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CBS Sunday Morning is an American TV show that contains a combination of hard news and feature stories. The hard news is usually a brief recounting of the significant recent national and international events. The features cover an extremely wide range of topics.

The two-hour episodes open with a single trumpeter playing the opening theme, called Abblasen, as an artist's interpretation of the sun is shone. This tune was originally played by Doc Severinsen. Currently, it is played by Wynton Marsalis. Then the show's host, after a brief rundown of the news, introduces the features that will compromise the rest of the program.

The features are sometimes part of a theme the show has chosen. The themes are usually topics most people can relate to, such as, food, changes in the American family structure and vacations. A large number of features showcase the arts. These features cover topics about TV shows, movies, theater, opera, ballet, paintings and sculpture. They also introduce their audience to the offbeat, for instance, people who have an unusual collection and turned that into a roadside museum.

There are stories of ordinary people taking on tasks that would seem too large for them to achieve. One story was about a woman who spent years saving the money to give her community a public swimming pool. There have been a number of stories about people who started putting care packages together for troops serving overseas or people suffering deprivation from a recent disaster or an ongoing crisis. Frequently, these stories go on to show how their acts have inspired the people around them to join the effort.

In addition to these stories, there are television and movie reviews by David Edelstein, rock music critiques by Bill Flanagan and classical music is covered by Eugenia Zukerman. Nancy Giles does frequent commentaries about current events. Ben Stein, also a commentator. The show was originally hosted by Charles Kuralt and is currently hosted by Charles Osgood.

Sundays at 09:00 am on CBS
31 Seasons, 1509 Episodes - Returning Series
January 28, 1979
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  • COVER: Build a Better Baby Thoreau said that every child begins the world again. He was right, of course, but he never had children of his own: he never spent nine months wondering if the child was a boy or a girl…or if the baby would be born healthy…or at all. But now-as never before-science has taken some of the agonizing out of the process. Male or female, sick or well, dead or alive: the final verdict at childbirth has been replaced by a series of medical options. As Sunday Morning correspondent Tracy Smith reports, parents can choose gender, screen for a growing number of genetic diseases…and end up with what some might call a better baby. ALMANAC: Edison Invents the Light bulb ART: Frank Stella Frank Stella has been at the forefront of American art for nearly half a century. He started out a minimalist and now you might say he is a maximalist. So what happened? Martha Teichner finds out this Sunday Morning. BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Rudy Giuliani before the Family Research MAYTAG: Clean Start Chances are your family had a Maytag washing machine when you were growing up. At its peak, the company, known for its dependability, made one in every five washing machines in the United States. Its iconic repairman advertising campaign is one of the most successful of all-time. But in recent years, sales have flattened and alleged mismanagement of the company led to a buyout by rival Whirlpool. This Friday, Whirlpool will officially pull Maytag out of Newton, Iowa -- the town where F.L. Maytag made his first washing machine exactly 100 years ago -- closing the plant that has been gradually laying off thousands of workers since the takeover last year. Dean Reynolds visits a community saddened by loss of Maytag, but hopeful for the future. SPORTS: Uphill Battle MUSIC: Chaka Khan COMMENTARY: Nancy Giles PHOTOGRAPHY: Camera Collection For 50 years, Jack Naylor has painstakingly put together his collection of photography. In all, Naylor amassed more than 31,000 pieces of equipment and prints. The collection details history - that of the world in the breathtaking images, and that of photography itself in the equipment. Now, at 90, Naylor is saying goodbye to it all - auctioning it off - so that, as he says, others may have some fun. Jack Naylor takes Daniel Sieberg on the last tour of the intact collection.

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