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being said all around you, including talk of your imminent death. in his remarkable report this morning, lee cowan introduces us to a man who has been there. and managed to find his way back. ♪ >> reporter: there is so little we really know about the human brain, except that it continues to surprise us. and there aren't many brains more surprising than jake haendel's brain. thrier>> there are very few people like jake haendel who have been described in the medical journal. >> reporter: the morning after what could have been a forever sleep, later from "sundayning." >> pauley: gi gina davis has played some memorable characters on the screen, but few more memorable than thelma dickson, who along with her friend, louise, turned a movie
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about a weekend get-away into a road trip for the ages. tracy smith is in conversation with gi gina davis. >> would you take care of this gun? >> reporter: when gina davis read the script for "thelma and louise," she knew it was going to be big, so she spent a year trying to get on board. >> i told them why i absolutely should be thelma. >> that was quick thinking. >> i was going to be in that movie. i didn't care. >> reporter: it seems she has a way of getting what she wants. gina davis, ahead on sunday. >> pauley: not long ago, it was a decaying pier on manhattan's hudson river. no longer. martha teichner will be showing us some big doings on little island. >> reporter: we're off to an island get-away, but no need to pack. in new york city, a 260
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million dollar fantasy in the hudson river, put er designer diane von furstenberg. >> i wanted it whimsical. i didn't want it self-important. >> reporter: coming up this sunday morning, the little island that is the next big thing. >> patricia: >> pauley: from a band new island to a very old one. with david pogue, we've got tickets to coney island. dr. jon lapook asks: what is it about guys and directions? conor knighton takes in a performance at wolf trap, a washington area treasure marking its 50th year. plus mo rocca, steve hartman and more on this sunday morning, july 25th, 2021. and we'll be right back. ♪ [
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this guy here is busy working on our state's recovery. you see he lives in california and by vacationing in california he's supporting our businesses and communities. which means every fruity skewer is like another sweet nail in the rebuilding of our economy. hammer away craftsman. calling all californians. keep your vacation here and help our state get back to work. and please travel responsibly.
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>> pauley: a patient who is unresponses sieve for months and months, usually we associate that with the worst possible outcome. so how to explain thi story from our lee cowan, about a man who defied the odds and baffled the experts. >> reporter: when
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28-year-old jacob haendel was rushed to a massachusetts emergency room four years ago, doctors thought the one-time chef, as young as he was, was having a stroke, but he wasn't. his scan showed something very different and very strange. jake's brain seemed to be unplugging itself from the rest of his body. >> the wires weren't sending the signals from place to place. >> reporter: dr. brian edlow examined jake in the i.c.u. and he wasn't sure at first what was causing it until jake made a confession. he told him he partied pretty hard, until he turned to street heroin. he probably ingested a toxin somewhere along the way, leading to a very rare condition with a very long name: toxic acute progressive leukoencephalopathy. >> there are only a few dozen people, since the
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first report in 1982, of the type of brain injury that jake con experienced. >> reporter: within six months, jake was little more than a stare. >> we believed he was in a vegetative state, completely unaware of himself or the environment. >> reporter: he was placed in an extended care facility, where he lay, breathing by machine, fed through a tube, day after day. eventually, he was put in hospice. >> you know, by christmas that year, they actually called us and said, it's over. he has a couple of days. >> reporter: his stepfather, eli wylen, not even sure if jake could hear him, went to say good-bye nonetheless. >> i was whispering him, like, it's okay. we love you. you don't neend just, it's okay to go. >> i'm, like, i appreciate that, but no. >> looking good.
