Maria Mercader is a CBS News producer and a cancer survivor. The Lance Armstrong story saddens me. His story saddens me not because he doped and because he lied. I'm sad because Lance had to win at all costs: He wanted to be a champion. I do not understand. Isn't beating metastatic cancer enough of a win? I feel duped. I connected with Lance. We were both told that we had cancer two days apart on an October day in 1996. Though we had different diagnoses, we had the same chemotherapy regimen: ifosfomide, etoposide and cisplatin, powerful and exhausting medicines. We both had surgeries. They were in different parts of our bodies, but invasive nonetheless. The treatment was tough, but I did it and so did Lance. Then he went on to win the Tour de France! It was amazing. On top of that, Lance started an organization called Livestrong that raised money and awareness for cancer survivors. That was fantastic! Then he won the Tour another six times. It was awe-inspiring! Lance was someone to … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Cancer survivor: Lance Armstrong saga “saddens me”
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Flowers make the best Valentine's Day gift according to the latest CBS News "Sunday Morning" Pulse Poll. Of Americans surveyed, 52 percent choose flowers, far ahead of perfume (18 percent), candy (16 percent), and lingerie (8 percent). While flowers were tops for both men and women, men were a little more favorable than women -- 57 percent compared to 48 percent. Women were more inclined than men to prefer perfume (23 percent vs. 13 percent) or candy (17 percent vs. 14 percent). Perfume is the second choice among those under 55, but candy came second among older Americans. Enthusiasm for lingerie as a Valentine's Day gift appeared to diminish with age: While 15 percent of those ages 18-34 picked lingerie, it was the choice of 8 percent of those 35-44, 6 percent ages 45-54, 7 percent ages 55-64, and 2 percent ages 65+. CBS News Poll: Valentine's Day 2014 (pdf) This poll was conducted by telephone from January 15-19, 2014 among 1,008 adults nationwide. Data collection was … [Read more...] about CBS News poll: What do Americans prefer for a Valentine’s Day gift?
With the official end of winter still weeks away, more than half of Americans will be glad when the time comes, according to a recent CBS News "Sunday Morning" Pulse Poll. Only eight percent of those surveyed will miss Old Man Winter when he's gone, but 51 percent say they will be relieved once the winter of 2014 is over. Four in ten Americans don't care much either way. As might be expected, views differ depending on geography. The Northeast and Midwest experienced a particularly cold and snowy winter this year, and more than six in 10 Americans in those areas (62 percent in the Northeast, 68 percent in the Midwest) say they will be relieved when the season's over. Most Southerners (52 percent) agree. However, winter's end matters less to Americans in the West; just 26 percent will be relieved when winter is over. In fact, according to the poll, 14 percent of those living in the western part of the U.S. will say they will miss winter, the highest percentage of any region. There are … [Read more...] about CBS News Poll: Are Americans looking forward to winter’s end?
Playing pranks is not for everyone, at least not on this April Fools' Day. According to the latest CBS News "Sunday Morning" Pulse Poll, only 25 percent of Americans say they are planning to pull some sort of prank on April 1, but three in four say they will not. That's quite a change from four years ago, where 33 percent of those responding to a similar poll said yes, they were going to play an April Fools' Day joke on someone. But when asked whether they have ever played an April Fools' Day prank in the past, 61 percent fessed up that they had. 15 Best April Fools' Day hoaxes Also according to the poll, Americans are less likely to play a prank as they get older: 32 percent of those under age 45 will play a prank on someone, but the percentage of tricksters drops to 17 percent ages 55-64, and 18 percent ages 65+. CBS News Poll: April Fools' Day (pdf) This poll was conducted by telephone from March 19-23, 2014 among 1,016 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on … [Read more...] about CBS News Poll: Who will be an April Fools’ prankster?
Americans appear to agree with the old adage "practice makes perfect," at least when it comes to athletic ability. A new CBS News "Sunday Morning" Pulse Poll finds 61 percent of Americans think athletic ability is mostly achieved through practice and hard work, while just a quarter think it is mostly something with which you are born. Fourteen percent say athletic ability is a combination of both. But younger Americans are more inclined to believe that practice is the primary attribution for athletic ability: 70 percent of those ages 18-29 feel that way, compared to 58 percent of those who are 30+. Also men (at 27 percent) are a bit more likely than women (19 percent) to credited athletic prowess to one's genes.CBS News poll March 2014: Genetics and athletic ability (pdf) This poll was conducted by telephone from March 19-23, 2014 among 1,016 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, Pa. Phone numbers … [Read more...] about CBS News Poll: Does practice make perfect in sports?
