This week on "Sunday Morning" (December 1)


Rendering of a GPS III satellite in orbit.

Lockheed Martin

Last Updated Dec 1, 2019 10:49 AM EST

Guest host: Lee Cowan


COVER STORY: Preparing the next generation of GPS | Watch Video

Originally developed by the U.S. military, the Global Positioning System (GPS) as we now know it became operational in 1995, and has since become vital to nearly every facet of modern life, from our smartphones to the internet and the electrical grid. David Pogue was invited into the Air Force's GPS Master Control Station at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo, and visits Lockheed Martin, where a new generation of GPS III satellites is being built. 

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The 1969 draft lottery | Watch Video
As the war in Vietnam raged on and anger about U.S. involvement burned in protests across the country, a lottery was held on December 1, 1969 in order to address perceived inequities in military conscription. Lee Cowan reports.

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  Alec's mission | Watch Video
You may know Shriners Hospitals for Children because of one very special patient: 17-year-old Alec Cabacungan, who was brought to Shriners because of a rare genetic disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (or brittle bone disease), and who for the past five years has helped spread their mission as the charitable organization's leading spokes-kid. Lee Cowan talked with Cabacungan, who describes his challenges and aspirations, and who makes it all look so easy, while none of it really is.

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The family that models together... :  Bart Baldwin, Jessica Baldwin and their children in a photo shoot for a resort advertisement.  CBS News

PHOTOGRAPHY: A model family | Watch Video
Bart Baldwin, his wife, Jessica, and their five kids are an uncommon sight in advertisements and fashion shoots: a family of models. Correspondent Serena Altschul visited with the "Baldwin Circus" at a resort near Lake Tahoe, where it was – as it always is – "Take Your Child to Work Day."

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William Ruckelshaus, John Simon and Donald "Nick" Clifford (Video)
"Sunday Morning" looks back at three notable figures who passed this week, including William Ruckelshaus (remembered from the Watergate era "Saturday Night Massacre"), acerbic theatre and film critic John Simon; and Donald "Nick" Clifford, believed to be the last surviving member of the team that carved Mount Rushmore. Lee Cowan reports.

Ruth Coker Burks with correspondent Seth Doane.  CBS News

COMMUNITY: The Cemetery Angel | Watch Video
When the AIDS crisis hit in the 1980s, Ruth Coker Burks – who'd inherited 262 plots in a family cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas – became a mother of sorts to countless sons, many abandoned by families and churches because they were suffering from what was called "the gay cancer." Coker Burks became a one-woman AIDS help center: driving patients to appointments, trying to find doctors, drugs, or filling-out death certificates. And in many cases she gave them a final resting place. Seth Doane reports on the woman who has been called "The Cemetery Angel," who gave – and received – so many precious gifts.

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  Faith Salie on the cheeky putdown "OK, Boomer" | Watch Video
For young people who have inherited a world full of rising waters, disappearing species, crippling debt and crumbling democracies, a cheeky retaliatory phrase is more than warranted

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Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce as the pontiffs Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis in "The Two Popes." Peter Mountain/Netflix

MOVIES: Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce on playing "The Two Popes" | Watch Video
In 2013 the unthinkable happened: a pope resigned, and another became head of the Vatican. For the first time in six centuries, the Catholic Church had two popes. The new film "The Two Popes" imagines what conversations between 85-year-old Pope Benedict (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins) and Pope Francis (played by Jonathan Pryce) would have sounded like – and since both pontiffs disagreed on most everything, not all of that conversation is polite. Correspondent Tracy Smith talked with Hopkins and Pryce about their star-making movies, faith, and friendship.

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Lauren Patten performs "You Oughta Know" in "Jagged Little Pill," a new Broadway musical inspired by the Alanis Morissette album. CBS News

ON BROADWAY: Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" inspires a Broadway musical | Watch Video
Alanis Morissette's 1995 album, "Jagged Little Pill," became the unexpected soundtrack of a generation of young women who'd realized they didn't really fit into the box society was trying to put them in. It won five Grammys and sold more than 33 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful albums of all time. And now, 25 years later, "Jagged Little Pill" has been turned into a Broadway musical, with an original story by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody ("Juno"). Correspondent Luke Burbank talked with Cody, and with Morissette, who explains the joys of growing older, and of never shying away from confronting the big issues of life.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Alanis Morissette on "You Oughta Know"
Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette's landmark 1995 album "Jagged Little Pill" contained an explosive feminist anthem, "You Oughta Know." In this web exclusive Morissette talked with correspondent Luke Burbank about the song, which is now featured in a new Broadway musical inspired by her music.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Diablo Cody on writing the musical "Jagged Little Pill"
Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno") was tasked with crafting a story for the new musical "Jagged Little Pill," which was inspired by the songs of Alanis Morissette. In this web exclusive Cody talked with correspondent Luke Burbank about her experience working in the "foreign" world of Broadway.

You can stream the original Broadway cast album of "Jagged Little Pill" by clicking on the embed below (Free Spotify registration required to hear the tracks in full):

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CALENDAR: Week of December 2 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Lee Cowan reports.

Bear vs. fish (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes you to Taylor Creek in the Lake Tahoe Basin, where bears are fishing. Videographer: Derek Reich.



The cactus garden at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum invites exploration even when none of them are blooming.

NATURE UP CLOSE: A living museum in the Sonora Desert
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson highlights hundreds of native species, from flowering cactus to larcenous birds.

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