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Last Updated Jan 25, 2015 11:28 AM EST

RECAP: January 25


OPENING:
"Sunday Morning" theme on violin (Video)
The recognizable trumpet opening for the long-running CBS News show gets a different flavor, thanks to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.


HEADLINES:
ISIS kills one hostage, offers to swap the second hostage (Video)
The radical Islamic group appears to have beheaded one of the two Japanese nationals it has been holding hostage. But an audio recording said that ISIS is now willing to swap a second hostage not for ransom, but for a failed female suicide bomber being held in a Jordanian prison. Holly Williams reports from Istanbul.


COVER STORY:
Combating the scourge of sexual assault | Watch Video
According to the U.S. Justice Department, one in five college women will experience some kind of sexual assault while at school.

In November, a controversial article in Rolling Stone Magazine put sexual assault on college campuses back on the front page, but perhaps not in a way that necessarily benefited the survivors.

Our Tracy Smith investigates what some are calling an epidemic of campus assaults, and looks into the ways that victims, educators and legislators are fighting back.

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ALMANAC: Globetrotting journalist Nellie Bly | Watch Video
On January 25, 1890, the New York World correspondent - inspired by Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg - completed her 72-day trek around the world.

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VIOLINS: Violins: Playing on works of art | Watch Video
Musicians agree that the best violins are still the ones made three centuries ago in a small town in Italy. Dean Reynolds experiences the magic up close with concert violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, and meets a Chicago violinmaker still creating instruments the old-fashioned way.

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HISTORY:
Uncovering the long-hidden secrets of Stonehenge | Watch Video
For centuries Stonehenge, a prehistoric ring of standing stones in southern England more than 4,000 years old, has remained a mystery. Who built it? What was its meaning or purpose? Is it a stand-alone structure, or part of a larger monument?

Today, cutting-edge technology has uncovered long-buried clues that might at last provide some answers.

Mark Phillips takes us to Stonehenge for a fascinating and revealing report on one of the world's most famous and inscrutable sites.

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PASSAGE:
SkyMall is grounded | Watch Video
The venerable in-flight gift catalog for the discriminating airline passenger filed for bankruptcy this week.


FOOD:
Ina Garten was born to cook | Watch Video
Ina Garten, also known as "The Barefoot Contessa," didn't set out to be a celebrity chef. In college she majored in economics and after graduation worked in the White House as a nuclear energy analyst.

But one fateful day she answered a classified ad for a specialty foods store for sale, and she took a chance. And the rest is history.

With her line of bestselling cookbooks, her own Food Network TV show, and millions of adoring fans, Garten is a culinary institution. Serena Altschul heads to the Hamptons for an at-home visit.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Ina Garten and her family history
The chef and cookbook author known as the Barefoot Contessa talks to correspondent Serena Altschul about her grandparents - immigrants who ran a store in America - and her own experience as the owner of a specialty food store in the Hamptons.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Jeffrey Garten on being husband to the Barefoot Contessa
He's a celebrity in his own right, thanks in part to his wife, chef Ina Garten. Serena Altschul gets the lowdown on how the public reacts to Jeffrey Garten, from female fans to dejected husbands.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Ina Garten and her family history
In this preview of a profile to air on "Sunday Morning," the chef and cookbook author known as the Barefoot Contessa talks to correspondent Serena Altschul about her grandparents - immigrants who ran a store in America - and her own experience as the owner of a specialty food store in the Hamptons.

RECIPE: Ina Garten's Potato Basil Frittata

RECIPE: Ina Garten's Coconut Cupcakes

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HARTMAN:
A special kind of love in the air (Video)
A message of love floated on air by 16-year-old Ashlynn Marracino did not reach her intended target, but she believes the balloon-borne note still got through - to her departed dad. Steve Hartman reports.


Q & A:
Why Penn & Teller need each other | Watch Video
Seeing is believing, as the saying goes, but don't try telling that to illusionists Penn & Teller. Since the late 1970s, they have been performing their unique act combining comedy and magic, astonishing and delighting audiences around the world.

Penn Jillette serves as the act's orator and storyteller, while the ever-silent Teller communicates through mime and other non-verbal cues. Whatever you want to call their act, it works - their residence at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is one of the hottest tickets in town.

