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 Encyclopedia Britannica is turning 250 – look it up! | Watch Video
Two hundred and fifty years ago, in Edinburgh, Scotland, a printer, an engraver, and an editor teamed up to produce the first Encyclopedia Britannica, which contained scholarly essays and short definitional entries about practically everything. It was a revolution in information. But now that we have instant access to all knowledge from throughout human history via our smartphones, what would kids today think of the encyclopedia, which now encompasses 44 million words, in books? Luke Burbank reports.

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BEST OF 2018:
 Books | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" reviews the tops in pop culture from the past year.   

Top news stories of 2018 month-by-month | Watch Video
What about the year gone by? Time for one last look with Jane Pauley.

What's next for Washington in 2019? | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" begins the New Year with a look ahead based on events of the year gone by, reported by CBS News correspondents from around the world, beginning with National Correspondent Chip Reid in our nation's capital.

Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy in the biopic "Stan & Ollie." Sony Pictures Classics

MOVIES: The return of Laurel & Hardy | Watch Video
The lovable comic duo who, beginning in 1926, starred in more than a hundred feature films and shorts during the Golden Age of Hollywood, are the subjects of a new biopic, "Stan & Ollie," about the aging comedians on a music hall tour of Britain in the post-war years. Lee Cowan reports.

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BEST OF 2018:  Movies | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" reviews the tops in pop culture from the past year. 

What's next for the Middle East in 2019? | Watch Video
Correspondent Seth Doane on the prospects for diplomacy in a region torn by war and political upheaval.

 Jim Gaffigan touches on the prevalence of screens | Watch Video
Jim Gaffigan on a 21st century obsession none of us can escape.

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BEST OF 2018:
  Online | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" reviews the tops in pop culture from the past year. 

What's next in Asia? | Watch Video
Correspondent Ben Tracy on North Korea's failure to denuclearize, and the bombastic trade war between the Trump administration and China.

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 Hail and Farewell to those we lost in 2018 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" host Jane Pauley pays tribute to the creative, inspiring and newsworthy men and women who passed away this year, who'd touched our lives in unforgettable ways.

BEST OF 2018:
 Music | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" reviews the tops in pop culture from the past year. 

What's next in Europe and Russia? | Watch Video
Correspondent Charlie D'Agata on Britain's troublesome Brexit, and Trump's troublesome relationship with Putin.

BEST OF 2018:
  TV | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" reviews the tops in pop culture from the past year. 

 White DeerWatch Extended Video
"Sunday Morning" checks out a herd of rare deer in Seneca County, New York. Videographer: Carl Mrozek.       



NATURE UP CLOSE: Northern Lights
What causes the stunningly beautiful aurora borealis?



No end in sight for government shutdown (Video)
It's not looking as if the standoff between President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats over having American taxpayers fund his border wall will end any time soon. Correspondent Ed O'Keefe has the latest. 

 How Apollo 8 sent a timeless holiday greeting from the heavens | Watch Video
On Christmas Eve 1968, the first humans to circle the moon aboard Apollo 8 sent back the first image of the Earth above the lunar surface. The picture, dubbed "Earthrise," showed us the beauty and fragility of our home planet, and helped invigorate the environmental movement. Lee Cowan talked with astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders; with Jeffrey Kluger, author of a book on Apollo 8; and with former Vice President Al Gore, who talks about the impact of that mission on man's environmental awareness.

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'TIS THE SEASON: Fruitcake: More than a hefty holiday gift | Watch Video
It's that time of year when some of us will reach into our Christmas stockings and wish we found coal instead. What is that lumpy thing down there? It's fruitcake, that classic hockey puck of a dessert with the Christmas ornament-looking fruit on top. Nancy Giles visits a company that has been making fruitcakes since the 19th century, and talks with a nutritionist who explains why long-distance runners and hikers are turning to fruitcakes as the perfect energy food.

RECIPE: Brenda Braaten's Fruitcake

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 Penny Marshall | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" remembers the actress and filmmaker Penny Marshall, who died this week, who was best known for starring in the comedy "Laverne & Shirley," and for directing such acclaimed motion pictures as "A League of Their Own" and "Big." Jane Pauley reports.

DANCE: Ballet for special children | Watch Video
At a workshop by the New York City Ballet, children with disabilities can wear tutus and top hats, and experience the joy that dance brings. Lesley Stahl talks with Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, a specialist in cerebral palsy, and with parents of children experiencing movement in a studio with live music and other dancers.

