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This week on "Sunday Morning" (October 20)


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      COVER STORY: | Watch VideoHerbert 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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Hoover-Minthorn House Museum, Newberg, Ore.Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch, Iowa"Firing Line with Margaret Hoover" (PBS)"Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times" by Kenneth Whyte (Knopf), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available via Amazon

        ALMANAC: | Watch VideoOn 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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Margaret Dumont, the fifth Marx Brother (Mental Floss)marx-brothers.org

MUSIC: | Watch VideoA 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."


WEB EXTRA: 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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"Janis: Her Life and Music" by Holly George-Warren (Simon & Schuster), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available via Amazonjanisjoplin.comhollygeorgewarren.comThe Broadway musical "A Night With Janis Joplin," presented in movie theatres nationwide November 5-11Janis Joplin on iTunes and SpotifyThanks to Public Records, Brooklyn, N.Y.Footage from Historic Films and Reelin' in the Years            


PASSAGE: | 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.

GAMES: | Watch VideoCorrespondents 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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Clue Chase, New York City13th Gate Escape, Baton Rouge, Louisianaroomescapeartist.comTrap't Escape Room Adventures, Stamford, Conn.Clue Carré, New Orleans"Escape Room" (Columbia Pictures)

        HARTMAN: 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.       


OPINION:  | Watch VideoContributor 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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Skateboarding MagazineWorld Skatetonyhawk.comFollow @lukeburbank on Twitter

      HISTORY: | Watch VideoHarriet 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 TubmanThe 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 Tubman Historical SocietyHarriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, Church Creek, Md.Bucktown Village Store, Cambridge, Md. (Bucktown Village Foundation)Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Dorchester County, Md.Underground Railroad: Jacob and Hannah Leverton Home, Preston, Md.Caroline County (Md.) Historical SocietyMaryland Office of TourismHarriet Tubman National Historical Park, Auburn, N.Y. (National Park Service)Harriet Tubman House, Auburn, N.Y.The AME Zion Church, Auburn, N.Y.Seward House Museum, Auburn, N.Y."Harriet" opens in theatres on November 1 (Focus Features)

To watch a trailer for "Harriet" click on the video player below.

SUNSPOTS: | Watch VideoAn 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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