Sunday, February 09, 2014

Anderson Cooper Reports on 100,000 Homes Program for 60 Minutes

Anderson Cooper on assignment for 60 Minutes

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60 Minutes Overtime from ~

Anderson Cooper: How I see homeless people now It wasn’t just the homeless who were transformed in this story. Anderson Cooper explains to 60 Minutes Overtime how an assignment changed him

A bearded painter, living in the woods. A man with Parkinson’s Disease, resting under an overpass. An older woman, sheltering in an abandoned trailer park.

These are just a few of the homeless people a 60 Minutes team met while trekking through the underbelly of Nashville on assignment for the broadcast.

“We interviewed so many people,” said producer Andy Court. “You can't help wondering what happened to all these people.” In the above video feature, Court and Anderson Cooper tell 60 Minutes Overtime how the experience changed the way they see-- and treat-- the homeless people they encounter in their daily lives.

“It really changes your perception of the problem of homelessness and the people who end up being homeless,” said Cooper. He took the lesson home to New York City, where a homeless man panhandles and camps outside Cooper’s front door.

“Before the story, it really annoyed me,” says Cooper “I just ignored him. I just pretended he wasn't there. And after the story, I was like, ‘This is ridiculous. This is my issue. Me pretending not to see this person is insane and offensive.’"

After the assignment, Cooper decided to approach the homeless man, ask his name, and engage him in conversation. Now, he regularly greets the man and talks with him. “Anytime you stop and talk to somebody and you learn about them, you start to walk in their shoes a little bit and you see things through a different lens,” said Cooper.

31 PHOTOS BEFORE AND AFTER: FROM HOMELESS TO HOPEFUL (available by clicking on the above link)

AC360 Transcript
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Anonymous said...

This particular 60 Minutes program
will be very higly rated.
It will be highly rated because of Steve Kroft's repeat segment on Philip Seymour Hoffman from 06 and his recent dimise.
Even I watched it.
60 Minutes reported Hoffman drinking again after his return to the theater for 'Death of a Salesman.'
Now that's a part that no one can say is uplifting.

Anonymous said...

I really liked Anderson's story. It's a great program and homelessness in the USA is something that certainly needs a light shed on. Hat tip to the people running the 100,000 homes program and to Anderson/60 Minutes for pursuing this story. The Overtime is worth a watch hearing the behind the scenes from Anderson and Andy Court.


Anonymous said...

This was very sensitive touching program.I would hope more communities both here inBC Canada & USA get on board..From personal exoerience I also engaged a street person here in conversation he was such a frail older man but very clean & polite. I often gave a couple of dollars for which he was grateful. At christmas I gave hkm a Tim Hortons gift card & few days later when I saw him he was all smiles gave me a cardmarked "For lady with dog" ashe always saw me walking my little dog & loved to give her a oat. Inside the card was a carefully printed note thanking me for all my kindness to him. Short time later I obtained a nice warm toque for him fro a local business he wears that so proudly with a smile as he pushes a cart collecting bottles little effort means so much to him & I feel so blessed that my little effort means so much to him.

Anonymous said...

I really liked andersons story on the homeless. Its a relavent story everywhere. i help out at a local food pantry and we see many homeless come in to get food.ive talked to many of them. There was a time i took the city transpertation and one of the homeless men that comes into our pantry saw me on the bus. He was surprised because he never saw me on before. he sat with me and watched out for me, because i was alone and a female. i thought it was real sweet. now everytime he sees me he calls me sweetie. it makes my day. if anyone wants tomake a difference look into volunteering at your local food will change your life.

Anonymous said...

Will anon 10:37 find some way to blame AC if this episode of 60 Minutes DOESN'T get high ratings?

Anonymous said...

Great story by Andrrson. Nice to see him in relaxed atmosphere he was very much into thr interview connecting on human level with each person not afraid to go into the dark places to find homeless &their story. This is what he is so good at his expressions show his keen interest. Wish 60minutes would have him do more of this maybe Zucker would notice

Anonymous said...

"maybe Zucker would notice."
If Jeff Zucker doesn't know that Anderson's interests lie in story telling by now, than he should retire from CNN.
Roger Ailes from Fox knows everyone he hires and their strengths and weaknesses...that is what makes him a great business and news personality.
Everyone at CNN should demand Zucker's resignation and that includes Anderson.

Anonymous said...

Anderson's interview with Jack Hanna was well done and unusally, probing.
For the first time, in a very long while, he showed us he really does like animals, all animals, not just dogs.
The death of that giraffe was so appalling that PETA will most likely step in and it doesn't surprise me at all that this happened in Denmark.
I know we all think of Denmark and Sweden as civilized countries and they were both on the list of the two best countries in which to live.
But that does not negate their past history.
In WWII, both countries were asked to take some of the Jews that had escaped from the Nazis regime and both refused. This fact is not often publicized. They wished to remain neutral or to have ONE
ETHNIC CULTURE, unlike the rest of Europe, especially Britian.
The way you treat you're animals often tells a whole lot about the way in which you treat other human beings.
Denmark's zoo deserves all the death threats coming their way. What they did was abhorant and to dispose of the carcass so callously in front school children, is unforgiveable.
I for one, am glad this brutality was exposed globally.

RICKS said...

This is a wonderful idea and up until recently I thought it was the answer but I have some no so good news about some of my clients that were recently housed. they were the epitome of street people who once they got housed died within a few months of getting housed.
This is not an isolated incident we housed 6 of our regular clients and 4 of them have passed away.