60 Minutes — October 10 2021 – CBS

On Sunday October 10 2021 at 7pm ET/PT and 6pm CT, CBS broadcasts an episode of 60 Minutes featuring a story on Deep Springs College, a one-of-a-kind school situated in the California desert where the world’s brightest shoulder the responsibilities of life on a working ranch combined with a full academic roster. Also featured are a story on deepfakes, and the at least 1,000 children taken from parents at the U.S. border three years ago that remain separated.

Scroll down below for a full preview and summary and to watch tonight’s (10/10/2021) episode.


Deep Springs

Call it remote learning. Around two dozen of the world’s brightest attend Deep Springs College, miles from the nearest town in the California desert, where students shoulder the responsibilities and challenges of life on a working ranch in addition to a full roster of academic work. There is no tuition. There is no drinking, and there are no football games. And students are rarely allowed to leave the remote valley where the school is situated. The small student body also governs itself and voted to allow Jon Wertheim and 60 MINUTES cameras into their unique world. Wertheim’s story will be broadcast Sunday, Oct. 10 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Deep Springs was founded in 1917 by an industrialist named L.L. Nunn, who believed that the desert held spiritual qualities and offered students a bulwark against the distractions of the modern world. Nunn put up initial money for the school, and today donations from alumni help underwrite its free two-year education, meant to produce future leaders. Most transfer to selective four-year universities after graduating Deep Springs.

Leadership begins with responsibility, and students must put in at least 20 hours of hard, sometimes dangerous labor per week on top of a rigorous academic course load. The stakes are real. “If I can’t grow a field of alfalfa, then the cows will not have anything to eat,” says student Alice Owen. “If you can’t get dinner ready on time, you have to apologize to people, and sometimes the mistakes are really hard to fix, or they’re unfixable, and then you just have to take the weight of, ‘Well, I messed up really big,’” she tells Wertheim.

Deep Springs attracts a very particular type of student, explains Ziani Paiz, who gave up a scholarship to Berkeley to attend. “We’re typically pretty awkward. In the real world, we’re definitely not the cool kids…We’re not usually some delicate people,” she says.

Paiz is from East L.A. and before attending Deep Springs, says her only experience on horseback had been a pony ride. At Deep Springs, she found herself driving cattle up a remote mountaintop for the summer. “[Paiz has] a lot of try, a lot of determination. She has a lot of desire. And that’s what it takes,” says Deep Springs Ranch Manager Tim Gipson. Gipson says there are a unique set of qualities that unite the students who attend Deep Springs. “One thing they have in common,” says Gipson, “is that they’re searching for something different and unique…They’re really searching for a deeper meaning of life.”


Deepfakes

Bill Whitaker reports on the use of artificial intelligence to create deepfakes, a rapidly improving technology some experts say in the years to come will give anyone the ability to create special effects like a Hollywood studio. Graham Messick and Jack Weingart are the producers.


A Thousand Children

At least a thousand children taken from parents at the U.S. border three years ago remain separated, despite the seven-month effort by the U.S. government to reunify them. Sharyn Alfonsi reports. Guy Campanile is the producer.


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