This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 31)


Join Nancy Giles, Sunday Morning correspondent, for a virtual Q&A. Ask questions, and hear more about her latest story about Peloton exercise bikes and working out in isolation. Post a question in the comment section below. See you at 11 AM EDT!

Posted by CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday, May 31, 2020

FACEBOOK LIVE CHAT: Nancy GilesOur correspondent answered viewer questions on the CBS Sunday Morning Facebook page following the May 31 broadcast. You may watch the archived video here

Host: Jane Pauley


     OPENING: "Abblasen" performed by Kelly Austermann (Video)The "Sunday Morning" theme song is performed by viewer Kelly Austermann of St. Louis.

       HEADLINES: The death of George Floyd, and calls for justice (Video)The death of a Minneapolis man in police custody last Monday has spurred a nationwide explosion of grief and anger. Jeff Pegues looks at the events of the past week and talks to the family and girlfriend of George Floyd, whose arrest and detention was recorded on video for the world to watch in horror; with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump; and with the mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, whose city was the first to erupt in street protests and unrest.  

     COVER STORY: Will we ever go back to the "old normal"? | Watch VideoSocial distancing, plexiglass dividers and facemasks are just some signs of the ways Americans' lives have changed because of coronavirus. But are all these changes for good? Correspondent Mo Rocca talks with restaurateur Lidia Bastianich, New York University psychology professor Adam Alter, and plastics manufacturer Russ Miller about whether we'll return to the "old normal."

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TAP Plastics, San Leandro, Calif.Adam Alter, New York University's Stern School of BusinessLidia Bastianich (Official site)Face masks are seen on the figures of the sculpture "Dancing Girls" by artist Ursula Schneider-Schulz in Jena, Germany, April 3, 2020. Jens Meyer/AP

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HISTORY: Facemasks through the ages, from medical aid to fashion statement | Watch VideoOriginating during the Black Death of the Middle Ages, face coverings to protect against the transmission of disease are not just medical requirements; they're now a fashion statement. Mark Phillips reports.

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"The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris" by Mark Honigsbaum (WW Norton), in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, eBook and Audio formats, available via Amazonmarkhonigsbaum.comFollow Mark Honigsbaum on TwitterSara Little Turnbull Center for Design Institute, SeattleActor Matthew McConaughey has appeared in a series of PSAs aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of social distancing to defeat coronavirus. CBS News


ADVERTISING: How the pandemic changed TV commercials | Watch VideoCompanies have been pivoting to a new style of advertisement ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 altered our world, and upended consumers' shopping habits. Correspondent Anna Werner talks with advertising and marketing experts about what new messaging is being broadcast during the pandemic; and with actor Matthew McConaughey, who has created a series of public-service ads aimed at increasing awareness about social distancing.

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Jeanine Poggi, Ad Age MagazineDoner advertising agency, DetroitFord Motor CompanyFollow Matthew McConaughey on TwitterSkol! CBS News


BEVERAGES:  Cheers to the virtual cocktail party | Watch VideoLuke Burbank drinks up the history of the cocktail hour, and how in these times of social distancing, technology is helping serve up libations on a whole new level. (Plus: Learn how to make a classic Negroni.)

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cocktail recipes from New York City's Dante

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Food historian Laura Carlson (Official site)Dante, New York CitySinger-songwriters Jon Bon Jovi and Jewel talk with "CBS Sunday Morning" about opportunities for making music during an unsettling time. CBS News


MUSIC: Songs for our times: A COVID-19 playlist | Watch VideoSpring is usually a time when bands start touring and music festivals pop up all around the globe – but not this year.  And yet, the music hasn't stopped, as the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired artists from The Rolling Stones, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber to Luke Combs to release new songs – music that will remain a marker of a time that has changed everything. Correspondent Lee Cowan talks with Jon Bon Jovi and Jewel about the inspiration for their latest releases.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Jewel sings "Grateful"In a performance recorded exclusively for "CBS Sunday Morning," the singer-songwriter Jewel performs her new single "Grateful," which was "inspired by anxiety" and the power of gratitude during tough times.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Jewel on her new song "Grateful"Singer-songwriter Jewel talks with correspondent Lee Cowan about her new single, "Grateful," and why she chose to release it early during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jon Bon Jovi (Official site)JBJ Soul KitchenJewel (Official site)Sean Wilentz, Department of History, Princeton UniversityThe Sound of the Virus (Spotify Playlist)Our thanks to the famed Village Studios in Los AngelesActivist and playwright Larry Kramer in 2006. CBS News


PASSAGE: Remembering Larry Kramer, an AIDS warrior on a soapbox and the stage | Watch VideoThe playwright, screenwriter and AIDS activist, who founded the group ACT UP and engaged in civil disobedience on behalf of AIDS research, died Wednesday, May 27 at the age of 84. Jane Pauley reports.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: AIDS activist Larry Kramer: "I wasn't a phony … I fought for life" (Video)In this profile originally broadcast on "CBS Sunday Morning" on June 25, 2006, Larry Kramer talked with Harry Smith about fighting indifference in the battle against AIDS; about the founding of Gay Men's Health Crisis and ACT UP; and about becoming a pariah within the gay community due to his outspoken remarks.