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>> reporter: jake didn't die that night, or the next or the one after that. >> oh, my gosh. >> good move! >> thank you. >> reporter: steady, jake's brain somehow sputtered back to life. his doctors still aren't sure how. >> there are very few people like jacob who have ever been described in the medical literature. >> it is a crazy story. >> reporter: it is a crazy story. >> it is hard for me to believe the story sometimes. if i was where you're sitting, i'd be, like, no. yep, like, no, that didn't happen. >> reporter: his remarkable recovery started nearly almost by accident or fate maybe, when a doctor happened to notice a tiny movement in jake's wrist. >> it was like a twitch. >> just like that? >> yeah. >> reporter: some thought it meant nothing, that it was involuntary, but his family thought
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otherwise. were you optimistic? did you think he was going to get out of this? >> optimistic may be too strong a word. hopefully, maybe. >> reporter: but it was what happened a few weeks later that really stunned everyone. >> "a," "e," "i," "o," "u". >> reporter: he started moving his eyes, enough to use a letter board to spell out a message he had been desperately trying to send for almost a year. >> the first thing i said was, i can hear you. >> reporter: that was the first thing? >> yes. >> reporter: as the words slowly appeared, doctors realized that jake hadn't been unconscious for the past year. he wasn't blissfully unaware of his descent into nothingness. jake had actually been awake the whole time, locked inside a coffin that was his own body. >> i couldn't express anything to anyone.
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no one knew what was going on in my head. i just wanted someone to know, like, that i was in there. >> reporter: to go through all of that, being fully aware, and having others not realize it, i can't even imagine the feeling of isolation or the sensation of fear that one might experience. >> it's truly humbling to think about how little we understood his brain function at that time. >> reporter: for months, he was silently trapped somewhere between living and not living. as time wore on, he noticed that the visits began to slow. he heard nurses call him brain-dead. he even remembers being given last rights. did you feel alone? >> uh-huh. yeah. i felt -- i felt very alone. i talked to myself a lot. a lot. and there were times where i was, like, i've had enough. i can't do it.
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but it would always make it to the next thing. all right, carry on. >> reporter: on top of hearing everything, jake could feel everything, too. >> i was, like, ah, this i the worst because i had so many needs and i was in so much pain, and i couldn't even tell anyone i need help. or, like, my mouth is dry or i'm hungry or i love you or don't worry. these were the hardest things. >> reporter: to pass the time, jake would do math problems in this head, just to help keep himself from the guilt that his drug use had caused all of this. >> and the doctors kept saying, like, this is so rare. it's not your fault. and i'm, like, that's a nice thing to say, but i caused this. like, damn. i definitely had a big
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feeling of how disappointed my mother would be in me.ld find this awfully funny. >> reporter: jake's mom died of breast cancer when he was just 19. she had a long, miserable fight. jake started using drugs to escape and to cope. >> i was so unhappy that i was not thinking about the future. everything was, like, falling apart. i weaned myself off. i had gotten myself off. >> reporter: you tried to quit? >> oh, hundreds of times, but always kind of slipped up again. >> reporter: jake was still lost in that fog as he began to recover. >> green. blue. space. >> reporter: michelle braley, jake's speech language pathologist, was helping him learn to speak again. but early on, the words that came out screamed of a mental anguish that made
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her just as much a counselor as a pathologist. >> he would say, you know, do i deserve this? am i going to have to live like this the rest of my life because of the mistakes i made? >> reporter: how did you answe it? >> the answer is: no, you don't deserve this. that's the answer. nobody deserves this. keep it going. >> reporter: it wasn't just speech jake had to relearn...it was everything. his muscles had been approach for so long even the slightest movement was excruciating, but bit by bit, through months of work, the spaulding rehabilitation hospital in boston, jake's body started to function again. putting on shoes, buttoning buttons, all of the things he never thought twice about before. >> for someone who has no coordination in their brain, apparently, not bad. >> reporter: his cousin, kim, even helped him get
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back to cooking again. cracking eggs and cracking himself up at the same time. >> it is very possible that an egg might end up over there. oh, my gosh. >> reporter: he has gotten his own apartment, without drugs, and without the grief that put him in that spiral in the first place. >> i don't particularly think there is anything super special about me, per se. >> reporter: you really don't? >> i think anybody has the capacity to do this if they have the will power. >> reporter: but that's the thing: not everybody has jake's will power, and very few have suvived literally being scared to ath and come ba a profounre y means. >> i am an improved jake. and i'm a happier jake.
