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non-treatable bacteria, putting us back in the pre-antibiotic era. >> reporter: later on sunday morning a report from the front lines of the war on super bugs. >> osgood: not everyone in america has heard of chinese artist ai wei wei or follows his work closely. he's very creative and outspoken though. you can bet the chinese government is watching him. all the art he makes every step he takes. rita braver will be showing us why. >> reporter: at first glance these works by dissident chinese artist ai wei wei might not look like the stuff of political protest. but they are. >> there's a love of china a love of his country, and a real desire to see social change. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, the art of ai wei wei. expect the unexpected. >> osgood: singer/songwriter michael bolton has been crafting hits for decades now and recruiting plenty of fans along the way.
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among them apparently our martha teichner. ♪ you are the one ♪ >> reporter: it was a number one hit for music mega-star michael bolton in 1993. that was then. ♪ i said i loved you ♪ >> reporter: this is now. ♪ for all the love i feel inside ♪ >> reporter: a visit with michael bolton ahead on this sunday morning. ♪ said i loved you but i was wrong ♪ >> osgood: flower power is the order of the day every day on the islands our seth doane has been to visit. >> reporter: while much of the country is blasted fury, there's a state where the flowers are blooming and winter seems so far away. what does a lei symbolize? what does it mean?
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>> in hawaii we have a thing called the aloha spirit. if it was tangible, it would be a lei. >> reporter: come along to paradise. ahead on sunday morning. >> osgood: tracy smith talks with playwright edward albee. david edelstein reviews the oscar-nominated film amour. steve hartman visits a young chicken farmer with pluck and more. first the headlines for this sunday morning the 27th of january, 2013. from southern brazil comes news of a huge nightclub fire. firefighters in the town of santa maria say at least 245 people were killed inside the club. hundreds more were hurt. it is not yet clear what started the fire. it's been a weekend of bloodshed in chicago. six people were shot dead in the city yesterday. two of the killings happened just blocks from an antigun rally. among the victims was a 16-year-old boy. another gun-control rally took place in washington yesterday with thousands marching calling
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for stricter weapons laws. the senate is preparing to begin debating the issue this week. hackers have taken aim at the department of justice. yesterday a group known as anonymous took over the u.s. sentencing commission's website. they say it was a response to the suicide earlier this month of aaron swartz. he is a computer prodigy who was facing up to 45 years in prison for allegedly illegally downloading millions of academic articles. the first of six patriot missile defense batteries is now operating in southern turkey. nato says it underscores the alliance's willingness to help turkey to intercept any rockets fired from syria. iran yesterday warned that it would view any attack on syria as an attack on iran itself. long-time u.s. senator tom harkin, democrat of iowa, announced yesterday that he will not seek a sixth term. as for why hark insaid i just think it's time for me to step
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aside. remember when people used to mail letters? if you're among those engaging in that quaint custom, first class postage has gone up again. 46 cents now as of today. no wonder so many of us don't do that anymore. now to weather. the cold snap goes on and today as much as six inches of snow is expected in the upper midwest. things will warm up over the next couple of days, but it won't last long. the chill returns at the end of the week. next, the invasion of the super bugs. ♪ when a man loves a woman ♪ >> osgood: and later singer/songwriter michael
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p >> osgood: can anything stop the so-called super bugs that are making people sick and seem to defy the tools of medical science? researchers are working on it but to no avail so far. that is the subject of our cover story, reported now by serena altschul. >> reporter: two month old harrison carlynn has been in and out of intensive care all of his short life. born in kidney failure he came here to get life-sustaining treatment but instead his surroundings may contain a deadly threat. >> it kills people. this one right here. >> this one the mortality rate
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in some of the outbreaks has been as high as 40%. >> reporter: terrifying. they're called super bugs. they have an enemy in this man. >> these are the very dangerous organisms. >> reporter: infectious disease specialist dr. robert muller at harvard's beth israel deaconess medical center has devoted more than 40 years to studying them. why do you love these bugs so much? >> they're among the most interesting things that we can study. >> reporter: what he finds interesting many people find terrifying. that's because super bugs are extraordinarily resilient bacteria. they tend to infect hospital patients and even kill those who are extremely ill. the most recent study on health care associated infections in u.s. hospitals found that out of about 1.7 million infections, nearly 99,000 patients die. according to one of the study's authors, the vast majority of the deaths were due to super
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bugs. are some super bugs resistant to all the antibiotics that we have at our disposal? >> a few of them are literally resistant to everything. fortunately these are the exceptions rather than the rule. but the fact that we have any of these at all is cause for alarm because the only thing we can say is we're to see more of these as time goes on. >> reporter: super bugs can enter a patient through surgical wounds and catheters including i.v.s. uncontrolled, they continue to move throughout the body attacking a person's organs. at the top of your list, what are the bacteria that you're most concerned about now? >> the so-called escape organisms. that includes organisms called the reason we're concerned and the reason that they're singled out is because these are the
