanol, gambling, dining out, and foreign aid; Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called D.C. Madam in a candid interview.
 
My Secret Self: A Story of Transgender Children 29x39
28.04.2007
A report on gender-identity disorder in children focusing on three families. Barbara Walters is the correspondent.
 
Planet Earth 2007: Seven Ways to Help Save the World 29x38
21.04.2007
Diane Sawyer reports on climate change around the world in an hour that focuses on ways environmental challenges are being faced. Among the places visited are Antarctica, for a look into what's being done to fill the hole in the ozone layer; Australia's Great Barrier Reef, to see how desalinization could fill water gaps; a South African wildlife preserve; Paris, for a look at energy conservation; an Arizona solar-power plant; and China, to gauge people's willingness to make changes.
 
Preacher Predators, Cardio-Free Diet, A Man Among Wolves 29x37
14.04.2007
A report on allegations of child sex abuse in Protestant churches, focusing on the Southern Baptist Convention; a profile of wolf-behavior expert Shaun Ellis, who lived among wolves during the filming of a National Geographic Channel documentary airing April 16; a report on Jim Karas' weight-loss book “The Cardio-Free Diet.”
 
U.S. Marine Murder Mystery, Lottery Curse, New Life 29x36
07.04.2007
A profile of Powerball lottery winner Jack Whittaker, a West Virginia contractor whose life has taken a number of unfortunate turns since he won more than $314.9 million in December 2002; an interview with Cindy Sommer, who was convicted of poisoning her husband, a Marine sergeant, for his life-insurance money; an update on the case of Tyrone Brown, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1990 for violating his probation by smoking one marijuana cigarette.
 
Judith Giuliani, Tragic Pharmacy Mistakes 29x35
31.03.2007
A behind-the-counter report on American drugstores. Brian Ross is the correspondent. Also: Barbara Walters interviews GOP presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani's wife, Judith. The former New York City mayor joins in as well. And Bill Ritter reports on consequences of high-speed police chases
 
Enough! 29x34
24.03.2007
John Stossel reports on annoyances and people who are fighting back against them. Included: the NBA's Stephon Marbury on expensive sneakers; Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on pork-barrel projects; Arkansas state representative Dan Greenberg (R) on naming public buildings after living people; author Maryann Reid (“Marry Your Baby Daddy”) on cohabitation among black couples; MinistryWatch founder Rusty Leonard on questionable religious charities. Also: unruly children in restaurants.
 
Taken 29x33
17.03.2007
Barbara Walters interviews Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Also: a report on child abductions featuring interviews with Jessyca Mullenberg, a Wisconsin woman who was held (and assaulted) for four months at age 13, and the mother and brother of Jacob Wetterling, who has been missing since 1989; and a segment on memory featuring an interview with memory “grand master” Scott Hagwood, author of “Memory Power.”
 
Confessions of a Con Man 29x32
10.03.2007
An update on a December 2006 Brian Ross investigation of a Nigerian e-mail-scamming ring; an update on a 2002 report about an Illinois woman convicted of the 1997 murder of her 10-year-old son; a report on a developer's offer to mobile-home residents of the modest Florida oceanfront community of Briny Breezes.
 
Tragedy in Paradise 29x31
03.03.2007
Investigating the causes of a dam failure on the Hawaiian island of Kauai in March 2006 that left seven people dead. Also: a report on online-video violence; a profile of French photographer François Brunelle, who specializes in photographing unrelated look-alikes.
 
Scared Stiff: Worried in America 29x30
24.02.2007
Conclusion. A report on living in fear.
 
Promises, Promises 29x29
17.02.2007
Exploring self-help claims in such areas as weight loss and combating aging. Included: Suzanne Somers discusses hormone-therapy issues raised in her book “Ageless.” Also: segments on a sleep-disorder medication and the counterfeiting of luxury handbags; and John Stossel on “fine print.”
 
Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith 29x28
10.02.2007
Anna Nicole Smith's life and death are explored in reports by Jim Avila, Juju Chang, Deborah Roberts, Don Dahler and Bob Brown.
 
Caught on Tape 29x27
10.02.2007
“Caught on Tape” looks at how the proliferation of cameras and the emergence of the Internet have combined to change society. Included: the role of such Web sites as YouTube, MySpace and Google in the spread of viral videos, and how that has affected politics and the Iraq War. Also: segments on aggressive celebrity Web sites; pet videos; and using the Internet to gain revenge (it's called “e-venge”)
 
Revenge 29x26
03.02.2007
A report on revenge includes excerpts from the British documentary “Cult Killer,” about a young man who vowed vengeance on those---including his mother---who raised him in the sexually charged religious cult Children of God. Rick Rodriguez killed another woman involved in the cult before committing suicide in January 2005. Correspondent: Jay Schadler.
 
Waiting on the World to Change 29x25
27.01.2007
Childhood poverty in the U.S. is explored by Diane Sawyer. The hour looks at case studies in Camden, N.J.
 
