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good morning. anniversary alert. officials are vigilant as we mark one year since the death of osama bin laden. this morning we'll talk to a man who was in the situation room as the mission to kill the terror leader unfolded. what was it like, and are we any safer today? science or stunt? a boein 747 deliberately crashed in the desert for a tv show on airline safety. well, this morning, why some critics are blasting that experiment. and "today" exclusive, a health issue kept him from joining us on monday, but this morning ryan o'neal is back to talk about everything in his explosive new memoir.
this turbulent relationship with farrah fawcett, the mistakes he made raising his own children, and his battle with cancer made raising his own children, and his battle with cancer "today," tuesday, may 1st, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning, i'm ann curry. >> and i'm matt lauer. a year after the killing of osama bin laden, an obama administration official says the al qaeda terror network is a shadow of its former self, but still capable of pulling off dangerous attacks. >> that's right. and newly revealed documents taken from his compound are offering an interesting look at bin laden's life in hiding, and why he was actually considering changing the name of al qaeda. we'll have a live report from pakistan straight ahead. >> also, another dramatic day of testimony in the trial of john edwards. the wife of the government's star witness testifies again
today, after she was brought to tears on the witness stand on monday. coming up, how she reacted to being told that edwards wanted her husband to claim to be the father of rielle hunter's child. >> right. and remember that dramatic case in florida where a millionaire was convicted in a deadly drunk driving crash, well now, a juror has come forward saying he was pressured by the other jurors into a guilty verdict. is this grounds for a mistrial? we'll talk about all of this with our legal team of star jones and savannah guthrie coming up. >> let us begin on this morning, this tuesday morning, with the dethd of osama bin laden one year later. nbc's pakistan bureau chief is in abbottabad this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. pakistan today is still working to get past this embarrassing episode, and to answer the tough questions about how the terror chief stayed hidden here for so long. today this is all that's left of
osama bin laden. scrap, thousands of bricks, even his bathtub. a collection culled from his compound before it was demolished. >> translator: it's mostly broken. but i will donate some to the poor and sell the rest at an auction. >> reporter: pakistani authorities leveled the place in february, reducing it to a field of rubble and concrete slabs. today, it still attracts a lot of attention as the preferred cricket ground for local children. and those women, children and grandchildren left behind in the compound, some of whom are seen here, they were kept secluded by pakistani authorities under heavy guard for almost a year, then quickly shuttled out last week in the dead of night, deported to saudi arabia after a pakistani court convicted them for staying there illegally. all these months later the key question remains, how did bin laden end up moving and living here undetected? a confidential interrogation report of bin laden's youngest wife offers some insight into their life on the run in pakistan. according to the report, after 9/11, she bounced around homes in karachi, then to peshawar to
meet her husband. they moved to swat, then 4679 aripur before finally moving to the abbottabad campaign, their home for six years. where most people they spoke with say they don't believe bin laden was ever here at all. >> translator: i live here. this is my town. i didn't know he lived here, and they did? >> translator: i don't believe any of it. they threw his body into the ocean? i don't believe it. >> reporter: a pakistani government commission formed to investigate the u.s. raid, and bin laden's presence here, has spent the last year interviewing over 100 witnesses, but has yet to release their findings. some say the credibility of pakistan's institutions rests in their ability to come up with some answers. do you think it's in pakistan's interests to get to the bottom of this? >> oh, absolutely. >> why? >> absolutely. pakistan likes to move forward, not backwards. these are opportunities for any country to address the problems
they have, and correct. >> former and current officials here tell us bin laden could have been helped by rogue or retired security elements or maybe relied exclusively on his al qaeda network. either way, one year later, there are still no definitive answers. matt? >> all right, amna, thank you very much. nbc national security analyst michael rider is the former director of the u.s. nation 58 counterterrorism center where he served under both presidents obama and george w. bush. he was inside the white house situation room a year ago today. michael, good to see you. good morning. >> good to be here, matt. >> the most vivid memory from those hours inside that room? >> well, i think being holed around the screen when the helicopters first came in, and the silence, the tension, i think all of us knowing what a historic moment this really was, and still at that point, not knowing the outcome. >> you say when the helicopters came in. that was one of the moments where something did not go as planned. one of those helicopters went in nose first. the president did an interview with brian williams for "rock
center" tomorrow night and talked about that instant. take a listen. >> it turns out to have been superbly piloted >> right. >> by a pilot who nosed it into the dirt to kill the torque of the landing. >> right. >> and cushion everyone on board. >> right. >> just -- >> and i will tell you, when i saw that pilot, i gave him pretty good hug. >> what was the reaction in the room when that chopper went in nose first? >> it was actually remarkably quiet. i think there was an enormous amount of confidence in the troops who were doing this mission. everyone gasped. then about a minute later as we saw everyone get off and commander bill mccraven, said everybody is off, everybody is okay, then all right, we're still on this. >> then the word came that, in fact, osama bin laden had been killed. and you described in a story recently one of the lighter moments in that room. now comes the question, what
world leaders do we call? in what order? and with so many of them to call, who makes those calls? >> it went from silence and tension to i wouldn't say chaos, but very busy. who was going to be called. at one point they were trying to reach president clinton, obviously, and they couldn't quite find his number. and i cut off for a minute and ran back into the situation room, and found secretary clinton, and she luckily -- >> looking for a cell phone number of the former president? troves of intelligence gotten from that compound in hard drives and documents, a diary, computers. what's the single most important piece of intelligence you think that was gained that day? >> i think most importantly, it really illuminated to us how weak al qaeda was. that bin laden still had a real vision for attacking the west, and his commanders in the field, over and over, were saying, we can't quite do this. we don't have the people. we don't have the ability to train. and i think we all knew that al qaeda had been beaten very hard over the past several years but
this is a real window into that. >> fact you gave an interview for a special on discovery channel tonight and you talked about something surprising that was learned based on the raid. take a listen to this. >> within the intelligence we saw that bin laden had a plan to assassinate president obama, and also potentially to assassinate general petraeus, who was the commander in afghanistan at the time. >> when you say had a plan. had a significant plan? were there details in place? or was it more of a wish list? >> it really was more of a wish list. and what bin laden was still focused on was the big, spectacular attack. and meanwhile the organization was really stuck with the smaller things and just couldn't pull off what he wanted. >> in a speech on monday john brennan, the president's counterterrorism official or adviser said al qaeda is a shadow of its former self but warned that it's still dangerous. so in your opinion, based on the hunt for osama bin laden, the years spent, ten years, the money, the time, the effort, are we safer today? >> we are undoubtedly safer. bin laden was an exclamation
point in really hurting al qaeda and pakistan. the threat continues in other places, home grown terrorism out of yemen, but there is no doubt that today, because of the death of bin laden, because of what president bush did, what president obama did over the past ten years, the u.s. people are far safer from the threat of terrorist attacks. >> michael leiter, good to have you here. thank you very much. want to remind people they can see "secrets of bin laden's lair" tonight at 10:00, 9:00 central time on the discovery channel. and for brian williams' exclusive interview with the president on the raid watch "rock center with brian williams" inside the situation room tomorrow night at 9:00, 8:00 central time right here on nbc. let's head over to natalie at the news desk. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, matt. and good morning, everyone. media mogul rupert murdoch has been declared not fit to run a major international corporation. in a report out this morning, british lawmakers say the news corp. founder displayed quote willful blindness toward malpractice in his company while his corporation misled parliament about the phone hacking scandal at one of its
tabloids. murdoch has denied knowing about the use of phone hacking at his company. u.s. relations with china are being put to the test over the fate of a blind dissident. nbc's ian williams is in beijing now with the latest. ian, good morning. >> good morning, natalie. u.s. officials had hoped to resolve this crisis quickly and quietly before hillary clinton arrives wednesday. but there's no sign of that this morning, and her top level meetings are now likely to be overshadowed by the fate of chen guangcheng. it's a challenge delivered quite literally to the u.s. doorstep here, with the blind human rights lawyer believed to be under diplomatic protection, either in the embassy, or another safe diplomatic house, following his dramatic escape from house arrest. negotiations over his freedom are under way, according to chen's friends. but they're so delicate that officials here, chinese and american, are still refusing to comment. while in washington monday,
president obama, while nudging beijing to improve human rights, also dodged any direct comments. >> obviously i'm aware of the press reports on the situation in china but i'm not going to make a statement on the issue. >> reporter: as did secretary of state clinton, as she prepared to leave for a previously scheduled visit to beijing. >> i have a full agenda of many issues of great concern to us, including human rights, and the freedom, and free movement of people inside china. >> reporter: one big sticking point, chen has said he wants to stay in china, to fight for justice. he's told friends he's looking for guarantees of legal protection, and not simply a one-way ticket to exile. that complicates the diplomacy. as the concerns over the fate of his wife and young daughter, now under virtual house arrest themselves, and of supporters who reportedly have been detained.
natalie? >> ian williams in beijing. thank you, ian. the occupy wall street movement is vowing a day of action today, as labor protests on this may day go global. here in new york, several banks received suspicious packages containing white powder on monday, saying, quote, welcome to may 1st. all those mailings were later found to be harmless. protests on both coasts today are intended to disrupt commerce and traffic. the legal defense team behind george zimmerman is taking to the internet, setting up a twitter account, a facebook page and a new website to raise money for their client, and establish an official online presence for the case. zimmerman is out on bail awaiting his trial on second degree murder charges in the shooting death of unarmed teen trayvon martin. zimmerman has said he acted in self-defense. now let's head to wall street. cnbc's mandy drury is at the new york stock exchange for us. >> good day to you, natalie. markets have wrapped up april with a real whimper but we've got a tally for 401(k)s for the first quarter and fidelity says
on average balances grew by 8%. but, what's happened to the american dream? we also got another survey showing that home ownership in the quarter fell to a 15-year low, as more people are tipping over to renting. here's a really interesting story. who thought that airlines and refineries could be a good match? but, we've seen that delta airlines has bought a refinery close to philadelphia. it's being spun off from conoco phillips, to try and cut down its jet fuel bill. back over to you. >> all right. interesting. mandy drury at the new york stock exchange. if you're going to be a party animal, best to do it on the ground. at a music festival in sydney this fan climbed a huge scaffold, only to tumble 60 feet straight down. witnesses say he gave them a thumbs up as he then tried to skulk away. concert organizers tossed him and sent him to a local hospital, where he then discharged himself, and then immediately tried to get right back in to the festival. talk about a die-hard fan. 7:13 right now. let's go back to matt, ann and
al. some kind of crazy going on there. >> it's amazing that he's able to walk away. >> they tossed him, and then sent him to a hospital? >> i think they -- you're not hurt enough. let's flow you out. >> exactly. >> natalie, thank you so much. >> dude! >> i was going to say how pretty natalie, especially pretty natalie looks today -- >> well, thank you, ann. >> i was going to say, i don't know, al -- >> thank you. >> what about al? look at al this morning. >> no one said anything about my sports jacket, by the way. >> absolutely. all right, hey, chuck woolery doesn't know i was in his lery doesn't know i was in his wardrobe last week. let's show you what we've got as far as today is concerned. look at the temperatures, sournl discomfort, colorado springs, roswell, lubbock, its going to be toasty. the rest of the country, not quite so bad. we're looking at warm weather making its way through the south. 90s in parts of mississippi, alabama, on into georgia. 50s and 60s in the pacific
northwest. 40s and 50s in the northeast. risk of of strong storms in the upper mid mississippi valley and more rain in southern florida. that's what's going around the country, here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. good morning, tom kierein, storm center 4. storm 4 radar is showing most of the rain east of washington, southern maryland, northern neck, crossing the bay, eastern shore. few lingering showers farther weft, out of the mountains, they'll be through by late morning and the last of the showers, around 8:00, 9:00. partly sunny this afternoon, near 80, might have an isolated storm later this the afternoon. highs mid >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you. the wife of the government's star witness returns to the stand today in the trial of former presidential candidate john edwards. nbc's lisa myers is covering the trial in greensboro, north carolina. lisa, good morning to you. >> hey, matt, good morning.
cheri young, mother of three, became so upset on monday that jurors were asked to leave the courtroom. she talked about how far her family had gone to cover up john edwards' affair, and charged that edwards was deeply involved every step of the way. in arranging the money, and orchestrating the lies. it was cheri young's turn in the spotlight. in a dramatic, sometimes cheerful testimony, she described her anger about how she, as the wife of campaign aide andrew young, got pulled in to the effort to cover up john edwards' affair with rielle hunter. she said she was intimidated when she first met hunter, because i had a presidential candidate's pregnant mistress come into my house last minute. and she says she wasn't happy when asked to handle hundreds of thousands of dollars in checks to take care of hunter. i cannot tell you how disgusted i was. why me? she said she insisted on talking to edwards directly.
i heard mr. john edwards tell me on the phone he had checked with the campaign lawyers, and this was not a campaign donation, and this was legal. get the money in. get the money in. those were his words, she testified. >> cheri young has been a strong witness for the government because she's come across as genuine. she's put edwards back in the middle of the cover-up plot. >> reporter: cheri young broke into tears recounting how her husband came to her and said edwards wanted him, andrew young, to falsely claim paternity of hunter's child. i said, absolutely not. i screamed at him, cursed at him. she testified that edwards argued that if andrew claim pass ternty, it would be a one-day story. she said she eventually went along with the lie. i didn't want the campaign to explode and for it to be my fault, she said. the government alleges that money used to cover up the affair amounted to illegal campaign contributions to edwards. a charge he denies.
