Though some stories were humorous, light-hearted and sometimes frivolous features, the meat of "20/20's" programming was investigative reporting many times exposing corporate, medical, educational and governmental wrongdoing, incompetence and criminal negligence and reports on news events of the week from different angles than was seen on the nightly news.
20/20 Season 31 (2008-2009)
|31x01 Episode 1 |
An interview with Alec Baldwin, concerning his new book "A Promise To Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce," where he discusses his divorce in 2002 from Kim Basinger. ...
|Sep. 19, 2008|
|31x02 Portrait of a President |
Profiles and interviews of presidential candidates Sen. John McClain and Barack Obama and their wives. The focus of the interviews will be when in their lives they began having aspirations ...
|Sep. 26, 2008|
|31x03 Portrait of a President |
The conclusion of the profiles on the lives of John McClain and Barack Obama and their wives. The focus will be on their personal and family life.
|Oct. 03, 2008|
|31x04 Episode 4 |
Barbara has an exclusive interview with Christie Brinkley's ex-husband, Peter Cook, discussing their marriage. Also, a report on Britney Spears newest video "Womanizer;" and John Stossel ...
|Oct. 10, 2008|
|31x05 Episode 5 |
John Stossel introduces the viewers to the "Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics." Among the topics included are campaign financing, farm subsidies, and the public vs. private response ...
|Oct. 17, 2008|
|31x06 Episode 6 |
British wolf-behavior expert Shaun Ellis is profiled along with his friend Helen Jeffs, both featured on Animal Planets new series "Living With The Wolfman." Plus, the story of a Texas ...
|Oct. 24, 2008|
|31x07 Episode 7 |
Featured on this episode is an interview with Gov. Sarah Palin by Elizabeth Vargas. Next, a man who had his identity stolen by his own father. Then, a look at why opinion polls tend ...
|Oct. 31, 2008|
|31x08 Episode 8 |
An investigative look into the case of Riley Fox, a 3 year old girl from Wilmington, Ill. who was abducted, sexually assaulted and then murdered on June 2004.
|Nov. 07, 2008|
|31x09 Episode 9 |
|Nov. 14, 2008|
|31x10 Episode 10 |
An interview with Ashley Dupre, the woman who's sex scandal brought down New York governor Elliot Spitzer in March 2008, forcing his resignation. Also, the repercussions from the "safe ...
|Nov. 21, 2008|
|31x11 Episode 11 |
A look at adoption of foreign children to U.S. families and what happens when a meaningful family end up with a child who is so traumatized and damaged that it becomes life-threatening. ...
|Nov. 28, 2008|
|31x12 Episode 12 |
Elizabeth Vargas interviews Stacy Rock, a Massachusetts woman who's ex-husband had been convicted of hiring a hit man to kill her boyfriend in 2006. Also, an update on the case of Little ...
|Dec. 05, 2008|
|31x13 Episode 13 |
The case of Caylee Anthony, the missing toddler from Orlando is updated. Plus, a look at kidney donating with staff members of ABC News. Then, a profile of Roy Haynes, the self named ...
|Dec. 12, 2008|
|31x14 Drama High: The Making of a High School Musical |
Drama students of Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, are putting on a musical play of The Wiz. With the use of video diaries and interviews the students are followed on their ...
|Dec. 15, 2008|
|31x15 Episode 15 |
A report concerning an Illinois police sergeant who is a suspect in a serial rape case. Also, John Stossel discusses the U.S. government's economic bailout plan.
|Dec. 19, 2008|
|31x16 Episode 16 |
2008's review of the "Caught on Tape" moments, featuring this years winners and losers, including Michael Phelps and the world's economy, along with the breakout stars, which includes ...
|Dec. 26, 2008|
|31x17 Episode 17 |
A look at extreme motherhood, which includes home birth, serial surrogacy (women who bare others children over and over), women taking care of pretend babies, extended-breast feeding ...
|Jan. 02, 2009|
|31x18 Vanished: Missing in Milwaukee |
A 23 year old Milwaukee woman has been missing since December 13, 2003, and was last seen arguing with her boyfriend. Since then her mother has been keeping up a search for her missing ...