Lee Cowan has a backstage pass.

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ON BROADWAY:
Ayad Akhtar on his Muslim experience | Watch Video
Anthony Mason profiles playwright Ayad Akhtar, author of the current Broadway show, "Disgraced."

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CALENDAR:
Week of January 26 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.


OPINION:
Keeping up those not-so-great expectations | Watch Video
Researchers say people with low expectations are happier, but contributor Faith Salie remains an optimist.


NATURE:
Frozen Falls (Extended Video)
We leave you this midwinter Sunday at Taughannock Falls State Park in Ulysses, New York.


RECAP: January 18


COVER STORY:
How a monkey helped launch China's conservation movement | Watch Video
In 1993 an intrepid Chinese photographer took the first-ever photographs of a rare and exotic monkey high up in the mountains of the Yunnan province. The Snub-nosed Monkey caused a sensation, but its discovery also set off alarm bells.

As a result of China's booming economy, the monkey's habitat was rapidly disappearing, and the animal was being threatened with extinction.

Seth Doane reports on how efforts to save the snub-nosed monkey sparked a fledgling environmental movement that may change the future of China.

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ALMANAC: The eye chart | Watch Video
January 18, 1908, is the anniversary of the death of Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen, who created the familiar test for visual acuity

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DANCE:
Sergei Filin's undimmed vision for the Bolshoi | Watch Video
For more than 200 years Russia's famed Bolshoi Ballet has been mesmerizing audiences around the world. But in January 2013 the company made headlines for some off-stage drama: Artistic director Sergei Filin was attacked with sulfuric acid, badly burning his face and causing him to go nearly blind.

The attack stunned the dance world, especially when it was discovered one of the Bolshoi's own dancers had organized the attack.

Two years later, Filin is still running the company, and our Tracy Smith talks with him about the attack, and the future of the historic Bolshoi Ballet.

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ODD JOBS: Vintage doll doctor on call (Video)
A New York carpenter's true labor of love is repairing vintage and antique dolls. Faith Salie visits the Taggerty Doll Clinic in Elmira, N.Y.

WEB EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Welcome to the doll hospital
Just how do a doll's eyes work? Faith Salie takes a peek inside the inner workings with Brian Taggerty - a true plastic surgeon!

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SUNDAY JOURNAL:
Bill Cosby and the accusers (Video)
Bill Cosby has been taking his humor on the road for decades now. But his current tour comes against a backdrop of charges of sexual assault. Carter Evans reports on the controversy.


HOBBIES:
The ageless allure of stamp collecting | Watch Video
The use of postage stamps dates back to the 1840 "Penny Black" in England, and since then the variety and collectability of stamps has skyrocketed. Though stamp collecting isn't as popular as it once was, some rare stamps are worth millions, and the stories behind rare specimens (such as the "Inverted Jenny") read like the stuff of mystery novels.

Rita Braver looks into the fascinating stories behind some of the world's rarest stamps, and the sometimes equally exotic group of people who collect them.

WEB EXTRA: Commentary: One stamp collector's priority
David Robinson, a life-long philatelist, would like to put his stamp on how the Postal Service promotes his hobby.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: From the archives: Release of the Elvis stamp
The most popular U.S. postage stamp ever was one honoring the singer Elvis Presley. In this "CBS Evening News" report originally aired on January 8, 1993, correspondent Reed Galin visits Graceland, in Memphis, Tenn., where fans of the King gathered to mark the stamp's release.

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HARTMAN: High school janitor goes above and beyond (Video)
When a dedicated employee earns praise for "A Job Well Done," it isn't always for the job he or she officially holds. Steve Hartman has a heartening example in a custodian at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas.


SUNDAY PROFILE:
Why Steve Harvey laughs in the face of adversity | Watch Video
Comedian Steve Harvey is a man of many talents -- an Emmy Award-winning talk show and radio show host, he's also a bestselling author and popular standup comic.

He earns millions of dollars a year now, but it wasn't that long ago when he was homeless and living out of his car.

Special correspondent James Brown talks with Harvey about his faith, his family, and his long and winding rise to the top of show business.

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CALENDAR:
Week of January 19 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.


