This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 24)


Tracy Smith will be chatting with singer-songwriter Josh Groban on Facebook Live at 11AM EST - 8AM PST - this Sunday after the show. Post your questions below!

Posted by CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday, May 24, 2020

FACEBOOK LIVE CHAT: Josh Groban & Tracy SmithThe singer-musician joined our correspondent to answer viewer questions on the CBS Sunday Morning Facebook page following the May 24 broadcast. You can watch the archived video here.  

Host: Jane Pauley


OPENING: "Abblasen" performed by the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" (Video)This Memorial Day weekend, "Sunday Morning" is honored to have its opening theme "Abblasen" performed by members of the United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own." Performers (clockwise from top left): SSG Craig Basarich; SSG Alicia Eisenstadt; SSG Adrienne Doctor; SSG Danny Venora; SSG John Powlison; and SSG Kevin Paul. Arrangement by SSG Venora. Hooah!

WEB EXTRA: The U.S. Army Band: They're playing our song | Watch VideoThe mission of these military musicians, who performed the "Sunday Morning" theme "Abblasen," is to remind us of the power of music to connect us.

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       COVER STORY: Hollywood's cliffhanger of a summer | Watch VideoFor decades, summer has been movie blockbuster season. Now, with production halted, release schedules shuffled and hundreds of thousands of jobs lost, Hollywood is trying to figure out how it will recover from the coronavirus shutdown. Correspondent Lee Cowan talks with Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group; SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Cateris; Ted Sarandos, content chief at Netflix; and film professor Emily Carman, about how the film industry may bounce back.

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2020 theatrical and VOD movie release schedule ( Pictures EntertainmentNetflixEmily Carman, associate professor, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University, Irvine, Calif.Bread baked by an emergency room doctor.  CBS News


FOOD: Baking bread at home: A knead for comfort | Watch VideoIf you're like many people holed up at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you are spending more time in the kitchen. And with yeast sales up more than 600 percent compared to a year ago, it's a good bet what's coming out of more and more ovens is freshly-baked bread. Correspondent Martha Teichner talks with bread expert Jim Lahey, of New York's Sullivan Street Bakery, and with budding bread bakers who are finding comfort in their own loaves.

RECIPE: Jim Lahey's Basic No-Knead BreadPlan ahead when baking this delicious, long-fermented rustic bread, from the owner of NYC's Sullivan Street Bakery.

RECIPE: French-Style Country BreadFrom King Arthur Flour, a traditional crusty, hole-ridden, French bread.

RECIPE: Vermont Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey BreadFrom King Arthur Flour, a soft, mildly sweet loaf, perfect for sandwiches and toast.]

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Sullivan Street Bakery, New York, N.Y."My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method" by Jim Lahey with Rick Flaste  (WW Norton), in Hardcover and eBook formats, available via AmazonKing Arthur Flour Baker's Hotline: (855) 371-2253Dr. Craig Spencer, Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical CenterBridgid Bibbens

       TRAVEL: Travel industry inches back | Watch VideoThe hospitality and travel sectors, which are adjusting their business practices in times of pandemic, don't expect a return to the "old normal" any time soon. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg reports.

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Hilton Hotels and ResortsUnited AirlinesCBS News' Tony Dokoupil takes on Sir Patrick Stewart in a table tennis match.  CBS News


SUNDAY PROFILE: Sir Patrick Stewart, on "Star Trek" and sonnets | Watch VideoThe Shakespearean actor, most recognized for his performances in the sci-fi franchises "X-Men" and "Star Trek," recently returned to the role of Captain Jean Luc Picard in the CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Picard." But as "CBS This Morning" co-host Tony Dokoupil found out, Sir Patrick Stewart is much more down-to-earth than his title might imply.  

To watch a trailer for "Star Trek: Picard" click on the video player below: 

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Follow Sir Patrick Stewart on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook"Star Trek: Picard" on CBS All AccessThanks to Oceans 8 @ Brownstone Billiards in BrooklynA view from inside the Statue of Liberty's crown.  National Park Service


MONUMENTS: The Statue of Liberty as you've never seen her before | Watch VideoWith Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty currently closed due to COVID-19, this is the perfect time to experience a virtual tour of the monument, featuring every nook-and-cranny of the statue's interior, including areas traditionally off-limits to visitors. Conor Knighton reports.

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Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour (National Park Service)Statue of Liberty National Monument (National Park Service)Statue of Liberty Museum, New York CityHistoric American Buildings Survey (National Park Service)The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

       INFORMATION: The rise of Wikipedia as a source of medical information | Watch VideoFor years the encyclopedic Wikipedia, written and edited by anybody with an internet connection, was viewed as a "Wild West" site rife in misinformation. Today, Wikipedia is regularly the first place many of us check for information about everything, in particular the latest medical news on COVD-19, thanks to the editors and writers who are curating WikiProject Medicine. Wired Magazine editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson reports.

