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Last Updated Feb 5, 2016 3:20 PM EST

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RECAP: DECEMBER 27


COVER STORY: Wild December weather, thanks to El Niño | Watch Video
"I'm dreaming of a mild Christmas"? This has been a surprising December for folks usually under several feet of snow this time of the year. In our Cover Story Mark Strassmann explores the unusual weather pattern that has brought high temperatures to parts of the country that typically celebrate the holidays in a deep freeze.

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LOOK BACK:
Top news stories of 2015 (Video)
Charles Osgood reviews some of the year's biggest stories from home and abroad over the last 12 months.


LOOK BACK:
2015's top music, movies, books and more (Video)
This was a banner year for many artists, authors and moviemakers. From Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" to "Jurassic World," here's a look at the top music, movies, books, and online content of the year.


ART:
From prison cells to egg shells | Watch Video
Jane Pauley introduces us to artist and ex-con Gil Batle, who reflects on his prison experiences through intricate designs etched on ostrich eggs.

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SUNDAY PROFILE:
Dame Maggie Smith is all through with corsets | Watch Video
Mo Rocca catches up with Dame Maggie Smith in London to talk about her career, the final season of "Downton Abbey," and her new film, "The Lady in The Van."

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OUR MAN IN PARIS:
The birthplace of the Bloody Mary | Watch Video
Paris is home to the bar -- a New York transplant -- where the celebrated cocktail was created.

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STEVE HARTMAN:
Detective says "I do" after adopting foster siblings (Video)
Detective Jack Mook adopted two Pittsburgh boys, and got the family he never expected to have. Steve Hartman returns for an update to an "On the Road" from 2014, to find Mook has new additions to his family.


IN MEMORIAM:
Hail and farewell to those we lost in 2015 | 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. Charles Osgood reports.

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COMMENTARY:
2015, when we cried tears of joy | Watch Video
Faith Salie reminds us that not all the news this past year was tragic and sad

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NATURE:
Woodpeckers (Extended Video)
We leave you this Sunday knocking wood, with woodpeckers hard at work at the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. Videographer: Carl Mrozek.


WEB EXCLUSIVES:

ALMANAC: Radio City Music Hall | Watch Video
On December 27, 1932, the renowned New York City theatre opened its doors. Charles Osgood reports.

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REVIEW:
Jennifer Lawrence mops up everyone in "Joy" | Watch Video
Critic David Edelstein says the new comedy has a teeming, three-ring circus quality.


RECAP: DECEMBER 20

'Tis the season for a holiday-themed "Sunday Morning"!


COVER STORY:
Reviving the lost art of small talk | Watch Video
Whether it is with friends, family, or at the office, one thing is for sure this time of year: we'll all be going to a lot more parties than usual. And at these parties it helps if you happen to be very good at making small talk.

But what if you're not blessed with the gift of gab? Barry Petersen hits a few parties, a barber shop, a neighborhood bar, and talks with some experts to offer up some handy "do's and don'ts" of making small talk to help you navigate the tricky waters of socializing.

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BOOKS:
The second most-famous Christmas story ever told | Watch Video
Without question, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is one of the great holiday classics. What would Christmas be without a retelling of the trials and tribulations of Ebenezer Scrooge with his "Bah! Humbug!' and the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet To Come?

Since it was first published in 1843, the brief novella has been told and retold in countless plays, musicals and films, including one version starring The Muppets.

Mo Rocca takes us to the very streets of London that inspired Dickens, to bring us the story behind the creation of "A Christmas Carol."

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MUSIC:
"The Nutcracker": Stepping into a holiday tradition | Watch Video
Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" is right up there with Dickens as one of our most beloved holiday traditions. Every year on stages large and small across America, from elementary schools to Broadway, "The Nutcracker" plays to rapt audiences.

Contributor Luke Burbank has always been a fan, but this year he takes a star turn in a regional production of "The Nutcracker," as -- what else? -- a mouse! We'll have a backstage pass to see how it all turns out.

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MUSIC:
Deck the halls with fireballs (Video)
No Silent Night here: The progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs extreme holiday music, with lasers, fog machines and pyrotechnics illustrating its energized take on Christmas favorites. Ben Tracy reports.

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GIFTS: Holiday gift ideas from Techno Claus | Watch VideoWatch Video
David Pogue of Yahoo Tech offers suggestions for the tech lovers on your shopping list.


ON BROADWAY:
"Shuffle Along": Re-imagining Broadway history | Watch Video
Correspondent Maurice DuBois goes behind-the-scenes of a new production based on the 1921 musical - one of the earliest hit shows starring, written and directed by African-Americans. Featuring director George C. Wolfe, choreographer Savion Glover, and stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald and Billy Porter.

