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much. great having you here. appreciate t.aerosmith. brand new album out, and by the way, steven and joe, are going to be with us tonight on this benefit concert to help the victims of hurricane sandy. guys, fantastic. >> thank you. >> now that we've made history on the "today" show plaza. >> got to say a couple of things. all those here's -- by the way, willie geist joining us as well. all these years rocking the plaza, that was rocking the plaza. mark trout, one of our great stage hands here, manager said, you know, there's a difference when the gods of rock 'n' roll take the stage, and they are the gods of rock 'n' roll. >> not only have we drawn a crowd, people who have come to see the band, people we work with that play guitars or drum as a hobby, all here taking notes because everybody wants to see rock 'n' roll legends. >> i guess there was some question if a rock 'n' roll band could come to play at 8:30 in
the morning. those questions were answered a few minutes ago. >> we've got a jumbotron up on the plaza there which is pretty cool. >> that's there for democracy plaza. >> exactly. worked out pretty well today. >> a lot of people got to see the concert. we want to get to the news of the day and we've got miss natalie morales over at the news desk. good morning to you again. >> good morning to you once again. good morning, everyone. only four days until the presidential election new unemployment numbers from the labor department show that the nation's jobless rate rose 0.1 to 7.9% as more people enter the job market. however, employers did step up hiring, adding 171,000 people to their payrolls. that report is sure to provide ammunition for both sides in the presidential race. there are signs of hope as the northeast tries to recover from hurricane sandy. utility officials in new york vow to restore power by tomorrow. to many manhattan and brooklyn customers and more subway and rail lines are reopening today, but there are still long lines at area gas stations where some
drivers have been waiting for hours, often to learn there is no fuel left or that it is being rationed, and along the devastated jersey shore, residents are being allowed back into their neighborhoods only to find that in so many cases they are now homeless. there's a lot of debate about the decision to proceed with the new york city marathon on sunday. mayor michael bloomberg defends the decision saying the city needs the money that out-of-town visitors will spend this weekend, and he vows the marathon won't divert any resources as the city recovers from the superstorm. this weekend marks the end of daylight saving time for 2012, so before you go to sleep on saturday night here's the reminder to set your clocks and watches back one hour to standard time. blake shelton, who serves as one of the coaches on nbc's "the voice" was the big winner at last negotiate's country music association awards. took home entertainer of the year honors and two other trophies. blake's wife miranda lambert was also named female vocalist of the year. powerful team. and don't forget you can
help those affected by hurricane sandy. tonight on the networks of nbc universal matt will be hosting a special one-hour concert "hurricane sandy, coming together." it will feature performers including billy joel, bruce springsteen and the e street band, jon bon jovi and aerosmith joining us as we just heard as well. it's now four minutes after the hour. let's go back over to al with another check of the weather. al will be taking part in that telethon as well. >> all of us really want to help our friends all along the shoreline and inland as well. let's see what we've got for you for today. again, we're keeping an eye on a potential nor'easter. the european model has it coming up the coast and past virginia by early wednesday morning and then setting up right off the long island and new jersey coast lines by wednesday evening. we don't like this. 1 to 2 inches of rain, wind gusts to 45 miles per hour, and some wet snow inland, and the problem, of course, with the strong winds and waves, with compromised beaches, that could be a big problem. the rest of the country today,
sunny skies in the southeast. we're looking at some more rain into the pacific northwest. in fact, the energy from that system is going to make its way and reform off our coast. look for plenty of sunshine through the southwest. that's what's going on >> the chilly weather will continue as we head into the weekend. the average high temperature is 62. a slight chance for all right. time now for today's "take 3" where we take on three issues that have caught our eyes this morning. let's get to the first topic. willie, take it away. >> well, you guys have seen up close and personal some of the
