This week on "Sunday Morning" (November 28) – CBS News

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COVER STORY: Hopes and concerns over a new Alzheimer’s drug | Watch Video
The FDA’s recent approval of a new drug, Aduhelm, to clear the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain is potentially good news for the six million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. But the approval process for Aduhelm has stirred controversy. Correspondent Susan Spencer talks with experts about the clinical benefits of this new class of drugs; and with early-onset Alzheimer’s patients, including a former neurologist who enrolled in an early trial of Aduhelm. 
BOOK EXCERPT: “A Tattoo On My Brain: A Neurologist’s Personal Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease”
Dr. Daniel Gibbs writes about how, after spending his career caring for patients with Alzheimer’s, he has now moved to studying the disease from the perspective of a patient himself.
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ECONOMICS: Inflation: A crash course in the economic cycle (Video)
As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to wane, prices are up, because supply and demand are in an historically out-of-whack phase. Correspondent David Pogue (with an assist from the David Pogue Thespian Ensemble) illustrates the economic pressures that are affecting the prices of everything from oil to consumer goods.
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THEATER: Remembering Stephen Sondheim, a musical theater giant | Watch Video
Through such classic productions as “West Side Story,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Sunday in the Park With George” and “Into the Woods,” composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim forced the American musical to grow up, and took audiences to places they’d never been before. Correspondent Mo Rocca offers an appreciation of the career of Sondheim, who died Friday, November 26, at the age of 91.
THEATER: Patti LuPone in conversation with Stephen Sondheim | Watch Video
In 2020 Patti LuPone, star of the new Broadway revival of “Company,” spoke with musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim for “CBS Sunday Morning,” to discuss his craft, his favorite character, and his college acting career. With the passing of Sondheim on Friday, November 26 at age 91, we offer their conversation – and her appreciation of Sondheim’s artistry. 
FROM THE ARCHIVE: From 2002: A Stephen Sondheim retrospective (Video)
In this “Sunday Morning” report that originally aired July 14, 2002, correspondent Martha Teichner talks with Sondheim, and with actors Lynn Redgrave, Christine Baranski and Brian Stokes Mitchell, appearing in the Kennedy Center’s “Sondheim Celebration,” a retrospective of seven of his musicals, presented side-by-side.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: From 1995: Stephen Sondheim’s ground-breaking work (Video)
In this “Sunday Morning” report that originally aired October 22, 1995, host Charles Osgood interviews Sondheim about his body of work, from “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” to “Sweeney Todd,” “Into the Woods,” “Passion,” and “Company,” a revival of which was playing to sold-out audiences. They also discuss his mentor, Oscar Hammerstein II, and the importance of teachers.
NATURE: The oldest trees on Earth | Watch Video
The twisting bristlecone pines that have taken root high atop the remote, rocky slopes of California’s White Mountains are the longest-lived individual trees on the planet. Correspondent Conor Knighton looks into the secrets these trees can tell us about history, the climate, and our possible future.
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PASSAGE: In memoriam (Video)
“Sunday Morning” remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including jazz trombonist Locksley Wellington “Slide” Hampton.     
BOOKS: Sharon Gless: In conversation | Watch Video
Actress Sharon Gless, the Emmy Award-winning star of the classic cop series “Cagney & Lacey,” examines some highs – and some terrifying lows – in a new memoir, “Apparently There Were Complaints.” She talks with Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz about starting late in Hollywood; her one kiss with Rosie O’Donnell on “Queer as Folk”; and her struggles with alcoholism.
READ AN EXCERPT: “Apparently There Were Complaints” by Sharon Gless
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HARTMAN: One wedding guest’s tears of joy (Video)
Troy and Catie Hudson, of Denver, say their wedding was going just as they planned, until the reception, when a member of the wedding party – Catie’s 9-year-old brother, Gus – stole the show. Steve Hartman reports.     
MUSIC: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo’s rock & roll love story | Watch Video
She was a singer from Long Island, inspired by Liza Minnelli and coated in spandex; he was a guitarist from Cleveland. Together they are among rock’s most enduring love stories, all while selling 36 million albums, recording 15 Top 40 hits, and winning four consecutive Grammys. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo talk with correspondent Jim Axelrod about their creative partnership, their 40-year-marriage, and their latest collaboration: the upcoming stage musical, “Invincible,” a reimagining of “Romeo and Juliet” featuring their iconic rock songs.
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COMMENTARY: Lessons from Stephen Sondheim, the teacher | Watch Video
Correspondent (and pianist) David Pogue remembers the advice given him by the musical theater giant.
TV: John Wilson on how to become a TV sensation | Watch Video
New York filmmaker John Wilson, host of HBO’s critically-acclaimed series, “How To with John Wilson,” talks with “Sunday Morning” contributor Kelefa Sanneh about creating his pseudo instructional videos that he says are like nature documentaries about contemporary life.
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NATURE: Ancient trees (Extended Video)
“Sunday Morning” takes us to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest – trees that date back thousands of years – at Inyo National Forest in California’s White Mountains. Videographer: Lee McEachern.
THE BOOK REPORT: Recommendations from Washington Post critic Ron Charles (November 28) | Watch Video
Suggested fall fiction and non-fiction titles, on topics ranging from animals to Beatles!
Book excerpt: “On Animals” by Susan Orlean
Book excerpt: “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich
Book excerpt: “The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak
Book excerpt: “The Lyrics” by Paul McCartney
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PODCAST: “Unsung Science”
“Sunday Morning” correspondent David Pogue explores the origin stories behind some of the most mind-blowing advances in science and technology. Presented by CBS News and Simon & Schuster. 
Listen to the episode, “Who Makes the Fake Languages for Hollywood?”:
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First published on November 26, 2021 / 4:58 PM
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