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ay e. homecoming horror. [ screaming ] >> new video showing the deadly moment of impact when a suspected drunk driver plowed into a packed parade at oklahoma state university. we're live on the scene. inside the isis raid. incredible video first obtained by nbc news showing the american kurdish assault on an isis prison releasing hostages. an american hero killed. hear them roar. you're going to hear me roar >> hillary clinton rolls out serious star power in iowa, katy perry and her husband, the
former president, hitting the campaign trail for the for the time while donald trump slams jeb bush with a harsh attack. >> he's meeting today with mommy and daddy and they're working on their campaign. and blurred truth? a new round of fighting in the blurred lines lawsuit. pharrell williams and robin thicke like you've never seen them before. >> do you consider yourself an honest person? >> no. >> newly released depp silgz video as the battle rages on. was their song a rib poff of a marvin gaye classic, on october 25, 2015. >> from nbc news, this is "today" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today" on this sunday. i'm erica hill. >> i'm jeff rossum alongside the ladies again. >> janelle jones and dylan dryer. speaking of very tough video to watch. >> oh, my goodness.
university. that is our top story, a speeding car barreling into a crowd at the oklahoma state homecoming parade. new video has emerged showing it happen as the death toll rises. nbc's jacob rascon on the scene for us. jacob, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the list of victims including the injured has grown to 51. four people died including a toddler and a graduate student as the driver remains jailed and police search for more witnesses. overnight oklahoma state came together to mourn as investigators review new video posted online showing the moment of impact. [ screaming ] no brake lights appear visible in the video as the gray sedan plows into spectators. >> i just saw something black, and i didn't know what it was. the car hit me as i was stopping and then it went over strollers.
>> we're going to need a bunch of help. the driver, 25-year-old adacia chambers was out of control after the crash. >> i have a person who talked to her and held her down until the police could arrest her. >> holding her down meaning she otherwise would have been running away. >> among the dead, a 2-year-old boy who survived the crash, but died at the hospital. >> the oklahoma state kansas game began with prayer and a moment of silence. the college town is stillwater, oklahoma, shaken by the tragedy. >> the oklahoma state homecoming parade is probably one of the most wholesome, happy events in the country, and to have it fouled like this and these victims is a terrible tragedy. >> reporter: investigators say it is too early to tell whether or not chambers drove her car into the crowd intentionally. possible charges range from negligent homicide to
on her intention, her driving history and whether or not she was intoxicated among other factors. this morning 17 people remain hospitalized including five who are in critical condition. as the driver remains hospitalized her father tells the local paper, quote, i know this isn't something she would have done deliberately. oklahoma state says grief counselors will be standing by when classes resume on monday. jeff? >> so hard to watch. jacob rascon, thanks. turning now to video obtained by nbc news. it shows a dramatic rescue. richard engel is in istanbul this morning program good morning. >> good morning, erica. it is extremely rare to see footage like this, footage from inside an operation carried out by american special ops and troops like the navy s.e.a.l.s
but apparently the footage was taken from a body camera worn by one of the commandos. >> more footage today on an american kurdish raid on iraq. the kurdish are proud of what they did. the video was broadcast on kurdish television showing up close the moments when american and kurdish commandos storm in and free 70 hostages who appear terrified, barefoot, hands up to show they're unarmed. >> u.s. military officials tell nbc news that the footage is authentic. bullet holes in the walls fight. a voice in arabic from the rescuers yells for the hostages to keep moving. they do, in filthy prison gown, some appear stained in blood as they move to safety. the commandos inspect another room with a large isis flag.
