"Sunday's Best: Celebrating 40 Years of CBS Sunday Morning"


Jane Pauley, the host of "Sunday's Best: Celebrating 40 Years of CBS Sunday Morning." 

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Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

Airs Friday, September 14, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT on CBS. 

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OPENER: Mo Rocca goes behind the scenes at "Sunday Morning" (Video)
What's it like in the hallways of CBS? "Sunday Morning"'s own Mo Rocca gives us a backstage tour, with stops along the way with our friends from "Blue Bloods" and "Murphy Brown." Also: Our musical show opening performed by Juilliard students Jonah Moss, Anthony Hervey, Noah Halpern and Giveton Gelin, led by Wynton Marsalis.

HISTORY: 40 years of "Sunday Morning" (Video)
Jane Pauley looks back at the very beginning of "Sunday Morning," and how it has stayed true to Charles Kuralt's vision – traveling the back roads, taking our audience places and showing them things they wouldn't see anywhere else on television, to make sure "gentler subjects" get their due. 

Louise Brown was the first person born through the use of in vitro fertilization. CBS News

INNOVATION: Test tube baby Louise Brown and the birth of IVF | Watch Video
Forty years ago the arrival of Louise Brown proved the success of in vitro fertilization, giving hope to millions of parents trying to have a child. Tracy Smith sits down with Brown, and with a couple who gave birth (with an assist from IVF) to a baby boy almost 40 years to the day after Brown's birth. 

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Louise Brown on growing up the first test tube baby
In 1979, Louise Brown was the first child born through the use of in vitro fertilization, or IVF. In this web exclusive she talks with correspondent Tracy Smith about what it was like growing up as the world's first "test tube baby." In a word, "weird."

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Hank Greely on "The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction"
Correspondent Tracy Smith talks with professor Hank Greely, director of Stanford University's Center for Law and the Biosciences and author of "The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction," about his theory that technology which could theoretically create eggs and sperm from skin cells will change the way most couples procreate.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: What CRISPR may mean for human reproduction
Correspondent Tracy Smith talks with Marcy Darnovsky, head of the Center for Genetics and Society, about her fears involving the revolutionary gene editing tool known as CRISPR.

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The musicians (Video)
We take a moment to re-visit some of the countless musical stars that "Sunday Morning" has profiled over the years. 

Recording Rita Braver's interview with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. CBS News

HARMONY: All of Chrissy Teigen | Watch Video
Rita Braver talks with the supermodel who discusses life with her husband, award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend, and her relationship with her millions of social media fans.

RECIPE: Chrissy Teigen's Thai Soy-Garlic Fried Ribs
Hot, juicy ribs with a Thai twist, from the supermodel's new cookbook, "Cravings: Hungry for More."

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Robin Williams' Mork costume, at the museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. CBS News

FLASHBACK: Museum of Pop Culture (Video)
Martha Teichner visits the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle to see what fascinated audiences 40 years ago, and explores how things have changed since "Sunday Morning" first went on the air in 1979, to our technologically-transformed pop culture universe today.

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Jane Pauley with designer Ralph Lauren on his Colorado ranch.  CBS News

FASHION: Ralph Lauren: "I feel cooler now than ever" | Watch Video
Jane Pauley has a rare interview with 78-year-old fashion legend Ralph Lauren, who gives her a tour of his 20,000-acre Colorado ranch, and talks about the purpose of fashion and his own longevity.

PREVIEW: Ralph Lauren: "You don't have to wear a label to be important"

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Good neighbors | Watch Video
Charles Kuralt, "Sunday Morning"'s founding anchor, traveled America for years in his "On The Road" RV, reporting the stories everyone else missed. These days he has a worthy successor, our Steve Hartman, who tells us about an unusual ritual in one Utah community that has bound residents together, to come to the aid every evening of a neighbor with MS.

That's entertainment (Video)
"Sunday Morning" looks back at some of the stars of stage and screen that have been on our program.

Actor, director and Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford. CBS News

MOVIES: The not-quite retiring Robert Redford | Watch Video
"You know, I can't do this forever," said Robert Redford. At 82 he's starring in a new film, "The Old Man & the Gun." It's based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, a lifelong outlaw who escaped from nearly every prison he was confined to, continuing to rob banks well into his late 70s. Lee Cowan catches up with the Oscar-winning actor-director, who talks about his decision to retire from acting – but hardly retiring from life.

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A poem by Ted Koppel | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" is treated to an ode by our Special Contributor. 

Sunset at Caddo Lake, Texas (Video)
We leave you this evening with a look at the setting sun over Caddo Lake in Texas. Videographer: Scot Miller.

The Emmy Award-winning "CBS Sunday Morning" is broadcast on CBS Sundays beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET. Executive producer is Rand Morrison. Follow the program on Twitter (@CBSSunday), Facebook, Instagram (#CBSSundayMorning) and at cbssundaymorning.com

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