FOODS:
Beef jerky: Not just a gas station staple | Watch Video
One of humankind's most primal foods, preserved meat, is shedding its junk food status and attracting gourmet taste buds. Barry Petersen reports.

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OPINION:
"Would you like a very, very, very long receipt?" | Watch Video
Contributor Nancy Giles comments on the prevalence of increasingly long cash register receipts.

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PASSAGE: Dorothy Thomas and Ervin Drake
"Sunday Morning" notes the passing of the bone marrow transplant pioneer and the composer of evocative standards.


NATURE:
Cardinals in the Colorado snow (Extended Video)
We leave you this morning in the cedars east of Norman, Oklahoma, where cardinals seek shelter from the snow.


RECAP: January 11


COVER STORY: Gov. Jerry Brown: Pulling California back from the brink | Watch Video
Six years ago the sun seemed to be setting on the "California Dream." Home prices in that state were plummeting, unemployment was soaring, and the government was deeply in debt.

But in 2010 the voters re-elected a man many thought had been relegated to history - former Governor Jerry Brown. Many now credit his policies for bringing California back from the brink, and last November he was elected yet again for an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

John Blackstone sits down with Brown for some questions and answers about his colorful past - and his remarkable comeback.

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ALMANAC:
The Hammond organ
On January 11, 1895, the inventor of the musical instrument - who reportedly couldn't play a note of music himself - was born.

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ART:
Carving into color: Matisse's stunning cut-outs | Watch Video
To this day Henri Matisse is a giant in the art world. A draughtsman, painter and sculptor, Matisse experimented during his long career with many styles and mediums, and was known for his expressive use of color and bold lines.

But at the very end of his life, after being debilitated by illness, Matisse put down his paintbrush and picked up a pair of scissors. His "cut-out" art opened up a new world for him, and changed the course of modern art.

Martha Teichner takes us on a tour of a groundbreaking new exhibit of Matisse's cut-outs at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

VIEW GALLERY: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

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COMEDY:
Visiting with improv greats The Groundings (Video)
Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Will Forte are just some of the A-list comedians and "Saturday Night Live" veterans who got their start in a tiny theater with a funny name in the heart of Hollywood, as part of the comedy troupe The Groundlings. In fact, many classic "SNL" characters were born on The Groundlings' stage.

Lee Cowan pays a visit to the historic theater, and talks with Ferrell, Stephanie Courtney ("Flo" from the Progressive Insurance commercials), and others about the place where they learned the fine art of making people laugh.

GALLERY: Notable alumni of the Groundlings improv troupe

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SUNDAY JOURNAL:
Aftermath of the Paris terror attacks (Video)
The people of France are rallying today in a show of unity after a violent week in Paris. The country is coming to grips with the worst terrorist attack on French soil in 50 years. Elizabeth Palmer reports.


HISTORY:
The Gilded Age's real-life "Dollar Princesses" | Watch Video
As in "Downton Abbey," American heiresses snubbed by old-money society sought status by marrying into impoverished British royalty. Jan Crawford looks at the history of "Dollar Princess" - American women whose fortunes found new homes in England.

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PASSAGE:
Bess Myerson, Rod Taylor and Andrae Crouch
"Sunday Morning" looks back at the lives of three people who were much in the public eye.


SUNDAY PROFILE:
Welcome to Dean Kamen's cool world | Watch Video
It's been almost 15 years since the Segway, the revolutionary two-wheeled scooter so popular among tourists and mall security guards, made a big splash for visionary inventor Dean Kamen. He has barely taken a day off since, working on a number of out-of-the-box inventions that may affect the lives of billions of people around the world.

Erin Moriarty of "48 Hours" catches up with Kamen to get a glimpse of his latest, and perhaps greatest, breakthrough.

WEB EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Dean Kamen's first invention
Erin Moriarty of "48 Hours" talks with inventor Dean Kamen about his childhood "bed-maker."

VIEW GALLERY: Famous people riding Segways

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COMMENTARY:
Mad Magazine editor on the hazards of satire | Watch Video
The mass shooting at a satirical magazine strike very close to home for the Editor-in-Chief of Mad Magazine, John Ficarra.

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CALENDAR: Week of January 12 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.


