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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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Keanu Reeves (2019)

Keanu Reeves (2019)

2020-08-0942:571

Keanu Reeves has been a Hollywood powerhouse since Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure put him on the map three decades ago, going on to star in movies like The Matrix, Speed and Point Break. Through it all, Reeves has stayed grounded and kept his personal life private. In this week's "Sunday Sitdown" Willie Geist talks with the actor about his role in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and coming full circle with the new film Bill and Ted Face the Music. (Original broadcast date: May 12, 2019)
Viola Davis (2019)

Viola Davis (2019)

2020-08-0244:512

Viola Davis’ journey to the top of Hollywood’s A-list began on a former plantation in South Carolina, where she was born. She moved to Rhode Island at a young age and grew up poor, but found her way out through acting. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the actress about her extraordinary life and career, as well as a project that’s close to her heart - a documentary about the diabetes crisis in the United States. (Original broadcast date: May 5, 2019)
Lenny Kravitz (2018)

Lenny Kravitz (2018)

2020-07-2632:06

It’s been over 30 years since Lenny Kravitz released his breakthrough first album “Let Love Rule.” Since then he has sold more than 40 million albums and at one point won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the rock star about his long career in the industry and the interesting way he came up with his most recent album “Raise Vibration.” (Original broadcast date: September 9, 2018)
Chris Evans

Chris Evans

2020-07-1924:46

Chris Evans is best known for his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but his latest projects are a change of pace for the Hollywood star. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actor for a virtual conversation about his role in the new Apple TV series Defending Jacob and his step off the screen into public policy.  
Jennifer Hudson (2019)

Jennifer Hudson (2019)

2020-07-1237:43

Jennifer Hudson’s big, unmistakable voice has carried her from the pews of a Chicago church to stardom on “American Idol,” then to an Oscar and a pair of Grammy Awards. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the singer and actress about that journey, her role in Cats, and how she moved forward after unthinkable tragedy in her life. (Original broadcast date: December 15, 2019)
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

2020-07-0534:352

Since leaving her native South Africa as a teenager, Charlize Theron has worked her way to the top of Hollywood’s A-List. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the Oscar winner for a virtual conversation about that journey, her new Netflix movie The Old Guard, and life at home with her two daughters. 
Jake Gyllenhaal (2019)

Jake Gyllenhaal (2019)

2020-06-2846:02

Jake Gyllenhaal’s role in the blockbuster hit Spider-Man: Far From Home was a first for the Oscar-nominated actor, who over the last twenty years has earned his place among Hollywood’s elite. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to Gyllenhaal about pivoting from that big-budget superhero film to his role in a critically-acclaimed Broadway play. (Original broadcast date: July 28, 2019)
Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, The Next Big Idea brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. This week’s episode features a conversation about the power of being “weird.” Listen to the full episode here: http://wondery.fm/NextBigIdea-NBC
John Legend

John Legend

2020-06-2128:32

At 41 years old, John Legend has already joined the most exclusive club in show business – earning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, and becoming the first African-American man to achieve the elusive EGOT. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the award-winning singer over Zoom to talk about his latest album and these times in which it’s being released.
Samuel L. Jackson (2019)

Samuel L. Jackson (2019)

2020-06-1439:241

Samuel L. Jackson’s breakthrough in the cult classic Pulp Fiction came at the age of 45, after he had already lived a full life both professionally and personally. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the legendary actor about his prolific movie career since then and the road to becoming the most bankable star in Hollywood. (Original broadcast date: June 16, 2019)
Kerry Washington (2019)

Kerry Washington (2019)

2020-06-0737:091

Kerry Washington has a habit of playing strong women, from Anita Hill in the 2016 film Confirmation to her seven-season run as Olivia Pope on the hit show Scandal. In this week's "Sunday Sitdown," Willie Geist talks to Washington about how starring in that show changed her life, her role in the Broadway play turned Netflix movie American Son, and why her parents didn't want her to become an actor. (Original broadcast date: November 10, 2019)
Ben Stiller (2020)

Ben Stiller (2020)

2020-05-2426:34

Before Ben Stiller became one of the most famous actors and directors in Hollywood, he was a kid growing up in New York City with a pair of comedy legends for parents: Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. In this week's "Sunday Sitdown," Willie Geist gets together with Stiller over Zoom to talk about his beloved father, Jerry, who passed away in early May at the age of 92.
Everyone needs a reminder about just how good people can be. On Wondery’s new series The Daily Smile, host Nikki Boyer brings you stories that will make you feel good each weekday morning. With interviews, inspiring clips, and chats with special guests and passionate friends, The Daily Smile takes you on a journey into goodness, gives you all the feels, and will leave you with a smile on your face. Listen to the full episode: www.wondery.fm/DailySmileSSD
Tiffany Haddish (2019)

Tiffany Haddish (2019)

2020-05-1745:51

Tiffany Haddish has been on a whirlwind run since her breakout role in the box office hit Girls Trip. She has appeared in movies, television, commercials, her own stand-up comedy special and even a historic hosting gig at Saturday Night Live. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actress to talk about her incredible journey from homelessness to Hollywood’s A-list. (Original broadcast date: August 11, 2019)
Ina Garten (2018)

Ina Garten (2018)

2020-05-1039:43

Ina Garten is a beloved chef in part because she seems like one of us – she has no formal training and she taught herself how to make a great meal by experimenting with cookbooks. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist travels to the Hamptons for lunch with the television host and bestselling author to talk about her life before “The Barefoot Contessa,” her down-to-earth approach in the kitchen and the release of her 11th cookbook “Cook Like a Pro.” (Original broadcast date: October 28, 2018)
Shaquille O'Neal (2019)

Shaquille O'Neal (2019)

2020-05-0349:252

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant athletes in the history of sports. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the basketball legend to talk about his success on and off the court, including his second act as a prolific businessman and analyst on “Inside the NBA.”  (Original broadcast date: April 21, 2019)
Woody Harrelson (2019)

Woody Harrelson (2019)

2020-04-2631:571

Over a 35-year career in Hollywood, Woody Harrelson has remained Woody: the one-of-a-kind guy you want to hang out with. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the legendary actor in Austin, Texas to talk about his long run in show business, from the early years on Cheers to big budget turns in The Hunger Games to his latest Netflix film The Highwaymen, and he opens up about his biggest influences along the way. (Original broadcast date: March 17, 2019)
Sheryl Crow (2019)

Sheryl Crow (2019)

2020-04-1958:081

With her breakout hit song “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow quickly went from talented backup singer to household name. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist travels to the musician’s Nashville home to talk about her journey from a tiny town in Missouri to the top of the music charts, and why she says her most recent album “Threads” will be her last.  (Original broadcast date: September 8, 2019)
Chip and Joanna Gaines have built something of an empire with their Magnolia lifestyle brand and sparked a renaissance in their hometown of Waco, Texas. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist travels to Waco to talk to the “Fixer Upper” stars about walking away from the show that made them famous, keeping life normal for their five children, and their latest projects – renovating a hotel and launching a television network. (Original broadcast date: October 27, 2019)
Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

2020-04-0538:151

The “Deadpool” franchise gave Ryan Reynolds the signature role of his 20-year career, but its success was far from a sure thing. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the Hollywood superstar about his decade-long fight to bring that character to the big screen, plus his new life as a businessman and majority owner of American gin company, Aviation Gin. (Original broadcast date: October 21, 2018)
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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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Lauri Aliengena

Love your podcast!!

Jan 13th
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Chester Jefferson

I love this app.... period!

Jan 1st
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Malaki Muser

I love this show, try to watch it each weekend. He does a great interview... So I was excited to see that there was a podcast. But the audio is a bit off. The guests is a little low and it's just kinds difficult to hear what people are saying. But that's just me, thanks. Take it easy.

Dec 23rd
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Julia Marston

Could you ask Benedict why he has worn the same sweater yo every interview reference The Grinch. Am I missing a connection?

Dec 3rd
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Steve Arsenault

Wish the podcast was recorded a bit louder...can only listen with headphones on.

Nov 29th
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