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NBC's "Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist" provides sharp, conversational coverage of the day's news, along with in-depth profiles of the people and ideas shaping our culture. In his “Sunday Sitdowns,” Geist chats with some of the biggest names in news and pop culture, from actors and musicians to presidents and CEOs, about the stories behind their success. This podcast features the full, unedited versions of those conversations for an even deeper look at the names in the headlines. "Sunday TODAY" airs live on NBC from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. ET. Check your local listings.
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Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

2021-03-0754:41

Amy Poehler spent 7 seasons as one of the biggest stars on Saturday Night Live, followed by 7 more on the beloved NBC series Parks and Recreation. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Poehler to discuss her journey to comedy stardom, hosting the Golden Globes with her friend, Tina Fey, and her buzzed-about new Netflix movie Moxie, which she directs and stars in. 
Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan

2021-02-2801:03:531

Jim Gaffigan’s relatable, family-focused stand-up act has made him one of the biggest draws in comedy, with Forbes recently ranking him 3rd on the list of highest-earning comedians. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Gaffigan for a conversation about his 30 years in the industry and a lesson in his newest quarantine hobby: cross-country skiing.
Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

2021-02-2132:052

Willie Nelson is an American icon and music legend, winning 10 Grammy Awards over the course of his eight decades in the industry. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the country singer to talk about 80 years of music, including his latest album “That’s Life,” a tribute to his friend Frank Sinatra. 
BONUS: Mommy Doomsday

BONUS: Mommy Doomsday

2021-02-1604:43

As a bonus for Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of Mommy Doomsday, a new podcast from Dateline NBC and Keith Morrison.The disappearance of two of Lori Vallow’s children in Rexburg, Idaho in September 2019 would expose a bizarre trail of death, devotion and Doomsday beliefs that captivated the nation. From the team who brought you the #1 podcast The Thing About Pam comes the haunting mystery that has to be heard to be believed. Subscribe to Mommy Doomsday now: https://link.chtbl.com/mommydoomsday_drop
Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson

2021-02-1432:302

Kenan Thompson is the longest-running cast member on Saturday Night Live, playing an endless range of characters and performing a record number of celebrity impressions throughout his 18 seasons on the show. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actor and comedian to talk about pulling double duty with SNL and his new sitcom, Kenan, which films in Los Angeles. 
Jared Leto

Jared Leto

2021-02-0733:393

Jared Leto is known for his fully-immersive transformations in movies, including Dallas Buyers Club, Suicide Squad and his latest film, The Little Things, which just earned him a Golden Globe nomination. In this week’s "Sunday Sitdown," Willie Geist talks to the actor about working on that movie alongside one of his heroes, Denzel Washington, and his other career as a rock star in the band 30 Seconds to Mars. 
Dax Shepard

Dax Shepard

2021-01-3143:501

You might call Dax Shepard an unlikely Hollywood star, and he’d probably agree with you. He grew up outside Detroit and moved to Los Angeles for college, where he spent over a decade struggling as an actor before his big break. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actor to talk about that journey to stardom, his latest dream job on Top Gear America and his wildly popular podcast “Armchair Expert.” 
Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

2021-01-2444:41

Kate Hudson was just 21 years old when she won a Golden Globe for her role in Almost Famous. In the two decades since, she has starred in a run of romantic comedies, launched a successful athleisure brand and raised three children ranging in age from toddler to teenager. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Hudson for a virtual conversation about her life and career, and what quarantine has been like with those three kids.
Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

2021-01-1727:25

Rob Lowe was just 18 years old when Francis Ford Coppola cast him in the 1983 movie The Outsiders, and he quickly became a fixture of 1980’s Hollywood. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Lowe to talk about the pitfalls that came with that early success and how it propelled a run of nearly 40 years on screen, including in his latest show 9-1-1: Lone Star.  
Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan

2021-01-1529:371

Rachel Brosnahan’s performance in the hit series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has earned her an Emmy, two Golden Globe Awards and international recognition as the spirited stand-up comic, Midge. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Brosnahan in New York City to talk about filming that show in the place she calls home and her buzzed-about performance in the new film I’m Your Woman.
Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot

2020-12-2723:211

Gal Gadot was ready to walk away from show business before she teamed up with director Patty Jenkins on the blockbuster movie Wonder Woman, which became a cultural phenomenon and made Gadot a role model for women and girls around the world. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Gadot for a virtual conversation about the film’s highly-anticipated sequel, Wonder Woman 1984.
Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

2020-12-2025:391

Taraji P. Henson is synonymous with Cookie Lyon, the unforgettable matriarch she played on the hit series Empire which earned her a Golden Globe award. But she has also won praise her performances in films like Hustle & Flow, Hidden Figures and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Henson over Zoom to talk about a different kind of project – her new Facebook Watch series Peace of Mind with Taraji, where she hosts open, honest conversations about mental health.
Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

2020-12-1331:15

Bryan Cranston earned four Emmy Awards for his role as Walter White on Breaking Bad, which is widely regarded as one of the best shows in the history of television. Since the series ended in 2013, he has won a pair of Tony Awards and earned an Oscar nomination for his leading role in Trumbo. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Cranston over Zoom to discuss his latest series Your Honor, the legacy of Breaking Bad, and how he always finds himself playing the part of a man compromised.
Keegan-Michael Key

Keegan-Michael Key

2020-12-0632:031

You may know Keegan-Michael Key as one half of the comedy duo “Key and Peele” or as President Obama’s anger translator, Luther. But Key has recently found his way back to the dramatic acting that interested him back in high school, and he is now starring opposite Meryl Streep in the new Netflix movie musical The Prom. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actor over Zoom to talk about his road from drama class to the big screen, and his 16-year detour into comedy.
Al Pacino (2020)