MOVIES:
David Edelstein on "Selma" | Watch Video
Our film critic examines the historical accuracy, or inaccuracy, of director Ava DuVernay's dramatization of the struggle between civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson.

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NATURE:
Manatees in Blue Spring State Park (Extended Video)
We leave you this morning swimming with the manatees at Blue Spring State Park near Orange City, Florida.

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RECAP: January 4


COVER STORY: 2015, a look ahead
As the New Year gets under way, we've asked our CBS News correspondents around the world to look ahead to events likely to shape history in 2015.

We begin with Wyatt Andrews in Washington, on the progress that Republicans will have to show now that they are in charge of a very unpopular Congress. (Watch Video)

Elizabeth Palmer reports on the high price paid for Russian President Vladimir Putin's foray into Crimea. (Watch Video)

Lucy Craft reports on the frosty relations between two regional super-powers: China and Japan. (Watch Video)

Debora Patta reports on the challenges facing Africa. (Watch Video)


ALMANAC: The world's tallest building
On January 4, 2010, the 2,716.5-foot-tall Burj Khalifa opened for business in Dubai.


BOOKS: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" author's better dream
Rita Braver talks to the author of the best-selling book in the nation - "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul." And it turns out, Jeff Kinney's success story is a tale worthy of its own work of fiction.

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THEATRE: "Pippin" goes on the road | Watch Video
David Pogue goes behind the scenes to witness the rehearsals, refinements, and recasting that are the price of admission when a touring production of one of Broadway's most beloved shows heads out to dozens of cities from coast to coast.

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PASSAGE: Three shining talents | Watch Video
This past week saw the loss of three Americans who made their marks in TV, music and politics: Actress Donna Douglas, singer "Little Jimmy" Dickens, and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.


MO ROCCA:
Teddy Roosevelt's retreat | Watch Video
For future president Theodore Roosevelt, the year 1884 was a very bad year indeed; he lost both his mother and his wife in just a matter of hours.

To soothe his soul, he headed to North Dakota, which is where Mo Rocca takes us on a visit to what was once the site of Roosevelt's fabled Elkhorn Ranch.

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HARTMAN:
Minnesota basketball team loses a losing record (Video)
Steve Hartman has the story of the Lady Knights, a girls' basketball team from Climax-Fisher High School in western Minnesota, whose claim to fame -- its losing record -- is now a thing of the past.


SUNDAY PROFILE: Jennifer Aniston cuts through all the paparazzi noise | Watch Video
In her new film, "Cake," the "Friends" star plays a character who's gritty and sad and funny -- like herself.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Jennifer Aniston on movie and TV fame
The Emmy-winning actress has enjoyed a long a movie career since the end of her long-running series, "Friends." Jennifer Aniston tells correspondent Lee Cowan that the fame that comes from playing a familiar TV character is very different from playing movie roles.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Jennifer Aniston on her "Cake" role
The actress talks to correspondent Lee Cowan about her latest film, in which she plays a woman suffering from chronic pain.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Jennifer Aniston on the paparazzi
The "Friends" star has been a familiar subject for the paparazzi, tabloids and gossip pages. She talks to correspondent Lee Cowan about dealing with the scrutiny (and frequent fiction writing) of the press.

GALLERY: Jennifer Aniston

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COMMENTARY: CrossFit to be tied | Watch Video
Our contributor Luke Burbank says the hardcore workout regimen's ethos that pain is just "weakness leaving the body" ignores the fact that, yes, it is painful!

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CALENDAR: Week of January 5 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.


POEM: Charles Osgood offers an ode to the season (Video)

NATURE: Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia (Watch Extended Video)
This week's moment in nature leaves us in Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia, in southern Chile, where it's the early days of summer.


RECAP: December 28


HEADLINES:
Air Asia jetliner goes missing off Indonesia (Video)
Air Asia Flight 8501 disappeared from air traffic control screens shortly after departing Surabaya, Indonesia on Sunday morning, bound for Singapore. Correspondent Debora Patta breaks down what we know so far about the missing plane and the 162 people on board.


COVER STORY:
There's no excuse for a poor excuse | Watch Video
According to a recent CBS News poll, 85 percent of us think Americans use too many excuses. Should we stop trying to explain our mistakes?