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only 6% of us retail businesses have a black owner. that needs to change. so, i did something. i created a black business accelerator at amazon. and now we have a program that's dedicated to making tomorrow a better day for black businesses. ♪ ♪ i am tiffany. and this is just the beginning. ♪ ♪ >> pauley: for many of us, music under the stars is one of the joys of summer. a special experience made all the more spe a handful storied outdoor performance spots from coast to coast. this morning, conor knighton takes in the sights and sounds at wolf
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trap. ♪ >> reporter: on a recent summer evening in northern virginia, music was en the was e air. ♪ >> reporter: on stage at the filene center amphitheater, christine goerke gork belted out an italian ariía, backed by the national symphony orchestra. but the most noteworthy sound wasn't heard until the music stopped. [applause and cheering] ♪ >> reporter: the audience had finally returned. >> we have not, as a society, been held away from live performance for this longer in any of our lifetimes. >> reporter: arvind manocha is responsible for
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the program responsible for proming at the filene center. >> it was painful. we get into this business because we feel a sense of sp cartist wes. d li tends a responsibility that is very acute. >> reporter: the amphitheater is one of several venues that founded wolf trap national park for the performing arts. set on 117 rolling acres, 20 minutes from downtown washington, d.c., it was created to showcase great performances surrounded by the great outdoors. >> when you're here at wolf trap, the scenery, the pastoral setting, it is an intrical part of the wolf trap experience. >> reporter: ken bigley is the acting superintendent of wolf trap. the only national park service site in the country devoted to the performing arts. >> this is a part that truly can be contributed to one individual.
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it was her vision. it was her generosity. it was her passion for the performing arts that made this happen. >> reporter: catherine filine shouse was a prominent d.c.ilanthpist and wos rights activist. she was the gra daughter granddr of the creator of the filene's department store. and decades later, after dulles airport was built, she decided to donate the land to the government to protect it from future development. >> we have the very best in opera and music. >> reporter: she wanted to create a place where artists and audiences could escape city life. >> by donating this land, it gave a respite from the cacophony around this place. so it does feel as though it is its own mike cosem microcf its own magic. >> reporter: she studied here. wolf trap is home to a prestigious opera-training
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development program. there is also a children's theater and a barn that hosts year-round performances. they're currently celebrating their 50th anniversary season. >> when you're in a space like this, you want to be able to offer programs that everyone in the community can relate to on some level. ♪ ♪ burning feeling inside me ♪ >> reporter: arvind manocha and his team worked to keep the lineup diverse. every from lenny kravitz to josh groban has played here. it is just as likely to feature bayle ballet as mayor m. blige. the show must go on. last summer, unable to welcome audiences in person, wolf trap staged a series of streaming shows.
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♪ >> reporter: while wolves roamed this landscape centuries ago, these days you're more likely to see dog walkers. did you find more people were cing t to explore the trails during the pandemic? >> absolutely. we saw three-fold, four-fold more. a lot more people coming out. >> reporter: by next month, it will be running at full capacity once again. for a park charged with showcasing the power of the performing arts, welcoming audiences back after such a long absence has been a powerful experience. >> at some point in the future, it is all going to become very routine again. but i don't want to forget this feeling, because this is that moment where everybody really remembers and is faced with just how important art is in their life, and that's something we should never forget. ♪
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nozzle. >> reporter: when inventor lonnie johnson was designing this toy -- oh, wow,, he had no idea what a splash it would make. since the super soaker hit store shelves in the early 1990s, it has racked up more than $1 billion in sales. >> my turn! >> reporter: when johnson was growing up in mobile, alabama, he played with everything, including fire. >> one of my fondest memories, actually, was when i was making rocket fuel in my mother's kitchen. smoke was spewing out of the pots. my parents realized what take my rocket fuelhelde to outside from now on. >> reporter: they said, please, lonnie, stop using the stove top as a launch-pad.
