This week on “Sunday Morning” (April 19)

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Live Facebook Chat with Conor Knighton, Sunday, April 19 at 11 a.m. ET!
Conor Knighton is headed on a virtual book tour to chat about “Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park.” Head to CBS Sunday Morning’s Facebook page, leave a question for Conor, and join us there beginning at 11 a.m. this Sunday for a live chat! 

BOOK + AUDIO EXCERPT: Conor Knighton’s “Leave Only Footprints”
The “Sunday Morning” correspondent introduces his account of a year-long trek through America’s National Parks.

Host: Jane Pauley

COVER STORY: On the trail of COVID-19 – contact tracing the virus
Contact tracing – being able to pinpoint everyone with whom a contagious person has been in touch – is a fundamental part of managing infectious diseases. David Pogue reports on a historic new collaboration between two rival tech giants, Apple and Google, to develop a means by which infected people may trace whom they’ve been in contact with via their smartphones.

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drive-thru-food-bank-620.jpg A drive-thru food bank.  CBS News

CHARITY: A run on food banks
Food banks are struggling to find new ways to help record numbers of Americans who are out of work during the pandemic, adding to the millions who already experience food insecurity. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger talks with food pantries whose work in their communities is being strained – by increased demand, costlier supplies, and a reduced workforce – and yet has never been more valuable.

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Drive-thru diagnostics
The drive-thru, that symbol of American excess, or efficiency (or laziness), is now the means by which many are being tested for the novel coronavirus. Correspondent Tracy Smith looks at the history of car-culture commerce with Adam Chandler, author of “Drive-Thru Dreams”; and visits a southern California parking lot that is now a drive-thru doctor’s office, where Dr. Matthew Abinante tests for COVID-19 infections.

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Randy Newman
Correspondent John Blackstone gets in-tune with the singer and composer whose music always lifts our spirits.

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The COVID-19 crisis behind bars
Jails and prisons can be toxic breeding grounds for COVID-19. And because prison staff are as vulnerable, if not more so, than the incarcerated, an outbreak behind prison walls will likely spread to the community beyond.  With confinement and social distancing mostly incompatible, “Sunday Morning” Special Contributor Ted Koppel talks with former inmates and social justice advocates about addressing the pandemic crisis inside the nation’s corrections facilities.

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Facing grief
Jason Rosenthal, the subject of a viral 2017 New York Times column titled “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal as she was dying from ovarian cancer, talks about the grieving process, and how to overcome the isolation and sense of tremendous loss that have become familiar states during the pandemic.

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covid19-new-orleans-52-chris-granger-620.jpg New Orleans during the coronavirus pandemic, April 13, 2020. CHRIS GRANGER/Times-Picayune

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Life in New Orleans during coronavirus
“Sunday Morning” presents a snapshot of life in a time of pandemic, featuring the work of photojournalist Chris Granger of the Times-Picayune newspaper.

GALLERY: New Orleans, before and after
Photographer Sophia Germer, of The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate, offers a view of the effect of coronavirus on the Big Easy.


mo-rocca-background.jpg A view of Mo Rocca’s house, courtesy of Zoom.  CBS News

COMMUNICATION: Background report
Correspondent Mo Rocca looks at how video conferencing has pulled back the curtain on our private lives, offering everyone a peek into our homes.

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Jim Gaffigan: Week 5 sanity check
We get a status report on the comedian’s quarantine with his wife and five children.

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“Mrs. America”
Correspondent Erin Moriarty meets the all-star cast of “Mrs. America,” a new series about the women who fought for, and against, the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, including Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Tracy Ullman, Sarah Paulson, Elizabeth Banks, John Slattery and Margo Martindale.

To watch a trailer for “Mrs. America” click on the video player below:

Mrs. America | Official Trailer | FX by FX Networks on YouTube

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kadir-nelson-painting-cbs-620.jpg Artist Kadir Nelson at work.  CBS News

ART: Artist Kadir Nelson’s response to pandemic
Painters often take moments in history and capture them on canvas, and the current COVID-19 crisis is no exception.  The paint is barely dry on one work by artist Kadir Nelson, who revealed his painting “After the Storm,” a celebration of the strength of the human spirit, to correspondent Lee Cowan.

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  Some … of many: Those we’ve lost to coronavirus
“Sunday Morning” remembers victims of the pandemic.



cast-of-mrs-doubtfire.jpg The cast of “Mrs. Doubtfire: The Musical.” CBS News

“SUNDAY MORNING” MATINEE: “Mrs. Doubtfire: The Musical” (VIDEO)
The coronavirus pandemic has closed Broadway shows, including a new musical based on the Robin Williams comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire,” which was still in previews when theatres in New York were shut down. But that didn’t stop star Rob McClure and the cast from performing (while social distancing!) the song “As Long As There Is Love,” presented here for homebound lovers of musical theater.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Brian Dennehy on the best part of acting | Watch Video
Two-time Tony Award-winning actor Brian Dennehy died on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at the age of 81. In this interview originally broadcast on “Sunday Morning” on June 10, 2007, Dennehy talked with correspondent Martha Teichner about his remarkable career, from playing Macbeth as a 13-year-old, to his roles in such popular films as “First Blood” and “Cocoon,” to his acclaimed work as one of the stage’s leading interpreters of Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller.

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