Is honesty the best policy? Or do excuses actually work?

Susan Spencer finds out if there is a foolproof formula for making them effective.

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LOOK BACK: A look back: The top stories of 2014 | Watch Video
As we come to the end of 2014, Charles Osgood reviews some of the stories we'll remember.


OUR MAN IN PARIS: Inside Patrick Roger's chocolate workshop (Video)
Just outside Paris, Patrick Roger has been making 10 million pieces of chocolate for 20 years - not all of which are meant to be eaten. The chocolate artisan is recognized by the French government as one of the finest craftsman in his trade. David Turecamo reports.

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LOOK BACK: 2014's top music, books and movies (Video)
From Pharrell Williams' "Happy" to "Guardians of the Galaxy," these are the top music, movies, books, and online content of 2014.

FOR THE RECORD: The remarkable comeback of Foreigner's Mick Jones | Watch Video
Anthony Mason catches up with Mick Jones, founder of one of rock's most successful bands, Foreigner.

    Click here to listen to Mick Jones' intro to a live version of "Hot Blooded," from "The Best of Foreigner 4 & More" (Sony).

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    OPINION:
    Faith Salie shares her pet peeve on oversharing | Watch Video
    Contributor Faith Salie comments on the Word of the Year, "Overshare."

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    OBITUARIES:
    Hail and farewell to those we lost in 2014 | Watch Video
    Robin Williams . . . Philip Seymour Hoffman . . . Joan Rivers . . . Just some of the people who left us in the year gone by.

    As is our annual custom, this "Sunday Morning" - the last Sunday of 2014 - Charles Osgood says "Hail and Farewell" to some of the most curious and colorful characters who are gone, but certainly not forgotten.

    "Sunday Morning" would like to thank:

    • The family of Ralph Baer, for going the extra mile to bring Ralph Baer's inventions to our studio.
    • The family of Martin Litton, for their photographs.
    • Footage of Martin Litton shooting the Colorado Rapids came from Mark Fraser and James Fox's excellent documentary, "The Good Fight: The Martin Litton Story."
    • The Hagley Museum and Library, in Wilmington, Del., curators of the Stephanie Kwolek Collection, for their generosity and care; and to curator Debra Hughes, for going the extra mile to bring Kevlar to New York City.
    • The Strong Museum (also known as the National Museum of Play) in Rochester, N.Y., for their help in honoring Ralph Baer.
    • Jeff Dymowski and Creative Photographers, Inc. (Cpi Syndication) provided Phil Stern's memorable images.
    • The Thronateeska Heritage Center, in Albany, Ga., for Alice Coachman newspaper clips.
    • Footage of Boston Mayo Thomas Menino provided by David Burt and City Of Boston Cable.
    • Photos of Al Feldstein provided by DC Comics.
    • Thanks to Stourwater Pictures
    • And we would be remiss if we didn't thank Bill deCicco and Retro Video of Glendale, Calif., for their help and generosity every year in honoring the great musicians who died.



    SUNDAY PROFILE:
    Lucky Tony Danza | Watch Video
    Tony Danza became a TV sensation with two back-to-back sitcoms in the 1970s and '80s: "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?" Now, he's taking a turn singing and dancing on Broadway, in the new musical, "Honeymoon in Vegas."

    Gayle King chats with Danza about growing up in Brooklyn, his days as a boxer, and life as a single guy in New York.

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    MOVIES: How will the flap over "The Interview" play out? | Watch Video
    Ben Tracy will be talking about the most talked-about movie of the month, the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, "The Interview," now playing at a number of movie theaters around the country, as well as online.

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    NATURE: The Mississippi River (Extended Video)
    This week's moment of nature takes you to the Mississippi - Old Man River - which just keeps rolling along.

    WEB EXTRA GALLERY: Florence Lawrence, the first movie star
    One of the bright lights of the early silent era, who died on Dec. 28, 1938, was the first actress promoted by name.


    RECAP: December 21


    HEADLINES:
    NYC mourns two police officers shot to death (Video)
    New York City is mourning the shooting deaths of two police officers killed in their patrol car in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon, by a gunman who later took his own life. The suspect may have targeted them as retribution for the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and for the Michael Brown police shooting case in Missouri. Mark Albert reports.


