This week on "Sunday Morning" (December 30)

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Clockwise from top left: Singer Aretha Franklin; physicist Stephen Hawking; President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush; chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain; Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee; and Senator John McCain.

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Last Updated Dec 30, 2018 11:11 AM EST

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COVER STORY:
Encyclopedia Britannica is turning 250 – look it up! | Watch Video
Two hundred and fifty years ago, in Edinburgh, Scotland, a printer, an engraver, and an editor teamed up to produce the first Encyclopedia Britannica, which contained scholarly essays and short definitional entries about practically everything. It was a revolution in information. But now that we have instant access to all knowledge from throughout human history via our smartphones, what would kids today think of the encyclopedia, which now encompasses 44 million words, in books? Luke Burbank reports.

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BEST OF 2018:
 Books | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" reviews the tops in pop culture from the past year.   

       
A LOOK BACK:
Top news stories of 2018 month-by-month | Watch Video
What about the year gone by? Time for one last look with Jane Pauley.

      
A LOOK AHEAD:
What's next for Washington in 2019? | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" begins the New Year with a look ahead based on events of the year gone by, reported by CBS News correspondents from around the world, beginning with National Correspondent Chip Reid in our nation's capital.

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Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy in the biopic "Stan & Ollie." Sony Pictures Classics

MOVIES: The return of Laurel & Hardy | Watch Video
The lovable comic duo who, beginning in 1926, starred in more than a hundred feature films and shorts during the Golden Age of Hollywood, are the subjects of a new biopic, "Stan & Ollie," about the aging comedians on a music hall tour of Britain in the post-war years. Lee Cowan reports.

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BEST OF 2018:  Movies | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" reviews the tops in pop culture from the past year. 

       
A LOOK AHEAD:
What's next for the Middle East in 2019? | Watch Video
Correspondent Seth Doane on the prospects for diplomacy in a region torn by war and political upheaval.

       
OPINION:
Jim Gaffigan touches on the prevalence of screens | Watch Video
Jim Gaffigan on a 21st century obsession none of us can escape.

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BEST OF 2018:
 Online | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" reviews the tops in pop culture from the past year. 

       
A LOOK AHEAD:
What's next in Asia? | Watch Video
Correspondent Ben Tracy on North Korea's failure to denuclearize, and the bombastic trade war between the Trump administration and China.

    
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IN MEMORIAM:
Hail and Farewell to those we lost in 2018 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" host Jane Pauley pays tribute to the creative, inspiring and newsworthy men and women who passed away this year, who'd touched our lives in unforgettable ways.

      
BEST OF 2018:
Music | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" reviews the tops in pop culture from the past year. 

      
A LOOK AHEAD:
What's next in Europe and Russia? | Watch Video
Correspondent Charlie D'Agata on Britain's troublesome Brexit, and Trump's troublesome relationship with Putin.

       
BEST OF 2018:
 TV | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" reviews the tops in pop culture from the past year. 

       
NATURE:
White Deer | Watch Extended Video
"Sunday Morning" checks out a herd of rare deer in Seneca County, New York. Videographer: Carl Mrozek.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: 

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NATURE UP CLOSE: Northern Lights
What causes the stunningly beautiful aurora borealis?


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