This weekend 60 Minutes has a nice mix of stories.
Locked and Loaded
Dangerous times are set to become even more volatile when war games involving tens of thousands of US, South Korean, and a handful of Australian troops begin on the Korean peninsula next week. One thing is certain: North Korea’s Kim Jong-un won’t be happy about this show of military muscle near his border. Kim is a despot who uses unpredictability and impulsiveness as additional weapons to his growing arsenal of nuclear-capable missiles, so his next step is considered cause for deep concern. Of course the man staring down the rogue leader is not shy either when it comes to belligerence. President Donald Trump has warned Pyongyang that the United States is “locked and loaded”, ready to unleash “fire and fury” if it or its allies is attacked. On 60 Minutes, Liz Hayes gets unprecedented access to the American military’s nuclear facilities to find out if President Trump’s rhetoric is matched by firepower.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Phil Goyen
It’s hard not to be angry and disgusted when you hear what Tegan Wagner has endured. When she was 14 she was attacked at a party and gang raped. It was a horrible, humiliating assault and she quite rightly wanted justice. Tegan demanded the perpetrators of the crime be held accountable, and put her faith in our legal system. But she says what was to come was as bad as the rapes. The teenager felt attacked all over again – by defence lawyers whose brutal cross-examination of her in court lasted three harrowing days. What the barristers didn’t count on, however, was Tegan Wagner’s unshakeable courage.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Stefanie Sgroi, Sean Power
Allergic to Life
One-in-three people will suffer some kind of allergy at some stage in their lives. For most it means a runny nose, a rash, or sensitivity to certain foods. But not for 30-year-old Johanna Watkins. The bizarre and terrifying reality she faces is being allergic to life itself. She suffers from a rare illness that means almost any contact with anything or anyone triggers life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. Off limits for Johanna are most foods, smells, sunlight, friends, her parents … and even her husband.
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producers: Garry McNab, Grace Tobin
The Long Way Home
Joel De Carteret is probably the unluckiest person in the world. Yet he’s also probably the luckiest. When he was five he got hopelessly lost from his mother in a bustling city market in the Philippines. Try as he might he couldn’t find her, and he was taken to a local orphanage. Eventually he was adopted by a caring Australian family. For the next 30 years Joel was an Aussie, but he always longed to find his birth mother. Late last year he started looking, and guess what? Joel defied odds of one hundred million to one and found her. Now Allison Langdon reveals another remarkable chapter in this extraordinary story.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Garry McNab
8:30pm Sunday on Nine.