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This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 2)

·6 min read

Host: Jane Pauley


COVER STORY: Back to the office (maybe) | Watch VideoSixty percent of working Americans say, ideally, they'll work from home or remotely at least part of the time post-pandemic. But will employees be able to decide if, or how frequently, they can skip the commute? And how will we adjust to being co-workers in an office once again? Correspondent Susan Spencer looks at how one company anticipates the challenges of a new work environment, and with experts who say it's important for our productivity, and our mental health, to head back to the office.

For more info:

Ford"How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety" by Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. (St. Martin's Press), in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, eBook and Audio formats, available via Amazon and Indieboundellenhendriksen.com"The Art of Happiness" with Arthur BrooksArthur Brooks: "How to Build a Life" (Column in The Atlantic)"In Pursuit of Happiness": Virtual event at The Atlantic, May 20, 2021 | Free Registration

ART: A new airport art installation takes off | Watch VideoSarah Sze has created public art for display in New York City before, but never of this magnitude: a 50-foot-tall, five-ton constellation of images of the city she loves, in the newly-revamped Terminal B of LaGuardia Airport. Correspondent David Pogue talks with Sze about her airborne sculpture, titled "Shorter Than the Day," that serves as a welcome for visitors to the Big Apple.

For more info:

"Shorter Than the Day" by Sarah Sze (amuneal.com)Sarah Sze, Columbia University School of the Arts

RADIO: NPR turns 50 | Watch VideoOn May 3, 1971, the National Public Radio news program "All Things Considered" premiered. To mark NPR's 50th anniversary, correspondent Faith Salie interviews some of the network's leading voices, including Susan Stamberg, Audie Cornish and Eric Deggans, and talks with other network veterans who blazed a trail in radio programming, and who continue to reinvent news and storytelling, including "This American Life" host Ira Glass.

READ A BOOK EXCERPT: Lisa Napoli's "Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie"

For more info:

National Public RadioPodcast: "Consider This" (NPR)"This American Life"WBUR, BostonSusan Stamberg on TwitterAudie Cornish on TwitterBill Siemering on TwitterEric Deggans on Twitter"Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR" by Lisa Napoli (Harry N. Abrams), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available via Amazon and Indieboundlisanapoli.com

LANGUAGE: Meet Stella, the dog that "talks" (Video)Speech and language pathologist Christina Hunger, who helps toddlers behind in their language development by teaching them to use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices to express themselves non-verbally, decided to teach her puppy, a Catahoula and Australian Cattle Dog mix, to use the device. And the results have been astonishing. Correspondent Nancy Giles reports the fascinating story of Stella, a dog with a lot to say.

For more info:

"How Stella Learned to Talk: The Groundbreaking Story of the World's First Talking Dog" by Christina Hunger (William Morrow), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available May 4 via Amazon and IndieboundHunger for Words (Christina Hunger)Avaz AAC picture-based communication and learningSPEAKall! (Tablet AAC app from Speak Modalities)Rumble Viral (YouTube)

PASSAGE: In memoriam (Video)"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Private art collections go public (VIDEO)Philanthropist and art collector Eli Broad died on April 30, 2021 at age 87. In this report originally broadcast on "Sunday Morning" January 17, 2010, correspondent Sandra Hughes talked with Broad about his efforts to bring more art to the public at museums in Los Angeles, and with other affluent collectors about the changing face of art philanthropy.

A socially-distanced audience (dramatically so) attends a Flaming Lips concert.   / Credit: CBS News
A socially-distanced audience (dramatically so) attends a Flaming Lips concert. / Credit: CBS News

MUSIC: The Flaming Lips' "Space Bubble Concert" (Video)The psychedelic rock group Flaming Lips have established themselves as one of music's most prolific (and delightfully weird) bands. And don't think a global pandemic might have slowed down their creative output. Correspondent Luke Burbank talked with band members Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd about their latest effort, the Space Bubble Concert, recently held in Oklahoma City, in which the band and audience were sealed into giant bubbles.

For more info:

The Flaming Lips"American Head" by Flaming Lips

 / Credit: CBS News
/ Credit: CBS News

HARTMAN: My word! (Video)Growing up, Jonathan and Hilary Krieger's vocabulary was enlivened with a word their dad, Neil, used whenever a citrus fruit squirted you in the eye – a word they couldn't find in a dictionary. Turns out he'd made it up! But with his passing last year from COVID, the Kriegers have set out to honor Neil by getting his word officially recognized by the publishers of dictionaries. Steve Hartman reports on their efforts to put in a good word for "orbisculate."

MOVIES: Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish on comedy, friendship, and a bat mitzvah | Watch VideoBilly Crystal co-wrote, directed and stars in "Here Today," in which he plays a legendary comedy writer opposite Tiffany Haddish as a young singer – two of the funniest people on the planet here having to deal with a completely un-funny situation. Their on-screen chemistry trades on their very real off-screen bond, as correspondent Tracy Smith learned firsthand.

To watch a trailer for "Here Today" click on the video player below:

For more info:

"Here Today" in theaters beginning May 7Billy Crystal on TwitterTiffany Haddish on Twitter

POLITICS: Cancel culture, a new wedge issue | Watch VideoSo-called "cancel culture" serves the outrage of both the left and the right, and it's not going away. Senior contributor Ted Koppel explores what it means, for our politics and our society.

For more info:

Perry Bacon Jr., FiveThirtyEightCarlos Maza, YouTubeLeon Botstein, president, Bard CollegeAndrew Sullivan on TwitterAndrew Sullivan: The Weekly Dish (substack.com)

COMMENTARY: Jim Gaffigan picks his favorite child | Watch VideoThe comedian reveals a secret no father should ever admit: parents do have favorites. But his is a surprise.

For more info:

jimgaffigan.comFollow @JimGaffigan on Twitter

NATURE: Texas bluebonnets (Extended Video)"Sunday Morning" takes us to Mason County, Texas, for a look at bluebonnets and wildflowers. Videographer: Scot Miller.

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