This week on "Sunday Morning" (April 4)

Last Updated Apr 4, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

Guest host: Tracy Smith 


COVER STORY: Agree to disagree: Achieving positive outcomes from conflict | Watch Video
Conflict seems to be a big part of life these days, but is conflict inevitable? And if so, is there a way to make it go well, and yield positive results? Correspondent Susan Spencer talks with Billy Moore, a survivor of street conflict on Chicago's South Side who has dedicated his life to ending deadly violence in his hometown; journalist Amanda Ripley, who writes on the value of "good" conflict; psychology professor Peter Coleman, who runs Columbia University's "Difficult Conversations Lab"; and Dr. Jay Buckey, an astronaut who talks about the importance of conflict resolution in outer space.  

READ AN EXCERPT: Amanda Ripley's "High Conflict," when life becomes "us vs. them"

READ AN EXCERPT: Peter T. Coleman's "The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization"

READ AN EXCERPT: "Until the Lion Speaks" by Billy Moore

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Fabergé eggs.  Fabergé Museum, St. Petersburg

ART: Fabergé eggs: Jewels of the Russian crown | Watch Video
In the era of the Russian tsars, Peter Carl Fabergé's jewel-studded objets d'art were a royal riff on a much humbler Easter tradition of ordinary folk giving each other colored hens' eggs. Today, Fabergé eggs are heralded as masterpieces, and star in an upcoming exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Elizabeth Palmer reports on the lore of Fabergé eggs, from opulent originals to sparkling counterfeits.

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Marty Baron, who is retiring as head of the Washington Post newsroom.  CBS News

JOURNALISM: Newspaper editor Marty Baron on our nation's "wake-up call" | Watch Video
The retiring leader of the Washington Post's newsroom talks with "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl about the changing world of newspapers, how Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Post reinvigorated the paper, and how events of the past several years have shined a light on the fragility of democratic institutions.

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The latest album from singer Carrie Underwood is a collection of gospel music, "My Savior."  CBS News

MUSIC: Carrie Underwood's gospel gifts | Watch Video
On Easter Sunday country star Carrie Underwood will be performing a virtual live concert of gospel music on the stage of Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Underwood talks with correspondent Michelle Miller about performing at the "Mother Church of Country Music," and about recording her first gospel album, "My Savior," on which she sings beloved Christian hymnal standards.

To listen to Carrie Underwood perform "Blessed Assurance" from "My Savior," click on the video player below:

Carrie Underwood - Blessed Assurance (Official Audio Video) by carrieunderwoodVEVO on YouTube

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  • "My Savior" by Carrie Underwood (Capitol Nashville)
  • "Carrie Underwood: My Savior, Live from the Ryman" will stream live on Underwood's Facebook page on Sunday, April 4 beginning at 11 a.m. CT. RSVP here. (Donations to benefit Save the Children.)
  • Carrie Underwood (official site)

PASSAGE: In memoriam (Video)
"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including G. Gordon Liddy, mastermind of the 1972 Watergate burglary.

This rabbit is about to get vaccinated against a virus that has been decimating the rabbit population. CBS News

MEDICINE: Vaccinating bunnies | Watch Video
While humans have been fighting COVID-19, bunnies have been battling their own virus – RHDV2. As this highly-contagious strain of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus spreads across the country, correspondent Conor Knighton reports on what's being done to protect rabbits at home and in the wild.

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HARTMAN: Keeping the faith, at a distance (Video)
One big challenge today, for people of many faiths, is how to hold religious observances while still remaining protected from COVID. Correspondent Steve Hartman checks in on how even pandemic-safe rituals have a devoted following. 

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BOOKS: Hunter Biden on "Beautiful Things" and his struggles with substance abuse | Watch Video
In his new memoir, "Beautiful Things," Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, opens up about his abuse of drugs and alcohol which, he tells "CBS Sunday Morning" correspondent Tracy Smith, was so severe he would smoke things that even remotely resembled crack cocaine. Biden talks about his struggle with personal demons; the loss of his brother, Beau; and becoming the center of an election-year firestorm launched by his father's political opponents. 

In addition to Tracy Smith's interview, Biden will be interviewed by Anthony Mason on "CBS This Morning" on Monday, April 5. 

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Mark Spyropoulos, director of Music and the Medici, leads a rehearsal of music from Italy's Renaissance that has gone unheard for more than 400 years.  CBS News

POSTCARD FROM ITALY: Music and the Medici | Watch Video
The Medici family funded numerous artists and architects during the Italian Renaissance – but less is known of their patronage of composers and musicians, and subsequently the music of that era is not as familiar. Researchers are now unearthing, deciphering and performing music that has not been heard in over four hundred years. Seth Doane reports.

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COMMENTARY: NIH director: The COVID vaccine is "an answer to prayer" | Watch Video
Dr. Francis Collins says we are at a "love your neighbor" moment, when Americans can get vaccinated to help protect the vulnerable from severe illness and death.

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NATURE: Birds in Montana (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us this Easter Sunday to northeastern Montana's Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, home to some 250 species of birds. Videographer: Derek Reich. 

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