This week on “Sunday Morning” (July 3)

Guest host: Lee Cowan

COVER STORY: Welcome to a summer of travel hell † Watch video
After two years of the pandemic, airlines are struggling to keep up with pent-up demand as staff shortages, canceled flights and bad weather make the summer of 2022 a miserable time for airline passengers. CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave talks to aviation experts and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg about why the aviation industry is failing to meet public expectations.

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Monuments to the first 43 men to serve in the Oval Office, in various states of disrepair, loom over a field in Virginia.

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HISTORY: Heads of State – A Walk Between Giant Presidential Busts † Watch video
They fell on a swampy field in Croaker, Virginia, and have become an accidental tourist attraction: gigantic, dilapidated busts — about 20 feet tall and weighing several tons each — of every U.S. president from George Washington to George W. Bush. Correspondent Rita Braver visits the gigantic presidential sculptures that make many people look up.

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NEWS: Sherri Chessen on her 1962 abortion and Roe’s fate: “We can’t go back to willow sticks and knitting needles” † Watch video
Years before Roe v. Wade protected a woman’s right to choose, an Arizona mother of four had to give birth to a child with a congenital condition after taking thalidomide. With abortion not available to her, Sherri Chessen traveled to Sweden for the procedure, her every move followed by breathless media. Now 89, Chessen talks to CBS News correspondent Major Garrett about her choice (which she said “any mother would do to save her own child from suffering”), and her belief that the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe “a large dose of anger” among women.

Animals at Funny Farm Rescue in New Jersey get along better than some people.

From “Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals” by Laurie Zaleski

NATURE: Remarkable friendships from the animal world † Watch video
Correspondent Lesley Stahl visits Funny Farm Rescue, a non-profit New Jersey shelter for retired, abused, or neglected animals, where interspecies friendships are formed and predators become friends.

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PASSAGE: In Memoriam (Video)
“Sunday Morning” recalls some of the notable figures who left us this week, including artist Margaret Keane, known for her paintings of “big-eyed” children.

GALLERY: Notable deaths in 2022

navy kpl. Hershel “Woody” Williams received a Medal of Honor after the Battle of Iwo Jima, but his service to his country had only just begun.

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VETERANS: Memory of WWII Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams † Watch video
During the Battle of Iwo Jima, in the face of strong enemy resistance, Marine Cpl. Hershel “Woody” Williams managed to destroy several heavily defended machine-gun bunkers and was awarded the Medal of Honor. But his service to his country and his bravery did not stop there. In this “Sunday Morning” profile, which originally aired on May 30, 2021, Williams (who died on June 29 at age 98) spoke with CBS News national security correspondent David Martin about his efforts for Gold. Star families.

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HARMAN: A First Birthday (Video)
Abraham and his brother, James, made their way from an orphanage in Sierra Leone to their new family outside Charlotte, North Carolina, and have been wide-eyed in amazement ever since. But 12-year-old Abraham says his first birthday in America means much more. Correspondent Steve Hartman reports this.

The Doobie Brothers, from left: John McFee, Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald.

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MUSIC: The Doobie Brothers: “These Are The Better Days” † Watch video
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, who have played together for more than half a century, won’t let old grudges get in the way of a new album and a new tour. Correspondent Jim Axelrod chats with members of The Doobie Brothers – Michael McDonald, Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee – about the band’s longevity and their first studio album in over a decade, “Liberté”. (This story originally aired on October 3, 2021.)

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SCIENCE: “Engine Trouble”: How Greenhouse Gases Are Threatening Our World (Video)
Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling restricting the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to strictly regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants makes efforts to combat climate change much more difficult. In this “CBS Sunday Morning” video essay, writer and narrator Robert Krulwich explains why rising levels of carbon dioxide in our air since the dawn of the industrial revolution pose an existential threat to us and our planet. Based on the work of Aatish Bhatia. Animation directed and designed by Nate Milton. Music by Buck St. Thomas.

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  • “Engine Trouble”, backed by “This American Life”
  • Written and narrated by Robert Krulwich, based on the work of Aatish Bhatia
  • Animation directed and designed by Nate Milton
  • Music by Buck St. Thomas
House January 6 Committee Holds Public Hearing
Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, gives testimony to Select Committee Vice Chairman Liz Cheney to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol in Washington, June 28, 2022. Hutchinson gave details from inside the White House from the days and hours leading up to the violent uprising.

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COMMENTARY: Douglas Brinkley: Let’s Celebrate Patriots Who Put the Country Above the Party † Watch video
With Independence Day upon us, the presidential historian says truth tellers guard our Constitution, as demonstrated by Jan. 6 Committee Vice-Chairman Liz Cheney and former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, whose testimony this week spoke out against the actions of fellow Republicans during the insurgency helps protect our country from the enemies of democracy.

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NATURE: Red wolves (extended video)
“Sunday Morning” takes us among red wolves, a critically endangered species, near Pamlico Sound in eastern North Carolina. Videographer: Carl Mrozek.


Here Comes The Sun: Professor and Author Ibram X. Kendi and Artist Romero Britto


“HERE COMES THE SUN”: Professor and Author Ibram X. Kendi and Artist Romero Britto (Video)
Professor and author Ibram X. Kendi sits down with Nancy Giles to discuss the importance of being anti-racist. Faith Sage also talks to artist Romero Britto about his incredible artworks.

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