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Life and legacy of singer Tony Bennett; actress Margot Robbie; life and legacy of martial arts icon Bruce Lee

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Life and legacy of singer Tony Bennett; actress Margot Robbie; life and legacy of martial arts icon Bruce Lee

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July 23, 2023 3:48 pm

Rocca looks back on the life and legacy of singer Tony Bennett. Plus: Tracy Smith sits down with "Barbie" star Margot Robbie; Jonathan Vigliotti finds out how martial arts star and activist Bruce Lee is still providing inspiration 50 years after his death; Barry Petersen interviews Bill Gates about next-generation nuclear power technology; Martha Teichner talks with an 11-year-old beekeeper, while Luke Burbank meets an extremely talented six-year-old musician; David Pogue explores the land surrounding an English castle where nature has been allowed to run her own course; and comedian Jim Gaffigan discusses one of life's most challenging trials: having an uncharged phone

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Oh, once in my life, I have someone who needs me. Tony Bennett understood what made the great American songbook so great. When I come home to you, he felt that if you worked on quality material, it would pay off in the end. Boy, it sure did. And his line was, there's no such thing as an old song, just a great song. Oh, the good life.

Coming up, we remember Tony Bennett. We'll have a happy ending now, taking a chance on love. In this summer season of blockbuster movies, there's one that's smaller than life because it's the story of a doll, a doll who, as they say, needs no introduction. Of course, backing her up is Margot Robbie, who's in conversation with our Tracy Smith. What are you doing here?

I'm coming with you. For Margot Robbie, the chance to play a legendary toy was a challenge, but then again, she's always loved to challenge herself. It seems like you're all about taking risks. Yeah. I like taking risks.

How can I say? I'm a thrill seeker. It doesn't scare the s*** out of me.

I normally don't really go for it. Actor, producer, living doll, Margot Robbie, ahead this Sunday morning. Martha Teichner this morning has a story with real buzz. Soccer moms don't have to worry about what they're going to wear, but if your kid from the age of six has been a beekeeper, wardrobe matters.

I like to do the honey extracting and I like making the decisions. Later this Sunday morning, Elizabeth Downs, Maine's youngest beekeeper, an being in charge. That's where we'll begin. Plus, David Pogue down on the farm, an English farm where the past might be pointing the way to the future. Talk about returning to the past. Barry Peterson visits a nuclear energy project in Montana bankrolled by none other than Bill Gates. Jonathan Vigliati tells us about martial artist Bruce Lee, the Bruce Lee you never got to know in his movies. Plus a story from Steve Hartman and more this Sunday morning for the 23rd of July, 2023.

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Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery app or on Apple podcasts. In life, he was the one and only Tony Bennett. In death, his legacy endures.

I only live for your life and your kids. In 1951, Tony Bennett's first big hit, Because of You, reached number one on the pop charts and sold more than one million copies. Because of you. And because of Tony Bennett, music lovers of all ages would fall in love with the classic standards of the pre-rock and roll era that Bennett interpreted and reinterpreted throughout his career. Because love came just in time.

I found you just in time. You know, he didn't bridge the generation gap, he destroyed it. His son and manager, Danny Bennett, told us this past Friday that his father, who had lost much of his memory to Alzheimer's, stayed connected to the songs he cherished till the very end. I'll share something typical with Alzheimer's.

The person will go kind of in and out and he would have times when he was alert and other times when he wasn't. He was with Susan, his wonderful wife, and he said, Susan, was I always popular? And she said, yeah, of course you were.

He said, good, because I stayed with quality. The son of Italian immigrants, Anthony Dominic Benedetto, was born in a working class neighborhood of Queens, New York, where he began singing at an early age. To this day, I remember very clearly saying to myself, if I never make it, I don't care. I'm going to keep singing.

I just, I'd love to make a living singing. Bennett served in the U.S. Army during World War II, seeing combat in France and Germany. What did he tell you about his time in the armed forces? I mean, I think he suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome like a lot of veterans did and didn't talk about at the time. All he said was, war is the worst, lowest common denominator in humanity.

And he came out a pacifist. After the war, the singer, then known as Joe Bari, opened for Bob Hope, who asked what Bennett's real name was. I said, Anthony Dominic Benedetto.

Well, that's a little long. He said, but why don't we call you Tony Bennett? Bob Hope gave me my name. Tony Bennett wasn't an immediate hit. The first review I got said, well, another Italian mama's boy with a gravel voice has come about. That was the first review. It was a terrible review.