>> it did become clear that cheri young hates two people. she wore that on her sleeve on the stand. she hates john edwards and she hates rielle hunter. >> reporter: cheri young portrayed hunter as a flamboyant, demanding woman who upon arriving at the home did a big twirl and announced, i am here. young testified hunter also insisted on money to pay her spiritual 5d adviser in addition to her $5,000 to $11,000 money allowance. at some point today, young is expected to face tougher questions. though she may have been reluctant to handle the money for hunter, the youngs did not seem to have any trouble spending it. in fact, 80% of the money raised for the alleged cover-up was pocketed by the youngs. matt? >> all right, lisa myers in north carolina covering this trial. thank you very much. it's 18 after the hour. once again here's ann. >> matt, thanks. now to health news that could impact millions of women. new research published in the annals of internal medicine aims
to clear up some of the confusion over when women should start getting routine mammograms. dr. nancy snyderman is nbc's chief medical editor. great to have you back. >> hey, ann, thank you. >> women have been very confused because there is a lot of mixed messages on this point. so what does this new research tell us? >> i'm not sure this is going to clarify things for a lot of people. in 2009 the federal government came out with a preventive task force and said between 40 and 50, screening mammography does not yield very good results, and probably isn't worth it. and start getting annual mammograms at 50. that created a firestorm. this new report says that for women who are at higher risk, let's say that you have increased risk of family members, you've been exposed to things you think may increase your risk or you have dense breasts then perhaps you should start getting screened every other year in your 40s. so, i think for a lot of women, this is a time to sit back and say, okay, if we talk about
personalized medicine, and individualized risk, this is exactly what this is going to be about, because women think mammograms are perfect and a panacea and they're going to find all cancers. >> when will researchers say that the benefits of starting to have mammograms in their 40s outweighs the risk? what are they saying? >> well the risks themselves are radiation, because every time you get a mammogram it is a radiation risk. the fact that they'll find a false positive. something that's there that really isn't to be worried about but it's going to lead to a biopsy, increased money spent, harm to the patient, pain, et cetera, et cetera. but if you pick up a cancer earlier, and you can find someone in their 40s, perhaps that's worth it. so what they're basically saying is very clear. if you are at high risk and you are worried that your cancer risk is -- is -- pertains to you
as a 40-year-old, talk to your doctor about getting your mammogram screening. but for those of us who don't have breast cancer in our families, frankly the risk is probably not worth it. and the digital mammography seems to lead to more false positives than regular old mammograms. >> which is really interesting. >> so this is not going to be as clarifying as people would like. individualization, think about your family history, and your own risk factors, before you start signing up for that screening mammogram at 40. >> all right, dr. nancy snyderman. always helping us try to stay healthy. thank you this morning. and coming up, allegations of jury misconduct during the trial of a florida millionaire convicted in a deadly drunk driving crash. will he now get a new trial? but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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northbound at washington boulevard. taking up the left side of the roadway. flat bed is on the scene, hopefully the car will be towed out. but for now, pass single file to the right and you're slow, just 18 miles per hour from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. aaron, over to you. >> thank you, danella. another update in 25 minutes.
you're looking at video as a boeing 727 is crashed into the desert. it happened last week. the pilot ee jetted. no one else was on board. it was all done deliberately for a television show. we're going to tell you more about that and why it has become somewhat controversial coming up. 7:30 now on a tuesday morning. it's may 1st, 2012. a rainy morning here in new york. i'm matt lauer alongside ann curry. >> i know, may 1st. it's always a new beginning. i like that. and coming up, you know, we've heard about flash mobs. >> seen them. >> i know. they're very cool. well, also very cool is
something called a cash mob. gaining a lot of popularity. what exactly are they? and why are store owners loving them? we'll explain that coming up. >> and ryan o'neal will join us for an exclusive live interview. we're going to talk to him about his memoir, which is a raw and revealing look at his turbulent relationship with farrah fawcett. also with his own children. and his battle with prostate cancer. we'll talk to ryan shortly. but, by the way, tomorrow on "today," bobby brown speaks out for the first time since the death of his ex-wife whitney houston. and he talked quite candidly about their relationship, their drug use, and their daughter bobbi kristina. we'll hear from bobby brown tomorrow exclusively here on "today." >> but we begin this half hour with allegations of jury misconduct in the high profile dui manslaughter trial that led to the conviction of a florida millionaire. nbc's mark potter is in west palm beach with details this morning. hey, mark, good morning. >> good morning, ann. in a post-trial hearing in the
john goodman case everything was proceeding without incident. but then one of the jurors spoke out in response to the judge, and things changed dramatically. multimillionaire, former club owner john goodman came to court in west palm beach wearing a jailhouse uniform and handcuffs for a hearing about whether jurors in his trial may have deliberated unfairly, as suggested by the defense. goodman was convicted in march of dui manslaughter. found guilty of driving his bentley through a stop sign while intoxicated. then smashing into a car driven by 23-year-old scott wilson, flipping his car into a canal, where wilson drowned. the case drew national attention after goodman adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend to protect his fortune. >> sorry about dragging you back down here. >> reporter: one by one jurors were brought before the judge, out of camera range, and were asked if they discussed their verdict before the trial ended. and if they were influenced by knowing that goodman is rich. >> was that your decision at that time?
>> reporter: seven jurors and alternates denied any misconduct. but when the judge questioned juror michael st. john, everything changed. >> did anybody ever say to you or in your presence or suggest that they'd heard enough evidence, they've made their mind up and they were going to vote one way or the other? >> yes. quite a few. comments like, we know he's guilty. let's just sign the paperwork and go on. >> now, was that during the deliberations, or was that -- >> that was prior to those. >> reporter: st. john then said he felt pressured by other jurors to render a guilty verdict. >> the verdict that you rendered, was that accurate reflection of your view of the case? >> no. >> so you think he was not guilty? >> yes. >> reporter: legal experts suggest this could be grounds for a mistrial. >> it's not easy for a judge to accept the voice of a single juror when all the others dispute it.
but if it's a close case, in the interest of justice, the judge could consider granting a new trial. >> reporter: outside the courtroom, goodman's lawyer, roy black, said he'll fight for a fair verdict. >> if i am not assured of that we are going to continue to seek to have a new trial. >> reporter: but the prosecutor said the trial and verdict were fair, as did the attorney for the victim's father. >> a verdict was rendered. they all agreed to it. a juror cannot have a change of heart after the verdict is rendered. >> reporter: now the lawyers have until thursday to file arguments on whether there should be a new trial. the judge says he'll rule on that either friday or monday. ann? >> all right, mark potter this morning. mark, thank you. savannah guthrie is "today's" legal correspondent and star jones is a former prosecutor and veteran legal commentator. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> wow, just how often does a judge call back a jury and one by one question them after a verdict has been rendered? >> very, very uncommon. >> extremely rare. >> and it shows that the judge takes these allegations quite seriously. i mean, what it means when you
call back the jury, and question them one by one, that means the judge thought, if these allegations were, in fact true, they would warrant a new trial. now, whether or not the judge feels what he heard yesterday warrants a new trial is another matter altogether. but it's very significant, as you point out -- >> the appellate courts all across our country, the only time they really make a reversal of what a district court judge will do is when they don't do the additional inquiry. when you bring back the jurors and ask those very important questions to make sure that there was not a miscarriage of justice, in the interest of justice, that's all you have to do. and usually, an appeals court will allow the discretion of the trial judge. >> so the juror named michael st. john says that some of the jurors decided on guilt before the trial ended and that he personally felt pressured to render a guilty verdict even though he thought that the defendant was not guilty. how do -- does the judge determine that this is not basically a juror's remorse case. >> that's really the issue. in fact, florida is really clear. what they don't want to do and
they don't allow the courts to do is reopen the jury deliberations and try to relitigate them. the system has an interest in certainty. for a jury verdict standing. so the fact that he regrets his verdict, or says now that he didn't really mean his verdict, probably is not grounds for a new trial. >> and i -- during the -- excuse me, when the verdict is rendered, the court always asks if the attorneys want to poll the jury. they did in this case. and this would be the time for a juror to say, hmm maybe not. i was bullied in the jury room. that would have been the time to say this is not really my verdict. >> so what are you saying in terms of the possibilities now that one juror, making this kind of statement, as opposed to all the other members of the jury saying, in fact, they were not -- there was none of this going on, that one juror could actually cause this, this trial to be overturned? >> but i don't think, if that's all there is and there's no outside influence, for example, i don't think this juror's regret is going to be sufficient
to get a new trial granted. >> not at all. the law requires clear and convincing evidence. and if this is all they have, they've got a long way to go. >> but it also says something, or does it, maybe i should ask you specifically, star, because you know the defense attorney roy black, what does it say about what money can buy in a -- in an attorney? >> you get the best. you know, a lot of prosecutors would say that roy black was using the throw everything against the wall and hope something sticks approach. i say it's roy black being extremely zealous when it comes to representing his client. and when you have enough money to have investigators open a tip line, monitor what jurors are saying online, on their facebook pages, money does to a certain extent buy you a loyal more. >> and pay legal bills for expensive motions and lawyer's hours. >> let's just say that there not be an ineffective assistance of council claim at the end of this. >> star and savannah, thank you both this morning. now let's get a check of the weather from al. >> "today's weather" is brought to you by jared, the galleria of jewelry.
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we needed the rain this morning. we got about up to about a quarter-inch around the metro area, most of it now pulling east. storm center 4 radar showing the rain is now into southern maryland and right along bay and the eastern shore. a few lingering light showers out of the mountains. temperatures right now near 60 degrees. much of the region. later today, up around 80. a little sun breaking out. small chance of a late afternoon thundershower. a greater chance tomorrow, late afternoon into tomorrow evening. warm pattern into the weekend. >> and we want to take a moment to thank -- to congratulate our colleagues at nbc sports. that's because sunday night football night in america getting the fourth year in a row, the best emmy for outstanding live sports series in america. that's right. that's for the second year in a row. nbc sports, winning more emmys than any other sports division. is there any other sports division?
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>> matt, good morning. yeah, in this case a visit from the mob is actually a good thing. what started as one guy's idea to save a small, struggling business has since turned into a city by city, nationwide effort, and it's all fueled by social media. ♪ >> reporter: you've heard of flash mobs where a crowd suddenly assembles and breaks into song. now a new sensation, with a focus not on dancing, but on dollars. this is the start of a cash mob. >> this is where we're shopping. >> reporter: on a street corner in los angeles, 40 people have answered a call sent out on social media. >> welcome to the cash mob! >> reporter: it's a mob any business would welcome. within an hour, they'll spend more than $1,000 at the soda pop shop. a family owned store that can use the business. there's no real requirement to be part of one of these cash mobs. organizers ask only that participants spend $20 in the store that's chosen.
with cash registers ringing it's friendly chaos. what's it like to have all these people in here right now? >> it's fun. >> reporter: in just six months more than 200 mobs have descended on small businesses. from maine to tennessee to oregon. the first was at this cleveland book store, planned by a man who has since seen his idea go global. why do you think this has picked up steam so quickly, in such a broadway? >> i think it speaks a lot to people's desire to connect with their community, to benefit their community, to reinvigorate businesses in their communities. >> hi. good to see you. >> reporter: independent stores, often struggling, are embracing the help. >> initially they're always a little skeptical, because there's no catch involved. we're saying, no, we're going to just come shop. >> reporter: cash mobbers spread the word on social networks sites like facebook and twitter and recipients are finding it's not just one and done. >> out of the 40 people that came in that night, i'd say 20 or 30 of them have been back, and i think they will be
consistent customers. >> reporter: cash mobs make a big statement on small business. it's no secret there's been a squeeze on mom and pop stores like this one. the cash mobs are really just part of a bigger effort to make people more aware of these main street type businesses. matt, back to you. >> all right, janet shamlian in los angeles this morning. janet, thank you very much. up next, a passenger jet deliberately crashed as cameras roll. why some critics are crying foul, right 56 this.
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the dust cloud. and the plane skidding to a stop. only this plunge last friday was intentional. >> my sense is this is a reality show disguised as an educational effort trying to get ratings, pushing the envelope. >> reporter: in the video posted on youtube you can see a helicopter with a film crew follow the plane's descent. minutes after its pilot parachuted to safety. it's all part of a discovery channel documentary, exploring how aircraft withstand impact. the 170-passenger plane had crash test dummies and dozens of cameras inside. discovery says it hopes to provide new information about how to improve the chances of survival. but some aviation experts are skeptical. they point out the filmmakers didn't invite the faa, the national transportation safety board, or the airplane manufacturer to the crash site. >> this would have been a perfect, golden opportunity, to allow the industry to collect valuable data. and i don't think discovery or any of the folks that may have
participated in this really were equipped to collect. >> reporter: discovery insists it was not a stunt. that the team included leading scientists and veteran crash investigators, and that the project underwent a full safety review by pilots and mexican authorities. still, this is the first such experiment since 1984, when nasa and the faa crashed a jet into the mojave desert in california. the resulting inferno helped establish new rules on fire prevention. but when fox planned to do the same thing for a tv special in 1999, the network scrapped the idea. >> the faa doesn't want people just out there crashing airplanes for sensationallist reasons. >> reporter: as for this latest crash, discovery says it won't release the official footage until the documentary airs later this year. viewers may then decide whether the plunge was indeed for science, or for show. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news, los angeles.
