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COVER STORY: Trump's guilty verdict: A stress test for democracy | Watch Video
Being found guilty of 34 felony counts would normally mark the end of someone's political prospects. But as longtime Trump chronicler Michael Wolff notes, the former president has built his career, and brand, on grievances – and this week's conviction in a New York courtroom is not stopping Trump from running for another term in the White House. CBS News chief election & campaign correspondent Robert Costa reports.

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Ricky Ubeda in "Illinoise," a new musical inspired by the Sufjan Stevens album.  Matthew Murphy

STAGE: "Illinoise" and the origin of an unlikely Broadway musical (Video)
The new Broadway show "Illinoise" is a choreographed indie-rock musical with no dialogue, based on Sufjan Stevens' 2005 concept album. It's received four Tony Award nominations, including best musical. "Sunday Morning" contributor Kelefa Sanneh talks with choreographer Justin Peck, playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury, and musician Shara Nova about the show, an ode to the origins of storytelling and theatre-making.

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ALMANAC: June 2 (Video)
"Sunday Morning" looks back at historical events on this date.  

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BOOKS: How James Patterson completed Michael Crichton's "Eruption" | Watch Video
Writer Michael Crichton, whose blockbuster novels, films and TV series included "Jurassic Park" and "ER," died in 2008, leaving behind an unfinished thriller about a volcanic eruption that imperils all life on Earth. Bestselling author James Patterson was tasked with completing Crichton's book, and now, 16 years later, "Eruption" is finally being unleashed in bookstores. Correspondent Tracy Smith talks with Patterson, and with Michael's widow, Sherri Alexander Crichton, about bringing back the voice of a master storyteller.

READ AN EXCERPT: "Eruption" by Michael Crichton and James Patterson

WEB EXTRA: James Patterson on the "gift" of a new Michael Crichton thriller (YouTube Video)

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PASSAGE: In memoriam (Video)
"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including NBA Hall of Famer and sportscaster Bill Walton.

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U.S.: The Supreme Court case that could impact the homeless coast-to-coast | Watch Video
In 2018 many Western officials were outraged by a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said Boise, Idaho's ban on camping outdoors – aimed at deterring homeless people from sleeping on the streets – was "cruel and unusual punishment" prohibited by the 8th Amendment of the Constitution. Now, the city of Grants Pass, Oregon, has challenged that argument before the Supreme Court, and what the Court decides will impact how all cities and counties across the country can handle the unhoused. Correspondent John Blackstone reports.

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POLITICS: Reality, as Trump supporters see it (Video)
Former President Donald Trump's critics have been vocal about what a potential Trump election victory in November might mean for the country. In a visit to a campaign rally in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, "Sunday Morning" senior contributor Ted Koppel talks with Trump supporters to find out what they believe would be the consequences of another Trump election loss. He also visits the battlefield at Gettysburg, where a "war on memory" continues to be waged. 

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Cyndi Lauper: Showing her true colors 08:11

MUSIC: Cyndi Lauper: Showing her true colors (Video)
Cyndi Lauper was a pop music dynamo and MTV-favorite singer who later won a Tony Award for her songs for the stage musical "Kinky Boots." But she wanted more than to just have fun. The subject of a new documentary on Paramount+ called "Let the Canary Sing," Lauper talks with correspondent Anthony Mason about how music made her tumultuous home life better; how she had to be convinced about her breakout record, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"; and about criticism from producer Quincy Jones that she was a "troublemaker."

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Let The Canary Sing | Official Trailer | Paramount+ by Paramount Plus on YouTube

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SPORTS: Swimmer Katie Ledecky on the Chinese doping scandal and the Paris Olympics | Watch Video
Katie Ledecky won her first Olympic gold at age 15, and today has more individual Olympic gold medals than any woman swimmer in history. As she gears up for the Paris Olympics this summer, Ledecky talks with correspondent Elaine Quijano about reexamining the results of the 2021 Tokyo Games after news that Chinese swimmers had tested positive for a banned substance just months before the competition. She also talks about her preparations for the Paris Games, the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, and beyond.

WEB EXTRA: Olympian Katie Ledecky on the Chinese doping investigation (Video)

WEB EXTRA: Gold medal swimmer Katie Ledecky on "beating the boys" (YouTube Video)

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COMMENTARY: Douglas Brinkley and the lesson of Trump's guilty verdict | Watch Video
The historian notes the felony conviction of a former American president by a jury of peers, proving all are equal under the law, would never have taken place in countries ruled by authoritarians.

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Nature: Orangutans in Borneo 04:46

NATURE: Orangutans in Borneo (Extended Video)
We leave you this Sunday with orangutans, hanging out on the island of Borneo in southeast Asia. Videographer: Justin Grubb.



6/2: The Book Report by Washington Post critic Ron Charles 02:41

THE BOOK REPORT: Reviews from Washington Post critic Ron Charles | Watch Video
This month's fiction and non-fiction titles include an unfinished thriller by "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton, completed more than 15 years after Crichton's death by bestselling writer James Patterson.

READ AN EXCERPT: "Eruption" by Michael Crichton and James Patterson
Michael Crichton's thriller about a massive volcanic eruption in Hawaii was unfinished when the "Jurassic Park" author died in 2008; 16 years later, James Patterson, the bestselling writer behind the Alex Cross series, has completed Crichton's work.

READ AN EXCERPT: "The Ministry of Time" by Kaliane Bradley
A delightful mix of historical fact and science fiction, this debut novel is the story of a secret British agency that plucks doomed people from the past.

READ AN EXCERPT: "Challenger" by Adam Higginbotham
The British journalist and author of "Midnight in Chernobyl" returns with his exhaustively-researched new book about the 1986 space shuttle disaster.

READ AN EXCERPT: "This Strange Eventful History" by Claire Messud
The bestselling author of "The Emperor's Children" returns with a multi-generational story of family secrets spanning World War II to the 21st century.

GALLERY: D-Day - When the Allies turned the tide
June 6, 1944 marked one of the world's most gut-wrenching and consequential battles. Nearly 160,000 American, British, Canadian and French troops participated in the invasion of northwest France, known as Operation Overlord.   

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Richard Sherman (YouTube Video)
Richard Sherman, half of the Sherman Brothers songwriting duo who penned Disney classics like "It's a Small World" and music for "Mary Poppins," died Saturday, May 25, 2024 at the age of 95. In this October 20, 2013 "Sunday Morning" report, Nancy Giles sat down at the piano with Robert Sherman for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious trip down memory lane, complete with earworms. 

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