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'TIS THE SEASON: One family's Christmastime tradition: A tamale-wrapping party | Watch Video
Mo Rocca reports on one Austin family's Feliz Navidad tradition: a tamale-making party known as a tamalada.

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TELEVISION:  "Property Brothers" stars Drew and Jonathan Scott: All in the family | Watch Video
They are the reigning kings of home renovation reality TV: identical twins Drew and Jonathan Scott, known as the Property Brothers. Michelle Miller visits with the Scotts to experience their storytelling and humor (and home demolition) firsthand; and then heads out to their family's home on the range, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies outside of Calgary, Alberta, where the boys came to their entrepreneurial spirit at an early age.

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MUSIC: "Silent Night": A song for peace | Watch Video
Faith Salie looks back at the history of one of the Christmas season's most revered songs, written 200 years ago, and attends a special performance at New York's Trinity Church, commemorating the song's American debut in 1839.

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The greatest gift (Video)
Not so long ago, Bo and Lake Giles toiled as sharecroppers in a field in Kelton, South Carolina. Their children, raised in poverty, would look upon a nearby house as a veritable Taj Mahal of luxury. Steve Hartman reports on how the family's poor circumstances did not prevent them from succeeding – or from one day moving into the house to which they aspired.       

MUSIC: Shawn Mendes: His star has taken off | Watch Video
Shawn Mendes, a young, Canadian self-taught musician with little more than a guitar, skinny jeans and a megawatt smile, has cheerfully become one of the biggest names in pop music. At just 20 years old, he's already a veteran of three world tours and three hit studio albums. Tracy Smith talks with Mendes about "In My Blood," the Grammy-nominated single from his Grammy-nominated new album, which speaks to the crippling anxiety he's learned to live with since his star took off.

To watch Shawn Mendes perform "In My Blood," click on the video player below. 

Shawn Mendes - In My Blood by ShawnMendesVEVO on YouTube

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MUSIC: Holiday music by Charles Osgood (Video)
The "Sunday Morning" anchor emeritus and the Young People's Chorus of New York City join us for a musical celebration of the season.

 Week of December 24 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.

 Northern LightsWatch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes in a spectacular evening's view, in Norway, of the Aurora Borealis, by videographer Kyle Meek.


MUSIC: Check out the "CBS Sunday Morning" Christmas song playlist on Spotify!
Our staff wanted to share our favorite Christmas tunes!

NATURE UP CLOSE: Why can't we all be like Costa Rica?
Judy Lehmberg visits the Central American country with a higher percentage of land protected by national parks than any other in the world.



COVER STORY: What's in store for Sears? | Watch Video
At its peak, Sears, Roebuck was the biggest retailer in the world. And then, the company that dominated the department store business for much of the 20th century officially filed for bankruptcy, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses. David Pogue looks at the company and its failure to evolve in a changing economy.

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COMMERCE: Pop-ups are popping up all over | Watch Video
More and more retail stores, restaurants, museums and other "experiences" are popping up all over, as "pop-up" operations. Luke Burbank reports.

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 The first vending machine | Watch Video
On December 16, 1884, William Henry Fruen patented his "Automatic Liquid-Drawing Device," leading the way to coin-operated devices dispensing a myriad of products. Jane Pauley reports. 

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MUSIC: How marimbas sing | Watch Video
A mallet instrument that traces its roots to Africa, marimba in the Central African language of Bantu means "wood that sings." Problem is, that wood is running out; Honduran Rosewood, responsible for the unique sound of the marimba, is grown only in a few parts of Central America, and in 2008 the tree was added to the Endangered Species List. Serena Altschul gets some percussion lessons, and talks with experts intent on making sure this ever-evolving instrument continues to sing.

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TOYS: Building a better Lego | Watch Video
Lego, the tiny plastic bricks that engage young minds and fingers, have clicked with generations of kids. So, why is the popular toy undergoing a remake? Roxana Saberi visits the Lego factory in Billund, Denmark, to find out. 

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Secret Santa's homeless elf (Video)
During this holiday season in Phoenix, a homeless man, Moses Elder, took on the role of a Secret Santa helper, giving away money to some unsuspecting and grateful passers-by. The anonymous, wealthy businessman who goes around the country every year handing out Benjamins to random people has now recruited his most unlikely elf. Secret Santa also gave Moses some money to keep for himself, but he says that reward pales to the joy he's received from helping others. Steve Hartman reports. 