I was shocked by it. Yes, sometimes critics get it really wrong. To beware little cable cars Climb halfway to the stars In 1962, Bennett recorded what would become his signature song. A lot of people could be forgiven for thinking Tony Bennett grew up riding the cable cars of San Francisco.

No, no, no. He told me that he really had barely seen a cable car. NPR host Scott Simon co-wrote Bennett's memoir, Just Getting Started. At the time he saw the sheet music, he was on a 1961 nightclub tour. He was in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

And Tony began to sing and said the bartender who was cleaning up said, damn, if you guys record that, I'll buy your first copy. The song won him the first of 20 Grammy Awards. I left my heart in San Francisco Bennett also gave his voice to the civil rights movement.

In 1965, he joined the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Privately, he was equally committed to the cause. Some of Bennett's biggest fans were his fellow artists. Frank Sinatra once told Life magazine, for my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business. He changed my career.

He did. All of his fans wanted to find out about what he was talking about. Tony's going to come on now and he's going to tear the seats out of the place for you because he's my man, this cat.

Mr. Tony Bennett, thank you very much. And can I ask you, a lot of great singers in the very beginning imitate other singers. Did he do that at all in the beginning of his career? Tony's line was, listen, if you copy one person, you're a thief.

If you're copying many, he says, you're doing research. I mean, the secret, Tony emulated saxophone player. It was instrumental. That's where he got his inspiration through the musicians. But I'd rather be punch junk.

Believe me, sir. I think Tony took songs that a lot of people knew and he put such personality into them. He put such a depth of feeling. He had a great voice, but he also had a kind of, you know, rasp in it that was almost like you could hear somebody making the station announcements on the number seven train. But in the 1970s, Tony Bennett's life went off the rails.

Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church. Trying gamely but unsuccessfully to sing rock and roll, he was abusing alcohol and cocaine, at one point almost drowning in his bathtub. And I think something that was harder for him to talk about, but he touched on it on me, was it got bad because it affected his family and the relationship with his family, which I think is what really got to him.

But, you know, he pulled himself out. He called on his son Danny, who took over his career. They decided that the songs of Tony's past would be his way forward.

By the early 1990s, Tony Bennett was in heavy rotation with groups like Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I mean, this is what he taught us. Music has a transcendent quality. Any great art has a transcendent quality. And when you are true to the art, that's where the masterpieces are hanging in the museums, right? There's no gimmick to Renoir.

A fitting comparison. When Bennett wasn't holding a mic, he was handling a brush. Bennett said he loved to paint as much as he loved to sing. Tony Bennett's own comeback may have explained his connection with the late British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. He knew her well enough to understand something of her troubles. He saw a future for Amy Winehouse and he wanted to put a reassuring hand on her and let her know that if she let her talents speak up, he would be there to support her. They recorded this duet just two weeks before Winehouse's death from alcohol poisoning at age 27.

He found even greater success with Lady Gaga, who was in her own kind of artistic rut when the two met. You know, Tony, that's one of the first things he said to me. He said, don't you ever, ever, ever, ever again or in the future, let anybody take down the quality or the intelligence of what you do.

Life without care. But you know, Tony, I'm kind of broke. That's over. Tony Bennett took his final bow alongside Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall in August 2021. You take it, Tony. Five years after his Alzheimer's diagnosis, the performance was a smashing success.

But the disease had already taken its toll as 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper observed. You were spectacular. A few days after that triumph, we met Tony and Susan on their daily walk in Central Park. How did you feel about the concert the other night? I don't know what you mean. I saw you at Radio City. You did a great job. Oh, thank you very much. Tony had no memory of playing Radio City at all.

I'll find you. But Danny Bennett says his father never forgot those songs. In the morning sun and when the night is new He was singing up until a week ago. You know, towards the end here, he became, you know, pretty much immobile.

Put him next to a piano. And he turned to Susan, his wife, and he was just standing at the piano. And he said, what do you want to hear?

And she said, whatever you want to sing. And his last song, he sang Because of You. Which was his first big hit, right?

His first big hit. What can I tell you? My life is now worthwhile And I can smile because of you I was with him a couple of hours before he passed and again, I roused him.

He opened his eyes and he looked at me with that smile and said, thank you. And those were the last words he said to me. When I come home to you San Francisco Golden sun will shine for me Thank you, Tony Bennett. In this summer of never-ending heat waves and one terrible weather event after another, Barry Peterson is taking us back in time to learn about an unlikely solution to global warming in an equally unlikely place. Kimmerer is remote even by Wyoming standards, a 50-mile detour off Interstate 80.