|Jan. 07, 2009|
|31x19 Episode 19 |
John Quinones, an ABC news correspondent has come a long way since his job of shinning shoes.
|Jan. 09, 2009|
|31x20 Episode 20 |
A examination on worth, from the value of a college education, to various CEO's, to life itself. Then, a look at salary secrecy and the psychology behind material desire. Plus a look ...
|Jan. 16, 2009|
|31x21 Live To Tell: Who Lives? Who Dies? |
An episode on what should be done while in an life-and-death situation, such as a plane crash, a fire or a boat sinking.
|Jan. 23, 2009|
|31x22 Episode 22 |
A scientific look at what causes physical attraction, includes guest Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist. Also, Martin Bashir explores the traditions of arranged marriages and ...
|Jan. 30, 2009|
|31x23 Episode 23 |
Stories include a look at murders which are happening around Palm Beach County, FL., where in March 2007 a woman was slain after she walked out of an upscale shopping mall in Boca ...
|Jan. 30, 2009|
|31x24 Episode 24 |
An update on former child actor Skylar Deleon who was charged with the murders of a couple on a yacht off the California coast back in 2004. Next, Brian Ross discusses the upscale prostitution ...
|Feb. 06, 2009|
|31x25 A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains |
Diane Sawyer reports on four kids who live in poverty in the Appalacian's, ranging in ages from 11-18. Also, an interview with area doctors, author Ronald Eller and Kentucky medical ...
|Feb. 13, 2009|
|31x26 Episode 26 |
An update on Diane Sawyer's story concerning the poor teens of Appalachia, from A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains, originally broadcast on February 13, 2009.
|Feb. 20, 2009|
|31x27 Episode 27 |
Last September on a stormy night in Maryland, two college best friends, Jordan Wells and Ashley Younger, lived through a car crash and the were on board the Medi-vac when it also crashed, ...
|Feb. 27, 2009|
|31x28 Episode 28 |
|Mar. 06, 2009|
|31x29 Bailouts and Bull |
John Stossel and Drew Carey team up to chat about the waste and inefficiency of the government. Topics which are hit upon include ways to improve the economy, universal pre-kindergarten ...
|Mar. 13, 2009|
|31x30 Episode 30 |
An exploration of the economic downturn is shown in segments on economic downsizing for former high earners; recent homeless families; and companies promoting foreclosure-rescue and ...
|Mar. 20, 2009|
|31x31 Episode 31 |
Elizabeth Vargas interviews Aaron Spelling's widow, Candy, the mother of Tori Spelling. Plus, Jim Avila reports about two judges in Pennsylvania who allegedly took kickbacks worth over ...
|Mar. 27, 2009|
|31x32 Episode 32 |
A report concerning Faylene Grant of Gilbert, AZ, who was found drowned in her bathtub in 2001 just after reconciling with her husband Doug, who says he ended an affair with the woman ...
|Apr. 03, 2009|
|31x33 If I Only Has A Gun |
Diane Sawyer's report focuses on the access of guns inside the U.S., an examination of how effective a gun works while in a crisis and what some people find attractive about a gun. ...
|Apr. 10, 2009|
|31x34 Inside the World of Somali Pirates |
A look inside the world of the Somali pirates. Who are they and why are they attacking the high seas? Also,Brian Ross investigation into the business practices of AIG; Monica Seles ...
|Apr. 17, 2009|
|31x35 Black Widow |
An examination into the strange murder case involving Stacey Castor, who was accused of killing her second husband and also made an attempt to poison her daughter, Ashley Wallace. Castor ...
|Apr. 24, 2009|
|31x36 Shocking Crime Shatters Family-Son Responsible for Masterminding Plot to Murder Family |
Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, 23, grew up in a loving family where he was a bright, well-spoken boy, and later became a a scheming monster who directed a bloody ambush on his own family? ...
|May. 01, 2009|
|31x37 You Can't Even Talk About It |
From pregnancy discrimination laws to doing less for senior citizens, from farming endangered animals to letting athletes do steroids, John Stossel brings us his take on tough subjects ...
