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Guest Host: Lee Cowan


COVER STORY: "Humans": Connecting with the world one photo at a time | Watch Video
A decade ago Brandon Stanton began photographing and interviewing random strangers on the streets of New York, opening doors into the lives of everyday people and their experiences of joy, pain, success and struggle. His social media endeavor, Humans of New York, begat a successful book. In the years since he's traveled to more than 40 countries, collecting portraits and stories for his latest book, "Humans." Stanton talked with correspondent Jim Axelrod about finding the human connections we need now more than ever.

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Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer in "The Crown." Des Willie/Netflix

TELEVISION: Battle royale over "The Crown" | Watch Video
The latest season of the hit Netflix series "The Crown" has been criticized for liberties taken in its depiction of life inside the British royal family during a most precipitous time: the unravelling of the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. Correspondent Mark Phillips talks with series creator Peter Morgan, and with royal biographer Penny Junor, about the show's dramatic license to thrill.

To watch a trailer for Season 4 of "The Crown" click on the video player below:

The Crown Season 4 | Official Trailer | Netflix by Netflix on YouTube

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A CLOSER LOOK: Colors for 2021

HEALTH: Seeking to solve a cancer mystery
Something very strange seems to be happening in Johnson County, Indiana: A lot of children getting sick with pediatric cancers. But when the rash of illnesses wasn't determined to be an official "cancer cluster," a small band of determined parents took matters into their own hands. "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports on environmental contamination and how some advocates' tireless pursuit of answers may be changing the lives of children beyond the borders of one Indiana town.

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MUSIC: José Feliciano wishes you "Feliz Navidad" | Watch Video
From a career that has lasted more than half a century, singer and guitar virtuoso José Feliciano is perhaps best known for his timeless Christmas classic, "Feliz Navidad" – though it wasn't immediately a hit upon its release 50 years ago. "Sunday Morning" contributor Kelefa Sanneh talked with the 75-year-old Feliciano about the battles and blessings of growing up blind, and how finding his musical voice became his greatest joy.

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PASSAGE: In memoriam (Video)
"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride, and test pilot Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Chuck Yeager and "The Right Stuff" (Video)
Test pilot Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, died on Monday, December 7 at age 97. In this report that aired on "Sunday Morning" on October 23, 1983, correspondent David Dow went behind the scenes of the film "The Right Stuff" to talk with Yeager, and with director Philip Kaufman, about recreating a milestone event in mankind's journey to space.


'TIS THE SEASON: Hanukkah: Festival of lights (Video)
After a year that's seen more than its fair share of darkness, we now take time to celebrate light, during the celebration of Hanukkah. Lee Cowan offers a history.

Techno Claus shows off the Clip-On Gooseneck Ring Light, which doubles as a light for Zoom calls and a desk lamp.  CBS News

'TIS THE SEASON: 2020 gift ideas from Techno Claus | Watch Video
It's that time of year when our jolly old friend, Techno Claus (a.k.a. David Pogue), arrives via chimney with a selection of gift ideas for the tech lovers on your holiday list.

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Chadwick Boseman as Levee in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." David Lee/Netflix

MOVIES: Heartbreak and transcendence: Bringing "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" to the screen | Watch Video
The story of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," about a 1920s blues singer's difficult recording session, is one of talent marred by tragedy. But the film adaptation of August Wilson's play is also one of those occasions when the story behind the scenes is just as compelling – and equally tragic. Correspondent Tracy Smith talked with Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis, Oscar-winner Denzel Washington (the film's producer), and Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe about the project, and about working with the late "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman, who gave a heartbreaking performance as a trumpet player while secretly battling colon cancer.

To watch a trailer for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" click on the video player below:

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom | Official Trailer | Netflix by Netflix on YouTube

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HARTMAN: The return of Secret Santa (Video)
In a normal year, an anonymous, wealthy businessman posing as "Secret Santa" personally hands out hundreds of $100 bills to random strangers. But this year, the novel coronavirus called for a novel method to deliver gifts to selected essential workers across the nation. Steve Hartman reports.

MILEPOST: Colors for 2021

Nancy Drew debuted in print in 1930, and has appeared in hundreds of books since, selling more than 70 million copies worldwide.  Random House

LITERATURE: Nancy Drew turns 90 | Watch Video
The venerable teenage detective Nancy Drew turned 90 this year, and to correspondent Faith Salie, it's no mystery why the character has resonated with generations of fans. 

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NATURE: Geese migration (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to Lake Byron in South Dakota, where 'tis the season for geese to migrate South. Videographer: Kevin Kjergaard.


Unity Phelan, a soloist with the New York City Ballet, and Calvin Royal III, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, perform "After the Rain," from "A Night at the Ballet."  Live Arts Global

"SUNDAY MORNING" MATINEE: "A Night at the Ballet"
Live Arts Global will present a special streaming event Dec. 17-20, featuring dancers from major ballet companies, to raise funds for the performing arts community; Watch an excerpt.

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