Its elevation is actually higher than its population. Tourists stop in to hunt for local fossils, but the best jobs come from different kinds of fossils, fossil fuels, a coal mine and natural gas wells that power three electricity plants and employ 450 people. But as fossil fuel use dies out across the U.S., Kimmerer sees good times ahead and could become one of the world's most famous towns thanks to one of the world's wealthiest men.

Hi, Mr. Gates, how are you? Bill Gates and his 17-year-old energy company, TerraPower, are planning their first cutting-edge nuclear power plant here. I'm curious why you chose Wyoming, because Wyoming is in fact the largest coal-producing state, so you kind of walked into the lion's den on this one. Wyoming has a lot of transmission because of the coal plants.

They're willing to let things go at full speed. There's somewhat of a pro-business atmosphere. This is James Cashpenny. JC Penney. He created JC Penney Corporation right from here.

It's exciting. Kimmerer Mayor Bill Teck says his town is no stranger to American entrepreneurs. JC Penney opened his first store here in 1902 before going nationwide. Now Kimmerer is a 21st century business hero. Wyoming is a fairly conservative state. Bill Gates is not a name where I think people would have a lot of praise for in Wyoming because of his stance on phasing out coal and things of that sort, but now he's kind of your local hero. There are people who absolutely abhor him, but this is what it is.

He decided to put money into this. The nuclear, as far as I'm concerned, goes along with his green energy moving forward, and I'm not opposed to that, and I don't think most of the citizens are opposed to something like that. Solar and wind only work when the weather is right, but nuclear works 24 hours a day without spewing out climate-changing greenhouse gases. It could be an operation as soon as 2030 using a next-generation technology called Natrium, which is the Latin word for sodium.

Experts say sodium-cooled reactors are three times more efficient than traditional water-cooled reactors, which means significantly less nuclear waste. And so the amount that you're making per decade is less than the size of a big room, and so the technology for waste disposal, we've had that advance, so that shouldn't be a limiting factor anymore. The promise of a new plant has bulldozers at work, as out-of-town developers like David Jackson think they're building into a boom. The first of 2,000 workers who will construct the plant are already doing site surveys. There will be 300 workers running the plant once it comes online. There's a lot of big companies coming here.

There's a need for the housing, so if we jump right into the market and it's kind of first come, that's who's going to win the game. Today's plant workers may also win by getting new jobs, says Roger Holt, manager at the coal plant, and Mark Thatcher, a retired coal miner. This is a new-designed nuclear reactor, but it still is going to end up generating steam, turning a steam turbine.

You can have a lot of the same equipment that we use right now to generate power, so a lot of what we do will be transferable. Does this mean Kimura's going to have jobs for 50 years? Yeah, the thing is, if you've got 300 primary jobs, it allows gas stations, grocery stores, motels, everything else to be. Isn't jobs the real answer here, that what you're bringing to this community is a chance to continue going on after their legacy of coal is over? Exactly. When that coal plant is shutting down, the ability of this community to keep the young people and still be vibrant is under threat. Small towns survive when young people like these middle schoolers find hometown jobs, and when parents can make a living to support a family. And now Kimura can do just that, says Mayor Bill Teck. You have to move forward, or yeah, you stagnate and you die.

And to me, that's not an option. In no small number of ways, what's old is new again. As proof, consider this postcard from the British county of West Sussex, from David Pogue. For over 200 years, Charlie Burrell's family has lived in Knepp Castle, about an hour from London. So that's the guy that built the castle, and he married an heiress. Look at her, she was an heiress and very beautiful, and there she was marrying this boring academic with no money.

The castle sits on 3,500 acres of land. I'm the tenth baronet. And does that carry with it certain rights and responsibilities? Not really, no.

I mean, in certain circles. But he was responsible for the estate and the farm when he inherited them in 1983. For 17 years, he and his wife, Isabella Tree, tried everything to compete with modern industrial farms. The spraying, the new technologies and new crops that were coming on. But the wet, heavy clay in the soil made efficient farming impossible.

We were 1.5 million pounds in debt by then, so it was really looking desperate. And then, in 2000, they learned about a new idea in land management called rewilding. That's where you give away your land. To nature.