    WEB EXTRA: The story of modern Cuba (Video)
    At a dawn of a new era in U.S.-Cuba relations, discover the history of the island nation, from Cuban independence from Spain, to Fidel Castro's reign, to President Obama's recent diplomatic restoration. Adriana Diaz reports.


    COVER STORY:
    Christmas carolers share the holiday spirit
    'Tis the season for Christmas caroling! The tradition of a strolling band of singers going door-to-door dates back thousands of years. In these busy -- some might say more isolated -- times, the sight of neighbors walking the streets and singing for the sheer joy of the season has grown less common.

    But as Lee Cowan reports in our Cover Story, there are still places in America where the art of Christmas caroling is alive and well, for professionals and amateurs alike.

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    ALMANAC:
    When Nixon met Elvis | Watch Video
    On December 21, 1970, the president welcomed Elvis Presley to the Oval Office.

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    'TIS THE SEASON:
    Are your spinning skills good enough to play major league dreidel? (Video)
    Serena Altschul looks into a very nontraditional take on a Hanukkah tradition.

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    SUNDAY PROFILE:
    Bobby Flay's recipe for success | Watch Video
    We are without question living in the age of the celebrity chef, and few chefs have achieved the status and clout of Bobby Flay.

    His new restaurant, Gato, in New York City, is white-hot, with reservations (there and at his other establishments across the country) hard to come by. With his own TV show, books and cooking products, he is at the forefront of America's growing love affair with food.

    From shrimp to burgers to pizza, Flay loves to cook, as he shows our Tracy Smith.

    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Bobby Flay's "Sunday Morning" brunch
    The chef concocts a delightful menu featuring Frittata with Peppers and Onions, Orange Ricotta Pancakes, and Blood Orange Campari Mimosas

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    SWEETS:
    The history of candy canes | Watch Video
    How did the Christmas treat with the signature hook get its start?

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    HISTORY:
    The World War I Christmas truce | Watch Video
    The story of a Yuletide football match between British and German troops on the frontlines of battle is so good, it's still being told, embellished and re-lived 100 years later. Mark Phillips reports.

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    HARTMAN:
    What makes a 220-mile commute worth it? (Video)
    Ask Thurmond Alford about the sacrifice he made to stay near his loved ones. Alford travels seven hours each day for his dream job in Washington, D.C. Steve Hartman reports.


    SUNDAY PROFILE:
    A new chapter for Sienna Miller | Watch Video
    It comes as no surprise that Sienna Miller's stunning good looks led to early success as a model. But with her role as Alfred Hitchcock's obsession, Tippi Hedren, in "The Girl," and performances in "Layer Cake" and other films, she quickly proved her intelligence and versatility as an actress as well.

    Now with two new breakout roles in the acclaimed dramas "Foxcatcher" and "American Sniper" (opposite Bradley Cooper), 2014 may be the year that the world takes notice of Sienna Miller. Our Anthony Mason profiles a true rising star.

    GALLERY: Sienna Miller

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    BILL GEIST:
    Meet the "Gone With the Wind" superfans | Watch Video
    For "Windies," their love for the classic film -- now celebrating its 75th anniversary -- goes beyond mere obsession.

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    CALENDAR:
    Week of December 22 | Watch Video
    "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.


    IN MEMORIAM:
    Remembering CBS News colleagues Emerson Stone and Richard Hottelet (Video)
    Charles Osgood tells us about the legacies that two CBS News colleagues have left behind. Emerson Stone spent 35 years as a writer, producer, executive and vice president in charge of news practices. Richard Hottelet was one of the "Murrow boys," setting the standard for radio reporting during World War II.


    OPINION:
    David Edelstein on hackers' chilling effect on movies | Watch Video
    Says Sony's decision to withhold "The Interview" only bolsters Hollywood's desire for dull, apolitical and safe films.


    OPINION:
    Ben Stein: Sony was prudent to scrap "The Interview" | Watch Video
    Says America should stop being humiliated, start getting serious about cybersecurity and hacking threats from N. Korea, China, Russia and others.