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8:00 now on this tuesday morning. the 1st day of may, 2012. the april showers have stuck around for an extra day. and so we're so grateful to our crowd, willing to stand by us on this rainy morning. i'm ann curry alongside matt lauer and al roker. and coming up, we'll be hearing from ryan o'neal. >> he's in the studio. if you remember, he was scheduled to be here yesterday, had a little bit of a health issue, wasn't feeling all that well. he has come back today, just an explanation, wearing a little band-aid there. i think he had a small melanoma
removed recently. he also has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and if there's not enough going on in his life, he's written a new mem roir and it's raw and it's revealing about his time with farrah fawcett, and his relationship with his own children. we've got a lot to talk to ryan o'neal about. we'll do that in just a couple of minutes. >> he's really brave to be here. >> you know all know about bethenny frankel the tv star. she's written her first novel. we'll talk to her about it. >> i like they're all trying to stay dry. >> but by the way i want to mention a big summer for the city of london coming up. with the queen's diamond jubilee, also the summer olympic games now just 87 days away. so this thursday i'm gng to be there in london to preview those events. we'll be on the grounds of kensington palace, the london home of the duke and duchess of cambridge and prince harry. so that's london this thursday morning on "today." >> i'm going with you.
>> seriously? >> no, i just thought -- >> i thought maybe. that would be cool. >> la-di-da, kensington palace. let's get a check of the top stories from natalie. >> good morning, everyone. the anniversary of osama bin laden's death has law enforcement taking a vigilant but reassuring stance today. the department of homeland security says it has no indication of any specific credible threats tied to the date. meantime, president obama says the anniversary should be a time for reflection, not celebration. and a top u.s. official says documents seized from bin laden's final hideout show al qaeda was so badly damaged from u.s. drone strikes and its own missteps that bin laden considered changing the group's name. a scathing report this morning from british lawmakers says media mogul rupert murdoch is not fit to run a major international corporation. it also says murdoch's corporation misled parliament about phone hacking at his news of the world tabloid. the dramatic 911 calls have been released in the trial of
the man charged with killing three members of singer and actress jennifer hudson's family. nbc's kevin tibbles is in chicago now with the latest. kevin, good morning. >> natalie, it was jennifer hudson's sister who made the gruesome discovery in october of 2008, on a day when she returned home from work. she immediately dialed 911. far from the glamour of hollywood, jennifer hudson has spent the past week in a chicago courtroom. where her former brother-in-law, william balfour, is on trial for the murder of hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. >> my momma, my momma. >> reporter: now tapes of the dramatic 911 call made by hudson's sister julia, on the day of the killings have been released. >> somebody's killed my momma. somebody's killed my momma. please! >> reporter: prosecutors allege balfour shot hudson's 57-year-old mother and brother in a jealous rage. julia made the gruesome discovery when she came home from work. >> what happened? >> i don't know. she's on the floor and i see
blood coming from her head. >> reporter: when the tapes were played in court, jennifer hudson bowed her head and wiped away tears. balfour pled not guilty. the defense maintains the evidence is circumstantial, and there are no eyewitnesses. law professor richard cling says the tapes could play a crucial role. >> i think it's emotional. >> reporter: the 911 tapes also show that julia hudson realized her 7-year-old son julian was missing. >> i don't know where julian is or nothing. and i'm here by myself. >> reporter: he was found three days later, shot to death in the back of an abandoned suv. and the court so far has heard from several police officers, one of them just a recruit at the police academy at the time, says that he was poking around in some tall weeds with his police baton when he stumbled upon a handgun. that gun was found not too far from where the suv and the body of that young boy was found. natalie? >> kevin tibbles in chicago. thank you, kevin. now for a look at what's
trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. octomom nadya suleman is a hot search item after filing for bankruptcy on monday. suleman says she's about $1 million in debt and wants a fresh start for her 14 children. the national zoo is live tweeting its efforts to artificially inseminate giant panda, including realtime updates on the procedure itself. the zoo's panda team tweeted here's our slightly groggy black and white rock star in recovery. they'll know if she's pregnant by this summer. and lee lee the budding youtube star may just be the best side kick ever. not only does he guard his owner's bike while he shops. but he also hops aboard and gives a loud bark when he's good to go. one concerned fan has started a website to help lee lee get a better bicycle seat. 8:05 right now. let's go back outside to al with a check of your weather. that is loyalty. >> and great balance, as well.
>> yeah. >> what's your name? and you watch our show on your ipad app? >> yes. >> that's fantastic. terrific. it's a great app. try it out. let's show you what you're getting as far as your weather isp? >> yes. minneapolis, kare, news. we're expecting strong storms firing up through mississippi into alabama, parts of mississippi, louisiana as well. wet weather moving through the northeast. a risk of strong storms in the upper and mid mississippi river valleys, mountain snows, interiors of the midwest. sunny and hot in texas. here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. we had some beneficial welcome rain this morning. it's now moved off to the east of the metro area. right now, it's on the eastern shore. southern maryland, around the central part of the bay. a few lingering sprinkles, shouldn't waugh valley and the mountains, sun breaking out from time to time into the afternoon. right now, climbing into the 60s, much of the region.
reagan national at 63, still in the 50s northwest of washington. later today, near 80. small chance of an isolated storm this afternoon. greater chance tomorrow afternoon and evening. >> that's your latest weather. ann? >> hey, al, if you hold your umbrella like mary poppins you can watch the people behind you, so nice to join us, you don't want to do that, right? no, that's right. there you go. anyway, coming up next we're going to be hearing from ryan o'neal about his battle with cancer, and also his relationship with farrah fawcett and his children. that's coming up right after this. ke you breakfast. what? with magic. you are? see the egg? uh huh. so, look at the orange. now close your eyes. ♪ alakazaam! [ sighs ] you're good. and now i'm gonna make this flower bloom. presto. "love you lots." do you want to see it again? yes, i want to see it again! [ female announcer ] hallmark blooming expressions delivers your love again and again.
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♪ we're back now at 8:09 with actor ryan o'neal. he recently announced that he is battling prostate cancer and he's out with a new memoir. it details his turbulent 30-year love affair with farrah fawcett. we're going to talk to ryan exclusively in just a moment. but first a look back at part of his story. >> say you're sorry. >> reporter: for actor ryan o'neal it was a love story for the ages. but it wasn't his academy award nominated role in "love story," it was his longtime love affair with farrah fawcett. they met in 1979, when fawcett was riding high off the success of "charlie's angels." they were hollywood's golden couple and would continue off and on until her death from cancer in 2009. all of which is discussed in o'neal's new memoir, "both of us, my life with farrah," as well as the troubled relationships with two of his children from a previous marriage, daughter tatum and son griffin. along the way, o'neal and
fawcett would have one son together, redmond, who struggled with addiction and troubles with the law, and perhaps most heartbreaking, aaride to his mother's bedside in prison shackles as depicted in "farrah's story." ryan o'neal, good morning. >> good morning. >> it's been an interesting 24 hours. you were going to be here yesterday, you arrived at our studio not feeling well at all. >> yeah. >> and took off. what was wrong and how are you feeling today? >> i don't know what was wrong. terror, perhaps. terror. i don't know. i just broke out into a terrible sweat. you wouldn't have wanted me. so i went home and went to bed, and i feel better now. >> have you ever had panic attacks or anything like that? >> they said that's what it was. but i had never had one before. even with those kids, i never had a panic attack. >> has the terror subsided at the moment? >> yeah. >> you're okay to move forward? >> yeah, i'm okay now. >> no surprise, this is not "this is your life." i mentioned you had a little surgery here on the nose. >> yeah.
>> you also had a diagnosis not long ago of prostate cancer. that follows a diagnosis a few years ago of leukemia. >> yeah. >> how are you feeling overall? >> inundated with the disease. actually. i'm working to cure it. >> have you begun treatment for prostate cancer yet? >> no. i chose to go to you first, and then i'll do something about it when i go back to california. >> well, we wish you well on that. cancer is a disease that also claimed the life of farrah fawcett back in 2009. and now you have written this memoir and a lot of it focuses on this relationship, an often turbulent relationship between the two of you. why did you write the book? >> well, i wrote it because i missed her. and it was a way to keep -- keep the lines between us going. i still felt she was nearby. when i wrote this. she was close. >> you went back and you looked
through journals. >> yeah. >> and you remember the years with her in a very honest, and very raw, and revealing way. and a lot of it is not particularly flattering about your own weaknesses, and her weaknesses, and i wonder if some people might not think it's a bit unfair, because she can't dispute any of what you've written in this book. >> well, i never thought of it that way. i mean, i don't think she would -- she wasn't a disputer. if you know what i mean. she would be glad i was working on something. even if it was our relationship, which was imperfect, of course. but aren't they all? but i sure miss her. and it was a way to stay close. >> of her, you write that -- despite all that was written and said about her beauty, she was one of the most beautiful women in the world, that as she got older, she was very uncertain about her looks, and she would
spend long periods of time just staring in the mirror. >> well, it was possible she was just trying to keep away from me. and stayed in the bathroom. i don't know. i don't know. >> but was she very insecure about the way she was aging? >> a little. not terribly. not offensively. but i think everybody was. we were all in the bathroom for too long. >> you talk about some vast highs and lows in her life. she would switch almost on a dime between the two. and you say at one point, we were watching her become unhinged, it seemed, before your very eyes. did she seek some kind of treatment for those vast mood swings? >> no. >> did you talk about them? did they make life very difficult in the home when you were living together? >> a little bit. a little bit. i felt that she was uncomfortable with me. and that maybe i was -- i had grown boring to her.
it was tough. it was tough. >> why do you say boring to her? what gave you that -- >> well, i don't know. it's possible. it's possible. >> did she ever come right out and say, you know, this relationship is boring me? >> no. no. never. and she loved me. she said so. she loved me. i couldn't write a book if she hadn't. >> you write about an addiction she had to antibiotics, of all things, and you write in the book, quote, we were both trying to harness our bodies because our lives felt so pointless. you know, at this state -- at that stage in your lives what made them feel pointless to you? >> did i say pointless? >> mm-hmm. >> we -- you were talking about antibiotics. we said that was her -- the drug of her choice, because whenever she had the flu, whenever she had anything wrong, she would take antibiotics for it. and it may have done something
to her immune system. so whether she actually needed that system to kick in, there wasn't much left. >> the relationship, i mentioned turbulent. that's the best word i can use, i think, to describe it. huge highs and huge lows. there was violence at times. do you feel that you were at times as bad for each other as you were good for each other at other times? >> there was a bond. i don't think we were bad for each other. because we had a rhythm. we had a rhythm. that -- that worked generally. smoothly. but i'm hard to live with. she got tired of that, i'm sure. >> you keep coming back to irself. one of the things you write in the book -- >> i have to defend her, you know. >> well one of the things you write about in the book is your relationship with your children. you have four children. a successful sports caster, tatum, griffin and redmond and they struggled. all have been in and out of rehab, griffin is currently in
prison and redmond is currently at a treatment facility. >> yeah. >> were you a bad parent? >> looks like it, doesn't it? sure looks like it. i suppose i was. >> why did you fail as a parent? >> well, i wasn't trained. >> nobody's trained. >> nobody's trained. so i found out. but these are not children anymore, you know. griffin is 45. tatum is 49. who's the other one? oh, yeah, redmond is 27. at some point they have to take hold of their own existence. >> yeah, but it seems like they had troubles from a very early age. you write a story in this book that stopped me in my tracks. you and farrah were fighting. and a common occurrence and redmond walks into the room at 6 years old. >> yeah. >> wearing winnie the pooh pajamas and having a kitchen knife in his hand. >> and pointed it at himself. >> said if you don't stop it i'm going to stab myself. not i'm going to hurt one of you, i'm going to stab myself.
this is 6 years old. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. yeah. >> what gets a 6-year-old to that point? >> he didn't want to see this. he couldn't stand it. it stopped us, i must say. put a stop to that. and we moved the knives up higher. harder to reach. >> at the very end, when farrah was so ill, at the end of 30 years together on and off, you decided you would ask her to marry you. really -- >> oh, i asked her to marry me all the time. all the time. for 1 years i asked her to marry me. >> but at the end a plooriest w called to her bedside to perform a wedding and instead ended up delivering last rites. >> the last rites, yes. >> what were those moments like for you? >> i am not over it yet. i got some relief writing the
book, making a clearer picture to everyone, and to me, but that was rough. that was rough. because the last several years, when she was ill, she was wonderful. there was no more fighting. there were no more knives. we were extremely close, and i just was so proud of her, and so -- i respected her so, how she was handling it. she was so strong, and so brave, and never afraid. never afraid for a minute. she always believed she'd be here on the show with us today. now it's just me. >> ryan o'neal. the book is called "both of us, my life with farrah." it's good to see you. and i wish you the best with your health. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> it's 8:19. we're back right after this. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day
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after -- i've been on reality television for about eight years. it's been a lot of my reality. my first three books were prescriptive on how to lose weight, how do get what you want out of live, and "skinny dipping" is just a fun, refreshing -- it's take a dip into skinny dipping. it's just like a palate cleanser. >> you are calling it kind of a beach read. but the idea of starting to write a novel, a first novel, i mean, how -- how did you make that leap? why did you make that leap? >> it was actually my publisher's idea. which is unusual. because usually they want you to do what works, keep doing what works and this is something very different. once i started to really understand what writing a fiction book was like, i loved it. i loved it more than any project i've ever worked on. i just took to it. the minute i started writing it was writing itself. and i would be, jason my husband would say, you are really loving this? oh, my god, wait 2348 you hear what happens next. the main character's name is faith. she has to have a lot of faith to get through what she gets to and get to where she gets to and i really just love it. >> she's a reality tv star.