WEB-EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Savion Glover and George C. Wolfe revive "Shuffle Along"
"Sunday Morning" correspondent Maurice DuBois goes behind the scenes of the new Broadway production "Shuffle Along," a reimagining of the classic 1921 musical - one of the earliest hit shows starring, written and directed by African-Americans. DuBois talks with tap dancer-choreographer Savion Glover and director George C. Wolfe, who first worked together in "Jelly's Last Jam," about bringing the legendary show back to life.

WEB-EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: "Shuffle Along": George C. Wolfe on a "footnote" of 1921
"History is sometimes very generous, and history is sometimes very unkind," says director George C. Wolfe. In this preview of "Sunday Morning"'s behind-the-scenes look at the new Broadway production "Shuffle Along," a reimagining of a classic show from 1921, Wolfe talks with correspondent Maurice DuBois about remembering a forgotten landmark of musical theatre.

WEB- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Stars on bringing "Shuffle Along" to life
In this web preview, the stars of the new Broadway musical "Shuffle Along" - Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald and Billy Porter - talk with "Sunday Morning" correspondent Maurice DuBois about the challenge and thrill of working with the show's director, George C. Wolfe, and choreographer Savion Glover - and of keeping up with the show's young dancers. Ego, says Porter, "has to be left at the door."

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  • "Shuffle Along" at the Music Box Theatre, New York City; previews begin March 15, 2016; opens April 28, 2016 | Tickets


STEVE HARTMAN:
A walk with a new friend (Video)
It was a random act of kindness on the part of Eugene Yoon, of Castro Valley, Calif., which he made for a man he'd never met: a paraplegic who'd vowed that he would walk again someday. And that's when Eugene made a life-changing decision. Steve Hartman reports.


MUSIC:
Andrea Bocelli: The voice | Watch Video
The bestselling singer who leaves audiences smiling even when they're crying has a secret: he has stage fright. Kristine Johnson reports.

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DECORATIONS:
Bringing light in remembrance (Video)
Lighting designer David Rockwell, who has worked for Broadway and the Oscars, has a new holiday extravaganza, titled "Luminaries" - bringing magic lights to New York City, across the street from the where the Twin Towers once stood. Martha Teichner reports.

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  • Luminaries, at Brookfield Place, New York City (through January 10, 2016)


MUSIC:
Steinway & Sons' musical mastery | Watch Video
The storied piano maker is still hitting the high notes. Charles Osgood reports.

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MUSIC:
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Video)
A holiday favorite performed by Charles Osgood.


FEAST:
Bobby Flay's wild Christmas goose chase | Watch Video
The chef gets schooled attempting an old-school Christmas dinner.

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NATURE:
Winter scene (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to Hocking Hills State Park in south central Ohio. Videographer: Jamie McDonald.


RECAP: DECEMBER 13


COVER STORY:
Amy Cuddy strikes a power pose | Watch Video
Remember how your parents always told you to "sit up straight?" Well, they might have been on to something. New research shows that how you stand, sit, walk and carry yourself in general can have a major impact on how you are perceived by others, and can even be a determining factor in how successful you are in life.

Psychologist Amy Cuddy's study of body language has made her an Internet sensation, and she talks with our Rita Braver about what we can learn from analyzing the posture of successful people like Mick Jagger and Oprah Winfrey.

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ALMANAC: Grandma Moses | Watch Video
On December 13, 1961, the late-blooming primitive artist died at the age of 101. Charles Osgood reports.

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HOLIDAYS: The Kringle: A sweet Wisconsin favorite | Watch Video
Family-run bakeries have kept the flaky Danish pastry a symbol of Racine for generations. Vinita Nair samples a regional holiday delight.

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ON BROADWAY: Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest triumph | Watch Video
Few names on Broadway loom as large as Andrew Lloyd Webber. From his first major triumph with "Jesus Christ Superstar," to "Evita," "Cats," and "The Phantom of the Opera," he is undeniably one of the premier composers of our time.

Now he's back with "School of Rock," which is playing to sold-out crowds and rave reviews. Mo Rocca gets a backstage pass for a wide-ranging chat with the legendary music man.

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PASSAGE: Does being happy guarantee a longer lease on life? (Video)
A report in the British medical journal Lancet cites a study concluding there's no link between happiness and a longer life. The study was conducted with British women only. Charles Osgood reports.


MOVIES: "The Big Short" author Michael Lewis on going Hollywood | Watch Video
When the housing bubble burst in the mid-2000s, the United States was plunged into its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. How and why it happened, and why those responsible didn't see it coming and were never held accountable, are questions that are still being debated. Michael Lewis' bestselling book, "The Big Short," told the astonishing true tale of several key people who foresaw the impending disaster and ended up profiting from the chaos.

