CBS Sunday Morning on August 19, 2012. Ben Stein.
The Journey of Rufus Wainwright, reported by Anthony Mason. Elton John has called Rufus Wainwright the "best songwriter on the planet." Wainwright wants to do everything, and he has, at 39 years old -- 10 albums -- recording pop, writing a classical opera, as well recreating Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall concert, a live recording earned him a Grammy nomination. He is open and honest in his music and life, on all fronts, but he is now "out of the game." His mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, died from cancer two years ago, and Rufus said his world changed, that his mother is more present than before, that he sees her in everything. Long openly gay, he will marry his partner, Jörn Weisbrod this week. [Update: Publicist Bianca Bianconi confirmed Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt were married Thursday, August 23, in a ceremony on Long Island.] He enjoys 'escaping' to Montauk and wrote and recorded a song on album "Out of the Game" called "Montauk" for his daughter, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen. [Viva's birth mother is his good friend Lorca Cohen, daughter of singer Leonard Cohen.] Rolling Stone called him "the best new artist of the year" after his 1998 debut album. Commercial success did not immediately follow, and he became addicted to crystal meth; sought rehabilitation himself. Father is Loudon Wainwright III, Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. Father-son relationship was strained after parents' divorce. He was raised by mother in Canada. Rufus and Loudon have reconciled since mother's passing, and on new album, relatives, including his father, sing back-up. "A person is born twice: first at birth, and again, when his mother dies," Wainwright believes and finds music in that.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufus_Wainwright and http://rufuswainwright.com
The show had several recycled stories, including Steve Hartman's "Helping Hands," on the death of Woody Davis in Corbett, Oregon. Woody, who was diagnosed with ALS, noted on tape that he was blessed that he was dying slowly, so that other people had the chance to talk to him about what he had meant to them.
The story on Alex Trebek by Susan Spencer was also recycled. The clip began with Jeopardy Power Players, and had clips from Robert Gibbs, Chris Matthews, and Kareem Abudul-Jabbar. There have been over 6000 episodes with Alex Trebek. Trebek had hosted a game show "Reach for the Top" in 1962 and took over Jeopardy when it went into syndication in 1984. Of the parodies on Saturday Night Live (which impale Sean Connery more than Trebek), Trebek noted "when you make fun of some like me, you have arrived."
The story by Lee Cowan on women named Betty (First Name Basis) was also recycled. The 16th Betty convention was in Hastings, Nebraska in April 2012.
The opinion piece by Ben Stein on gun violence/gun control was not recycled. Stein noted he spent summers in Sand Point, in northern Idaho and lots of people have guns there. In places like Lost Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, DC, with strict gun control, there is much gun violence. Stein concluded: There's nothing easy about the relationship between gun control and crime. I wish I had a better solution but I don't, and neither does anyone else.
The moment of nature was by Spiriva Handihaler, and was badgers at play near Park City, Utah.