PASSAGE: Nancy Wilson (Video)
"Sunday Morning" remembers the Grammy Award-winning song stylist Nancy Wilson, who died this past week at the age of 81.

MUSIC:  Michael Bublé is back with "Love," and takes nothing for granted | Watch Video
The chart-topping singer took a two-year break from performing after learning in 2016 that his then-three-year-old son, Noah, had been diagnosed with liver cancer. Bublé opens up to Tracy Smith about how there was "no choice" for him and his wife to put their careers on hold. 

To watch Michael Bublé perform "When I Fall in Love," from his new album "Love," click on the video player below. 

Michael Bublé - When I Fall In Love [Official Music Video] by Michael Bublé on YouTube

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Do we have to do Christmas in December? | Watch Video
Comedian Jim Gaffigan says the stress of the holidays in the bleakest of months makes moving Christmas to a sunnier time a smart idea.

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 Emily Blunt on "Mary Poppins Returns" | Watch Video
In the sequel we've waited half a century to see, Mary Poppins has returned to the screen. The children she cared for in the 1964 original have grown, but their nanny is mostly unchanged, except she is played now by Emily Blunt. Anthony Mason talks with Blunt about bringing P.L. Travers' beloved, eccentric character back to life in a magical musical. 

To watch the trailer for "Mary Poppins Returns," click on the video player below. 

Mary Poppins Returns | Official Trailer by Walt Disney Studios on YouTube

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"Yes, Virginia": The story behind the letter about Santa Claus | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" looks back at the original New York Sun Letter to the Editor of a child's query: "Is there a Santa Claus?"

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 Boise National Forest | Watch Extended Video
"Sunday Morning" takes us today to the Boise National Forest in Idaho. Videographer: Jamie McDonald.

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MUSIC: Isaac Mizrahi's "Peter and the Wolf" | Watch Video
The fashion designer's childhood fascination with Prokofiev's beloved symphonic fairy tale has led to him designing, directing and narrating an annual performance at New York's Guggenheim Museum. Nancy Giles reports. 

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 Week of December 17 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

NATURE UP CLOSE: Spitfire, the little wolf that could
This Thanksgiving, one of the most beloved wolves in Yellowstone National Park was legally shot and killed outside the park's boundary.



COVER STORY: Titanic: The untold story | Watch Video
In 1985 a top-secret Cold War search for two missing Navy submarines in the Atlantic would lead to discovering the final resting place of RMS Titanic, the luxury liner that sunk on April 15, 1912, with more than 1,500 souls aboard. Chip Reid visits an exhibition at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., about the search for the fated Titanic, and talks with Robert Ballard, the man whose classified hunt for the USS Scorpion and USS Thresher – nuclear submarines lost in the 1960s – would bring him to the most famous shipwreck in history. 

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 London's killer smog | Watch Video
On December 9, 1952, a mixture of smoke and fog that became one of the greatest mass murderers of modern times finally lifted over the English capital. Jane Pauley reports.

FASHION: Fashion icon Ralph Lauren on a lifetime of style | Watch Video
Jane Pauley talks with 79-year-old fashion legend Ralph Lauren, who gives her a tour of his 20,000-acre Colorado ranch, and talks about the origins of his Polo brand, as well as the purpose of fashion – and his own longevity. (Portions of this interview were originally aired on the "Sunday Morning" primetime special, September 14, 2018.)

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HOLIDAYS: Tech gift ideas from Techno Claus | Watch Video
Ho ho ho! David Pogue, disguised as a jolly man in red, emerges from the "Sunday Morning" chimney to share some gift suggestions for those on your list who love gadgets.

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HISTORY: A friendship born in one of America's darkest hours | Watch Video
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, approximately 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent were transported to concentration camps, including one at Heart Mountain in Wyoming, where young Norman Mineta, a Boy Scout, was sent with his family. There he met another Boy Scout from Wyoming, Alan Simpson, and the two forged a friendship that endures to this day, even after each has served in Congress on opposite sides of the aisle. Lee Cowan talks with Mineta and Simpson about the story of Heart Mountain, and the brightness of the human spirit that shone in their bond. 