You stop plowing, irrigating, mowing, applying chemicals, and you let wilderness return. What has been absolutely astonishing is how quickly nature has bounced back. So, from being one of the most depleted pieces of land you can imagine, to being one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the UK. After 20 years, NEP now teems with an incredible variety of plants, animals, birds and insects, some of them endangered. The rarest species in Britain, turtle doves, nightingales, purple emperor butterflies. We have peregrine falcons nesting in a tree, which is almost unheard of. What I wanted you to see was the first breeding storks to be back in Britain for 600 years. And there they are. So, that stork would not have been here when you guys arrived?

No. The last time storks nested in the UK, successfully, was 1416, the year after the Battle of Agincourt. He is king of the castle.

Oh, man! To kickstart the transformation, the couple introduced a few heavy critters like cattle, horses and pigs. They rootle, they trample, they debark trees. The way they spread seeds from one area to another in their hooves, their fur and their gut. If you put these animals back into a landscape, they can create habitats again. Take, for example, this ancient breed, Old English Longhorns, where generations of the same family roam free.

So the great-great-great-great grandmother will be there and then all the daughters… Excuse me, we're working here? So, do you feed them anything? No supplementary feeding. They're just finding whatever they need from this landscape. Some of these cows will become beef for sale. Burl and Tree say they produce tastier meat because of their natural diet. Cows don't just eat grass. They eat plants and twigs and leaves. Once they're eating what nature intended them to eat, they metabolize much, much better.

In the wood, over there. A few minutes later, we came across these red deer enjoying some shade. Those antlers are pretty incredible.

Aren't they amazing? To us, they look really outlandish on a red deer. But that is probably naturally what they would grow to if they were allowed to live in their most optimal kind of habitat.

Quite often we see them just submerged in water. So if I read about a red deer in a book, it might not note that they are river creatures. Exactly. Exactly. It's only when you allow rewilding for habitats to naturally emerge that then you have species showing their innate natural behaviors. So in some ways, what we're seeing here is what we might have seen a thousand years ago. Maybe ten thousand years ago. The pigs are also changing the landscape by starting a chain reaction.

There's mum. Oh my gosh. These are hairy pigs. The pig, by its rootling and its opening up of the ground, has allowed things like sallow, which is a food plant of purple ember butterfly, to then flourish. And to top it off, the NEP estate now generates more money as a wilderness than it ever did as a farm. We have ecotourism, tree houses and glamping and camping and African safaris.

And that's now a business that brings in about a million a year. The rewilded land does a favor for surrounding farms, too. It's going to provide clean water.

It provides that crop with pollinating insects. It's going to provide physical buffers against extreme weather events. Down the road, with what's happening to climate and what's happening to biodiversity loss, we need to have hot spots for nature.

We need to have corridors running through our landscapes for nature. The NEP story is a big deal in the UK. The couple has just published a guide to rewilding. And the British government is funding additional rewilding programs, thanks in part to Alastair Driver. We've got an ambition in rewilding Britain of 5% of the country by 2030.

He's the director of Rewilding Britain, a nonprofit devoted to attracting more government dollars and more landowners to rewilding. We know that 56% of our species are declining. We have a biodiversity crisis. We have a climate emergency. I mean, we've got to do something different. We cannot continue the way we are. Today, rewilding projects are underway in more than 30 countries around the world. Most of the countries where rewilding is going on are those countries which have inadvertently screwed things up for wildlife. We need to start reversing this decline where man and nature can work more together in harmony.

Rewilding may be the future of the NEP estate, but it's a huge break from the past. What would he say if he knew that you'd taken the farm he labored to create and let it go to seed? So I think we're very pragmatic in this family. So from the pragmatic standpoint, he might have said, dude, you've doubled the estate's income. I'm not sure what dude would come into his sort of 18th century brain, but you know, I get your meaning.

Dude. His fight scenes were famous. His talents were many. And 50 years after his death, Bruce Lee's legacy continues to inspire people around the world.

Jonathan Vigliati takes a look back. In Los Angeles's Chinatown, there stands a bronze figure like no other in America. When we say Bruce Lee was larger than life, I can't think of a better example than this statue. I think it's such a beautiful tribute.

This is the only Bruce Lee statue in the United States. His daughter, Shannon Lee, says it captures his strength and dignity. My father represents what's possible, like what is possible for a human being. Martial artist, actor, writer, thinker. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Bruce Lee broke barriers and bridged cultures.

Be water, my friend. A legacy that endures half a century after his tragic death at 32. Yes, he was just 32 years old. There is just no place where people don't know who he is, don't have affection for him.

So many people from so many walks of life all over the globe. And his life was amazing. Born in San Francisco in 1940, Lee grew up in Hong Kong and was in films at a very early age. His first movie role was as an infant.