can be heard. >> go! go! >> an adjacent hallway is lined with what looks like makeshift prison skills. the troop it is move with skill and have american-made weapons. including the moment where joshua wheeler from the top-secret delta force was shot. his remains were flown back to the united states yesterday. the first american to die in the war on isis. >> and this is a war where u.s. troops are now occasionally involved in direct combat as in this case going room to room through an isis compound. the administration's promise that there would be no american troops and will be no american troops in combat in iraq apparently doesn't apply to special ops. erica? >> richard engel for us this thank you. michael k. is a retired officer and michael is joining
us in studio. >> good morning, jeff. >> pentagon says u.s. special forces were asked to help the kurds and watching that video, how involved do you think the americans were here? >> looking from the actual piece that richard has shown, the outfit looks very well drilled and well-equipped and they look like they know what they're doing and the way they're room clearing and the way the hostages are rapidly extracted from the situation. it all points to me toward a delta force raid and i don't think we'd be surprised, jeff, if u.s. special forces are operating in iraq. if you go back to may we saw the abu sayyaf raid, the leader in charge of the finances and there was an assault force attack on abu say of a which claimed him. i know the uk and the special ops guys have been operating in iraq and syria for some time now. >> when you look at the osama bin laden raid, you think about how long they spied on that compound before they went in.
what kind of spying operation would go into this prison on the ground, from drones in the air before they actually went in for the raid. >> the official term we use is called p.o.l., pattern of life effectively you have a drone which will be offset with cameras all looking down in the compound and it could be for 24 hours and all it's doing is it's sucking up intelligence and it's looking at what cars are coming and going and more importantly, it saw the trenches which gave people an indication that something nefarious was about to happen which may have been the trigger point for going in. >> when their women and children are there and when the targets are there. >> the commandos on the ground will be assessing that risk and at that point they believed there was about to be a mass genocide. so i think that's what triggered it. >> you mentioned balance of risk and there was an american canned commando that was killed here, a father himself and the u.s. said there were 70 kurdish hostages
rescued and the kurds are saying there were no kurds there and there were 20 members of iraqi security forces. was this worth it? >> he's got 14 deployments and a posthumous purple heart, what an incredible man and it shows just how hard the military has been working on operations in the last 14 years. you will not counter an insurgency with air strikes alone. you need boots on the ground and the best people in northern iraq are the peshmerga and the syrian troops have been highlighted and the americans have to make a decision, if you are going to put boots on the ground you have to do it, and if you're not, you have to work with the people and in iraq that's the peshmerga forces. turning to a developing story we're following this morning the torrential flooding and rain in texas. there were more rescues overnight. flash floods remain a
significant threat through monday morning. nbc's janet shamlian is in houston this morning. janet, good morning. >> erica, good morning to you. after all of the rain that texas has had the past couple of days an additional five to eight inches overnight filling bayous like the one behind me and it is spilling out into area roadways and this morning it is still coming down. torrential rain. >> i was almost under the water. >> reporter: tornado watches and flash flood warnings, southeast texas under siege. >> this is bad news, the flooding high tides continue at the host. >> too much rain in too short a time for houston and low-lying coastal communities. >> we have already gone to an elevated level within the houston emergency center and we're going to ramp it up another notch. >> the power of floodwaters illustrated in north texas where a freight train weighing
hundreds of tons overturned after its tracks were submerged. >> some areas account for over 20 inches of rainfall. >> reporter: nearby, this rescue, one of dozens. in complete darkness the vehicle with a man and his dog inside is almost completely under water. as time is running out, rescuers pulled both to safety. >> i've never seen a rain event like this here. i couldn't begin to tell you how many high water rescues we performed today. >> it happened to florence, and her daughter and her sister with no visibility and a wrong turn into a ditch almost cost them their lives. >> we have to crawl out of the window to get out. >> reporter: along the coast voluntary evacuations in the peninsula and new galveston, few are fighting it knowing well the power of rising water. >> it's time for me to back away because it's pretty serious. >> reporter: already battered the past few days, this morning
hard hit. buffalo bayou behind me went from two feet to 24 feet in just a matter of 12 hours. now, it is now recede ing and while it's still raining it's lightening up, there are no warnings currently in texas, but we do have watches here and also in western louisiana through tomorrow. erica, back to you. >> janet shamlian for us this morning. thank you. dylan is here with more on what people can expect in texas and as janet mentioned that watch and concern moving further east. >> yes. we will see improve ams in texas which are needed and some areas did pick up nearly two feet of reason and the heaviest of the rain is starting to move past houston and still raining pretty good and it's starting to move along the border of texas and louisiana and that threat will transition into more of a louisiana threat and four to seven inches of rain is possible and we'll see the moisture streaming to the south and because of that most of the flash flood watches are across central and southern louisiana.