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[laughter] >> reporter: the fuse was lit, and in 1968, he entered a statewide high school science competition with his very own robot. >> it took me over a year to build it and it all remote control. >> reporter: he took first place. after earning his master's in nuclear engineering, he landed at nasa's jet propulsion laboratory. but it was while he was at home in his bathroom, trying to design a new kind of water pump, that he had a happy accident. >> i turned the water on, i'm watching what was happening, and i kind of turned and got this water across the bathroom into the bathtub. and i thought to myself, this would make a really neat water gun. >> reporter: the super soaker was born. >> whoa! >> reporter: i'm having a little trouble seeing but it doesn't matter because...johnson then turned his engineering eye on the nurf gun.
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[laughter] >> reporter: right in the lip. the success of johnson's work with toys has allowed him to pursue more serious projects at his lab in this technology could be used as a wearable garment that will charge your cell phone. >> reporter: this one, called the "j" tack is an ambitious project that he hopes will allow the conversion of heat into electricity. lonnie johnson was inducted into the alabama engineering hall of fame in 2011. was your mother there when you were inducted into that hall of fame? >> yes. >> reporter: did you ever buy her a new sauce pan? [laughter] >> i'll have to remodel her house. hidnot me.in?
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you want it to tell them about the experience they're going to have with alice neel? >> well, i hope that they're a bit shocked (laughing). >> reporter: kelly baum is co-curator of the exhibit called "alice neel: people come first." >> she very often painted people and things she wasn't supposed to, especially as a woman artist. here the candor, honesty, forthrightness, with which she depicted the pregnant body,,. >> reporter: it is a challenge. >> it is a challenge. because this is a body, especially an unclothed body that we're not used to seeing and we're not supposed to see. >> reporter: neel was born in 1900, and grew up in colwyn, pennsylvania. and here is how she felt about that. >> i lived in a small town. i hated it. >> reporter: so at 21, she enrolled in the philadelphia cool of design for women. >> i deliberately went to
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a girls' school because i didn't want to be distracted by boys. >> reporter: it was a disruptive man, carlos enriquez, with whom she moved to havana to make art. their marriage was deep and traffic. neel painted her way through her own pain, and honored the pain of others, especially when she moved to the spanish harlem during the great depression, where she captured the people in her neighborhood. >> these are two girls that neel met in spanish harlem, carm anen and ant ant c. she was very aware of the struggles girls wouty illuruhede more. >> with me, painting was
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more than a profession. it was also an obsession. i had to paint, you know. >.>> reporter: randall griffey is co-curator of the exhibit. >> she is unflinching, candid. there is a streak about her that comes through, rich, poor, black, white, brown, men, women. >> reporter: neel's unblinking focus on people meant she refused to create the kind of abstract expressionism that was bringing acclaim to her contemporaries in the '40s and '50s. >> it is actually one of the reasons she really hasn't been cannonized. modern art has been written about mostly as a succesuccession of avant-garde-isms. humanism was her ism.
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>> reporter: ginny neel is married to one of alice's two sons, hartley. >> she could see you better than you could see yourself in some way. >> ime in the striped shirt. i think she caught my anxiety. i think she caught -- i think she caught that anxiety of the age, 1969, 1970. everything was going on. >> reporter: did she suggest that you sit that way? >> yes -- well, i sit that way. >> reporter: ginny, who knew alice neel for 20 years before the artist died in 1984, says there was much more to her sweet-looking mother-in-law than met the eye. did you call alice mom? >> no. >> reporter: did the kids call her grandma?
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>> no, no, goodness. she used to say i have this apple-pie face, but that's not who is inside. mom and apple pie, that's not me. ♪ >> reporter: yet neel's paintings are as american as apple pie, in their honest revelations of who we are: the overlooked, the flamboyant, the underrepresented, and the unapologetic. >> i painted in obscurity for years and years. but if i didn't paint all of the time, i probably wouldn't live. so it keeps me alive.
