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President Barack Obama’s wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departing Kingston, Jamaica, April 9, 2015.

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Last Updated Jan 15, 2017 5:58 AM EST

RECAP: JANUARY 15

       
COVER STORY:
 President Obama: a look back | Watch Video
Martha Teichner explores eight extraordinary and turbulent years in our nation’s history, with the rise to office of our nation’s first African American chief executive, his dynamic and progressive agenda, his contentious relationship with the opposing party, and his legacy.

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THE WHITE HOUSE: A lens trained on history | Watch Video
Bill Plante talks with Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza.

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Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning.

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ADMINISTRATION: A final salute to Eric Fanning | Watch Video
Faith Salie profiles Eric Fanning, the outgoing Secretary of the Army, and the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service.

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FASHION:
 Michelle Obama: An appreciation | Watch Video
Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan on the outgoing, trendsetting first lady.

GALLERY: Michelle Obama’s best outfits

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ART:
 Dollhouses as history, and therapyWatch Video
From beautiful to therapeutic to frivolous fun, dollhouses appeal to the voyeur in all of us -- even noted sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who still plays with dollhouses. And they have a special appeal to her that stretches back to Nazi Germany.

Chip Reid reports on an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, where miniature houses make a big impression.

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Actress Viola Davis with correspondent Lee Cowan.

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SUNDAY PROFILE: Viola Davis pulls no punches | Watch Video
You know you’ve made it as an actress when Meryl Streep sings your praises.  “The thing that Viola can’t do is be invisible,” Streep said. “She can’t fade away. She can’t recede. She can’t be forgettable.”

It’s a drive that has been with Viola Davis since she was a little girl in Central Falls, Rhode Island, where money was so tight, she would dream about having food in the refrigerator.

And that hungry little girl, she tells Lee Cowan, is still with her today: “Totally. Completely. Still with me.”

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Rita Braver visits the National Museum of American History’s “First Ladies” exhibit.

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HISTORY: Dressed to thrill: Inaugural ball gowns | Watch Video
One of the most popular exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National History of American History in Washington, D.C., is its collection of fashion and memorabilia from our nation’s first ladies, documenting their contributions to American life. Rita Braver reports.

GALLERY: Smithsonian’s “First Ladies” collection

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Juliet Evancho and Jackie Evancho, with correspondent Michelle Miller.

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TAKE NOTE: Jackie Evancho and sister Juliet on bonds and bullying | Watch Video
Next Friday, a little girl with a big voice will step up to the microphone and sing her heart out, for all of us. At 16 Jackie Evancho is fast becoming an international star. 

But when Jackie agreed to perform at the Trump/Pence inauguration, critics accused her of betrayal, by giving tacit approval to an incoming administration they believe will be intolerant of people like her sister, Juliet, who is transgender. Michelle Miller reports.

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St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan.

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HISTORY: St. Paul’s Chapel: Witness to history | Watch Video
Our first president, George Washington, set precedents with everything he did, including his Inauguration. Mo Rocca visits St. Paul’s Chapel, the oldest surviving church in New York City, where Washington prayed on the day of assuming office in 1789.

        
OPINION:
 Peggy Noonan on inaugural addresses | Watch Video
The columnist and speechwriter discusses the weight of history on presidential speeches.

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NATURE:
 Swans (Extended Video)
We leave you this Sunday Morning in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, in the company of whistling swans. Videographer: Jeff Reisly.  

      
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ALMANAC: Boston’s Great Molasses Flood | Watch Video
On January 15, 1919, a sticky tsunami flattened entire blocks of the city’s North End. Jane Pauley reports. 

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PASSAGE:
 Lord Snowdon (Video)
He’s been called a womanizer, but that didn’t stop Anthony Armstrong-Jones from wooing a Royal. He was a dapper photographer, who caught the eye of Princess Margaret. Their romance led to marriage, and would lead to a new title for Armstrong-Jones: Lord Snowdon. He died last week at the age of 86.

       
CALENDAR:
 Week of January 16 (Video)
“Sunday Morning” takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

        
NATURE UP CLOSE:
 Sierra Nevada, Death Valley and the rain shadow effect


RECAP: JANUARY 8

         
COVER STORY:
 Virtual reality check | Watch Video
Virtual reality headsets were all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this past week, allowing viewers to enter a virtual world. Also hot: augmented reality headsets, which layer computer graphics onto our view of the real world. And with so many of these goggles on the market, companies are racing to come up with software for them, so that users can “attend” concerts and sporting events.

David Pogue of Yahoo Tech reports on the reality of where we stand on virtual reality.

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ALMANAC: 
The inventor of bubble gum
On January 8, 1998, Walter Diemer, creator of the POP!ular candy, died at age 93. Jane Pauley reports.

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ART:
 Artist Tyrus Wong’s remarkable life | Watch Video
For decades, artist Tyrus Wong and his fantastic kites were a fixture on and above Santa Monica Beach. And while you might not recognize his name, a certain deer named Bambi has Wong to thank for the exquisite settings of the 1942 Walt Disney film.

Wong, who died last month at age 106, was a Disney legend. Tracy Smith explores the artist’s immortal work, in movies and greeting cards.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Tyrus Wong’s kites
CBS News visited the artist in March 2016 at Santa Monica Beach, where Wong and his daughter, Kim, sent several of his creations airborne.    

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A LIDAR-scanned map of the jungle in Honduras. 

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ARCHAEOLOGY: Curse of the “Lost City of the Monkey God”? | Watch Video
Some called it the White City, a great metropolis in the mountains of Mesoamerica that was lost to time.  Others called it the City of the Monkey God. Its possible existence has tantalized adventure-seekers since the 1500s -- including explorer Steve Elkins, who’s been obsessed with finding the city for decades.