they extend into mississippi and alabama and even the panhandle of florida and as we go through the day today and into tonight we will see it move into mississippi and into alabama especially as we go into monday, but we are looking at the potential of five to seven inches across parts of louisiana and that will start to spread to the east and you have to remember that these rain showers are drop dal in tropical in match you are and that's what can lead to the flash flooding. >> as dylan mentioned some of those pounding rains in texas being driven by the monster storm patricia out in mexico. gabe gutierrez is in one of the hardest-hit areas near the how's it looking. >> reporter: the worst of patricia in sparse and populated areas and remarkably, no deaths have been reported, but for many coastal towns it was a very close call and some lives have
the beach is called paraiso, spanish for paradise, but this morning some of it is lost. gi guillermina says at least she's alive. the military out in force, the red cross handing out supplies opinion hurricane patricia lost steam as it slammed into mexico and still packed 165 mile-an-hour winds, a record for the country's pacific coast. still, mexico's president enrique pena nieto said it is not as catastrophic as feared. he says the winds were intense, his home damaged, but somehow still standing. >> reporter: officials say evacuations and security measures put in place before the hurricane struck spared lives and infrastructure.
today workers will continue to restore power, but all major airports have reopened. hard to believe they'll be reopening when they thought this would destroy the resort towns. thanks so much. >> the race for the white house is getting heated and former governor jeb bush reacting to the attacks by donald trump with some of the strongest language to date. >> i've got a lot of really cool things that i can do other than sit around being miserable listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize me. that is a joke. elect trump if you want that. hillary clinton bringing out her a-team in iowa. president bill clinton and former president making his first appearance on the campaign trail alongside katy perry whose hit song "roar" happens to be the clirpt nton's campaign soj. >> i've never been the warm-up
>> first time for everything, right, chuck todd? there, chuck. i think so. this is the first time that we have seen him out there with hillary clinton on the campaign trail. this was, understandably, a pretty good week by all accounts for hillary clinton. is this the new campaign that we'll see with hillary clinton there by her side? >> i think this campaign team acts like they have a little swagger now. i think that they believe bill clinton and they're seen this in their own polling and bill clinton is as popular as barack obama and if barack obama is not a surrogate for her, and i do think you're seeing the next phase of the campaign on that front and i think you'll see a lot more bill clinton than we did before. look, 12 days ago. there were concerns that if she was too much a part of the past. today, preparations and democratic elites and democratic
donors feel better and the campaign feels more comfortable with clinton, too. >> on the other side of the aisle here, we heard from jeb bush and he was much more frank and we're also hearing about these meetings with both former presidents bush his father and brother. what does this is a about where his head is at right now? >> i think it's moments of pure honesty that you saw the exasperation is there. i'm going to use an old reference that there was the old great "saturday night live" skit in 1988 where jon lovitz says i can't believe i'm losing to his guy, and that's the feeling from jeb bush. he can't believe, this is not the campaign he wanted to run. this is not the campaign he thought he would be participating in and he's frustrated and that was a rare moment of honesty on stage. >> chuck, always nice to see you and we've been tuning in to it.