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WikipediaWikiProject MedicineThanks to Fordham University's Quinn Library       

      PASSAGE: Annie Glenn, Ken Osmond | Watch Video "Sunday Morning" remembers an astronaut's wife who became a tireless advocate for people with speech disorders, and the actor who starred in the classic TV sitcom "Leave It to Beaver."

GALLERY: Notable Deaths in 2020

      HARTMAN: Taps Across America (Video)Since parades and gatherings are cancelled this Memorial Day weekend, retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva and correspondent Steve Hartman are asking buglers and trumpet players across the country to stand on their porches this Memorial Day, and play the haunting music of "Taps" – and for the rest of us to soak in this 24-note reminder of what Memorial Day is all about. For information on how to participate, go to

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How to participate in Steve Hartman's Memorial Day "Taps Across America"Singer, musician and actor Josh Groban. CBS News


MUSIC: Josh Groban on connecting with his audience during the pandemic | Watch VideoIn February singer-musician Josh Groban started a residency at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Now, with concerts postponed due to the pandemic, he speaks to correspondent Tracy Smith about trying to be Zen during the crisis, as well as what he misses about live performance, and his social media posts features songs performed in his shower. Groban also debuts for "Sunday Morning" viewers his new song, "Your Face."

DON'T MISS: Josh Groban and Tracy Smith on Facebook Live!Following "Sunday Morning" on May 24, at 11 a.m. ET, Groban and Smith will answer viewers' questions in a live chat on the "CBS Sunday Morning" Facebook channel.

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joshgroban.comJosh Groban's #ShowerSongs on YouTubeFollow Josh on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and FacebookJosh Groban's Find Your Light FoundationLatest Tour Info

       COMMENTARY: Jim Gaffigan: Are we REALLY all in this together? | Watch VideoThe comedian, marking his 10th week in quarantine with his family because of the pandemic, ponders society as a whole.

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Week 1: Family life under lockdownWeek 2: Life in quarantine is like a sitcomWeek 3: Spring arrives!Week 4: Lessons of "distance learning"Week 5: Kids, quarantine and sanity are not compatibleWeek 6: Consuming all news, all the timeWeek 7: Jim Gaffigan discovers he misses strangersWeek 8: On sharing dinner with the massesWeek 9: On living in unprecedented times

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jimgaffigan.comFollow @JimGaffigan on TwitterWatch "Dinner with the Gaffigans" on YouTubeNASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken familiarize themselves with the controls of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, which will transport them to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.  SpaceX/NASA


SCIENCE: NASA, SpaceX launching a new era of commercial crewed spaceflight | Watch VideoNine years ago, a crewed spaceflight originated from American soil for the last time. But this week, astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will launch a new era of commercial human spaceflight, when a SpaceX rocket takes off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports.

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SpaceXSpaceX DragonNASASmithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.One of Shane Cleminson's "Front Porch Portraits," capturing Indiana families living under lockdown. Shane Cleminson


SNAPSHOT: Porch views of the pandemic (Video)"Sunday Morning" presents pictures of life in a time of COVID-19, featuring the work of Indiana photographer Shane Cleminson, who offered to take portraits of families under stay-at-home orders, posed on their front porches, creating a time capsule of Spring 2020.

GALLERY: The Indiana "Front Porch Portraits"

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             NATURE: Alligators in Florida (Extended Video)"Sunday Morning" takes us to the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, an ideal spot for alligators to bask in the sun. Videographer: Justin Grubb. 

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St. Vincent National Wildlife RefugeWEB EXCLUSIVES:From the Broadway musical "Diana: A True Musical Story," Erin Davie (who plays Camilla Parker Bowles) sings "I Miss You Most on Sundays." "Diana: A True Musical Story"


"SUNDAY MORNING" MATINEE: "Diana: A True Musical Story" | Watch VideoThe Broadway musical "Diana: A True Musical Story," which traces the love triangle involving Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, had just begun previews in New York when coronavirus shut down the Great White Way. In this performance recorded exclusively for "CBS Sunday Morning," Erin Davie (who plays Bowles) sings "I Miss You Most on Sundays," which her character sings to Prince Charles, but which here also serves a second purpose: pining for the community of fellow theatre artists now separated because of the lockdown.

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"Diana: A True Musical Story" at the Longacre Theatre, New York City | Updated ticket info CBS News


GRADUATION: "Sunday Morning" salutes the Class of 2020 (Video)In many ways graduating students have been robbed of the time-honored rituals of a traditional senior year. "Sunday Morning" asked seniors to submit their photos, and so here is our tribute to the Class of 2020. Music: "Here's to You" by Abby Bannon and Grace Stewart.

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