With laser-mapping technology he and other experts scanned hundreds of square miles of the Honduran jungle.

Lee Cowan talks with Elkins, writer Doug Preston (author of “The Lost City of the Monkey God”) and documentary filmmaker Bill Benenson about their journey, and what they found.

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BUDDIES: 
An old horse and his friend | Watch Video
January 1st is considered the universal birthday for all racehorses in the Northern Hemisphere. Tony Dokoupil travels to a farm in Vermont where he meets a 40-year-old horse and his best friend.

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MUSIC:
 Iggy Pop: Still the “godfather of punk” | Watch Video
On stage, Iggy Pop has always lived on the edge. He’s a rock provocateur, a restless and reckless front man who has excited and offended: “I’m still not sure what the civilized world wants to do about me!” he laughed.

With his latest Grammy-nominated album, “Post Pop Depression” (his highest charting album ever), the artist often called the “Godfather of punk” has made a belated bid for respectability. Anthony Mason reports.

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HARTMAN: Couple thankful for repo man who took their car (Video)
After Pat and Stan Kipping fell behind on their car payments, an unexpected guardian angel helped them get their wheels back. Steve Hartman reports.

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Writer-director Lee Daniels on the set of the TV series “Star,” with correspondent Mo Rocca.

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SUNDAY PROFILE: The outspoken Lee Daniels | Watch Video
Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Lee Daniel has been outspoken over complaints that Hollywood is unfair when it comes to race. The force behind the films “Monster’s Ball,” “Precious,” “The Butler” and the TV series “Empire” doesn’t deny there are problems with the system -- big ones – but he’s not letting those problems stop him, nor (he says) should they stop anyone else.

In addition to his take on Hollywood, Daniels talks with Mo Rocca about his sometimes-challenging path to success; his new TV series “Star”; and growing up with a father who struggled to accept that his son was gay.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Lee Daniels on directing Oprah Winfrey
In this web exclusive clip, the director of “The Butler” talks with Mo Rocca about how he got Oprah Winfrey to work with a washing machine.

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OPINION: 
 Faith Salie on a life well curated | Watch Video
Nowadays everyone’s a curator of their favorite things. Contributor Faith Salie lists the ways curation has changed our lives.

          
ART:
 Matisse and Diebenkorn, side by side | Watch Video
The French Post-Impressionist master was a vital influence on the American artist; a new exhibit highlights the parallels in their work. Rita Braver reports.

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NATURE:
 Wintry woods (Extended Video)
We leave you this Sunday Morning in a forest near Craley, Pennsylvania.

      
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CALENDAR: 
Week of January 9 | Watch Video
From National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day to Friday the 13th, “Sunday Morning” takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

      
NATURE UP CLOSE:
 Sierra Nevada, Death Valley and the rain shadow effect



RECAP: JANUARY 1

Guest host: Bill Whitaker

       
HEADLINES: 
Search for gunman in Istanbul nightclub attack (Video)
Police in Istanbul are searching for a gunman who opened fire during New Year’s celebrations, killing 39 and wounding scores more. Elizabeth Palmer reports.

       
COVER STORY:
 Atlas Obscura: Mapping the world’s hidden wonders | Watch Video
The website and bestselling book revealing weird and wondrous places are travel guides like no other. Serena Altschul reports.

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LOOK BACK:
 Top news stories of 2016 | Watch Video
“Sunday Morning” reviews some of the year’s biggest stories from home and abroad over the last 12 months.

BABIES: One doctor’s special deliveries | Watch Video
Parents in Virginia treasure Dr. Edward Wolanski, who has brought more than 10,000 babies into the world. Martha Teichner reports.

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LOOK BACK: 
The year’s top books (Video)

       
IN MEMORIAM:
 Mother & daughter | Watch Video
Mo Rocca remembers the influence and careers of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Mother and daughter died this past week within a day of each other.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Carrie Fisher’s open book (2004)

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Debbie Reynolds, ever and always a trouper (2013)

FROM THE ARCHIVES: The “Unsinkable” Debbie Reynolds (1994)

GALLERY: A New Orleans tribute to Princess Leia

            
LOOK BACK: 
The year’s top songs (Video)

       
STEVE HARTMAN:
 A chance encounter brings a new purpose in life (Video)
Correspondent Steve Hartman shows us how an 82-year-old widower in Georgia was touched by an innocent question from a little girl in the canned food aisle of a grocery store - and how it changed his life when he needed it most.  

      
LOOK BACK:
 The year online (Video)

       
IN MEMORIAM: 
Hail and farewell to those we lost in 2016 | Watch Video
“Sunday Morning” pays tribute to the admirable and amazing men and women who made our world a little brighter for their being here. Jane Pauley reports.

         
LOOK BACK:
 The year’s top movies (Video)

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"Sunday Morning" contributor Conor Knighton watches the sunrise at Acadia National Park on New Year's Day.

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ON THE TRAIL:  A year on the trail | Watch Video
Conor Knighton looks back at his 12-month trek through all of America’s National Parks.

Click on the video player below to hear Conor Knighton sing “America the Beautiful” in EVERY National Park!

Singing America the Beautiful in EVERY National Park by conorknighton on YouTube

     
LOOK BACK:
 The year’s top TV (Video)

     
NATURE:
 Monarch butterflies (Extended Video)
We leave you this Sunday Morning marking New Year’s among the Monarch butterflies at Lighthouse Field State Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Videographer: Lance Milbrand.

      
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NATURE UP CLOSE:
 Adélie Penguins


       


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