This week on "Sunday Morning" (March 3)

Last Updated Mar 3, 2019 1:03 PM EST


COVER STORY: The Golden Age of documentary filmmaking | Watch Video
Documentary films were once treated as celluloid spinach – films that were good for you, but not considered "entertaining." But documentary filmmakers have transformed the genre with great storytelling and cinematic techniques; more documentaries are playing in mainstream theaters than ever before, and are gaining wider audiences thanks to cable and streaming services, like Netflix. Correspondent David Pogue talks with filmmakers Dan Cogan and Joe Berlinger, film programmer Thom Powers, and professor Jacqueline Reich about how recent films like "Finding Neverland" and "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" show the documentary is coming of age.

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ALMANAC: Schemer Charles Ponzi | Watch Video
The founding father of financial hijinks, who trapped his investors in a "musical chairs" of fraud, was born on March 3, 1882.

  Scientists prove bees can do math
A new study finds that bees can do basic arithmetic. So can monkeys, parrots and spiders.

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Say cheese! Wisconsin's World Championship Cheese Contest

FOOD: The big cheeses come out at the World Championship Cheese Contest | Watch Video
Marieke and Rolf Penterman are Wisconsin dairy farmers who had a dream: produce a world-class gouda cheese. Beginning in 2006, their award-winning cheeses have brought them to the pinnacle of competition: The World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis., where more than 3,400 entrants from 27 countries competed in 121 categories. Martha Teichner got a tasting.

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Saint Judy: Crusading immigration lawyer Judy Wood

LAW: "Saint Judy": The story of a tireless immigration lawyer's crusade for justice | Watch Video
Judy Wood is the crusading immigration lawyer who almost single-handedly changed U.S. law, to make it easier for women to seek asylum. And yet, she denies the saintly title – "Saint Judy" – that some have bestowed on her. Correspondent Lee Cowan talks with Wood about her more than 30 years practicing immigration law in Los Angeles, and with Golden Globe-nominated actress Michelle Monaghan, who is playing Wood in a new movie, "Saint Judy."

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PASSAGE: André Previn | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" looks back at the life of the Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer, soloist and conductor, whose musical career stretched from the recording stages of Hollywood to jazz clubs to concert halls across the globe.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: André Previn, from classical to jazz (VIDEO)
Not many musicians can make the transition from Bach to Basie gracefully. But André Previn, a child prodigy who escaped Nazi Germany and found a home in Hollywood musicals and jazz clubs, before spending decades as an orchestra conductor and musical director, returned to playing the cool, cerebral jazz that first made him famous. In this "Sunday Morning" profile that aired on February 7, 1993, Previn talked with correspondent Terence Smith about a career of boundless, and boundary-less, music.    

"Mobituaries": Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese twins

"MOBITUARIES": Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese twins | Watch Video
In his latest podcast Mo Rocca shares a story of grit and courage featuring the conjoined twins who became a public sensation touring America in the 19th century.

Listen to this week's episode of "Mobituaries." You can download the episode on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayMegaphoneStitcher, or Spotify. New episodes are available weekly.

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Three wishes

HARTMAN: Three wishes (Video)
At a nursing home in northwest Arkansas, 11-year-old Ruby Chitsey likes to go to work with her mom, a nurse who travels to several nursing homes in the area.  And it was on one of those visits, that Ruby started going up to residents with her notepad and asking them, "If you could have any three things, what would they be?" And so started a charity called "Three Wishes for Ruby's Residents." Steve Hartman reports. 

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MOVIES: Julianne Moore on dramatizing the immensity of a life | Watch Video
Jane Pauley profiles the Oscar-winning actress, now starring in the film "Gloria Bell," about a free-spirited divorcée who discovers romance in an L.A. dance club.

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David Sedaris: I may not give up my seat for you

COMMENTARY: Taking a stand on giving up a seat | Watch Video
Humorist David Sedaris says his chivalrous attitude when offering his seat on a bus or subway has been tempered by age.

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Nuclear blasts, preserved on film

WARFARE: Nuclear explosions: Preserving images of terrifying, swift power | Watch Video
Beginning in 1945, and until atmospheric nuclear testing was banned, the United States conducted 210 above-ground nuclear tests, recorded on film. Now, footage that has survived is being preserved and studied for their scientific data, correcting the record about the physics, and destructive power, of our nuclear arsenal. David Martin reports.

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Calendar: Week of March 4

CALENDAR: Week of March 4 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

Nature: Grand Canyon in winter

NATURE: Grand Canyon in winter (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" visits a snow-swept Grand Canyon National Park. Videographer: Phil Giriodi.


A lineup of zebras drinking from a well at Etosha National Park in northern Namibia.

NATURE UP CLOSE: Why do zebras have stripes?
Researchers try to answer an age-old question, whose answer is not exactly black-and-white.

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