He made 18, 20 films up to the age of 18. He was also perfecting his own martial arts style, combining combat, self-defense and philosophy, and began teaching it after moving to Seattle. A 1964 skills demonstration led to this remarkable screen test.

Start off. Auditioning for the part of Kato in the TV series The Green Hornet, Lee displayed his trademark kicks, jabs and punches. He won the role, but faced discrimination as an Asian American in Hollywood. As the scripts were coming out, they would give him the lines to work on, but there were no lines.

It was sort of like, hello, you know, yes. The Green Hornet lasted only one season, but Lee was a breakout star and in the coming years would appear in a string of films showcasing his extraordinary talents. I would say every action film that's being made today, everyone is striving still to do what he did. Justin Lin is a Taiwanese American filmmaker. His movies, which include several from the Fast and Furious franchise, have grossed more than $2 billion. There was something that was very authentic in his sequences, in his films.

It's these moments where unabashedly they just cut to his close-up, and he's not saying anything, but he's saying everything. I've been collecting for over 50 years. And for Jeff Chin, Bruce Lee changed everything. I actually grew up being ashamed of my Chinese heritage because of all the negative stereotypes that you see in movies, TV, even comic books. Chin owns one of the largest collections of Lee memorabilia. This is an original weight bench and dumbbells that Bruce Lee used. Currently on display at the Chinese Historical Society in San Francisco, he says he was bullied at school for being Asian American.

I got picked on, I got called every racial slur in the book, so I was basically on my own. That is, he says, until his father put this on his bedroom wall. And I looked at the poster, and then I was crying, and then it was almost like Bruce Lee was speaking to me, saying, it's okay, Jeff, because I, Bruce Lee, am Chinese American, and I want you to be proud of your heritage. That poster was from the film Fist of Fury. Lee would make just one more movie, Enter the Dragon.

It is like a finger pointing away to the moon. Before his life was cut short from a cerebral edema, a swelling of the brain, in 1973. You were four years old when your father passed away. The thing that I remember about him the most, far and away the most, is how he felt, and how I felt in his presence. Shannon spoke about the death of her father, and her brother, Brandon Lee, who died when a prop gun discharged during the filming of the 1993 movie, The Crow. Loss, like the loss of my father and the loss of my brother, is traumatizing. It's traumatizing to the spirit, and the body, and the soul, and I have to really acknowledge my father's philosophies for helping me to get through those times.

My dad loved to meditate. It helped him to sort of clear his mind. She carries on Bruce Lee's mission, from camps that instill confidence in children, to developing a story he hoped to bring to the screen.

It's called The Warrior, a martial arts crime drama that she and Justin Lin are producing for Max, now in its third season. For me it was very personal. I had heard the story that Bruce Lee actually came up with the idea that ultimately became Kung Fu. And when he pitched it to the studios, they loved it, but they realized that they can't cast an Asian American to play an Asian American role, so that's how David Carradine got the role. And so I felt like it was important to try to finish what he started.

And it's what Bruce Lee started that guides so many people today. What would your father say if he were here? What would your father's message be? I think he would try to encourage everybody to see each other as human beings first. You know, we all may have subtle differences, but those differences should be celebrated. We all want the same things, to be safe, to be loved, to be seen.

We all want that. He said it himself, under the heavens, under the sky, we're all one family. From Martha Teichner, a look at a remarkable child with a very unlikely calling. In Maine, where Elizabeth Downs lives, she became something of a sensation when she took up beekeeping at the age of six. There was the novelty of it, and the sight of a very small girl in a bee suit, surrounded by all those bees. But once you get past the how-cute-is-that factor, you realize the story here is about someone who is precocious in her passion, and about how it takes a village to nurture her interest. You can't be interested in gardening and not be interested in pollinators, so the transition was a natural progression for her. It all started here, in the garden that covers practically every square inch of family friend Dave Oliver's yard in Old Town, Maine.

Elizabeth had been his eager helper since she was three. Oliver's next-door neighbor, Dave Fiaco, had beehives. So she came down to my house and we put her in a horribly oversized bee suit.

Here's a picture of her in it. We took her out, pulled the top off a hive, and from then forward she was just hooked. So we got a swarm for her and we gifted it to her, and you know, Elizabeth, these are your bees now. So she took to taking care of her bees. And you taught her how to do it.

Well, you know, to the degree that I could. She enrolled herself in a course at Penn State, a beekeepers course. It was online. A college-level course. Essentially a college-level course.