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ones that commonly cause infections in humans. these are the ones that have developed multiple resistance. >> reporter: take the one that the doctor says is resistant to just about everything. it only recently came to this country. >> the war wounds in iraq often became infected with this bacteria. soldiers were then bringing it back to military bases and ultimately to hospitals military hospitals in the united states. it shows the ability of this particular organism to get into a hospital and shows the difficulty in getting rid of it when that happens. >> reporter: in fact, most super bugs, in addition to run of the mill viruses and bacteria, make the job of cleaning and disinfecting hospitals even more challenging. so johns hopkins hospital in baltimore, maryland, has implemented a high-tech
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approach investing in two pairs of state-of-the-art robots to disinfect i.c.u. rooms. the robots spew vapors of hydrogen per oxide. we hear that super bugs are so hard to kill. it's incredible that hydrogen per oxide can kill them. >> the concentration that is required is very high and toxic. >> reporter: i see. infectious disease specialist dr. trish pearl. hydrogen per oxide isn't what you put on your cuts. >> exactly. that's 2%. this is 35%. >> reporter: dr. pearl has studied how well the robots work against super bugs. >> they actually are highly effective. >> reporter: she found a 90% reduction in the room and a 60% decrease in transmission from one patient to the next. >> oh, it changes culture because we could look at people and say, this room is essentially sterile now. >> reporter: that is perhaps more important now than ever. a deadly strain of bacteria
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recently made headlines when there was an outbreak of the super bug at the national institutes of health in bethesda maryland. seven patients died. the doctor says there will be more outbreaks because like other super bugs, this one is always changing. >> they're able to pick up new resistance genes. i suspect that we're going to see continued progression of resistance in these organisms. >> reporter: which makes treatment all the more difficult. the mortality rate for this particular strain of bacteria is 30 to 40%. >> for an infek disease that's very high. a mortality rate of 2-3% is really high. >> reporter: the doctor says other super bugs are also dangerous, just in different ways. take m.r.s.a. even though it
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has resistant in its name, drug resistance isn't what makes m.r.s.a. most troubling. >> m.r.s.a. is not resistant to absolutely everything yet. the reason it's a big problem is because the organisms easily spread from person to person. >> reporter: so it moves so quickly. it's almost hard to catch up to it? >> yes. and it can cause such a wide variety of infections. it can literally infect every tissue of the body except the fingernails and the teeth. >> reporter: and that can be life-threatening to patients like little harrison carlynn. so johns hopkins instituted a protocol of washing all children in its i.c.u. in a special antiseptic call. it's like taking a giant wet one and wiping all over. >> we start with the chin and we wipe the entire body from the chin down.
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>> reporter: pediatric infectious disease specialist aaron millstone found it proceed them from blood infections. he's now testing if it will protect them from m.r.s.a. too. >> an early study funded by the c.d.c. showed that bathing i.c.u. patients reduced spread of m.r.s.a. by about i think it was 35%. >> reporter: you're replicating that study study now with children. >> there are now incentives to decrease infection rates. financial incentives from the federal government. >> reporter: but harvard's dr. robert mullerring says that's not enough. until more money is spent on antibiotic research, super bugs can't and won't be stopped. >> well, this is a ticking time bomb because of the fact that the bacteria are developing resistance mechanisms more rapidly now than we can find new antibiotics. it is in a very real sense an emergency.
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>> osgood: and now a page from our sunday morning almanac. january 27,xd 1918,çó 95 years agoñi today. the debut of a dashing new silver screen hero. for that was the openingçóñr day for the silent film hare zan of the apes with he will mow lincoln in the title role. the first film to be based stories of edgar rice burrows was an immediate hit to be followed by several other tilent tarzan films. in 1932 came the first full talking tarzan picture. tarzan the ape man starring johnny wise muller. a gold medal winning olympic swimmer, he had no acting experience but as tarzan he found his true calling. (tarzan call). >> osgood: in the film, tarzan also finds true love in the form of jane, an english explorer's daughter played by maureen
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sullivan. though tarzan never actually says me tarzan you jane in this film or any other one this exchange does come close. >> and you you. tarzan. jane. tarzan. >> osgood: in the 1939 film tarzan adopts the infant survivor of an airplane crash whom tarzan comes up with the perfect name. >> boy. that's not a name. boy. osgood: and boy it was. played convincingly for years by johnny sheffield. while all three actors had left the series by 1948 many another tarzan film has followed. including 1984's the legend of tarzan lord of the apes starring christopher lambert widely regarded as the adaptation most faithful to the original character. for many fans john remained the
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definitive tarzan despite the lack of acting credentials that gave even him some doubts as you remembered. >> for a while i didn't think i would make it. i was so bad that i was natural. >> osgood: johnny weismuller, maureen o'sullivan even johnny sheffield are gone now. tarzan himself lives on. never to know defeat. (tarzan calling). and never to be silenced. next,. >> they've never seen anyone like him. >> osgood: banned in beijing. you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do.
