This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 19)

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Last Updated Aug 16, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

"MIND MATTERS": Jane Pauley hosts a special broadcast devoted to the mysteries of the brain. (Originally broadcast March 18, 2018.)

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HEADLINES:
Aretha Franklin's passing

IN MEMORIAM: Aretha Franklin: An appreciation by Bill Flanagan | Watch Video
The greatest popular singer of the rock era, who died Thursday at age 76, sang songs of both faith and passion, and was a living manifestation of pride.  

        
COVER STORY: 
What defines a genius?Watch Video
"Genius" is a word that gets tossed around a lot these days. Author Walter Isaacson, who has written bestselling biographies of Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, says smart people are a dime a dozen, but being a genius means you must be creative, imaginative, and possess uncontainable curiosity. Mo Rocca reports.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Is curiosity a mark of true genius?
Mo Rocca talks with bestselling author Walter Isaacson, whose biographies of such figures as Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs have given him particular insight into what makes a genius.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Vint Cerf on the prospect of a "digital dark age"
Engineer Vint Cerf, who helped pioneer the internet, talks with Mo Rocca about the frailty and impermanence of digitally-stored information and how, in coming decades, the pictures and other digital content that has been preserved on floppy disks, CD-ROMs, and other media will be unusable.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Jennifer Doudna on the curiosity of a child
Biochemist Jennifer Doudna talks with Mo Rocca about how her childhood curiosity was nourished, by books and by the natural world around her growing up in Hawaii, and how it inspired her career choice.

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GENIUS
: Remembering the genius of Stephen Hawking | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" looks back at the life of the acclaimed theoretical physicist and author of "A Brief History of Time." 

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ART: Brush with madness | Watch Video
Vincent Van Gogh is just one of scores of artists, writers, musicians and other creative people who are known or believed to have suffered from mental illness. What goes on in the brain that might create a relationship between mania and creativity? Rita Braver reports.

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TRIPTYCH: Savants
In a series of three vignettes, Susan Spencer introduces us to three remarkable people.

SAVANTS TRIPTYCH #1: An acquired artistry | Watch Video
A childhood injury left Alonzo Clemons with severe brain damage. He can't read or write or do math. And yet, as naturally as the rest of us breathe, Clemons can sculpt, all with his bare hands.

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PHENOMENA: Psychic spies - inside the government's secret ESP program | Watch Video
Is extra-sensory perception real? Can our minds see thing beyond the physical? Erin Moriarty reports.

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THE BRAIN: 
The connection between busy hands and brain chemistry | Watch Video
Researchers think activities that occupy our hands -- folding laundry, yardwork -- are actually making our brains happier. Tony Dokoupil tests out the theory.

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SAVANTS TRIPTYCH #2: 
A talent for calendars | Watch Video
Artist George Widener is a calendar savant. Give him a year and a date, and he'll produce the day of the week with astonishing accuracy. Susan Spencer reports.

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ANIMALS: 
Are we smart enough to measure animal intelligence?Watch Video
What goes on in an animal's mind? A neuroscientist at Emory University believed he might find out by placing animals in an MRI scanner, and analyzing how their brains respond to different stimulations. Martha Teichner checked out his findings, and the research of other scientists studying the complexities of animal brains.

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HEALTH: Glenn Close's personal battle to destigmatize mental illness | Watch Video
Glenn Close's character in "Fatal Attraction" is one of her most memorable roles – and is considered one of the great villains of the 20th century. But she told Tracy Smith she might play the character differently today, knowing what she knows now about mental illness. 

That's because today, Close knows something she didn't back then -- that mental illness runs in her own family.  Her nephew, Calen has schizophrenia; and Glenn's sister Jessie, after a lifetime of struggles, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. 

Glenn and Jessie have since started a foundation. Bring Change to Mind creates multimedia campaigns and holds events to encourage communication around mental health, and to de-stigmatize mental illness. 

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DRUGS:
 Can LSD help solve mental health issues? | Watch Video
Faith Salie reports on how LSD and "magic mushrooms" are being studied for their ability to help some patients conquer anxiety and depression without the psychedelia long associated with mind-altering drugs.

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SAVANTS TRIPTYCH #3: 
A sudden talent for paintingWatch Video
For the last six years Ione Kuhner has gradually lost her grasp on much of daily life due to early-onset Alzheimer's. But amazingly she's also started painting … something the former dental assistant had never thought about doing before her illness. Susan Spencer reports. 

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COMMENTARY: 
Adam Grant: Mind your meditation! | Watch Video
The psychologist and New York Times bestselling author says people who criticize others for not meditating should, like, chill. 

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NATURE:
 Bears in Alaska (Video)
We leave you this Sunday Morning in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve, where bears are thinking about landing the catch of the day. Videographer: Mark Emery.

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CALENDAR:
Week of August 20 (Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports. 


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