At age eight. Is it fun? Yeah, it can be fun. The stinging part's not very fun.

No, I wouldn't imagine. No, but I like to do the honey extracting, and I like making the decisions. Now, finally, she's allowed to fire up the smoker herself.

Until she was eight, her mom said she was too young and did it for her. Smoke calms the bees down. Well, I was pretty much like, well, I don't know anything about bees, but if you want to learn, we'll do it. Rachel Downs is her daughter's assistant. I've learned probably not as much, but I've learned a lot doing it alongside of her. What's your job in this bee enterprise? Do what I'm told.

I mean, it's literally the heavy lifting. Michael Downs, Elizabeth's dad, doesn't mind. When you see your kid light up about something, that's the big rewarding thing as a parent. And Elizabeth lights up in the bee yard. Oh, I see small eggs. Elizabeth can hold her own with the nerdiest of bee nerds, who are mostly old enough to be her grandparents.

Which is why the Penobscot County Beekeepers Association, Dave Fiocco, president, Just look for your color-coded map. made her their youth outreach coordinator. So I did a presentation at my school and Old Town Elementary School.

She was too young to be a member of the board. Something just to indulge a kid. So would you want to build these bigger so you could put a third one in between?

No. If nobody's going to show Elizabeth and the younger generation how to do beekeeping, then in 15 years there's not going to be anybody to do beekeeping. And then what?

There's no food. Like, the food chain depends on bees. And then there's the honey. Elizabeth extracts it from the frame she's pulled from her hives. Eventually a thick river of it flows lazily into a bucket. What's it like when you see it coming out? To me it looks like liquid gold. It looks a lot like gold. It's so beautiful and it tastes really good and it smells amazing.

I think you need a little more. Elizabeth named her operation Ease Bees and solicits donations for her honey. She gives most of the money away to charity and her church. Now 11, she says when she grows up she wants to be the state apiarist, Maine's official beekeeper. She's convinced she's already heard her calling in the bee yard.

I really like bees and I think this is what I want to do. For your whole life? This is your life's work? Yeah. Being with the bees, how do you feel?

I feel calm and I love the sound of their buzz. A letter from an insurance company is rarely welcome news unless it delivers an act of kindness as Steve Hartman now shows us. A few years ago, Melody Morrow of New York City hurt her foot and needed physical therapy.

But she says what really made her feel better was paying the bills. You asked for a receipt? Correct. And it comes in the mail? Correct.

And what was special about it? On the envelope, on the front of the envelope, it had these little music notes. Her name is Melody, but this is a big health system. Personal touches on billing statements aren't typically their thing. And then it began. Every month thereafter, her payment receipt arrived in the mail and every month a new drawing.

They started out simple, like this treble clef, but as the months progressed, the envelopes got more and more elaborate. And this was original art, created anonymously just for her. It's hard to even describe.

It was incredible. Melody did call her provider, MJHS Health System, and asked if by chance there was anyone in the billing department who was artistic. She says the phone got quiet, and then she heard, hey, Emily, it's for you. I'm like, uh-oh, what I do now?

What were you hoping was going to come from this? I like to make people happy. Accounting clerk Emily Margolis is hardly a frontline caregiver, but she says she can still make people better, and her drawings are her way. Melody was so grateful, Emily decided to ramp up her game even further.

She began taking Melody's mailings home at night and spent hours turning those plain white business envelopes into masterpieces. Then I started adding rhinestones. I know, I got involved with the gold leaf. That was fun.

I've never done that before. Where was this going to stop? I know how much she had left to pay.

This was the last mailing, but not the end of the story. Melody and Emily became friends and were co-curators of an exhibit at this Manhattan coffee shop showcasing Emily's enveloping creations. Although Melody says what was really on display here was the healing power of kindness. This was a stranger, and she was doing that just for me, and that's the beauty of it.

A note of harmony. Hey Barbie, can I come to your house tonight? Sure. I don't have anything big planned, just a giant blowout party with all the Barbies and planned choreography and a bespoke song. You should stop by. So cool. It's Sunday morning, and here again is Mo Rocca. That's two-time Oscar nominee Margot Robbie as the iconic doll Barbie.

You might say that, like Barbie, Robbie herself is adaptable to pretty much any role, and much more than just a pretty face. Tracey Smith has one of our Sunday best. What's it like walking around here now?

I love it. I remember when shooting up there. I remember I did all my dance lessons around there. It was so surreal. Actor-producer Margot Robbie says a studio lot is one of her favorite places on earth. It's so exciting.

