Michelle Buteau co-hosts! Plus, Justin Sylvester has “The Scoop” on Cameron Diaz's return to acting, George Clooney and Julia Roberts' new movie and much more. And, Keith Urban chats about his tour, life at home with Nicole Kidman and much more. Also, Evette Rios shares some affordable ideas on planning a romantic date with your partner.
Michelle Buteau co-hosts with Jenna Bush Hager! Plus, Mira Sorvino stops by Studio 1A to chat about starring in the new romantic comedy “Most Guys Are Losers.” And as part of our series “Donna Talks,” Donna Farizan sits down with folks from the LGBTQ community to share stories of pride, acceptance and love.
Savannah Guthrie and Peter Alexander are breaking down the fallout from Tuesday's January 6th hearing – former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson offers new details on former President Donald Trump's actions during the riot. Plus, 51 migrants have now died after being packed inside a sweltering truck in Texas – this, now believed to be the deadliest case of human smuggling in U.S. history. And, the latest on the pilot shortage ahead of the busy holiday weekend.
TODAY Exclusive: meet the fast food employee who's gone viral for not missing a single shift in nearly three decades – his touching reunion with loved ones he hasn't seen in years. Plus, the minions take over Studio 1A! Steve Carell stops by to talk about “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” And, Adrianna Brach shares the bestselling Amazon product to keep you cool outdoors.
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn stop by Studio 1A to chat about season three of their competition show “Making The Cut.” Plus, Woman's Day Magazine's editor-in-chief, Meghan Murphy, shares tips on traveling with your kids this busy travel season.
Kesha stops by Studio 1A to chat about her new TV series “Conjuring Kesha.” Plus, Justin Sylvester opens up about his childhood in Louisiana, coming out and becoming his authentic self.
Breaking overnight: everything you need to know about that breakthrough vote in the Senate on new gun laws – we're in Washington, D.C. with reaction and what happens next. Plus with wedding season in full swing, meet the couples who are getting creative to make sure rising prices and inflation don't spoil their big day.
Meghan Trainor surprises Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager to chat about her new single “Bad For Me.” Plus, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager chat with Chace Crawford about playing “The Deep” in the Prime video series “The Boys.” Plus, Donna Farizan take a party bus tour around New York City.
Breaking overnight: the Senate has passed the most significant gun safety package in decades – we're live in Washington, D.C. with reaction and what happens next. Plus, our conversation with swimmer Anita Alvarez who passed out in the pool and her coach who rescued her. And, will going topless soon be allowed on the beaches of Nantucket?
New developments in the alcohol-related hazing death of college student Stone Foltz – this morning, his parents are speaking out and have filed a new lawsuit. Plus, the Home Edit's Clea Shearer shares an update on her breast cancer journey – what she wants all women to learn. And, viral TikTok finance influencer Tori Dunlap (@herfirst100k) answers her most asked questions and shares her goal to meet Hoda Kotb on TODAY!