|May. 08, 2009|
|31x38 Vanished: Gone in 90 Seconds |
Elizabeth Vargas reports on 11-year old Mikelle Briggs who disappeared in 1999. Mikelle was last seen in her Mesa, AZ hometown waiting for an ice cream truck just 90 seconds before ...
|May. 15, 2009|
|31x39 Episode 39 |
A look at the video diaries which were made at a summer camp in Upstate New York for children with Tourette's Syndrome. Source: www.TVRage.com
|May. 22, 2009|
|31x40 MISSING forever: What REALLY happened to Etan Patz? |
An update of missing child, Etan Patz, a 6-year old who disappeared May 25, 1979 in Manhattan while awaiting his school bus. Includes an interview with Jose Antonio Ramos, a suspect ...
|May. 29, 2009|
|31x41 The Secret Nightlife of Teens |
Two stories concerning teen drunk driving are featured. Drinking and partying at a house one night leaves a DeAnza community college star baseball player from California's Silicon Valley ...
|Jun. 05, 2009|
|31x42 Episode 42 |
American Idol finalist Adam Lambert is interviewed; the trial of American college student Amanda Knox in Perugia, Italy, charged with murdering her roommate in 2007; John Stossel interviews ...
|Jun. 12, 2009|
|31x43 The New Normal |
An exploration of possible effects on American's attitudes, behavior and expectations due to the economic downturn. Next, a look at the job prospects for the newest MBA's, and how Icelander's ...
|Jun. 19, 2009|
|31x44 Michael Jackson: The Man And His Music |
Barbara Walters interviews Ryan O'Neal about the life and relationship with Farrah Fawcett. Source: www.TVRage.com
|Jun. 26, 2009|
|31x45 Michael Jackson: The LIFE behind the MUSIC |
A report on the shocking death of Michael Jackson, including the latest details and questions surrounding his life. Interviews of his closest friends and those who were around him in ...
|Jul. 03, 2009|
|31x46 Remembering Michael Jackson |
Honoring Michael Jackson's legacy. Source: www.TVRage.com
|Jul. 07, 2009|
|31x47 General Motors: From Dream to Downfall |
Bill Weir has a lighthearted conversation about cars with Tim Allen. Source: www.TVRage.com
|Jul. 10, 2009|
|31x48 Episode 48 |
A report on "hidden cancer" focusing on a California woman who after a freak accident discovered she had breast cancer: She fell on a knitting needle which became lodged in her chest, ...
|Jul. 17, 2009|
|31x49 Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil |
Charles Gibson explores the US oil industry, where he questions the oil reserve and finds out why oil prices fluctuate. Gibson also looks into the oil industries practices and what ...
|Jul. 24, 2009|
|31x50 Out Of Control Spenders Turn to Money Detox |
John Stossel visits a counseling center in Tennessee which helps people with money-related psychological problems get treated, which includes over-compulsive spending and cash hoarders, ...
|Jul. 31, 2009|
|31x51 Medical Mysteries |
An episode filled with "Medical Mysteries," including a man in Philadelphia whose heart is outside his body. Christopher Wall survived many surgeries as a kid and now plays basketball. ...
|Aug. 07, 2009|
|31x52 Blown Away/Twisted Terror |
A chronicle of the tornado which killed eight people and caused widespread damage after it hit the Parkersburg, Iowa area on May 25, 2008. Included is actual footage of the EE5 twister ...
|Aug. 14, 2009|
|31x53 Episode 53 |
A report on drunk driving, includes a Troopers recollection of his ex-wife's fatal outing which left their five year old dead. Then, John Stossel reports on Web sites which match up ...
|Aug. 21, 2009|
|31x54 Episode 54 |
Jay Schadler reports on young teens who have been considered heroes: includes a 19-year old from the Denver area who lost his life after choosing to save his friend's life by jumping ...
|Aug. 28, 2009|
|31x55 Episode 55 |
An update of the 2008 story concerning the lives of Amish teens following rumspringa, the rites of passage in which Amish teenagers face the modern world for a week before deciding ...
|Sep. 04, 2009|
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