This week on "Sunday Morning" (April 7)

Last Updated Apr 7, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

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COVER STORY: The Profile in Courage Award | Watch Video
The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award is presented annually to elected public officials who have made courageous decisions despite political and personal risks. This week on "Sunday Morning," Martha Teichner offers a 30-year-retrospective of the award, speaking to Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, and to past recipients of the award, and reveals this year's winner: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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ALMANAC:
Walter Winchell (Video)
On April 7, 1897, tabloid columnist-turned-broadcaster Walter Winchell was born in New York City. Jane Pauley reports.    
     

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"Untitled (Blue Man on Red Object)" by Bill Traylor, c. 1939-1942. Poster paint and pencil on cardboard. High Museum of Art, Atlanta. © 1994 Bill Traylor Family Trust; photo Mike Jensen

ART: Bill Traylor: The imaginative art of a freed slave | Watch Video
Born into slavery around 1853 in rural Alabama, Bill Traylor worked as a sharecropper for nearly five decades after the Civil War and Emancipation. But in his 80s, without work and homeless in Montgomery, he took a new path, as an artist. Painting on scraps of paper or cardboard, Traylor's folk art told the story of African Americans in the Jim Crow era. Chip Reid reports on an exhibition of Traylor's work, and life, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

GALLERY: The folk art of Bill Traylor

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Academy Award-winner Sam Rockwell.  CBS News

MOVIES: Sam Rockwell dances into his latest role in "Fosse/Verdon" | Watch Video
Tony Dokoupil profiles the Oscar-winning star of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Vice," who now plays director-choreographer Bob Fosse in the TV series "Fosse/Verdon."

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PASSAGE:
The creator of paint-by-numbers sets (Video)
"Sunday Morning" remembers artist Dan Robbins, who in the 1950s created one of America's most popular fads: paint-by-number sets, allowing hobbyists to paint their own masterpieces for display. Jane Pauley reports. 

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Art by the numbers (Video)
Critics sniffed, but paint by numbers was a popular fad in the 1950s. To mark the hobby's 50th anniversary, the works of amateur, number-aided artists were honored with an exhibition - the most comprehensive ever - at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Bill Geist meets the inventor of paint-by-numbers, Dan Robbins, and curator William "Larry" Bird, as well as aficionado Trey Speegle, who shows off his personal collection of hundreds of paint-by-numbers canvases. Originally broadcast on April 27, 2001.
       

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has created a new website for disseminating accurate government data, USAFacts.org.  CBS News

BUSINESS: Holding court with Steve Ballmer | Watch Video
In 2014 Steve Ballmer, who ranks as one of the wealthiest people in the world, bought the Los Angeles Clippers, and is today their most enthusiastic fan. It's just one of the areas the former Microsoft CEO is devoting his micro-managed time, another being the creation of USA Facts, a free, non-partisan website that provides one-stop access to all government data. Rita Braver reports.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Steve Ballmer on the fairness of taxes

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HARTMAN:
 Follow the crowd (Video)
Thirteen-year-old Gavin Mabes, of South Brunswick, New Jersey, was with some middle school friends at a skatepark when they encountered Carter Bruynell, who was here with his mother celebrating his fifth birthday. Big groups of older kids might spell trouble for Bruynell, who is on the autism spectrum, but what Mabes and his friends did initiated a most unexpected friendship. Steve Hartman reports. 

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Actress Emilia Clarke, of the HBO series "Game of Thrones." CBS News

TELEVISION: Emilia Clarke on "Game of Thrones" and her near-death experience | Watch Video
As Danerys Taergaryn on "Game of Thrones," Emilia Clarke plays a character who can walk through fire. And the actress has found that, in some ways, she can, too. She tells correspondent Tracy Smith that portraying a strong woman on TV helped her to be one in life, when she suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, twice, and nearly died. Having completed ten years on the hit HBO series, Clarke has started a charity, SameYou, for brain injury survivors.

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HISTORY:
Reconstruction, one of the most misunderstood chapters in American history | Watch Video
In the years following the Civil War known as Reconstruction, newly-freed African American men could finally vote, and would be elected to represent Southerners in Congress. But it was a period that would be transformed into an era of segregation and Jim Crow laws, and be taught to succeeding generations as a failed political experiment. Yet, Reconstruction is now being given its due in school curriculums, and in a new PBS documentary by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates. Mo Rocca talks with Gates, as well as with historian Eric Foner and author Lawrence Otis Graham, about some of the most noted African American figures in the post-Civil War era.

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OPINION:
 Charlotte Clymer: Being transgender shouldn't matter in the military | Watch Video
In commenting on the Trump administration's attempted ban on transgender people in the military, Army veteran and transgender woman Charlotte Clymer talks about carrying caskets of the fallen in Arlington National Cemetery, each draped with an American flag, and each anonymous as to the service member's race, religion, gender, political party or sexual orientation – only that they proudly served and gave their lives for their country.

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

       
NATURE:
Rain forest (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us this morning to the very damp Quinault Rain Forest in Olympic National Park in Washington State. Videographer: Nedra Gurry. 
      

WEB EXCLUSIVES: 

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A field of bluebonnets, the state flower of Texas, surrounded by Indian paintbrush at sunset. 

NATURE UP CLOSE: Super blooms
California isn't the only state where the desert can burst into color.


 

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