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ai wei wei is an artist who is causing chinese government censors more than a few sleepless nights. rita braver with a portrait of an artist as a dissident unvowed. >> reporter: this may look like a bowl of pearls and this merely a collection of crabs. yet to artist ai wei wei they represent the idea that there is value not just in the group but also in each individual. whether in art or in life. a notion that is not always welcome in china. (speaking chinese)
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>> embedded in the works whether they are directly political or not i think are his ideas and his desire to see the world change. >> reporter: that attitude can now be seen at the smithsonian's museum in washington. according to chief curator gary brower. was this the first major exhibit in the u.s. of ai wei wei's work? >> yes, it is indeed. reporter: there are whimsical sculptures made of bicycles and antique charless that suggest how old ideas can be transformed. and then there is this series of photos showing ai wei wei actually dropping a 2,000-year-old han dynasty vase. >> first of all he is trying to shock you. he's trying to shake you up. >> reporter: why would you drop that? >> by destroying objects it brings attention to the destruction that's happening in society. it's almost like fighting fire with fire.
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>> reporter: 55-year-old ai wei wei learned to challenge authority early on. his father a famous revolutionary poet, was accused of criticizing the communist government for not allowing full expression. so in 1957, like many intellectuals, he was sent along with his whole family to the provinces to be reeducated. in exile,... an exile that lasted 18 years. (speaking chinese) but ai wei wei's real artistic development began when he came to the u.s. on a fellowship in 1983 and stayed ten years. >> through the people he met in new york city, the alan ginsburgs, that opened his mind up. he began even in those days to become a kind of street photographer. that included demonstrations. >> reporter: he returned to
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china where his work in everything from sculpture to architecture was so well respected that he was chosen to help design the signature bird's nest stadium for the 2008 beijing olympics. he photographed the construction. >> he's created for this installation here at the museum meu an environmental installation where you walk through. you're standing in it feeling like you're part of it. >> reporter: but ai wei wei ended up disowning his own work because he thought the government was using the stadium as a symbol of nationalism and authoritarianism. >> for years he had been smarting. finally it came to a boiling point over the olympics over the hypocrisy that he saw the effort to sell the world a china that doesn't really exist. >> reporter: new york university law school professor jerome
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cohen is an expert on china and a long-time friend of ai wei wei. >> i was surprised at his political activism. i worried about him. very dangerous. >> reporter: he says what really enraged the chinese government was that after the 2008 serb want earthquake that killd more than 85,000 people, ai wei wei began investigating shoddy construction. as shown in this recent documentary, he was beaten by police and had to be hospitalized. then in 2011, he was imprisoned for 81 days on allegedly trumped-up tax charges. >> reporter: he was finally released after a worldwide
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outcry. >> i cannot see anything. reporter: is he sort of a perpetual thorn in the side of the chinese government? >> that is an understatement. they've never seen anyone like him. normally they just lock somebody up and throw away the key. but they're afraid to do that with ai wei wei. >> reporter: though our cbs news beijing bureau was able to speak to ai wei wei this past week, he lives under constant surveillance and was not allowed to travel to the u.s. for his show. >> reporter: but he sent works that speak for him. a serpent constructed from small backpacks like those carried by children who died when their poorly built schools collapsed during the quake. an inspiration made of
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straightened rods that ai wei wei reformed from twisted iron he had sul vajed from the rubble. in a way this is like a memorial. >> it is also a warning that we need to be straight. we need to stand tall and straight against these kinds of things happening in the future. >> i want to say... his works are filled with questions. that's what great art work does. it raises questions. it doesn't necessarily answer them for you. it makes you have to think about things.
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>> osgood: ahead, say it with flowers. and later say is that michael bolton?
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>> osgood: it happened this week, the deaths of two people as different as different can be. linda died tuesday of heart failure in new york, the final chapter in a bizarre saga told in a 2007 documentary crazy love. in 1959, linda was 22 years old and pursued by a married lawyer ten years her senior named burton. >> bert was relentless. he would not stop calling. he would not stop following me. >> osgood: after linda spurned him bert hired three thugs who showed up at her door, one of them armed with lye. >> he was already in the vestibule and he threw the liquid right in my face. i was burning. my face was burning. >> osgood: the attack left linda scarred and almost totally blind. the tabloids had a field day. at the end of two tumultuous
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trials burton was convicted and sent to prison. he survived the violent attica prison riot of 1971 and was then paroled in 1974. friends arranged a reunion with linda who had never married and was a virtual recluse. >> to me she was just as beautiful as ever. >> in jail they made a new man out of him. >> and i proposed to her. osgood: long story short they were married in the fall of 1974. and remained married until the day she died. burton, now 85, continues to deny that he ever intended for her to be attacked with lye. linda was 75. we also learned of the death of larry salman who transcended the unpromising circumstances of his birth. >> i was born in brooklyn in 1942.