How to Write Content that Cuts Through: Ep. 26 of Red Sky Fuel for Thought PodcastWhat You'll Learn in This Episode:· Why are companies struggling to find strong writers? Are writing skills are a dying art?· How can writers break out of their comfort zones and avoid block?· What are some tricks for writing copy that actually gets read?Writing and storytelling are two of the most powerful ways to put ideas into the world. As written communication skills decay around us, both skills have also become competitive advantages. This observation is the basis for Red Havas' newest whitepaper “Content That Cuts Through,” which explores how to write content that modern audiences can't help but read. In this month's episode, Red Havas' Vice President of Content Ellen Mallernee Barnes, author of our recent whitepaper, is joined by Sadie Dean and Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, two accomplished writers who frequently speak and write about the craft of writing — screenwriting in particular. They also cohost the “Reckless Creatives” podcast. Together, our guests discuss the craft of writing. The conversation begins with an assessment of society's collective writing skills, and whether or not companies are struggling to find strong writers because it is, perhaps, a dying art.“There are a lot of tools and AI services now that are hindering the real written word and killing the essence of a really good writer," says Sadie, who is also editor of Script Magazine. "Good writing is about clear messaging, which AI may never fully grasp in comparison to human writing.” Jeanne, who is an executive at Pipeline Media Group and editor-in-chief of Pipeline Artists, explains how focusing on her intended audience allows her to write with more clarity: “We writers like to think of ourselves as clear thinkers, but the clear thinking part of it comes in during the rewrite. Anything I write needs to be rewritten to become clear. And since writing is about getting people to feel, I have to put myself in the reader's shoes and ask how they will interpret it and whether I'm getting the message across.” Jeanne then discusses the importance of moving past the barriers within your comfort zone to become more vulnerable and “naked” in your writing.“It takes practice to be comfortable being raw and honest," says Jeanne. "And honesty is so important on so many levels, even in marketing. People can smell somebody blowing smoke a mile away, and if they're selling hope. It takes a certain level of honesty for the person writing the copy to let the company be vulnerable, honest and transparent with your audience. I think it just takes practice. It's very scary the first time you write something personal, but once you start writing with reckless abandon, you get more comfortable.”Sadie then provides her personal take on another mental barrier (writer's block) and how to approach it, saying: "People want writer's block to be real since it's an excuse not to write, but it's all in your head. Overcoming blockage requires just sitting down and writing, which is the toughest thing to do. But once you're not thinking about it too much and you get out of your own way, it becomes much easier."Next, Jeanne walks through the editing step of the writing process and how to best approach feedback.“Once you feel your work is as good as it can be, the first step is to hand it over and ask for feedback, which can be very hard, especially for fiction,” says Jeanne. “The second step is looking through the feedback, asking yourself how you feel about the suggestions and what your gut feeling says about it, and determining if it's still true to the story you want to tell.”Sadie compares writing great headlines to writing great loglines — those one-line sentences that set up a scene and hook you into reading a screenplay. Walking us through her headline-first approach to this process, Sadie says, “When I was first starting out, I would write the script first and then write the logline, and would end up getting confused because they were not matching up. Writing the logline before the script can make a huge difference because you've set up a very simple blueprint of where you're going with your story.”The discussion wraps with the art of writing more with less, to which Jeanne adds, "As an editor of online content, I always break paragraphs up a lot. But in terms of learning that skill set — to write concisely and with meaning — I would say when Twitter was 140 characters, that was the best teacher in editing yourself. I loved that; I was really upset when they expanded the character limit. I also always come back to Ernest Hemingway's bit of writing 'For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.' It tells a whole story in six words."The episode concludes with Red Havas VP of Social and Content Nancy Anderson and our Red Questionnaire guest Melanie Klausner, EVP. Together, they discuss a myriad of topics ranging from Melanie's go-to travel destination, her favorite podcasts and how she describes her job to a child.“I help brands tell stories, connect with people, and build and maintain a positive reputation,” says Melanie on the latter. “What I love most are the clients and media relationships that we build, and the opportunity in my role to coach and encourage our colleagues to find their voice and passion and figure out how to shape, visualize, influence and secure the stories that we tell for brands.”Give “Red Sky Fuel for Thought” a listen, and subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app. Don't forget to rate and review to help more people find us!Also mentioned on this episode:· “Content That Cuts Through” whitepaper· "Reckless Creatives" podcast· 10 Things Before the Opening Bell by Business Insider· The Broadsheet by Fortune· The Good Stuff by CNN· A Slight Change of Plans with Maya Shankar· Making Space with Hoda Kotb· Crying in H Mart by Michelle ZaunerFollow Red Havas for a daily dose of comms news: · Twitter· Facebook· Instagram· LinkedInSubscribe: Don't forget to subscribe to the show using your favorite podcasting app. · iTunes· SpotifyWhat did you love? What would you like to hear about next?Remember to rate and review today's show; we'd love to hear from you!
