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Season 40

3 Sep. 2017
Episode #40.1
Hurricane Harvey aftermath; disaster response tips; unusual art exhibits; Warroad, Minn.; singer Debbie Harry; actor Alec Baldwin (The Private Life of a Modern Woman (2017)); Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale.
1 Oct. 2017
Episode #40.2
The challenges of finding skilled laborers to help rebuild following hurricanes Harvey and Irma; actor Bill Murray (Isle of Dogs (2018)); the work of artist Piet Mondrian; author Dan Brown; actress Sofía Vergara (Modern Family (2009)); Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
8 Oct. 2017
Episode #40.3
Businesswoman/author Ivana Trump (book, "Raising Trump"); a man who makes globes by hand; singer Pink; the life and career of singer Tom Petty; actor Andrew Garfield (Breathe (2017)).
15 Oct. 2017
Episode #40.4
Author Walter Isaacson talks about Leonardo Da Vinci; author Tom Hanks (book, "Uncommon Type"); TV host Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)); artist Weiwei Ai; musician Harry Styles (One Direction); TV anchor Gretchen Carlson (book, "Be Fierce").
22 Oct. 2017
Episode #40.5
Cloud information storage; singer Darius Rucker; the famous shower scene in the movie, Psycho (1960); tennis player Maria Sharapova; a remote national park in Alaska, where people can hunt caribou; TV anchors Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough (Morning Joe (2007)).
29 Oct. 2017
Episode #40.6
The magic business; a cemetery tour in Savannah, Georgia; singer/songwriter Miley Cyrus; Caitlin Doughty, an unusual undertaker; the 50th anniversary of Charles Kuralt's "On the Road"; actor Michael J. Fox; Joan Rivers' legacy; director John Carpenter.
12 Nov. 2017
Episode #40.8
Musicians Faith Hill and Tim McGraw; editor Tina Brown; "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda visits hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico; former Maryland inmates who spent decades in prison, due to a law that was overturned in 2012; cartoonist George Booth; a look back at Casablanca (1942) on its 75th anniversary; a visit to Rooster Soup.
19 Nov. 2017
Eat, Drink and Be Merry - 2017
A food-themed edition. Included: TV hosts Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg (Martha & Snoop's Potluck Party Challenge (2016)); schools helping to feed hungry kids; food that fits in a doll house; the "instant pot"; Britain's Black Swan pub, voted best restaurant in the world; rolled ice cream; waitress and chef uniforms; the history of ketchup; food trends; Lunchbox Museum.
3 Dec. 2017
Episode #40.11
World War II sailor Joe George is recognized as a hero; dancer/choreographer/actress Carmen De Lavallade; model Ashley Graham; philanthropist Warren Buffett; word of the year predictions; exotic Turkish desserts.
10 Dec. 2017
Episode #40.12
A rehab program for airline pilots with substance abuse problems; comic Judd Apatow; rapper Logic; a Michaelangelo drawings exhibit; 20th anniversary of "The Lion King"; the first female to play Tiny Tim in a production of "A Christmas Carol".
17 Dec. 2017
Episode #40.13
"Must-have" Christmas toys; gift suggestions for the technology lover; actor Christoph Waltz ("Downsizing"); singer/songwriter Michael McDonald; Christmas celebration in Madrid, N.M.; White House Christmas ornaments; U.S. Senator-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala);
24 Dec. 2017
Episode #40.14
How a simple act of kindness can have life-changing impact; restaurant server uniforms; actress Donna Reed; a London company that makes pointe shoes; Branson, Missouri; singer Petula Clark; Christmas sing-along;
31 Dec. 2017
New Year's Day
The lives and accomplishments of people who passed away in 2017; events that happened in 2017, and how they may impact 2018; an interview with actor James Franco; a vodka made with fog captured from the California sky (Newsmagazine).
