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on my return to private life -- >> we can confirm six fatalities. >> we started the whole thing. >> she was like, it's a dog, it's a dog. >> umbc makes history! >> good morning. welcome to "sunday today." i'm willie geist. a week that began with the twitter firing of secretary of state closed with the firing of the former fbi director two days before he was set to retire. president trump celebrated the move by attorney general jeff sessions on twitter calling it a great day for democracy. and again calling the russia investigation a witch-hunt as his lawyer publicly calls for
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the muler probe to end. we'll get into all of it with chuck todd. and march madness living up to its name with another buzzer-beater late last night and a cinderella team with some divine innings participation mo -- inspiration moving into the sweet 16. and a sunday sitdown with comedian ricky gervais on his predictably irreverent new netflix special, his brief stint as a 1980s pop star and how he's made a career out of making people uncomfortable in their seats. >> i'm so excited about it, that it might be taken the wrong way or end my career. >> a sunday sitdown with ricky gervais, plus harry smith a bit later in the show. let's begin with the firing of the fbi's former deputy director andrew mccabe and president trump's lawyer saying it is time for the russia investigation to come to an end. nb's white house correspondent kelly o'donnell has been
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following it all weekend for us. good morning. >> good morning, willie. today would have marked the employment milestone that qualified andrew mccabe for full retirement benefits after more than 20 years of service at the fbi. in fact, one democrat from wisconsin, a house member, is offering to hire mccabe in order to help him qualify for his pension. this comes after his sudden termination has been a flashpoint. fired but far from gone. sources close to the situation say he took careful notes about his interactions with president trump and conversations he had with former fbi director james comey, notes mccabe turned over the special counsel months ago. president trump tweeted his frustrations late saturday. "the probe should never have been started." his personal lawyer, john dowd, told nbc news a justice department official overseeing the probe should end it on the
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merits in light of recent revelations. referring to the fbi recommendation that mccabe be fired for a lack of candor and unauthorized releases to news media. mccabe denies any wrongdoing. the president lashed out at mccabe by name and the former director he fired. comey knew it all and much more. and comey tweeted mr. president, the american people will hear my story very soon and judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not. turning to new scrutiny of a data company that helped the trump campaign influence voters through their social media habits, our british partner itn channel 4 interviewed a former insider at cambridge analytica where steve bannon sought helping mappers beliefs and motives. >> that's what he wanted. >> christopher wily said they gained access to massive amounts
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of data without users' knowledge when they took an online questionnaire. >> we were able to get upwards of 50 million-plus facebook records in the span of a couple months. >> facebookend suspended the firm friday citing privacy policy violations. the company provided a lengthy statement insisting it deleted the data and collective bargaining processes its former contractor bears a grudge and is trying to hurt the company. new this morning, the president is tweeting a response to our reporting that andrew mccabe took notes and turned them over to the special counsel. the president writes, "spent very little time with andrew mccabe, but he never took notes when he was with me. i don't believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date." willie? >> kelly, thank you. chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press." another busy week in the city in which you work. rex tillerson, the secretary of
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state, was fired. he says, learned about it over twitter. the president's attorney countersued porn star stormy daniels, bob mueller subpoenaed the trump organization, that's a red line the president had said he didn't believe mueller ever was fired, and in the background of all this you have former fbi director jim comey tweeting sort of ominously and dramatically about what's going to be in his book. which of these headlines, chuck, do you think will end up being the most important? or all of them. >> you can make a case for all of them. i mean, and they're all very important. what i would say is this -- i think the fact that how the president made the mccabe firing happen, i mean, it is an extraordinary -- if you go back 18 months, the systemic campaign against mccabe to delegitimize him, to raise questions about him, to a deputy fbi director that nobody'd ever heard of and the president using his bully pulpit to do that, he gets
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sessions, who some believe is firing mccabe quickly in order to save his own job, which would preserve the mueller probe. i think the reaction by the president's attorney that this mccabe firing means time for the probe to end, i think that's most significant because i think it signals this president is no longer cooperating with mueller. it's time for war. and i think this thing's about to come to a head, and it's either going to go radically one way or radically in another direction, willie. >> you've led me to my next question because john dowd, the president's personal attorney, did say explicitly in an interview with the daily beast, it is time for the russia investigation to end. is that what this all has been leading up to? >> oh, absolutely. >> whether the firing of jim comey, bringing about the special counsel, and now andrew mccabe. do you believe president trump will take the necessary steps to end the bob mumer probe or at least to get rid of bob mueller? >> it's hard to sit here and rule that out. at every step of the way, he has made an attempt to short circuit the investigation. it started -- whether it was to
