Guest host: Lee Cowan

COVER STORY: Preparing the next generation of GPS
Originally developed by the U.S. military, the Global Positioning System (GPS) as we now know it became operational in 1995, and has since become vital to nearly every facet of modern life, from our smartphones to the internet and the electrical grid. David Pogue was invited into the Air Force’s GPS Master Control Station at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo, and visits Lockheed Martin, where a new generation of GPS III satellites is being built. 

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The 1969 draft lottery
As the war in Vietnam raged on and anger about U.S. involvement burned in protests across the country, a lottery was held on December 1, 1969 in order to address perceived inequities in military conscription. Lee Cowan reports.

The family that models together… :  Bart Baldwin, Jessica Matthews and their children in a photo shoot for a resort advertisement. 

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PHOTOGRAPHY: A model family
Bart Baldwin, his wife, Jessica Matthews, and their five kids are an uncommon sight in advertisements and fashion shoots: a family of models. Correspondent Serena Altschul visited with the “Baldwin Circus” at a resort near Lake Tahoe, where it was – as it always is – “Take Your Child to Work Day.”

The Cemetery Angel
When the AIDS crisis hit in the 1980s, Ruth Coker Burks – who’d inherited 262 plots in a family cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas – became a mother of sorts to countless sons, many abandoned by families and churches because they were suffering from what was called “the gay cancer.” Coker Burks became a one-woman AIDS help center: driving patients to appointments, trying to find doctors, drugs, or filling-out death certificates. And in many cases she gave them a final resting place. Seth Doane reports on the woman who has been called “The Cemetery Angel,” who gave – and received – so many precious gifts.

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A giant heart: The Shriners’ leading spokesperson
You may know Shriners Hospitals for Children because of one very special patient: 17-year-old Alec Cabacungan, who was brought to Shriners because of a rare genetic disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (or brittle bone disease), and who for the past five years has helped spread their mission as the charitable organization’s leading spokes-kid. Lee Cowan talked with Cabacungan, who describes his challenges and aspirations, and who makes it all look so easy, while none of it really is.

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Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce as the pontiffs Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis in “The Two Popes.”

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MOVIES: Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce on playing “The Two Popes”
In 2013 the unthinkable happened: a pope resigned, and another became head of the Vatican. For the first time in six centuries, the Catholic Church had two popes. The new film “The Two Popes” imagines what conversations between 85-year-old Pope Benedict (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins) and Pope Francis (played by Jonathan Pryce) would have sounded like – and since both pontiffs disagreed on most everything, not all of that conversation is polite. Correspondent Tracy Smith talked with Hopkins and Pryce about their star-making movies, faith, and friendship.

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Faith Salie on the trending putdown “OK, Boomer”
For young people who have inherited a world full of rising waters, disappearing species, crippling debt and crumbling democracies, a cheeky retaliatory phrase is more than warranted

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Lauren Patten performs “You Oughta Know” in “Jagged Little Pill,” a new Broadway musical inspired by the Alanis Morissette album.

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ON BROADWAY: “Jagged Little Pill”: Alanis Morrissette’s landmark album inspires a Broadway musical
Alanis Morrisette’s 1995 album, “Jagged Little Pill,” became the unexpected soundtrack of a generation of young women who’d realized they didn’t really fit into the box society was trying to put them in. It won five Grammys and sold more than 33 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful albums of all time. And now, 25 years later, “Jagged Little Pill” has been turned into a Broadway musical, with an original story by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody (“Juno”). Correspondent Luke Burbank talked with Cody, and with Morissette, who explains the joys of growing older, and of never shying away from confronting the big issues of life.

You can stream the original Broadway cast album of “Jagged Little Pill” by clicking on the embed below (Free Spotify registration required to hear the tracks in full):


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CALENDAR: Week of December 2
“Sunday Morning” takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Lee Cowan reports.




The cactus garden at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum invites exploration even when none of them are blooming.

NATURE UP CLOSE: A living museum in the Sonora Desert
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson highlights hundreds of native species, from flowering cactus to larcenous birds.

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