This week on “Sunday Morning” (June 21)

Host: Jane Pauley


THEME: “Abblasen”: A trio of trumpets (Video)Our welcome-to-summer comes from Austin and Braden Frandino (sons of “Sunday Morning” editor Joseph Frandino), along with their University of Connecticut trumpet professor Louis Hanzlik, performing “Abblasen.”

        HEADLINES: Back on campaign trail, Trump dismisses COVID testing (Video)In Tulsa, Okla., President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail Saturday for the first time since the country was shut down due to coronavirus. Speaking to a smaller-than-predicted crowd, he sought to fire up his base by attacking “fake” news about COVID-19 and blaming testing for the rise in U.S. cases. Omar Villafranca reports. 

       COVER STORY: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on confronting a “frightening” pandemic, and thoughts on his political future | Watch VideoNew York governor Andrew Cuomo, who has proactively confronted the coronavirus outbreak in his state, has performed some political jujitsu – asking people to do hard things and sacrifice because of the pandemic, and getting more popular in the process. “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley sits down with Cuomo to discuss leading New York’s so-far-successful efforts to “flatten the curve”; the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response; living in quarantine with his daughters; and his political future.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo (’s COVID-19 briefings (YouTube)Follow @NYGovCuomo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

       INDEX: Coronavirus updateIn a British trial, Dexamethasone, an inexpensive steroid, has been shown to reduce deaths among patients critically ill with the coronavirus.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that genetic analysis of thousands of European COVID patients finds those with Type A blood were more likely to have severe cases. Those with Type O were less likely.

 As of yesterday, 119,000 Americans have died from Coronavirus. There have been 8,600,000 confirmed cases worldwide.


A member of the Compton Cowboys in Los Angeles.  CBS News

HERITAGE:  Preserving the traditions of black cowboys | Watch VideoAfter the Civil War, black cowboys played a key role in settling the West, and their heritage is honored by African American cowboys and rodeo riders today. “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-host Michelle Miller talked with members of the Compton Cowboys, a Los Angeles group of riders who take to the streets of South Central on horseback; and with participants in the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, named for the famed African American Wild West Show star.

For more info:

Compton Cowboys”The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland” by Walter Thompson-Hernandez (Harper Collins), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available via AmazonWalter Thompson-Hernandez (”Fire on the Hill: The Cowboys of South Central” (Documentary)Black American West Museum, DenverBill Pickett Invitational Rodeo | Updated tour infoOur thanks to the James Family’s Bar Double J Ranch in Bennett, Colo.


HARTMAN: Letters to Dad (Video)Back in 2011, Barry Lampke secretly installed a mailbox in the woods of Geprags Park in Hinesburg, Vermont seemingly for one recipient: “Dad.” Ever since, strangers have shared hundreds of messages of love to dads gone by. Steve Hartman reports. 


Jenna Cao welcomes customers to her nail salon, Chateau de Nails, in Alpharetta, Ga. CBS News

BUSINESS:  Small businesses, big problems in a time of pandemic | Watch VideoEconomists estimate more than 100,000 small businesses have already shut permanently since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Others are facing staggering losses and are fighting to survive. “Sunday Morning” special contributor Ted Koppel talks with small business owners and independent operators about the pressures they are facing.

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Chateau de Nails, Alpharetta, Ga. (Facebook)Eildon Tweed Farm, Amsterdam, N.Y. (Facebook)Morine Trucking & Construction, Opelousas, La.The singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. CBS News


MUSIC: Yusuf revisits the songs of Cat Stevens | Watch VideoBy any name, Yusuf Islam is a legend.  The man who came to fame as Cat Stevens will soon release a new album, a collection of songs he made famous half a century ago and has now re-recorded with the perspective that 50 years of living can bring. Correspondent Tracy Smith talks with Yusuf about recording “Tea for the Tillerman 2,” including his duet with his younger self for the song “Father and Son.”

To watch a new music video of Yusuf’s rerecording of “Where Do the Children Play?” click on the video player below:

For more info:

“Tea for the Tillerman 2” By Yusuf / Cat Stevens, to be released September 18 on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download formats, via AmazonYusuf / Cat Stevens (Official site)Peacetrain

        PASSAGE: Voices of inspiration | Watch Video”Sunday Morning” remembers the British wartime singer Vera Lynn, and ambassador and presidential sibling Jean Kennedy Smith. Jane Pauley reports. 

        SUNDAY PROFILE: Apple CEO Tim Cook on the nexus of technology and social change | Watch VideoTim Cook has been the CEO of Apple for nearly a decade now, long enough to have moved out of the shadow of company co-founder Steve Jobs. But Cook still carries on a three-decade Apple tradition: their Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts tomorrow. It is one of Apple’s marquee events, but what will that tradition look like in an age of social distancing, as the WWDC goes all-online? “60 Minutes” correspondent John Dickerson talks with Cook about societal changes, social responsibility, and uncertainty.

PREVIEW: Apple CEO Tim Cook “incredibly grateful” for Supreme Court’s decision protecting LGBTQ workers

For more info:

2020 WWDC (June 22-26)

       COMMENTARY: Jim Gaffigan on what really dads want for Father’s Day | Watch VideoThe comedian, who’s been living in quarantine for three months with his kids, has some thoughts on what would make an ideal Father’s Day this year.

See also: 

Week 1: Family life under lockdownWeek 2: Life in quarantine is like a sitcomWeek 3: Spring arrives!Week 4: Lessons of “distance learning”Week 5: Kids, quarantine and sanity are not compatibleWeek 6: Consuming all news, all the timeWeek 7: Jim Gaffigan discovers he misses strangersWeek 8: On sharing dinner with the massesWeek 9: On living in unprecedented timesWeek 10: Are we REALLY all in this together?Week 11: On not knowing what comes next

       For more info: 

jimgaffigan.comFollow @JimGaffigan on TwitterWatch “Dinner with the Gaffigans” on YouTube

       JUSTICE: The historic tension between black and blue, and the rise in calls to “defund the police” | Watch VideoDemands for wholesale changes in policing that may have seemed unthinkable just a few weeks ago have erupted since the death, in police custody, of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and follow other cases of black men who have died at the hands of police officers. Correspondent Jeff Pegues reports on the longstanding tension between black and blue, and what calls to “defund the police” actually mean.

For more info:

Black Lives Matter”When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele (St. Martin’s Press), in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, eBook and Audio formats, available via AmazonDr. Gary Potter, School of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky.CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets), Eugene, Ore.

      COMMENTARY: Gerald Bostock on SCOTUS’ landmark LGBTQ ruling | Watch VideoA plaintiff in one of the LGBTQ discrimination cases decided this week by the Supreme Court speaks about the message sent by SCOTUS with regards to protecting the civil rights of workers.          

      NATURE: Great horned owls        


       PASSAGE: The story of Juneteenth (Video)This week saw the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, marking the day when Union Major General Gordon Granger proclaimed to the people of Texas, on June 19, 1865, that “all slaves are free” – the end of slavery in America. But it would not mean the end of oppression. Jane Pauley reports.


Ryan Bakerink

SUNSPOTS: Photographer Ryan Bakerink’s Chicago 2020 time capsule | Watch VideoA project to document all 77 of the city’s neighborhoods become something entirely unexpected due to the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests

      “SUNDAY MORNING” MATINEE: “Chicago: Quarantine Edition” (Coming soon!)       

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