This week on “Sunday Morning” (December 26)

Host: Jane Pauley

COVER STORY: The universal nostalgia for “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
“Take Me Home, Country Roads,” a song about a longing for home (co-written by a songwriter who had never even been in West Virginia), has been embraced by the Mountain State in a big way, and has since been appropriated by singers around the world looking for their very own “place I belong.” Conor Knighton, Correspondent looks at John Denver’s first hit and the global implications. He also speaks with Brad Paisley

  • COVER STORY: The universal nostalgia for “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Sarah Morris, Department of English, West Virginia University
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    A LOOK BACK: Top news stories of 2021 month-by-month
    “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley looks back on key events of a dramatic year.

    Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin, who is overseeing the reconstruction of Notre Dame, with correspondent Seth Doane on the roof of the 12th century cathedral, which was damaged by fire in 2019. CBS News

    POSTCARD FROM PARIS: Reconstructing Notre Dame Cathedral
    It’s at the heart of Paris, in every sense of the word, and so when Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed by fire in April 2019, it became the nation’s mission to restore the medieval church to its full glory. Correspondent Seth Doane was given rare access to the cathedral’s interior as it undergoes repairs, and talks with the former military general in charge of completing the effort by 2024.

    GALLERY: Fire burns Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

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    A LOOK BACK: 2021 in online searches

    Actor Peter Dinklage, star of the new film “Cyrano. “ CBS News

    MOVIES: Peter Dinklage on recasting the hero of “Cyrano”
    The famously private “Game of Thrones” star talks with “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl about a new film adaptation of the play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” featuring Dinklage as the ghostwriter of love letters wooing the beautiful Roxanne. The “Cyrano”, star of Game of Thrones, speaks with Lesley Stahl (MGM Studios) about the new film adaptation. He also discusses with Erica Schmidt, Dinklage’s wife.

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    CYRANO | Official Trailer | MGM Studios by MGM on YouTube

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    A LOOK BACK: 2021 in movies

    Portrait Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis', 1820.
    A portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven as he composed the “Missa Solemnis” (1820), by Joseph Karl Stieler. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

    MUSIC: The defiance of Ludwig van Beethoven
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a composer of extraordinary gifts, but a lifetime of maladies – including the almost-total loss of his hearing – threatened his ability to write music. His masterpiece, the Ninth Symphony with its hopeful final movement “Ode to Joy”, would see him overcome by thoughts of suicide. Mo Rocca, Correspondent talks to Jan Swafford unsung-science-620.jpg and Marin Alsop about Beethoven’s remarkable triumph over mental and physical pain. Also discussed is the creation of a virtual simulation of Beethoven hearing his music.

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    HARTMAN: Good deeds

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    Clockwise from top left: Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim; Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell; “Lou Grant” actor Ed Asner; “Interview with the Vampire” author Anne Rice; “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” actress Cicely Tyson; and baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. (c) Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/via Getty Images; Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images; CBS; Philip Gould/Corbis via Getty Images; Jack Mitchell/Getty Images; Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

    A LOOK BACK: Hail and farewell – A tribute to those we lost in 2021
    “Sunday Morning” remembers some of the creative, inspiring and newsworthy men and women who passed away this year, who’d touched us in unforgettable ways, and left us with wisdom, love, and the satisfaction of lives well-lived. Lee Cowan reports.

    A LOOK BACK: 2021 in books

    COMMENTARY: Faith Salie on saying “grace”
    The “Sunday Morning” contributor suggests her own Word of the Year – one that has taken on many meanings in a challenging time.

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    A LOOK BACK: 2021 in trends



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    PODCAST: “Unsung Science”
    “Sunday Morning” correspondent David Pogue explores the origin stories behind some of the most mind-blowing advances in science and technology. Presented by CBS News/Simon & Schuster.

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