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>> pauley: time for some island hopping. coming up, a visit to that
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new york city classic coney island. but to begin, martha teichner takes us to a tiny spot making a very big splash. >> reporter: it looks like something a child might have imagined, a mirage of an island, floating above the hudson river. ♪ >> reporter: eccentric, over the top, fun. >> what do you think of the city? >> reporter: little island is billionaire barry diller and his wife, fashion designer diane von furstenberg's $260 million present to the city of new york, topped not by a bow but a man-made magic mountain. >> i kept saying, no, make it higher, make it higher. what i didn't realize is when you get up here and look around, it is so
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glorious. >> reporter: call it the pinnacle of barry diller's ambition. >> what i would say is, could we build something that could be kind of an i icon for the city, an icon of new york. >> reporter: by looking at it, instantly, everybody knows what it is. >> that what needed to happen. >> that was the direction. >> reporter: because of those things on top of the concrete pilings, referred to as tulips. 132 of them, all different shapes and sizes, holding little island up. designed by british architect tom heatherwick. >> this is an area where you could see the height of the columns into the water. >> reporter: this is your favorite spot? >> yep. >> reporter: diane von furstenberg's favorite spot is the amphitheater. >> what you see and what you hear is just gratefulness and gratitude
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and happiness. ♪ >> reporter: and judging from the reaction to a concert here... ♪ >> reporter: ...it is a joyful place to get over cold frcovid confinement. [applause and cheering] >> reporter: if this is now, take a look at then, the old pier 54, in its historic hay day. the ship carrying the survivors of the titanic docked here. a few years later, the lusitania began its doomed voyage from the very same spot. superstorm sandy, 2012, did in pier 54. like so much of manhattan's west-side waterfront, it was deryl derelict. >> the. >piers werecrumbling.
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>> reporter: michael griffy. >> the story of west side became manhattan's reinvention. it was reinvented as a park, essentially. >> reporter: before little island, b.d.and d.v.f. poured 40 million dollars into the highline, an abandoned railroad a few blocks away that was turned into a park. so popular, it has been widely copied. will they be building little islands all over the place? >> i don't know if they will because almost no public money was spent. that is difficult to do in other cities. >> reporter: in his review, michael kimmelman, a fan of little island, raises the question: should billionaires be remaking public spaces? >> we can't just rely on rich people and their sense that they want to build something and where they decide to build it to build an equitable, fair,
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healthy city. that doesn't mean that this park, however, is not an a asset for everyone in the city. >> we're lucky. we have resources, so we could build something that was unexpected. do we have the right to? no. but, in fact, this was a torn-down pier in which nothing but a flat space was going to replace it. >> reporter: and visitors seem to like what they got instead. >> it is a gathering space, and that's what we need right now. >> i love it. i like the landscape of it, and i like different levels. >> reporter: so up here you can dance to the music down there. diller and diane von furstenberg have pledged another $20 million to maintain the park and pay
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for programming over the next 20 years. [applause and cheering] >> reporter: why did the two of you decide to put your money on the west side of manhattan as opposed to building a hospital wing or something like that? >> well, i love public spaces. they're not curing a disease, but they allow civic life to be better. i see people walking across that bridge in huge numbers, and it makes them really happy. and all they do is smile. >> reporter: at dusk, the amphitheater fills up. maybe the most photogenic spot on a camera-ready island. the nightlyw ss over e hudse ontle island, a pla to look and laugh until the sun is
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gone. and then just turn around and watch the moon rise over the city.
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>> pauley: coney island is an american classic, with a history that truly stands out in a crowd. here is our david pogue. ♪ >> announcer: coney island, the place where merryman is king. >> reporter: even if you have never stepped foot in coney island, you've felt the influence of coney island. >> if you're eating cotton candy, if you're eating soft ice cream, if you're riding a rollercoaster -- >> reporter: was that a coney island invention? >> of course. it is all a coney island invention. and if it wasn't, i would lie and tell you it was anyway.
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fun began here, is my point. [laughter] >> i collect bumper cars. >> reporter: for over 40 years, dick zigun has run a coney island cultural center, museum, side show, and the annual mermaid parade. people call him the mayor of coney island. how long has coney island been going? >> might be the 1870s that the rides were opening. there were restaurants and hotels. it becomes the people's playground in 1923, when people can get here on the subway four five cents. >> reporter: coney island has been an american fixture ever since. it survived the great depression and the great recession. the 1918 pandemic and the 2020 pandemic. and even the 1970s, when coney island got a reputation for seedyness and neglect.