Now the book has been made into a critically-praised film, and John Blackstone sits down with Lewis for some questions and answers.

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STEVE HARTMAN: Secret Santa hands out the green (Video)
Every year an anonymous, wealthy businessman plays the role of St. Nick in a special way - by giving away about $100,000 to total strangers. Steve Hartman goes "On the Road" to spending time with Secret Santa, whose goal is for "everybody to come together, one act of kindness at a time."


SUNDAY PROFILE:
Why Will Smith tackled "Concussion" | Watch Video
Will Smith has become such a Hollywood heavyweight it is easy to forget he got his start as a rapper known as "The Fresh Prince." Smith quickly turned his modest success in music into major success on TV in the hit comedy, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." He has gone on to star in a string of silver screen blockbusters, from "Independence Day" and "Men in Black" to "Ali," "I, Robot," and the new film, "Concussion." Tracy Smith pays a visit to the multi-talented and always engaging actor.

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MUSIC: Angels hitting the high notes | Watch Video
With Martha Teichner we'll enjoy the heavenly sounds of the choir group which has been making music since 100 years before Columbus discovered America.

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CALENDAR: Week of December 14 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Charles Osgood reports.

GALLERY: "Star Wars" art: Movie posters of a galaxy far, far away


COMMENTARY:
The Christmas spirit | Watch Video
Bothered by the over-commercialization of the holidays? Contributor Bill Flanagan is not, and he'll tell us why.


NATURE: Dune lake (Extended video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to a rare coastal dune lake at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in South Walton, Florida. Videographer: Charles Schultz.


RECAP: DECEMBER 6


HEADLINES:
San Bernardino shooting: Another all-too-familiar tragedy | Watch Video
By the time the last shots rang out, it had been decided how an unfortunate number of innocent families were going to be spending the holidays: grieving. Lee Cowan reports.


COVER STORY:
Violins of Hope | Watch Video
The modern violin, as we know it, was developed in Italy, but an affinity for the instrument has long been a part of Jewish culture and heritage. One of the more heart-rending chapters of this relationship occurred during the Holocaust, when Jewish prisoners in concentration camps played in orchestras at the direction of their Nazi guards. Many of the musicians and their families didn't survive, but their instruments did.

Serena Altschul has the amazing story of a man who gathered some of these very instruments, refurbished them, and now -- 70 years after World War II -- brought them together for another concert, so that the "voices" that were silenced could sing once more.

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ALMANAC:
The explosion that leveled Halifax | Watch Video
On December 6, 1917, a blast aboard a munitions ship wiped out much of the Nova Scotia port city. Charles Osgood reports.

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CRIME:
The heist of the century | Watch Video
Twenty-five years ago, two men dressed as policemen walked into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and walked out 81 minutes later with a half-billion dollars' worth of art, including works by Rembrandt, Degas, Manet and Vermeer.

During the past quarter-century the Boston Police and the FBI have tracked down hundreds of leads, but not a trace of the art has ever been found. It has simply vanished.

In a special two-part report, Erin Moriarty of "48 Hours" has the latest tantalizing clues into who might be behind the greatest art theft in history, and what may have become of the stolen masterpieces.

GALLERY: The $500 million art heist, unsolved

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STEVE HARTMAN:
Talking to kids about when bad things happen (Video)
Correspondent Steve Hartman says he and his wife have been protective of their two young boys, shielding them from terror attacks and just about every other bit of bad news on the planet. But is that the right approach? He decided to ask the experts: His kids.


MUSIC:
Frank Sinatra at 100 | Watch Video
Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 12th, 1915, exactly 100 years ago this week. He would grow up to become one of the biggest and most iconic performers of the 20th century, and his influence shows no sign of ending.

As we celebrate the centennial of his birth (which will be marked with a concert special on CBS Sunday night, "Sinatra 100"), fans and historians alike are reconsidering his impact on all our lives, both musically and culturally. Mo Rocca sits down with Frank Sinatra's children, Nancy, Tina, and Frank, Jr., for a look back at their father's long and lasting legacy.

An earlier version of this story was aired on March 29, 2015.

GALLERY: Ol' Blue Eyes' centennial

GALLERY: Stars at "Sinatra 100"

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PASSAGE:
The colors of the year | Watch Video
Pantone, the fashion industry's arbiter of color, has decreed that 2016 will be two-toned. Charles Osgood reports.

