Sunday, 4th December, 2011 at 7:30pm on Nine
There are few places on Earth quite as isolated or as spectacular as the Amazon. Venture deep into its heart and you enter a world completely untouched by the Twenty-First century – where people live as they have done for thousands of years, surviving on the bounty of South America’s mightiest river. But their simple life is under threat. The Brazilian government has approved construction of a huge hydro-electric dam. And that’s not the worst of it – sixty such dams are being planned all along the Amazon, flooding vast areas of rainforest and wiping out local villages. But as Allison Langdon discovered, the native people have one very powerful weapon – some well-placed friends in Hollywood.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producers: Stephen Rice, Julia Timms
Original TX: 10 July, 2011
Heart attack is only supposed to happen to the middle-aged and the elderly. But every week, up to ten young Australians die because their hearts simply stop. They suffer from a condition known as SADS – Sudden Arrhythmic Disease. And for most victims, a heart attack is their first and only indication that anything is wrong. Only a lucky few discover they carry the rogue gene before it’s too late. But as Ellen Fanning reports, sometimes that knowledge can be a terrible burden.
Reporter: Ellen Fanning
Producer: Paul Steindl
Original TX: 6 November, 2011
Back to the Future
Which came first – the chicken or the egg? We’ve puzzled over that one for centuries. But it seems we finally have an answer. It’s the dinosaur. You see birds are the direct descendants of those giant creatures that once roamed our planet. In fact the relationship is so close that we’ll soon be able to blend dinosaur and chicken DNA to create a kind of chook-a-saurus. Lesley Stahl, of American 60 Minutes, met the scientists determined to bring dinosaurs back from the dead.
Reporter: Lesley Stahl, CBS 60 Minutes Producer: Shari Finkelstein