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short-circuit the fbi probe, asking mueller to drop the flynn investigation, of course, and this goes from there to the firing of comey, which led to mueller. he's threatened mueller's firing multiple times. it's hard not to conclude that that's what's coming next. does it mean -- does it come in the form of a new attorney general? does it come in the form of pressuring rod rosenstein? i think you're going to see the president's echo chamber of media supporters really raise the decibel levels against rod rosenstein in the next few weeks, and, again, let's see what -- i think the big question is what do capitol hill republicans do, how do they react to this? >> haven't reacted much to anything president trump has done. >> they haven't. >> chuck todd, thank you very much. we'll look for more on "meet the press" when chuck is joined by marco rubio of florida and democratic senator sharrod brown of ohio. voters in russia at the polls today, although outcome hardly in doubt as president
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vladimir putin seeks re-election to another term. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engle is in moscow for us. >> reporter: good morning, willie. things here are remarkably calm. there have been no protests, no disruptions of any kind. in fact, it feels more like a holiday than a nation facing a momentous political decision. putin, it seems, has this one in the bag. polls opened across russia this morning, but the results are unlikely to surprise anyone. vladimir putin is overwhelmingly expected to win another six years as president. at polling stations this morning, the atmosphere was utterly relaxed. zero signs of political tension on display. cyr expectation of change. this may be the pinnacle of putin's career. there's no real opposition here that could threaten him, and the only power that the kremlin fears could constrain russia,
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the united states, is consumed by political turmoil. this is putin's moment. and his support runs deep. many of his biggest supporters are plen yals like this painter, who works out of this clubhouse for putin superfans. why? what is it about putin that appeals to you specifically? >> translator: to be honest, i just don't have any other alternatives in my head, and it's totally fine with me. i'm free, i'm happy. i wouldn't want to change anything. >> reporter: it's not a view shared in london these days after an ex-russian spy and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent and a putin critic was found strangled in his home. british authorities accused russia of using a chemical weapon for attempted assassinations and ordered 23 russian diplomats out. mos to ku responded by expelling the same number of british diplomats. but none of it seems to matter
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to russian voters. the kremlin has succeeded in turning accusations against it along with u.s. sanctions over cyber meddling during the u.s. election into proof of a conspiracy against russia, fake news made by detractor who is don't want russia to be great again. it is a playbook that americans may now find familiar but which putin has used time and time again to make him the longest serving russian leader since stalin. willie, back to you. >> always nice to enter an election polling 65 points ahead of your nearest competitor. thank you. miami police believe they have recovered all of the bodies that were trapped under the rubble of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed on thursday. six people died in that collapse. the investigation into the cause is under way including reports that cracks were spotted in the bridge in the days leading up to that disaster. a 16-year-old pennsylvania girl who had been missing for
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weeks has been found safe and sound in mexico. amy yu now on her way back to her family in pennsylvania after she was found in the resort town of playa del carmen with 45-year-old kevin estherly. they met at church years ago. they flew from dallas to mexico before police were able to catch up with them. estherly will face felony charges. the sweet 16 of the ncaa tournament will be rounded out by the end of the day today, and saturday was a wild one. late last night, michigan was trailing houston by two points when freshman jordan pool hit that incredible three-pointer at the buzzer to win the game by one. earlier, loyola of chicago, one of the great stories of the tournament, pulled another upset, beating tennessee on that late bucket by clayton custer with just seconds left. loyola's 98-year-old chaplain sister jean may have provided some divine intervention. and another gold medal for team usa's paralympic sled hockey team. we introduced you to this
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incredible group last week as the guys prepared for the paralympics, and they have finished their run in pyeongchang on top. they beat canada 2-1 last night by scoring a dramatic late goal in regulation and winning it in overtime. this is team usa's third consecutive gold medal. congrats to team usa. and dylan has another look at the weather. we were rooting for those guys. >> absolutely. >> we had a piece last week. they were dominant through their entire run, winning all their gapes 10-0, but had to fight for it last night against canada. >> certainly a good game. >> yeah. >> lots to talk about in the weather department. we have severe weather breaking out ahead of a frontal system producing lighter showers across texas and heavier rain falling through louisiana. you can see this area in orange here, 12 million at risk for scattered severe storms, large hail, damaging winds a possibility. on monday, it focuses in on nashville and down into alabama and northwestern georgia. on tuesday, it shifts to northern florida. this is the severe weather out ahead of the storm system that
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is possibly going to bring some messy weather to the mid-atlantic by the time we get into the middle of the week. so here it is in advance of the storm. tuesday night, a little wintry weather trying to move into northern virginia, up across maryland too. the storm itself looks like it's going to move out to sea before it strengthens into a nor'easter, but we could see we are waking up to 30s and 40s right now in napa, 31 degrees oakland, 38 degrees hayward. oakland 40. south bay also in the upper 30s. for the most part we will be warming up just a bit for a much cooler 50s. storm ranger you can see that storm system completely moved out. we are not tracking any rain for today's forecast. your temperature trend into the afternoon will be into the upper 50s. and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thanks a lot.