Al Pacino (2020)

2020-11-2901:18:09

The name Al Pacino calls to mind some of the most memorable performances in the history of film, from The Godfather and Scarface to Scent of a Woman and Heat. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the Hollywood icon to talk about his legendary career, including his Oscar-nominated performance in The Irishman and his Amazon series Hunters. Plus Willie takes Al for a cruise around Beverly Hills in a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado. (Original broadcast date: February 23, 2020)
Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox

2020-11-2242:401

Michael J. Fox was just 29 years old and at the peak of his acting career when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but he continued to work in movies and television before stepping away to create his now-famous research foundation. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Fox to talk about his new book “No Time Like the Future” in which he reveals a recent breaking point in his 30-year fight against the disease.
Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

2020-11-1533:162

Dolly Parton grew up in a small cabin in Tennessee with no running water or electricity, but she climbed her way to the top of the music world and American culture over the course of an iconic career. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Dolly to talk about her latest Christmas album, her new Netflix film and her upcoming book about the stories behind her greatest hits.
Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

2020-11-0845:582

20 years ago, Chris Stapleton left his small hometown in Kentucky and moved to Nashville to chase his dream of being a songwriter. Five years ago, the dream got bigger when he released his own album, won a pair of Grammy Awards, and established himself as one of the most distinctive voices in all of music. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together virtually with the country star to talk about that journey and his latest album, Starting Over.
Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

2020-11-0140:451

Matthew McConaughey is known for his free-spirited, easy-going philosophy on life, as embodied in his famous catchphrase “Alright, Alright, Alright.” The actor first uttered those words in the movie Dazed and Confused and they have followed him through a long career in Hollywood, from romantic comedies to TV series to an Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with McConaughey over Zoom to talk about that journey, and what it was like to reflect on it in his new book “Greenlights.”
Drew Barrymore (2020)

Drew Barrymore (2020)

2020-10-2538:061

Drew Barrymore has spent almost her entire life in the public eye, starting with her breakthrough role in E.T. at just 7 years old and continuing over four decades of acting, producing and directing. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the Hollywood star to talk about her long career in the spotlight and making the transition into daytime television with her new talk show “The Drew Barrymore Show.”
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Howard Stein

First of his podcasts I've listened to, and very impressed. Difficult to interview someone the stature of Pacino, but he absolutely aced it. Respectful and not fawning. Great questions and just let him go. Excellent stuff

Dec 6th
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Rachelle Nocito

I love watching Sunday SITDOWN with Willie Geist. My 70th Birthday is Nov. 1st, 2020, and am trying to send yo a video for your people screen. If you see this, please guide me of where to post my birthday video. Being 70, allows me to ask.

Oct 29th
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Sarah Tebo

Nice show!! Enjoyed it ☺️

Oct 18th
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victweety

Great!

Sep 27th
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Bonita Williams

Thank you for sharing the full broadcast of this talented, hard working young icon, gone too soon.

Aug 30th
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Stephanie Lozano

A delight! ❤️

May 13th
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ESTHER EMERY

I enjoy your show very much. I like your segment on a life well lived and would like to recommend someone, She died on Saturday, April 11th, Her name is Ruth B Mandel. She is well-known in some circles, but not nation-wide. She had a tremendous impact on many people. Her is a link to article in NY Times.k There is also information through Rutgers University as she held some key positions there. Thank you for your consideration.np://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/us/politics/ruth-b-mandel-a-voice-for-women-in-politics-dies-at-81.html

Apr 14th
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Denise Johnson

Willie, your show today (April 12) was great! I love how you kept the entire show positive and uplifting. In these difficult days, we need the encouragement of news personalities who are honest, forthright, and keep even those who attempt to put a negative spin on the Coronavirus and the government responses in check. Great job today! Thanks for all you are doing!

Apr 13th
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Jeannie Kult

Thanks Willie. Another great interview and how nice to hear Al Pacino tell storys. I always wanted to hear him do things like this but, he just didn't, but now! Wow! Can't wait for Sunday to see whos next.

Feb 29th
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Toni Finley

Start my 🌞 morning with NBC Willie and Meet the Press Sunday

Feb 23rd
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Kim A. R.

I love these interviews!!! Listen to at least three a day.😁

Jan 15th
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Jeffrey Hutchison

Cried hearing of Jennifer loss to her faimaly and how that phone call broke her. as mine was losing my sister and a month losing my father and brother in a plane crash. 4 years later losing my last broth dieing from compliocation of being a diebetic. All before they to make it pass forty years of age.. 502-338-8688 "HUTCH" Class mate to Senitor Tammy Duckworth.

Dec 15th
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ppejump

you're a great interviewer Willie!! @ much respect

Aug 6th
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Patrice Swafford Welch

love it! I really enjoy your podcast and YOUR bring down to Earth Willie and I love Ina also for that reason... not so uppity... we ALL have things to offer in this world

Jun 9th
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Dana Peake

hilarious!

May 21st
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Dana Peake

what an adorable goofball

May 13th
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ppejump

so much respect for willy

Apr 26th
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Dana Peake

love love Bradley Cooper

Apr 16th
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William Vogel

Great podcast. I really enjoyed the insight to producing yourself. Kevin you're brilliant. Willie I'm happy to find out about this podcast. I feel like you are asking the questions for me. Thanks to you both.

Feb 15th
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Julie Holiday

Willie, on Jimmy Fallon you said there is a Jimmy Fallon one on here and I don't see it. If it exists please add it to the list. I love you interviews. i wish they dropped more than once a week. How about Justin Timberlake? 😍😍

Feb 10th
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