Meredith Vieira stops by Studio 1A to co-host with Hoda Kotb! They are chatting with Maya Rudolph about her new show “Loot.” Plus, comedian and actress Kate Berlant previews new special “Would It Kill You to Laugh? Starring Kate Berlant and John Early.”
The latest on gas prices and inflation – President Biden calls on Congress to pass a national gas tax holiday to curb skyrocketing prices. Plus, Uvalde's school police chief has been placed on leave after weeks of anger and outrage over the response to the school shooting. And, Al Roker is tracking the extreme heat millions of Americans are facing.
Vicky Nguyen shares home cooking hacks to help fight those skyrocketing food prices. Plus, Hoda Kotb chats with Julie Andrews about her iconic career and her new role in “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” And, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Art Linson sit down with Harry Smith at the Tribeca Festival to talk about their classic crime thriller “Heat.”
TODAY Style editor Bobbie Thomas dishes on her five favorite beauty and style finds. Plus, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager chat with Joaquina Kalukango fresh off her Tony Award win for her performance on Broadway's “Paradise Square.”
Overnight, the Senate moves forward on new gun laws, a bipartisan deal, for the first time in nearly three decades. Plus, new details on the police response to the Uvalde school shooting – top law enforcement official labeling it an “abject failure.” And, another day of extreme heat for tens of millions – Al Roker has everything you need to know.
Kim Kardashian is in Studio 1A! Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are chatting with the business mogul about her newest beauty venture SKKN By Kim, busy life and love. And, U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is on the Plaza fresh off his historic win. Also, Ken Burns stops by to talk about his powerful new documentary “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness” putting a spotlight on youth mental health.
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager are chatting with Kim Kardashian about her newest beauty venture SKKN By Kim, busy life and love. Plus, they are playing a fun game of Sip or Spill! And, meet Kristin Gallant and Deena Margolin – the women behind Big Little Feelings.
Breaking overnight: new details on the Uvalde school shooting including the first images of armed officers inside Robb Elementary after the gunman stormed in. Plus, the January 6th committee is set to hold its next public hearing and focus on what it says was the Trump campaign's effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election at the state level. And, Prince William turns 40 today – a closer look at how he's working to bring the monarchy into the future and taking on a bigger role within the royal family.
Could improving your heart health hold the key to slowing or stopping brain diseases? Maria Shriver has a closer look at a new study and shares the personal story of actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Plus, Blayne Alexander shares the powerful story of a former KKK building in Texas that is now being transformed into a place of healing. And, how The Refugee Orchestra Project is bringing together refugees from Ukraine, Afghanistan and other countries to help others.
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager chat with Queen Latifah about her “It's Bigger Than Me” tour. Plus, they are playing a fun game of “Sip or Spill!” And, meet Opal Lee – the Grandmother of Juneteenth.
An inside look at the ongoing travel chaos at airports across the country with canceled flights stranding passengers for days – tips for your summer travel plans. Plus, Savannah Guthrie speaks with White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha – the decision to approve the first vaccines for young children and what he wants all parents hesitant about those shots to know. And, a look at how Juneteenth celebrations and remembrances are being held across the country. Also, FINA has voted to ban most transgender women from top events – the reaction and what it means for the Olympics.
More of Savannah Guthrie's one-on-one interview with Amber Heard. Plus, ahead of Father's Day, Craig Melvin, Al Roker and Carson Daly get together for some fun at Coney Island to reflect on fatherhood.
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager chat with Constance Wu about her new action-packed series “The Terminal List.” Plus, meet Achieng Agutu – the social media star teaching her hundreds of thousands of followers to love their bodies and themselves.
Growing recession fears on Wall Street Thursday – the Dow sinks to its lowest level in more than a year despite new measures taken by the Fed. Plus, breaking overnight – at least two people were killed and one injured in a shooting at a church gathering in Alabama. And, an inside look at what airlines are doing to get back on track after a rough start to vacation season – everything you need to know to plan your summer vacation.