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SUNDAY PROFILE:
Brie Larson on earning it | Watch Video
Fans of Brie Larson know her as one of the most in-demand young actresses in Hollywood today. If you've never heard of her, chances are you will very soon. She began her career as a child actor doing sketches on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," which led to roles in films, including "21 Jump Street," "Short Term 12," and "Trainwreck" with Amy Schumer.

Her breakthrough role in the harrowing drama, "Room," in which she plays a mother raising a child in captivity, has critics raving and the Oscar buzz growing louder. Tracy Smith catches up with the red-hot actress.

GALLERY: Brie Larson

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MILESTONES:
Departure and arrival (Video)
We note the loss this week of Ray Gandolf (who was "Sunday Morning"'s sports correspondent for three years beginning with our very first broadcast in January 1979), as well as a happy arrival -- a new addition to the "Sunday Morning" family.


FROM THE ARCHIVES:
Swimming the English Channel (Video)
Former "Sunday Morning" sports correspondent Ray Gandolf has passed away at the age of 85. In his memory we present one of his most memorable profiles, that of Indiana University swimming coach James "Doc" Counsilman, who at age 58 decided to accomplish his most difficult feat yet: Swim the English Channel. First broadcast on Sept. 19, 1979.


CALENDAR:
Week of December 7 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Charles Osgood reports.


NATURE:
Octopi in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to an octopus' garden off St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Videography: Ziggy Livnat.


RECAP: NOVEMBER 29


COVER STORY:
On the trail of missing persons | Watch Video
It is an astonishing fact, but at any given moment there are roughly 84,000 people classified as "missing" in the United States. Most are quickly found - loved ones who forgot to call home, or runaways who turn up at a friend's house. But thousands go missing who are never found.

Susan Spencer of "48 Hours" has the story of one man's quest to find his lost childhood friend, and what he learns of others who "go missing" along the way.

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ALMANAC:
The Army-Navy game | Watch Video
On November 29, 1890, Army's football team hosted Navy at West Point in their very first contest. Charles Osgood reports.

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CUISINE:
A taste of the World Champion Squirrel Cook-Off | Watch Video
Rodents were the featured ingredient at a recent cooking competition in Bentonville, Arkansas, and correspondent Luke Burbank was one of the lucky judges.

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PRESS:
New Yorker editor David Remnick | Watch Video
Erin Moriarty profiles one of the most influential men in the media today, the editor of The New Yorker magazine.

GALLERY: Classic New Yorker magazine covers

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OPINION:
Paula Poundstone: Electronics and kids' brains don't mix | Watch Video
The comedian says feeding children's addiction to smartphones, tablets and video games is no good for developing minds.

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SUNDAY PROFILE:
Carey Mulligan on acting, and her other life | Watch Video
Carey Mulligan is one of the most sought-after actors working in Hollywood today. She made her film debut in 2005's "Pride & Prejudice," and had roles on British TV in "Bleak House" and "Doctor Who." But it was her Oscar-nominated performance in the 2009 film "An Education" that really put her on the map. She went on to star in "Drive," "The Great Gatsby," and "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Now Mulligan is on Oscar's radar again for her latest film, "Suffragette." Ben Tracy catches up with the very in-demand actress.

GALLERY: Carey Mulligan

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STEVE HARTMAN:
Twin kids reunited with WWII veteran buddy (Video)
A most unlikely friendship added another chapter recently, when a pair of young brothers met back up with a WWII vet who served on a battleship they've become enamored with. Steve Hartman reports.


MUSIC:
The Piano Guys strike a chord | Watch Video
If you spend any time at all on YouTube, you've no doubt heard of The Piano Guys. Their unique team approach to playing songs on the piano has made them an Internet sensation. And it all started at a small piano shop in St. George, Utah, where for fun five friends started looking for new approaches to playing the piano -- not just by pressing the keys, but by tapping the wood, plucking the strings, and a lot more.

Their videos have captivated millions around the world, and so our Lee Cowan pays the Piano Guys a visit to see just how the magic happens.

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SHORT TAKES:
Photographer Daniel Jones (Video)
Photographer Daniel Jones rarely features people in his works. "I find it distracting," he says. "I want the viewer of my images to feel like they're there by themselves." In a self-narrated profile (part of our Short Takes series), Jones shows us the landscapes -- the ocean waves, beaches, clouds and trees near his home on Long Island -- that have long captivated him.

GALLERY: Landscape photos of Daniel Jones

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MOVIES:
"Creed," "Room" and "The Big Short" | Watch Video
Critic David Edelstein reviews three films to salivate over seeing this holiday season (and which don't include "Star Wars").

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CALENDAR:
Week of November 30 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Charles Osgood reports.


NATURE:
Wyoming wilderness (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" leaves you in Wyoming's Gros Ventre Wilderness. The name originated from the French term for "big belly," and is a home to some big animals, such as moose. Videographer: Carl Mrozek.