Flat Broke: Begging and Borrowing in America 29x24
20.01.2007
A report on personal finance using case studies to focus on debt and how to get and stay out of it (including a segment on “cyberbegging”). Also: Brian Ross on debt-collection tactics; John Stossel on positive aspects of debt.
 
Teens and Internet Pronography, The Night Listener, A New Diet 29x23
13.01.2007
A report on the facts (and the mystery) behind the 2006 psychological thriller “The Night Listener,” including an interview with author Armistead Maupin, who cowrote the screenplay. Also: a report on teens and Internet pornography; Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen on their book “You: On a Diet.”
 
Surveillance, Fame 29x22
06.01.2007
A report on the use of surveillance cameras in criminal investigations focuses on the May 2005 murder of a Philadelphia woman that was caught on camera. Also: John Stossel explores the lure of fame in a segment that features author Jake Halpern (“Fame Junkies”); and JuJu Chang profiles British photographer Alison Jackson, who has become controversial for her use of celebrity look-alikes.
 
2006: a Year Caught on Tape 29x21
30.12.2006
A report on the cultural phenomenon of capturing crimes, celebrity gaffes, political missteps and ordinary events on camera and immediately sharing the information online.
 
Real Nativity Story, The Good Shepherd 29x20
16.12.2006
The first Christmas: Elizabeth Vargas explores facts and myths. Also: Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon and Robert De Niro discuss their film “The Good Shepherd” with Diane Sawyer; and Bob Brown updates his 2003 profile of businessman Chris Gardner, the subject of “The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith.
 
Shopping During the Holiday Season 29x19
16.12.2006
Reports on holiday shopping. Correspondents include John Stossel, Elizabeth Vargas, Jim Avila, JuJu Chang, Don Dahler, Bill Ritter and Lynn Sherr.
 
Email Scams, Anna Nicole Smith's Paternity Fight, Helping the Needy 29x18
09.12.2006
A Brian Ross report on con artistry focuses on e-mail scamming in Nigeria. Also: photographer Larry Birkhead's contention that he is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's newborn daughter; John Stossel on bureaucratic regulations pertaining to serving meals to the needy.
 
Cruel Restaurant Hoax, Human Calculator 29x17
02.12.2006
A profile of Mike Byster, a Chicago-area commodities trader who has developed an innovative teaching program known as “Mike's Math” to increase students' mathematical, memory, problem-solving and organizational skills. Also: updating a report about a 2004 incident in which the fiancé of a Kentucky fast-food restaurant's assistant manager sexually molested another worker because, he said, he was ordered to do so by a telephone caller who posed as a police officer.
 
Cheap in America 29x16
30.11.2006
John Stossel reports on charity (and the lack of it) in the U.S. Among those interviewed: billionaires Ted Turner, Eli Broad, James Goodnight and Dan Duncan; authors Arthur Brooks (“Who Really Cares”) and Stephen Post (“Why Good Things Happen to Good People”). Also: Stossel observes donations at Salvation Army buckets in San Francisco and Sioux Falls, S.D.
 
Celebrities and Their Second Acts 29x15
25.11.2006
Topic: “second acts.” A look at life after a pro-sports career (“Dancing With the Stars” winner Emmitt Smith); Hollywood (evangelist Stephen Baldwin); addiction (former child TV star Jodie Sweetin); eating disorders (“Sopranos” regular Jamie-Lynn Sigler and model Crystal Renn); and child stardom (Ph.D candidate Mayim Bialik and mathematician Danica McKellar).
 
Barbara's Bloopers: Her 30 Biggest Blunders (2) 29x14
18.11.2006
Barbara Walters is celebrating three decades of primetime interviews with a lighthearted, poignant, and often hysterical two-part program, "The Barbara Walters Special: 30 Mistakes in 30 Years." Walters shares her interviews with world leaders, athletes, musicians and Hollywood icons, chronicling her mistakes … and theirs.
 
O.J. Interview, Someone is Watching You, Indentured Servants 29x13
18.11.2006
Publisher Compares O.J. Interview to Saddam -- Is It All About Her Revenge? Judith Regan, the publisher of Simpson's new book "If I Did It," says she set up what she calls his "confession" to get revenge for his murder acquittal. Someone Is Watching You Can you trust your neighbor? Peeping Toms are using cutting edge technology to violate your privacy. 'Indentured Servants' Used in Construction Boom in Dubai Dubai may be the world's biggest boomtown with a glittering skyline, world-class shopping malls and luxury resorts, but human rights groups say its gleaming towers are being built on the backs of exploited foreign workers.
 
Barbara's Bloopers: Her 30 Biggest Blunders (1) 29x12
17.11.2006
Barbara Walters is celebrating three decades of primetime interviews with a lighthearted, poignant, and often hysterical two-part program, "The Barbara Walters Special: 30 Mistakes in 30 Years." Walters shares her interviews with world leaders, athletes, musicians and Hollywood icons, chronicling her mistakes … and theirs.
 