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the iconic attractions are still here. the boardwalk -- wow! the famous coney island boardwalk. i have never been here! this does not look like disney world. the nathan's hotdog joint, exactly when it opened in 1916. >> the first one in my life. it tastes like 1916. >> the cyclone rollercoaster was built in 1927. >> reporter: one of the oldest wooden rollercoasters in the world. the thanksgiving i do for things job. oh, my gosh, no, no, no! aahhhh! and, of course, the wonder wheel. this is the 101st year. >> a labor of love. a lot of maintenance. my uncle once said, once you get sand in your
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shoes, it never leaves. >> reporter: d.j. and this family have won the wonder wheel since 1983, when his grandfather bought it from its inventor's family. has anyone tried to do the math on how many people have ridden that ride? >> i think it is, like, 40 million at this point. >> reporter: let's make it 40 million and two. the fun part hasn't changed in over 100 years. the outer cars just go in a circle, but the colorful inner cars sit on winding rails, so they spring a little surprise on you. oh, my gosh! oh, man! >> there you go. it's a rollercoaster. >> reporter: if you were not expecting that swinging, that is not like any normal ferris wheel. >> what kind of swinging did you think i was talking about? >> reporter: today you would probably go to coney island for a trip to the past. but in its early days, you
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would go to get a look at the future. >> there were escalator rides, there were steam elevators, and of course, most importantly, that blaze of electricity extended the leash far leisure farinto the night. >> reporter: rob and jackie are the author of a book about coney island in art and film. when you were growing up, what was it then? >> as a child, it was still magical, but it was also then, as it is now, a kind of anti-disney world. definitely grittier. it is not owned by a company. it is owned by families, some have been here for generations. >> reporter: grittier, but also weirder. the attractions here have included everything from the electrocution of an elephant in 1903 -- >> horrificly brutal and
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cruel -- >> reporter: to rows of babies in incubators. >> that was the brain-child of martin coney. he had the idea that incubators could keep immature babies alive. he tried to get hospitals to accept incubators, and they would not. >> reporter: fans like d.j. don't mind the grittiness, the weirdness, and the sprawling hodge-podge of coney island. in fact, that's what they love about it. >> it doesn't matter where you're from, who you pray to or who you love, this place embraces creativity. coney island will always be a place for all people to come and play. >> you've got to move around. >> reporter: dick zigun would certainly agree. in this era where you can watch any movie on demand
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>> announcer: it's "sunday morning" on cbs. here again is jane pauley. >> pauley: geena davis has been charming us with unforgotten performances for nearly 40 years, butst re is something of a surprise: she is advocating for actors, who look herself, are losing work largely because of age and gender. tracy smith is in conversation with an oscar-winning activist. ♪ >> don't get mad. >> okay. but where are we going? >> oklahoma city. >> reporter: has it really been 30 years? almost from the day it opened in may 1991, ridley scott's feminist buddy movie, "thelma and louise," was considered one of the most powerful films of a generation.
