This week on "Sunday Morning" (October 20)


President Herbert Hoover signs the unemployment and drought relief bills providing a total of $161,000,000 for providing work for the jobless and seed fertilizer and, possibly, food for farmers of the drought area, Dec. 20, 1930.


Last Updated Oct 20, 2019 10:40 AM EDT


The Herbert Hoover you didn't know | Watch Video
Herbert Hoover had been president for less than a year when the Crash of 1929 initiated the Great Depression, an epochal event in American history that would place his name near the bottom of presidential rankings. But the engineer and business magnate, who made several fortunes in his 20s, is also remembered as a great humanitarian for feeding several million starving Belgians during World War I, and for introducing a variety of innovations in American life, from standardized traffic lights to milk bottles. Mo Rocca examines Hoover's remarkable rise (from humble beginnings to the White House) and his remarkable fall.

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Margaret Dumont | Watch Video
On October 20, 1882, the film and stage actress, the favorite comic foil of the Marx Brothers, was born. Jane Pauley reports. 

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"Cool Summer" (1962) by Helen Frankenthaler. Oil on canvas.  © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

ART: Helen Frankenthaler: An artist lost in the moment | Watch Video
The beauty of Provincetown, Massachusetts inspired many works by one of the most renowned American artists of the 20th century: Helen Frankenthaler. A series of works that the abstract expressionist painter created on Cape Cod is on view in an exhibit called "Abstract Climates," at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, Long Island. Correspondent Rita Braver talked with co-curator Elizabeth Smith, and with the artist's step-daughter, Lise Motherwell, about Frankenthaler's unique style.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: From 1984: Abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler (VIDEO)
In this report originally broadcast on "CBS Sunday Morning" September 16, 1984, correspondent Eugenia Zuckerman met with one of the most important of American post-war painters, Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), as she prepared for an exhibition of her abstract expressionist work at the André Emmerich Gallery in New York City, and talked about her artistic process, which she described as "a kind of magic."

Janis Joplin, performing at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967, as recorded in the classic documentary "Monterey Pop."  Janus Films

MUSIC: How Janis Joplin became America's first female rock star | Watch Video
A new book about the rock and blues singer presents a portrait of a gifted, complex and challenging artist who became an iconic trailblazer during her 27 years. Anthony Mason talks with music journalist Holly George-Warren about her biography, "Janis: Her Life and Music."

READ A BOOK EXCERPT: "Janis: Her Life and Music"

WEB EXTRA: Listen to 12 essential Janis Joplin tracks
Music journalist Holly George-Warren offers "Sunday Morning" a roster of Joplin hits – well-known and rare – that capture the brilliance and power of the rock and blues singer.

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PASSAGE: Bill Macy and Elijah Cummings | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" remembers an actor famed for playing the long-suffering TV husband of Bea Arthur in the '70s sitcom "Maude," and a fiery orator of the House and untiring champion of civil rights. Jane Pauley also remembers two veterans of CBS News: Chris Myers, our Los Angeles deputy bureau chief, and Chris Raine, a video editor in our London bureau.

Escapism: The immersive adventure of escape rooms | Watch Video
Correspondents David Pogue, Martha Teichner and Nancy Giles, along with "Sunday Morning" intern Cory Peeler, face a difficult challenge: Find their way out of a room before a bomb goes off! It's just one of many examples of the big business in escape rooms – immersive adventures in which people are entertained by being trapped.

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 What's in a name? (VIDEO)
At a small university near Birmingham, Alabama, Steve Hartman found a big guy: 6'8", 310-pound senior offensive lineman George Grimwade, a dominating force on the Samford Bulldog football team, who used his time on the playing field to send a very special message to his stepdad.       

In their first-ever joint TV interview, the director and actors talk about their first collaboration, an acclaimed mob epic about a hit man and the fate of union leader Jimmy Hoffa. CBS News

Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro on "The Irishman" | Watch Video
Director Martin Scorsese and actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro talked with correspondent Lee Cowan about their first-ever collaboration, "The Irishman," the true story of Frank Sheeran, a hit man for a Philadelphia crime family. The mob epic, which spans decades, was created using cutting-edge technology to "de-age" its cast, as it traces a story of loyalty and corruption, and explores the fate of Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa.

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  • "The Irishman" opens in select theatres on November 1, before streaming on Netflix beginning November 27.

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The Irishman | Official Teaser by Netflix on YouTube


OPINION:  Skateboarding: Why should youth be wasted on the young? | Watch Video
Contributor Luke Burbank recently took up a new hobby – skateboarding – and while inside he felt like a kid again, outside he remained very much a middle-aged man, with a sense of balance that could only be described as intermittent.

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Tracing the remarkable life's path of Harriet Tubman | Watch Video
Harriet Tubman, a tiny woman who could neither read nor write, pulled off superheroine-like exploits in the years before the Civil War. With the help of the Underground Railroad, she not only escaped from a Maryland plantation to freedom in the North, she went back, 13 times over 10 years, to guide more than 70 enslaved people to freedom. And during the war, she became the first American woman to lead troops into battle, near Beaufort, S.C. Martha Teichner visits historic sites that were part of Tubman's remarkable life story, and with actress Cynthia Erivo, who plays the iconic figure in a new biopic, "Harriet."

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: British actress Cynthia Erivo on playing American icon Harriet Tubman
The Tony Award-winning British actress Cynthia Erivo, who portrays abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the new movie "Harriet," talks with correspondent Martha Teichner about criticism she has faced as a non-American being cast as a legendary American woman.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo: Playing Harriet Tubman changed me for the better

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo: What Harriet Tubman can teach us

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HARRIET | Official Trailer | In Theaters November 1st by Focus Features on YouTube


CALENDAR: Week of October 21 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

 Butterflies (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to a gathering of cabbage butterflies near Bridgeton, New Jersey. Videographer: Jeff Reisly.


"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be (Self-imagined atlas)" (2018), left, and "Handsome" (2019), by Amy Sherald. © Amy Sherald. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

SUNSPOTS: Amy Sherald's "everyday people" | Watch Video
An exhibition in New York City by the artist whose painting of Michelle Obama became a sensation features portraits of everyday models, and captures the private, inner lives of African Americans. "Sunday Morning" producer Sara Kugel reports.

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NATIONAL PASTA DAY (10/17): Geometry and pasta (VIDEO)
People may think more about the taste of pasta than its shape. Architects and chefs, however, find much beauty in the design of different pastas. Faith Salie talks with George Legendra, author of "Pasta by Design," and London chef Jacob Kennedy, co-author of "The Geometry of Pasta." Originally broadcast November 18, 2012.

A rainbow trout, a black caddis fly in its mouth, from a small spring creek in Paradise Valley, Montana.

NATURE UP CLOSE: The pros and cons of introducing non-native fish species
Anglers may welcome fighters like trout, but stocking lakes and streams with non-native fish can have disastrous impacts on other organisms.

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