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HEADLINES: The longest hatred: Anti-Semitism on the rise | Watch Video
This year the Jewish festival of Hanukkah comes at a time when hate incidents targeting Jews - involving incitements to violence, mass shootings and online attacks - have increased dramatically. Correspondent Rita Braver talks with The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman, whose experience being trolled by anti-Semitic hatemongers online inspired his book, "(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump." Braver also talks with historian Deborah Lipstadt, and with Rabbi Jeffrey Meyers, who witnessed 11 congregants being gunned down at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh earlier this year.

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 A "legal" snowball

JOURNALISM: Band of brothers: The lives and deaths of war photographers | Watch Video
Many photojournalists have lost their lives or limbs on the battle lines, because the only way to document the violence of war is up close. "Sunday Morning" Special Contributor Ted Koppel looks at the legacy of two noted war photographers, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, who were killed in pursuit of the truth amid the chaos of battle. Koppel also talks with documentary filmmaker Greg Campbell and journalist Sebastian Junger about the dangers faced by journalists in conflict zones; and with former New York Times photographer Mike Kamber, who helped found the Bronx Documentary Center, where youth people are taught about photojournalism.

GALLERY: The timeless photojournalism of Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington

GALLERY: Young photojournalists' work from the Bronx Documentary Center

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 Pantone's Color of the Year

MUSIC: Cardi B on her determination: "I get up every single time, honey" | Watch Video
It's been an extraordinary year for Cardi B, the woman who keeps beating the odds. Last summer's smash, "Bodak Yellow," catapulted her to the top of the Billboard charts, and she became the first female rapper to have three Billboard #1 singles. But while her music has attracted attention, it's the Bronx native's personality that people can't seem to get enough of. "You just gotta be yourself," she told correspondent Maurice DuBois. "When I talk, I make a lot of mistakes. Like, I might say words, and the words are not even in the dictionary! But people still like it, because you can tell that I'm saying it from the heart." 

To watch Cardi B perform "Ring" (featuring Kehlani), from her album "Invasion of Privacy," click on the video player below: 

Cardi B - Ring (feat. Kehlani) [Official Video] by Cardi B on YouTube

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 Week of December 10 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

 Puffins | Watch Extended Video
"Sunday Morning" takes you this morning to northwestern Iceland, a home for puffins. Videographer: Jim Napoli.  




IN MEMORIAM: Remembering 41: The life and career of George H.W. Bush | Watch Video
Rita Braver looks back at the life and career of President George Herbert Walker Bush, remembered for his sense of honor, decency and fair play. In addition to reviewing highlights from his impressive resume as a World War II Navy pilot, businessman, Congressman, diplomat, Vice President and President, she interviews former Secretary of State Jim Baker, historian David McCullough, and former CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante. 

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Former President George H.W. Bush on his election loss (Video)
Four years after losing his re-election bid to Bill Clinton, President George H.W. Bush was profiled by Paula Zahn for "Sunday Morning." While fishing, he talked – for the first time publicly – about how he processed the loss, and of making the transition from U.S. president to private citizen.

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ALMANAC: Aaron Copland | Watch Video
On December 2, 1990, a most un-common man, composer Aaron Copland, died at the age of 90. Jane Pauley reports. We are joine dby members of the Copland House ensemble who perform Copland's own piano and violin arrangement of the "Hoe Down" section of the ballet "Rodeo."  

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PERFORMANCE: Illusionist Jason Bishop: Creating magic in life | Watch Video
Illusionist Jason Bishop's life wasn't always magical. Born to drug-addicted parents and shuttled from one foster home to another, Bishop found a way to escape his world via escape artists like Harry Houdini, and would discover a talent for magic that has since taken him around the world. Faith Salie finds out how one magician has created magic in his life.

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 An "Annie Hall" for the ages | Watch Video
Intrigued by the change that came over his aging grandmother with early onset Alzhiemer's when she watched an old movie, millennial filmmaker Matt Starr came up with a novel idea: ask seniors to act in a remake of a film. The movie they chose to remake? Woody Allen's "Annie Hall," a comedy about sex, death and memory. Starr and partner Ellie Sachs talked with Serena Altschul about working with their cast from Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in New York City (not to mention the live lobsters).

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The creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants" | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" remembers Stephen Hillenburg, a former marine biology teacher with a talent for art who dreamed up the gleeful cartoon residents of Bikini Bottom. Jane Pauley reports.