WEB EXCLUSIVE: "Alice in Wonderland" at 150 | Watch Video
Lewis Carroll's beloved adventure continues to transport us, happily, down the rabbit hole. Kristine Johnson reports.


RECAP: NOVEMBER 22

Pull up a chair at our table -- it's time for our annual "Food Issue," for which we've prepared a seemingly endless smorgasbord of culinary delights!

RECIPE INDEX - Delicious menu suggestions from top chefs and cookbook authors and the editors of Bon Appetit, including dishes featured on the "Food Issue."

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COVER STORY:
Home grown: Moving next to the farm | Watch Video
You've heard of people buying homes next to a golf course or the ocean. But how about buying a home next to your own private farm?

Mark Strassmann takes us on a tour of the newest thing in residential living: the "agrihood," taking the farm-to-table movement to the extreme.

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ART:
Painting with coffee | Watch Video
Painter Gerard Tonti enjoys a cup of coffee or tea as much as anyone. But one day this artist was fooling around with pigments in his studio when he looked at his brew in a new light: he now uses the rich browns, mochas, greens, reds and even blues of coffee grounds and tea leaves as paint, to make incredible works of art. Anna Werner shows how he does it.

GALLERY: Art made from coffee
Gerard Tonti "paints" with grinds and tea leaves to evoke the sensual pleasures of the coffee culture

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EATERY:
Back on line at Clifton's Cafeteria | Watch Video
When it opened in 1935, L.A.'s Clifton's Cafeteria was billed as the world's largest. In the thick of the Great Depression it became famous as the "Cafeteria of the Golden Rule" -- no one who was hungry was turned away whether they could pay or not. Walt Disney, Jack Kerouac and sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury were just a few of Clifton's A-list customers, and the restaurant is still going strong to this day, thanks to a visionary our Lee Cowan meets.

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ON THE MENU:
Boiled peanuts, "the Caviar of the South" | Watch Video
Susan Spencer celebrates the joys of some of our favorite regional foods, including boiled peanuts, the Official State Snack Food of South Carolina.

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IN THE KITCHEN:
Chef Marcus Samuelsson: Living the dream | Watch Video
Marcus Samuelsson is one of America's foremost celebrity chefs. He won TV's "Top Chef Masters" competition, prepared President Obama's first White House state dinner, and his restaurant, Red Rooster, is a Harlem landmark. It has been a pretty remarkable ride for Samuelsson, especially considering he was orphaned in his native Ethiopia and adopted by a Swedish couple before making his way to the U.S.A. and to culinary superstardom. Jane Pauley has his amazing story.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Marcus Samuelsson on diversity in professional kitchens
The celebrity chef talks with Jane Pauley about how he was determined to open a restaurant that was "a little more democratic," and how the 9/11 attacks prompted that decision.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Marcus Samuelsson: Keep dreaming big
Marcus Samuelsson came to America as a young man with $300 in his pocket. The celebrity chef, cookbook author and owner of Red Rooster Harlem in New York City talks to Jane Pauley about how he worked to make his culinary dreams a reality.

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CULINARY ART:
Japan's fascinating plastic food | Watch Video
Restaurants and sushi bars lure in patrons with tempting menu displays of fake food, Seth Doane reports.

GALLERY: Culinary art: Japan's fascinating plastic food

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ON THE MENU:
Celebrating the Cuban sandwich | Watch Video
Tampa's venerable Columbia Restaurant serves up to 600 of the carefully-constructed works of art a day, for good reason. Susan Spencer reports.

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BEVERAGES:
A juicy alternative for the health-conscious (Video)
Plenty of Americans are on the juice these days. Juice bars are popping up all over, giving folks a new outlet to staying healthy. Nancy Giles gives us the skinny on what's behind the new juice craze.

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SUNDAY PROFILE:
Cloris Leachman knows just how to serve it up | Watch Video
Actress Cloris Leachman won an Academy Award for her tender and heart-breaking performance in "The Last Picture Show." She's also made us laugh as Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein," and won eight Emmys -- more than any other performer -- for such programs as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Malcolm in the Middle."

But this versatile and dedicated actor is also a dedicated vegetarian, and as our Tracy Smith reports, quite a star in the kitchen!

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MO ROCCA:
Going bananas! | Watch Video
Tracing the appeal of America's most popular fruit.

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SCIENCE:
Food preferences: Why we like what we like | Watch Video
Genes, environment and familiarity -- as well as smell -- govern why we do or do not like certain tastes, but aging taste buds can be more adventurous. Rita Braver reports.