Television legend Jane Pauley has been named the new anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” the nation’s #1 Sunday morning news program, it was announced today by CBS News President David Rhodes. Pauley will succeed Charles Osgood as anchor. Osgood is retiring from the series on September 25, after 22 years as anchor of the award-winning broadcast, and after 45 years at CBS News. Pauley’s first broadcast in the new role will be October 9, when she’ll become only the third anchor in the history of “Sunday Morning.” Pauley joined “Sunday Morning” in 2014 as a contributor. Since then she’s been a substitute host and has delivered a steady stream of high-profile interviews and reporting to the broadcast. “Charles Osgood set the standard for ‘CBS Sunday Morning,’” Pauley said. “And it’s a great honor to be given the chance to further our show’s legacy of excellence. I look forward to bringing … [Read more...] about Jane Pauley named anchor of CBS News’ “Sunday Morning”
Last Updated Nov 6, 2016 7:12 AM EST Host: Jane PauleyDVR-ers! If your cable box or Tivo is set to record “CBS News Sunday Morning” you should be good to go!Election 2016 nears the end: How did we get here? | Watch VideoFor more info: “Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America” by Douglas Brinkley (HarperCollins); Also available in Large Print, Trade Paperback, eBook and Unabridged Digital Audio Download formatsDouglas G. Brinkley, Rice UniversityS. Robert Lichter, Center for Media and Public Affairs, George Mason University“Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns” by Joseph Cummins (Quirk Books)Worst president ever? The ignominy of James Buchanan | Watch VideoFor more info:James Buchanan’s Wheatland, Lancaster, Pa. (lancasterhistory.org)“Worst. President. Ever. James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser … [Read more...] about This week on “Sunday Morning” (Nov. 6)
Last Updated Nov 12, 2016 10:59 AM EST Host: Jane PauleyDVR-ers! If your cable box or Tivo is set to record “CBS News Sunday Morning” you should be good to go!COVER STORY: The view of voters in West Virginia coal country | Watch VideoThe mechanical cow milking machine | Watch VideoRestoring a World War II aviation gem | Watch VideoSir Elton John’s album | Watch VideoAnthony Mason talks with Sir Elton about his love of photography, and his collection that went on exhibit this week at the Tate Modern in London.For more info: The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection, at Tate Modern, London (through May 7, 2017) | Purchase ticketsExhibition book: “The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection” by Mavlian and Baker; Available in Hardcover and Trade Paperback formatseltonjohn.comGreek diners run in their blood | Watch VideoFor more info: Bel Aire Diner, Astoria, Queens, N.Y.Best Diners in New … [Read more...] about This week on “Sunday Morning” (Nov. 13)
ROME -- Italian author Umberto Eco, who intrigued, puzzled and delighted readers worldwide with his best-selling historical novel "The Name of the Rose," has died. Spokeswoman Lori Glazer of Eco's American publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, told The Associated Press that Eco died Friday at age 84. She could not immediately confirm the cause of death or where he died. Author of a wide range of books, Eco was fascinated with the obscure and the mundane, and his books were both engaging narratives and philosophical and intellectual exercises. The bearded, heavy-set scholar, critic and novelist took on the esoteric theory of semiotics, the study of signs and symbols in language; on popular culture icons like James Bond; and on the technical languages of the Internet. But Eco talked about his inspiration with characteristic irony: "I began writing... prodded by a seminal idea: I felt like poisoning a monk." When CBS News "Sunday Morning" correspondent Anthony Mason asked Eco in 1999 why … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Umberto Eco, author of “The Name of the Rose,” dead at 84
"In late 1992, Quentin Tarantino left Amsterdam where he had spent five months, off and on, in a one-room apartment with no phone or fax, writing the script that would become 'Pulp Fiction'," Vanity Fair contributing editor Mark Seal read from his article for the magazine's 2013 Hollywood issue. "'Pulp Fiction' changed the movie landscape forever...And it made Quentin Tarantino." "Everybody has a favorite scene in 'Pulp Fiction,'" actor John Travolta told CBS News. "It could be the Jack Rabbit Slim ... it could be the Uma scene ... or it could be, what's in the briefcase." "Pulp Fiction was almost like a Picasso painting. It broke all the rules. It was out of sequence," Sea explained. "Travolta's character dies in the middle of the film and then comes back ... and it just kind of works in a way that I don't think anyone, including Quentin, expected." Complete coverage: "Vanity Fair's Hollywood" "It's difficult in the modern age of film to have a vision," Travolta explained. "And … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo “Pulp Fiction”: Quentin Tarantino hit changed movie-making in Hollywood