This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 9)

"View on the Erie Canal" (1830-32) by John William Hill.

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Last Updated Jul 9, 2017 6:46 AM EDT

HOST: Jane Pauley

        

         
COVER STORY:
All hail the Erie Canal | Watch Video
Two hundreds years ago, construction began on a 363-mile canal linking the Great Lakes to the Hudson River and New York City -- an engineering and commercial triumph as revolutionary as the Internet. But the Erie Canal was dismissed at first. New York politician DeWitt Clinton spent 10 years fighting to sell the project to a deeply skeptical public, and Presidents Jefferson and Madison refused to help fund it. Yet the canal quickly changed the geography and commerce of the young nation. Richard Schlesinger reports on the history of the Erie Canal, still celebrated in song as an example of American ingenuity.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: "The Erie Canal Song"
"I've got an old mule and her name is Sal, Fifteen years on the Erie Canal..." It's a treasured melody that celebrates life on a canal boat in the 19th century. Singer Dave Ruch performs "Low Bridge - Everybody Down" (a.k.a. "The Erie Canal Song"), by songwriter Thomas S. Allen. 

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ALMANAC:
A better doughnut hole | Watch Video
On July 9, 1872, John F. Blondel won a patent for his spring-loaded device to punch out the center of a doughnut. Jane Pauley dunks in honor of him.

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Luke Burbank tries his hand at cup stacking. 

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SPORTS: Fast and furious: The world of competitive cup stacking | Watch Video
P.J. Ball and Jordan Green are masters in Sport Stacking -- a contest to stack cups in formation as quickly as humanly possible without knocking them over. Luke Burbank reports from the Junior Olympics of Sports Stacking. Originally broadcast February 5, 2017.

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In an interview to air on CBS' "Sunday Morning" the heart of the indie group Bleachers talks about doubting success.

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MUSIC: Jack Antonoff: Hit man | Watch Video
The singer-songwriter-producer, and the heart of the indie pop group Bleachers, has collaborated with some of the biggest artists of the day. Tracy Smith talks with Jack Antonoff, who has turned personal heartache into something close to joy.

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MAILBAG:
 Letters to "Sunday Morning" (Video)
Jane Pauley digs into the mailbag for some correspondence from our viewers. 

       

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It doesn't hurt a bit - or does it? A laser treatment for hair removal.

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BEAUTY: Manscaping: When body hair just has to go (Video)
Be it trimming, waxing, or body hair removal, personal grooming for men -- a.k.a. manscaping -- has become more popular than ever. Mo Rocca looks into the before-and-after effects. Originally broadcast July 28, 2013.

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HARTMAN:
 Court of dreams (Video)
"If you build it, they will come." In the case of one tennis-obsessed fan who built a replica of Wimbledon's center court on his Iowa farm, people have come from around the world to his All-Iowa Lawn Tennis Club, to play on his court of dreams. Steve Hartman reports.

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Christie Brinkley checks out the grapes of the Italian vineyard where her Prosecco, Bellissima, is made.

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SUNDAY PROFILE: The sparkling Christie Brinkley | Watch Video
The supermodel and actress has launched her own line of sparking wines. Mark Phillips reports. Originally broadcast November 20, 2016.

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OPINION:
 Who's the snowflake? A chilly riposte to political insults | Watch Video
Faith Salie on the jab du jour that has critics on the right and left seeing white.

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Bestselling author Louise Penny with correspondent Martha Teichner.

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BOOKS: Louise Penny: How writing became her solace | Watch Video
Louise Penny's immersive murder mysteries, set in her home province of Quebec, have drawn a large and loyal fan base. But writing came as a second career for the New York Times bestselling author, a former broadcaster who faced a debilitating struggle with alcoholism before taking up fiction. Martha Teichner visits Penny in the small town of Knowlton, which could be a stand-in for her fictional town of Three Pines, where too often there is murder afoot.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Louise Penny on creating Chief Inspector Armand Gamache
Louise Penny explains to correspondent Martha Teichner the qualities that went into her development of the character of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the central figure in her successful series of murder mysteries which began with her 2005 novel "Still Life."

WEB EXTRA: Read an excerpt from Penny's latest novel, "Glass Houses"

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CALENDAR:
Week of July 10 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

       
NATURE:
Honeybees (Extended Video)
We leave you this Sunday Morning with an up-close (and sting-free) look at honeybees in Hollywood, Florida. Videographer: Charles Schultz.

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EDUCATION:
Stephen Sondheim celebrates the power of teachers | Watch Video
Broadway musical legend Stephen Sondheim treasures the role that teachers have played in his life, and today helps honor educators with the annual Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. In this web exclusive, Mo Rocca talks with Sondheim about the teachers who have inspired him, and visits with a recent award recipient, Tracey Rains of Gatlinburg-Pittman High School in Tennessee, whose selfless mentoring of student Chelsea Hayes was nothing short of life-altering.


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