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They must have been a little short on content and long on time today because they showed a clip of a previous segment from Meredith Viera’s interview with Vince McMahon about wrestler, Chris Benoit’s double murder suicide.  I don’t know when the segment aired but I do know that it wasn’t live today at 9 because Meredith is never there after that second hour wraps up.  A pretty good gig, I must say.  Anyway, it was a very interesting interview.  Meredith asked him some tough questions and did not back down when McMahon denied having said that in no way could steroids have caused this to happen.   Even though they had a tape of him saying those exact words.  I do like Meredith, especially after having to endure years of Katie Couric.  And it’s not just because she’s from my home state of RI where I used to watch her on my local news station.  I also met her in New York while she was on The View.  She was very friendly and genuine–unlike her co-stars, Joy Behar and Starr Jones.  I wish I could see more of her interviews, but as I mentioned in my first post, this blog is only about the last hour because I’m not up for the first two.  At least not in the summer when my son doesn’t go to school.  And as I also said earlier, the first two hours actually seem to focus on newsworthy topics.  That’s probably they why ran a snippet of Meredith’s interview in the third hour.  They must have run out of fluff to take them through to 10:00. 

Moving onto the Larry King interview with Paris Hilton.  Yes, they actually had a Today Show correspondent to comment on the Larry King show.  I guess they felt gilted because they didn’t get the interview.  I actually liked the guy who gave his impression of Paris’s comments about being such a new person.  If she’d really changed, why isn’t she talking about doing charity work–especially for MADD.  Instead she’s dishing about what she loves best, herself.  And apparently when asked about what part of The Bible struck her most, she came up empty.  She complained about how unfair her punishment was since she is “too stupid” (my words, not hers) to know that it was illegal to drive with a suspended lisence–twice!  If they handed out sentences for stupidity, she’d be in for life.

Another interview followed.  This one with people who actually have talent and work for a living, actors Jeffrey Donovan and Sharon Gless who star in a new show on the USA network called “Burn Notice.”  It’s about an ex-CIA agent who turns his talents to private detecting after being fired from his previous “job.”  Sounds interesting, even if it is about yet another PI.  This one has a bit of a twist.

Remembering John Lennon followed in an interview with author, Larry Cane, who wrote “Beatles Behind the Scenes.”  My kids were screaming and the phone was ringing while he was on so I missed most of that segment.  I’m guessing he probably talked about John Lennon and The Beatles.  Is there really anything new to read about there?  I guess if you want to know, you can buy the book. 

They continued on with Red, White and Green, about how to have an environmentally friendly Fourth of July picnic.  Here are some of the topics: gas grills are better than charcoal.  Soy candles are better than petroleum.  No kidding, soy is more eco friendly than oil?  Bison burgers are better than beef.  That I can understand, but what if you don’t happen to live in a great plains state?  I prefer the potato and pasta salads anyway.  And no animals lose their life for those.  The highlight of this story–at least for me–was the organic wine, Frog’s Leap.  I think I’ll order a case.

Today’s Kitchen featured grilled fish.  Hey, you can throw some of that on the barbecue if you live on the coast instead of the midwest.  Sure beats bison burgers.

Till Tomorrow.


Welcome to my new blog.  This one is for everyone who needs to be caught up on what was on The Today show–you know, for people who have a life and don’t have time to actually watch that last hour of the show between 9 and 10am.  By the way that is the only hour this blog will be focused on since I’m not an early riser myself and it seems the first two hours are actually dedicated to more newsworthy content.  At least until they air that Paris Hilton interview when she is released from jail.  She’s getting a million dollars to be interviewed by Meredith Viera, not Matt Lauer because he made fun of her.  Is there anyone who hasn’t made fun of Paris?  I guess Meredith hasn’t–at least not publicly.  Anyway, it’s good to see that poor Paris will finally to get to tell her story of life behind bars.  And what better way to spend a million dollars then giving it to an heiress who has absolutely nothing better to do anyway?  Congratulations, Today show execs.  What a score.

Today (or yesterday depending when you read this) we got to watch the family of the murdered pregnant woman, Jessie Davis, grieve on national TV even.  Why anyone would subject themselves to this is beyond me.  And the questions were brilliant: “How are you holding up?” was asked to the victim’s father.  What did she expect the response to be?  His daughter was murdered!  He could barely talk.  Again, I don’t understand the need to go on TV with this, but we all grieve differently. 

Then we got to watch a segment on what foods to eat and what foods to avoid when suffering from PMS.  What do you think was tops on the list to avoid?  Caffiene and alcohol.  Just what a PMSer needs to get through the stress of having PMS, and they tell you it’s forbidden.  I didn’t listen to the foods they recommended because if you can’t drink coffee and martinis when you’re suffering PMS, you’re not going to be thinking about good nutrition.  You’re probably going to be too busy trying to stab someone with the spoon you usually use to stir your coffee with but now you can’t have caffiene.   And since chocolate has caffiene, does that mean you have to avoid that too?  Who comes up with this stuff?  Obviously not someone who has ever suffered from PMS.

Of course, there is always the news on at every half hour and weather updates every five minutes.  Do people really need the forecast that often?  I mean, it’s not going to change from one hour to the next.  Even here in New England. 

Then there was the “Do the Hustle” workout routine which consisted of people jumping rope, doing pushups and crunches to disco music like “The Hustle.”  Hmm, disco boot camp.  That’s a profound new idea that I’m sure will motivate millions to get off their butts and get in shape. 

And finally, they usually end with a food segment as they did with Al Roker about building “A better burger.”  Isn’t Al supposed to be eating healthy?  Maybe the burgers were made out from soy, but I doubt it.  Anyway, sorry I can’t say what they were made of because recipe ideas are lost on me.  My mind wanders back to my kids who are eating frozen waffles jarred baby food.  

And there you have Yesterday on Today.

Till tomorrow.

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