images from this post-hurricane sandy. you can't help but be moved, heartsick a lot of times but a little bit hopeful, too. you see it happened after 9/11 and happens after a lot of these natural disasters when people rush in to help. natalie, why don't i start with you, just an enduring image for you. >> well, obviously we're seeing great pictures from across the area. here just national guard getting some muffins, fresh muffins, but, you know, twitter, the power of twitter, it has really demonstrated how much you can get the word out for people who need help, and in my town in hoboken it's been neighbor helping neighbor all along, people really communicating. well, some people here in battery park city, heather mcalister sent me a tweet and said we have brown bag meals to deliver to hoboken. she saw my reports, and she wanted to get them to hoboken and said how can i deliver. i said take them to city hall. she delivered amazing meals. also, a great man on twitter who has been following me, has a brazilian restaurant here in the
city, brought 300 meals to hoboken to help those people out. the more we can get those messages and people saying i have the resources, what can we do and how can i help? those are the meals delivered to hoboken yesterday. >> rescue workers carrying young people and people through the water. >> yeah. >> you know, i mean, look at that. you just see that and it's people self-lessly giving of themselves to make sure others are okay. >> and just to see, i mean, even from the air when i was in a helicopter seeing a front loader picking up a couple and their dog, and carrying them through the water in hoboken, and delivering them to safe dry ground. >> willie, you're from jersey. it's hard on everybody to see this at your home state. >> anybody who spent time at the jersey shore and saw the images that you brought us two mornings ago from the helicopter, these were the board walks, the roller coasters you rode as a kid. >> rode on those rides this past summer with my kids. it's heartbreaking. >> it's gone now. an image from new york's langone
hospital on that first night when the generators failed and the nicu nurses were carrying these premature babies by hand. they took them down ten stories and were bringing them out into the driving rain and the wind, manually ventilating them, and it's moments like that, it was completely life-affirming and made you realize we'll get through it. >> coney island, the aquarium there, the fish, the wildlife, taking care of the walruses. i mean, there's so many people who are going 24/7 throughout all of this, trying to help everyone. even our -- one of our stage managers here tara has been going up to the animal control and helping walk the dogs. a lot of people forget about those, you know, who really need some help. >> an folks want to figure out how can i make a difference? what can i do? and we've got this,concert tonight that benefits the american red cross. amazing talent helping out. it's going to be hosted by matt at 8:00. we've got bruce springsteen, of course, new jersey's favorite son, along with his other
co-favorites on jon bon jovi. billy joel who is in a sense like the face of fisherman and long island, sting, christina aguilera, going to be a really great time. >> all to benefit the red cross doing some good work here. >> and we put it on our website, even if you feel you can help, text a $10 donation to the red cross as well. we'll put that up there. >> a star-studded affair and pulled together quickly so great they would all come together for this. we'll do a little take two, moving a little bit lighter. the topic is you've got a friend. so it turns out a new study suggests that we should have more friends than -- >> i agree. we all need more friends. >> it's about expanding your circle of friends, a little more diverse is what you said. here are the categories of friends that you need, and savannah, i'm going to start with you down here. who is cooler than you. >> willie geist. >> it doesn't apply to you. >> i'm just going to say. >> who isn't cooler than me. everyone's cooler than me. >> six categories of friends. >> all right. >> who is cooler than you.
the friend who is up for anything. which is great, because i think those people are always like the ones who are going to make you go out of your comfort zone a bit. the friend who you aspire to be. somebody, you know, who -- this is the oprah winfrey find your best self in your friend. >> i'd like to add a category. the friend who gives you a personalized weather forecast when you really need it, that's al. >> here's the thing. you know, i've got to find more friends? look, i'm lucky i've got the friends that i've got. i've got to now find more friends. >> it's not easy out there either. >> what's the point of the study, to have more diverse friends so that all your friends aren't just like you and think the way you do. >> how many of your friends -- your friends i think -- different friends, you know, fill different needs, and from different times, depending on what you need. i mean, i've got a good buddy. >> some people are better friends than others. >> you know who you can count on. >> i don't need more friends. >> do you have a friend that's painfully honest. >> yeah. >> i'm that friend. >> i think i'm that friend.
