This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 16)

Al Gore shows correspondent Lee Cowan the solar panels on his family farm in Carthage, Tenn.

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Last Updated Jul 16, 2017 4:36 AM EDT


Al Gore's crusade | Watch Video
Lee Cowan interviews the former Veep and Nobel Prize-winner on his second career as an advocate against climate change (and against climate change deniers), about his new documentary, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," and about his efforts to sway President Donald Trump to maintain America's participation in the Paris Climate Agreement.

EXTENDED TRANSCRIPT: Al Gore on environmentalism, Trump, and solving the climate crisis
In this expanded interview, the former Vice President talks about how he came to preach the dangers of a warming planet, and why he is optimistic about change.

READ A BOOK EXCERPT: Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power"

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John Kennedy Jr. | Watch Video
On July 16, 1999, the son of the former president, along with his wife and sister-in-law, died in the crash of the small plane he was piloting. Lee Cowan looks back.

GALLERY: John F. Kennedy Jr.


Correspondent Chip Reid with curator Kristen Gresh at the exhibition "Memory Unearthed," at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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HISTORY: Memories unearthed from the Lodz Ghetto | Watch Video
The ghetto in Lodz, Poland, was one of hundreds created by the Nazis across Europe, used to temporarily separate Jews from the rest of the population. Most residents would be sent to killing centers, if disease or starvation did not kill them first.

The Lodz Ghetto is now the subject of a photography exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Called "Memory Unearthed," it features photos by Henryk Ross, a Polish Jew who lived inside the ghetto, and who buried his negatives in order to protect them from the Nazis. Chip Reid reports on the photographer who used his camera as a weapon of resistance.

GALLERY: Pictures from inside a Nazi-controlled ghetto

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Author Linda Fairstein (right) with correspondent Lesley Stahl.

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BOOKS: Linda Fairstein: Living the dream, one murder at a time | Watch Video
As a prosecutor in Manhattan's District Attorney's Office, Linda Fairstein pioneered the use of DNA evidence in cases against sexual offenders. She was even the inspiration for some of the tough prosecutors you see on TV. But Fairstein has made a second career for herself as an award-winning writer of crime novels, including 19 books featuring prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. Lesley Stahl talks with Fairstein about the truth behind her fiction.

BOOK EXCERPT: Read the opening chapter from Fairstein's latest Alex Cooper mystery, "Deadfall"

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The sweet taste of victory at the National Pie Championships | Watch Video
As American as apple pie, the competition pits bakers from across the U.S. in a showdown that is definitely not easy as pie. Conor Knighton reports.

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  The life of Henry David Thoreau | Watch Video
This past week marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of the naturalist and writer, who made Walden Pond a place of pilgrimage. Lee Cowan reports. 

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 Yard work: More than just blowing leaves (Video)
Five-year-old Brian Kelly misses doing yard work with his dad, Air Force Captain Dan Kelly, who last month was sent overseas. Brian's neighbor, a father-figure with a yard of his own, has been only too happy to oblige. Steve Hartman reports. 


Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, with Bob Schieffer.

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FOR THE RECORD: For Willie Nelson, the autumn of life is colorful | Watch Video
Now 84, country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson is on the road again -- performing, writing music, and releasing a new album. "God's Problem Child" is his 110th, give or take, with songs like "Still Not Dead."  

"There's a theme here," said Bob Schieffer. "This is about the autumn of your life. Is that hard for you to think about?"

"No," Nelson replied. "You remember one of those deep thinkers, a guy named Seneca? He said you should look at death and comedy with the same countenance. And I believe that."

To hear Willie Nelson perform "Old Timer" from "God's Problem Child," click on the video player below:

Willie Nelson - Old Timer by WillieNelsonVEVO on YouTube

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HISTORY: Detroit 1967: When a city erupted | Watch Video
Michelle Miller looks back at the riot 50 years ago against police actions in Detroit, dramatized in the new Kathryn Bigelow movie, "Detroit."

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CALENDAR: Week of July 17 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Lee Cowan reports.

Mombasa (Extended Video)
We leave you this Sunday Morning with a dive into the Indian Ocean at Kenya's Mombasa Marine National Park. Videographer: Ziggy Livnat.



SUMMER: National Ice Cream Day (Video)
It's "Sundae Morning"! Lee Cowan takes a break from "Sunday Morning" hosting duties to celebrate National Ice Cream Day.

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NATURE UP CLOSE: The Grand Canyon

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