>> she becomes a reality tv star. >> she's motivated, young, talented. she is. this sounds autobiographical a bit. >> we have a lot in common. there are some differences but we definitely have a lot in common. my life definitely affects everything i do creatively. it would be a lot of guessing who's who, if something means something, if it doesn't. but it really is a very creative, imaginative book, and people are going to love it. i have never been more excited about anything i've done. >> you know, it's interesting because you really created kind of a, i don't know, call it a fifedom. you're kind of a mogul now. there are these women outside carrying your book. they were so excited you were going to be here. there's a kind of inspiration that they take from you. >> i have incredible fans. i have a great relationship with them, whether it's on twitter or e-mails or letters, i know exactly who they are. we are in a relationship. it's why i wanted to do a talk show. a talk show on fox this summer, and it's for them.
so we can be in a conversation rather than just watch me living my life on television. >> i -- i -- i was going to even mention that. i mean a talk show in addition to everything else. >> oh, right. >> what is the -- what is the message, because i know that i think it was in "self" magazine there's an article about you and you talk about, that there really is no such thing as being perfect. that we should strive for something else. what is your message to all of these young women f >> you know, i think that it's my -- i didn't know. i found this out on the journey. it is my message to say, yeah, we're not perfect. we're flawed. i'm flawed. but i'm having fun and today is a good day. right now is a good day, and we have some, you know, not so good moments. but all in all you can really get to where you want to get to and we'll do it together. i like to make people realize that they're not alone in what they're going through. whether it's their childhood, whether it's their marriage, whether it's the sex in their marriage, whether it's having a baby and feeling overwhelmed. that's how i feel. and so i just communicate it. i'm just being honest. and i have found that a lot of my fans feel the exact same way. >> so you're feeling connected, and that's what you're doing?
the talk show is a great opportunity for you to do that even more. >> i'm excited. it will be this summer. it's only in 30 cities, minneapolis, dallas, phoenix, l.a., new york and philadelphia. so it's in a third of cities. no one take offense. we'll be everywhere next year. but testing it out. >> bethenny franke>> bethany fr. the book is called "skinnydipping." we're back after this. good morning, it's 8:26 on this tuesday, may 1st, let's check the forecast first off with tom kierein. >> we are drying out after the wave of rain came through around dune dawn this morning, right now, a few lingering sprinkles in southern maryland and on the eastern shore. we may get a little sunshine breaking out over the next cull of hours. temperatures are on the balmy side, most areas now into the 60s, 63 at reagan national later today up around 80, partly sunny and we might get an isolated afternoon thundershower. tomorrow, a greater chance of late afternoon or evening thundershowers. remaining warm into the weekend. that's the way it looks right
the beltway in montgomery county, slow in this area as well, 18 miles per hour from i-95 to i-270 and even slower if you're traveling on 395 northbound. hitting the brakes at duke, as you cross over the 14th street bridge, 16 miles per hour. aaron, back to you. >> thank you, danella. another update in 25 minutes.
8:30 now on a tuesday morning. the 1st day of may, 2012. and may is coming in with a good amount of rain here in the northeast. hopefully it's a little nicer where you're waking up. we want to thank our intrepid crowd, and tell them they're on their own out there because we've decided to stick it out inside here at 8:30. >> sorry. >> coming down pretty good.
i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, al roker and natalie morales. just ahead an insider's view of the rough and tumble restaurant business. our good friend joe bastianich makes some pretty bold claims in his new book when it comes to his industry. why he says we're being taught bad eating habits, and the price of wine. he also takes some shots at some other people in the industry. we'll talk to him in just a little while. and i mean shots. >> yeah. >> shots. >> bare knuckles. >> really. >> okay. we'll take a look at that. and also some money saving advice for you if you're trying to book a flight. conventional wisdom has always told us that you should book early to find the best deals. but is that still the case? just how early do we really need to start looking? we're going to get some answers about what's happening now. >> and then jenna bush hager is here again with us this morning. she has a great story of a special choir giving young kids a new way to look at their troubled cities. >> but first we want to say hello to alicia stone the most recent attention to we won't say
given the boot, but shown the door on american idol. >> good morning. >> you survived you were in the bottom three for a number of weeks but you showed a lot of poise and calm, and malt yourty. it was -- what do you think finally did you in? >> i'm not really sure at this point. there are six people left and everybody's really fantastic singers. i mean out of 115,000 people, you know, i was one of six. so somebody's got to go home every week and that's just the name of the game. you know, some people saying maybe it's because i was older than everybody else, and more, you know, teenagers vote for the younger ones. but who knows, really. >> you talk about being the older one of the older ones you're also one of the more most experienced members of the group. and you really have embraced your rocker style. how do you weigh what the judges say versus your sort of own artistic impulses? >> well i always take what they say, you know, but no matter what they said, there was always something i could pull out of it. i've learned that if i feel
really offended or offensive about something maybe that's something i should think about that i'm missing. i think if you react that way to something then you know, you might actually be missing that. >> you covered a jimi hendrix song and from what i remember, steven and randy claimed no one knew the song. jennifer lopez thought it was -- it didn't matter because you sang it well. in retrospect would you have chosen a different song? >> i thought everybody knew that song. jimi hendrix, on his album and i just really, i wouldn't have chosen a different song because at this point in the game i knew that i would be successful no matter what. i felt successful. so i just chose a song that i knew i loved, and i could just deliver with conviction and with passion. and i always wanted to bring, you know, life to jimi hendrix lyrics because he was more of a guitar player even though he was an amazing singer. so i just i have no regrets about that. and it was just released. >> what do you think it's going to take for someone like you,
who has an edgier, more rock star style, what's it going to take for someone like you to make it as the finalist, or the winner on "american idol"? >> oh, man. you know what? i wish i knew. because i probably would still be there. but i think everything happens for a reason. i feel very happy with my choices, and really confident that, you know, what number i get isn't really going to define me as an artist or a person. i'm just excited to move forward. >> confidence is a word that comes up a lot with you. elise testone, nice to see you. pleasure. and the "american idol" winner and runner-up will be here for a live concert on our plaza thursday, may 31st. >> did you know that six degrees of separation our director joe michaels is inscription in his yearbook was bold is love. >> really? >> huh. there you go. >> nice to know. >> if you know joe -- >> just threw that out there. >> it's okay. >> a moment. >> he's bold. >> let's check your weather and
we'll show you right now it's a bold as weather, we've got strong storms up in the northern tier of states, spelkly upper mississippi river valley. mountain snows in the pacific northwest. it's going to be much warmer than usual in the southwest. tomorrow, more rain in the northeast, mid-atlantic. a risk of strong storms again in the upper mississippi, mid into the mid ohio river valley. rain along the northwest coast. the heat continues on from the southwest into texas. here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. good morning, we are beginning to dry out, right now storm 4 radar showing much of the rain now just on the eastern shore. a few lingering light showers sour maryland, northern neck. temperatures right now are balmy. we're into the low and mid 60s. much of the region. later today, continuing to climb into the 70s. maybe near 80 for a brief time mid afternoon. small chance of an isolated storm later this afternoon. a greater chance tomorrow afternoon and evening. warm into the weekend. might get some showers and thundershowers saturday night.
>> don't forget you can get your weather any time of the day or night, go to the weather channel on cable and weather.com online. >> all right, al, thank you so much. coming up next the aforementioned joe bastianich on the inside secrets of the restaurant business and the high price of wine. >> fires some shots!
we are back now at 8:38. joe bastianich is best known here at "today" as our resident wine expert. he's also the owner of an empire of restaurants. in his new book restaurant man he opens up about his rise from a lowly bus boy in queens to the top of his industry. joe, it's always good to see you. >> nice to see you, matt. starting off with a little sip of some juice. >> you cannot ply me with wine. restaurant man is a term your dad used. >> he did. >> he was an old world
restaurateur and you started working in the family business and hated it. >> i hated it. >> why did you go back? >> i grew up the son of italian i78 grants in queens in what was a workaday business. i was embarrassed to tell my friends that my parents owned a restaurant. it was a blue collar job and a hard-working job and my dad said if you want to be a restaurant man you have to do this. >> after going off into wall street for a little while you got back, and you took to it a lot better the second time? >> i kind of went back to italy to my ethnicity and refound my soul in italy and the journey in italy. we discovered food and wine. it was something that was really cathartic for me. >> you have not just written the book about the industry in a generic sense. i know you about the suave and debonair guy about hospital and restaurants. and joe you fire some shots in this book. >> the stories of wine lords who trade wine on intimidation or food critics who trade free meals for reviews, or landlords in new york, these are the stories of my life. >> but are you settling scores in this book? >> absolutely not. >> because it seems as if you
are. >> i am telling the stories of my life in a true way. >> you call one chef a withering d-bag a short, and then you use part of the male anatomy napoleonic curse word. you call a wine buyer a pro-tension tool. >> i'm from queens that's the way we talk. it's how i was brought up. yes, i may seem a little bit more eloquent now but back in the day we called it like it was. we called a spade a spade. these are the stories of my life. this is what i grew up with. the book is truthful and honest. >> you say that a well-known italian restaurant chain is quote, teaching america bad habits by serving the blank, four-letter word olive oid and balsamic vinegar for dipping sauce for your bread. >> this is true. i think the accountability of all restaurants at every level to serve truthful quality products, even at a low-level meal, wherever it is in this country, you go to an italian restaurant they should be serving real olive oil, not fake olive oil and real butter. >> but it's about dollars and
cents at that point and you even describe yourself as a cheap guy. you and your partner mario batali own 25 traunts and you say we are cheap guys. >> the truth of the matter is at the end of the day if you want to open a restaurant you need to read this book. because the restaurant business is a nickel and dime business. we save money to reinvest in you the customer to make a better experience for you. that is the point. >> which brings up a criticism. one of the reasons i was so surprised that you took so many shots at others in this book is because you were right for criticism, as well. you recently settled a lawsuit. >> we did. >> class action suit where employees of yours were saying you were sketching their tip money. >> which was not true. it's a scourge in our business and we settled a class action suit, it's a business decision so we could move on and it's throughout our industry and an unfortunate thing. we made a business decision and are moving ahead. >> you write about different roles that employees in a restaurant play and on the maitre d' you say this, quote, his skills, which i guess could be a her, also -- you're drinking here -- are the same
skills as a hooker has. >> yes. >> to please the client. >> right. >> to make them feel take they're the own one, extract as much money as you can. he's selling real estate and i know he's on the take. it's part of the job description. >> matt, you go to a restaurant, you other people, you walk in, you do a little air kiss you get brought to the best table in the house as everyone else watches. matt lauer, it's a beautiful thing. for everybody else there's a price, 50 bucks. gets you noticed. it's a relationship between you and the restaurant. >> why do you want customers to know that? >> because ultimately -- >> maitre d' is on the take? >> ultimately if you're going to be a better restaurant customer you want to enjoy your restaurant experience more, read the book. it explains how restaurants tip, who does what, what goes on in a restaurant. it will make you a better restaurant customer, will make you enjoy restaurants more. >> you make wine now as part of your empire and i've had it. it's good wine. you tell people they should know, no bottle of wine costs more than $5 to produce. >> right. >> what do you charge for this bottle? >> this retails for $30. and $5 to produce at the winery.
essentially wines are fermented grape juice. so i'm trying to make the point that the wine world is about scores, and marketing and kind of creating a scarce resource where they don't really exist. and that's just truth be told. because, you can enjoy a $15 bottle of wine as much as you can enjoy a $100 bottle of wine. and that's why we're in the business. to save bad wine from happening to good people like you, matt. >> the book is called "restaurant man" and if people are looking for a sanitized version of the restaurant industry, it's not this book. >> it's the one you need to read if you want to enjoy restaurants more. or open your own restaurant, matt. >> joe bastianich, good to see you. >> thank you. >> it's a pleasure. up next we're going to tell you how far in advance you need to book your next flight to get the best zeal. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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>> back now at 8:45. and this morning on "today's travel," how to find the best airfares. we've all been told to book early if you want to get the cheapest flights. but is it really the right way to go? from travel and leisure the feature editor there. >> good morning, ann. >> airline flight prices just keep going up and up and up in part because of gas prices. what is now the rule of thumb in terms of booking early? >> the key is to know when to book but also when to fly. so it's a combination, and what we're finding is the best idea is to look at historical data. so we went to a company called a.r.c. and asked them for a lot of information about previous years so we could give you the basic sweet spots. >> so what does this data tell us about whether you should be booking months in advance or weeks in advance to get cheaper flights? >> it really depends on the destination. if you're flying domestically you should be looking at about six weeks time in advance. that's a rule of thumb. of course i would say it's best to know what the flight costs could be so you know when you're
getting a great deal. >> i thought it was two weeks in advance. now i feel really stupid. >> you shouldn't feel stupid. because the thing is that's for the optimal lowest price. now if you're flying for memorial day, today is actually the last day in that sweet spot of four weeks in advance before memorial day. if you're thinking about going for memorial day this is the time to book. thanksgiving, when do you think you should be booking for thanksgiving? >> october? >> summer. august. >> okay. >> so late august, while you're at the beach, that's when you should be thinking about thanksgiving. this is not to scare people, more to just let them know, they're getting the best deals possible. international travel, this is going to really blow your mind. 21 to 22 weeks in advance for europe in the summertime. >> are you saying that essentially we have to now book earlier, earlier than we ever used to? >> earlier than we used to because there aren't that many -- those rising prices and limited capacity. there aren't all the planes flying with not that many seats they're trying to sell last-minute. for the caribbean you want to go at the prime time it would be 11 to 12 weeks in advance.