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i went three pounds and 12 ounces. i was in an incubator. they didn't think i would make it. finally i made it. >> osgood: labeled mentally retarded at age 16, larry salman livedded for more than 40 years in a small new york city apartment and devoted himself to collecting contributions for charity. >> hello sir. can i see you one minute. i'm collecting for the... >> osgood: the documentary the collector of bedford street was nominated for an academy award. >> i don't get paid for the fund raising. i like to do the fund raising because i get a good feeling. >> osgood: larry collected an estimated $300,000 over the course of his lifetime. >> people here get a daily phone call from larry. >> reporter: when he was in financial trouble his neighbors returned the favor by raising some $30,000 for a trust fund for him. >> i believe there's a heaven after this. i believe you can see your
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relatives. i hope i could. >> osgood: larry salman died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 70. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> osgood: still to come flower power. bacon?! bacon! smokey bacon, meaty bacon, tasty bacon! bacon? ohh, la, la... oh, i say is that bacon?! oh, good heavens! bacon! bacon! bacon! bacon! who wants a beggin' strip? meee! i'd get it myself but i don't have thumbs! yum, yum, yum, yum, yum... it's bacon!!! mmm i love you, i love bacon. i love you. i love bacon. i love you. beggin' strips! there's no time like beggin' time. and check out beggin' thick cut. i'm gonna need a bigger mouth!
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>> osgood: call it flower power hawaiian style. a hand crafted lei is a hallowed tradition in our 50th state a tradition our colleague seth doane will share with us now. >> reporter: where else but hawaii would you find so many people festooned with flowers at, say, baggage claim? >> beautiful. reporter: airport lei shops provide a tropical welcome for tourists. but leis are just as much for locals as we saw at the farmers market on the big island. >> this one is very fragrant with miniature roses. >> reporter: and they're a big seller for rosalyn rodriguez. you kissed her when she bought the lei. >> unfortunately, a kiss comes with the lei. >> reporter: it's kind of like in the fine print. >> right. you cannot get a lei without a kiss. it's incomplete. >> reporter: another unwritten rule is if you're offered a lei
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it's rude to refuse. and never get caught removing it in the lei-giver's presence. >> you're inspecting this like a work of art. >> well it is a work of art. reporter: kathy came for fruit and vegetables, but left with a lei. >> i'm not going to wear it. i'm going to keep it in my home. every time i walk by it i'm going to be inspired with joy and love. >> reporter: she bought it from rowen who says her creations are much more than a bunch of flowers in a basket. >> this grounds me in the blood that connects me to this land. >> reporter: simply making a lei does that. >> sure it does because the people of old they made leis to celebrate their being here. they made leis to honor the forces that created everything that they have around them. >> reporter: it's almost spiritual. >> definitely it is spiritual. reporter: the lei is is believed to have been introduced to hawaii by polynesian explorers who sailed here in
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canoes from tahiti. >> we like to use as many things as we can that we grew. >> reporter: and it's had its own history in this family for three generationment. rowen, her niece amy mills and mother maureen mcdonald can often be found stringing flowers. >> in hawaii we have a thing here called the aloha spirit. if the aloha spirit was tangible, if it was something you could see touch and hold in your hand or wear on your body, it would be a lei. >> reporter: we watched as marie strung around 1,000 tiny cigar flowers into one lei. what does it take to be a master lei-maker? >> i don't know. reporter: they call you one. i know they call me one. reporter: maureen has written two books on the subject and says above all giving a lei is a sign of respect. you're justin speiered by whatever is around you. >> yes. reporter: 34 years ago the family planted this nearly
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10-acre farm. they call it a name which means flower place. >> somebody may need a lei and they'll want a red one. this is a tropical drop rhododendron. they're tubular in shape. so we were attracted to them. you can line them up on a string and make a lei like that. >> reporter: amy, who studied music in massachusetts was drawn back to this land and got emotional just talking about what her grandmother taught her. >> it is my duty and my joy to carry on this tradition because while the lei will fade and go away the love that was in that lei never dies. >> reporter: marie, you have your daughter and granddaughter in tears here. talking about what leis, what you've done. >> sometimes they do exaggerate.
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reporter: flower garlands have been used for decoration around the world for centuries. and even found a modern-day home in today's white house. thanks to a hawaiian born president. in honolulu, hawaii's capital and tourist haven lei shops dot chinatown. this one has been here for 55 years. she's 80 now but cindy lau is still hard at work uncounted by the nearly foot-long needle or the pile of can ore yellow flowers ahead of her. how many leis do you think you've made in your lifetime? >> i made so many i cannot count anymore. >> reporter: her order on this day, 120 matching leis for a wedding. >> $6 right now. reporter: how long does it take you to make one of these? >> about three minutes. i don't know exactly what this is called but i just know it smells really good. >> reporter: one of cindy's
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regulars is this 24-year-old. sill virginia will hand out these flowers to visitors at this giant lieu owl where he works and wearing a lei is another to do on a tourist checklist. >> in hawaii it's just part of the culture. it signifies the circle. it represents love. a lei of love represents the never-ending love that we have for each other. >> reporter: so much from just a string of flowers. >> if you start in on this other business, martha, i warn you. >> i stand
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>> anyway, i'm married. i had it all planned out. first he'd take over the history department. when daddy retired he'd take over the whole college.
