Behind-the-Scenes Footage of 60 Minutes' Hidden-Camera Technology

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60 Minutes' staffers have long been the masters of the hidden camera. In the video above, they break down all the cameras they used to get the shots they needed for a surprise interview with a guy purporting to sell stem cell treatments in Ecuador. In the two days preceding the interview, they set up several hidden cameras including one in a lamp, another in a purse, and another in a printer. All of the cameras were controllable by operators in an adjacent hotel suite there in Boca Raton.

If you ever wanted to know how to set up a broadcast-quality video sting operation, this is the behind-the-scenes video for you.

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Alexis Madrigal is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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