looking forward to that interview. >> chanel is here with news from the vatican and changes. >> pope francis called for a time of mercy. the bishops approved 94-point document that opened the door for new direction regarding divorce and remarriage endorsing the pope's desire for a less judgmental church. in kentucky it was a moment this couple had been waiting for since they asked county clerk kim davis for a marriage license. they celebrated their wedding before family and friends. they were the first same-sex couple that was refused by davis. the couple asked guests to avoid talk of their legal saga describing their fight to marry as an amazing journey. deputies in north carolina have taken one man into custody after seizing an enormous cache of stolen weapons. the guns and ammunition belonged to brent nicholson who was said
weapons. officials believe other people stole the weapons for nicholson. there was a crowning moment fallon. he was honored with emperor of comedy. as part of the royal treatment as you see here the comedian was paraded through harvard square in a chariot. fallon is only the seventh comedian to receive the award, along the likes of robin williams. there was a stunning last-second win by georgia tech over florida state. the teams were tied with six seconds to go when georgia tech blocked the field goal attempt. >> erased! the yellowjackets did return the ball on a whopping 78-yard run for the touchdown as time expired and as you can imagine, the crowd went wild. look at that.
i love college football. >> that's why. those crazy moments. >> exceptional. thanks. >> dylan is back with a look at the rest of the nation's forecast. >> a little bit rainy in the northeast this morning, but that rain will exit as we go into this afternoon and we're also watching out for a slight risk of stronger storms down along the coast of louisiana and mainly a spin up. so we could see isolated tornado, but they wouldn't be widespread rain and >> good sunday morning, everyone, 52 in b milder start to the day with a wind out of the south but we also showers work through over the next 2-3 hours, then right around lunchtime, into the afternoon we dry it out. high temperatures into the lower 60s tailgating at gillette, a couple of showers but it will be dry 50s tomorrow.
a lot of sunshine in the forecast. >> dylan, thanks. up next on "today," robin thicke unplugged. surprising testimony over the hit song "blurred lin looks like some folks have had it with their airline credit card miles. sometimes those seats cost a ridiculous number of miles... or there's a fee to use them. i know. it's so frustrating. they'd be a lot happier with the capital one venture card. and you would, too! why? it's so easy with venture. you earn unlimited double miles on every purchase, every day. then use your miles to cover the cost. now, that's more like it. what's in your wallet? lowe's presents "how to save energy"
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>> good morning to you. a wet start to this sunday. live look outside at the braintree split it's 8:26. go over to chris lambert who has a peek of the forecast. >> do we track light rain of the north up to the north shore as well to the split. that extends back down 95 into providence, rhode island. we have a batch of showers that will be working object through over the next 2-3 hours, we do dry it out. rook at the temperatures into the 50s right now and we'll lose the rain chances into the afternoon. a spot sprinkle maybe still around midday but i think over the next 2-3 hours that is the best chance of showers, lower 60s this afternoon. >> thanks. now to our top stories this morning. one person is dead in a senior housing apartment fire in milbury. according to the worcester telegram and gassette it happened at a milbury housing authority building around elm street. officials say everyone else
fire officials say the building didn't have sprinklers. the case is under investigation. but it does not appear to be suspicious. car submerged in swampy waters after colliding into a pole in ashland. accident happened between route 135 and cedar street. five people were in the vehicle. all had to be rushed to nearby hospitals. the power will be out for an extended period of time. a 36-year-old woman accused much shooting and killing her u.k.le -- uncle taken into custody. she is a former boston police employee. off. she was arrested at a hotel in peabody and has been charged with murder. today in new england returns at 9:00.
i know you want it fans of the chart-topping hit "blurred lines" that one right there are about to see a very different side of robin thicke and pharrell williams after their testimony in a landmark legal battle over that catchy song going public right now and welcome back on this sunday morning, october 25, 2015. we have a great crowd out here experiencing the wind and somewhat i call drizzlies. dylan, that's the unofficial term, i think. >> i don't know if that's the term either.