7 Jan. 2018
Episode #40.16
Legalizing marijuana; the paintings of Johannes Vermeer; the history of the iconic Barbour coat; director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird (2017)); actor John Lithgow (The Crown (2016) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)); chef Vivian Howard;
14 Jan. 2018
Episode #40.17
Oprah Winfrey talks with a group of Hollywood stars about the Time's Up campaign. Also: actress Sharon Stone; the practice of gerrymandering for political gain; crime scene dioramas from the 1940s used as training tools for solving murders; Wake Island; exercise gizmos advertised on TV. (Newsmagazine).
21 Jan. 2018
War of Words/We Kid You Not/On Display: Beyond the Walls/In the Bag/Lunch Date
The rise of political correctness on college campuses; a controversial exhibit of art created by prisoners; naturalist Sir David Attenborough; goat yoga; actor Jordan Peele (Big Mouth (2017) and Abruptio); actress Jane Birkin (Poet of Sound and Image);
28 Jan. 2018
Living Image/Ed Sheeran/Pop Stars/1968/Legends/Meet Marilyn Maye
New hologram technology that allows deceased singers to perform at concerts with live musicians; the careers of Neil Diamond and Elton John, both of whom announced they are retiring; origin of the wood used in the world's finest violins; singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran; cabaret singer Marilyn Maye; the science and art of bubbles; a look back at 1968.
4 Feb. 2018
Be Prepared/The Envelope Please/A Matter of Interest/Woof!/Rex Reed
Behind the scenes of the Puppy Bowl; Boy Scouts organization; film critic Rex Reed; a football player who continues to play despite being paralyzed from the waist down; Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen; artist Anselm Kiefer.
11 Feb. 2018
Good Work/Sweet Success/Stand-Up Guy/Working It Out/The Envelope Please/For the Record: The O'Jays/Lincoln Slept Here
On February 11, 2005, physicist and engineer Samuel Alderson, who developed the very first anthropomorphic test device for auto safety testing, died at age 90. Jane Pauley reports.
18 Feb. 2018
Cheating Hearts/On Broadway/A Moveable Feast/The Envelope Please: Willem Dafoe
Actor Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project (2017), Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and At Eternity's Gate (2018)); singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett; actor Edward Asner; artist Amy Sherald, who painted former First Lady Michelle Obama's official portrait. Also: a report on why mates stray; the legacy of President Andrew Johnson; a tour of tapas restaurants in Madrid, Spain (Newsmagazine).
25 Feb. 2018
Who's to Blame?/1968/The Envelope Please's Mary J Blige/Recipe for Success
America's growing opioid epidemic; actress Mary J. Blige; restaurant Eleven Madison Park; artist John Derian; The Beatles pioneering album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"; comic Jim Gaffigan (Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape (2018)).
4 Mar. 2018
Oscars Edition
The effect of accusations and allegations on a person's legacy; the website Rotten Tomatoes; looking at Elizabeth Taylor's archive with one of her grandchildren; actor Jared Leto; the inventor of Steadicam; actress Glenda Jackson; the musical Newman family, who have received more Oscar nominations than any other;
11 Mar. 2018
Borrowed Time/Legends: Joan Baez/A Sunday Drive/1968
A woman's battle against breast cancer; actor RuPaul; Brazilian artist Tarslia do Amaral; producer Peter Lassally; singer Joan Baez; Colorado's Bladpate Inn's key collection; the 1968 New Hemsphire primary.
18 Mar. 2018
Mind Matters
Actress Glenn Close; jazz musician Wynton Marsalis; author Walter Issacson; Jennifer Doudna, who co-discovered the technique for editing genes known as CRISPR; geniuses through history; extra sensory perception; animal intelligence.
25 Mar. 2018
Signing Off/Go Fly a Kite/Sean Penn/Last of his Kind
March for Our Lives coverage; actor Sean Penn ("The Professor and the Mad Man"); radio host Don Imus; the work of artist Takashi Murakami; former President Jimmy Carter; the final days of the male Northern White Rhino; kite flying; comic Jim Gaffigan;
1 Apr. 2018
Brain Drain/In Harmony/True Colors/Co-Stars/The Perfect Touch/Testimony
The effect of technology on brains; "Frozen" songwriters; author Ernest Cline (Ready Player One (2018)); stained glass windows; actor John Krasinki and actress Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place (2018)); exhibit about the trial of Nazi colonel Adolf Eichmann; National Urban League President Marc Morial.
