20/20 {BARBARA WALTERS INTERVIEWS BORIS YELTSIN} (TV)

Summary

One in this series of news magazine programs. In the first segment, Barbara Walters interviews Russian President Boris Yeltsin several months after his victory over the Communist hardliners' attempt to overthrow President Mikhail Gorbachev. After providing a brief biography of Yeltsin, Walters questions the Russian president about his unpopular economic reforms and the difficulties of shifting from communism to a free market economy. She also discusses his poor relationship with Gorbachev, assassination fears, and his promise to reduce the number of nuclear weapons. Yeltsin tries to quell rumors that he has a drinking problem and he discusses the lack of influence that his wife has in policy-making. Additionally, he promises to open secret military files that may contain information regarding the fate of U.S. prisoners of war and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The second segment analyzes the medical risk to health care workers when dealing with patients who have AIDS. Medical officials display new, intensive precautions that they hope will lessen the risk of infection, and several AIDS-infected medical workers explain the reasons that they have chosen to either retire or to continue their medical careers. This report includes footage of a funeral procession for young Kimberly Bergalis. The final segment focuses on Stephen Wiltshire, a seventeen-year-old autistic savant who is a self-taught artist, and whose rising fame is due, in part, to his incredible renderings of buildings and bridges. Includes commercials, with Stefanie Powers, and promos, with Peter Jennings and Jimmy Smits.

Cataloging of this program was made possible by a grant from the Times Mirror Foundation.

Details

  • NETWORK: ABC
  • DATE: January 31, 1992 Friday 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:57:45
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:23470
  • GENRE: News magazine
  • SUBJECT HEADING: AIDS (Disease)
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV series, 1978-
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Visa Gold Card^TV - Commercials - Enterprise Rent-A-Car^TV - Commercials - Post Grape-Nuts cereal^TV - Commercials - UPS^TV - Commercials - H&R Block^TV - Commercials - Shearson Lehman Brothers^TV - Commercials - Mitsubishi Montero^TV - Commercials - Visine Extra^TV - Commercials - Orville Redenbacher popcorn^TV - Commercials - Carnation Instant Breakfast^TV - Commercials - Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese^TV - Commercials - Discover Card^TV - Commercials - Gilette Sensor Razor^TV - Commercials - Midas^TV - Commercials - Mighty Dog^TV - Commercials - Acura Legend^TV - Commercials - Kellogg's Nutri-Grain cereal^TV - Promos - "One Life To Live"^TV - Promos - "FBI: The Untold Stories"^TV - Promos - "American Detective" ^TV - Promos - "Growing Up In The Age Of AIDS"^TV - Promos - "ABC News Evening News"^TV - Promos - "Emergency: Health Care in America"^TV - Promos - "The Broken Cord" ^TV - Promos - "ABC News Nightline"^TV - Promos - "Burden of Proof"^TV - PSAs - Ad Council for United Negro College Fund.

CREDITS

    • Victor Neufield … Executive Producer
    • Deborah Leff … Senior Producer
    • Meredith White … Senior Producer
    • Ene Riisna … Producer, For Boris Yeltsin Interview
    • Diane S. Forbes … Producer, For "You, Aids and Your Doctor"
    • Joe Pfifferling … Producer, For "Stephen's Amazing Gift"
    • George Paul … Director
    • Hugh Downs … Host
    • Barbara Walters … Host, Interviewer
    • Lynn Sherr … Reporter
    • Bob Brown … Reporter
    • Boris Yeltsin … Guest
    • Stefanie Powers … Talent, Kellogg's Nutri-Grain commercial
    • Peter Jennings … Talent, "Growing Up in the Age of AIDS" promo
    • Jimmy Smits … Talent, "The Broken Cord" promo
    • Kimberly Bergalis
    • Stephen Wiltshire