This week on “Sunday Morning” (November 28)

This week on “Sunday Morning” (November 28)

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Host: Jane Pauley

COVER STORY: Hopes and fears over a new Alzheimer’s drug
The FDA’s recent approval of a new drug, Aduhelm, to clear the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain is potentially good news for the six million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. But the approval process for Aduhelm has stirred controversy. Correspondent Susan Spencer talks with experts about the clinical benefits of this new class of drugs; and with early-onset Alzheimer’s patients, including a former neurologist who enrolled in an early trial of Aduhelm. 

BOOK EXCERPT: “A Tattoo On My Brain: A Neurologist’s Personal Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease”
Dr. Daniel Gibbs writes about how, after spending his career caring for patients with Alzheimer’s, he has now moved to studying the disease from the perspective of a patient himself.

For more info:

“A Tattoo On My Brain: A Neurologist’s Personal Battle against Alzheimer’s Disease” by Daniel Gibbs, M.D., Ph.D., with Teresa H. Barker (Cambridge University Press), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available via Amazon and IndieboundA Tattoo on My Brain (Blog by Dr. Daniel Gibbs)Alzheimer’s AssociationDr. Aaron Kesselheim, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, BostonAduhelm (Biogen)        
ECONOMICS: Inflation: A crash course in the economic cycle
As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to wane, prices are up, because supply and demand are in an historically out-of-whack phase. Correspondent David Pogue (with an assist from the David Pogue Thespian Ensemble) illustrates the economic pressures that are affecting the prices of everything from oil to consumer goods.

For more info:

Economist Megan Greene, global chief economist, Kroll Institute

Composer Stephen Sondheim. 

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THEATER: Remembering Stephen Sondheim, a musical theater giant
Through such classic productions as “West Side Story,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Sunday in the Park With George” and “Into the Woods,” composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim forced the American musical to grow up, and took audiences to places they’d never been before. Correspondent Mo Rocca offers an appreciation of the career of Sondheim, who died Friday, November 26, at the age of 91.

THEATER: Patti LuPone in conversation with Stephen Sondheim
In 2020 Patti LuPone, star of the new Broadway revival of “Company,” spoke with musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim for “CBS Sunday Morning,” to discuss his craft, his favorite character, and his college acting career. With the passing of Sondheim on Friday, November 26 at age 91, we offer their conversation – and her appreciation of Sondheim’s artistry. 

FROM THE ARCHIVE: From 2002: A Stephen Sondheim retrospective (Video)
In this “Sunday Morning” report that originally aired July 14, 2002, correspondent Martha Teichner talks with Sondheim, and with actors Lynn Redgrave, Christine Baranski and Brian Stokes Mitchell, appearing in the Kennedy Center’s “Sondheim Celebration,” a retrospective of seven of his musicals, presented side-by-side.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: From 1995: Stephen Sondheim’s ground-breaking work (Video)
In this “Sunday Morning” report that originally aired October 22, 1995, host Charles Osgood interviews Sondheim about his body of work, from “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” to “Sweeney Todd,” “Into the Woods,” “Passion,” and “Company,” a revival of which was playing to sold-out audiences. They also discuss his mentor, Oscar Hammerstein II, and the importance of teachers.

From 1995: Stephen Sondheim’s ground-breaking…


This bristlecone pine, named “Methuselah,” is more than 4,800 years old. 

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NATURE: The oldest trees on Earth
The twisting bristlecone pines that have taken root high atop the remote, rocky slopes of California’s White Mountains are the longest-lived individual trees on the planet. Correspondent Conor Knighton looks into the secrets these trees can tell us about history, the climate, and our possible future.

For more info:

Laboratory of Tree Ring Research, University of Arizona, Tucson      
PASSAGE: In memoriam

Actress Sharon Gless, author of the new memoir, “Apparently There Were Complaints.”

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BOOKS: Sharon Gless: In conversation
Actress Sharon Gless, the Emmy Award-winning star of the classic cop series “Cagney & Lacey,” examines some highs – and some terrifying lows – in a new memoir, “Apparently There Were Complaints.” She talks with Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz about starting late in Hollywood; her one kiss with Rosie O’Donnell on “Queer as Folk”; and her struggles with alcoholism.

READ AN EXCERPT: “Apparently There Were Complaints” by Sharon Gless

For more info:

“Apparently There Were Complaints: A Memoir” by Sharon Gless (Simon & Schuster), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available via Amazon and Indieboundsharongless.comFollow Sharon Gless on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram       
HARTMAN: Wedding guest

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. 

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MUSIC: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: No looking back
She was a singer from Long Island, inspired by Liza Minnelli and coated in spandex; he was a guitarist from Cleveland. Together they are among rock’s most enduring love stories, all while selling 36 million albums, recording 15 Top 40 hits, and winning four consecutive Grammys. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo talk with correspondent Jim Axelrod about their creative partnership, their 40-year-marriage, and their latest collaboration: the upcoming stage musical, “Invincible,” a reimagining of “Romeo and Juliet” featuring their iconic rock songs.

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COMMENTARY: Lessons from Stephen Sondheim, the teacher
Correspondent (and pianist) David Pogue remembers the advice given him by the musical theater giant.

Filmmaker John Wilson (whose quirky instructional videos don’t really teach what they’re intended to) is the host of “How To with John Wilson.” 


TV: John Wilson on how to become a TV sensation
New York filmmaker John Wilson, host of HBO’s critically-acclaimed series, “How To with John Wilson,” talks with “Sunday Morning” contributor Kelefa Sanneh about creating his pseudo instructional videos that he says are like nature documentaries about contemporary life.

For more info:

“How To with John Wilson” on HBO and HBO Max     


Washington Post book critic Ron Charles. 

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The Book Report: Recommendations from Washington Post critic Ron Charles (November 28)
Suggested fall fiction and non-fiction titles, on topics ranging from animals to Beatles!

For more info: 

Ron Charles, The Washington PostSubscribe to the free Washington Post Book World Newsletter

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PODCAST: “Unsung Science”
“Sunday Morning” correspondent David Pogue explores the origin stories behind some of the most mind-blowing advances in science and technology. Presented by CBS News and Simon & Schuster. 

Listen to the episode, “Who Makes the Fake Languages for Hollywood?”:

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