>> i think it's about expanding as your life goes on your group of friends. i've got my childhood friends and my high school buddies and college friends. >> where do you find time? >> al doesn't want friends. >> i don't want more friends. i've got -- i've got a good group of friends now. i don't feel i need pressure to find more! >> you want to hang out this weekend? >> i've got my director joe michaels. i don't need anything else. >> you're barking up the wrong tree if you want to be al's friend. >> al adamantly against friendship. >> no, i don't need more people in! >> mr. charm, al roker. >> how do you really feel about that? >> okay. >> people don't want to be my friend. >> maybe it's coming the other way. >> yeah, exactly. >> i can't get anybody to be my friend. >> so in that spirit of people helping people and being friendly. >> sure, yeah. >> how about animals, do you like animals? >> like animals, love animals. >> do you have room for a new pet? >> just got a new pet, just adopted a rescue. >> no people, animals, fair enough. let's watch this viral video. it's a cat and several small
puppies all wanting in, and no one opening the door >> the doggie door, the kitty door. >> so finally the kitty takes matters into his or her own claws, paws, whatever you want to call them, and opens the screen door. look at that. >> leave it to the cat. >> how about that. >> wow. >> that's cute. >> okay. >> that's a cool party trick. >> see, that's a cat that will embezzle from you. >> you think all those cats live in that house, or is that like we're going in, cats and dogs. >> it's a cat burglar! >> oh, how did i set you up for that? >> can we be friends now. >> oh, my goodness. got to point out one other thing here. you know the holidays are upon us. >> thank you. >> a little late for that. >> but it was okay. >> took a while. >> if i had a friend in audio, we would have had that rim shot a lot sooner. >> all right. so these are the new -- this is the first sign of the holidays.
these are for the holidays. starbucks. >> nice and hot and cream and sugar. >> look at that. >> i'll probably need all the cream. >> a good friend would put that in for you. >> wow, that's a friend. >> what do you think, too early for the christmas cups? it's not even thanksgiving. it's not thanksgiving yet. is it too early? >> the holidays start after halloween. >> do we skip thanksgiving? >> you know, a real friend would put some rum in here. >> yeah, exactly. >> joe michaels has his stash of rum. >> this is milk, not half-' n half. >> i've got a cat that will get that for you. coming up, shopping for some big-ticket items right after this. donut.
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shopping with consumer dos and don'ts. >> dpoork. >> is there really a science to shopping for big-ticket items. >> a new study out of brigham young university and emorie university, if you're shopping for a big-ticket item like a big-screen tv, you shouldn't focus on the price. people who did spent 50% more. you're much better off thinking about what attributes do i want this product to have, whether it's a diamond ring or a big-screen tv, how big do i want it to be? what kind of resolution do i need it to have? do i want it to be a smart tv and then you can find one of those with all those attributes at the lowest price, works better. >> seems like the best of those things with those attributes would have the biggest price, is that necessarily true? >> not necessarily in items like big-korean tvs where we're seeing a lot of them under $1,000. >> let's talk about how to go about it. starting with popular books and something you call save on where
we get great deals. >> we're going to break you some great deals. these come from retail me not and led us to those deals. the folks at amazon led publishers across the country. not the best-sellers but the best books, 40% off kids books like the maxim ruby books, john meachem's new book, hunkered in this weekend you can find yourself something to read. 40% off. >> also, papa john's is running a special. >> use the code 2 papa's but every one of their stores, you buy a beats yeah, spend $21 and the next pizza is on them and at macy's, a little red, white and blue, their election day sale, 20% to 50% off almost everything in the store this. travel pro suitcase from 280 down to 140, charter club sheets 170 down to 102 and this coat that i am coveting, 370 i believe down to 240.
