This week on "Sunday Morning" (September 8)

Last Updated Sep 8, 2019 10:39 AM EDT


COVER STORY: Food fight: Milk and their plant-based alternatives | Watch Video
Americans today are drinking 37% less milk than they did 50 years ago, while the market for plant-based milk has skyrocketed in recent years. But is the beverage derived from plants like almonds and oats "milk," or is it "juice"? As the FDA takes a closer look at just what makes milk "milk," Serena Altschul talks with representatives of plant-based agriculture, and with an organic dairy farmer who is feeling the pinch of a declining market for cow's milk.

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Blondie | Watch Video
Chic Young's comic strip, featuring a blonde flapper and her husband. Dagwood, made its debut on September 8, 1930. Jane Pauley reports.

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Author Margaret Atwood (right) with correspondent Martha Teichner. CBS News

BOOKS: "The Handmaid's Tale" author Margaret Atwood: "I have never believed it can't happen here" | Watch Video
Canadian author Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," about a United States taken over by Christian zealots who force women to serve as sex slaves and child bearers for a powerful elite, became a bestseller and an Emmy-winning TV series. It has also introduced the iconography of Gilead into today's political discussions. Now, Atwood has penned a sequel, "The Testaments," which has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She tells correspondent Martha Teichner that while she wrote the books as a warning, she does not see herself as a prophet.

READ AN EXCERPT: "The Testaments" by Margaret Atwood

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Margaret Atwood's advice to voters
Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale" contains powerful warnings about the misuse of political power. She tells correspondent Martha Teichner that voters should realize, in politics, "We live in the world of least worst," and that abstaining from the ballot box must not be an option. 

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Why the "Marthas" in "Handmaid's Tale"?
Martha Teichner has a question for author Margaret Atwood, whose classic novel "The Handmaid's Tale" features characters named Martha comprising a lower social class in the Republic of Gilead.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Margaret Atwood on the TV version of "The Handmaid's Tale"
Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale" has been adapted into an award-winning TV series, now in its third season. She has also written a sequel, "The Testaments." She talks with correspondent Martha Teichner about how the TV series has colored her work.

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The handyman (Video)
There is a superhero in Pittsburgh: 29-year-old Jon Potter, a handyman by trade, who helps out anyone who asks for help no matter what they needed. So far, he has done about a thousand good deeds, but who's counting? Steve Hartman reports on what may be Potter's best gift ever.

 How #MeToo came to light | Watch Video
Erin Moriarty talks with journalists Meghan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who helped break the story of allegations of harassment and abuse by film producer Harvey Weinstein. Their 2017 New York Times report, which earned them a Pulitzer Prize, helped launch a campaign to combat sexism, discrimination and abuse in the workplace. They discuss where the #MeToo movement has gone in the past two years.

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 Odessa shooting survivor: Congress, do something | Watch Video
Shauna Saxton, a grandmother who looked the gunman in the eyes and escaped the gunfire, says doing nothing in the wake of tragic mass shooting events will mean more innocent lives lost.

Donny and Marie Osmond performing in Las Vegas. CBS News

MUSIC: Donny and Marie Osmond, going solo | Watch Video
The two have been in show business almost as long as they've been brother and sister, as solo performers and as headliners of the popular "Donnie & Marie" TV show in the 1970s. For the past 11 years they have been a top draw in Las Vegas. But after almost 1,700 performances, they've decided to bring the curtain down on themselves this November. Lee Cowan talks with them about their new challenges ahead, from Marie taking a seat at "The Talk," to Donny's new solo album.

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Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests | Watch Video
For months protesters in Hong Kong have demonstrated against new bills being debated that would curtail democratic principles, prompting clashes with police and calls for the resignation of the Chief Executive of this Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Ramy Inocencio reports on where the divisions between Hong Kong citizens and their government now stands.

Raiders Seahawks Football
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes during warmups before an NFL football preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Seattle. Elaine Thompson/AP

FOOTBALL: Russell Wilson asks the important question: Why not you? | Watch Video
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback, who has led his team to six playoffs, two Super Bowls and one championship victory, is the highest-paid player in the National Football League. But the impact he wants to have goes way beyond money and football. "NFL Today" host and CBS News special correspondent James Brown talks with the 30-year-old Wilson about his role as a mentor to students, and the Why Not You Foundation, which he founded to help empower today's youth.

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Week of September 9 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

 Canyonlands National Park (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to Utah's Canyonlands National Park. Videographer: Judith Lehmberg.


The outer layer of a beaver's incisors is orange. It is more resistant than the inner part, so it stays nice and sharp for cutting into wood.

NATURE UP CLOSE: Beavers, the master engineers
A keystone species for animals and plants, beavers are crafty builders who continually reshape parts of Wyoming's Snake River.

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