This week on “Sunday Morning”: “A Nation Divided?” (October 16)

This week on “Sunday Morning”: “A Nation Divided?” (October 16)

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“Sunday Morning” senior contributor Ted Koppel.

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“Sunday Morning: A Nation Divided? “

Twenty-one years ago, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, may have been the last time that the United States was openly – even defiantly – united, in pain and patriotism. We have drifted apart since then, gone to our respective corners, and hunkered down inside our respective silos. Ted Koppel, a senior contributor, hosts this special edition of Sunday Morning. We look at what is keeping us apart and how we can still work together.

Sunday, October 16 on CBS, and streaming on cbsnews.com and Paramount .


COVER STORY: Over the line – Why some Oregonians want to become part of Idaho
In a state dominated by progressive politics, some residents in rural Oregon east of the Cascade Mountains want to move the border so that their counties become part of Idaho, a more conservative state that more closely aligns with their values. Lee Cowan, correspondent to the Greater Idaho movement, talks to advocates about why this idea may not seem so far-fetched.

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SOCIAL MEDIA: How online behavior turns people from Jekyls into Hydes
Online anonymity has made it easy, and depressingly common, to be nasty without fear of repercussions – a lack of restraint that psychologists call online disinhibition effect, or ODE. David Pogue, correspondent, talks to experts about why online exchanges can turn into hateful, spiteful rages or name-calling that is not acceptable when speaking face-to-face.

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HISTORY: History lessons – When America’s politics turn ugly, violent
Historian Jon Grinspan, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution, has studied how intense partisanship in the 19th century was driven by people feeling isolated, their lives unstable, feeding an aggressive, even violent political discourse. He talks with CBS News’ John Dickerson about his new book, “The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915,” and how our nation’s ugly trends in politics have returned, from partisan news to the white supremacists’ march in Charlottesville and the January 6 insurrection.

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U.S.: Seeking common ground – Younger and older generations speak
“Sunday Morning” contributor Kelefa Sanneh visits Bethlehem, Pa., and sits down with four people over the age of 60, and four under 40, to find out what differences and similarities they see across generations.

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ACTIVISM: Musician-social activist John Legend on the continuing struggle for justice
The award-winning singer-songwriter is an advocate for prison reform in America, a nation that has incarcerated more of its citizens than any other. Ted Koppel, “Sunday Morning” senior contributor, speaks with John Legend about the American penal system, racial inequalities, and fighting for a stronger democratic society.

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REAL ESTATE: Wyoming’s new land rush
Teton County in Wyoming is home to the widest income divide in America, with a median house price of more than $3.5 million and an average income of $312,000. Correspondent Ben Tracy examines how the rich, attracted to the state’s idyllic settings, have been pushing out the middle class.

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COMMUNICATIONS: Talk radio – Widening the airwaves’ great divide
The repeal of the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine in 1987 opened the floodgates for extreme partisanship on the airwaves, making commercial talk radio a landscape ripe for controversial opinions aimed at attracting listeners. Jim Axelrod, correspondent, examines how talk radio has polarized Americans and exacerbated our politics.

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COMMENTARY: David Sedaris on coming out, all over again
The humorist has some thoughts about the term “queer” and how people today (or perhaps just humanities professors) identify themselves.

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TELEVISION: Norman Lear on the power of laughter to unite Americans
TV legend Norman Lear, whose credits include such hit series as “All in the Family” and “Maude,” always managed to make audiences laugh about dangerous topics: Racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia. And today, at age 100, he’s determined to find out if we’ll still laugh together. Ted Koppel, a senior contributor to “Sunday Morning”, sits down with him to discuss his future projects, including a possible remake one of the most controversial sitcom episodes.

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BUSINESS: Trade secrets
Not everyone is interested in a white collar job or college degree (or in racking up student loan debt). Ted Koppel, a senior contributor to “Sunday Morning”, meets plumbers and apprentices to discuss their chosen profession and how it is perceived by others.

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U.S.: Braver Angels – Seeking to de-polarize America
In an effort to help bridge the nation’s political chasm, the non-profit Braver Angels uses a workshop approach analogous to a marriage counselor, to bring together red and blue. Martha Teichner, correspondent, visits Traverse City, Michigan, a battleground state. Here, participants work to overcome their fear of the other, and find common ground.

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COMMENTARY: Do you get incessant messages from politicians asking for money? Jim Gaffigan does, too
The comedian says he’s being obsessively stalked by the Democratic and Republican Parties, who have one thing in mind.

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NATURE: Continental Divide National Monument
“Sunday Morning” takes us to Colorado’s Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, which last week became our nation’s newest National Monument.


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From 2009: Angela Lansbury, “liberated” by Broadway

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FROM THE ARCHIVE: Angela Lansbury, “liberated” by Broadway (Video)
Hollywood and Broadway star Angela Lansbury, who earned Five Tony Awards and three Oscar nominations, and who scored 12 Emmy nominations for her role as mystery author-sleuth Jessica Fletcher on the TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” died on October 11, 2022 at the age of 96. In this interview that aired on “Sunday Morning” December 6, 2009, Lansbury talked with CBS News’ Katie Couric about her unparalleled career on stage and screen.

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Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor in “She Said. “

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MOVIES: 2022 New York Film Festival highlights: “She Said,” a journalistic takedown of Harvey Weinstein
Director Maria Schrader’s procedural, starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, is one of the notable premieres at this year’s festival.


Here Comes the Sun: Comedian Billy Eichner and the boll weevil

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“HERE COMES THE SUN”: Comedian Billy Eichner and the boll weevil (Video)
Comedian and actor Billy Eichner sits down with Jonathan Vigliotti to discuss his new film, “Bros.” Then Conor Knighton travels to Enterprise, Alabama, to learn about the boll weevil.


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