Ahead of Father's Day, Carson Daly sits down with golfer Justin Thomas and his dad Mike Thomas – they are sharing their story and life lessons learned on the golf course. Plus, Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia are in Studio 1A to chat about playing the bride's parents in the newly reimagined “Father of the Bride.” And, Carson Daly talks with Pharrell Williams about his Something In The Water music festival happening this Juneteenth weekend in Washington, D.C. and being inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager chat with Austin Butler about playing Elvis Presley in the new film “Elvis.” Plus, SNL's Chloe Fineman talks starring alongside Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia in the newly reimagined “Father of the Bride.”
The Federal Reserve has dramatically raised interest rates as it tries to wrestle inflation down from 40 year highs – what this means for your retirement, credit card bills and mortgage. Plus, Al Roker is tracking that severe weather causing triple-digit temperatures, tornadoes and power outages. And, to rent or buy? Vicky Nguyen shares tips on how to determine the best path for your financial future.
Multiple children have been injured in an inflatable slide accident in Long Island. Plus as part of our network-wide series “Pride is Universal,” we're taking a look at how rapidly the LGBTQ community is growing – a generational shift in coming out. And, Hoda Kotb chats with Dakota Johnson about her new film “Cha Cha Real Smooth” and some other major roles in her future.
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager chat with Uzo Aduba about starring as Buzz Lightyear's best friend and commanding officer in Pixar's “Lightyear.” Plus, Donna Farizan sits down with Lauren Simmons – the youngest person and only the second Black woman ever to be a trader at the New York Stock Exchange.
The Federal Reserve is set to raise interest rates in an effort to fight inflation. Plus, Yellowstone National Park remains shut down after major flooding has washed out roads, bridges and homes. And, the entire city of Odessa, Texas, is without water amid heat wave – Al Roker has your full forecast. Also, an NBC News exclusive – more of Savannah Guthrie's one-on-one interview with Amber Heard.
A new warning for parents about deadly drugs advertised on popular social media apps. Plus, the big return of class reunions after two years of delays – Vicky Nguyen shares the creative ways some groups are making up for lost time and how to handle your nerves. And, Jenna Bush Hager is launching “Read With Jenna Jr” – an extension of her “Read with Jenna” book club. She is sharing her conversation with beloved author Kate DiCamillo.
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager chat with Bryan Cranston about his new feel-good movie “Jerry & Marge Go Large.” Plus, Jenny Mollen stops by to talk about her new book “City of Likes” about a mom who gets swept up in a world of social media influencers.
All eyes on Wall Street and a closer look at the new recession fears with Americans facing an inflation crisis and soaring prices – the pressure on the White House to take action. Plus, more than 100 million people are waking up to a record-breaking temperatures – Al Roker has everything you need to know. And, an NBC News exclusive: Savannah Guthrie goes one-on-one with Amber Heard – her first interview since the defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Carson Daly takes us inside the breakthrough procedure he just underwent that could be a solution to his back pain. Plus, WNBC's Darlene Rodriguez shares an update on champion teen boxer Jesselyn Silva who is now battling brain cancer. And, celebrity personal trainer Bob Harper shares tips and products to step-up your walking game.
All eyes on Capitol Hill – a group of bipartisan senators announce a deal on new gun legislation, and the next January 6th hearing is being held this morning. Plus, 31 suspected white nationalists wearing masks and riot gear were arrested just blocks from a pride event in Idaho. And, a first look at Savannah Guthrie's interview with Amber Heard –an NBC News exclusive. Also, the growing concern over a shortage of lifeguards coast-to-coast – what you need to know before your next trip to the pool or beach.
TODAY's Summer Savings – how you can find the best gas prices, affordable vacation ideas and much more. Plus, we're remembering Judy Garland on what would have been her 100th birthday and why she means so much to the gay community. And, TODAY Bestsellers – the best beauty products for your summer makeup routine.
