Weekend Whats: Al Roker

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Al Roker’s new book You Look So Much Better In Person is out now.

Al Roker shares his favorite reads, watches, and listens

Today we’re featuring recs from my friend Al Roker! The co-host of NBC’s TODAY has a new book out July 28th — You Look So Much Better In Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success. Take it away, Al…

What to Watch: Designated Survivor with Kiefer Sutherland, streaming on Netflix. It’s like 24 meets The West Wing. A very prescient drama. I love this show.

Another What to Watch: Cheers, streaming on Peacock. Talk about a palate cleanser and a pre-Zoom cocktail. Okay, it’s nothing edgy or groundbreaking. Great writing, impeccable timing and a terrific comedy ensemble. Still laugh out loud funny.

What to Read: Besides my book, Erik Larson’s The Splendid and The Vile. It is a portrait of Churchill and his leadership during the Nazi air raids during WWII in 1941. There are real parallels between then and now.

What to Listen to: Into America with Trymaine Lee. It’s a ground level look at real Americans from all walks of life dealing with everything we are all faced with during this inflection point in our country.

What to Follow: George Takei on Twitter. Who knew Mr. Sulu was so funny?

What to Cook: If you do nothing else during this time, master a good roast chicken — and the greatest roast chicken recipe is the late Judy Rodgers roast chicken recipe from the Zuni Cafe Cookbook. Your friends and family will thank you.