Mommy Wars 29x11
11.11.2006
Working mothers' tug of war between family and work. And how far will people go to follow orders. Find out as you watch a bizarre, sadistic fast-food hoax play out.
 
People of Privilege 29x10
04.11.2006
Bigger Bling for the Beautiful We've all seen it: a beautiful woman gets red carpet treatment, while the rest of us are forced to take a backseat. A pretty woman gets the bigger rock on her finger. Just how far can beauty take people? You Can Still Buy Your Way Into the Ivy Dream To most, an elite education represents the payoff of years of focus, drive, and hard work. But for a very privileged few, the payoff goes the other way -- some families are using fame and fortune to buy their kids' way into elite institutions. The Name Game With certain last names come privilege. Call it nepotism or the luck of the gene pool, but using family connections to get ahead is part of the fabric of our culture. An Intimate View of the Rich and Famous -- Look Again Paris Hilton in nearly nothing ... the queen on a toilet ... Mick Jagger ironing his own clothes ... Using celebrity look-alikes, a photographer captures these delicate faux moments.
 
The Most Ferocious Animals in the Wild -- in Your Neighbor's Yard 29x09
28.10.2006
Would you cuddle a tiger? Feed a grizzly bear? Some backyard entrepreneurs are setting up private zoos where you can have close encounters with wild animals -- if you don't mind risking your life.
 
The Bridge of Death 29x08
21.10.2006
The controversy around "The Bridge," a film that captures 24 people committing suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge. Also, "mindless eaters," why some people zone out with food.
 
Romance & Rescue at Sea 29x07
14.10.2006
A fishing vessel lurches in a violent sea, and a pregnant worker onboard gets caught in a freak accident. It's a remarkable story of romance and rescue.
 
Lazy in America 29x06
07.10.2006
Get Up Already! "20/20" took a couple of extremely lazy teenagers to a psychologist to learn how to resolve the their slothful behavior, and make peace with their parents. The Real-Life Sloth Sloths are awake for only a few hours a day, the rest of the time they sleep and digest food. Many of us know co-workers, friends, enemies even spouses who are as lazy as a sloth. Meet the beast that fully embraces the term "sloth." We're in Touch, So You Be in Touch Contribute to this week's "20/20" show, "Lazy in America," by sharing your stories about your lazy teens, slacker spouse or slothful boss. Use your cell phone, webcam or digital camera to e-mail us short video clips of your comments. We'll include the best clips in our webcasts on ABCNEWS.com.
 
The Gender Gap 29x05
30.09.2006
Science Weighs In on The Battle of the Sexes People joke about the differences between men and women: Men don't listen. Women can't read maps. It turns out that science may have the final word on gender myths. Can a Woman Have Sex Like a Man? Can a woman's orgasm be as intense as a man's? Why are women thinking about grocery shopping when they're having sex? Jenny McCarthy talks candidly about how gender can impact your sex life. The Truth Behind Women's Brains Reports show that newborn boys and girls have very different brain circuitry, and hormones dramatically shape their future thoughts, feelings and behavior in the first years of life. One Person, Two Sexes, A Unique View on Gender in the Workplace Scientist Ben Barres used to be Barbara. Having worked as both a man and a woman, Barres says science is riddled with sexism.
 
One Pill Can Kill, Who Will Be More Successful, Rachael Ray 29x03
23.09.2006
It's the new "pocket gold" on the street--methadone. In North Carolina, methadone-related deaths happen at least every other day--many victims are innocent patients. Critics say insurance companies are pushing it because it's cheap. Methadone is the deadliest prescription drug in many states. It's cheaper than most pain meds, and just one pill can be fatal.
 
Race & Sex: What We Think (But Can't Say) 29x02
16.09.2006
The power of stereotyping and the psychological reasons for it, and how stereotyping affects minorities and gays. John Stossel reports.
 
The Richies, Tears in Heaven, The Widows Club 29x01
09.09.2006
Legendary singer songwriter Lionel Richie was one of the most popular recording artists of the 1980s and today, his daughter, Nicole Richie, is a celebrity in her own right, starring in a reality show as well as gracing the weekly pages of tabloid magazines. These days the father-daughter duo are close Nicole even stars in a music video for his new CD. Before taking maternity leave, Elizabeth Vargas sat down with four women who for four years have met weekly to celebrate a bond that was born out of suffering, understanding and love for each other and for the husbands they all lost so suddenly on September 11. Eric Clapton wrote the hit song Tears in Heaven after the death of his young son, Conor, in 1991. Conors mom and Claptons ex-girlfriend, Lory Del Santo, a well known actress and model in Italy, speaks extensively on camera for the first time about that tragic day 15 years ago when Conor fell out of a 53rd floor window in New York City.

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