This week on "Sunday Morning" (March 17)

Last Updated Mar 17, 2019 11:04 AM EDT


A lost girl's diary: The hidden anguish of Alexandra Valoras | Watch Video
Teen suicide is now at a 40-year high for young women, and is the second-leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds of both sexes. High school junior Alexandra Valoras, a straight-A student, class officer and robotics whiz, nonetheless felt she wasn't ever good enough; hiding her despair behind a sunny disposition to the outside world, she ended her life before her 18th birthday. Jim Axelrod talks with the young woman's parents, friends and teachers about the signs that were missed; the private journals in which the girl wrote down strikingly uncharacteristic words of pain; and how Alexandra's mom and dad are bringing a message of awareness to other students.  

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.

 Nat King Cole | Watch Video
On March 17, 1919, the singer with an "unforgettable" voice was born. Jane Pauley reports. 

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Hudson Yards Vessel
The Vessel, a 150-foot-tall structure of climbable interlocking staircases, the centerpiece of the $25 billion Hudson Yards Redevelopment, is pictured on March 5, 2019 in New York. Ted Shaffrey/AP

DESIGN: Hudson Yards' Vessel: Like a park, but vertical | Watch Video
It's the centerpiece of the largest and most expensive private real estate development in American history: "Vessel," the sculpture in the middle of Hudson Yards, a new 16-building complex on the West Side of Manhattan. The honeycombed flight of fancy, made of 154 flights of stairs, was conceived by 49-year-old British designer Thomas Heatherwick, who has put his stamp on some of the most provocative buildings and public projects around the world. Anthony Mason reports.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Thomas Heatherwick's brand of provocation (5/22/16)

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"Danny Boy" by the Choral Scholars of University College, Dublin

MUSIC: Choral performance: "Danny Boy" (Video)
For St. Patrick's Day we are graced in the studio with a performance by the Choral Scholars of University College, Dublin. 

And an encore: The group performs the folk song "Bó na Leathadhairce."

"Bó na Leathadhairce" by the Choral Scholars of University College, Dublin

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 An eccentric millionaire's home that plays its own tune | Watch Video
Charles Brown III left behind a mansion that was museum-worthy, from its secret passages to the more than 140 antique music-making machines that turn the 19,000-sq.-ft. Pennsylvania home into a veritable orchestra. Conor Knighton reports.

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FOOD: Behind the scenes at America's Test Kitchen | Watch Video
It's an empire built on testing new dishes and putting kitchen gadgets through their paces, using both staff chefs and food stylists, as well as 17,000 volunteer cooks from around the country to test recipes. America's Test Kitchen, based in Boston, is featured in two TV shows, magazines and books, and has built its success one meal at a time. It's paid a visit by Martha Teichner who, like their ravenous viewers, truly eats up their advice.

RECIPE: Roasted Carrots and Shallots with Chermoula, from America's Test Kitchen

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WWII vet runs across America, again (Video)
Ernie Andrus, who served in the Navy in World War II, was celebrated back in 2016 when, at the age of 93, he became the oldest person ever to run across America, making the trip from San Diego, California all the way to St. Simons Island, Georgia. But he recently got so bored, he decided to do something even more remarkable: make the same trip again, in the other direction. Steve Hartman reports. 

  Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her final term in HBO's "Veep" | Watch Video
The HBO comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the one-time Veep and accidental president enters its seventh and final season, and if there is one lesson to take from the hit show, it's that in comedy, as in life, nothing good ever comes easy. Tracy Smith talks with Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Timothy Simons, Anna Chlumsky, and show runner David Mandel about going the extra mile for laughs, even in the midst of the star's successful battle with breast cancer.

To watch a trailer for the final season of "Veep" click on the video player below. 

Veep (2019) Final Season | Official Trailer | HBO by HBO on YouTube

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  • "Veep" (HBO) returns March 31

New Zealand mass shooting (Video)
Ben Tracy has the latest on Friday's attack on two mosques in Christchurch, in which a gunman espousing white nationalist rhetoric shot dozens of Muslim men, women and children, killing at least 50 and wounding dozens more.

Delia Owens with correspondent Lee Cowan, at the author's home in Idaho. CBS News

BOOKS: Delia Owens on "Where the Crawdads Sing" | Watch Video
For the last six months "Where the Crawdads Sing" has been a fixture on The New York Times' Bestsellers List. The novel by Delia Owens is a love story, murder mystery, courtroom drama, and ode to the outdoors all in one. Lee Cowan paid a visit to Owens at her home in Idaho, and in the wilderness she loves.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Delia Owens on the inspiration for "Where the Crawdads Sing"
Novelist and animal behaviorist Delia Owens explains to correspondent Lee Owens how the inspiration for her book came from the savannas of Africa.

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Week of March 18 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.

Cardinals in the snow (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to Loganville, Pennsylvania, where cardinals prove to be true standouts. Videographer: Brad Markel.


A view of the Grand Canyon's south side.

NATURE UP CLOSE: A Grand Canyon geology lesson
Trekking through the natural wonder is a walk through two billion years of geological history.

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