>> let's talk about some other things you want to say in terms of if the prices are so high we really want to get these better deals. you say we should consider traveling during the shoulder season. >> shoulder season, depending on the destination, varies. but the basic gist of the shoulder season is you're traveling during the season right after the high season. so if you're going to europe and you want to go to europe in the summer and you can't afford it in the prime season, why not go in august or september, a beautiful time of the year there or in the caribbean, early december, or after april 15th. i plan a trip every year april 19th. which is my birthday and i go to the caribbeacaribbean. >> that works out. >> airline sales are generally for certain days of the week. you say don't limit yourself to those days. >> don't limit yourself. they do publish sales on tuesdays and wednesdays, a great time to go and look online. there are also deals that they're putting up all the time. and last-minute, small bag. sign up for a fare alert on an website like airline watch dog. those fares come to you in your in box.
>> also a lot of us fly on fridays and saturdays and sundays. how much money can you save if we think about changing those days that we fly? >> for example i flew back from austin yesterday. don't do that. don't fly on fridays, and sundays and mondays because that's when everyone else is doing. it's all about supply and demand. consider flying on saturday, actually is a great time to fly. or on tuesday. that's also a value option. >> okay. what if you actually book a ticket, and actually it's cheaper later on? can you actually get a better deal? >> something that a lot of people don't realize, the new rules make it if within 24 hours of booking your flight you get a better deal you can get a full refund. that's something people should definitely take advantage of. >> that's terrific. we've gotten through a lot of information here. >> thank you so much. >> i think you may have saved some people some money this morning. thank you so much. and coming up next, jenna bush hager on a new program that's giving kids in one city something to sing about. but first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪
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about. young faces of detroit. the birthplace of motown. the motor city. but to some, it's become a forgotten place. >> people say that detroit is the murder city. >> they actually say murder city? >> you've heard that too? >> yes. >> and nothing is coming from detroit. >> reporter: the odds do seem stacked against these kids. one-fourth of detroit's houses are abandoned. the murder rate, among the highest in the country. and half of detroit's students don't graduate high school in four years. >> our kids are faced with so many issues, before they get to school they're faced with folks trying to pull them into drugs, pull them into gangs. >> reporter: at the detroit academy of arts and sciences, superintendent maurice morgan is raising expectations for his students. >> it's so imperative that our kids are educated, that they're leaders, and that they know
there's another way to do all the things they ever dreamed of. >> reporter: at this school in this city, music reigns supreme. ♪ the dodd school choir is inspired by the music greats who came before them. the kids' modern-day inspiration, their choir teacher. >> not just about the microphone, it's about composure. it's about poise. it's about eye contact. it's about firm hand shakes. it's about big smiles. >> reporter: smiles which have become even brighter with the choir assignment empow ired them to change the way their city is viewed. >> i hear them talking amongst themselves during after-school rehearsal about parents out of work, and money is tight. i hear them speaking about crime. but i wanted them to be proud to be a detroit citizen. ♪ >> reporter: inspired by the hit song, entire state of mind. she asked the students to
rewrite the lyrics, this time celebrating detroit. showing these students they have much to be proud of. ♪ we love our city >> reporter: songwriters, 13-year-olds. lyrics on paper with the help of a grant soon became a session in a recording studio and a professionally produced video that has more than 50,000 views on youtube. >> it's so insane. >> reporter: the choir has become more. a family. and a place of refuge. >> i love being around them, cracking jokes and all that stuff. just singing and having fun. it's beautiful. ♪ whatever happens >> what i like about choir is like it was really fun, and people are really close to me, really close to being my friends, and i'm good. so amazed how i get to perform.
>> reporter: and now the choir is singing about their dreams of peace and love. harmony of hope and a brighter future for the city they share. ♪ >> the new optimism that i see is that the children seem to put their chest up, and they walk prouder, and they speak about their city and where they live with a certain sense of pride that i did not see before. >> and for these kids the neckineck i ive news about their city really did have a negative impact on them. but as you can see this assignment helped turn that all around, and the choir is gaining popularity. they not only performed at a halftime show for detroit lions game but they're getting calls from everyone. they're really great. >> what a wonderful story. >> thank you. >> this says a lot about if you raise the expectation that there's so much power. >> and that teacher related with
it. she gave them a jay-z song to rewrite and look what they did. >> that's going to be a big hit. 50,000 on youtube now on the way up. >> thank you very much. just ahead, we're going to talk about the best foods to buy in bulk. >> coming up. 8:56 is your time now on this tuesday, may 1st, 2012, good morning, i'm eun yang. let's check in with meteorologist tom kierein in the storm center with a look at the forecast. >> a little sun trying to break out. a lot of the rain as we look at the radar is just lingering in
southern maryland, northern neck and on the eastern shore. temperatures right now are comfortable, balmy, into the mid 60s. much of the region. it will continue to climb, all the way to near 80 by this afternoon. with some sunshine in and out and the small chance of an isolated thunderstorm later this afternoon. a greater chance tomorrow afternoon and evening and mild days to warm afternoons on thursday and friday. and just a small chance of a shower both of those days. greater chance saturday night. eun? >> thank you. ♪ ♪ hit the road, jack ♪ and don't you come back no more ♪ ♪ no more, no more, no more ♪ hit the road, jack ♪ and don't you come back no more ♪ [ male announcer ] want your weeds to hit the road? hit 'em with roundup extended control. one application kills weeds and puts down a barrier to stop new ones for up to four months. roundup extended control spray once. stop weeds for months.
good morning, still a slow start to your morning, traveling on i-270 southbound at father hurley, delays as you make your way to the beltway. pretty slow for you. now traveling 50 inbound, have a crash at 2 blocking your left lane there. and you're seeing about a mile backup right now. eun, back to you. >> thank you, more news weather
we are back now with more of "today" on a tuesday morning, the 1st of may, 2012. and just a chance to say hi to some of the nice people who kind of waited out some bad weather here in the northeast, to improving conditions here. we thank them for sticking around. i'm matt lar along with ann curry, al roker, and savannah guthrie. and coming up, it seems like it could be another dramatic day in the trial of john edwards. >> that's right. because the wife of the government's star witness is back on the stand today, and -- and she was brought to tears during testimony on monday. we're going to show you how she
reacted to being told that edwards wanted her husband to falsely claim to be the father of rielle hunter's child. that's coming up in a live report this morning. >> also ahead, we're going to answer your diet and nutrition questions. joy bauer is going to answer questions about whether it's okay to serve your child foods that have either caffeine or alcohol in them. like a pasta sauce, or coffee ice cream. she'll also tackle the issue of what to do about boredom eating. something we can all relate to. and then the health benefits of macca root. >> it's a dance craze from the '90s. >> macarena. >> and one of my all-time favorite sports, bulk shopping. those big box stores. but is it really, are you getting the most bang for your buck? warehouse shopping popular, a third of all americans belong to a big box club. but do you really need a 200 count bag of pigs in a blanket? >> yes!
>> answer in the affirmative there. >> we'll let you know. what you should spend your money on in those stores. >> all right. let's go inside, natalie is standing by at the news desk with a look at the headlines. >> good morning to you once again. good morning, everyone. president obama is calling the anniversary of osama bin laden's death a time to reflect, not to celebrate. some critics are saying the commander in chief is using the opportunity, though, to question whether or not the al qaeda leader would be dead if mitt romney were president. meantime counterterrorism officials are making the most public acknowledgment yet of the program of drone strikes to take out al qaeda targets. u.s. relations with china are being put to the test as negotiations to secure the freedom of a blind dissident have yet to reach a resolution. officials on both sides of the talks are refusing to comment on the delicate situation. meantime, secretary of state hillary clinton arrived in beijing tonight for a prescheduled visit, making u.s. officials pushing to finalize an agreement before she touches down. the wife of the government's star witness returns to the
stand today in the trial of former presidential candidate john edwards. nbc's lisa myers is comping the trial in greensboro, north carolina. good morning to you, this la. >> hey, natalie, good morning. cheri young, mother of three, became so upset on monday that jurors were asked to leave the courthouse. she talked about how far her family had gone to cover up john edwards' affair, and charged that edwards was involved every step of the way in arranging the money and in orchestrating the lies. it was cheri young's turn in the spotlight. in a dramatic, sometimes cheerful testimony, she described her anger about how she, as the wife of campaign aide andrew young, got pulled in to the effort to cover up john edwards' affair with rielle hunter. she said she was intimidated when she first met hunter, because i had a presidential candidate's pregnant mistress
come into my house last minute. and she says she wasn't happy when asked to handle hundreds of thousands of dollars in checks to take care of hunter. i cannot tell you how disgusted i was. why me? she said she insisted on talking to edwards directly. i heard mr. john edwards tell me on the phone he had checked with the campaign lawyers, and this was not a campaign donation, and this was legal. get the money in. get the money in. those were his words, she testified. >> cheri young has been a strong witness for the government because she's come across as genuine. she's put edwards back in the middle of the cover-up plot. >> reporter: cheri young broke into tears recounting how her husband came to her and said edwards wanted him, andrew young, to falsely claim paternity of hunter's child. i said, absolutely not. i screamed at him, cursed at him. she testified that edwards argued that if andrew claims paternity, it would be a one-day story. she said she eventually went
along with the lie. i didn't want the campaign to explode and for it to be my fault, she said. the government alleges that money used to cover up the affair amounted to illegal campaign contributions to edwards. a charge he denies. >> it did become clear that cheri young hates two people. she wore that on her sleeve on the stand. she hates john edwards and she hates rielle hunter. >> reporter: cheri young portrayed hunter as a flamboyant, demanding flake who upon arriving at the home did a big twirl and announced, i am here. young testified hunter also insisted on money to pay her spiritual adviser in addition to her $5,000 to $11,000 monthly allowance. at some point today, young is expected to face tougher questions. though she may have been reluctant to handle the money for hunter, the youngs did not seem to have any trouble spending it. in fact, 80% of the money raised
for the alleged cover-up was pocketed by the youngs. natalie? >> lisa myers in greensboro, covering the trial for us. thank you. new research suggests the benefits of a mammogram every other year outweigh the potential harm for women in their 40s who have an increased breast cancer risk. the study in the annals of internal medicine also find that digital mammography screening results in substantially more false positive results than film. meantime, another new study finds the number of babies in the u.s. born with signs of drug withdrawal has tripled in a decade, because more pregnant women are using illegal narcotics and prescription painkillers. an incredible discovery on a remote island off the western coast of canada. a beach riddled with debris from last year's japanese tsunami turned up a giant white box. a local man came across it and peeked inside and he found a harley-davidson motorcycle, perfectly intact although rusting. japanese authorities are now trying to find out who the motorcycle belongs to and whether or not he or she is
alive. and it's rush hour in antarctica. check out these penguins going for the high jump back onto a massive iceberg. it all looks like fun and games but they're actually trying to get out of the way of dozens of hungry killer whales on the hunt below. you would jump very high, too. seven minutes past the hour right now. let's go outside to al with a check of your weather. >> that's pretty cool stuff right there. a senior trip. where you guys from? >> florida. >> all right. what school are your from? >> walton high school. >> having a good time? >> oh, yeah. >> oh, yeah! they're like kool-aid. oh, yeah! let's show you what we've got e. we have rain moving through the northeast. it will be out of here later on. heavy rain continuing down in southern florida. more snow for the pacific northwest. in the mountains there. look for a risk of strong storms, much of minnesota. into the mid mississippi river valley.
here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. good morning, the rain we had earlier this morning is now way out of the metro area. now in the eastern shore. lower part of the bay, southern maryland, northern neck. we have a little sunshine breaking out now around the metro area. partly sunny afternoon. it's mild now, we're in the mid to upper 60s much of the region. later today, around 80. a small chance of an additional isolated thundershower this afternoon. a little greater chance tomorrow afternoon and evening. highs mid 80s on wednesday, 80s thursday, friday and saturday. saturday night might get some >> that's your latest weather. savannah? >> thanks, al. this morning on joy's diet s.o.s., answers to your daily diet dilemmas. joy bauer is here to discuss everything from when it's okay to give your kids food that contain caffeine to how to best avoid boredom eating. she's the author of "the joy fit club." good morning. >> good morning. >> our first caller is on the phone, linda from woodlands, texas. good morning, what's your question for joy?
>> good morning. is it okay to occasionally feed our children food that includes coffee or alcohol, for example, coffee ice cream, or sauces, including white or red wine? >> so it's going to depend on how old your kids are, how sensitive their bodies are, and whether or not they're taking certain medications that could trigger a negative response. in that case you could certainly talk with your pharmacists. but in general, when it comes to coffee flavored foods, the caffeine content varies tremendously. when it comes to the coffee flavored candies, it's really an insignificant amount of cough even if and that's going to be totally fine. in case you're wondering, coffee cake, actually has no coffee in it. it's only named that because you're supposed to eat a slice when you have a cup of coffee. when it comes to coffee ice cream, it's a whole other story. one cup will range in caffeine from 50 to 90 milligrams. that's like drinking half to three quarters of a cup. i would say if your kids are young i would lay off the coffee ice cream. when it comes to wine in sauces,
if you're serving them to your kids, the longer you simmer the sauce, the more alcohol you'll boil off. so ideally you want to simmer it for at least 30 minutes. or, just swap out the wine for low sodium broth and then you just play it safe. i hope that helps. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. i don't know if wine is better than low sodium broth. >> you're an adult so you can actually add extra wine. >> let's get to our next caller, laura in michigan. good morning. what's your question for joy? >> hi. i'm really struggling with boredom feeting and getting up in the night and eating and i also have an intense potato chip/peanut weakness. and i was wondering if you have any suggestions to combat this or healthy, low calorie alternatives? >> first you have good taste. potato chips and peanuts. the first line of defense is to get the potato chips and peanuts completely out of your house. i feel like you put yourself at an unfair disadvantage when they're front and center. and next, i think this is a
really cool strategy that was offered up from one of the joy fit club members. i think it's going to work great for you. you're going to create a bag of distractions. so that means you're going to take a bag and fill it with note cards that list activities that you can do during the day, or during the evening, that will distract you from eating. so for example, it may say e-mail three friends. or brush and floss your teeth. or read a chapter of a book. or sip a caffeine free cup of tea. but the idea is when you have that urge to nibble in between meals you reach into the bag of distractions, you read the activity, you do it and by the time you're done with that activity there's a really good chance the impulse to eat will subside. >> all right. laura, hope that answers your question. i recently gave up peanut butter. >> it's hard. >> we have a viewer e-mail. carolyn in new york. she writes i've been hearing a lot about the maca root and all of its amazing health benefits. what exactly is it and is there any truth to these claims? >> maca is getting huge buzz
right now. basically it's a radish family, it's a root and grows in south america. and they're selling it now in pill form or powder form that you can add into juice or smoothie or even oatmeal. there's a handful of trials that show that it may, in fact, help to -- enhance your sex drive. and also, companies and websites are touting that it can help alleviate menopause symptoms or increase your exercise endurance, even build muscle growth and also there's one other thing, offer some cancer benefits. but, you have to take all of this with a grain of salt. because to date there's not any sound scene tifric backing that would cause me to advise people to use it as an actual health treatment. there's really not a downside, so if you do want to try it at the very least you're probably going to get a shot of fiber. >> speaking of fiber. our last one, lois in new york wondered which bread choice is better, slice of whole wheat bread or multigrain bread?
