This week on "Sunday Morning" (December 19)

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Host: Jane Pauley

COVER STORY: Art that breaks through prison walls | Watch VideoInmates at Maine's state prisons, many of whom are facing decades behind bars without a chance of parole, are finding new purpose through creative expression, making artwork and crafts for sale outside of prison walls. Correspondent Nancy Giles reports on a program that correction officials say has reduced recidivism dramatically.

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Maine State Prison Showroom, Thomaston, Me. (Facebook)"Freedom & Captivity: Maine Voices Beyond Prison Walls"Maine Department of Corrections Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition

COVID UPDATE: Dr. Jon LaPook on holiday gatherings | Watch VideoWith the increase in coronavirus caseloads due to the spreading Delta and Omicron variants, CBS News' chief medical correspondent discusses the precautions to be taken at end-of-year get-togethers, to better ensure a safe holiday season.

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.   / Credit: CBS News
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. / Credit: CBS News

SUNDAY PROFILE: NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on a life in science | Watch VideoAfter more than 12 years as leader of the National Institutes of Health – one of the longest-serving in its history – Dr. Francis Collins is stepping down. He talks with correspondent Rita Braver about how he resisted political pressures to support unproven treatments for the coronavirus; the problem of vaccine hesitancy; and how he will continue with two passions: research and rock 'n' roll.

WEB EXTRA: Dr. Francis Collins: "I don't see a conflict" between science and faith (YouTube Video)

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Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director, National Institutes of HealthProgeria Research Foundation

The Christian duo For King and Country (Joel and Luke Smallbone) performs.  / Credit: CBS News
The Christian duo For King and Country (Joel and Luke Smallbone) performs. / Credit: CBS News

MUSIC: A joyful noise: Contemporary Christian music | Watch VideoChristian rock is as old as rock 'n' roll itself. It's revered by some and rejected by others. "Sunday Morning" contributor Kelefa Sanneh talks with some of the biggest stars in the world of contemporary Christian music: Amy Grant, and the duo from For King and Country, Joel and Luke Smallbone.

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For King and CountryAmy GrantMichael W. SmithDavid Stowe, Department of Religious Studies, Michigan State University"The Jesus Movie" (documentary), available on demand, Blu-Ray and Digital

At the See's Candies factory, chocolates roll off the conveyor belt, ready to be consumed by a grateful public.    / Credit: CBS News
At the See's Candies factory, chocolates roll off the conveyor belt, ready to be consumed by a grateful public. / Credit: CBS News

'TIS THE SEASON: What goes into a box of See's Candies? (Video)At the See's Candies factory, in Culver City, Calif., candymakers are busy cranking out holiday cheer, which is sold online and in more than 200 stores across the U.S. Correspondent Luke Burbank tests his candy-making skills, and also finds out how a Christmas tradition, stalled during last year's pandemic, is now back.

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See's Candies

PASSAGE: In memoriam (Video)"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including Anne Rice, author of such bestsellers as "Interview with the Vampire."

HARTMAN: The return of Secret Santa (Video)Far from the North Pole, at the edge of the Sonoran Desert, Secret Santa is about to do some of his best work ever, on the San Carlos Apache Tribal Lands. Correspondent Steve Hartman reports on the anonymous wealthy businessman who is making his annual holiday season trek, giving away $30,000 in hundred-dollar bills to random strangers.

Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi composed the music for
Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi composed the music for

MUSIC: Vince Guaraldi's classic Christmas music | Watch VideoWhen Lee Mendelson produced the 1965 TV special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," he got San Francisco jazz musician Vince Guaraldi to compose the music. The songs Guaraldi wrote, including "Christmas Time Is Here," are now considered classics. Correspondent David Pogue looks at how the music of Peanuts became inseparable from the joy and melancholy of the holiday season.

WEB EXTRA: "Christmas Time Is Here," performed by the original cast (YouTube Video)

You can stream the album "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by clicking on the embed below (Free Spotify registration required to hear the tracks in full):

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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" will air on PBS Sunday, Dec., 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET., and can also be streamed on Apple TV+Vince Guaraldi (Peanuts Wiki)

Actress                  Penélope Cruz with correspondent Holly Williams.  / Credit: CBS News
Actress Penélope Cruz with correspondent Holly Williams. / Credit: CBS News

MOVIES: Penélope Cruz: Mother, actress, and student of life | Watch VideoShe's a movie star who's spent years in the Hollywood spotlight, and won an Academy Award. But Penélope Cruz, who has found global acclaim, is at home in Spain, where she recently filmed her latest collaboration with director Pedro Almodóvar, "Parallel Mothers." Cruz talks with correspondent Holly Williams about a life beyond her wildest ambitions; balancing family and projects; and working with her husband, actor Javier Bardem.

WEB EXTRA: Penélope Cruz on protecting her children from social media (YouTube Video)

To watch a trailer or "Parallel Mothers," click on the video player below:

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"Parallel Mothers" opens in New York City and Los Angeles December 24Follow penelopecruzoficial on Instagram

Josh Groban performs with the Young People's Chorus of New York City.  / Credit: CBS News
Josh Groban performs with the Young People's Chorus of New York City. / Credit: CBS News

'TIS THE SEASON: Holiday music: John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (Video)This year we continue a "Sunday Morning" tradition: The Young People's Chorus of New York City – joined by Josh Groban – performs a song for the holidays: John Lennon's 1971 classic, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)."

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Young People's Chorus of New York"Josh Groban: 2020 Holiday Concert Encore Presentation," streaming December 17-19Thanks to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City

COMMENTARY: Jim Gaffigan: What would Jesus want for his birthday? | Watch VideoThe comedian ponders the evolution of the holiday season, which started with one man's birth, and now involves indoor trees and door-to-door singers.

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'TIS THE SEASON: Holiday music: Josh Groban sings "Believe," from "The Polar Express" (Video)This year we continue a "Sunday Morning" tradition: Josh Groban, joined by the Young People's Chorus of New York City, performs a song for the holidays: the Grammy-winning "Believe," from the movie "The Polar Express."

NATURE: Snowfall in South Dakota (Extended Video)"Sunday Morning" takes us to Newton Hills State Park in eastern South Dakota, where they are getting a head start on a white Christmas. Videographer: Kevin Kjergaard.



"Follow the Suns": The "CBS Sunday Morning" 2022 Day-to-Day CalendarCelebrate "Sunday Morning" every day of the week with this handy 365-day tear-off calendar featuring examples of our luminous "sun art," and quirky historical facts from our popular "Almanac" segment – a perfect holiday gift!


MOVIES: "Return of the Jedi," "The Fellowship of the Ring," "WALL-E" added to the National Film Registry""A Nightmare on Elm Street," Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train," "Stop Making Sense" and "Richard Pryor: Live in Concert" are also among the films to be preserved by the Library of Congress for future generations. senior producer David Morgan looks at this year's additions.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2021 additions to the National Film Registry

'TIS THE SEASON: "Dickens of a Christmas" in Tennessee (VIDEO)For the 36th year the town of Franklin, Tenn., has ushered in the holiday season with a historic, Dickens-flavored celebration, filling the streets with period dress (and maybe even some figgy pudding). "Sunday Morning" producer Roman Feeser paid a visit.

 / Credit: CBS News/Simon & Schuster
/ Credit: CBS News/Simon & Schuster

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.

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