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Originally posted 11/12/2013 10:15AM
After living with her uncle Pierce for years, Savannah Guthrie pays tribute to who she calls the "important figure in her life" for an NBC special.
As a part of "#Inspired By," a weeklong series that honors the personal heroes of the Today show anchors, Guthrie shares how her uncle, who had Down syndrome, continues to inspire her.
"We adored him," says Guthrie of her Uncle Pierce, who passed away in the late '90s. "I just thought he would be the perfect person to highlight because he really proved that no matter what challenges you face in life, you can rise above them and flourish."
Originally posted 11/07/2013 11:50AM
A private moment played out quite publicly for Matt Lauer and Al Roker on Wednesday, as they got prostate exams live on NBC's Today show to help spread the word about the importance of regular checkups.
"It doesn't hurt at all," said Lauer, 55, of the rectal procedure, which took place behind a closed door at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York as cameras waited outside.
"Is it the best 34 seconds of your life? Probably not. But if in 34 seconds a [doctor] can detect something that might save your life, what are we talking about?"
Originally posted 10/12/2013 04:00PM
The bewitching hour must be upon us! With October in full swing and Halloween fast approaching, there's never been a better time to embrace the spooky spirit of the season, and a marketing company behind the upcoming remake of Carrie did just that. Building a fake wall and employing a stuntman, viral video makers Thinkmodo treated customers at an N.Y.C. coffee shop to a shocking display of one woman's telekinesis. While the stunt was definitely startling, it's not the first to have us shaking (sometimes from laughter) in our boots. Try watching these without getting goosebumps – and a case of the giggles:
Originally posted 10/07/2013 10:45AM
Despite all the controversy surrounding her love of twerking, risqué VMA performance and feud with Sinéad O'Connor, Miley Cyrus says she's never been happier.
During an appearance on the Today show Monday, Cyrus, 20, told Matt Lauer, "I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole life."
"The most important thing is being a really good person," the "Wrecking Ball" singer told Lauer when he asked about her the music video's nudity and VMA performance, which he deemed a "strategic hot mess." "And that doesn't depend on what you do on stage, that depends on how you treat people when you're off stage, and I know how I treat people."
She continued, "I don't ever really plan to offend people, but sometimes that just happens because ... they're not open to what they don't understand. But my fans understand. [The VMAs] went exactly as planned. I mean, it's a month later, and we're still talking about it ... so it worked."
Originally posted 10/07/2013 10:05AM
The Today Show is remembering its biggest fan, Linny Boyette.
The hosts paid tribute Monday to the late super-fan, who for nearly 20 years was on hand in the Rockefeller Center plaza to watch the show in person.
Matt Lauer said he was "part of the show," and Al Roker called him "a good luck charm."
Originally posted 09/24/2013 10:00AM
Sian Green, a British tourist who five weeks ago was the victim of a New York City taxi cab accident in which one of her legs was severed, expressed her gratitude to those strangers who stepped forward, stayed with her and helped when the horrific incident occurred.
"There's good people in the world," the 23-year-old, just out of the hospital and smiling, said on Tuesday's Today show. "I can't thank them enough. They saved my life."
Green, a student of fashion-buying and trainee at Hugo Boss, had been in the city for only a day with pal Keshia Warren when a taxi swerved to avoid hitting a cyclist. The vehicle then jumped the curb and plowed into Green as she was eating a hot dog in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center.
"We came here thinking we're just going on holiday," she told the Today show's Matt Lauer, as Warren sat at her side, "and it's been like a whirlwind and it's turned upside down."
Originally posted 08/22/2013 03:00PM
The on-air personalities welcomed daughter Harper Estelle on Wednesday evening
Originally posted 08/22/2013 08:25AM
Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier sentenced this week to 35 years in jail for leaking classified documents, said Thursday that he identifies as female, wants to be known as Chelsea Manning and would like to begin hormone therapy immediately.
"I am Chelsea Manning. I am female," the U.S. Army private said in a statement read on the Today show.
"Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition."
Originally posted 08/22/2013 07:45AM
Less than two weeks after her dramatic rescue, Hannah Anderson pushed back on Thursday at critics who have questioned her relationship with her abductor, James Lee DiMaggio – saying the letters and text messages she sent him were completely innocent.
On the very day she was abducted, Anderson, 16, reportedly sent as many as 13 texts to DiMaggio, who is suspected of killing Hannah's mother Christina, 44, and brother Ethan, 8, before being killed himself during an arrest attempt by the FBI.
But Hannah says the texts can be explained.
Originally posted 08/14/2013 08:20AM
She's busy planning a wedding, but there's something else Savannah Guthrie would like to plan in the future – a family.
"I would love to have kids," the Today show host, who got engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Michael Feldman, in May, tells ELLE magazine for its September issue (available Aug. 20).
"I hope so, if we're lucky and blessed, but who knows what life holds, you know? I'm 41 years old."
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