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you know? that was the way it was supposed to be. >> it's sunday morning on cbs and here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: elizabeth taylor won an oscar and richard burton was nominated for one. their performances in the 1966 film "who's afraid of virginia woolf?" to why when it came to honoring the writer of the original stage play with a pulitzer prize was it taken away from him? who was afraid of edward albee? tracy smith asked the questions. edward albee provides the answers. >> reporter: playwright edward albee lives by a simple rule. >> yes is better than no. reporter: in all things? in all things, yes. reporter: but albee is neither a pushover nor a simple man. after all he breathes life into these two. >> you really are a bastard. i? i had. >> yes yes. reporter: george and martha the married couple who battled until dawn in who's afraid of
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virginia woolf on stage and on screen played by the real-life battling burtons elizabeth taylor and then husband richard burton. >> like hell i will. reporter: in fact, george and martha are still going at it... >> big big fat... reporter: ... 50 years after the original production in a new staging on broadway. >> stop it, martha. the hell i will. you see george didn't have much push. he was not particularly aggression i have been. in fact he was sort of a flop, a great big fat flop. >> stop, martha. reporter: who could resist the chance to ask the playwright everything we want to know about what is considered one of america's greatest plays. specifically with george and martha, are those based on people that you knew? >> their probably elements of the personalities of some people that i've known that are not there but i think people that i can invent are usually more
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interesting than real people. >> reporter: at times interviewing albee can become a game of witts. what is virginia woolf about? >> it's about two-and-a-half hours. that question troubles me so much: what is is your play about? it's about everything that happens in it. >> reporter: you don't like to boil it down. >> any play that can be described in one sentence should be one sentence long. >> you want me to act like you? do you want me to go around all night bureing at everything the way you that you do? >> i don't bure. reporter: albee controls all aspects of productions of his plays from selecting the actors, director and even how his name and the play's title are written on the marquis. it's a way of protecting his work from the commercialism that he says is destroying broadway. >> it's all about not doing the best plays but doing the ones that will get... sell the most
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tickets. >> reporter: which are what usually? >> usually junk. reporter: do you go see them? very seldom. i used to go see more since i'm on the league of voters. now i just lie. >> reporter: on your tony ballot? sure, that was okay. all these written... albee has written some 30 plays in all and won his first tony award for virginia woolf back in 1963. it's by far his most famous. early on it was a bit infamous too. going back to '62 a lot of people who were involved in the production of virginia woolf were nervous about the subject matter about the language. were you nervous? >> i would hope so. reporter: you wanted them to be nervous. >> no. i mean, i knew the play was a little... going to be a little troubling to some people. but i write what the play needs. >> reporter: if that means it offends some people... >> well, i think if you don't offend some people, you're probably failing in some way.
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>> reporter: if you think he's kidding, just watch as he talks about the award that got away. speaking of offending people, of course the pulitzer jury chose virginia woolf for the pulitzer in '62. >> i thought that was a fairly reasonable choice. >> reporter: and then the board said no, no, no, we're not awarding it to him. what did you make of that? >> i realized fairly quickly that i was going to get much more publicity out of having the columbia university board turning down virginia woolf than i would have gotten just for getting it. >> reporter: albee went on to win three pulitzer prizes for drama. for a delicate balance just four years later in 1967. sea scape in 1975 and three tall women in 1994. >> when people ask you how many do you have, i say three-and-a-half. >> reporter: (laughing) the half being the one that almost was.
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>> it was but columbia university drudges took it away from me. >> reporter: edward albee was adopted as a baby in washington d.c. by read and frances albee. the albees were hares to a vaudeville theater chain. young edward grew up rich financially at least. >> i didn't like them very much. i don't think they approved of me very much either. they were stuck with me. i was stuck with them. until i was 18. but they gave me a first rate private school education. >> reporter: you're grateful for that. >> yeah. i guess i'm enormously grateful that i was adopted. i just don't think we were the right people with each other. >> reporter: you cut off contact for them for a while. >> as soon as i legally could when i was 18 i left and gave up all the creature comforts. >> reporter: it was 1948. albee came here greenwich village new york a place where he could thrive as an artist and as a person who is openly gay. >> why would i keep it a secret?