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 A very personal "thank you for your service" (Video)
John Metzler says a letter he received on the battlefield on Christmas Day 1970 from a sixth-grade girl helped him get through the Vietnam War. It was a simple note, with a simple message: "Thank you." Today, Metzler prizes the letter and its sentiment, and always wondered what happened to the little girl who wrote it. Steve Hartman was there when he found out.       

ART: The chronicles of "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" host Jane Pauley interviews her husband, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, whose '60s comic strip at Yale, "Bull Tales," evolved into one of the most influential and enduring chronicles of the generational counter-culture. Now 70, Trudeau talks about his Pulitzer Prize-winning strip, and the effect his memorable characters' journey has had on him.

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STAGE: Lin-Manuel Miranda brings "Hamilton" to Puerto Rico | Watch Video
The revolutionary musical is on the road on the island ravaged by Hurricane Maria. David Begnaud reports.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: The autograph wall backstage at "Hamilton"
At New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre, Lin-Manuel Miranda shows correspondent David Begnaud a noted stopping-off point for famous visitors to "Hamilton": the celebrity signing wall.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda talks nerves on stage
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of "Hamilton" and "In the Heights," talks to correspondent David Begnaud about his response to nerves from being on stage: treating them like fuel.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda on his "Hamilton" elevator pitch
A rap musical about a founding father? O-kay. In this web extra, Lin-Manuel Miranda recalls for correspondent David Begnaud his very first public performance of music from "Hamilton," at the Obama White House.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda on a president's visit to "Hamilton"
Lin-Manuel Miranda recalls for correspondent David Begnaud when President Barack Obama came to see his Broadway show "Hamilton," when he wasn't scheduled to perform.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda on making other people's dreams come true
Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about bringing his Broadway hit "Hamilton" to Puerto Rico, and of casting Puerto Rican native Rick Negron as King George III.

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COMMENTARY: Evan Thomas on George H.W. Bush, "the last of his kind" | Watch Video
President George H.W. Bush died on Friday, November 30, at the age of 94. His passing has prompted reflection and respect from veteran journalist and author Evan Thomas.

 George H.W. Bush in his own words (Video)
We present highlights from an August 4, 1996 "Sunday Morning" interview of former President George H.W. Bush by Paula Zahn, in which he talks about campaigning, the media, character, and life after the White House. 

 Week of December 3 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

 Florida Everglades | Watch Extended Video
We leave you this Sunday Morning at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Florida, home to flowers, turtles, and the occasional gator. Videographer: Charles Schultz.      


Glossodoris cincta, a species of sea slug.

NATURE UP CLOSE: Nudibranchs are just weird
These ocean-dwelling mollusks are extremely colorful, and their behavior and reproduction extremely fascinating.




COVER STORY: What's REALLY behind conspiracy theories? | Watch Video
Human beings are skeptical of coincidence, and think in terms of cause-and-effect, which is why many people are attracted to conspiracy theories to explain seemingly inexplicable events, like the assassination of a U.S. President – or, to explain things that never really happened, like "Pizza Gate." Susan Spencer talks with spy novelist Gayle Lynds and psychologist Rob Brotherton about humans' propensity to seek out clandestine, nefarious plots, and with professor Joseph Uscinski, who has studied hundreds of bizarre theories, and who thinks a little dose of conspiracy-thinking actually may be good for democracy.

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 Andrew Carnegie | Watch Video
On November 25, 1835, the steel industrialist and philanthropist was born in Scotland. Lee Cowan reports. 

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ART: Potter and author Edmund de Waal on the poetry of objects | Watch Video
Artist Edmund de Waal creates a kind of tactile poetry with the thousands of porcelain "pots" he creates each year in his South London studio. But he's probably even better known for "The Hare With Amber Eyes," a very personal family history which has sold more than a million copies worldwide. The book is named for a tiny Japanese sculpture called a netsuke, one piece of a family collection passed down through five generations to de Waal, all that is left of their once-stupendous wealth. For de Waal, his two great talents are a single shared vocabulary that informs his life. Martha Teichner reports.

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MUSIC: Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara on "The Pains of Growing" | Watch Video
The Canadian R&B singer-songwriter talks to correspondent Lee Cowan about her new album, "The Pains of Growing," and how this one-time closet pop-star became a genuine one.

To hear Alessia Cara perform her song "Not Today," from her new album "The Pain of Growing," click on the video player below. 

