60 Minutes November 14 2021: Freight Expectations, Andrew Sullivan & The Beatles

On Sunday November 14 2021 at 7:30pm ET/PT and 6:30pm CT, CBS broadcasts an episode of 60 Minutes featuring a story on the supply chain traffic jam caused by 80 giant cargo ships waiting off the coast of Southern California, an interview with British American conservative author Andrew Sullivan and a report featuring lost footage from The Beatles breakup.

Scroll down below to read and watch stories from tonight’s (11/14/2021) episode of 60 Minutes on CBS.


Freight Expectations

Millions of dollars’ worth of goods that Americans have ordered are stuck on giant cargo ships, waiting for a place to dock at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It’s an epic logjam that threatens to derail the holiday season. Bill Whitaker reports from the ground zero of the supply chain crunch, where cargo from Asia has been piling up in record amounts at the docks. Heather Abbott is the producer.

This week, more than 80 giant cargo ships wait off the coast of Southern California for a place to dock at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. That’s more than half a million containers packed with goods Americans have ordered – snarled in an epic traffic jam no one seems able to untangle. It has exposed deep flaws in America’s supply chain – a web of problems that have saddled the country with product shortages, backlogs and higher prices. Nowhere are the problems more evident than on the shipping routes from Asia. The volume of goods glutting West Coast ports has shattered records, swamping the ports. There’s no shortage of finger-pointing at who’s to blame as the containers pile up on the docks. Bill Whitaker reports from the docks at Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., for his report to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Nov. 14 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Report Excerpt

WHITAKER NARRATION: Now, with inflation the highest in years, and the holidays fast approaching, there’s a flurry of plans to break the logjam. Starting Monday, Gene Seroka, who runs the L.A. port, says he’ll fine the shipping lines for any cargo that sits on the docks more than nine days. And last month, President Joe Biden announced the ports had agreed to work round-the-clock. But it hasn’t had much effect.

GENE SEROKA: We typically work about 19 hours a day here. It’s that 3 to 8 AM shift that we’ve added and tried to get others to work with us during those times as well.

BILL WHITAKER: So you might be working 24/7, but the warehouses are not.

GENE SEROKA: That’s right.

BILL WHITAKER: And they have no place for these goods to go after they get off the ship at 3 AM?

GENE SEROKA: And there, you’ve just diagnosed the problem. The cargo has nowhere to go. We’ve got to get a workforce in the warehouses and the trucking industry that are complementary to all this cargo that’s coming in right now.

BILL WHITAKER: There is a lot of finger-pointing.

GENE SEROKA: Yes, there is.

BILL WHITAKER: The truckers blame the terminals. The terminals blame the shippers. The retailers blame the truckers and the shippers. How do you get that contentious group to sit at the table and actually clear out the backlog?

GENE SEROKA: That’s been the toughest part. We haven’t moved the needle yet, but it’s not for lack of trying. We’re just going to have to double down.

Andrew Sullivan

The British American conservative author and editor warns America’s democracy is endangered because today’s citizens cannot separate politics from life. Scott Pelley reports. Aaron Weisz is the producer.

The Get Back Sessions

Rock music’s greatest divorce, the breakup of the Beatles in 1970, was always associated with the film and album “Let It Be.” Half a century later, dozens of hours of that film left on the cutting room floor are telling a different story. 60 MINUTES will show some of it for the first time, revealing an intimacy and creative bond between the four musicians that belies the long-held narrative. Jon Wertheim reports. Michael Gavshon is the producer.

Rock music’s greatest divorce, the breakup of the Beatles in 1970, was always associated with the film and album “Let It Be.” Half a century later, dozens of hours of that film left on the cutting room floor tell a different story. 60 MINUTES will show some of that footage Sunday night for the first time, revealing an intimacy and creative bond between the four musicians that belies the long-held narrative.

Jon Wertheim speaks to director Peter Jackson, whose documentary series “Get Back” resurrects the unused footage to rewrite the story of rock’s biggest breakup, on the next edition of 60 MINUTES Sunday, Nov. 14 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Peter Jackson, best known for his work on “The Lord of the Rings” films, has been working on his series for four years. He was surprised when he first viewed the nearly 60 hours of material that had been sitting in a vault. “I was watching, I was waiting for it to get bad. I was waiting for the narrative that I’d believed over the years to start happening…the arguments…discontent. Waiting for the misery,” he tells Wertheim. “And, you know, it didn’t happen…These are not guys that dislike each other…”

He says 50 years later, even the surviving members of the Beatles, McCartney and Ringo Starr, had tainted memories. “I’m talking to Ringo and Paul. And their memory was very miserable and unhappy, and I’d say, ‘Look, whatever your memories are, whatever you think your memories are, this is the truth of it. And here, look…’” Jackson says he told them.

The footage shows the four bandmates in the midst of writing and rehearsing such classics as “The Two of Us,” “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Get Back.” In all, the 57 hours of unseen film revealed a deep collaboration and enthusiasm among the Beatles. “[Paul and Ringo] started to realize…this is an incredibly amazing historical document of the Beatles at work. And four friends at work. And clearly, they’re four friends,” says Jackson.

Wertheim also speaks with Giles Martin, who grew up in the band’s orbit as the son of the late Beatles producer Sir George Martin. He worked with Jackson on the series and points out the bandmates put a lot of pressure on themselves during the filming, and drew on their deep friendships to pull it off. “This is the biggest band on the planet saying, ‘We’re going to do our first show in three years in three weeks’ time. We don’t know where it’s going to be. And we don’t know what songs we’re going to play,’” says Martin. “Paul and John kind of knew that they were growing apart…like a marriage that’s failing, and they want to go back on their date nights again,” he tells Wertheim.

“After 50 years, you’d have every right to believe that everything with the Beatles had been talked about… every film had been seen, every bit of music had been heard, and there were no more surprises with the Beatles,” Jackson tells Wertheim. “And suddenly, bang, out of nowhere comes this incredible treasure trove of fly-on-the-wall material, 52 years later. It still blows my mind.”


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