This week on "Sunday Morning" (January 19)

Last Updated Jan 19, 2020 10:30 AM EST



 Harry and Meghan's Declaration of Independence (Video)
With the bombshell news that Prince Harry and wife Meghan are stepping away from royal duties, Queen Elizabeth II has given her official blessing. But there's a price to be paid, as Imtiaz Tyab reports from London.

 Next U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to be named after African American Pearl Harbor hero | Watch Video
Instead of presidents or admirals, an African American enlisted sailor – a hero during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – will be honored when the USS Doris Miller is christened. David Martin talks with Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly, who broke with tradition to name the next Navy aircraft carrier after an enlisted man, and with relatives of Doris "Dorie" Miller, who was not initially recognized for his valor on that "Day of Infamy."

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Neon lights | Watch Video
On January 19, 1915, French inventor Georges Claude received a U.S. patent for his "System of Illuminating by Luminescent Tubes" ... tubes filled with neon gas. Mo Rocca reports. 

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Fixing the bright lights of Broadway (Video)
New York's Times Square long ago earned the nickname "The Great White Way," thanks to its brilliant neon lights and advertising signs. But all those lights need to be replaced now and then. Enter Marty Katz, responsible for spotting broken bulbs and dim neon tubes among the brilliant displays, and the Artkraft Strauss Sign Company, which makes sure all those bright lights stay lit. Bill Geist followed Katz as he made his rounds, and talked with Paul Goldberger, chief architecture critic of The New York Times, about our "national park of neon." Originally broadcast on "Sunday Morning" November 22, 1992.

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"Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville" by Claude Monet (1882). Oil on canvas. Frederic C. Hamilton Collection, bequeathed to the Denver Art Museum

ART: The long shadow of Claude Monet | Watch Video
Claude Monet (1840-1926) was one of the most innovative painters to stand astride two art movements: Impressionism in the 19th century, and the modern art age of the 20th. Barry Petersen visits the Denver Art Museum, which is currently staging the country's largest Monet exhibit in more than two decades, and talks with curators at the Art Institute of Chicago, about the artist's fascination with light, and how tragedy colored his work.

GALLERY: Claude Monet; The Truth of Nature

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With the recent release of "Delta," their third straight #1 album, the British group that broke through with a banjo-driven folk/rock sound are indisputably among the biggest bands of the past decade. CBS News

MUSIC: Mumford & Sons on playing with a "sense of abandon" | Watch Video
Mumford & Sons are one of music's most unlikely success stories. The British group broke through with a banjo-driven folk/rock sound that, Rolling Stone wrote, was "like a horse and buggy designed in a Tesla factory." With the recent release of "Delta," their third straight #1 album, they are indisputably among the biggest bands of the past decade. Anthony Mason reports.

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Top Library Checkouts
To mark its 125th anniversary, the New York Public Library has released its list of all-time most checked-out books:

  1. "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats
  2. "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss
  3. "1984" by George Orwell
  4. "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
  5. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of a Lady" vanished from an Italian art gallery 23 years ago - and then just as mysteriously turned up last month, hidden within the gallery's walls. CBS News

MYSTERY: The mystery of the reappearing Klimt painting | Watch Video
"Portrait of a Lady" vanished from an Italian art gallery 23 years ago - and then just as mysteriously turned up last month, hidden within the gallery's walls. Seth Doane reports. 

Zhou family dumplings. CBS News

FOOD: Dumplings: A delicious tradition | Watch Video
Dumplings can be found in most every cuisine, from Italian raviolis to Indian samosas, from Polish pierogies to Spanish empanadas. But Chinese dumplings originated in the year 200. And for Chinese families around the world, especially now as Chinese New Year celebrations begin, dumplings are an everyday staple. Kelefa Sanneh digs in to some families' long-held traditions involving this delicious food that can serve as breakfast, lunch or dinner, appetizer or snack.

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Actress Laura Dern with correspondent Tracy Smith. CBS News

MOVIES: The year of Laura Dern | Watch Video
The actress, who this week received her third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the Noah Baumbach drama, "Marriage Story," also currently stars in Greta Gerwig's Oscar-nominated adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women." Dern talks with correspondent Tracy Smith.

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  Reaching out: How caring letters help in suicide prevention | Watch Video
Kevin Hines is a walking miracle, having jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. But what might have kept him from jumping at all could have been something as simple as getting a letter in the mail.  A long-forgotten yet simple idea is now finding success as a tool for suicide prevention. Lee Cowan reports.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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Entrepreneur Frieda Caplan, the "Kiwi Queen." CBS News

FRUITS: Remembering Frieda Caplan, the exotic fruit lady | Watch Video
Frieda Caplan, who died Saturday at age 96, made a number of exotic fruits and vegetables household names, changing the way many of us eat. Rita Braver spoke with her this past fall.  

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Premature births: One of the biggest public health threats facing the U.S. | Watch Video
Chances are you know someone who was born prematurely. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of preterm births is going up. Last year, one in 10 American babies was born before 37 weeks gestation. Author Sarah DiGregorio talks about one of the biggest public health threats facing this country.

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The art of obituary writing
This week's episode of the popular podcast, recorded at appearances in Asbury Park, N.J., and Fairfield, Conn., features Mo Rocca talking with legendary New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox about the dramatic sweep of obituaries and of recounting lives well-lived. 

 Monet's garden (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to the French town of Giverny, and a view of the water lilies that inspired artist Claude Monet. Videographer: Joan Martelli. 


 Week of January 20 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Mo Rocca reports.

A bucking bull bison.

NATURE UP CLOSE: Bison in winter
With many of their natural predators extinct, the bison in Yellowstone National Park are subject to man-made options to controlling their population, including reintroducing them to other areas.

Arts & events around the U.S. (January 17)
Check out the "Sunday Morning" listings of events this coming week.

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