In this candid and revealing interview, broadcast journalist Mike Wallace tells stories from his remarkable 60-year career. Included are audio clips of his 1957 interview of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; a poignant interview with First Lady Nancy Reagan concerning her husband's Alzheimer's; the story of the Secret Service agent who felt responsible for not saving John F. Kennedy; and Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, speaking out on corruption in Nigeria. Wallace also turns his questioning eye on his own life and career, offering a frank and frequently surprising self-portrait.This event took place on February 1, 2006.
With a career spanning 60 years, 60 Minutes at a time, Mike Wallace staked his place in the homes of Americans, his iconic status as a journalist rivaled only perhaps by Walter Cronkite. Just two months before his retirement, Wallace sat down to reflect with fellow journalist Stephen B. Shepard at the 92nd Street Y. The proceedings are peppered with excerpts from Wallace’s most memorable interviews, among his subjects Eleanor Roosevelt, Nancy Reagan, and Louis Farrakhan. The "ambush journalist" - so named for the dogged intensity with which he pursued his interviewees - shows himself more relaxed and whimsical on the other end of the microphone. At turns stoic, candid, and casual, Wallace spins yarns as entertaining and revealing as his wildest news exposés.
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