>> great question. although they both sound incredibly healthy there could be refined flour mixed in. so your absolute best solution is to look for on that label, 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain and then you are guaranteed that every single flour in that loaf is whole grain and totally good for you. >> 100%. joy bauer, thanks so much. coming up next, saving your money when you hit the big box stores. we're going to tell you which foods are best bought in bulk. >> and then while you're out shopping don't forget, mother's day just around the corner from the foodie to the fashionista, jill martin has some great gift ideas for moms. i'm gonna make you breakfast. what? with magic. you are? see the egg? uh huh. so, look at the orange. now close your eyes. ♪ alakazaam! [ sighs ] you're good. and now i'm gonna make this flower bloom. presto. "love you lots." do you want to see it again?
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>> you said the first thing you need to go is the cost per unit? >> you have to do the math. this is the first step. a lot of times you'll find the cost per unit right on the shelf below the item. what this will tell you is what this costs per unit. if you're buying a ten pound bag of popcorn for ten bucks it's $1 per pound. >> again, you say you've got to think about how long is this going to last, either in my pantry or in my refrigerator. >> you have to think about your use. your consumption. so rule of thumb, if this is something that is perishable like fruit or vegetables, you know, do you really want to buy a 50 pound crate of it? you know, that's a little -- >> could you freeze it? >> and that's the better tip. if you want to get something that is potentially perishable, buy it in a frozen version, and that way you'll be able to save more money. >> you also say stick with the list. >> stick with the list because what happens is, i'm guilty of this, you go to the bulk store and they're giving you little samples, and you're like yeah, i could totally see like a three pound box of this in my pantry. >> i need these won tons. >> i need these, and you bring
it home, maybe your kids don't like it or you have buyer's res'mores. if you like something you're trying for the first time get a smaller version next door. >> go with a friend. shop with a bulk buddy, as i say, because this way, you know, you can sort of shop with more peace of mind. you can buy the perishables, split the item and split the savings. >> that's a great idea. first up, cereal. >> across the board, whether you're a frosted flakes fan or cheerios fan we found cereal is cheaper at the warehouse clubs, up to 60% less, in fact. you can get a 64 ounce box of cereal for, you know, very little. and again, the drugstore was actually the worst place to buy cereal, we found. and we didn't look at anything that had a coupon or a sale. >> okay. also you say ground coffee is pretty good. >> if you're making your coffee at home you're a winner. but if you want to go an extra step and save more, go with bulk ground coffee, you can save as much as 50% shopping at a bulk store. >> and you also say, especially if you're having a party, stock up on frozen appetizers. >> yell, yeah, because frozen as
we know, we discussed earlier, is a smart way to go. but whether you're getting pigs in the blanket or baby quiches or bagel bites you're going to save a lot more buying them at the warehouse club. >> and if folks pop over unexpectedly, you've got the stuff. >> hey, party at al's house. >> yeah, raise the roof. extra virgin olive oil. >> if you are a -- you love to cook. only if you love to cook this is going to be worth it for you. you can save about 15% to 30% buying extra virgin olive oil at the warehouse club. and olive oil is versatile. you can use it to cook but also dip bread in it. so, again, this is a smart buy. >> pet food in bulk. great deal, but you don't want to overfeed. >> don't overfeed your pet. no. we found this 50 pound bag of dry dog food for much less at the warehouse club, versus pet stores. but we overfeed our pets. so if you want to keep them healthy, just be moderate with that big bag of dog food. don't go overboard. >> this one for kathie lead and
hoda, buying wine at warehouse stores can save you money. costco is the largest retailer of wine in this country. >> so much to save. you don't have to buy these in bulk. you can buy a single bottle of wine. you can save about 15% to 30% compared to your local liquor store or online. so go at it. >> all right. farnoosh torabi, thanks so much. and coming up, the story behind the dramatic jet crash in the middle of the desert. all part of a planned experiment. good science? good show? neither? both? we'll take a look. but first these messages. i love cash back. with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card, we earn more cash back for the things we buy most. 1% cash back everywhere, every time. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. no annual fee. that's 1% back on... wow! 2% on my homemade lasagna. 3% back on [ friends ] road trip!!!!!!!!!!!! [ male announcer ] get 1-2-3 percent cash back. apply online or at a bank of america near you.
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me being off of narcotics for the last seven years, i felt that she was, you know -- i didn't know she was struggling with it still. but at the same time, you know, it's a hard fight. >> bobby brown opening up to matt in his first interview since the untimely death of his ex-wife, whitney houston. they were married for 14 tumultuous years. the r&b singer had some rather surprising things to say about their relationship and their daughter, bobbi kristina. we'll have that exclusive interview with bobby brown tomorrow only on "today." >> all right. we'll look forward to that.
and then just ahead, was it a stunt or was it science? a team recently brought down this 727 jetliner on purpose for a television documentary. no one was hurt, but was it worth it to see something so drastic for the cameras? we're going to tell you what some critics have to say about that. >> all right. and then we are celebrating mom this morning, with mother's day less than two weeks away. for mother/daughter fashions to jewelry and edible gifts, jill martin has found some terrific gift ideas any mom would love. also any mom would appreciate a break from the kitchen and have breakfast waiting for her this mother's day. >> hint hint. >> real big hint there. from white chocolate waffles to quiche florentine and bananas ginger sticky buns. that will get your mouth water using this morning. we've got sweet and savory recipes that are easy to whip up. let's just go right now. >> we don't need weather. let's do the weatherish- >> let's just look at the sticky buns. we don't need to show them that. as we check out your forecast
for you, for "today" we do have the for today, we do have the risk of severe weather, stretching from minnesota to the mid mississippi river valley. mountain snows in the pacific northwest. sunshine and warm, into kt gulf coast and the southwest. temperatures in the 90s. tomorrow the risk of strong storms stays up into the mississippi, upper mississippi river valley. rain along the pacific northwest coast. showers continue in the northeast. with some hit-and-miss thunderstorms and the heat continues in the southwest with more rain along the gulf coast into southern florida. here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. morning rain has given way to some sunshine now around the metro area. the storm center 4 radar showing lingering showers on the eastern shore and the far eastern northern neck. it's heading east. and the temperatures, with the sunshine breaking out are climbing into the 60s. just about everywhere. it will continue to climb to near 80 by this afternoon. isolated thundershower perhaps late afternoon, a small chance of that. a little greater chance tomorrow afternoon and eveningth and a warm day tomorrow, low to mid
80s on wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday. saturday your latest weather. >> al, thank you. well you've seen them whittle away right before your very eyes. so will it be kim the former pro wrestler or the last team standing, conda and her brother jeremy? it's anybody's guess who will be crowned the biggest loser on tonight's finale. allison sweeney is the host. alison, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i know you're not going to tell us who you think is going to win. let's talk about kim. she's in the lead. she lost about 42% of her body weight. could that somewhat work against her or do you think she really is the contender to beat? >> you said you're celebrating moms this morning. i've got two moms as members of the final three who are incredible and kim certainly is that. she has transformed her entire body. we watched it happen on camera during the season. so, while she absolutely has the willpower of steel, and i would never count this woman out, the question becomes does she have more weight to lose and time to
get ready for tonight's finale? you know, i don't want to count her out because she's a rock star, and she blew us away at every weigh-in. so yes, i have to think she's got a chance to do it. >> alison, what about conda? she's very outspoken, lost a third of her weight. but her brother jeremy, not so much. what do you think her chances? >> she's got a chance because again, i think she has something to prove. conda is a mother of a very, young, beautiful daughter and she has a great determination, and i think she feels a little bit like her brother helped her through the season, or she thinks that's her perception. so if anything she's going to work so hard to prove that she deserves to be there and standing on her own two feet. >> and speaking of jeremy, how do you think he stacks up against the competition? >> i mean i think in some ways you could say by the number s he's the one to beat. jeremy has the weight to lose, he stayed steady throughout the entire season. he does still have weight to get off. the question is, did he have enough time to do it? because it really wasn't that long. it's been about two months since our last episode so he had to
really push hard to make sure that he could get up and compete with kim, who was the biggest loser on campus. so he does have the weight to lose, but man that would have taken iron will to make it happen. but we saw at that last challenge that he wants to be a member of the final three. he worked hard to make it happen. and so that's it. we're going to see tonight. i'm very excited. >> by the way, congratulations to you, as well, on the cover of "shape" magazine. i know you dropped more than 20 pounds so you, too, are the biggest loser. >> wowza. >> it's hard to get over, you know, having a kid, man, it changes your body. so it took a long time to get my body back. >> you look amazing. and you're an inspiration to everyone. by the way the live season finale as we mentioned of "the biggest loser" airs tonight, 8:00, 7:00 central right here on nbc. tomorrow we're going to have the winner right here in studio 1a. >> less of the winner. and still ahead your mother's day gift guide. jill martin has some great ideas. you think you take off all your make-up before bed.
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we're back now with a passengerer jet that was crushed deliberately in the mexican desert. >> it was for a new documentary on air safety. but some critics are raising serious questions about the experiment. >> here's nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: a terrifying sight, a boeing 727 on a crash course over a mexican desert. amateur video captures the moment of impact. the dust cloud. and the plane skidding to a stop. only this plunge last friday was intentional. >> my sense is this is a reality show disguised as an educational effort trying to get ratings, pushing the envelope. >> reporter: in the video posted on youtube you can see a helicopter with a film crew follow the plane's descent.
minutes after its pilot parachuted to safety. it's all part of a discovery channel documentary, exploring how aircraft withstand impact. the 170-passenger plane had crash test dummies and dozens of cameras inside. discovery says it hopes to provide new information about how to improve the chances of survival. but some aviation experts are skeptical. they point out the filmmakers didn't invite the faa, the national transportation safety board, or the airplane manufacturer to the crash site. >> this would have been a perfect, golden opportunity, to allow the industry to collect valuable data. and i don't think discovery or any of the folks that may have participated in this really were equipped to collect. >> reporter: discovery insists it was not a stunt. that the team included leading scientists and veteran crash investigators, and that the project underwent a full safety review by pilots and mexican authorities. still, this is the first such experiment since 1984, when nasa
and the faa crashed a jet into the mojave desert in california. the resulting inferno helped establish new rules on fire prevention. but when fox planned to do the same thing for a tv special in 1999, the network scrapped the idea. >> the faa doesn't want people just out there crashing airplanes for sensationalist reasons. >> reporter: as for this latest crash, discovery says it won't release the official footage until the documentary airs later this year. viewers may then decide whether the plunge was indeed for science, or for show. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news, los angeles. >> think that will be a highly rated show. >> i would think so. >> chilling to see that happen, though. well we'll move on. coming up next you can show mom how much you love her with the perfect present for mother's day. some great ideas, too. ♪ here you go. [ male announcer ] people everywhere are helping save trees in just 4 weeks...
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"today's" rule is brought to you by tropicana. tap into nature. >> this morning on mom's rule today, and every day, mother's day gifts, whether you want to buy her some bling, bags or baked goodies, "today" and "us weekly" contributor jill martin is here with the perfect presents to show mom how much she is loved and appreciated. >> good morning. >> got a lot of fun things to get through. let's talk first with the foodie mom. you have a grouping of all these fantastic gifts you can get your mom. starting first with these delicious cookies call the conversation cookie. >> that's right. and i do not cook so this is the perfect gift, if you're like me and you just want to send, starting at $24.50. they have all different packages. you can also personalize. this is i love mom.
they have spa day. come beautifully wrapped. great gift. >> these personalized aprons, also salt and pepper shakers? >> aren't these great? you can put your name on it. starting at dg 32. you can get the apron or the salt and pepper. great to keep on the table all the time. >> next a knife set. you wouldn't think giving your mom a gift of knives. but something they wouldn't buy for themselves. >> these are fun. >> they're wild. >> $38, amazon.com. and it's a way to cook in style. especially if you're having visitors. just a great conversation piece. >> very cute. also if you're having visitors and you have some food you want to keep cool you found this chill salad bowl. >> from crate and barrel. $11.95. you see here, everything fits in. so if you're going on a picnic. and there's a spot or an ice pack on the bottom. >> so it keeps everything cold. >> just a great gift if you want to go travel a little bit. >> perfect. >> have a little picnic. >> how every mom loves jewelry. you found a lot of great ideas starting off with these beautiful bangles that have a little personal touch. >> how pretty.
just to layer and put on on its own, $48. cwonder.com. >> a couple initials. >> and you can put the kids' initials. this is for the very groovy mom. >> for the rocker mom. >> so you see you can put it on leather or you can put it on silk and pick all different things. there's inishials, different signs. can you personalize these. but this is for your mom who is the rockout mom. >> that's true. >> you can layer them up. >> we like those ideas. more little gooind finds here, bracelets, necklaces. >> this is maya brenner and it's 14 karat gold. this is so great, i want you to take a look. there's initials on each of those. you can get "l" and "j" for luke and josh. and in the earrings, you have one "m." you can do "l" and "j." >> so nice of you to find me mother's day gifts. >> but you can do your kid's gifts. i love that idea.