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DIVES: Sun never sets for some neighborhood dives | Watch Video
Corner taverns are disappearing around the country, but in Chicago there are still time-honored bars where everybody knows your name.

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ON THE MENU:
Boston Cream Pie | Watch Video
The kitchen of Boston's Omni Parker House Hotel is where the sumptuous dessert was created. Susan Spencer reports.

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NATURE:
Wild Turkeys (Extended Video)
We leave you this Sunday before Thanksgiving among wild turkeys near Stonewall, Texas. Videographer: Scot Miller



RECAP: NOVEMBER 15


HEADLINES:
France prepares military response for ISIS attack
The terror attacks in Paris on Friday killed at least 120 people and injured more than 350. French President Francois Hollande condemned the attack as an "act of war" and vowed that his nation "will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group." Elizabeth Palmer has the latest from Paris.


COVER STORY: The Photo Ark: Preserving species before they disappear | Watch Video
Sixty-five million years ago the dinosaurs became extinct in what scientists call "the 5th mass extinction." Though few of us are aware of it, we are currently in the midst of the 6th mass extinction. Not since the dinosaurs vanished have as many species of animals been threatened with extinction as there are today.

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, a "Sunday Morning" contributor, is on a mission to save as many species of animals as he can, by -- what else? --- taking their picture. So far he has captured more than 5,000 animal portraits as part of his "Photo Ark." Our Martha Teichner sat in on Sartore's latest photo session.

GALLERY: Joel Sartore's Photo Ark

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ALMANAC: Georgia O'Keeffe | Watch Video
On November 15, 1887, the artist who created blazing and sensual images of the New Mexico landscape was born. Charles Osgood reports.

GALLERY: Georgia O'Keeffe

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NEWSPAPERS: The king of Sunday funnies turns 100 | Watch Video
Whether you've heard of King Features Syndicate or not, you've heard of their stable of stars: Popeye, Blondie and Dagwood, Dennis the Menace, Krazy Kat and many more. King Features has brought us many beloved comic strip characters, and it all began 100 years ago in the Sunday Funnies. Rita Braver takes a fond look back at this American institution.

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TECHNOLOGY:
How survivors of Paris attacks reached out to social media (Video)
The terror attacks in the French capital have underscored the increasingly important role of social media. Contessa Brewer reports on the use of Twitter and Facebook when disaster and tragedy strike.


ON BROADWAY:
Jennifer Hudson | Watch Video
Jennifer Hudson first landed in the spotlight as a finalist on "American Idol." She didn't win, but two years later she beat out 700 others for a role in the film version of "Dreamgirls," for which she would earn an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Her meteoric rise to stardom has been truly remarkable, and now the Oscar- and Grammy-winner is taking on a new challenge: appearing for the first time on Broadway, in "The Color Purple."

Anthony Mason has a backstage pass.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson: "Everything is a lesson"
The actress-singer talks to Anthony Mason about winning a role in "Dreamgirls" and how her experiences on "American Idol" and a Disney cruise ship prepared her for the job.

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POLITICS: Sarah Palin's view | Watch Video
As the 2008 Presidential campaign heated up, Republican nominee John McCain chose a little-known Alaska governor to be his running mate. The choice of Sarah Palin sent shockwaves across America, making Palin an instant conservative standard bearer.

But her choice was not without controversy, and during and after the campaign Palin and her family were often in the tabloids as much as the front page.

With the current presidential election heating up, Tracy Smith pays Palin an at-home visit in Wasilla, Alaska, to talk about her family, and life in and out of politics.

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STEVE HARTMAN: Stray dogs become celebrities in Fort Worth (Video)
Two brothers guilty about their sports hunting past are making amends in any way they can. One of them is creating a special train of canines that's become the talk of the town. Steve Hartman shows how train travel has gone to the dogs.


SUNDAY PROFILE: Sylvester Stallone steps back into the ring | Watch Video
In 1976 the film "Rocky" became a worldwide phenomenon. Written by and starring a little-known actor named Sylvester Stallone, the film earned 10 Academy Award nominations, and won three Oscars, including Best Picture.

That was just the beginning of Stallone's remarkable career as an actor, writer, producer and director, in such films as the Rambo series, "Cliffhanger," "Tango & Cash," "Get Carter," and "Copland."

Now he's back, once again playing his iconic character Rocky Balboa, in "Creed." Lee Cowan reports.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Sylvester Stallone on writing "Rocky"
The actor who climbed to fame playing Rocky Balboa talks to Lee Cowan about his screenplay for the 1976 boxing film, and how he refused to sell it unless he was cast in the lead.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Sylvester Stallone on a most "miraculous time"
In 1976 a small film about an underdog boxer, "Rocky," became a worldwide sensation, winning three Academy Awards. In this web exclusive clip, Sylvester Stallone talks to Lee Cowan about the notoriety which the film's success brought to him.

