Wanna Feel Festive Without Spending A Lot Of Dough? Time To Bust Out The Cookie Cutters! Welcome to December 3rd, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate making spirits bright by rolling out the dough and giving to our furry friends. Nothing sparks your holiday season like baking homemade cookies and this is the week to roll out some dough and press it with your favorite cookie cutters. Even the ancient Egyptians liked forming sweet cakes in various shapes and folks followed suit in Greece, Rome and Western Europe. By the 1500s Germans made elaborate wooden cookie molds and gingerbread men, women and houses popped out by the dozens. But American tin smiths of the 1700s made the cookie cutters we still love today. During National Cookie Cutter Week roll out your own favorite tradition and watch the holiday cheer appear! While you may not have room to adopt a pet this season, you can still be a part of a holiday tradition that brings comfort and joy to millions of shelter animals through Operation Santa Paws. This month we celebrate the spirit of giving to our four legged friends to make their stay a little bit brighter until they find their forever home. The organization accepts blankets, food, toys and money that will make animals feel secure and cared for, which is an important part of keeping them adoptable. And if you’re ready for a new family member, they can help you find that perfect pet. Look for Operation Santa Paws between now and December 24th to bring the holiday spirit to our furry friends. 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.