This week on "Sunday Morning" (April 11)

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Guest host: Lee Cowan


COVER STORY: Some members of Sackler family under fire over ties to opioids | Watch VideoThe Sackler family, one of the wealthiest in America, has long been known as a patron of the arts, but only recently did their connections to Purdue Pharma become widely known. The company, which some blame for helping spark the opioid crisis, is privately owned by some members of the family. "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports on the Sacklers, whose name has become a controversial flashpoint in the opioid epidemic, and talks with New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, author of "Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty."

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"Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty" by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available April 13 via Amazon and (Official site)Purdue PharmaNan Goldin (ArtNet)

ROYALS: Remembering Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh | Watch VideoAs consort to Queen Elizabeth II, he was Britain's "first gentleman," a man with a fairy-tale title in an era that was hardly from a fairy tale. Correspondent Mark Phillips looks back on the life of Prince Phillip, who died this week at the age of 99.

American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) is pictured in Kenya, September 1952. / Credit: Earl Theisen Collection/Getty Images
American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) is pictured in Kenya, September 1952. / Credit: Earl Theisen Collection/Getty Images

BOOKS: Reappraising Ernest Hemingway | Watch VideoTo many, writer Ernest Hemingway, author of such classics as "The Sun Also Rises," "A Farewell to Arms" and "The Old Man and the Sea," was the very definition of toxic masculinity. But a new PBS documentary finds the writer's literary image, personality and sexuality are not so cut-and-dried. Correspondent Mark Whitaker talks with filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and with Hemingway scholar Marc Dudley, about re-examining the larger-than-life writer in the age of #MeToo.

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"Hemingway," a new series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (PBS)Marc Dudley, professor, North Carolina State University"Hemingway, Race, and Art: Bloodlines and the Color Line" by Marc Kevin Dudley (Kent University Press), in Hardcover and eBook formats, available via Amazon and IndieboundThe Hemingway Society

BOOKS: The devotion of Nancy Reagan | Watch VideoThroughout their 52-year marriage, Nancy Reagan was President Ronald Reagan's staunchest supporter. But one of the great mysteries is that a woman who was so attuned to and protective of her husband's public image could be unaware of her own. "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl talks with Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty, author of the new book "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan," and with former Reagan White House chief of staff James Baker, about the complicated persona of the woman who had the most significant influence on President Reagan.

READ AN EXCERPT: "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan" by Karen Tumulty

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"The Triumph of Nancy Reagan" by Karen Tumulty (Simon & Schuster), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available April 13 via Amazon and IndieboundKaren Tumulty, The Washington PostJames Baker, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice UniversityThe Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

PASSAGE: In memoriam (VIDEO)"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including Grammy-nominated rapper DMX.

HARTMAN: Camping out: One boy's year under the stars (VIDEO)Thirteen-year-old Boy Scout William Olmstead loves camping, so when COVID came along he thought, what better way to test himself than to put up a tent behind his house in Wilton, Connecticut, and sleep in it longer than any backyard camper ever has? Correspondent Steve Hartman checked in with William as he passed the one-year anniversary of his camping challenge.

Corinne Foxx and her father, Jamie Foxx. The two have collaborated on a new Netflix series,
Corinne Foxx and her father, Jamie Foxx. The two have collaborated on a new Netflix series,

TELEVISION: Jamie Foxx on playing (and being) an embarrassing dad | Watch VideoIn films and on TV, Jamie Foxx has hit all the right notes. His latest project is a new Netflix series, "Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!" playing a single parent to a daughter who finds him less than cool. "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Michelle Miller talks with Foxx and his co-star, fellow "In Living Color" alum David Alan Grier, and with Foxx's daughter, Corinne, an executive producer of the show, who found inspiration in the tradeoffs of having a famous entertainer for a dad.

To watch a trailer for "Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me!" click on the video player below.

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"Dad Stop Embarrassing Me" (Netflix)

BOOKS: New York Times Fiction and Nonfiction Bestsellers

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Former Speaker of the House John Boehner.  / Credit: CBS News
Former Speaker of the House John Boehner. / Credit: CBS News

BOOKS: John Boehner on how the rise of ideologues harms America | Watch VideoIn 2015 House Speaker and 13-term Republican Congressman John Boehner decided to end his career on the Hill, his departure hastened by clashes with ideologues within his own party. Now, in a scorching new memoir, "On the House," Boehner writes that those forces are hurting the country, and threaten the GOP's survival. Boehner talks with "60 Minutes" correspondent John Dickerson about the January 6th insurrection, partisan media, and what he calls "political terrorists" who play to the party base.

For more info:

"On the House: A Washington Memoir" by John Boehner (St. Martin's Press), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available April 13 via Amazon and Indiebound

PREVIEW: "Ready, Set … Go!" (VIDEO)As we prepare to travel once again, Lee Cowan previews the special "Sunday Morning" broadcast dedicated to getaways, traveling to spots both familiar and unique – a sign, perhaps, that we're taking the first few steps in our journey back to normalcy. Tune in Sunday, April 18!

NATURE: Cherry blossoms in Japan (EXTENDED VIDEO)"Sunday Morning" takes us this spring Sunday to a setting known in English as "Cherry Blossom Mountain Park" outside Tokyo, home to some 10,000 cherry trees. Videographer: Jiro Akiba.

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Nature: Cherry blossoms in Japan