This week on “Sunday Morning” (August 15)

Guest host: Lee Cowan

COVER STORY: Helping students cope with the pressure to succeed
Experts say that students from high achieving schools, who are privileged in terms of educational opportunities, are at greater risk of substance abuse, depression and anxiety than the national norm, because of an unrelenting, insidious pressure to succeed. Correspondent Lee Cowan talks with students and a psychologist about how adolescent wellness is as vulnerable to academic pressure as it is to poverty, trauma and discrimination – and how COVID has changed our expectations for student performance.

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Planet Word in Washington, D.C., a museum devoted to the magic of language. CBS News

MUSEUMS: Word play: A visit to D.C.’s Planet Word
Planet Word, Washington’s newest museum, takes visitors on a trip through the fascinating world of words, language and reading. Correspondent Chip Reid attends the former school-turned-literary wonderland, which has re-opened following a COVID shutdown.

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Karita Knisely keeps watch for telltale signs of fire, atop Mount Bolivar in Klamath National Forest, California.  CBS News

U.S.: Fire lookouts keep watch over threatened forests
There were once thousands of active fire lookout towers across the country; today, while many are automated, a few hundred are still staffed by people whose jobs is to watch for forest fires in remote, rugged areas, like Klamath National Forest, in California and Oregon. Correspondent Conor Knighton talks with two fire watchers who are scanning the skies.

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MUSIC: Clive Davis and the return of concerts in NYC
When the mayor’s office decided to put on a star-studded concert to celebrate New York City’s return after lockdown, Clive Davis got the call. The 89-year-old music producer signed on such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Paul Simon, in what is his most important project: bringing concerts back to New York. Contributor Kelefa Sanneh reports.

PREVIEW: Clive Davis says “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” will use music to “symbolize rebirth, revival, recovery”

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PASSAGE: In memoriam

Broadway and recording stars perform “New York State of Mind,” in honor of the Greatest City in the World.  NYCNext

MUSIC: The Big Apple returns in “New York State of Mind”
When COVID shut down New York, musical artists found a way to perform anyway, lifting our spirits from the depths of our lockdowns. Now, with performers returning to the stage, “Sunday Morning” debuts a short film from the organization NYCNext that honors the city, with a performance of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” by such talents as Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Cautious Clay, Anais Reno and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

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The average age of these singers is 85, but this isn’t your grandfather’s choral group; Young@Heart’s repertoire includes music from the Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Twisted Sister. CBS News

MUSIC: Songs from the Young@Heart
The average age for members of the Young@Heart Chorus, of Northampton, Mass., is 85. But this isn’t your grandfather’s choral group; their repertoire includes music from The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Twisted Sister. Correspondent David Pogue talks with singers about the joy of singing “golden oldies” by such composers as Bowie and Springsteen, in this update of a story originally presented on “Sunday Morning” on December 20, 2020.

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MOVIES: “CODA” actress Marlee Matlin on making noise
The Academy Award-winner’s latest film, in which she works with an ensemble of deaf actors, talks with Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz about how “playing deaf is not a costume,” and about the importance of representation of the deaf and hearing-impaired in front of and behind the camera. 

To watch a trailer for “CODA,” click on the video player below:

CODA — Official Trailer | Apple TV+ by Apple TV on YouTube

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ARCHAEOLOGY: The “real” Trojan Horse?

HEADLINES: The latest from Afghanistan


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