Alessia Cara - Not Today Official Live Performance (Vevo X) by AlessiaCaraVEVO on YouTube

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 A new wave in waterbeds | Watch Video
People fell hard for waterbeds when the aqua-filled bedding was introduced half a century ago, but waterbed sales have tanked since their high-point in the 1980s, when about one in every five beds sold in America was a waterbed. Luke Burbank interviews Charlie Hall, the inventor of the waterbed, who has introduced a "new and improved" version of the water-filled mattress, the Afloat.

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 Thanks for the help of a loving neighbor (VIDEO)
For many people flooded out of their homes in and around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the most welcoming port in the storm has been a total stranger. Jaret Hucks, who owns the Midtown Inn and Cottages, has given away almost a thousand free nights to this community's poorest and most vulnerable evacuees. Steve Hartman revisits the story he first reported earlier this fall, and about a new flood that followed. 

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POLITICS: Gary Hart on "The Front Runner," politics today, and how "all the rules have changed" | Watch Video
The new movie "The Front Runner" focuses on how, in 1987, the presidential campaign of Colorado Senator Gary Hart was upended by a newspaper story that raised allegations of an extramarital affair. "Imagine out of the blue, somebody came to you and said, 'There's good news and bad news – we want to make a movie about you, but we want to make it about the worst week of your life,'" Hart told correspondent Rita Braver.

In a rare television interview, Hart talks about his eventful career, and about how the media's examination of the private life of an untraditional politician like himself has changed the way character is measured, leading America to get "the kind of leaders we deserve."

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MUSIC: Singer-songwriter John Prine: Still alive and kickin' | Watch Video
John Prine started writing songs while delivering mail in Chicago in the late 1960s. Over the last 50 years, classic tunes just seemed to pour out of him – some sad, like "Angel From Montgomery" and "Sam Stone"; some funny, like "Illegal Smile" and "In Spite of Ourselves." Now, after beating cancer twice, the 72-year-old Prine is back with a new album, "The Tree of Forgiveness," and it's turning into the biggest record of his career, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Rock and Country charts.

As Anthony Mason learned when he spent some time with Prine in Nashville, the "Mark Twain of American Songwriting" (that's what Rolling Sone called him) says he couldn't have done any of it without the help of his wife, Fiona, and a heaping helping of meat loaf.

To hear John Prine's song "Summer's End," from his album "The Tree of Forgiveness," click on the video player below.

John Prine - Summer's End Official Video by John Prine on YouTube

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 A.J. Jacobs on giving thanks for a cup of coffee | Watch Video
The bestselling author, commentator and columnist A.J. Jacobs describes the delightful trouble he went through to thank everyone who helped create his morning cup of coffee.

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 Week of November 26 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Lee Cowan reports.

 Colorado mountains | Watch Extended Video
"Sunday Morning" takes you this morning to the San Juan Mountains near Durango, Colorado. Videographer: Scot Miller.   


NATURE UP CLOSE: A wolf pack love story
Photographer Deby Dixon and "Sunday Morning" videographer Judy Lehmberg on the Wapiti Lake Wolf Pack of Yellowstone National Park.


Jane Pauley hosts our annual holiday broadcast devoted to all things epicurean. Check our our show's menu!

(And don't forget to check out our index of recipes and delicious menu suggestions from top chefs, cookbook authors, food bloggers, celebrity cooks, and the editors of Delish.com, including dishes featured on the show.)


Bowled over for breakfast | Watch Video
What happened when food blogger Wil Fulton tried an experiment of eating nothing but breakfast cereal for a week – 82 consecutive bowls? Susan Spencer talks with Fulton about his serial dining on cereal. She also talks with Yale University's Paul Freedman about the history of breakfasts; Dana McNabb, of General Mills, who is bowled over by new varieties of cereal; and registered dietitian Wendy Lopez, who reveals her secret to breakfast smoothies.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Picture perfect: Nathan Myhrvold's eye-popping pictures of food | Watch Video
Former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold is a man of many talents, from geophysics and space physics to economics – and now, taking eye-popping portraits of food. To get his perfect pictures, which have been featured in art galleries and in a book, "The Photography of Modernist Cuisine," Myhrvold had to design robots to better capture food at the perfect moment. David Pogue reports.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: High-tech photographer Nathan Myhrvold on the work of Harold Edgerton
Former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold, a man with many scientific credentials, has also developed a passion for technically-savvy photographs of food. In this web extra he talked with "Sunday Morning" contributor David Pogue about the work of another photographer celebrated for high-speed images, Harold Edgarton.

