This week on “Sunday Morning” (June 20)

Host: Jane Pauley 


COVER STORY: How mRNA technology is altering vaccine treatments | Watch Video
By using messenger ribonucleic acid (or mRNA) as a platform for delivering vaccinations, biotech companies like Moderna have been able to rewrite COVID vaccines swiftly to address newly-emergent variant strains. And now, fighting COVID is just the beginning, as Moderna is using mRNA to change the way we treat or prevent other diseases. National Public Radio correspondent Allison Aubrey reports.

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HARTMAN: A triathlete’s mentor (Video)
It did not appear that competing in a triathlon was in the cards for 14-year-old Caleb Prewitt, of Jacksonville, Florida, who has Down Syndrome – until he met 21-year-old triathlete Chris Nikic, the first person with Down Syndrome to ever complete the grueling 140-mile Ironman competition. What Nikic did next was even more herculean: taking the young fan under his wing and planting a dream. Steve Hartman reports. 

building-a-canoe-b-randee-post-daddona-1920.jpg Trent Preszler uses his father’s tools to build bespoke canoes.  Randee Post Daddona

FATHER’S DAY: Rebuilding a relationship with his late father | Watch Video
Trent Preszler had an estranged relationship with his father, who died of cancer in 2014. His only inheritance was his father’s toolbox. Setting out to build a canoe from scratch using his father’s tools, Preszler saw his project lead to life-changing realizations about self-discovery, reconciliation and forgiveness. “CBS This Morning” lead national correspondent David Begnaud talks with Preszler about the hidden meanings of building these one-of-a-kind canoes, and about Preszler’s memoir, “Little and Often.”

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Matt Bomer on recording the audiobook of Trent Preszler’s memoir, “Little and Often” (Video)

Matt Bomer on recording the audiobook of Trent Preszler’s memoir, “Little and Often” by CBS Sunday Morning on YouTube

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malcolm-gladwell-recording.jpg Author Malcolm Gladwell.  CBS News

BOOKS: Malcolm Gladwell on “The Bomber Mafia” | Watch Video
Malcolm Gladwell, the author of such bestsellers as “Blink” and “Outliers,” talks with contributor Kelefa Sanneh about his latest work, “The Bomber Mafia,” about a group of idealists during the Second World War and their attempt to use technology to reinvent war.

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its-a-sin-hbo-max-1920.jpg A scene from the British TV series “It’s a Sin,” about gay men in London at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis.  HBO Max

TELEVISION: The hit series “It’s a Sin”: When AIDS was new and unknown | Watch Video
The acclaimed HBO Max series, “It’s a Sin,” tells the story of a group of gay men and their friends who live and love in London in the early 1980s, at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The show, which features a largely LGBTQ cast, shines a light on a dark chapter that’s been fading from memory. Correspondent Imtiaz Tyab talks with the show’s producer-writer, Russell T. Davies, and with two of its stars: Neil Patrick Harris and Lydia West.

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COMMENTARY: Jim Gaffigan: Are we naïve to believe it’s over? | Watch Video
The comedian refuses to say what it is he hopes is “over,” but he’s optimistic that it is.

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SOCIETY: Are reparations the answer to America’s historic racial wealth gap? | Watch Video
The median White household in the U.S. has $184,000 in wealth, while the median Black household has less than $23,000. Experts say the gap was fostered by generations of enslavement, Jim Crow laws, discrimination and redlining. Correspondent Mark Whitaker explores the issue, and proposals to narrow the gap, including reparations and “baby bonds” or other race-neutral anti-poverty programs. 

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seth-meyers-with-rita-braver-1920.jpg “Late Night” host Seth Meyers with correspondent Rita Braver.  CBS News

TELEVISION: Seth Meyers: Late night’s “Mr. Nice Guy” | Watch Video
The “Saturday Night Live” alum who has hosted “Late Night with Seth Meyers” since 2014 talks with correspondent Rita Braver about leaving his COVID-lockdown attic and returning to the TV studio, and about whether his sunny reputation hides a dark side. (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t!)

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tiktok-chef1920-737709-640x360.jpg Student chef Jeremy Scheck, known to his two million TikTok followers as @scheckeats. TikTok

FOOD: Bobby Flay on the next generation of cooking heroes | Watch Video
The cookbook author and Food Network star says inspiration for home cooks is now coming not only from TV chefs, but from TikTok.

RECIPES: Bobby Flay breakfast recipes
The chef offers “Sunday Morning” viewers his recipes for Frittata with Peppers and Onions with Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce, Homemade Sausage Patties, and Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea.

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PASSAGE: Remembering “Sunday Morning” producer Judy Hole (Video)
“Sunday Morning” pauses to remember a beloved friend and colleague, producer Judy Hole, who passed this week. 

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Fashion designer Ralph Rucci (Video)
In July 2002 designer Ralph Rucci was the first American in over 60 years to be invited to show his own couture collection in Paris. In a report, produced by Judy Hole, that aired on “Sunday Morning” October 27, 2002, Rucci talked with correspondent Martha Teichner about his inspirations, from Cristóbal Balenciaga to Asian spiritualism, and the obsessive perfectionism that runs through his workroom. Teichner also talked with New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, and with Joan Kaner, fashion director of Neiman Marcus, about Rucci’s impact.

NATURE: Wild horse sanctuary (Extended Video)
“Sunday Morning” takes us to South Dakota’s Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, near Hot Springs – 11,000 acres left for horses to run free. Videographer: Kevin Kjergaard.


Tribeca Film Festival Welcomes Back In-Person Events During 20th Anniversary Moviegoers take in an outdoor screening of “In the Heights” at the Tribeca Festival, at Hudson Yards in Manhattan, June 9, 2021. Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images

MOVIES: Highlights from the 2021 Tribeca Festival
The 20th annual festival is not limited to New York City audiences, with many world premiere features and documentaries available to stream at home through Wednesday, June 23. Check out our web producer David Morgan’s recommendations below: 

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