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it's my nature. >> reporter: did you run up against any barriers because of that? >> are you kidding? of course. >> reporter: so that's why you might want to hide it. >> yes. i'm not embarrassed by it. i'm not ashamed of it. why should i go along with people who are idiotic. >> reporter: his relationship with his parents was one he struggled to understand. did you try to reconcile? >> not with my adoptive father. he died before i could. and my mother adoptive mother started growing old so i was a dutiful son. but i don't think we ever really related to each other. >> reporter: it seems she was quite proud of you. >> she was quite proud of edward albee. >> reporter: edward albee not you? >> edward albee the well known play rieght. she liked that a lot. >> reporter: while albee didn't find parental love he did find romantic love with sculptor ron thomas. thomas died of cancer in 2005. >> the longest relationship i
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had, 30, 35 years. >> reporter: and you said the love of your life. >> a really good guy. reporter: albee had his own brush with mortality last summer when his doctor posed a question. >> do you want to have open heart surgery or not? and i said if i don't? he said you will die. it occurred to me either it's going to work and i'll be an awful lot better and then i can go on or it's not going and i won't know. really there was no choice there. is there? >> reporter: for now at least he walks slowly and with a cane. he's 84 and back to what he loves. are you in the middle of writing a play right now? >> three quarters of the way finished. do you want to know the title.sñ >> reporter: sure. laying an egg. reporter: edward albee says it's his plays that are important not the playwright but as the world continues its appreciation not only of his writing but of how his plays are performed, he can't help but realize how important edward albee the man remains.
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are you optimistic? >> am i optimistic about what? being alive? i've always been optimistic about being alive. >> reporter: about the future. i prefer yes to no. i prefer being alive to being dead. i prefer all those things, yes. >> osgood: ahead shelby's family flock.
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>> osgood: on the road outside denver, steve hartman has found an enterprising young girl paying some of the family bills with egg money. >> reporter: on this clear colorado morning the sunshines kindly on 13-year-old shelby. it admires her red hair and warms her way to school. a professional courtesy perhaps. for this fellow ray of light has seen her share of dark times. >> sad. really sad. >> reporter: a few years ago
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shelby's mother nancy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. m.s. isn't a death sentence but in nancy's case for a while it might as well have been. >> she couldn't walk. she couldn't get up. she couldn't feed herself. >> reporter: that bad? yeah, pretty much dead on the couch. >> she ended up in a nursing home. man, it was tough. >> reporter: shelby's dad john michael works at a water treatment plant outside denver. her mom was a pharmacist. they made pretty good money but the nursing home bills alone were bankrupting the couple. shelby, of course, was told none of this. but knew all of it. >> because i could see how sad he was. i decided to help him. >> i said, well, okay. see what you can do. i just never thought she'd take it to this level. >> reporter: what shelby did was basically start farming at the age of nine. she got a loan from her grandmother and bought chickens, lots of chickens. >> i have 135. reporter: never mind she didn't come from a farming
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family. never mind the 50-pound feed bags. shelby was determined to tackle this. >> come on girls. reporter: she had run the numbers and figured there was money in eggs if you did it right which she did. shelby became the youngest farmer in america to win the animal welfare seal of approval which basically means her chickens have the light. >> i had to make sure chickens get out. they get to eat bugs. they get to be chickens. >> reporter: pair that compassion with home delivery and you have yourself a winning business model. >> do these look good? great. reporter: her company makes about $15,000 a year. where would you have been without her help? >> i think we would have been homeless. we would have lost it. she kept the bank away from the door. >> reporter: today nancy is a little better. as are the family finances. shelby can now put all the profits into a college fund. although should the need arise she says family remains her first priority. that's why whether she stays in farming or not shelby will
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always be one good egg. >> osgood: coming up... ♪ stepping in the morning sun ♪ >> osgood: single michael bolton. and later another side of love.= when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight.
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♪ georgia georgia ♪ >> osgood: that's michael bolton singing the classic "georgia on my mind." with a big birthday coming up he's looking back on his career and sharing more details about his life. this morning he talks with martha teichner for the record. >> reporter: if i say the name michael bolton, there's a good chance you'll think... ♪ how can we be lovers if we
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can't be friends ♪ >> reporter: ... the hair. ♪ when the fighting never ends, baby ♪ ♪ how can we make love ♪ >> reporter: on his way to selling 53 million singles and albums. ♪ when you say you can't go on ♪ >> reporter: to winning two grammies. to reaching music super stardom his trademark were that voice singing love songs. ♪ i love you ♪ >> reporter: and the hair. ♪ this is how i feel inside ♪ >> it became my look. it was probably a good 50 million to $100 million dollars in marketing that was spent on establishing my appearance. >> reporter: how he came to cut his hair is one of the stories he tells in his memoir "out tuesday." was it traumatic? >> it was traumatic. really traumatic. it really was.
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it was like a part of my childhood and my rebellion and everything i went through to wear long hair. >> reporter: born michael bolotin in new haven connecticut in 1953, his rebellion was pretty dramatic. after his parents' difficult divorce, he lost himself in music. he dropped out. literally. at the age of 14. he didn't go to high school. instead he hitchhiked to california with a band. then became a hippy singing for change in greenwich village. >> i was so in love with music. the one primary consistent element throughout it all was this first passion that i was born with and that i held on to. >> reporter: he signed a record deal at 15 or rather his mother had to sign it for him.