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COMMENTARY:
Paris attacks: A bruised city moves forward | Watch Video
David Turecamo says in the wake of terror the city of a thousand villages joins as one.


WEB EXTRA:
Paris attacks: The response to terrorism | Watch Video
Former NYT Paris Bureau chief Elaine Sciolino on the political fallout of the assault on France.


PARIS ATTACKS:
World landmarks lit in solidarity with France (Video)
In the wake of Friday night's terror attacks, the people of Paris - the City of Lights - were quick to rally to their nation with the colors of their flag. Meanwhile, cities around the world have been showing their solidarity with lights of their own. Charles Osgood reports.


CALENDAR:
Week of November 16 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Charles Osgood reports.


NATURE:
Sunflowers in France (Extended Video)
We leave you this "Sunday Morning" in a field of sunflowers near the village of Lempaut in the south of France. Videographer: Joan Martelli.


RECAP: NOVEMBER 8


COVER STORY:
Fighting back against Parkinson's - in the ring | Watch Video
During her legendary career at "60 Minutes," correspondent Lesley Stahl has covered hundreds of stories. But perhaps none is as meaningful as the one she'll tell this week on "Sunday Morning." Stahl's husband, Aaron Latham, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. For many that signals the beginning of the end of life as they know it. But others, like Latham, are fighting back thanks to a new therapy which -- believe it or not -- puts them in the boxing ring.

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ALMANAC: The Rorschach test| Watch Video
On Nov. 8, 1884, Hermann Rorschach, the psychiatrist who created the famed inkblot test, was born. Charles Osgood reports.

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ART:
A stone carver's family tradition (Video)
Nick Benson's handiwork can be seen across the country - his meticulous portfolio immortalized on headstones, war monuments and memorials. The stone carving craft that he's perfected dates back to ancient times, and is a Benson family tradition. Michelle Miller reports on the family of craftsmen whose work is embedded in American history.

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MILEPOST:
Walking vs. running (Video)
A new study by the London School of Economics says that when it comes to losing weight, the best exercise is a brisk walk. Charles Osgood reports.


SUNDAY PROFILE:
Jennifer Connelly on "Shelter"
Actress Jennifer Connelly seems to have the golden touch. Her natural beauty led to a lucrative modeling career that started in middle school. At age 11 she was cast in her first film, Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America." But she shot to stardom, and earned an Oscar, for her performance as the wife of troubled mathematics genius John Nash in Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind."

On the set of that film she also met her future husband, actor Paul Bettany. Now husband and wife have teamed up for a new film, "Shelter," and our Tracy Smith pays a visit with Connelly to talk about her life, family and career.

GALLERY: Jennifer Connelly

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PASSAGE:
Batmobile designer George Barris | Watch Video
The car designer, who died this week, customized some of television's most memorable automobiles. Charles Osgood reports.


PHOTOGRAPHY:
Reaching new heights in aerial photography | Watch Video
Lee Cowan takes to the skies to introduce us to Vincent Laforet, a man who goes to great heights (literally!) to take his unique and astonishing aerial photographs.

GALLERY: Stunning aerial photos of Vincent Laforet

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STEVE HARTMAN:
3-year-old learns the meaning of "happy tears" (Video)
Three-year-old McKenzy Paugam, the daughter of an Army Staff Sergeant, was distraught when, during a recent move, her beloved stuffed animal went missing. Steve Hartman reports on how the family coped -- and what McKenzy learned once her little giraffe reappeared.


POLITICS:
What makes Bernie Sanders run? | Watch Video
The race for the White House is heating up, and already has taken some unforeseen twists and turns. On the Republican side, Ben Carson and Donald Trump are grabbing the headlines and the big poll numbers. As for the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is getting a somewhat unexpected run for her money from a man who many never thought had a chance: Senator Bernie Sanders. But the Vermont lawmaker's populist message of getting the government to fight for the middle class and working class and not "just a handful of billionaires" is resonating with people across the country.

Jim Axelrod hits the road with Sanders to find out what's driving him -- and his popularity.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Bernie Sanders: Obama's big mistake
The Junior Senator from Vermont says President Barack Obama was wrong to assume he could compromise with Republicans in Congress.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Bernie Sanders on what Americans really want
The presidential candidate talks to Jim Axelrod about the issues that will rally American voters.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO:Bernie Sanders: "Socialist" is not a dirty word
The president candidate running as a Democratic Socialist tells Jim Axelrod that conventional political wisdom is wrong

WEB EXTRA VIDEO:Bernie Sanders on Black Lives Matter
The presidential candidate talks to Jim Axelrod about his civil rights record and his run-ins with activists protesting police brutality.