>> perfect. okay. and then you got more over here. these are -- >> mother/daughter matching jewelry. they have the mommies and the daughters starting at $32 at adina designs. >> these great silk bows which you can either wear as a bow or an accessory on a blazer. >> you can wear it on your dress and then you can also wear it in your hair. look. >> very nice. >> so this is an inexpensive gift for a child to give mommy. >> love, love. >> you can never go wrong with anything -- >> smells so good. >> a lot of special edition things out. and affordable starting at $35. comes beautifully wrapped. >> drawer scents to room diffusers. >> you got it. >> okay and for the puppy, because every mom knows that you know the dog is also a member of the family. >> my dog bella rules. so my mother would love it. dog sweaters for every size dog. and these are expression pacifiers for the new mommy.
and then all mommy/daughter matching. these are celebrity inspired, so courteney cox, a lot of celebrities are doing this and part of the proceeds go to charity. >> that's a great thing. >> over here, you can pair them with your matching bathing suits and cover jaws. >> these are from incas. how cute is that? and calista saint bart if you look over there, matching tunics. i always love seeing mommy and daughters on the beach together. >> don't they have mommy/son boy trunks? >> yeah, you could do a little bit. >> thank you so much. >> happy mother's day. >> two weeks away. but from mother's day gift ideas check out "us weekly." up next one thing mom will appreciate is breakfast from scratch. we've got some easy recipes in "today's kitchen."
never in my lifetime did i think i could walk 60 miles in 3 days. 60 miles in 3 days is-- is huge. if my mom can fight and beat breast cancer, i can walk 60 miles. you just put one foot in front of the other, and you know that you're walking for such a great cause that you just keep going. (man) that you have all these people coming together for one common goal. (woman) the goal is to bring an end to breast cancer. (woman) the fund-raising was the easiest part.
people were very giving. complete strangers wanting to help. if i can do this, you definitely can do this. (woman) i'll never stop walking not till we find a cure. (woman) and it has to end, but it starts with us. i knew someday i was gonna do this walk. it is the most rewarding experience i have ever had in my entire life. we can do this. you can do this. we can all do this together. (man) register today for the... and receive $25 off your registration fee. because everyone deserves a lifetime. this morning in "today's kitchen," breakfasts easy as one, two, three.
if you are planning to whip up a special breakfast for mom, you don't have to spend all morning in the kitchen. >> our favorite d.c. lawyer turned baker is back, juan brown brings nor love to the kitchen this morning. author of the book "cake love in the morning." >> any time of day. >> any time. we're doing it in the morning. it's the new book. it's a new day all the time. >> a lot of folks intimidated by making waffles. in fact you shouldn't be. >> they shouldn't be at all. it's a couple different steps. we've got egg yolks and sugar. whip that up. >> you're totally from scratch here. >> totally from scratch. you have to have your egg whites nicely whipped up, and you can set those aside. fold those in jaently at the end. >> why do you want to do that? >> you want to have a lot of air and folding it in makes sure you don't kind of crush the whole batter. >> puffier? >> nice and light. and you also have to make sure you use the right amount of flour, right amount of salt. >> nice. >> baking powder. >> is that a special kind of flour? >> cake flour i think works
really well. nice, white flour, all-purpose will work but maybe lighten that up a little bit with potato starch or cornstarch. >> this is not just your ordinary waffle, this is a white chocolate waffle? >> what did you say, natalie? >> not gist your ordinary waffle. >> white chocolate waffle. i'm going to add in some half and half. i like a little bit of extra when i'm adding. it's quite good. we'll do the milk -- i'm sorry half and half and vanilla. then we will put in our cake flour. >> okay. >> salt and baking powder. >> wow. >> it can be kind of involved. but it's worth it. it really is. if you want to fold in. >> how do you fold in? i honestly don't know. are you folding in right then? maybe i shouldn't do it. >> just going around and just very lightly kind of combining the flour and all the egg yolks and the sugar. then we'll add in our egg whites, which takes some time. and if we don't get to that we have our batter.
>> don't worry, savannah. this is no fail. >> you're doing it very well. >> i am? >> you've got to go around the bowl. >> and fold the egg whites in there. >> we'll fold our egg whites in. >> but if you want to show that stuff, i could take all day. >> one thing you'll notice too is egg whites have a tendency to lose a lot of the moisture once you whip them. sometimes you have to give a little bit of an extra -- >> we want to get to the back. the big prop people always make too much batter in the waffle iron. >> i take this is about a quarter cup which is right how much this ladle is. >> so don't fill it all the way up. >> you don't want to fill it all the way up. if you have a little bit of spillage, that's okay. >> sometimes it looks like a volcano erupting. >> that can happen. you've got to follow your waffle iron's instructions. it will usually chirp when it's ready. sometimes the waffle irons that are nonstick, they don't give you that crispness that you want. >> they don't. >> look for the old-fashioned ones. >> you put the white chocolate on top afterwards? >> the white chocolate curls.
>> i've got a quiche. some shallots, we're sauteing those. the shallots we're going to add to our eggs. >> and the pie crust you say you blind bake? >> lightly toast our crust. just turn that off. our crust is in the oven, we have to pierce it a couple times with a fork and then put some kind of weights on top of it. a lot of times they take like beans, but i like to just use parchment paper -- >> then it looks something like this. >> and sticky buns. >> all right. >> a very nice yeast dough. cinnamon and ginger and a little bit of chocolate and bananas. >> nice. >> so great. >> all these repies on our website "today."com. thank you so much. >> still ahead, kathie lee and hoda. >> and a battleground on the boy's. ♪
breaking news right now at 9:57, right now montgomery county fire and ems crews are on their way to a hazmat situation in bethesda. a strong odor is being reported at the bank of america along old georgetown road. we're told a few people are ill. we'll look for the latest on "news4 midday." now a check of the forecast with storm center 4 meteorologist tom kierein.
>> we've had the sunshine breaking out over the last hour and temperatures are beginning to jump here as we approach 10:00 now, near 70 in washington and much of the region. south and east. to the west and north, it's the mid to upper 60s, later today, near 80 degrees, partly sunny, isolated shower or thundershower. a little greater chance tomorrow afternoon and evening. but warmer tomorrow. remaining warm on thursday, friday, into the weekend. maybe some storms on saturday night. now danella, how's traffic? >> still seeing delays, outer loop of the beltway in montgomery county, very slow as you make your way past new hampshire avenue. travel speed in fact, 27 miles per hour. your delays really continue as you make your way to i-270, eun? >> don't forget to tune in for >> don't forget to tune in for "news4 today"
never in my lifetime did i think i could walk 60 miles in 3 days. if my mom can fight and beat breast cancer, i can walk 60 miles. (woman) the fund-raising was the easiest part. people were very giving. complete strangers wanting to help. i knew someday i was gonna do this walk. if i can do this, you definitely can do this.
we can do this. we can all do this together. (man) register today for the... and receive $25 off your registration fee. because everyone deserves a lifetime. be captions paid for byes nbc-universal television hello, everybody. it's booze day tuesday. but actually, it's a miracle! ♪ a clear blue spectacle because first of all, we're on the air. some wonks we say to ourselves -- >> this is a miracle today. >> -- how does it happen? second of all, you know who is here? one of my all-time -- i don't know how you feel --
>> love him. >> love him, love him, love him -- barry manilow is here ♪ >> this is real music, hoda, by the way -- >> i like him too, by the way. ♪ it's a miracle ♪ a true blue spectacle >> okay, i just saw him downstairs. i hugged him three times. he had surgery a few months ago. he's doing phenomenally. 30 years of unbelievable music. we had to pick out our favorite barry manilow song for us today. i kept changing my mind. it's always the one i'm listening to. >> because they're all so catchy. they remind you of a time in your life and that great feeling. >> it is not just that barry's a world class unbelievable musician. he is just a world class person. >> nice guy. >> yeah! >> who else? sbl mo . >> more than that, guess what? >> we have another miracle. this is huge. this is a huge deal.
okay. when you come -- we have a pantry upstairs. it has a toaster in it. now the toasters -- there are three toasters. just so you know, butting toast in that is like putting a blow drier on the bread because it sits there, it takes about six minutes. >> you have to put it down, then you take it out, everyone checks -- that's okay, it's plastic, then back in again. it usually takes three repetitions to toast the bread. >> keep in mind there are 200 people who want to use the toaster. who have a three-minute break during commercial. >> so someone felt sorry we were tweeting about how crummy our toaster is. >> kathie lee and hoda, we heard you needed a toaster. we love watching the two of you. then they said something nasty about somebody else. it's jenny and john perez from flt ft. morgan, colorado. we could have a little barry manilow music while we're doing this.
it might take a while so guess that's not possible. >> are you going to take it out of that box? >> apparently that's going to be harder than we thought. take our word for it, we're so grateful. >> we needed the toaster. >> you know what we're going to do for them? they're getting kathie lee and hoda mugs signed from us. have we made their day or not? no trips. no nothing. no, you can't come and see us here in new york. no paid trip. but -- >> we will -- >> we'll keep going back to it for the next 20 minutes because it will never be toasted. >> we want to thank you for this. that was very, very sweet. >> a real quick shout out. yesterday i ended up going toen an event, another great singer was there. elton john -- >> he's no barry manilow! just kidding. >> it was for the breast cancer foundation. i tried to tape it. it's not terrible. look.
>> wow. atth shiny dot is elton john. >> and pan down. anyway, but a thank you to -- >> elton john is amazing. another one of those 30-year careers that's just -- >> your former boyfriend john tesch wanted to say thank you. >> hay. >> john tesch was there, one of the guys from the giants. we also have -- >> he doesn't play for the giants. he half-owns them. >> yeah. that. >> couple of pictures. that's his wife lizdy. victor cruz, the one that does the salsa. he was there. that's victor's just terrific girlfriend. >> look at you. >> i couldn't help it. that's what you do. >> there's john. he's such a sweetie. >> if you were home last night, maybe you watched "the voice." >> i'm still jet lagged a little bit so i was trying desperately just to stay up until 8:30 so i could get back on some sort of a -- what i forgot to tell you
yesterday -- you will not believe this -- there were no toilets where we went in israel. in the holy land. >> no toy-toys. when i saw that on the plans to go there, i said that's ridiculous. i've been to israel three times. there are facilities everywhere. not where we went! >> so what did you do? what does one do in that situation? >> i pee-peed like a pilgrim. i couldn't believe it! >> that's shocking. >> i am so -- i have never done that in my life! if somebody would have said the greatest trip of your life would be no toilet facilities, never dry your hair, hummus at lunch -- >> no lunch. >> and no makeup and no spanx, i go that is hell. that's hell. >> you're glowing still. >> it was unbelievable! for those of you who happened to be at home, we didn't get to see "the voice." but they're going to eliminate some of the contestants tomorrow by people voting. we'll decide along with you
guys. >> because we didn't see it last night. >> here's team adam. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> do we have to cut one of those two? >> katrina or o tony. you have to cut either katrina or toe ony? >> no, we have to. >> that is awful! shall we write it down? >> we have four to go. >> that's tomorrow. >> tomorrow. >> they're both talented. next, team cee lo.
>> team blake. last one. ♪ ♪ >> ooh! >> that's tough. it's not fair to only hear like ten second of somebody. >> we have our cards. let's give them to jo ann. >> i never look at them anyway. thank you. we were all gathered around the makeup room watching ryan o'neal. >> you know, i've been around long enough to have met pretty much everybody at some point. never really had a conversation with him.
met farrah once don't letterman or the "tonight show." one or the other. i remember when they were first a couple, i was walking here on the west side and they had just come from a tennis match. and they literally were so breathtakingly beautiful that you literally went -- that's not -- not in that picture that's later. they were just absolutely so flawlessly perfect that they took your breath away. but i was stunned by the interview. first of all, matt was master full, as usual. but i thought he was -- amazingly candid. >> he was very revealing. >> it was raw. you felt like you wanted to take him home and help him heal. >> you wrote this book, "both of us, my life with farrah." he said he just wanted to stay connected with her when matt asked her. he missed her. >> you talk about some vast highs and lows in her life. she would switch almost on a dime between the two and you say
at one point, "we were watching her become unhinged, it seemed, before your very eyes." did she seek some kind of treatment for those vast mood swings? >> no. >> did you talk about them? did they make life very difficult in that -- in the home when you were living together? >> a little bit. a little bit. i felt that she was uncomfortable with me. and maybe i was -- i had grown boring to her. it was tough. it was tough. >> you and farrah were fighting. and which was a common occurrence. redman walks in the room at 6 years old wearing winnie the pooh pajamas and a kitchen knife. said if you don't stop it, i'm going to stab myself. this is 6 years old. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> what gets a 6-year-old to that point? >> he didn't want to see this. he couldn't stand it. it stopped us. i must say. put a stop to that.
