This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 2)

A tornado captured on video by Val and Amy Castor in Dodge City, Kan., in May 2016.

Val and Amy Castor

Last Updated Jul 2, 2017 6:55 AM EDT


Storm chasing couple's whirlwind life | Watch Video
In Oklahoma, where tornado warnings can mean the difference between life and death, there are no bigger names in storm-chasing than Val and Amy Castor, a husband-and-wife team who serve as a mobile early warning system for approaching storms.

The Castors are part of a network of storm chasers who broadcast live for Oklahoma City's CBS station, getting as close as possible to pinpoint a tornado's path. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the couple who have saved lives and challenged death together for 25 years.

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Statuary Hall | Watch Video
On July 2, 1864, Congress approved the creation of a gallery at the U.S. Capitol to honor illustrious figures from every state. Lee Cowan reports.

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The Wild West town of Tombstone, Arizona, is famous not just for the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral but also for the world's largest rose bush.

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FLOWERS: Tombstone's Shady Lady | Watch Video
The Old West city of Tombstone, Ariz., is famous not just for the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral but also for the world's oldest rose bush.  The Lady Banksia Rose Bush, planted in the back of a boarding house in 1885, was declared by "Ripley's Believe It or Not" the largest rose bush in the world in the 1930s.

Today, almost nine decades later, the folks at Guinness World Records say the rose bush (nicknamed the Shady Lady) is still the largest -- at last measurement, its canopy of white blossoms covers more than 8,000 square feet! Lee Cowan reports.

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BOOKS: Herman Wouk: Remembrances | Watch Video
The bestselling author ("The Caine Mutiny," "The Winds of War," War and Remembrance") who recently turned 102. Though reclusive, Wouk invited Tracy Smith to his Palm Springs home, and talked about a career conjuring fiction from real life.

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Nat Bradford shows off his family's heirloom watermelon to Martha Teichner. 

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FOOD: Return of an heirloom watermelon | Watch Video
More than a century ago, the Bradford Watermelon was the sweetest, juiciest watermelon around; now, thanks to the latest generation of the Bradford family in South Carolina, they're back. Martha Teichner reports.

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A file photo of goats climbing an Argan tree in search of the tree's bitter fruits, near Taroudant, Morocco.

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POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO: Why are there goats in the trees? (Video)
The nut of the argan tree, which grows in the Moroccan countryside of Essaouira, contains a valuable oil known for its anti-aging properties, that is popping up in everything from shampoo and body lotion to food products. But nowhere on the labels will you find the remarkable story behind how this oil was born - and the role goats' digestive tracts play in its harvesting. Jonathan Vigliotti reports. (Originally broadcast on May 15, 2016.)

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John Mellencamp with "Sunday Morning" anchor Jane Pauley.

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SUNDAY PROFILE: John Mellencamp: Life goes on | Watch Video
Jane Pauley profiles the rocker and fellow Hoosier who has just released his 23rd studio album, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies." Mellencamp explains why he is driven to make music and also to paint portraits.  

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Read an extended transcript of Jane Pauley's interview with John Mellencamp

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: John Mellencamp on panic attacks and creativity
The singer-songwriter talks to Jane Pauley about how he has suffered throughout his life, to varying degrees, from panic attacks. He also discusses creativity, from his painting, to how his gift for songwriting has evolved over time.

To watch the music video of John Mellencamp's "Grandview" (featuring Martina McBride), from his new album, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies," click on the video player below. 

John Mellencamp - Grandview ft. Martina McBride by JohnMellencampVEVO on YouTube

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Jim Gaffigan on storage units | Watch Video
The comedian and "Sunday Morning" contributor reminds us what all Americans have in common: keeping our stuff in storage containers.

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Mary Colter's Desert View Watchtower at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. 

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ON THE TRAIL: The "Parkitecture" of Grand Canyon National Park | Watch Video
Mary Colter was the visionary designer behind Grand Canyon's most recognizable buildings. Drawing on ancient Native American structures for inspiration, Colter (one of only a handful of female architects in her day) created structures that blended in with their settings physically and culturally, spawning an architectural movement -- National Park Rustic -- on display at parks across the country. Conor Knighton reports.

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A storybook romance's final chapter (Video)
Childhood sweethearts Dale and Alice Rockey were married for a remarkable 81 years, making them the Longest Married Couple when "Sunday Morning" visited them in Olathe, Kansas, back in 2015. Lee Cowan reports on the final chapter of a remarkable love story.

Week of July 3 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Lee Cowan reports.

 Grand Canyon (Video)
We leave you this Sunday Morning with stunning views of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Videographer: Phil Giriodi.


 Shorebirds and horseshoe crabs

David Edelstein on "Baby Driver," "The Beguiled," "The Little Hours" | Watch Video
The "Sunday Morning" film critic reviews new films for the holiday weekend -- a car-chase thriller, a Civil War-era drama of seduction, and a raunchy comedy about medieval nuns. Happy 4th!

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