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the first of six over the next 18 years that all failed to turn him into the rock star he wanted to be. bolton was broke with a wife and three daughters facing eviction. >> there were times during, in connecticut when i would gig if it snowed the clubs would close. you would get a phone call from the agent who said sorry but friday night is off. it doesn't do you any good to say, you know, yeah, but we have to eat. i have to feed my family. ♪ you're the end of the rainbow ♪ >> reporter: what finally saved him were commercials. ♪ you're daddy's little girl ♪ >> reporter: bolton did dozens of them through the mid 1980s. he called it shaking the money tree. ♪ the love i thought i had found in you ♪ >> reporter: at the same time, other performers, cher, barbra
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streisand, kiss among them, began recording the songs he was writing on the side. ♪ i could hardly believe it ♪ ♪ when i heard the news today ♪ >> reporter: how am i supposed to live without you, a number one hit for laura in 1983 was life changing for michael bolton. ♪ tell me, how am i supposed to live without you? ♪ >> reporter: columbia, bolton's record label gave him a piece of advice. forget rock'n'roll. sing your own songs. don't give them to everybody else to turn into hits. you have just walls of records around this room. the result is all over the walz of his basement. what's the most one record of yours ever sold? >> 14 million. worldwide. >> reporter: a bitter-sweet blockbuster. because on it this song...
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♪ love is a wonderful thing ♪ >> reporter: love is a wonderful thing. michael bolton spent 14 years in court fight and ultimately losing copyright infringement lawsuits brought by the rhythm and blues group the isley brothers. ♪ love is a wonderful thing ♪ >> reporter: the song by the same name he swears to had day he had never even heard. >> what i have to live with is a piece of me torn away from me. a sense of betrayal and of... that's the worst part of it. you know what? things happen. >> reporter: and he's written or cowritten other songs. more than 220 of them. >> basically i just mess around until i see something start to happen that i like. >> reporter: his collaborators have included yes lady gaga.
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>> don't want to let this moment slip away. >> reporter: and bob dylan. there is an expression that, you know, we use which is don't bore us. get to the chorus. my background singers once pointed out to me that during "when a man loves a woman," they said did you ever notice that nobody knows the lyrics to" when a man loves a woman "except for for that line. >> reporter: when a man loves a woman, da, da, da. >> what are the lyrics, martha? reporter: i don't know. you're right. ♪ when a man loves a woman ♪ ♪ he can't keep his mind on nothing else ♪ >> reporter: it was one of his biggest hits. but he's been blasted for singing it. ♪ sitting in the morning sun ♪ >> reporter: and other classics written and made famous
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originally by somebody else. his fans love him. the critics love to eviscerate him. >> everyone finds a gem that is just... there's just something so great about it. you want to go and step up to the microphone and sing it. the beatles did it. it really felt unfair. it felt harsh and brutal at times. >> reporter: and when he dared to sing the world famous chorus with pavarotti and record his own collection of opera arias the response from critics was again harsh. >> now it just steals the show every night.
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>> reporter: is that the last laugh? >> for me it is. so we practice down here and read the lyrics. >> reporter: michael bolton really likes to sing. more than anything he says. last week at his home in connecticut he showed off the echo in a doorway just because of the way it sounds. he can't help himself. neither could i. (both singing ♪ bolton is about to turn 60 but he still managed people magazine's sexiest man alive list last year. divorced in 1991 he's been romantically linked with not one but two desperate housewives. >> maestro michael bolton. reporter: and he was definitely eye candy for the
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adoring women fans of a certain age who showed up last weekend to watch him play in a charity golf tournament. >> look at his muscles. he has a nice body. he looks good. >> reporter: using golf terminology, he talks about his life from now on as the back nine. he doesn't sing many new songs during his concerts because his audiences want to hear his greatest hits. which makes this his absurd saturday night live appearance as captain jack sparrow from pirates of the caribbean unexpected. more than 98 million people have watched it on you-tube. >> i'm going to get you.
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reporter: odds are many are not that much older than his grandchildren, olivia, known as gwennie and amelia. they call him g-pa. and as for unexpected it's not every day you see michael bolton bolton singer of songs about love so helplessly deliriously in love himself. >> osgood: ahead, a new film. about old age. ♪ (female announcer) your kitchen table. it's more than a piece of furniture. it's life's centerpiece. where families sit to eat.
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to see one powerful but controversial nominee. >> reporter: a lot of folks were shocked from the french drama amour won an academy award nomination for best picture. emmanuel riva, for best actress and michael hanniky for best director. the film maker beating high-profile americans like ben affleck, catherine big low and clinton tarantino. i was gob smacked myself. amoour is a hell of a movie but the academy doesn't often nominate foreign language films for the top prize especially when they're bleak arty, glaicially paced profoundly hopeless. i could go on. so what is the deal with this one? well, it's two-plus grueling hours of an 80-something woman dying very slowly. and an 80-something man looking on helplessly. riva plays the woman a retired music teacher.
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and her band. they're proud. self sufficient, the embodiment of western european upper middle class refinement. in a paris apartment that's a bastion of culture. a refuge. until it becomes a prison. the light growing colder as the woman loses one precious faculty after another. >> reporter: loss of movement. loss of language. as their daughter is a by-stander the couple doesn't even want her standing by. i'm not a fan of michael's other films. among them the thriller funny games. it was made in german and remade shot for shot in english.
