Making Space with Hoda Kotb
Making Space with Hoda Kotb
About Making Space with Hoda Kotb
In this raw and revealing conversation from August 2021, Suleika Jaouad, New York Times bestselling author of “Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted” and her partner, music legend, Jon Batiste join Hoda Kotb to talk about Suleika’s cancer journey, and their life together, both the highs and the lows. At the time, Suleika was celebrating seven years cancer-free. Since then, her cancer returned for the second time.
Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great icons. She burst onto the American rock scene as a singer-songwriter in 1988 with her self-titled debut album, and hasn’t left it since. Melissa has remained one of America’s favorite singer-songwriters for over three decades, with two Grammys and fifteen nominations, an Academy Award, five platinum albums, and more accolades marking her prolific career. The rockstar, mother, activist and trailblazer shares her story in her memoir “Talking to My Angels”, including her battle with breast cancer, the heartbreaking loss of her son and how music has gotten her through it all. Melissa sat down with Hoda Kotb to open up about it all, sharing the lessons she’s learned and how she continues to evolve, on stage and in life.
Erin Andrews is a fixture on the NFL sidelines. She’s been a sportscaster for more than two decades, and is a legend in the sports industry. But like the rest of us, not every season has felt like a winning one for Erin. She’s learned that some test your strength, your endurance and your drive to keep going. Erin opened up to Hoda Kotb about the road to becoming one of sports tv’s brightest stars, her cervical cancer diagnosis, her battle with infertility and her journey to motherhood. Erin continues to inspire on and off the field, as she celebrates the busiest and best season of her life yet.
Rainn Wilson is an Emmy nominated actor, writer, producer, New York Times bestselling author and… spiritual explorer. You may know him for playing the role of “Dwight Schrute”, the annoying but lovable salesman on NBC’s hit series “The Office”, but there is so much more to Rainn than the characters he plays on screen. In his latest book “Soul Boom”, Rainn is calling for a spiritual revolution as part of his personal journey. He sat down with Hoda Kotb to discuss embracing his spirituality, finding balance and living in a state of awe, curiosity and gratitude.
If you think you know Maria Menounos, think again. As a reporter, host, actor, producer, New York Times bestselling author and podcast host, she has been a light on our tv screens for more than 20 years. Her life has been quite a ride, with both highs and lows, and at each turn, she’s exhibited incredible strength, grace and unshakeable faith. Maria joins Hoda Kotb to discuss her health journey, her battle with pancreatic cancer, her road to motherhood and how she’s using what she’s learned to help others heal.
Making Space with Hoda Kotb is back for Season 4! Join TODAY show’s Hoda Kotb as she continues on a personal journey of self-discovery and learning. This season, she sits down with guests actor & author Rainn Wilson, entertainment journalist & podcast host Maria Menounos, music legend Melissa Etheridge, sportscaster Erin Andrews and more. The first two episodes of Season 4 premiere Wednesday, November 15. Follow now
In this bonus episode of Making Space, Eva Longoria opens up to Hoda about her heritage, why philanthropy holds such a special place in her heart and landing the role that would change everything for her. The two connect on the significance of motherhood, inspiring the next generation, and diligently working towards this moment.
After settling into married life five years ago, releasing a memoir during the pandemic, then welcoming daughter Malti, Priyanka Chopra Jonas is ready to get back to the role she knows best — kicking butt on the small screen. She’s entering this “new season” of her life as a working wife and mom, starring as a spy in Prime Video’s new thriller action drama Citadel and in the romantic comedy Love Again, co-starring Celine Dion (with a fun cameo from her husband Nick Jonas). In this episode, Hoda Kotb interviewed Priyanka virtually — Hoda from 30 Rock, Priyanka from Mumbai — for Hoda’s first-ever TODAY.com cover story interview. As you’ll hear - Priyanka is honest, deeply reflective, and beautifully open to this next phase of life. She opens up about Malti’s 100-day stay in the NICU, sharing how Nick Jonas was her strength when she needed it and how she had to be her daughter’s strength when she needed it most. This is a conversation between Hoda Kotb and Priyanka Chopra Jonas for TODAY’s spring cover story. For more go to http://www.today.com/specials/priyanka-chopra-jonas-today-cover-story/index.html.
Inspired by MAKING SPACE the podcast, TODAY with Hoda & Jenna dedicated an entire hour to wellness. In this special episode MAKING SPACE FOR YOU, experts help you make the most of life by focusing on mind, body, and soul. Best-selling author Nedra Glover Tawwab offers tips on living a drama-free life, Dr. Christian Gonzalez touches on healing through nutrition and Mangit Devgun shares practices for restoring the mind and body. Plus, Hoda reflects on what she’s learned from Making Space guests over the last three seasons and Jenna shares her personal journey with wellness.