8 Apr. 2018
A Better Way?/On Broadway: Tina Fey/Island Hopping/Going Home
A free, easy way to do taxes; actress Tina Fey; Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.); songwriter Bernie Taupin; a woman who honors her late husband by posting his photos online; actor Antonio Babderas; Faroe Islands; Barbara Streisand's cloned dog.
15 Apr. 2018
Money Issue 2018
This special broadcast of "Sunday Morning," our annual "Money Issue" with guest host Kai Ryssdal of "Marketplace," features Lee Cowan's report on a California city's experiment with providing a basic universal income to residents to battle economic insecurity. Also: John Blackstone talks about charity with actress, producer and activist Salma Hayek Pinault; Tony Dokoupil looks at how the "co-working" industry is changing our ideas of office space; Richard Schlesinger investigates how star pets on Instagram are pulling in big bucks; Michelle Miller looks at how artists...
29 Apr. 2018
Puffin Patrol/Just Listen/Janelle Monae/Denzel Washington/Not Rocket Science/All Together Now
Families help rescue puffin chicks in Iceland; painter Grant Wood; singer Janelle Monae; a young woman dedicated to the healing power of listening; actor Denzel Washington ("The Equalizer 2"); barbershop quartet convention;
6 May 2018
Taking Flight/Nikki Haley/The Boys Are Back/Kesha/The Lowdown/Under the Influence/Superhero
Authors James and Deb Fallows; singer Kesha; Amb. Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; colorful low-rider bicycles in Compton, Calif.; playwright Mart Crowley; internet influencers; Mother's Day commentary.
13 May 2018
A Sunday Morning in London
Model Twiggy; actress Rachel Weisz; updating America's view of Great Britain; an exhibit of dresses worn by Princess Diana; the history of the British royal family; the decline of the neighborhood pub; island of St. Helena; Aston Martin; British TV;
20 May 2018
Episode #40.35
The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; the seven talented Kanneh-Mason children; the royal family tree; model Maye Musk; actress Diana Rigg; the island of St. Helena; writer Mark Salter; the viral audio clip that is heard either as Yanny or Laurel;
27 May 2018
Episode #40.36
Celebrities sell their own brands of legal marijuana; comics Steve Martin and Martin Short (Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018)); "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"; James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence; the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival; the culture of 1968;
3 Jun. 2018
Episode #40.37
The life and legacy of Robert F. Kennedy; music legends Judy Collins and Stephen Stills; former President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson (book, "The President Is Missing"); pianos placed in public places around New York City; Roadside America; the art and life of Jean DuBuffet;
10 Jun. 2018
Episode #40.38
Musicians on Call, a program that brings popular musicians to hospital bedsides; actor Jim Parsons ("A Kid Like Jake" and "The Big Bang Theory"); actress Lauren Ridloff (Broadway's "Children of a Lesser God"); a look back at the songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein ("Rodgers and Hammerstein"); the popularity of soccer in the U.S.
17 Jun. 2018
Glass Half Full/Father Knows Best/Paul Rudd/Going it Alone
The whistleblower who exposed the Flint, Michigan water crisis; actor Paul Rudd ("Ant-Man and the Wasp"); country musician Rory Feek; the Venardos Circus; author Seymour Hersh; author Carl Hiassen;
24 Jun. 2018
Take Friday Off/Debbie, Carrie and Todd/The Q/Changes/Give Me Your Tired/Sweetie Pie/Roger Rosenblatt
The trend of businesses giving workers "summer Fridays" off; a podcast, "Ear Hustle", tells of life inside prison; actor/author Todd Fisher (book, "My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie") talks about his mother, Debbie Reynolds, and his sister, Carrie Fisher; a David Bowie exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum; a tour of the Tenement Museum;
1 Jul. 2018
Rooted In History/On Display: First Americans/These United States/A Taste of Summer/Second Chance/A Summer Song
Scientists' efforts to save old-growth redwood trees; New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon; musician John Mellencamp; National Museum of the American Indian; movie critic David Edelstein; the history of ketchup;
8 Jul. 2018
Opposites Attract/Michael J. Fox/Standing Witness/Leave 'on Laughing: Louie Anderson
Introverts and extroverts; trees, that stood during the Battle of Gettysburg, still stand 155 years later; comic Louie Anderson; singer Dave Grohl; actor Michael J. Fox; a chef whose farm is within a national park; cramped airline seating;
15 Jul. 2018
iGen/Jennifer Garner/Man of the World/The Killers/The Beautiful Game/Dumplings/Sweet and Sour?
