This week on "Sunday Morning" (December 22)

Last Updated Dec 22, 2019 10:39 AM EST


COVER STORY: How the crowdsourcing website GoFundMe is changing charity | Watch Video
In the old days people might have turned to the government or to charities such as churches for help; today the first place many people seem to turn to is GoFundMe, a crowdsourcing website, now almost 10 years old, where anyone can appeal to the public to contribute money for pretty much anything – medical bills, disaster relief, funeral expenses, acts of kindness. "Sunday Morning" Contributor David Pogue examines the acts of good will, and occasional fraud, on crowdsourcing sites, and looks at the economics and transparency of charity via social media.

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Baldness | Watch Video
On December 22, 1997, the FDA approved Propecia, a once-a-day pill for combating the genetic condition known as male pattern baldness. Jane Pauley reports. 

During the Jewish holiday, eating crispy, fried, slightly oniony potato pancakes represents perseverance, and a little bit of magic.

FOOD:  Behind the Hanukkah tradition of latkes | Watch Video
Why are latkes – crispy, fried, slightly oniony potato pancakes – associated with the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah? The story of the miracle of the oil is anything but simple, as correspondent Martha Teichner notes. She talks with Jewish food historian and cookbook writer Jayne Cohen, and with Niki Russ Federman, a fourth-generation owner of Russ & Daughters, a New York City institution of Jewish food for 105 years.

WEB EXTRA: Classic latke recipes from Jayne Cohen

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The composer for more than 1,500 songs, including "White Christmas," "Puttin' on the Ritz" and "God Bless America," was a Jewish immigrant from Russia who lived the quintessential American Dream. CBS News

MUSIC: Irving Berlin, the quintessential American songwriter | Watch Video
Some of our most cherished holiday songs, including "White Christmas" and "Easter Parade," as well as "God Bless America," were written by the prolific composer-lyricist Irving Berlin (1888-1989), a Jewish immigrant from Russia. Mo Rocca talks about the remarkable life of Berlin, who wrote hundreds of standards, with granddaughter Katherine Swett; Broadway musical director and conductor Andy Einhorn; Josh Perelman, Chief Curator at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and ultra-Orthodox singer Shulem Lemmer.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Shulem Lemmer sings "God Bless America"

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Irving Berlin's "Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning"
In 1918 songwriter Irving Berlin, then a U.S. Army draftee, composed a song about one of the most difficult aspects of Army life: the bugler's Reveille. "Sunday Morning" correspondent Mo Rocca sings "Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" with Broadway musical director Andy Einhorn.

BOOK EXCERPT: "Irving Berlin: New York Genius" by James Kaplan

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 Foster father, many times over (Video)
Back in 2001, divorced dad-of-two Lamont Thomas took on a foster kid named Michael Perez. Thomas eventually adopted Perez, who now works as a nurse. Turns out, that was just the beginning. Over the next 15 years Thomas fostered more than 30 kids in Buffalo, New York, adopting five of them. Recently, when a family of five siblings was in danger of being split up, Thomas knew what he had to do. Steve Hartman reports.    

Jennifer Lopez with CBS News' Tony Dokoupil. CBS News

SUNDAY PROFILE: Jennifer Lopez on happiness, celebrity, and Oscar buzz | Watch Video
Jennifer Lopez, the celebrated singer-dancer-actress-businesswoman and mom, speaks with "CBS This Morning" co-host Tony Dokoupil about her work in the film "Hustlers"; her upcoming movie, "Marry Me"; her future marriage to baseball great Alex Rodriguez; and what it meant to turn 50 this past year.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez on relationships and tabloids in the "Bennifer Era"
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez talks with CBS News' Tony Dokoupil about the media frenzy over her relationships, in the 1990s, with rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, and with actor Ben Affleck (to whom she was engaged in 2002), both of which became grist for the gossip mill.

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan. CBS News

OPINION: December sucks | Watch Video
Commentator Jim Gaffigan has some thoughts about "the most wonderful time of the year." Spoiler Alert: There are no visions of sugar plums dancing in his head.

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Nativity scenes were created by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223, and today spread their message of faith around the world. CBS News

ART:  Nativity scenes, from the artistic to the living | Watch Video
In 1223, in Italy, St. Francis of Assisi created the very first nativity scene as we know it, to inspire the local townspeople. Meant to mark the birth of Jesus, each nativity is an artistic expression of personal faith. Correspondent Nikki Battiste talks with Professor Eric Barreto of the Princeton Theological Seminary about the history of nativities, and visits the University of Dayton's Marian Library collection of nativities from around the world. She also checks out a living nativity scene in Mount Laurel, N.J.

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The Young People's Chorus of New York City performs at Lincoln Center. CBS News

MUSIC: The Young People's Chorus of New York City: Hitting all the right notes
More than 1,700 students participate each year in the program, which extends far beyond just music

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Holiday music performance
"Sunday Morning" welcomes the Young People's Chorus of New York City, and Jon Batiste, musical director from "The Late Show Starring Stephen Colbert." 

Week of December 23 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

Reindeer (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us among the reindeer of Lapland, in northern Finland. Videographer: David Cohen.


From 1854 to 1929, 250,000 abandoned or orphaned children were put on trains and taken from East Coast cities to the Midwest and beyond. National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center

"MOBITUARIES": The legacy of the Orphan Train
Mo Rocca shares the story of a largely-forgotten social experiment, begun in the 1850s, in which children were transported from the cities to live in the heartland.  

Journalist Waad al-Kateab filming in Aleppo, under siege from Syrian government forces, in "For Sama." The film is one of 15 shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.  Frontline

MOVIES: How to watch Oscar shortlisted documentary features
15 non-fiction films chronicling such subjects as the horrors of war-torn Syria, an epic spaceflight, social justice fights, sustainable farming, and the indefatigable forces of nature, are up for an Academy Award nomination; check out options to stream or watch on demand.



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