umbrella. >> think you have a good quality umbrella. >> i have a hood. i'm good. >> in just a moment, we have the blurred lines case and first, we want to get you caught up on the stories making headlines on this hour. mandatory evacuations are under way in texas. days of downpours have washed out roads and derailed a freight train and led to several dramatic high-water rescues. new video out of oklahoma showing a horrific moment a suspected drunk driver plowed parade. at least four people were killed including a 2-year-old. police say another 44 people were injured. police are still awaiting toxicology reports done on the 25-year-old driver. and fireworks in iowa for democratic presidential front-runner hillary clinton as she's stumping serious star power on saturday. pop star katy perry alongside her husband former president
first appearance for her on the campaign trail. >> now we want to get to the blurred lines controversy as the wind continues to blow out here on the plaza. this morning there is new and surprising video of robin thicke and pharrell williams over the copyright lawsuit with marvin gaye's family. kristen dahlgren is here with us. >> good morning. it was the landmark plagiarism trial brought by the family of marvin gaye and there was a judgement against robin thicke and pharrell williams that shocked industry observers, but we didn't know the details of the testimony until now. robin thicke in his own words? with all due respect i was high and drunk every time i did an interview last year. >> reporter: in this taped deposition the singer tries to explain why he said certain things in interviews. >> when i give interviews i tell whatever i want to say to help sell records. "blurred lines" certainly sold.
but the family of marvin gaye said the song sounded all too familiar. >> reporter: claiming thicke and co-writer pharrell williams copied gaye's 1977 song "got to give it up." thicke and williams questioned under oath by the opposition attorney. at times, things get contentious. blues? >> i'm not here to teach music. >> you have to answer the question. >> i'm not here to teach music. >> reporter: in a statement for nbc news, an attorney for the gaye family writes, the video deposition of mr. williams and themselves. at trial, we contrasted that testimony with what we showed the jury and court were markededly different accounts both gave outside of the case about their intent for creating "blurred lines."
$7.4 million and they were later reduced to $5.3 million. >> to see one of the biggest songs of the century is quite shocking. >> thick's case couldn't have been helped by testimony like this. honest person? >> no. >> these tapes are coming out just as "blurred lines" duo and their attorneys are getting ready to file. the songs are still different and we look forward to complete vindication on appeal. >> certainly interesting to see them like that. thank you so very much. dylan is outside with the final check of the weather, drizzly was the term we heard earlier. >> they left us in the rain. they all went inside and we're all standing out here, but it is going to become a better day in the northeast. we've got some morning showers and a little bit of a breeze and through. it's moving through new england and boston seeing pockets of heavier rain all of the way down to the gulf coast and the remnants of patricia pumping in
moisture today and the biggest threat is in louisiana, and also some severe storms possible right along the coast. behind this front it is going to cool off and we are looking at the 50s and the 60s and alabama will see some of the heavier rain and also the western panhandle of florida, too. in the northeast, highs only in the 50s and >> good sunday morning, everyone, 52 in b milder start to the day with a wind out of the south but we also track showers. showers work through over the next 2-3 hours, then right around lunchtime, into the afternoon we dry it out. high temperatures into the lower 60s tailgating at gillette, a couple of showers but it will be dry 50s tomorrow. a lot of sunshine in the and that's your latest erica?
>> dylan, thank you. turning to a controversy in tampa about how police in that city are fighting crime in certain neighborhoods. critics say an aggressive campaign targeting bike riders amounts to racial profiling. it's an allegation that's steered the city to ask for a federal investigation. nbc's kerry sanders has that story. >> reporter: tampa police on patrol in a high-crime area. officer katie repeatedly pulls over mostly young black men on bikes. >> do you have your i.d. on you? >> yes, ma'am. >> some are cited for minor violations. you have to have your light in the front and others attached to the back with a reflector. >> it comes with batteries and everything else we need. arrests. some call this tampa's version and frisk. when reporters at the tampa bay times first examined more than
discovered in a city that is 25% black, 79% of all bike citations were issued to african-americans. some call it biking while black. >> at its core this is about clearly the police do things differently in one neighborhood than they do another. >> reporter: along tampa's bay shore boulevard in a predominantly white section of town, they found one bike ticket had been issued in the past year. the person who received that citation was black. tampa's new police chief defends the policy. >> there's nothing here to be ashamed of? >> absolutely not. >> you stand by what your officers are doing? >> day to day operations every day. you stick with the plan? >> absolutely. >> reporter: the chief grew up in the very neighborhoods where most of those bike tickets are issued. stopping teenagers on bike at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 in the morning is an effective way of crime prevention.
