This week: 40 years of “Sunday Morning” (March 15)

Originally broadcast on January 27, 2019. 

Charles Kuralt on the road. CBS News

A LOOK BACK: A history of “Sunday Morning”
Jane Pauley looks back at the very beginning of “Sunday Morning” in 1979, and how over the last four decades the broadcast has stayed true to Charles Kuralt’s vision – traveling the back roads, taking our audience places and showing them things they wouldn’t see anywhere else on television, to make sure “gentler subjects” get their due.

The roads less traveled
For 40 years, “Sunday Morning” correspondents have meandered from exotic destinations and out-of-the-way places to our own backyards. Lee Cowan takes on a Sunday Drive through the past.

tony-bennett-lady-gaga-interview-promo.jpg Singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. CBS News

A LOOK BACK: The musicians of “Sunday Morning”
We take a moment to re-visit some of the countless musical stars that “Sunday Morning” has profiled over the years.

“Abblasen,” the theme of “Sunday Morning”

MUSIC: “Abblasen” (Video)
There’s no mistaking our “Sunday Morning” theme music, no matter how many different ways it’s been played over the years. Nancy Giles gives the story of how 18th century German composer Gottfried Reiche’s Abblasen” became our theme, and talks with musician Wynton Marsalis, whose recording has been trumpeting the start of our show every week for almost 15 years.

The artist’s vision 
For four decades “Sunday Morning” has been a sort of art gallery on TV. Martha Teichner checks out some of the artists whose work has graced our screens.

Stories with heart
Tracy Smith explores a “Sunday Morning” specialty: stories spotlighting people great and small at their best.

The “Sun Queen”
For 20 years associate director Jessica Frank has been handpicking every shining example of sun artwork to appear on our program – about 9,000 and counting. Serena Altschul talks to Frank about what goes into bringing sunshine into every broadcast.

A LOOK BACK: That’s entertainment
“Sunday Morning” looks back at some of the stars of stage and screen that have been on our program during the past four decades.

The bold-faced interviews
Over the years “Sunday Morning” has brought its viewers interviews with some of the most fascinating newsmakers. Rita Braver brings us a roll call.

Good neighbors
Steve Hartman tells us about an unusual ritual in one Utah community that has bound residents together, to come to the aid every evening of a neighbor with multiple sclerosis. (Originally broadcast September 14, 2018.)

The quirky side of life
Mo Rocca digs into some of the quirky stories that have been a “Sunday Morning” tradition since Charles Kuralt first went “on the road.”  

A poem by Ted Koppel
“Sunday Morning” is treated to an ode by our Special Contributor.         

In memoriam
Jane Pauley remembers some of the members of our “Sunday Morning” family whom we have lost over the past 40 years.

Capturing the “Sunday Morning” Moments of Nature

NATURE: Capturing the “Sunday Morning” Moments of Nature
Conor Knighton meets some of our team of videographers who bring the beauty and sounds of nature to our broadcast each week.

Caddo Lake, Texas
“Sunday Morning” takes us to Caddo Lake in Texas. Videographer: Scot Miller.


sunday-morning-town-hall-113548-d7096.jpg The correspondents, host and executive producer of “Sunday Morning.” Michele Crowe/CBS

LIVE EVENT: An Evening with CBS Sunday Morning – Live at Town Hall (Video)
In honor of its 40-year anniversary, CBS “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley and the show’s team of correspondents recently held a special live event at New York’s historic Town Hall, “An Evening with CBS Sunday Morning.” Guests included Jon Bastiste, and the subjects of one of Steve Hartman’s most heartwarming profiles.

The Emmy Award-winning “CBS Sunday Morning” is broadcast on CBS Sundays beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET. Executive producer is Rand Morrison.

DVR Alert! Find out when “Sunday Morning” airs in your city 

Follow the program on Twitter (@CBSSunday), Facebook, Instagram (#CBSSundayMorning) and at “Sunday Morning” also streams on CBSN beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET and at 1 p.m. ET, and is available on, CBS All Access, and On Demand. 

Full episodes of “Sunday Morning” are now available to watch on demand on, and CBS All Access, including via Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon FireTV/FireTV stick and Xbox. The show also streams on CBSN beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET. 

You can also download the free “Sunday Morning” audio podcast at iTunes and at Now you’ll never miss the trumpet!

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