This week on "Sunday Morning" (September 27)

Last Updated Sep 27, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

Host: Jane Pauley       

HEADLINES: Trump introduces his Supreme Court pick (Video)
On Saturday President Donald Trump officially announced federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to be his nominee for the nation's highest court, to fill the seat left open by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Correspondent Rita Braver reports.

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In some cases police who are the target of civil lawsuits over their actions may be protected from liability due to the doctrine of qualified immunity.  CBS News

COVER STORY: The controversy behind qualified immunity | Watch Video
The doctrine of qualified immunity, whereby police officers are protected from civil lawsuits in certain cases, has come under question. Would eliminating qualified immunity improve relations between police and the greater community? Senior contributor Ted Koppel talks with law experts, and with citizens who have become mired in lawsuits for years owing to police actions that they say violated their Constitutional rights.

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George "Shotgun" Shuba congratulates Jackie Robinson on his first home run playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers;' farm team, the Montreal Royals, on April 18, 1946. CBS News

SPORTS: Jackie Robinson, George Shuba, and the "handshake of the century" | Watch Video
In 1946, when the trailblazing player hit his first homer for a Dodgers farm team in an otherwise all-White league, one player shook his hand – an act that was by turns normal and groundbreaking. Correspondent Susan Spencer talks with sculptor Marc Mellon about his statue honoring that momentous exchange.

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PULSE:
News consumption

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Actor Jim Belushi, who has added "cannabis farmer" to his credit list, shows correspondent Luke Burbank his farm in Oregon.  CBS News

IN CONVERSATION: Jim Belushi, cannabis farmer | Watch Video
Comic actor Jim Belushi, who became famous for his TV, film and stage appearances, is cultivating a new role. Correspondent Luke Burbank talks with Belushi about pursuing his agricultural passion on his Oregon cannabis farm, and about the western wildfires that came close to burning it to the ground.

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PASSAGE:
In memoriam (Video)
"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including NFL great Gale Sayers.

        
TECHNOLOGY:
Family-made Rube Goldberg contraptions: Do try this at home! (Video)
This year the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest offered families under coronavirus lockdown a way to make good use of their time, by building contraptions that are utterly useless, except to accomplish mundane tasks in the time-honored fashion of the legendary cartoonist. Correspondent Mo Rocca witnesses some of the craziest devices.

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COMMENTARY:
 Josh Seftel and his mother on quarantine (Video)
Contributor Josh Seftel – whose conversations with his mother have been featured on "Sunday Morning" from time to time – catches up with his mom, who shares her feelings on the world today, from social distancing to a visit (finally) to the hair salon.

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Singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. CBS News

MUSIC: Mariah Carey on the darkest chapters of her life | Watch Video
With a record 19 chart-topping hits, singer and songwriter Mariah Carey spun a bleak and scary childhood into gold and platinum. Now 50 and the devoted mother to nine-year-old twins, she talks with Jane Pauley about her new memoir, "The Meaning of Mariah Carey," and about escaping the darkest chapters of her life.

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ELECTION 2020:
 Presidential debates: When the whole world is watching | Watch Video
John Dickerson of "60 Minutes" on what televised debates tell us about the weight of the job – and about the candidates themselves.

CBS News' coverage of the presidential debate begins Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 8:30 p.m. on CBSN.

       
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PLAY: The renaissance of roller skating | Watch Video
A craze from the past is hot again. Correspondent Nancy Giles reports on the history of roller skating, and why this fad is once more on a roll.

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COMMENTARY:
 Jimmy Carter and a lifetime's response to race
Bestselling historian Jonathan Alter, author of a new biography about the 39th president, explains how Jimmy Carter spent the second half of his life making up for what he did not do when he was younger. 

READ AN EXCERPT: "His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life"

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NATURE:
 Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Live theater hasn't returned to Broadway just yet, but performers were on stage in Massachusetts, at the Berkshire Theater Group.  CBS News

STAGE: The New Season in theater: The show will go on, some day | Watch Video
With the "Great White Way" dark since March, audiences are awaiting the time when live theater, on Broadway and off, will be back. Jane Pauley looks at when theatrical productions will once again tread the boards.

BOOKS: The New Season: Fall fiction titles
Washington Post book reviewer Ron Charles previews a few of the most hotly-anticipated novels and short story collections coming to bookstores this fall.

BOOK EXCERPT: "Magic Lessons" by Alice Hoffman
The author returns with a prequel to "Practical Magic" and "The Rules of Magic," which tells the origins of the Owens family's history of curses and intimations of witchcraft.

BOOK EXCERPT: "Jack" by Marilynne Robinson
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author returns to the setting of her acclaimed novels "Gilead," "Home" and "Lila."

BOOK EXCERPT: "Missionaries" by Phil Klay
The author of the National Book Award-winning short story collection "Redeployment" is back with an epic novel about the moral complexities of geopolitics and modern warfare.

BOOK EXCERPT: "Memorial" by Bryan Washington
The author's new novel tells of two men whose relationship is tested by family estrangements and separation.

BOOK EXCERPT: "The Office of Historical Corrections" by Danielle Evans
A new collection of stories in which characters grapple with issues of race and culture.

BOOK EXCERPT: "The Silence" by Don DeLillo
The award-winning author's latest work is a novel keenly appropriate for a time of calamity and social dislocation.

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Frances McDormand in "Nomadland." Searchlight Pictures

MOVIES: Dispatches from the virtual New York Film Festival
Online screenings, drive-in venues and streaming conversations with filmmakers characterize this pandemic year's edition of New York's premier celebration of cinema.

            
"SUNDAY MORNING" MATINEE:
"Balm in Gilead" (Video) 
Performing in isolation, members of the Pasadena, Calif.-based arts organization MUSE/IQUE join virtually to present "Balm in Gilead," a poignant spiritual fitting for these troubled times. Performers include vocalists Ben Harper and Maiya Sykes, drummer Jimmy Paxson, bassist Michael Valerio, violinist Charles Yang, and keyboardist Deron Johnson, joined by Herman Cornejo, principal dancer with American Ballet Theater.
     


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