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DISPATCH:
Honoring MIAs from the Korean War | Watch Video
Seth Doane travels to South Korea with relatives of soldiers still "missing in action."


CALENDAR:
Week of November 9 | Watch Video
From World Science Day to Odd Day: "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Charles Osgood reports.


NATURE:
Bisti Wilderness (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" offers us views of scenic rock formations of the Bisti Wilderness in northern New Mexico. Videographer: Jamie McDonald.


WEB EXCLUSIVE:
Review: "Spotlight" and uncovering the church's sex abuse scandal | Watch Video
Critic David Edelstein says a new film about reporters taking on the Catholic Church is more horrifying than any horror movie.


RECAP: NOVEMBER 1


HEADLINES:
Investigators probe crash of Russian passenger jet (Video)
Russia is observing a day of mourning following Saturday's crash of a jetliner in the Sinai that killed all 224 people on board. Allen Pizzey reports the latest developments.


COVER STORY:
In the dark over power grid security | Watch Video
Blackouts are usually not much more than an inconvenience -- a few hours or days at most -- when a major storm knocks out electricity. But what would happen if days stretched into weeks, and it wasn't just your street or town losing power, but an entire region of the country?

And to add to the panic, what if Mother Nature wasn't to blame, but terrorists who have hacked into the computers that run our nation's power grid? That's the all-too-possible scenario Chip Reid investigates in our Cover Story.

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ALMANAC:
The Parker pen | Watch Video
On November 1, 1863, future fountain pen magnate George S. Parker was born in Shullsburg, Wis. Charles Osgood reports.

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ART:
Kehinde Wiley's echoes of masterworks | Watch Video
Rita Braver introduces us to a young painter who is taking the art world by storm.

GALLERY: The art of Kehinde Wiley

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TIME PIECE No. I: A critical time for watchmakers | Watch Video
In honor of Daylight Saving Time (which ends this weekend -- turn your clocks back one hour!), Martha Teichner meets a new generation of watchmakers learning their trade at a school run by the legendary Swiss watch company Patek Philippe.

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SUNDAY PROFILE:
Bill Maher: Not sorry to be unapologetic | Watch Video
When it comes to being "politically incorrect," you could say comedian and talk show host Bill Maher has cornered the market. That, of course, was the name of his TV show that ran from 1997 to 2002, before he switched over to HBO for "Real Time with Bill Maher."

He isn't one to shy from controversy, and speaking his mind is his stock in trade as he covers the social, political and religious issues in the headlines. Tracy Smith visits with the always provocative Bill Maher.

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PASSAGE:
Tillman the skateboarding bulldog | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" pays tribute to a record-breaking, sports-loving canine.

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BILL GEIST:
Returning to Alcatraz | Watch Video
Former inmates and guards -- rock stars from the prison's notorious history -- join a reunion at the renowned San Francisco institution.

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STEVE HARTMAN:
High school coach's proudest moment (Video)
After 25 years at West Blocton High School in Blockton, Alabama, football coach Gregg Farnetti says says his proudest moment came just last week, with a relatively pointless extra point attempt that had no effect on the final score. But the story behind the kick made his career. Steve Hartman reports.


ON BROADWAY:
Gloria Estefan: Caught by the rhythm | Watch Video
Gloria Estefan has gotten all of America -- and millions more fans around the world -- on their feet for more than 30 years now. The Cuban-American singer-songwriter has sold more than 100 million albums, and her songs have long been FM radio staples, including such hits as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Words Get in the Way," and of course, "Get on Your Feet."

Now she's heading to Broadway, where a musical based on her life and music is all the buzz. Lee Cowan catches up with Estefan and her husband, multiple-Grammy-winning producer Emilio Estefan, for a behind-the-scenes tour.

GALLERY: Gloria Estefan

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TIME PIECE II:
Time may be running out for Big Ben (Video)
London's Big Ben has been chiming out the hours for 156 years. But it turns out the ancient clockwork - a charming example of Victorian engineering - is a bit temperamental, and problems with accuracy (last summer it was a whole six seconds out of whack) have prompted calls to shut down and rebuild the clock, a process that could take years. Mark Phillips reports.


CALENDAR:
Week of November 2 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Charles Osgood reports.


NATURE:
Bats (Extended Video)
November has begun, so we end with a look at Bats in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where more than a million bats are heading for their big night out.


WEB EXTRA GALLERY:
Scary, silly Halloween costumes 2015
Revelers around the world get into the spirit of the holiday, with all manner of creepy figures - young and old - joining parades and zombie walks.