On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared from the public eye. He stopped teaching his classes at his Los Angeles studio, Slimmons. He didn’t return phone calls, emails or messages from his friends or fans. On the third anniversary of Simmons’ disappearance, Dan Taberski launched the podcast, “Missing Richard Simmons.” I sat down with Taberski to discuss the fitness icon’s incredible career success, his uncanny ability to connect with people and why the mystery of Simmons’ disappearance and his desire to find him is so important.
Man’s exploration of outer space is one of the greatest achievements of the 20thcentury. But “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” could never have happened if it weren’t for the women on the ground at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The new film “Hidden Figures” tells the stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who worked as “human computers” for NASA, and helped put John Glenn into orbit and Neil Armstrong on the moon. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, the stars of “Hidden Figures,” stopped by Yahoo News to discuss the film and true story behind it.
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I sat down with Tony Bennett in his Manhattan apartment to talk about his new book, “Just Getting Started,” his artwork and his incredible career. We also discussed Bennett’s 90th birthday celebration special airing December 20 on NBC and the companion CD, “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” to be released December 16.
On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. and across the country. I went down to DC to speak with people in the crowd, Ashley Judd, Olivia Wilde, Cher, and more.
GOP strategist Mike Murphy caught the political bug early: he began his career as a college student making radio ads out of his dorm room for a long-shot congressional race. He’s gone on to specialize in winning statewide campaigns for governor and Senate. He’s been the lead strategist for many major Republican figures, including John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mitt Romney. He also had a role in the 2016 campaign season. “I ran the Jeb Bush super PAC,” he explains, “which gives me the unique credential of having blown, oh, over 95 million dollars and not winning.” Mike joined us to discuss his vocal criticism of Donald Trump, the media’s role in modern politics and why he’s a hopeless romantic when it comes to presidential races.
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Feminist icon and author Gloria Steinem joined me on Yahoo News to discuss women and the 2016 race, Steinem’s take on the latest Trump news, and the historic moment of a woman – Hillary Clinton – at the top of a major party ticket. Steinem addresses the disparity between Donald Trump’s public statements on women juxtaposed with a woman now running his campaign. Steinem also discusses her memoir, “My Life on the Road,” out in paperback this month.
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On Wednesday, Elon Musk’s venture SpaceX launched its first foray into deep space — with NASA by its side. Just before sunset, SpaceX’s rocket Falcon 9 carried NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, also known as DSCOVR, beyond Earth’s atmosphere. DSCOVR will travel toward the sun and send critical data back to Earth every 15 to 60 minutes. Its findings will help scientists predict catastrophic space weather events that could impact telecommunications, aircraft and GPS systems here on Earth.
I sat down with onetime presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, former Clinton administration senior adviser Richard Socarides, and ex-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour about the election results and the upcoming Trump presidency.
In an interview with Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric, Gawker founder and CEO Nick Denton said, “The site will still annoy people, it will upset people,…