CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (April 3): The German Prison System; Christopher Wheeldon; Bubba Watson

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CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (April 3): The German Prison System; Christopher Wheeldon; Bubba Watson

“60 Minutes” (04/03/16) – Making the shots and the putts is the easy part for two-time Masters Champ Bubba Watson. It’s making his way through the crowds of strangers on the course that presents the toughest challenge for this often controversial PGA star.

And, he tells Sharyn Alfonsi, his fear of people he doesn’t know isn’t the only mental issue he copes with every day. Watson opens up in the interview chair and on the golf course in a “60 Minutes” profile Sunday, April 3 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

A longer version of the segment that includes Watson at play in a fun, friendly golf match will appear on the next edition of “60 Minutes Sports” Tuesday, April 5 (9:00-10:00PM ET) on Showtime.

“I have a lot of mental issues… I’m just so fearful of things, which I shouldn’t be,” says Watson. “Scared of heights… buildings falling on me… the dark. Scared of crowds.” When Watson goes for his third green jacket in Augusta next week, the real “white-knuckle-knee-knocker” won’t be a 10-footer to win on 18. “In between holes is really scary to me, because there’s so many people that close to you,” he says. “I’m just scared of people… in general.”

Watson has earned nearly $40 million playing golf, but says he has never taken a lesson. “It’s easy to me… I can hit it far. I can curve it. I got the shots. It’s just mentally being at that moment,” he tells Alfonsi. She then asks Watson, who has had a few memorable outbursts on the course, how hard it is to control himself. “It’s getting better… it’s a learning process. I’m getting better at it.”

The profile includes the folks Watson is most comfortable with, his wife Angie, boyhood friend and financial advisor Randall Wells, and his caddie Ted Scott, who has sometimes suffered the brunt of Watson’s anger. Scott says what looks to some like abuse is not offensive to him, and is part of being a PGA Tour caddie.

During a friendly match among the four in the “60 Minutes Sports” segment Tuesday, Scott explains that Watson’s other reputation as sometimes being annoying is just another symptom of his shyness. “If he doesn’t know you he’s standoffish, and if he does know you, he picks on you ruthlessly,” he says. “You know, I always say that if you’re Bubba Watson and you’re in eighth grade and the girl sits in front of you and she’s got a ponytail and you like her, he, like, pulls her hair and she goes, ‘I don’t like that,’ and he goes, ‘Yeah, you do.’”

There are other quirks to this ball-striking genius, including extra sharp eyes and ears that notice the tiniest things. Says Scott, “He’s a mess, but he’s a fun mess, you know?”

Then, later in the “60 Minutes” broadcast, in Germany, prison isn’t meant to punish, it’s designed to mirror normal life as much as possible. Among the privileges enjoyed by German prisoners: immaculate facilities, organized sports, video games and keys to their own cells. Inmates can wear street clothes and can freely decorate their own cells—keeping all sorts of household objects that American prison guards might consider dangerous.

Prisoners who demonstrate good behavior can even leave prison for work or weekend getaways. Average Americans may balk at this level of freedom for convicted criminals, but prisons in Germany cost less and produce far fewer repeat offenders than U.S. prisons. Bill Whitaker reports on a corrections concept that may shock Americans but could offer solutions for the troubled U.S. system. His story will be broadcast on “60 Minutes,” Sunday, April 3 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

In Germany, 75 percent of prisoners sentenced to life are paroled after 20 years or less, even Bernd Junge, a contract killer who shot a woman to death. Should Junge, who Whitaker meets on an unsupervised weekend furlough, be offered a future? “Yes, he should,” says Joerg Jesse, a psychologist and the director of prisons in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Jesse says German inmates deserve rehabilitation, not retribution, during their prison stays. Watch an excerpt.

“The real goal is reintegration into society, train them to find a different way to handle their situation outside, life without further crimes, life without creating new victims,” says Jesse. “We cannot see the sense in just locking people up for their whole life. Your prisons will fill up and you’ll have to build new prisons and so on, and I think that was the situation in the U.S.”

The U.S. makes up just five percent of the world’s population, but incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Whitaker reports that American politicians and prison officials are visiting German prisons looking for ideas they can take home. On a tour of a Berlin prison, Whitaker meets Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. He was impressed with the German results. “I think there are many things that are transferrable. That doesn’t mean that it’s a perfect fit. But I think we have to challenge ourselves to do better,” Malloy tells Whitaker.

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections, John Wetzel, began work in his state’s system three decades ago. Back in 1980, there were 8,000 inmates in the state. Today, there are 50,000. Wetzel has seen Germany’s system, too. “Frankly, [we] screwed up the corrections system for 30 years and it’s time to do something different. It really starts with understanding… a human being’s value isn’t diminished by being incarcerated,” says Wetzel.

Wetzel would like prisons in the U.S. to look more like prisons in Germany, but he also understands how hard it will be to convince the majority of Americans that a more lenient penal system can work. “It’s crossing the Grand Canyon, is what we’re talking about.”

And later, Christopher Wheeldon is breaking new ground in dance. He’s reinvigorating ballet by making it sensual, athletic and edgy. One place he’s doing it is on Broadway, where his hit show, “An American in Paris,” is introducing new audiences to classical ballet. The internationally acclaimed choreographer tells Lesley Stahl his story from ballet dancer to the toast of Broadway on “60 Minutes,” Sunday, April 3 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Wheeldon won a Tony for his choreography in “An American in Paris,” which combines musical theater dance with ballet moves. He also directed it – a first for him that caused some jitters. “They probably couldn’t see the sweat kind of trickling down the back of my neck,” he tells Stahl. Watch an excerpt.

The critical and commercial success of the show feels like a turning point for Wheeldon. “I certainly felt like a door was flung open,” he says. “It is possible for ballet to be young, sexy, dynamic, exciting… to tell complex stories, not just stories about sleeping princesses but to take audiences on breathtaking journeys.”

“60 Minutes,” the most successful television broadcast in history, began its 46th season on Sept. 29, 2013. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2011, regularly making Nielsen’s Top 10. The average audience for a “60 Minutes” broadcast still dwarfs the biggest audiences drawn by cable news programs.

“60 Minutes” correspondents include Anderson Cooper, Steve Kroft, Sanjay Gupta, Lara Logan, Norah O’Donnell, Scott Pelley, Charlie Rose, Morley Safer, Bob Simon and Lesley Stahl.


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