>> and you get this online or you have to go into the store? >> no, both, actually. the deals may be slightly different, they tell us, from the store to the website, but if you can't get out, hit the website no problem. >> everybody is talking about the ipad mini. my problem with it is it's 330 bucks. >> well, my problem is if you have an ipad already and you want to go smaller, some people like the smaller size in their hand, you can actually sell the one that you have and use it to buy the ipad mini, so the folks at cheapism did a little bit of a survey and looked at different websites, where can you sell your ipad, comparing prices on the third generation ipad 32 gigabyte. we found prices on all of these websites ranging from $250 up to almost $500, depending on the condition of your device, and if you're willing to do the leg work yourself on a site like craigslist you may be able to get more. one thing about those offers. if you're trading it in through apple or amazon, you may be getting a gift card.
>> okay. >> which you should know if you're using it to buy the next. >> as part of our frugal friday, want to recognize the shopper of the week. this week it's liz jenkins of philadelphia. >> from right outside of philadelphia, and she started this very cool thing that she is calling a for later fund. for the last six months, every time she went to an atm she would take one $5 bill and mark it for later. she's been saving those. >> now. >> now this for later fund is become her christmas gift fund. she's got 265,000 -- i was going say $265,000. $265 and it's growing very quickly. >> pretty good restraint. i'm impressed. >> if you've got a frugal friend, if you've got a great shopper, you want to share a story with us, send it to our website because i'm looking that the. >> i'm going to run out and get two pizzas. >> requesting frugal friday," jean, thank you. share your great money-saving ideas on twitter with the #frugalfridays. we'll compile your tweets and feature them on today.com. and we'll be right back with
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we've been reporting all week about the devastation left in the wake of hurricane sandy, and many folks are still struggling with immediate needs. there were hole communities wiped away, and if you're wondering how you can help, weave got an answer. >> this is exciting. on the networks of nbc universal, matt is going to host a benefit concert and telethon to help people impacted by the storm. it's called hurricane sandy, coming together. >> new jersey's own bruce springsteen, jon bon jovi and jon stewart, long island's billy joel, staten island's christina aguilera, the bronx's mary j blige. i'm from queensch we'll all be part of this. can you see it all and donate money to the red cross tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern right here
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♪ ♪ you don't know ♪ you don't know you're beautiful ♪ >> very excited to have the latest boy band sensation from england. they have really caused a frenzy. really excited to have one direction taking over our concert stage on tuesday, november 13th. so let your tweens know and come on down. >> all the words to the song. >> not just this one. i know the words to all of their songs. i have a 5-year-old daughter which means there's posters of those young men in my home, and i want to be clear. they belong to my daughter. >> okay.
we'll see about that. that's not the only thing that we've got on our concert schedule. we have three great ones coming up for thanksgiving week. slow rider, concerna and pit bull rocking the house. like the house bands around here. we love them and hope you can come by for one or them. set up a cot, stay on the plaza. >> slow rider and pit bull when we had our anniversary party, so much fun. >> i'm savannah guthrie alongside natalie morales and one direction fan willie geist. >> huge. i'm a zane guy >> you think he's cutest? >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> that just got weird, didn't it? >> welcome to the nine. speaking of music, we'll get one more song from rock's greatest aerosmith. they wowed the crowd on the plaza. they rocked it out, as we said, to such rock legends and one mer performance coming up this morning. >> also, if you have that mid-afternoon energy dip, we know about that around here or
getting started any time of day, we'll tell you which food to eat to give you an energy boost when you really need it. >> plus, we'll introduce to you atlanta falcons tight end tony gonzal gonzalez. football fans know him as a sure fire hall of famer on the field, but the most important thing in his life is work he's doing off the field helping children cope with illness. this is a great story, a great hall of fame caliber player and an even better guy. >> one of the good guys. and kudos also in order for our web team. today.com was honored with an eni award by editor and publisher for best use of social media for news services, and we've seen a lot of what they have done and put out there, especially during hurricane sandy and all the great coverage that they have provided as well on the web so congratulations, guys. you deserve it. >> very well deserved. let's go to al over into democracy plaza. he's got a check of the weather.
