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Maurice Alberto Rocca is an American humorist, journalist, and actor. He is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, the host and creator of My Grandmother's Ravioli on the Cooking Channel, and also the host of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation on CBS. He is the moderator of the National Geographic Society's National Geographic Bee. He is also the host of the podcast Mobituaries with Mo Rocca from CBS News. He is a regular panelist on the radio quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
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Voter fraud, suppression and partisanship: A look at the 1876 electionWith nine days left until Election Day, many Americans hope the race finishes smoothly — unlike the disputed election of 1876. As the United States celebrated the centennial of the Declaration of..
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A monumental reckoningSince protests erupted over the death of George Floyd, the range of public monuments removed or vandalized has expanded well beyond those honoring the Confederacy. Criticized as racist or oppressive,..
Rube Goldberg contraptions: Do try this at home!This year the annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest offered families under coronavirus lockdown a way to make good use of their time, by building contraptions that are utterly useless, except to..
Hail to the chiefs’ portraitsThe White House hosts a unique and historic collection of artwork: Portraits of the men who have held the highest office in the land. Portraitist John Howard Sanden talks with correspondent Mo Rocca..
"CBS Sunday Morning" correspondent Mo Rocca on “The Takeout” - 9/4/2020On this week's episode of "The Takeout with Major Garrett," "CBS Sunday Morning" correspondent Mo Rocca joins Major to talk about life at home during the pandemic, his “Mobituaries” book and..
Mo Rocca explains his love of "mediocre presidents"CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett spoke with Mo Rocca for this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast.
Inside the secret world of the FreemasonsMo Rocca parts the veil on the history and rituals of one of the world's oldest fraternal orders
Vanna White, a woman of lettersVanna White has demonstrated that no one reveals letters better than she does. Correspondent Mo Rocca talks with the "Wheel of Fortune" co-host about her 37 years revealing puzzle clues, her..
From 2011: Finding their voices – Understanding stutteringFor the estimated three million Americans and 65 million worldwide who stutter, the 2010 movie "The King's Speech," by screenwriter David Seidler (a stutterer himself), brought stuttering into the..
Master tailor stitches a new life as tailor to the starsMo Rocca profiles a Holocaust survivor that went on to become a tailor who has outfitted some powerful movers and shakers over his 60-year career.
Millard Fillmore: A presidential portraitMo Rocca travels to Buffalo, N.Y., home of America’s 13th president Millard Fillmore, to take a closer look at one of the country’s least-remembered commander-in-chiefs.
The fine art of cuddlingLos Angeles-based “hugging therapist” Steve Maher hugs his clients, and explains to Mo Rocca the difference between hugging and cuddling, because there IS a difference. Rocca also gets close to..
Mo Rocca learns how to get to "Sesame Street""Sesame Street" has been airing for 40 years and is now shown in more than 150 countries and earns more Emmys than any other show on television. CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca goes to the set of..
June Squibb: A star 60 years in the makingAt age 84, actress June Squibb is generating Oscar buzz for her unforgettable performance opposite Bruce Dern in the critically-acclaimed “Nebraska.” Mo Rocca sits down with Squibb to discuss her..
Exploring the history of an iconic chairA factory in Hanover, Pennsylvania began producing the Emeco chair for the U.S. Navy during World War II. CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca explores how the company has been able to make the chair modern..
Mattel: A toy storyFrom Barbie and Ken, to Hot Wheels cars, to Chatty Cathy and countless others, California-based Mattel is the largest toymaker in the world. Mo Rocca went for a rare behind-the-scenes tour to see how..
Putting the bite back in fortune cookiesMo Rocca investigates claims about fortune cookies. While they may remain delicious, some say the messages in them have been getting stale.
Inside Mattel: Mo Rocca goes behind-the-scenes at toy makerMo Rocca shares a preview of his "Sunday Morning" story that takes a behind-the-scenes look at Mattel's center of operations in El Segundo, Calif.
Linda Lavin: "I’m still here"Actress and singer Linda Lavin says that, since the pandemic began, she has been busier than ever – from releasing a new album to performing weekly online concerts. The star of the classic sitcom..
Linda Lavin on her character “Alice” as a model momIn this web exclusive, actress Linda Lavin, who starred as a single mother working as a waitress in the TV sitcom “Alice” (1976-1985), talked with correspondent Mo Rocca about how her character was..
Snails, the original slow foodOn the North Shore of Long Island is the largest snail farm in the country. Taylor Knapp, who calls himself a snail wrangler, delivers his fresh snails to some of New York City's finest restaurants,..
"Mobituaries": The Black Congressmen of ReconstructionThe years following Emancipation, in which freed slaves were finally allowed to participate in our democracy, was a time of unparalleled hope that later generations depicted as a failure. Mo Rocca..