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geena davis, who lobbied for the role for more than a year, was thelma. >> i can't go back. i mean, i just couldn't live. >> i know. >> reporter: to susan signed to play eitherpa that movie. i didn't care. >> reporter: did you know then it would get the kind of reaction that it did? >> absolutely not. none of us knew. it was a small movie, very small budget. we just hoped people would see it but we had no clue it would strike a nerve like that. >> reporter: from a newly dead bride in beetle juice -- >> where are all of the other dead people in the world. >> reporter: to a quirky >> should she b bh
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at w >> reporter: but thelma and louise was on another level. of course, people said this changes everything? >> exactly. >> reporter: and... >> let me figure the ways. oh, it didn't. the change hasn't really happened yet. >> reporter: still waiting? >> still waiting. >> reporter: that change she is waiting and working for is a film industry with as much opportunity for women as there is for men. >> there is one area of inequality that can be changed overnight, and that's on screen. >> reporter: in 2004, she noticed there was a lot more boys than girls in the shows her young daughter watched. davis commissioned a study, and as she showed in her 2018 documentary, shared the data with studio executives, who started casting more girls. and now it is 50/50? >> right. >> reporter: that things
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gotten better for women in their 50s and beyond? >> no. no. no. it hasn't. it is much different for female actors past 50 than male actors past 50. the majority of female characters i believe are in their 20s, and the majority of the male actors are in their 30s and 40s. >> reporter: she helped start the bentonville film festival. >> it is a great film festival. it reflects society as it is. >> reporter: it is an annual event held in bentonville, arkansas, as a showcase for films that focus on diversity. but what is really on display here is opportunity, and that's something geena davis knows something all about. after studying drama at boston university, davis found work as a model in new york city, and that actually helped her land her very first movie role. >> oh, i'm sorry. >> that's okay.
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>> reporter: it seems they needed someone who looked good in underwear, and davis, who had been a model for victoria secret, got the job, opposite dustin hoffman in 1982. >> he kisses all of the women on this show. >> reporter: clearly she was a lot more than just a pretty face. >> i don't know what you want. one minute you like me and the next you don't. >> reporter: her role in "the accidental tourist," earned her a oscar nod. but right before she went to the show with her husband at the time, she watched a show where the critics said she had no chance of winning. >> and the oscar goes to geena davis, "the accidental tourist." >> the funny thing was, it
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was melanie griffith and don johnson who presented the award. and melanie kissed me when she handed it to me. and i was very conscious i might have a pink kiss mark on my cheek. in my sentence speech, i'm going, and i would also like to thank -- and it looks hlooks like i'm kind of shy, but i'm try to cover up this potential kiss mark on my face. >> reporter: in 1992, fresh off thelma and louise, she seemed right at home as a star baseball player, but truth is she barely knew how to hold a bat. >> i didn't know how to play baseball or any sport. i really was so not athletic as a kid. i was always the tallest, tallest kid, not just tallest girl, but tallest kid in my class, very self-conscious, and didn't want to try anything physical in case people would laugh at me. they were constantly
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begging me to be on the girls' basketball team, and i was, like, i don't know how to play basketball. and they said, just stand there. >> reporter: you couldn't do it. >> but now i had to be the best baseball player anyone had ever seen. [applause and cheering] >> oh, baby! >> reporter: as it turns out, she was a natural athlete, and after watching coverage of the u.s. archery team at the olympics, she took up that sport. and at age 41 nearly made it on to the u.s. team herself. >> i got really good. in two and a half years, i was a semi finalist for the olympic trials. >> reporter: wild. what do you think that did mentally for you? >> it was incredible. it was all about the points. you either hit it or you didn't. it was fascinating to do something that was that per sprecise. >> reporter: it seems
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the game in hollywood is a lot more subjective. do you feel likhowoaltit? i think so. tmaac widow" recently, which opened to great success. i think we're definitely headed more in that direction, to have more blockbusters with women in the lead roles, which is definitely happening more, which is very exciting, yeah. >> reporter: for her work towards diversity, she was awarded her second oscar, the jean herscholt humanitarian award. but now at age 65, her more personal goal is still elusive. have you had more opportunities? >> you know, i make a joke about that, that because i'm working to get more female roles in movies and tvs, at some point this will actually benefit me personally. but so far it hasn't. >> reporter: is it kind of strange that things haven't changed for you?