Teenagers growing up in the age of social media; actress Jennifer Garner ("Peppermint", "Wonder Park" and "Camping"); rock band The Killers; the World Cup; dumplings from the streets of Shanghai; a retired music teacher whose students come together for a choral reunion;
22 Jul. 2018
How Rude!/A Summer Song: Billy Joel/1968
Civility in America; rock band the Go-Go's; singer Billy Joel; lighthouses painted on the streets of Chicago; the founding of Intel; comic Sebastian Maniscalco ("Tag", "Green Book", "Cruise" and "The Irishman");
29 Jul. 2018
Episode #40.45
The concept of universal basic income; shared workspaces; Mike Lindell, the creator of MyPillow; the U.S. Treasury's mutilated currency division; people who make money off their pets on social media; actress Salma Hayek; photographers; cemetery real estate;
5 Aug. 2018
Piling Up/Gallery: Dox Thrash/Talking Points/A Taste of Summer
The challenges of disposing of plastics; sandboarding in Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve; North American Truffle Dog Championship in Oregon; the increased rate of maternal deaths associated with childbirth in the United States;
12 Aug. 2018
Episode #40.47
How robotic exoskeletons could help injured people walk again; actor Ice Cube; singer Petula Clark; the world of artist Georg Baselitz; Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC); goat yoga;
19 Aug. 2018
Episode #40.48
Actress Glenn Close ("The Wife"); jazz musician Wynton Marsalis; author Walter Isaacson; Jennifer Doudna, who co-discovered the technique for editing genes known as CRISPR; using micro-doses of hallucinogens to treat anxiety and depression;
26 Aug. 2018
Senator John McCain/Home on the Range/Art Garfunkel/1968
The death of Sen. John McCain; innovations in hearing aids; the history of the United States told through photographs; the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago; efforts to save the American prairie; singer/songwriter Art Garfunkel; former American Express CEO Ken Chenault;
2 Sep. 2018
Good Work/Twiggy/Good Clean Fun!/Four Freedoms
Remembering Sen. John McCain; companies hiring people with autism; a new take on Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings; singer Leon Bridges; former Secretary of State John Kerry; Ohio's washboard music festival; '60 icon Twiggy; open offices;
9 Sep. 2018
Episode #40.51
Journalist Bob Woodward; remembering Burt Reynolds; the trend of unusual names being given to children; a look back at songwriting team Rodgers and Hammerstein; the life and work of artist Alberto Giacometti; a 9/11 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., to those lost on Flight 93;
16 Sep. 2018
Episode #40.52
Hurricane Florence update; singer Carrie Underwood; actor Robert Redford; street murals painted at the site of the World Trade Center; Lanai Cat Sanctuary in Hawaii; Bill Geist takes a trip down memory lane;
23 Sep. 2018
Behind the Headlines/Power Player/All Dressed Up/Answered Prayers
Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims sue radio talk show host Alex Jones for spreading myths about the shooting; the return of "Murphy Brown"; author Michael Ovitz; a touring exhibit celebrates the life of Leonard Bernstein; TV host RuPaul ("RuPaul's Drag Race");
30 Sep. 2018
Turn Up The Volume/Legends: Ted Turner/Pop Art/Remembering Gilda
Innovations in hearing aids; CNN founder Ted Turner; balloon artists; actress Amy Poehler and writer Alan Zweibel; the 1968 protest at the Miss America Pageant;
7 Oct. 2018
Episode #40.55
Concerns about e-cigarettes; former Journey front man Steve Perry; actress Kerry Washington; gossip columnist Cindy Adams; architect Charles Renfro;