There is nowhere more magical, nowhere more fun than a movie set. And she should know. Here we go, Barbie day one. Hi Barbie! Hi Ken! Her latest film, Barbie, is a star-studded summer spectacular that's being hailed as the film to see if you love Barbie or hate her. Looking good, Barbie. Thanks, Ken.

This Barbie has all the accessories, the retro dream house, the pink car, and of course Ken, played to the hilt by Ryan Gosling. I thought I might stay over tonight. Why? Because we're girlfriend-boyfriend. To do what? I'm actually not sure.

Just looking at Margot Robbie, you might not think the role was much of a stretch, but it's never easy to play a legend, either living, dead, or plastic. What do I have to do? You have to go to the real world.

You can go back to your regular life. Or you can know the truth about the universe. The choice is now yours. The first one, the high heel.

The high heel. You have to want to know, okay? Do it again. It seems like you're all about taking risks. Yeah. I like taking risks.

How can I say? I'm a thrill seeker. It doesn't scare the s*** out of me. I normally don't really go for it. And in Barbie, Robbie's sometimes in risky territory, especially for a toy.

Do you guys ever think about dying? Her character, and her look, is about a million miles from her previous role in last year's Babylon, where she played a young actress with boundless talent, like the ability to cry her heart out on command. Cut. Hiya.

I'm Nellie LaRoy. Do we go on again? Okay, so let's talk about this crying IQ thing. You can really do that? Yes.

I did 300 and something episodes on a soap, so I had a fair share of practice crying on cue. How? I don't know, mate. I think it's like a muscle. I could say to a director, do you want it on my left eye or right eye? Stop. And tell me the word you want it to drop. And what is going through your head? Like, where does it come from?

I don't know. Honestly, it sounds so stupid and derivative, but I just think of something sad. But in her life, she says, there's really not much to be sad about. Margot Robbie was raised by a single mom in Queensland, Australia. Through sheer persistence, she hit paydirt at age 17 with a role on the popular Aussie soap, Neighbors. Cue the tears. No, he promised me he would be home for a special night. She was a perfect fit for the show.

Almost. I had a very strong Australian accent. It was too Australian for Neighbors? Too Australian for Neighbors. They had a dialect coach come in to make me sound less Australian for the most Australian TV show ever.

Can you do it? What's a too Australian accent? I was very like, oh, how's it going? Like, just not nice on the ear. And they tried to round it out.

They're like, you're so nasal. We need to just round that out. So ask yourselves, why would Pan Am, the best airline in the world, promote someone so young? But her American accent was good enough to land her a series here, Pan Am, in 2011. It only lasted one season, so she started sending out audition tapes, including a Hail Mary pass to a casting agent for a new Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street. No part of me considered that my tape would ever be seen by Martin Scorsese.

And she was as surprised as anyone when she got a bite. But when they first told you, oh yeah, Marty wants to see you, your reaction was? I was so confused. I didn't know who Marty was, to be honest. I was like, they said Marty. They're like, Marty wants to see you. And I was like, who is Marty?

Martin Scorsese. And I was like, how does he know who I am? They're like, he watched your tape. And I was like, Martin Scorsese watched my audition date?

And they're like, yeah. And he wants you to come in and read with Leo. And I was like, Leo as in Leonardo DiCaprio? I was like, oh my God. I'm on a nickname basis already with everyone.

Yeah, it was wild. We're going to be friends? Yeah. You want to be my friend? We're not going to be friends. Her performance opened a lot of eyes and a lot of doors.

Since then, she's played everything from the Queen of England. Young. Clever. Confident.

To a complete psychopath. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with you people? We're bad guys.

It's what we do. And she went from breaking glass windows to glass ceilings. In 2014, she started her own production company to make female-focused films like this one. For the movie I, Tanya, Robbie actually learned to skate like an Olympic figure skater and to fight like, well, Tanya Harding.

I out-skated him today. We also judge on presentation. Her turn as Tanya got her the first of two Oscar nods, but also put her on the map as a producer, drawing comparisons to Katharine Hepburn, who used her own business sense to help bring the Philadelphia story to the screen.

I'm such an unholy mess of a girl. What do you think of that comparison? I mean, there could be no higher praise for me because I adore Katharine Hepburn. But yes, I think I definitely have that kind, I've always been like a bit of a, like, yeah, I've had a business-savvy brain.