    MUSIC: Charles Osgood sings "White Christmas" (Video)
    Watch the host of "Sunday Morning" perform "White Christmas," Irving Berlin's great Christmas song written for the movie "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby.

    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Charles Osgood on the story of "White Christmas"


    NATURE:
    Nature: Montana's Glacier National Park (Extended Video)
    This week's moment in nature leaves us in Montana's Glacier National Park. Let it snow ... let it snow . . . let it snow.


    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Bill Flanagan on "A Change Is Gonna Come"
    Fifty years ago this week, Sam Cooke's song was posthumously released; it became an anthem for the civil rights movement.


    RECAP: December 14


    COVER STORY: The competitive world of eSports | Watch Video
    Video games are fast becoming the biggest thing in the entertainment world. With $68 billion in revenue, it's a bigger moneymaker than the music industry. And gamers are passionate: These days entire stadiums fill up with people who pay not to play, but to WATCH OTHER PEOPLE play video games. Why?

    Correspondent John Blackstone looks into the worldwide explosion of "eSports" and the athletes who play them.

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    ALMANAC:
    Nostradamus | Watch Video
    Born on December 14, 1503, the renowned author of prophecies could never have foreseen his long-lasting impact.


    FASHION:
    The history of Hermes (Video)
    'Tis the season for, among other things, shopping! Clothing is, of course, a go-to item during the holiday season, and when it comes to fashion one of the most iconic and historic names is Hermes.

    Rita Braver travels to the epicenter of the fashion world, Paris, for a behind-the-scenes look at the 180-year history of Hermes.

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    DANCE: Misty Copeland: Still proving herself | Watch Video
    Anthony Mason visits with Misty Copeland, the breakthrough star of the American Ballet Theatre and currently in "The Nutcracker," who says change is coming slowly to the world of classical dance.

    EXCERPT: Misty Copeland's "Firebird"
    The ABT ballerina's first children's book shows how to reach soaring heights through hard work and dedication.

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    PASSAGE:
    National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day | Watch Video
    What began as an embarrassment or joke is now a national institution.

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    HISTORY:
    Preserving our nation's film heritage | Watch Video
    In 1891 Thomas Edison, one of the pioneers of the motion picture camera, filmed a short sequence now known as the "Newark Athlete." That strip of celluloid is the oldest of the more than 1.5 million movies and TV shows stored in vast vaults cared for by the Library of Congress.

    From silent films and Hollywood classics through the Golden Age of television, the curators painstakingly maintain the archive as a time capsule of America as told through moving images.

    Martha Teichner goes underground for a look at what is nothing less than a national treasure.

    POLL: What favorite will be added to National Film Registry?

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    HARTMAN:
    Secret Santa saves Christmas (Video)
    On behalf of a wealthy donor, police officers in Kansas City, Missouri, gave away money to unsuspecting drivers. Steve Hartman reports.


    ART:
    "Big Eyes" and the eye-opening story of Margaret Keane | Watch Video
    Back in the 1960s, the images and paintings of Walter Keane, instantly recognizable by their subjects' large, haunting, eyes, were everywhere - on postcards, china plates, you name it. These "big eyes" images became known the world over, and Keane became a household name.

    But as it turned out, Keane was a fraud, taking all the credit for work that was actually done by his wife.

    Our Lee Cowan talks with Margaret Keane, the real artist behind the paintings, and with actress Amy Adams, who plays her in the new Tim Burton movie, "Big Eyes."

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    'TIS THE SEASON: Holiday gift ideas from Techno Claus 2014 | Watch Video
    David Pogue of Yahoo News offers his tech-gift suggestions for the ho-ho-holidays.


    CALENDAR:
    Week of December 15 | Watch Video
    "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.


    'TIS THE SEASON:
    LEDs take skyscraper seasonal lighting to new heights (Video)
    Christmas lights may be inspired by the original Star of Bethlehem, but LED technology is pushing the bounds of skyscraper lighting to new heights, both for the holidays and year-round. Charles Osgood reports.

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    NATURE:
    Tundra swans at Conesus Lake (Extended Video)
    This week's moment in nature leaves us in the noisy company of tundra swans at Conesus Lake in upstate New York.