? good morning from here at democracy plaza. the channel has been transformed into part of what will be our election coverage and also a celebration of the electoral process, and this is an nbc news mock news booth. look, there's a camera with a little teleprompter there, and then you can sit over here, and can you do an nbc news news report on that and then we'll e-mail that to you. that's pretty cool. photo booth, character stations, all sorts of things here on democracy plaza. let's take a look and show you what's going on now as far as your forecast is concerned. you can see that, well, we are looking at for the weekend, we expect to see some showers from the pacific northwest. look for wet weather, texas into the central plains. beautiful day in the southeast. sunday, sunday, the marathon, we've got the start sunny skies. temperatures in the low 40s. by later in the afternoon, at 3:00, sunny temperatures, high of about 51 degrees, and then
rest of the country during the day we expect to see, again, more wet weather down through the southern gulf. and look for beautiful weather in the northeast and more showers in the pacific northwest. that's what's goes >> and after you finish with the marathon, put up your feet and turn on nbc because it's sunday night "football night in america." that's right. tony romo comes in with the dallas cowboys heading on into
the georgia dome taking on the falcons. outdoor weather, a dome. a few afternoon showers. temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. that's on sunday night "football night in america." back to the gang. savannah. >> a double echo on that one. >> i know. >> nothing like a domed forecast for an indoor football game. thanks, al. >> exactly. coming up next, need an energy lift? we'll show you foods that will give you a boost right after this. like a lot of things, trying to find a better job can be frustrating. so at university of phoenix we're working with a growing list of almost two thousand corporate partners - companies like microsoft, american red cross and adobe - to create options for you. not only that, we're using what we learn from these partners to shape our curriculum. so that when you find the job you want you'll be a perfect fit. let's get to work.
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for "self" magazine. good morning. >> good morning. >> good to have you here. >> good to be here. >> important to pick your calories wisely, you say, to have a really high energy day, right? >> yes, exactly. calories give us energy. we need to eat something every four hours or so, so smart snacks are very important, and so that's what i've brought with me today. >> okay. let's get to a bit of the great choices, roasted edamame, packed with protein. >> yes. you have them sort of how they come, and they simply thaw them out and they are like that. got a great snack here. >> if you roast them in the oven like 425, a little olive oil and a little salt and pepper, nice crispy exterior and chewy interior and what's great in them is they are high in mag newsium. if you don't get enough magnesium your body produces more lactic acid and that's the same stuff produced after an intense workout that makes you feel tired and sore. if you are feeling tired all the time, you may not be getting enough magnesium >> i love this recipe right
here, so many love deviled eggs, packed with fat and calories, a way to make them healthy and packed with protein as well. >> i'm from nashville and down south deviled eggs are a must have. >> every party. >> every party, every picnic. the bad news is they are high in saturated fat from all the mayo. i've lightened it up. i call my eggs angel eggs, nothing devilish about it. swapped out the mayo for a mixture of hummus and-in-the-non-fat plain greig style yogurt. it will taste great, which is important, but it provides an energy boosting carbo of-s from the hummus for quick energy and then you have the protein and yogurt which sustains that energy all afternoon. >> and the protein and the hummus, great. >> a little bit of everything. >> this avocado is your cheesy tropical avocado. could theage cheese and pineapple. >> if you want to take a little vacation during the snack day, half an avocado and cottage
cheese with pineapple. it's high in b vitamins. it helps convert the-s our body eats into energy to use. >> eating too much avocado can be a bad thing. >> portion control is even important in the healthy snacks, too. >> a great stuffed pep we are lentils. >> totally. >> this is something you make ahead on the weekend and pop into the microwave any time you need an energy-boosting snack. >> the red peppers are great even with salsa, right. >> and we're running out of time. water here, but if you want to jazz up your water a little bit, you say spa water. >> i went on a spa weekend with some girlfriends and they had the water infused with fresh herbs, refreshing and hydrating. >> and real quick, dessert. >> we freeze a banana, blend it up and this is guilt-free ice cream. high in fiber so it keeps our energy level stable. >> thanks so much. >> thank you. >> coming up next, an nfl great takes time off the field to help kids in need. but first, these messages. ♪ this is the car that loves to have fun ♪
