This week on "Sunday Morning" (September 22)


Violett Beane, Brandon Micheal Hall and Suraj Sharma in "God Friended Me."


Last Updated Sep 22, 2019 11:48 AM EDT


COVER STORY: The mysteries of "God Friended Me" | Watch Video
The hit TV show about a "God" account on Facebook pointing to people who need help has spoken to the spiritual journeys of its cast in surprising and challenging ways. Correspondent Michelle Miller talks with stars Brandon Micheal Hall, Joe Morton, Javicia Leslie, Violett Beane and Suraj Sharma about the show's stories of faith, trust and love that have caused them to examine their own beliefs. 

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 The L.A. freeways "Stack" | Watch Video
On September 22, 1953, the Four-Level Interchange design opened, allowing drivers in 32 lanes to switch from one freeway to another without ever having to cross another lane of traffic. Jane Pauley reports. 

Kristine Tompkins and Conor Knighton in Chile's Patagonia National Park, which Tompkins' donation of a half-million acres helped create.  CBS News

POSTCARD FROM PATAGONIA: Creating Patagonia National Park | Watch Video
Located in the southern tip of Chile, Patagonia National Park is more than half-a-million acres of mountains and valleys, glaciers and grasslands, winding rivers and wild guanacos – and it is part of the largest private land donation in history. Conor Knighton trekked the wilds of the park with Kristine Tompkins, former CEO of the clothing company Patagonia, whose non-profit, Tompkins Conservation, handed over this park to the Chilean government to preserve its wild-ness for generations to come. It's a dream that has been two-and-a-half decades in the making, and the culmination of a remarkable love story.

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The composer and conductor John Williams. CBS News

MUSIC: John Williams on reworking the classics – his own | Watch Video
The composer-conductor is one of America's most celebrated musical talents – the best-known creator of music for films. He has written the scores for such revered classics as "Jaws," "Star Wars," "Superman," and "Schindler's List," and is returning to the "Star Wars" universe with the upcoming "Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker." Correspondent Tracy Smith talks with John Williams, and with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who collaborated with the composer on a new album of pieces for violin and orchestra adapted from his film scores.

EXTENDED TRANSCRIPT: John Williams on Spielberg, "Star Wars," and the power of music

Anne-Sophie Mutter and John Williams recording "Schindler's List"

GALLERY WITH AUDIO: The classic film scores of John Williams
Listen to audio samples of some of the composer's best scores!

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The Cars' Ric Ocasek and journalist Cokie Roberts | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" remembers the rock guitarist and lead vocalist for the 1970s-'80s rock band, and the pioneering broadcast journalist for NPR and ABC. Jane Pauley reports. 

The cast of "Downton Abbey," a new film based on the internationally-popular TV series.  Focus Features

MOVIES: Return to "Downton Abbey" | Watch Video
Elizabeth Palmer visits the castle famous as the location of Downton Abbey, and talks to some of the actors in the new movie inspired by the hit TV show.

PREVIEW VIDEO: Julian Fellowes on the "Downton Abbey" movie: "A logistical nightmare"
The creator of "Downton Abbey," Julian Fellowes, talks with correspondent Elizabeth Palmer about bringing the cast back together for a new theatrical feature.

To watch a trailer for "Downton Abbey" click on the video player below:

DOWNTON ABBEY - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters September 20 by Focus Features on YouTube

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 Going the distance (Video)
A lot of police officers go above and beyond the call of duty. But few officers have gone further out of their way than Sgt. Jeff Turney of the Glendale, Arizona Police Department, who responded to a call about a 94-year-old preparing to drive to an assisted living facility all the way in Florida in a most remarkable fashion. Steve Hartman reports.

Actress Renée Zellweger with correspondent Lee Cowan. CBS News

MOVIES: Renée Zellweger on playing Judy Garland | Watch Video
Lee Cowan interviews the Oscar-winning actress, who stars as Judy Garland struggling to make a career comeback in London after years of battling addiction in the new biopic "Judy."

To watch a trailer for "Judy" click on the video player below:

JUDY | Official Teaser Trailer by LD Entertainment on YouTube

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Musician Mark Knopfler with CBS News' Anthony Mason. CBS News

MUSIC: Mark Knopfler: Music is "a bit of an obsession" | Watch Video
Mark Knopfler says he can't think of anything good about fame, which is one reason he dissolved his hit band, Dire Straits, when they were at the peak of their success. But he continues to make music, and as he wraps a tour of America, Knopfler sat down with Anthony Mason to talk about the music he has written, for himself and others, and why he calls it his obsession.

You can stream Mark Knopfler's album "Down the Road Wherever" by clicking on the embed below (Free Spotify registration required to hear the tracks in full):

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Week of September 23 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

Florida (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to Myakaa River State Park in Sarasota, Florida. Videographer: Doug Jensen.


World War II veteran Clarence Smoyer is awarded the Bronze Star, Sept. 18, 2019. CBS News

UPDATE: WWII vet Clarence Smoyer awarded Bronze Star (VIDEO)
On March 6, 1945 Clarence Smoyer, a Pershing tank gunner with the U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Division, helped to capture Cologne, Germany's third-largest city. His bravery under fire was chronicled in a recent book, "Spearhead," and he was interviewed by Seth Doane for "Sunday Morning" in November 2018. On September 18, 2019, Smoyer, now 96, was belatedly awarded the Bronze Star in a ceremony at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The holdfasts and stipes of kelp.

NATURE UP CLOSE: Life in the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve
A wide range of organisms, from previously-unknown fish to plants that aren't true plants, can be found in the marine reserve off the Chilean coast.

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