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager share the story about two elementary school librarians whose love of books connected them in an unexpected way. Plus, Chassie Post is sharing some fun gift ideas for Father's Day.
Key takeaways from the first primetime hearing on the January 6th insurrection. Plus, Uvalde's school police chief is under fire for his response to the mass shooting – how he's explaining and the evidence that shows some of the victims were still alive as authorities waited more than an hour to confront the gunman. And, new fallout after the PGA Tour suspends 17 players – including superstars Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson – for taking part in that controversial Saudi-backed league, LIV Golf.
TODAY's Summer Savings – Vicky Nguyen has everything you need to know about “buy now, pay later.” Plus, Harry Smith sits down with legendary sitcom director, James Burrows – the man behind “Cheers,” “Friends” and other shows. And, Valerie Bertinelli is back in Studio 1A for the first time since the pandemic – she's catching us up on her journey and is sharing her summer chicken thigh recipe.
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager are catching up with Valerie Bertinelli – her first time in Studio 1A in more than two years! Plus, she is sharing her salmon kebabs recipe. And, Melissa Garcia shares tips on how to bring those “coastal grandma” vibes to your style and home décor.
The January 6th committee is set to hold its first public hearing on the insurrection. Plus, survivors, witnesses and families have testified in the wake of America's latest mass shootings. And, an inside look at the drama between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – why Pitt is accusing Jolie of selling her stake in their winery to intentionally harm him and his business. Also, the struggles and solutions when it comes to skyrocketing gas prices – what some families are now doing to make their fill-ups last longer.
Matthew McConaughey delivers an emotional speech at the White House on Uvalde victims and gun control. Plus, Hoda Kotb chats with Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum about reuniting in “Jurassic World: Dominion” three decades after the original. And, is it a “bones” or a “no bones” day? Noodle the Pug and Jonathan Graziano return to Studio 1A to fill us in on their new children's book.
Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers stop by Studio 1A to chat about their new movie “Fire Island” on Hulu – how their friendship led to this new rom-com. Plus, Bryce Dallas Howard and DeWanda Wise talk “Jurassic World: Dominion.”
Survivors and families impacted by the mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo are set to speak today on Capitol Hill. Plus, Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey's emotional speech at the White House on Uvalde victims and gun control. Plus, the national average of gas prices has surged higher overnight – now creeping closer to $5 per gallon. And, Savannah Guthrie sits down with Johnny Depp's lawyers Camille Vasquez and Ben Chew. They are speaking out for the first time since the verdict.
Sheinelle Jones goes backstage with Coldplay – an inside look at the many ways they are introducing sustainability in their Music of the Spheres World Tour. Plus, why one family is suing Paramount over “Top Gun: Maverick.” And, Hoda Kotb chats with Melissa McCarthy about her new shows: “God's Favorite Idiot” and “The Great Giveback with Melissa McCarthy and Jenna Perusich.”
Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager chat with Melissa McCarthy and Jenna Perusich about their new show “The Great Giveback with Melissa McCarthy and Jenna Perusich.” Plus, Henry Winkler talks season three of “Barry.”
Breaking overnight: gas prices soar to their highest level ever – now on the cusp of $5 a gallon. Plus, health officials are sounding a new alarm over monkeypox amid rising cases. Also, Vicky Nguyen shares how and where you can save money as retail stores try to meet changing spending habits.
Top “obesity” scientists say they have discovered why some can't lose weight. Plus, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb chat with Tribeca Festival founders Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal as the 21st annual festival kicks off this week – how you can experience the films at home. And, the heartwarming reunion for the “Scrubs” cast a decade in the making.
Another weekend of gun violence across the country. Plus, record gas prices soaring overnight with the national average currently at $4.87 – is $6 per gallon around the corner? And, we're live outside Windsor Castle after Queen Elizabeth's surprise balcony appearance to close out her Platinum Jubilee – what's next for the royal family?