number of bike tickets has reduced dramatically with far fewer going to black bicyclists. >> we have a lot of juveniles that do create serious offenses in this area and so they use bicycles. >> reporter: city officials are waiting for their own requested justice department review to make sure the bike stops are not only legal, but fair. >> all right. be safe. >> for today, kerry sanders, nbc news, tampa. up next on "today" our sunday story, shoes changing the lives of children livering in property, to retro video games now bringing families together. on sundays with harry, how the met is being offered to a whole new generation of to the car that just survived hours of reconditioning... sorry, we know that was a bit... invasive. but, if we didn't hoist you up in the air and poke around a little, we wouldn't be carmax. we expect a lot from our cars and we need to make sure
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>> shoes in kenya. >> it sounds simple. it's just a pair of shoes, but for these kids it makes a giant difference. >> the idea for this simple pair of shoes was inspired by kent and lee' first job out of college at an orphanage in africa. a lack of funding and donations meant the 140 children there were without proper fitting shoes. >> how many kids around the world don't have shoes? >> 300 million and countless more have shoes that don't fit. over 2 billion people have some kind of transmitted disease. kids without shoes, they get a cut and a scrape and next thing you know they're getting soil. >> the answer, this sandal which is designed to last a full five years and grow along with the child. >> this is just a really firm, sturdy bottom to the show. >> how does it grow? >> it grows in the front, five different sizes and in the sides
with the buckle. >> reporter: it took five years to bring lee's vision to life. he helped deliver the first last october. >> what does it mean for the kids? >> just to have a pair of shoes and for many kids the first pair of shoes they've ever had in their lives. >> the second batch of 8,000 pairs packed by volunteers left u.s. in august. they'll be delivered by partner organizations around the world. to date, kids in nearly two dozen countries are now wearing the $15 shoes. >> it's humbling for me to see people get so excited about this and my goal is to help as many kids as possible. >> they're continually improving the design of the shoe that grows because it is looking at innovative ways to tackle other issues around the globe, something he calls practical compassion which i love that phrase. there's been interestingly enough, interest from parents in the u.s.
remember, these sell for $15 bucks, right? it's $60 a pair for kids here, but if you buy a pair for $60 because for every pair you buy they'll send two. >> i was wondering how they expand and grow and it's not a bad idea and you hope it comes to the u.s., too, because there are so many kids could use it, too. >> it feels like a tire. great idea and we were glad to bring it to you. sheinelle is live with the plaza fan of the day. >> yes, i have fans of the day. we have colleen, kristen and karen from minnesota. good morning to you, ladies. >> welcome to new york. this is your first time in new york city. what's been your best part. >> today show. >> you're celebrating your 22nd birthday. isn't that a taylor swift song? >> yes.