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ACT UP ArchiveThanks to Donna Aceto via Gay City News

        COMMENTARY: Jim Gaffigan on not knowing what comes next | Watch VideoIn his 11th week of quarantine, the comedian would like to know how to prepare for a second wave of the pandemic, and how to dress for it.

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jimgaffigan.comFollow @JimGaffigan on TwitterLaurence Fishburne lends his voice to a rise in audiobook recordings.  CBS News


PUBLISHING: Hear, hear! The explosion in audio books | Watch VideoSmartphones and digital downloads have helped make audio recordings of books a billion-dollar industry, with more than 45,000 new audiobooks recorded last year alone. David Pogue listens in on how authors, and actors, are writing a new chapter in book publishing.

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Audible.comscottbrick.netbradmeltzer.comThe Audie

          COMMENTARY: My mom in quarantine (Video)A personal essay from filmmaker Josh Seftel, made from his video chats with his energetic mother, discussing everything from social distancing and dealing with loneliness, to the fashion of masks and dating one of the Cuomo brothers.

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seftel.comMore from Josh and Pat in "My Mom on Movies" (Facebook)Correspondent Nancy Giles on a Peloton stationary bike. CBS News


EXERCISE: On a ride with Peloton | Watch VideoWith gyms still closed in many places, at-home fitness is more in-demand, and that's made Peloton one of the few companies to prosper in this economy. But while sales of their bikes and treadmills are up, the pandemic has also changed how the company works, as its live workout instructors are now streaming from their homes. Nancy Giles reports.

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        BETWEEN THE LINES: The New Yorker Cartoons: Life during pandemic (Video)For some 95 years, cartoons in The New Yorker magazine have captured the spirit of their times. This time is no exception. "Sunday Morning" presents a recent sampling from cartoonists Jon Adams, Johnny DiNapoli, Carolita Johnson and Avi Steinberg.

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     NATURE: Spring in South Dakota (Extended Video)"Sunday Morning" shares a late spring view of Lake Poinsett, in eastern South Dakota. Videographer: Kevin Kjergaard.


     THE BOOK REPORT: Reviews from Washington Post book critic Ron Charles  | Watch VideoRecommendations of four new fiction and non-fiction titles.

BOOK EXCERPT: "How Much of These Hills Is Gold" by C. Pam Zhang

BOOK EXCERPT: "All Adults Here" by Emma Straub

BOOK EXCERPT: "Rodham: A Novel" by Curtis Sittenfeld

BOOK EXCERPT: David Allen Sibley's "What It's Like to Be a Bird"

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Ron Charles, The Washington PostRon Charles' Totally Hip Video Book Review "The 24 Hour Plays – Viral Monologues"


"SUNDAY MORNING" MATINEE: "The 24 Hour Plays – Viral Monologues" (VIDEO)An experiment in theatre – to present plays written, rehearsed and performed in the span of just 24 hours – has resulted in works shown on stages around the world. But with theatres shut, writer Christopher Oscar Peña and actors Evan Jonigkeit and Zosia Mamet have taken the blackly comic "The Story of Us" on the road, to an isolated lake – the perfect place to dispose of a murder weapon! This short play was recorded especially for "CBS Sunday Morning."


Song Yang in the Chinese thriller 'Wrath of Silence." International Film Festival & Awards Macao

MOVIES: "We Are One" presents a free global film festival onlineWith theatres closed around world, 21 international film festivals unite to curate streaming content beginning May 29, including features, documentaries, and conversations with filmmakers. Films will be streamed at

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We Are One: A Global Film Festival (May 29-June 7) | Film scheduleA Los Angeleno pictured on Skid Row. Michael Christopher Brown from National Geographic


SNAPSHOT: Life on L.A.'s Skid Row during the pandemic (Video)"Sunday Morning" presents pictures of the world in a time of COVID-19, featuring the haunting black-and-white images of some of the most vulnerable citizens of Los Angeles, taken by photographer Michael Christopher Brown from National Geographic.

GALLERY: Pandemic: Life on L.A.'s Skid Row

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GRADUATION: "Sunday Morning" salutes the Class of 2020 (Video)In many ways graduating students have been robbed of the time-honored rituals of a traditional senior year. "Sunday Morning" asked seniors to submit their photos, and so here is our tribute to the Class of 2020. Music: "Here's to You" by Abby Bannon and Grace Stewart.

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