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>> yeah. >> reporter: you won an oscar for a couple of years. it's not like people don't see you. you're out there? >> but there are so few. if you look at people in my age range, there are so few that are really working steadily. there are very few parts for people my age and older. so it is just bad odds, basically. >> reporter: still, geena davis has beaten the numbers before. >> i call myself an impatient optimist. >> reporter: and in life, like her best movies, you just never know how it's gonna end. >> i joke that i want my headstone to read, "i wish i had spent more time at work." because i heard this country western song that said, have you ever seen a headstone with the words, i wish i spent more time at work? of course not. but i actually do wish i had worked more. i'm fine, but it would
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visited iceland with my son. >> this is our first day in reykjavik, iceland. this is the main drag, where our hotel is. that's the atlantic ocean, and, yes, i got completely turned around and didn't know where our hotel is. that's why i need nowhere. despite my trouble with navigation, i did manage to track down some experts in the field. >> you're going to show me some of the tricks of the trade today. >> doctor: we started with vermont game award mark, and the official term is land navigation skills. >> whenever i'm introducing someone to navigating in the wilderness, i teach them a crazy island. it is a hunt to red october reference. >> they turn to see if anyone is behind them. we call it creative island. >> the same thing applies to here. as your walking,
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periodically turn around and look to see what island.>>t dramatic. >> par sobody like me lives and the city, is to train yourself to notice there is an orange clump of berries there, as opposed to saying it is a bunch of wil put the compass on the edge -- >> the ability to use symbols and tools, like a compass and map. and then i turn? >> right. >> once pointed in the right direction, the next thing is staying on point by picking a target, heading for it, and repeat until destination. >> orienting yourself on the surface of the earth is a skill that human beings have. i think all of us have that to a greater or lesser degree. >> all of our senses are
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involved together informing this sense of play. >> professor nora newcombe studies the psychology of sense of direction. what got you interested in sense of direction? >> basically that people are bad at it, and yet they ought to be good at it because if you lose your wy lla threat to survival. >> a sense of direction is encoded in the very wiring of the brain. >> so that's an important landmark. >> specialized nerve cells track where you're headed and before w where you are in relation to symbols. a nobel prize was awarded to the scientist who discovered play cells that pinpoint particular locations to help us recognize our environment. and grid patterns to track position. >> these are cells that fire when you're in that place or this place or this place or this place
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in a regular grid-like pattern. >> so your brain is actually creating maps of where you've been? >> yes. >> do you find that men ask for directions more or less than women? >> actually, people don't exactly know that. >> research has shown some differences. men can escape from a maze faster than females and might be more likely to take shortcuts. >> there are definitely biological theories. people make it out to be a big difference, but it is not that big. >> in my marriage, my wife generally drives and she has a better sense of direction. >> in my marriage, i'm the one who says, let's not ask for directions, let's use the map. >> so we went out and went to the right. >> she has created a virtual word world to test people on learning, remembering, and connecti routes. eg togne their sense ofecti. >>he is building a
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cognitive profile of proficient human navigators. so what this is really testing is your ability to figure out where something is without seeing it? >> exactly. >> what do you learn from something like this? >> some people are pretty good at putting together the route, and some of the people who can put together the route are good at relating the route to each other, but some people are truly extraordinary. >> how do you explain that sense of direction? >> they are using sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously, every single cue there is, and really from the start trying to make that sort of overhead map. >> do i fall into a group? >> you're not a precise navigator. >> that's not saying i'm great. im pimprecise humans can
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survive. rocky is a biologist at new york's american museum at natural history. she studies polar bears. >> i move north of the birds, literally. >> literally. >> you migrate? >> every spring. >> you follow the birds? >> 51years. years. >> they use visual cues, rivers that they recognize. >> stops which fuel liar their 2500 mile flight. >> female goose will oftentimes nest within two feet of where they nested last year. >> the birds use the position of the sun, a sense of smell, and a kind of built-in compass. and they may also possess a magnetic sense. >> as you get closer and closer to the poles, the maic.y ca
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>> it is thought they can do that. >> is there anything about this, as you studied it, that you thought this is magic? >> i think the magic is that they can use all of these sensory modalities. >> the experts agree: it is responsible to hone a sense of direction, but awareness is key. so as someone who arrived this morning saying i absolutely no sense of direction, how do you feel? >> i feel a little better. it is exciting to use a compass and a map. what can we learn from animals? >> i think the best thing you can learn is to watch how they deal with their envi se rock and watch the animals. the point is to be aware of what is going on around you. i think too many of us get fixated on i can always find my way because i can pull out google maps or pull out my phone and tell
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