    RECAP: December 7


    HEADLINES: Inside the unsuccessful rescue mission of Luke Somers (Video)
    Two hostages held by al Qaeda militants have died after an unsuccessful American rescue mission in Yemen. David Martin reports.


    COVER STORY:
    Sandy Hook survivors: "We're at a tipping point" on gun laws | Watch Video
    It has been two years since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., took the lives of 20 children and six educators on December 14, 2012. As the community struggles to heal, a group of teachers has gotten together to try to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again.

    One of the ways, they feel, is to change the gun laws that allowed a troubled teen to get his hands on such a deadly weapon in the first place.

    In our Cover Story, Jane Pauley sits down with some of the heroic teachers who were able to save their students on that awful day, and who are now banding together to try to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

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    ALMANAC:
    Pearl Harbor | Watch Video
    On Dec, 7, 1941, naval and air forces of Japan attacked the U.S. Naval Base in Hawaii, bringing the nation into World War II.

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    FASHION:
    Verdura, jeweler to the stars (Video)
    What do Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, and fashion pioneer Coco Chanel have in common? They are all devotees of jewelry by Verdura. For 75 years the company founded by Italian Duke Fulco di Verdura has been producing stunning pieces that are stunning works of art as well as accessories.

    "CBS This Morning" anchor Norah O'Donnell takes us behind the scenes at Verdura for a close-up look at the unique gems, bracelets and necklaces that have continually captivated the fashion world.

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    SUNDAY PROFILE:
    The "gob-smacked" James Corden | Watch Video
    Mark Phillips introduces us to the actor and comedian who's the newest name in late-night TV.

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    PASSAGE:
    "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
    The longest-running Christmas TV special of all is marking its 50th year on air.

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    MOVIES:
    Cecil B. DeMille, showman of the movies | Watch Video
    When it comes to the Golden Age of Hollywood, fewer figures cast a longer shadow than Cecil B. DeMille. His name was synonymous with big-budget, over-the-top blockbusters with sweeping panoramas and "casts of thousands." From "Cleopatra" to "The Greatest Show on Earth" to "The Ten Commandments," DeMille set the gold standard for cinematic spectaculars.

    Rita Braver sits down with the famed director's granddaughter, Cecilia DeMille Presley, for a look back at his life and legacy.

    GALLERY: The spectacles of Cecil B. DeMille
    The consummate showman was behind such Hollywood epics as "The Ten Commandments" and "The Greatest Show on Earth."

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    HARTMAN:
    Fighting for the Christmas spirit (Video)
    Steve Hartman went on the road to Reading, Pa., to see what might be the saddest Christmas tree of all time, and to meet the man who saved it.


    SUNDAY PROFILE:
    Yusuf / Cat Stevens boards the "Peace Train" once again | Watch Video
    Back in the 1970s Cat Stevens was one of the biggest names in music. His hit songs, from "Peace Train" to "Wild World" and "Morning Has Broken," sold millions, and his tours were sell-out affairs around the world.

    Then, at the height of his fame, Stevens simply walked away from it all, becoming a Muslim and changing his name to Yusuf Islam.

    Now he's come full-circle, and for the first time since 1976 is embarking on a U.S. tour. Anthony Mason catches up with Yusuf, the man once known as Cat Stevens, to talk about his fame, his decision to leave music, and what brought him back.

    GALLERY: The musical journey of Yusuf / Cat Stevens
    The singer-songwriter evolved from a teenage pop star and international folk rock artist to a Muslim writing in Middle Eastern styles.

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    HOLIDAYS: The history of the Christmas wreath (Video)
    The evergreen wreath has been a symbol of Christmas for centuries, but its origin remains uncertain. Now wreaths are available in just about any material imaginable. Charles Osgood reports.


    CALENDAR:
    Week of December 8 | Watch Video
    "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.


    OPINION:
    David Edelstein on the horror film you must see | Watch Video
    Our critic says "The Babadook," Jennifer Kent's seriously scary film from Australia, about a terror from deep, deep, deep inside.

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    NATURE:
    Hot springs of Yellowstone (Extended Video)
    This week's moment in nature takes us to Yellowstone National Park to see the billowing steam at Mammoth Hot Springs.

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