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and the piano teacher. not to put too fine a point on it i think it's a pretentious punk, an art house thug, a sadist. don't worry. he'd love these names. he lives to infuriate bourgeois types like me. but in amour he has a real world antagonist even crueler and more brutal than he is: time. nearly... merely pointing his camera at these two elderly people and not blinking, not turning away as something happens to them that happens to people we know and will happen to us too. scenes like a higher form of compassion. the october general they'rian demographic is not well represented on screen. probably the 80 something year olds in the academy made a statement with their votes. but amower transcends age. what passes between these two
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great actors. her eyes signal comprehension even as the sounds coming out of her mouth become animalistic. and the husband's eyes dismay and then anger. but he can't look away. that's amour. [ kitt ] you know what's impressive? >> osgood: next, obsolete? a talking train. this ge locomotive can tell you exactly where it is, what it's carrying, while using less fuel. delivering whatever the world needs, when it needs it. ♪ ♪ after all, what's the point of talking if you don't have something important to say? ♪ ♪ imagine facing the day with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life with less
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here's a look at the week ahead on our sunday morning calendar. on monday military tribunals resume at guantanamo bay for the alleged 9/11 conspiracies including ka lead sheik mohammed. on tuesday the u.n. security council meets to consider the civil war in syria which has killed more than 60,000 people. wednesday is the day the internal revenue service starts processing individual income tax returns. thursday sees the final episode of the sitcom 30 rock with nancy pelosi among the guests. on friday star bucks gets ready to open its first coffee shop in vietnam. saturday is ground hog day.
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we'll all learn from punxsutawney phil if we're in for six more weeks of winter. is the u.s. constitution truly worthy of the reverence in which most americans hold it? a few on that from lewis michael sideman professor of constitutional law at georgetown university. >> i've got a simple idea. let's give up on the constitution. i know. it sounds radical but it's really not. constitutional disobedience is as american as apple pie. for example most of our greatest presidents -- jefferson, lincoln wilson and both roosevelts -- had doubts about the constitution. many of them disobeyed it when it got in their way. to be clear, i don't think we should give up on everything in the constitution. the constitution has many important and inspiring provisions but we should obey these because they are important and inspiring not because a bunch of people who are now long
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dead favored them two centuries ago. unfortunately, the constitution also contains some provisions that are not so inspiring. for example one allows a presidential candidate who is rejected by a majority of the american people to assume office. suppose that barack obama really wasn't a natural-born citizen? so what? constitutional obedience has a pernicious impact on our political culture. take the recent debate about gun control. none of my friends can believe it but i happen to be skeptical of most forms of gun control. i understand though that's not everyone's view. and i'm eager to talk with people who disagree. but what happens when the issue gets constitutionalized? then we turn the question over to lawyers. and lawyers do with it what lawyers do. so instead of talking about whether gun control makes sense in our country we talk about what people thought of it two
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centuries ago. worse yet talking about gun control in terms of constitutional obligation needlessly raises the temperature of political discussion. instead of a question of a policy about which reasonable people can disagree it becomes a test of one's commitment to our foundational document and so to america itself. this is our country. we live in it. and we have a right to the kind of country we want. we would not allow the french or the united nations to rule us. and neither should we allow people who died over two centuries ago and knew nothing of our country as it exists today. if we are to take back our own country, we have to start making decisions for ourselves. and stop deavering to an ancient and outdated document. >> osgood: opinion from professor lewis michael sideman. now to bob scheiffer in washington for a look at what's ahead on face the nation. good morning bob. >> schieffer: good morning
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charles. well, what to do about guns? we'll hear from senator dianne feinstein annuity gingrich. >> osgood: thank you bob scheiffer. we'll be watching. next week here on sunday morning... ♪ such a long, long time ♪ >> reporter: the super bowl sunday super billing. ♪ live like you were dying ♪ >> reporter: country music's tim mcgraw. ♪ it means cleaner, cheaper american-made energy. but we've got to be careful how we get it. design the wells to be safe. thousands of jobs. use the most advanced technology to protect our water. billions in the economy. at chevron, if we can't do it right, we won't do it at all. we've got to think long term. we've got to think long term. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] coughequence™ #8. waking the baby. [ coughs ] [ baby crying ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] robitussin® liquid formula soothes your throat on contact and the active
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gun control rallies... and gun shows. the hearing on capitol hill that let's both sides sound off on gun violnece. weather ad libs
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a huge response to a gun control rally and then a gun show. a good sunday morning to y ou. we have a beautiful sunny day underway. looks like it will stay that w ay. california's back. its budget is balanced and we're on the move. how long will it last? the political insiders take a look on the state of the state. >> thank you for joining us this morning. we have a lot of news and talk to cover in the next hour including the governor's a ssessment of the state. he says we're on the road to recovery. is it just the state itself or the governor also? >> he was sounding chipper. talking about apple, is apple falling from


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