This week on “Sunday Morning” (October 6)

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Last Updated Oct 13, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

COVER STORY: Transgender youth: Navigating gender identity in adolescence | Watch Video
In 2014 Rita Braver met with children grappling with a very grown-up issue: gender identity. Five years later she met up again with them to see how their lives have progressed.

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 America’s first aerial photograph | Watch Video
On October 13, 1860, James Wallace Black took a picture of Boston from a balloon 1,200 feet in the air. Jane Pauley reports.

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In Indianapolis a highway median was the perfect place in which to erect a miniature park, where visitors could gaze upon cars speeding (or crawling) by. CBS News

PUBLIC SPACES: The Idle: An oasis in the midst of traffic | Watch Video
Tom Battista is the kind of guy who tends to veer off the beaten path – specifically, a small triangle of land wedged between traffic-choked freeways in Indianapolis. There, Battista has created a quiet oasis, a park for people to sit and gaze at drivers stuck in traffic. Luke Burbank reports on the inspiration behind the tiny park known as the Idle.

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Actress Mariska Hargitay (right), with CBS News’ Michelle Miller.  CBS News

TELEVISION: Mariska Hargitay
Michelle Miller sits down the actress, star of TV’s long-running “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” whose off-screen work is to promote victim’s rights.

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Play by play
Beginning this year radio and television sports broadcaster Jason Benetti became the fulltime play-by-play announcer for the Chicago White Sox. Benetti, who has cerebral palsy, spoke with Scott Simon, of National Public Radio, about his remarkable career.

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 Ending retirement with cupcakes
Once Ray Boutwell worked in a bakery. But retirement wasn’t sitting well with him, so at age 93 he started again from scratch, opening up his own business for the first time: Ray’s Boozy Cupcakes, in Voorhees Township, New Jersey. (Yes, some cupcakes are actually infused with alcohol.) And now his big gamble is paying off, as Steve Hartman discovered. 

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Elton John performs on his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” Tour. CBS News

MUSIC: Elton John
The singer who is on a farewell world tour has just released his first official autobiography, “Me: Elton John.” Tracy Smith reports.

BOOK EXCERPT: “Me” by Elton John
In his first official autobiography the music legend writes of exiting the comfort zone by composing songs for “The Lion King”; meeting his future husband; having Michael Jackson over for dinner; and how the world avoided an Elton John theme park.

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 Jim Gaffigan on his in-laws
The comedian considers his other “family,” assigned to him legally.

Andrew Yang
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang will be among the 12 contenders on stage at the Democratic Party debate in Westerville, Ohio, on October 15. Nicholas Thompson, the editor-in-chief of Wired, sits down with the entrepreneur to talk about his campaign.

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Week of October 14
“Sunday Morning” takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.

 Yellowstone geysers


A group of prothonotary warblers and one worm-eating warbler enjoy a drink, just after arriving on the Texas coast from South America during spring migration.

NATURE UP CLOSE: The massive decline of bird populations
The U.S. and Canada have lost 29% of their birds over the past 50 years, as species are subjected to habitat loss, pesticides, predation, and climate change.

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