If you look solely at the success of her body of work, you’d never guess Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez is dealing with the effects of her painful childhood. But over the course of her career and life, Rosie has chosen to focus on the good. In this final episode of the season, Rosie reflects on her own strength and resilience, and she looks back fondly at those who believed in her. Raw and honest, Rosie is making space for healing. She always knew she’d make it, after hearing her conversation with Hoda, you’ll see why.
Almost 30 years ago, when she was a local journalist at WWL in New Orleans, Hoda Kotb met another TV reporter by the name of Karen Swensen. The connection was instantaneous, and they’ve been best friends ever since. Together, they’ve navigated some of life’s most challenging moments, like illness and loss, and they’ve also celebrated each other’s joyful moments. As their lives have evolved, so too has their friendship. In this very special episode, Hoda and Karen reflect back on life, love, motherhood, and friendship. Life’s about change — and, together, they’re embracing it.
Maria Shriver has spent a lifetime unpacking her experiences: Whether it’s grief, her relationship with faith, illness, or how she was raised, talking to Maria is always profound. And, as she’s navigated her own personal journey, Maria has figured out not only how to manage situations, but how to live her most authentic life. She opens up like never before, sharing with Hoda what she’s learned through the challenging times, the importance of knowing when to walk away, and how she finally gave herself permission to be Maria.
As the top-selling female country music artist in history, Shania Twain has seen decades of career highs. But, behind the music, Shania experienced incredible challenges. In this deeply personal conversation with Hoda, Shania reflects on her difficult childhood, the loss of her parents, and her battle with the disease that almost cost the artist her voice. Now in her fifties, Shania is once again on top. With new music and an upcoming tour, she is talking to Hoda about becoming the “Queen of Me.” In an earlier version of this “Making Space” Shania Twain episode we misstated her age. She is 57.
How did Steve Harvey go from living in his car to becoming one of the most influential entertainers of our time? What did he tell himself during those trying moments - and how does he really feel about going through life with a backup plan? Steve shares with Hoda how he got here, and what he’s learned along the way. He also offers advice to anyone who feels like they’re up against a challenge right now. Spoiler alert - you might as well keep going.
When did the top-selling and most decorated female gospel artist of all time realize she had a gift? As CeCe Winans shares with Hoda, when she sang and saw adults moved to tears, she knew she’d been blessed with something special — the spirit behind her voice. CeCe also reflects on the beautiful role of music in her life, her deep friendship with the late Whitney Houston and she shares lessons about passing faith onto the next generation. All you have to do is believe.
Country music legend Wynonna Judd joins Hoda for a powerful and raw conversation just months after the passing of her beloved mom, Naomi. Together, Wynonna and Hoda reflect on Naomi’s legacy, the impact of her passing on their family, and Wynonna shares how she’s making space for both grief and joy as she forges ahead… tough and tender.
You can change your life. That’s the mantra motivational expert Mel Robbins lives by. And it’s the very reason millions of people around the globe, Hoda included, follow Mel and the advice she shares in her TEDx Talk and on her podcast. Mel believes that change is much easier than we imagine – and we just have to stop thinking too much. She swears by the 5- second rule. In this invigorating, inspiring and very frank conversation, Hoda asks the questions we all want answers to. How can we be better versions of ourselves? When can we expect results? And why should we make these changes? The answer to that last one is simple - because you deserve this.
In what Hoda calls one of her favorite interviews ever, she sits down with real life pals George Clooney and Julia Roberts. The two appear together on screen for the sixth time in the new romantic comedy “Ticket to Paradise,” (produced by Universal Pictures, owned by NBC’s parent company NBCUniversal). They touch on parenting twins, their 20-year friendship and the one thing they don’t see eye to eye on. Find out why Hoda calls their friendship pure magic.
Rita Moreno has been an icon of stage and screen for over seven decades, making history as the first Latina to win an Academy Award for her 1961 performance as Anita in West Side Story. But life wasn’t always easy for Rosita, as she calls her young self. In this episode of Making Space, Rita gets real about the pressures of Hollywood, her troubled romance with Marlon Brando, and how — at 90 years old — she loves what she does now more than ever. Rita also shares about her path to creative fulfillment and self-acceptance, and reminds us of the power of hard work… Sometimes the impossible is just one opportunity away. For more of Rita Moreno’s story, you can watch NBC’s special, “Inspiring America: The 2022 Inspiration List,” celebrating extraordinary people making an impact. You can watch it on demand on Peacock. Rita Moreno shared a story about her attempt to take her own life. If you or anyone you know is struggling, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text TALK (8255) to 741741.
Famed screenplay writer and author Delia Ephron got a second chance at life and love, both later in life. After suffering back-to-back losses, she coped by putting her pen to paper, offering perspective and lessons of hope and resilience. Equal parts insightful and entertaining, Delia connects with Hoda on everything from finding joy after 50 to the frustrations we all feel when taking the first steps on a new path.