"Mobituaries": Thomas Paine, the forgotten founding fatherMo Rocca pulled out all the stops to honor the Revolutionary author whose pamphlets lit the fuse for American independence but whose passing in 1809 drew indifference and even scorn. To hear the..
"Mobituaries": "Drink to Thomas Paine!"Alexander Hamilton isn't the only American Revolutionary figure to be feted by Broadway composers. As a special treat in his podcast "Mobituaries," Mo Rocca enlisted Tony-nominees Laurence O’Keefe..
"Mobituaries": Marlene Dietrich goes to war"During Hollywood's Golden Age, German immigrant Marlene Dietrich electrified audiences, defying the expectations of traditional women's roles in her films and in her life. And when the United States..
Mo Rocca on the stories behind "Mobituaries""CBS Sunday Morning" correspondent Mo Rocca is asking key question about life and death in his new book, “Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving.” The book honors the lives of famed artists,..
Obit writers: Deadly serious about their craftAt ObitCon, members of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers talk about the privilege of honoring lives well-lived. Mo Rocca reports on the gathering of obit writers (where they hand out their..
"Mobituaries": Remembering first brother Billy CarterIn Mo Rocca's latest podcast, President Jimmy Carter shares candid memories of his brother, who gained notoriety in the 1970s and became "the most famous person in our family"
"Mobituaries": The Auburn University tree killer speaksIn Mo Rocca's latest podcast, Harvey Updyke, Jr., a die-hard Crimson Tide fan, opens up about why he poisoned the beloved 80-year-old Toomer's oak trees on the campus of his school's rival
"Mobituaries": Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese twinsIn his latest podcast Mo Rocca shares a story of grit and courage featuring the conjoined twins who became a public sensation touring America in the 19th century
"Mobituaries": Mo Rocca on the enduring popularity of Audrey HepburnIn her 1951 debut for American TV audiences, the actress re-enacted her wartime experience during the Nazi occupation of Holland
"Mobituaries": Mo Rocca's irreverent podcast to debut with intriguing stories of past livesCBS News and Simon & Schuster partner on podcast and book that offer obituaries celebrating the famous, the un-famous, the fictional, and the inanimate who have bitten the dust
Last call for the phone booth?Yes, there's nothing like reaching out and touching someone from a phone booth. They used to be everywhere, but they are now rare coin-operated curiosities. Mo Rocca looks into the history of the..
Reliving Custer's Last Stand at the Little BighornIn 1876 George Armstrong Custer - the brave, reckless and vain Civil War hero - met an ignoble end at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. And every year, re-enactors in Montana recreate the clash between..
Rosé, the pink wine that's red hotNot long ago rosé wine had a reputation as lightweight as its color, despite its surprisingly rich history as the favorite of kings, tsars and popes. But the pink wine is now red hot; in 2015, rosé..
Kitto Katto: Japan's candy obsessionKit Kat candy is exceedingly popular in Japan, where the name itself promises good luck. Up to five million Kit Kat bars are sold every day, in dozens more varieties and flavors than just the familiar..
Justice Antonin Scalia speaksA new book, "Scalia Speaks," collects speeches by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose originalist views about the Constitution were both polarizing and colored with humor. Mo Rocca..
Rex Reed on this year's Best Picture Oscar nomineesIn this web extra, film critic Rex Reed gives his opinions - good and bad - about the movies up for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and offers up to Mo Rocca what he thinks should have been..
A demonstration of grafting apple treesMo Rocca gets a lesson in horticulture from Bill Srmack, of the USDA's Plant Genetic Resources Unit in Geneva, N.Y., who shows how apple trees are grafted.
How's them apples?Was Johnny Appleseed for real? Where did apples originate? And how do horticulturists develop better and better varieties of the fruit? Mo Rocca visits the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne,..
Vint Cerf on the prospect of a "digital dark age"In this web exclusive, engineer Vint Cerf, who helped pioneer the internet, talks with Mo Rocca about the frailty and impermanence of digitally-stored information and how, in coming decades, the..
Bill Clinton & James Patterson, on the same pageThe former President of the United States (and a fan of thrillers) and the world's bestselling writer have co-authored a new novel, "The President Is Missing," about a grave threat to our nation. Mo..
Bill Clinton on fighting impeachmentIn this web exclusive, former President Bill Clinton tells Mo Rocca that despite what he calls the voters' referendum against Republicans in the 1998 midterms, the GOP and House Speaker Newt Gingrich..
Bill Clinton on his political opponentsIn this web exclusive former President Bill Clinton talks with Mo Rocca about his relationship with those on the other side of the political aisle.