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back. nbc's margaret radmore has more. >> reporter: bringing the generations together. >> we play a lot of games together as a family. >> when i have kids, he's going to play duck hunt, you know what i mean? my kids are going to play duck hunt. >> reporter: entire families at the retro gaming convention, a fantasy land come to life for both collectors. >> i have about 1,000 games. >> the parts alone attach. >> i can try this on? >> there you go. >> reporter: is this one of the biggest in the country, i heard? >> think so.
i think we've done 8,000 people through the door this weekend and i can't think of any retro gaming expo that has had more than that. >> reporter: classic games like at the time rhys, pacman and super mario brothers are making a smashing comeback, contributing to $200 million a year to the gaming industry. >> i'd say it's been about minimum $200 to $300 a month. >> it seems like serious money is being made here. >> there are a lot of people that come to the show that specifically say i'm saving my money to come to the event. >> reporter: families like terry and tyler hunt are cashing in. >> tyler's become an incredible negotiator. they scour the country for yesterday's games. >> these are my people. it's a family here. >> reporter: why are these games so popular now. >> people are growing up and they went to college and their
they can relive that childhood any they can afford to do it. >> for adults, it's a nostalgia. >> myself and others have been able to channel that 3-year-old and say those are great memories for me, after all, they were once kids themselves. >> you want him to become a game sfler. >> for sure. we both gained such amazing e ing skills from gaming from time management, and i have only positive things to say about gaming. >> the newer games, they can't compare to the older games. >> it's the fact that they're so simple yet so fun. they can put you into the game, no instructions on how to play with two buttons. >> it's, like, harder than the newer games because it gives you more of a challenge. >> reporter: even though the times have changed. what are those? turtles? >> reporter: the feeling stays the same. for "today," morgan ratford, nbc
>> we all knew the nintendo cartridge, if it wasn't working? >> did it actually do anything? >> erica didn't play. >> i didn't have video games growing up. >> did you ever get to the princess? >> no. >> i have so much to learn. >> and your son still plays pacman on my app. >> exactly. >> up next, the ticket to the metropolitan opera, but you don't have to come to new york to see it. it could be in your on your medicare part d prescriptions. at walgreens, we call that "carpe med diem." "seize the day to get more out of life from one-dollar copays ...to now reward points on all prescriptions, walgreens has you covered. so drop by and seize the savings! at the corner of
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>> got to, got to, got to. that's true in new york at the metropolitan opera. they figured out a way to bring their amazing performances right to your neighborhood. you can feel the energy backstage at the metropolitan opera. >> it is not unlike the vibe of a locker room or clubhouse before a big game. there is no room for error on the met stage. >> eight minutes, ladies and gentlemen. >> reporter: especially on a saturday afternoon when the performance is broadcast to movie theaters all over the world. >> for the singers who stage on the stage at the met it adds an extra level of excitement and courage to not only be singing for the 3800 people packed into this theater, but also for 250 or 300,000 more sitting in movie theaters from the west coast to as far east as moscow and as far north as inside the arctic circle. >> i'm addicted. >> reporter: the bigger the stars, the bigger the worldwide
audience. imagine, soprano ana netrebko appearing at a theater near you. >> you have fans all over the world that you might not have had that can see you. >> when i was struggling and people coming to me saying oh, my god, we saw you so many times on the screen and now we see you live. it's amazing. >> i could not even imagine how many people are actually watching that. >> a diva undaunted. >> so if i'm in the balcony here i see one sort of thing, but if i'm in the movie theater. >> you can see differently. >> does it make you nervous? >> not anymore. >> used to. you're unafraid. >> yeah. i look as i look. love me as i am or don't love me. making the met work is a big screen spectacle is the task of
halverson has directioned everything from many of the sitcoms you've seen to the macy's thanksgiving day parade. >> it's kind of like a football game. >> right. >> shooting a football game except we know how the play is going to end. >> reporter: the opera score is his playbook. >> every few measures, there is another cue. it is a maddeningly, meticulous process that is a joy to behold so it doesn't matter if you're in peoria or paris, you can always go to the opera. >> so cool! >> i love that. >> if you come to new york city it's one of those things you really ought to do, but now you can be in des moines on a saturday afternoon. >> dressed up as you would if you're going to the opera? >> it turns out one of the singers we talked to and her husband's a director and he had the day off and he was going to see it in oslo, right?