And Robbie's success has allowed her to do things even more important to her than movies. When you got your first paycheck, you had kept a written record of all the money that you'd borrowed from your mom? God, you do your research, yeah. Yeah, I have that piece of paper still. I kept it. Yeah, everything I owed my mom, I had it written down. She'd take money out of, like, the house mortgage, lend me money. So I always knew, I was like, oh, I've got to pay that back. And then one day when I made enough money, I just paid that whole mortgage off completely. I was like, Mom, don't even worry about that mortgage anymore.

It doesn't even exist anymore. You paid off her house? Yeah. I think, honestly, anyone in my position, you'd do that for your mom, of course you would. Margot! Of course, she's made her mom proud in other ways. Last year, the British Film Academy celebrated her lifetime in film, never mind that she's only 33. Does it feel kind of weird to get that at such a fairly young age? Yeah, at first I was like, I don't think I should be getting this.

Like, aren't I too young to be getting anything that has the word lifetime in it? But then I was like, but I'll take it, thanks. And with her latest role, it's clear that she's earned her own place in Hollywood history. I know I'm hardworking and blah, blah, blah, but I'm also the luckiest, luckiest, luckiest, yeah, person in the world. You know, every time that I did something, I was like, oh, now it's the top. It will never get better than this. And then somehow it's just kept getting better and better.

I'm so, so grateful and lucky. As we remember a giant of music's past, Luke Burbank gives us a glimpse at a young fellow who could be part of music's future. This is my trombone. It's called a peabone because it's for kids.

Meet Miles, who isn't just proficient on the peabone. Okay, that would be a C. But also the guitar. The piano. Saxophone. Drums.

Violin. And those might not even be his most amazing talents. You see, because Miles, who just turned seven, is also able to edit all of those sounds together and add in his own vocals. Using sophisticated software to make his own songs or recreate hits from other artists note for note. Do you remember, like, an early song that you could play that you were like, oh my gosh, I can actually do this. I can play this whole song.

Knocking on heaven's door, I think. Really? Yeah, it's easy. Well, easy for Miles the music kid, anyway, as he goes by. Miles knows a good song when he hears it, and a number of celebrities have been noticing. Miles. My man. My peer. Remember those drums?

Those were a gift from Questlove himself. He's even gotten shout-outs from some of his personal favorites when it comes to music production, including pop star Charlie Puth. Miles, this is for you.

We're going to do this thing. And DJ and legendary music producer Mark Ronson himself, who's collaborated with the likes of Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and Amy Winehouse for this version of Valerie. Valerie. Valerie.

Valerie. People like Mark Ronson are calling you a musical genius. Yeah. How does that feel to hear?

Just very, very, very happy. D sharp minor. It certainly helps that Miles appears to have perfect pitch. D major 7.

D major 7, very good. But, believe it or not, his parents are not professional musicians. I'm just focused on being an awesome mom. Social media people will comment and say, oh, for sure, dad is this big name producer. Who is he? And they're trying to guess which big name producer is the dad.

And, yeah, no, that's none of it. Miles' dad, who's a software developer, started sharing videos a couple of years ago with his friends and family. They convinced him to start posting on social media for the rest of the world to see. And yet, despite all this attention, Miles' parents are trying to preserve at least some level of normalcy for the family, which is why they've asked us not to fully identify them or Miles in this piece. I mean, it's a small part of his life, and we try to make it separate from his real personal life. Our number one job as parents is first and foremost to protect our kids. Secondly is to do the things that help them thrive.

You'll be equally happy for him whatever career path he ends up choosing. Absolutely. Yeah. And then I want to show you that song I'm working on. The current title of this is what? The Coolest Song Ever. Okay, I like it. How long have you been working on The Coolest Song Ever?

A few days. Wherever Miles ends up career-wise — he told us he wants to be a musician slash coder slash chef, by the way — it's pretty clear he's on the right track. Or tracks. On this weekend, we're remembering Tony Bennett. We could think of no more fitting tribute than to hear one of his many songs performed by a woman who herself is a music legend, Katie Lang. Because of you, there's a song in my heart Because of you, my romance had its start Because of you, the sun will shine The moon and stars will make you mine Forever, never to part I only live for your love and your kiss It's paradise to be near you like this Because of you, my life is now worthwhile And I can smile because of you Because of you, my life is now worthwhile My life is now worthwhile And I can smile because of you I'm Mo Rocca. Please join Jane Pauley when our trumpet sounds again next Sunday morning. Before you go, tell us about yourself by completing a short survey at Wunderly.com slash survey.
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