>> at the end, a priest was called to her bedside to perform a wedding and instead ended up delivering last rights. >> yes. >> what were those moments like for you? >> i'm not over it yet. >> it went on and on. i would suggest you all go on the website, today.com and look at the whole thing. it was heartbreaking. talk about a man who is filled with regret. >> yeah. that's exactly. >> we never have these things to do over again. you know? i just felt my heart just ached for him. >> he looked like he was in a lot of pain. >> he did. the tony nominations came out. >> yes! yes. we're excited. a lot of our predictions -- >> you're right. you're right. >> yeah. one which is one of our all-time favorites, received 11 nominations, the most of all of
them. the leads were both nominated in their respective categories, and nobody knows the day that they were here at our studio singing that, they found out just moments before the performance that his mother had just been taken to hospice and he was a broken man and he was such a pro. and his mom passed away right after that. so best musical. some nominations. nice work if can you get it which we're seeing tomorrow. and our beloved "once." now we loved peter and the star catcher but that was nominated for best play because it's not really considered a musical. i haven't seen clybournepark.
>> terrific performances. best revival of a musical, "evita," "follies," and our very own norm lewis. anyway, congratulations. i think the tonys are the 10th or 11th of june. we're excited because barry manilow's in the house. >> it's always so much fun. and where is he? >> he's probably down -- >> he's in the green room but we have a hot dad announcement to make. >> what is hotter than a hot dad? we are repeating the contest we did last year. ivillage is holding one to find the hottest dads in america. the grand prize is a royal caribbean cruise. you go to ivillage.com to enter. we'll reveal the winner, the hottest dad in america -- i can think of a bunch right now -- right here on "today" on june 12th. >> is frank gifford not eligible because he knows me? >> yes, he's definitely not
eligible. >> are there still those stupid rules about that? >> i'd like to see you logon to the website. >> find out -- that's hot. that is hot. >> i'm going to reveal among other things why we're wearing these particular dresses -- >> the toast -- >> just, just came out! >> 13 minutes. many 14 minutes! >> jenny and john perez, everybody sends you their love. all 280-some people here who fight over that daggone toaster. coming up next, fans, gather around. >> barry's in our house and we're so excited right after this. [ woman ] my washer had a foul odor that made the whole room stink.
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♪ i write the songs that make the whole world sing ♪ ♪ i write the songs of love and special things ♪ >> never get used to his voice. i wonder if he does. barry manilow is an entertainment legend not only has he written the songs that make the whole world sing, he's sold more than 80 million records in his career and that started in the '70s with the mcdonald's jingle. >> now he's getting ready to tour the country celebrating the release of his latest edition. it is a cd and dvd deluxe and it is called "live in london," featuring barry manilow and the royal philharmonic orchestra. hi! >> that was a thrill. i'm used to going on the road with my band. >> which is great. >> five guys -- six guys -- 14
guys. 75 musicians playing weekend in new england? can you imagine? >> and great back-up singers. you are such a fan of other people's muse significanceship. that orchestra is world renowned. >> 75 guys in the wings with me, they became my band. the automatic yens going crazy when the lights go down. >> they were like -- it was a mosh pit for you. i know! but it begs a good question. we never get tired of hearing you. do you ever hear -- like if you're in an elevator and your song comes on, do you go, oh, that guy again. >> no, i can't believe i'm still here. i'm still playing my music. please, i'm very grateful. >> crowds must be different overseas than your hometown crowd. what's it like playing there? that crowd clearly is rocking out. >> it is like going to passover dinner. what we new yorkers have you
can't do baloney to new yorkers. they can spot a phony a mile away. i've got to be truthful on that stage in new york. if i do something that i don't really mean, they get it. >> i would think they'd forgive you anyway. i don't think you're trying to fool anybody. >> no. but new york you've got to be very care it will because they want the real person up there. >> when you're in like japan, and it's all asian audience and they're all going -- that's got to be -- >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> japan was great! >> what is the craziest thing any fan has ever tried to do to get to you? >> i don't know. somebody sent me a roll of toilet paper on it once. i wasn't exactly sure. >> that's that about? >> she wrote "i love you" on every little piece. >> that's disturbing on so many
levels. >> i don't know what you make of that about i think of it in a positive way. >> you had some surgery a while ago. how are you feeling? you had your hip done? >> i'm all right. it was rough. they didn't tell me about the recovery. four months. i really. that's why we had to postpone. the jewish guilt was killing me. i tried to do this radio city gig but i couldn't even get out of bed, let alone walk up the stairs. >> i talked to you. you were sick about it! >> it was going to be great on valentine's day. surgeon said you're going to be ready in six weeks -- please! i couldn't even walk. >> i think sometimes if they tell you four months you won't do it. >> plus i think the surgeon thought i just sat at the piano. >> he never went to a barry manilow concert? >> why would he say i'd be ready to go in six weeks? the reason i got this is 30 years jumping around to "copacabana." >> "lola" did this to you.
you didn't send him free tickets. i sense just a tad of bitterness. >> in the notes they were saying that you sort of felt like a justin bieber of your time. yes, you were. >> i was. yeah. no, i'm a very grateful guy that i can still do this kind of business. last night there was a wave of energy. you know how radio city is. in the afternoon when you can actually see all those people. you put people in those seats, it is like -- it's like a physical wave! you know? >> and i'm going to get one thing signed for a friend name johnny that's been your biggest fan since "mandy" came out. are you discovering there is a whole new group of kids growing up? >> absolutely. i did a benefit and people rushed the stage at a benefit, very staged dinner. they rushed the stage and they handed me their children. i said you're giving me your
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still ahead, bobbie thomas is going to fill you in on the latest fashion trends. plus, a couple of wonderful performances when our teams battle it out on "today's voice the kids edition." plus you'll meet celebrity coaches. we're keeping them secret. hair-. it's not an olympic sport, but it takes real effort and it takes a diaper that fits their every move. pampers cruisers with 3-way fit adapt at the waist, legs, and bottom for up to 12 hours of protection and all the freedom to play like a real champion. pampers. proud supporter of babies' play. ♪
we're back for more on "today" and bobbie's trends. >> today to get some pep in our step, "today's" style editor bobbie thomas. you mentioned peplem a couple days ago and i didn't know. >> it is the overskirt that kind of pops out on -- or the ruffle that goes around the waist. >> you can hardly buy anything without it these days. >> what's the point?
to make you look thinner? >> it is an architectural detail. it changes your silhouette to look more hourglass. you may be afraid of a little extra fabric in that area but it is flattering on so many shapes. we have one picture of jessica chastain. she's wearing alexander mcqueen. you see jennifer hudson and fergie both in different peplems. it hits at a different point on their waist. of course, kate middleton. on the runway we saw them everywhe everywhere, on dresses, tops, jackets. it's really something that's just kind of tricky when you look at it -- if you're not into sort of how you're going to pull off the shape, you want to figure out where to put. >> some are rather diagonal. >> mine you can't even tell i have it. start off with chastity. >> chastity is wearing a dress
from fashion to figure. what i love about this line is a full figure line. it is something that looks like a two-piece but it is actually a dress. it comes with a belt so it is a great price. it is an easy peplem that doesn't come out too much. this may make you feel it hides a problem area. i love if she turns to the side, it gives you a little booty pop. it's a goord thid thing. >> sue's next. she's got the peplum skirt. >> this is great for the office. little fashion detail that looks polished. her peplum is celebrated in the front, it is a modified twist. you can look at different types, some are cut on an angle, some
only go on the side. whatever feels like works for your hips. it is very feminine. it is a grown-up pretty. i like it a lot better than the grunge and oversize. >> you're not a grunge girl. >> no. >> thanks. next up, we have judy. >> judy, judy, judy! >> judy is rocking a more fashion-forward peplum top from h & m. judy's someone that at first was like i'm not sure if i want to put the extra volume around my midsection. she realized it really helps carve out a waist. if you turn to the side, you'll see it gives her a booty pop, too. if you're bigger on the top, add necklace that will draw the eye up to the top. >> i love it. >> that leaves julie. she has peplum jacket. >> what i really like about
julie's looks -- these are classics, blouse, jeans and blazer. the jacket if she turns to the back you'll notice it has that cropped little peplum look. what i really love, you can create this in your own closet. if you just put a belt over any blouse. do i this a lot. i'll pull my blouse out. just belt it and leave it over the jeans. can you create that feminine hourglass shape without having to go buy it. you can really do that today on your way out the door. >> thank you, bobbie! for more information on "today's" trends, go to klgandhoda.com. our teens will battle it out on "today's voice," the kids edition. it's mother's day. a day to thank me for all of the little things. like being the only one who knows how to turn on the dishwasher. not saying "i love you" in front of all your friends. and always finding everything for everyone. happy mother's day, family. you love me!
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now it is time for "today's voice the kids edition." we've made it to the battle round for these past three weeks. hoda and i have listened to some very talented kids sing as we have narrowed down the contestants to create our teams. >> yesterday both teams met with their celebrity coaches and spent the day learning their songs. leading my team is the fabulous raven-symone who is currently starring in sister act and who i fell crazy in love with upon meeting her. >> my friend kara lee says she's doing an unbelievable job. coaching my team is the talented stephanie lee who plays mary
poppins herself on broadway. we're so happy to have them both. we went over to david friedman's apartment and you take a look. take a look at how it all went down yesterday. >> where's team gifford? yeah! you guys, guess who you're going to be working with today? mary poppins herself! stephanie lee. >> i have an 18-year-old daughter. i said cassidy, what taylor swift song should they learn? you guys like "fearless"? >> yes. >> well then you've got your work cut out for you, don't you, sweetie in you'll be great. i'm going to step aside for a moment. stephanie, it's all yours. >> each of you will -- you two guys will do a part and we'll work on harmony for you. >> one, two, three, four -- ♪
>> i'm going to write these down as we go along. good! woo! >> first of all, amazing job. what's the song called? >> "fearless." >> so i'm going to need you to be a little more fearless. wherever you are tomorrow just sing it. like fearlessly. do that, be fearless, let it out. >> all right. so did you guys have a good time? >> yeah. >> little scary, right? it's got to be. well that's david! all right, you're going to be singing taylor swift's "fearless." and they didn't know the song. really, to sididn't sing it bef yesterday. so take it away, kids, you're going to be awesome. ♪ there's something about the
♪ ♪ ♪ >> all right! >> woo-hoo! >> yeah! >> you guys! that rocked. that was really, really good. >> so proud of you guys. >> we're going to take a commercial break. when we come back we're going to hear from team hoda! >> good job. ♪ [ female announcer ] irresistibly touchable skin hour after hour. ♪ it all starts with new 48-hour nivea extended moisture
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>> they did a great job. learning the song the day before. >> you learned it yourself. >> exactly! >> david didn't know it, and still doesn't. that's what i'm most impressed about, that they learned it yesterday and never faltered and their pitch was good. yeah. >> came out, performed. >> you're going to them in a little bit. >> my coach is raven-symone. we're going to take a look. yesterday they had a little pow wow session, they learned the song. let's take a look. >> look at our team! lilia. hi, christian. we have some big news for you. your coach is the one, the only -- raven-symone. you guys know raven-symone. that's raven, "the cosby show," "sister act."
>> raven's going to teach you a song. the song is called "hey soul sister." you know it? ♪ hey soul sister ain't that mister mister on the radio ♪ why don't you go gather around with raven. >> hey soul sister. ♪ i don't want to miss a single thing you do ♪ >> let raven take good care of you you. >> is that going to be too much to learn? so what's going to happen she's going to sing ♪ hey soul sister ain't that mister mister on the --" then everybody goes "stereo radio." >> is that cute?
♪ >> woo! woo! woo! woo! >> wow! >> woo! okay. now. how do we feel? anxious? ky just say something -- i was there for one minute, i'll be honest, in that taped piece, then i said good-bye. i can't believe what's happening here. what was the game plan? >> the game plan is we're singing, we're in school, we just had this wonderful idea to sing "hey soul sifter" whatever the words are, sing it together as a group. each one helped each other. you two's voice sounds good, but then your two voice -- then her -- >> i love it, christina aguilera. >> you guys were all terrific. when we come back, this is not the favorite time of the show
but we're going to have to nar troe way down. there's going to be only one person left from my team and one person left from kathie lee's team. we're not doing the eliminating, the coaches are. but everyone was terrific. we'll be back. but first, this is "today" on nbc. [ male announcer ] does your cable company keep charging you more...
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we are back with "today's voice the kids' edition." we've just heard each team perform. they did a fantastic job but now it is time for the not-so-easy part. >> luckily we don't have to make that decision. it is up to our celebrity coaches, stephanie lee and raven-symone to decides to moves on to the final next week. >> so hard. i'm so proud of each of you guys. you improved so much from yesterday. but, i have to make a decision. okay. so, i'm going to go with -- miss
jillian. >> congratulations. >> we're going to move on real quick to my team. raven-symone has a decision that she's got to make. >> she does not want to make it. >> you all three did a terrific job. >> you really did. >> i feel really bad and i'm saying this -- i have two seconds. so i'm going to say christian. don't be mad at me, chris. you're going to be amazing. everybody's going to be amazing. you're going to win, little boy. >> christian. >> it went by real quickly. you picked christian. so next week it will be jillian and christian. raise your hand jillian and christian. >> you guys should all remember what happened to jennifer hudson. she didn't win "idol" but she went on to the biggest career of everybody. okay? yes! everybody's a major, major withiner. >> we love you. >> thank you, stephanie. thank you, raven. they're in mary poppins and sister act.