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know they have a buddy. nbc's kristen dahlgren has more. >> reporter: these kids are called shadow buddies, kids with cancer, kids with inhalers, teaching them about their illness and making them feel less alone and even a big strapping football player like tony gonzalez can get a lot from these dolls and the children he gives them too-to- >> ryan's first throw of the game. a third down conversion to tony gonzalez. >> reporter: a 12-time pro bowler, tony gonzalez has been called one of the best tight ends to ever play the game, but it wasn't always that way. >> i was the worst kid on the team. >> reporter: as a child, he was scared, bullied. >> this guy would come down to my school every single day and wait for me. >> reporter: but he decided to stop living in fear, and things started to click for the young player. he became an all-american, was drafted by the kansas city chiefs, and then again learned life isn't always easy. >> i just cracked under the pressure and i dropped 17 balls that year, led the league in drops? a teammate gave gonzalez a book
of vince lombardi quotes, and the tight end realized he'd have to work harder at the game. >> you have to go out there and do more than anybody else, and that's what the great ones do. when i go out before practice now, i catch, you know, at least 50 balls before practice even starts. >> reporter: he changed his life off the field as well, and looked for a way to give back. what he found was a second family. >> miles is my little brother. >> reporter: miles is miles postelwaite born prematurely with multiple birth defects. will the had dozens of surgeries when gonzalez met him in the 1990s. he complained about not having any friends like him and his mom made him a doll and shadow buddies were born. just as the friendship between tony and miles grew, so did their cause. >> this is the cesare buddy, and he's got a little helmet. >> reporter: shadow buddies are 24 condition-specific dolls, little friends for kids who can feel all alone, whether they are
suffering from heart defects, asthma or cancer. >> you can see the hair is falling off, just like the child. >> reporter: tony, and now his wife october, visit hospitals to help distribute the buddies. to date the tony gonzalez foundation has handed out more than 55,000. many who wear number 88 and look a little familiar. >> you think it looks like me? >> my family is a big falcons fan, aren't we? >> reporter: for kids in the hospital and their parents, it can be a big boost. >> we're happy because it's kind of sad, like i've been here for four or five day. >> this is the most i've seen amani smile the whole time we've been here. >> reporter: it's not always easy. >> you go into a cancer ward and you see kids that aren't going to make it. >> reporter: but for gonzalez there is nothing like it. >> when you do go in there and you bring a smile to one of these kid's faces, way better than scoring a touchdown. >> reporter: he says the kids teach him about being tough. >> and this one is a boy that
has falcons. >> had a smile on her face all day. >> as athletes we only have a short window and we want to make it count. >> reporter: at 36 gonzalez says this is his last season in the league. >> the hope is the same hope i've had since my rookie year and that's to win a super bowl. >> reporter: ring or not, he has no plan to leave the shadow buddies team, a cause that he says changed his life, too. >> every time i talk to kids, i always tell them that story, it's not about how you start, it's how you finish. >> reporter: tony says that he wishes he could bottle up how good it makes him feel to help these kids and share them with anyone. in case you're wondering miles is 24 and he and tony are still great friends. >> you can tell how much it means to him. >> reporter: oh, yeah. >> that's terrific. kristen, thank you so much. catch the falcons take on the cowboys "sunday night football" starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern right here on nbc. coming up, one more song from the icons aerosmith, but first this is "today" on nbc. [ harry umlaut ] i speak european you know. [ sally umlaut ] uh-huh.
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