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NUGGETS: Tater tots go gourmet | Watch Video
The humble tater tot, that staple of American casseroles and cafeterias, was created in the 1950s when a French fry company envisioned a way to use up all those potato scraps. Today, tater tots are even served in gourmet restaurants. Luke Burbank talks with food blogger Dan Whalen, author of a cookbook devoted to tater tots.

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CONDIMENTS: The craving for hot sauces is heating up | Watch Video
Hot sauce sales are increasing faster than any other condiment. To get a taste of what people can't get enough of, the hugely popular web series "Hot Ones" features celebrities sampling some really hot foods, and at about 3 million views per episode, the series shows no signs of cooling off. But could correspondent Michelle Miller pass the hot sauce test? She decided to put her mouth where her mouth is.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Michelle Miller sits in the "Hot Ones" hot seat
Many have tried to beat the heat on the hugely popular web series, "Hot Ones," in which celebrities are interviewed while eating excruciatingly-hot chicken wings. In this web extra, correspondent Michelle Miller sits in the hot seat herself opposite series host Sean Evans to test her mettle when it comes to tasting "the bomb."

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 SeltzerSparkling water is making a splash | Watch Video
The market for sparkling water is positively bubbling over. Serena Altschul reports.

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 The last straw? | Watch Video
Millions of plastic drinking straws end up as litter, often in the oceans, which is why this summer Seattle became the largest city in America to ban plastic straws in restaurants, to be replaced with compostable or paper options. Tony Dokoupil talks with anti-straw advocates fighting the preponderance of single-use plastic in a throwaway culture, and with representatives of the food service industry in search of alternatives that will be easy for consumers to swallow.

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 Balsamic vinegar, the "black gold" of Modena | Watch Video
It's called the "black gold" of Modena, the northern Italian city where balsamic vinegar has been produced for generations – and where some varieties take up to a hundred years to age. Seth Doane dives into the process of creating a product once used as a gift among nobility or as a wedding dowry, and is now a favorite of food connoisseurs the world over.

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 Tastemaker: Food designer Sarah Masoni's million-dollar palate | Watch Video
As the director of Product and Process Development at the Oregon State University's Food Innovation Center, Sarah Masoni uses her uniquely-qualified taste buds as a "food designer." Lee Cowan reports on someone with most exquisite taste (buds).

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SNACK: Pepperoni rolls, West Virginia's most popular snack | Watch Video
In the 1920s, a coal miner from Calabria, Italy who resettled in West Virginia coal country, opened the Country Club Bakery in Fairmont, and introduced the pepperoni roll, a portable meal that miners really dug into. Conor Knighton explains the pepperoni pride West Virginians have for their delicious, utilitarian snack.

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SUNDAY PROFILE: In the kitchen with Chrissy Teigen | Watch Video
Rita Braver goes into the kitchen with social media star and bestselling cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, and her husband, music superstar John Legend.

RECIPE: Chrissy Teigen's Asian Pear & Avocado Salad

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 Pizza by the deaf | Watch Video
Mozzeria is ranked among the top pizza places in San Francisco, and is one of the first to be entirely owned and operated by people who are deaf. Tracy Smith reports.

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CUISINE: The Sioux Chef | Watch Video
Chef Sean Sherman, who belongs to the Oglala Lakota tribe, spent a couple of decades cooking in fancy kitchens around Minneapolis before deciding to apply what he knew to native foods. He is on a mission to celebrate and showcase native cuisine with "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen," which won this year's James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook. Martha Teichner reports.

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BEVERAGES: Irish Coffee, at a San Francisco institution | Watch Video
The Buena Vista Café, which opened in 1916, is a San Francisco institution. And for more than 40 years, bartender Paul Nolan has been making the same drink that made the Buena Vista famous: the Irish Coffee. He demonstrated for John Blackstone the mixture of coffee, Irish whiskey and heavy cream that has kept locals and tourists coming back again and again.

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Jim Gaffigan on a favorite topic - Food | Watch Video
Seventy percent of Americans are overweight. Commentator Jim Gaffigan suggests that, really, 30 percent of Americans are just lagging behind the rest of the country.

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 Wild turkeys | Watch Extended Video
"Sunday Morning" takes viewers to California's Marin County. Videographer: Lee McEachern.


Week of November 19 | Watch Video

From Thanksgiving to Black Friday, "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead.