Have You Heard Of The Highest Slam Dunk? Welcome to December 1st, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate trick shots and the power of giving. The Harlem Globetrotters basketball team practically wrote the book on trick shots, making near-impossible baskets in every way imaginable. And when it comes to slam dunks, there’s nobody better than Globetrotter Hammer Harrison. In 2019, he successfully completed the highest slam dunk ever. Now, you’re probably thinking—yeah, yeah—I’ve seen plenty of slam dunks before. Trust us when we say you haven’t. Harrison skydived from a plane that was 13,000 feet in the air and, as he floated in on his parachute, he slammed home a dunk just before landing. Take that, Lebron! On World Trick Shot Day, you may not have access to a plane, but we bet that you can still drive your opponent crazy in your own game of HORSE. Every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving we celebrate the National Day of Giving. Known on social media as #GivingTuesday this day celebrates the spirit of expressing our gratitude with action. Perhaps the blur of hunting for deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday has already given you a mental workout. Today we invite you to pause for a moment to consider your own good fortune. It's a gift that may not seem obvious at first, as we all feel consumed by our own needs and struggles. But the act of giving always holds the key to finding a silver lining and on National Giving Tuesday no act of kindness or charity is too small to count for those who are truly in need. If you’d like to know more, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website TheNationalDailyShow.com. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day!
Marie Osmond told us she is channeling every diva she has ever worked with for her latest role in Lifetime's Christmas Edition. In this new holiday flick Marie plays a media tycoon, we asked how she felt about the new "Fake News" term, along with the media's responsibility to tell the American people the truth about the news. Osmond wanted to make it clear that she loved our country, and that the people need to make sure to be responsible themselves, when getting their news. "They need to not just be listening, but they really need to do their research". The 61 year singer and actress added that "I don't do politics, who cares what celebrities think when it comes to politics? I don't." Fans have fallen in love with Marie since the 70's when she starred on the variety show Donnie and Marie, some will remember her 1973 #1 hit Paper Roses and some know her from her recent stint on The Talk. She did not want to discuss her exit from the daytime talk show, but did open up with us about her music. The singer said she has more music on the way and talked about winning a CMA Award in 1986 for Country Vocal Duo with Dan Seals on the song Meet me in Montana. Music has always been her medicine she explained, Marie is one of the founders of The Children's Miracle Network and wanted everyone to check out her music video for her song Music is Medicine. Finally we asked Marie what a typical Christmas was like in the Osmond household. Her answer may surprise you when it comes to the Holiday's at Marie's! Listen to this episode and other episodes of Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas by going to The Podcast Playground. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When it comes to long careers in television, few can rival the success of TODAY'sAl Roker. Hailing from Queens, a borough of New York City, the beloved weatherman has been one of NBC's most trusted voices for over 40 years. Now, he's out with his 13th book, "You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success," in which he shares the lessons he's learned over his distinguished career. Al tells us the story of when his Father took him to get his drivers license in a 1967 Ford Squire station wagon and how he got his start in show business on the radio in college. He gave us the gravy on this years Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. This will be the 94th year of the historic event and the parade must go on! It will be "reimagined as you might imagine" Roker told us, "Santa will hit Harold's Square this year and NBC will be there to cover it". Even with an increase in Covid cases in NYC, they will have a revised version of the parade this year in the City. NBC's coverage begins Thanksgiving Day 9am all times zones. The beloved weather man expressed that "climate change is a real and there is no question that it's happening." he also told us that "You can have good paying jobs, you can have job growth and be a steward to the planet". Roker also said that Donald Trump was incorrect when he called NYC a ghost town. Roker lives on the upper eastside of Manhattan and says "it's just as crowed as ever". After 40 years of broadcasting with NBC Al Roker has had a front row seat to 9-11, the #MeToo movement, presidential elections and the latest being Covid-19. We wanted to focus on the positive moments in his career covering musicians, authors and celebrities. Al admitted that meeting Charles Schultz the American cartoonist, who is credited for the Peanuts comic, was a dream come true." Listen to the podcast to hear the rest of our conversation with Al Roker. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Actress Lea Thompson reflects on her Back To The Future days playing Lorraine and working with Michael J. Fox. The 80s actress admits she has been spending a lot of time cooking and cleaning lately for her family due to covid-19. Lea recalls another virus that swept the planet in the 1980s when she was starring in blockbuster movies. That was the AIDS virus. Since the first cases were reported in the U.S. in 1981, 39 million people have died from the HIV virus, including 619,000 globally last year alone according to unaids.org. Lea says she is really proud of America right now and how many are coming together but still have work to do. "We've started appreciating people that we took for granted in the past (and in the future) "like grocery store workers and people who pick the crops and of couse the nurses and the janitors." Thompson told us on the podcast. Lea has been married to director Howard Duetch since 1989. The 59 year old Thompson opened up to our own Gentry Thomas about how they met on the set of Some Kind of Wonderful in 1987. She reminisced with us about their first photo together and how she recently posted it on her Instagram Page. Her husband is known for directing Pretty in Pink, The Great Outdoors and Grumpier Old Men to name a few. Both her and Duetch have directing creds now since Lea has directed 7 episodes of ABC's hit show The Goldbergs. Lea and hubby Howie often share directing notes these days, but she wanted to make it clear that Howard does not have back to back hit shows with a network like she has done recently. Listen to this week's episode of Backstage with Gentry Thomas and for even more interviews and content join us on The Podcast Playground. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.