60 Minutes July 31

This weekend 60 Minutes has a story on MH370, A memory story and a look at the tell-all book.that may not be a little too revealing.

MH370: SPECIAL INVESTIGATION

Aviation experts frequently remind us that flying on modern jet planes is the safest form of transport. However those assertions are meaningless while the fate of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 remains unknown. It’s more than two years since the Boeing 777 disappeared off the face of the earth. An exhaustive and expensive search in the southern Indian Ocean has failed to turn up anything. It’s due to end soon, which has further distressed the grieving families of the 239 passengers and crew who are presumed dead. Frustration at the lack of clues has led to significant reassessment about MH370, and as Ross Coulthart discovers in this 60 Minutes investigation, there’s now growing evidence that authorities have been ignoring more credible theories about what might have brought the jet down. 

Reporter: Ross Coulthart

Producer: Gareth Harvey

MIND BOGGLING

Depending on your memory, you may or may not recall a story 60 Minutes made five years ago about a small group of extraordinary people who can remember every detail of their lives, stretching back decades. They can remember where they were and what they did on any particular day in any particular year. Scientists are intrigued by this rare ability and hope a better understanding of it might one day lead to cures for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Since the original story went to air, the number of people diagnosed with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory has grown from 10 to 60 – and now includes the first Australian. Twenty-six-year-old Becky Sharrock’s mind retains so much detailed information it almost defies belief; she can even recite every word of every Harry Potter book. But while the idea of a super memory might sound appealing, it can also be a curse.

Reporter: Allison Langdon

Producer: Grace Tobin

THE MAN WHO SAW EVERYTHING

While you may not be familiar with his name, you will certainly know Nick Lee’s work, because if you’ve watched 60 Minutes over the years, you’ve watched his spectacular vision. Nick is a brilliant cameraman, and was one of the first people employed on the show way back in the late 1970s. For the next 30 years Nick filmed the very best and the very worst of this world. He loved his job but when a sudden illness forced him into early retirement Nick put down his camera and started writing about his great adventures. He’s now released his memoir, a revealing, sometimes too revealing look at life on the road with 60Minutes.

Reporter: Liz Hayes

Producer: Nick Greenaway

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