This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 24)

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Last Updated May 24, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

Tracy Smith will be chatting with singer-songwriter Josh Groban on Facebook Live at 11AM EST - 8AM PST - this Sunday after the show. Post your questions below!

Posted by CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday, May 24, 2020

FACEBOOK LIVE CHAT: Josh Groban & Tracy Smith
The singer-musician joined our correspondent to answer viewer questions on the CBS Sunday Morning Facebook page following the May 24 broadcast. You can watch the archived video here.  

Host: Jane Pauley


OPENING: "Abblasen" performed by the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" (Video)
This Memorial Day weekend, "Sunday Morning" is honored to have its opening theme "Abblasen" performed by members of the United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own." Performers (clockwise from top left): SSG Craig Basarich; SSG Alicia Eisenstadt; SSG Adrienne Doctor; SSG Danny Venora; SSG John Powlison; and SSG Kevin Paul. Arrangement by SSG Venora. Hooah!

WEB EXTRA: The U.S. Army Band: They're playing our song | Watch Video
The mission of these military musicians, who performed the "Sunday Morning" theme "Abblasen," is to remind us of the power of music to connect us.

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Hollywood's cliffhanger of a summer | Watch Video
For decades, summer has been movie blockbuster season. Now, with production halted, release schedules shuffled and hundreds of thousands of jobs lost, Hollywood is trying to figure out how it will recover from the coronavirus shutdown. Correspondent Lee Cowan talks with Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group; SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Cateris; Ted Sarandos, content chief at Netflix; and film professor Emily Carman, about how the film industry may bounce back.

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Bread baked by an emergency room doctor.  CBS News

FOOD: Baking bread at home: A knead for comfort | Watch Video
If you're like many people holed up at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you are spending more time in the kitchen. And with yeast sales up more than 600 percent compared to a year ago, it's a good bet what's coming out of more and more ovens is freshly-baked bread. Correspondent Martha Teichner talks with bread expert Jim Lahey, of New York's Sullivan Street Bakery, and with budding bread bakers who are finding comfort in their own loaves.

RECIPE: Jim Lahey's Basic No-Knead Bread
Plan ahead when baking this delicious, long-fermented rustic bread, from the owner of NYC's Sullivan Street Bakery.

RECIPE: French-Style Country Bread
From King Arthur Flour, a traditional crusty, hole-ridden, French bread.

RECIPE: Vermont Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread
From King Arthur Flour, a soft, mildly sweet loaf, perfect for sandwiches and toast.]

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 Travel industry inches back | Watch Video
The hospitality and travel sectors, which are adjusting their business practices in times of pandemic, don't expect a return to the "old normal" any time soon. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg reports.

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CBS News' Tony Dokoupil takes on Sir Patrick Stewart in a table tennis match.  CBS News

SUNDAY PROFILE: Sir Patrick Stewart, on "Star Trek" and sonnets | Watch Video
The Shakespearean actor, most recognized for his performances in the sci-fi franchises "X-Men" and "Star Trek," recently returned to the role of Captain Jean Luc Picard in the CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Picard." But as "CBS This Morning" co-host Tony Dokoupil found out, Sir Patrick Stewart is much more down-to-earth than his title might imply.  

To watch a trailer for "Star Trek: Picard" click on the video player below: 

Star Trek: Picard | Now Streaming Promo | CBS All Access by CBS All Access on YouTube

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A view from inside the Statue of Liberty's crown.  National Park Service

MONUMENTS: The Statue of Liberty as you've never seen her before | Watch Video
With Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty currently closed due to COVID-19, this is the perfect time to experience a virtual tour of the monument, featuring every nook-and-cranny of the statue's interior, including areas traditionally off-limits to visitors. Conor Knighton reports.

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 The rise of Wikipedia as a source of medical information | Watch Video
For years the encyclopedic Wikipedia, written and edited by anybody with an internet connection, was viewed as a "Wild West" site rife in misinformation. Today, Wikipedia is regularly the first place many of us check for information about everything, in particular the latest medical news on COVD-19, thanks to the editors and writers who are curating WikiProject Medicine. Wired Magazine editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson reports.

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Annie Glenn, Ken Osmond | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" remembers an astronaut's wife who became a tireless advocate for people with speech disorders, and the actor who starred in the classic TV sitcom "Leave It to Beaver."

GALLERY: Notable Deaths in 2020

 Taps Across America (Video)
Since parades and gatherings are cancelled this Memorial Day weekend, retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva and correspondent Steve Hartman are asking buglers and trumpet players across the country to stand on their porches this Memorial Day, and play the haunting music of "Taps" – and for the rest of us to soak in this 24-note reminder of what Memorial Day is all about. For information on how to participate, go to

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Singer, musician and actor Josh Groban. CBS News

MUSIC: Josh Groban on connecting with his audience during the pandemic | Watch Video
In February singer-musician Josh Groban started a residency at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Now, with concerts postponed due to the pandemic, he speaks to correspondent Tracy Smith about trying to be Zen during the crisis, as well as what he misses about live performance, and his social media posts features songs performed in his shower. Groban also debuts for "Sunday Morning" viewers his new song, "Your Face."

DON'T MISS: Josh Groban and Tracy Smith on Facebook Live!
Following "Sunday Morning" on May 24, at 11 a.m. ET, Groban and Smith will answer viewers' questions in a live chat on the "CBS Sunday Morning" Facebook channel.

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Jim Gaffigan: Are we REALLY all in this together? | Watch Video
The comedian, marking his 10th week in quarantine with his family because of the pandemic, ponders society as a whole.

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NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken familiarize themselves with the controls of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, which will transport them to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.  SpaceX/NASA

SCIENCE: NASA, SpaceX launching a new era of commercial crewed spaceflight | Watch Video
Nine years ago, a crewed spaceflight originated from American soil for the last time. But this week, astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will launch a new era of commercial human spaceflight, when a SpaceX rocket takes off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports.

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One of Shane Cleminson's "Front Porch Portraits," capturing Indiana families living under lockdown. Shane Cleminson

SNAPSHOT: Porch views of the pandemic (Video)
"Sunday Morning" presents pictures of life in a time of COVID-19, featuring the work of Indiana photographer Shane Cleminson, who offered to take portraits of families under stay-at-home orders, posed on their front porches, creating a time capsule of Spring 2020.

GALLERY: The Indiana "Front Porch Portraits"

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Alligators in Florida (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, an ideal spot for alligators to bask in the sun. Videographer: Justin Grubb. 

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From the Broadway musical "Diana: A True Musical Story," Erin Davie (who plays Camilla Parker Bowles) sings "I Miss You Most on Sundays." "Diana: A True Musical Story"

"SUNDAY MORNING" MATINEE: "Diana: A True Musical Story" | Watch Video
The Broadway musical "Diana: A True Musical Story," which traces the love triangle involving Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, had just begun previews in New York when coronavirus shut down the Great White Way. In this performance recorded exclusively for "CBS Sunday Morning," Erin Davie (who plays Bowles) sings "I Miss You Most on Sundays," which her character sings to Prince Charles, but which here also serves a second purpose: pining for the community of fellow theatre artists now separated because of the lockdown.

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GRADUATION: "Sunday Morning" salutes the Class of 2020 (Video)
In many ways graduating students have been robbed of the time-honored rituals of a traditional senior year. "Sunday Morning" asked seniors to submit their photos, and so here is our tribute to the Class of 2020. Music: "Here's to You" by Abby Bannon and Grace Stewart.

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