U.S. Army Major Alan Johnson reflects on the farewell message he recorded for his family the evening of the attack on Al Asad Airbase in Iraq, which they thankfully never had to watch. https://cbsn.ws/3dW8ru0
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60 Minutes, the most successful American television broadcast in history, is in its 53rd season. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast that began in 1968 is still a hit in 2020. 60 Minutes was the #1 program on Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 six times last season and made the list nearly every week – usually in the top 5. The CBS News magazine still averages 10.5 million viewers – more than double the audience of its nearest network news magazine competitor and more than the most-watched daily network evening news broadcast.
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