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straight ahead, the highs and lows of the week, including the biggest cinderella in the history of march madness. and now america's unlikely seat heart, the university of maryland, baltimore county. we'll check in with the retrievers as they try to pull off another upset today. and the grown man in an elsa costume who played the hero and became an internet sensation. and a former google executive takes a new approach to fixing america's bloated health care system by changing the way you see your doctor. >> one of the things we want to do is not just rebuild them. primary care experience. we want to rebuild the entire health care system. >> all coming up on "sunday today." as we head to break, our photo of the week, a group of students sitting in front of the white house as part of wednesday's national school walkout in support of gun law reform and school safety in the wake of the parkland shooting. fl us. fl it's what this country is made of.
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hey, dylan and i are ready to whip through the highs and lows of the week. >> let's do it. >> our first high the best sporting event of the year, the ncaa basketball tournament known as march madness. 68 schools are in their spot. some are traditional powerhouses, others you have to google. on friday night, the google school beat the powerhouse. a 16th seeded team never had beaten a number one seed in the history of the men's tournament. the top seed were 135-0 until friday night. the university of maryland, baltimore county, which no one needs to google anymore, defeated acc champion uva, virginia. they entered the big dance with a record of 31-2, but umbc absolutely blew them out winning the game by 20 points. the baltimore campus exploded in celebration, of course, and so did social media, with the recurring theme around the umbc mascot, the retrievers. "sports illustrated" tweeted this -- umbc did it for air bud. another famous retriever.
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real kent murphy tweeted, golden retrievers watching the retrievers upset virginia is the best picture on your time line. the retrievers play ninth seeded kansas state tonight for a spot in the sweet 16, and, hey, why not? and last night, another cinderella continued its run as 11th seeded loyola of chicago upset tennessee to reach the sweet 16. the country was introduced to the ramblers on thursday in the last-second defeat of miami. before that game, the school had not appeared in the tournament since 1985. shoutout to el frederick hughes. dante ingram hit a buzzer-beater for the win. now a national celebrity is 98-year-old sister jean delores schmidt. she's served as the team's chaplain for decades and prayed with the guys before the big games. >> thank god. thank god you did it because we knew we would do it. our team is so great, and they
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don't care who makes the points as long as we win the game. and i said we're going to win -- get the big w up there, and we did. >> they did get the big w up there, then another big w. sister jean, whatever happens the rest of the way, is the star of this tournament. so fun. >> she had loyola going to the sweet 16 and that's it. she picked somebody else to win after that. they'll let mer amend her bracket. >> can she? >> she's sister jean. that sinking feeling when you're flying around with $368 million of gold and precious gems in our plane and open the hatch by mistake, dropping the payload below. it happened in russia when a cargo plane carrying nine tons of gold and other metals had a problem after takeoff. the hatch flew open and out came the loot, makingsiberia. 172 gold bars dropping below. the plane landed safely about 15 miles away.
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security personnel hustled around in the freezing siberian weather to clean up the expensive mess. and this, dylan, is why i always check the fedex box for ground delivery when transporting my gold bars and precious metals. >> the fact that it happened over siberia where no one is there to, like, reap the benefits of it? >> a shame. what are the odds of a couple of those, i don't want to impugn anyone's integrity, bars sort of disappearing into a big, heavy coat? >> i think it's possible. >> i'd sneak one. >> i would too. >> our next goes to the star of the week. the guy in an elsa costume who pushed a boston police truck out of the snow during a big nor easter up there. all this clip is missing is the song "let it go." he shows up at a bar dressed as elsa to make his friends laugh. little did he know he'd let the world go with him. he noticed a police vehicle struggling in the snow. he floated outside to stave day. shows great form, pulling up his dress, driving the legs, and pushing the truck to freedom as
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the crew stay warm inside the bar filming the historic act. he takes a well-earned bow before coming back to the bar where presumably he was taken care of for the rest of the night. the boston police released a statement saying the officers involved were especially gra grateful for the help and would like to thank the elsa impersonator for the assist. >> do we know why he was dressed up? >> he said to make his friends laugh. probably a deep joke we'll never understand. and our final low, the old adage that says anything can happen on live tv. the gang at "rise and shine" morning show on kfor was in the st. patrick's day spirit the other day. as emily was given the seven day outlook, here comes correspondent lucas ross dancing a jig. >> oh! are you okay? >> yeah, i'm just going to lay down for a little bit. >> man down.
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man down. appears a little concerned from the team there as emily collects lucas' glasses and he kind of lies on the deck to regroup a little bit. >> it looked like he had good tread on his shoes. >> did you notice that? >> yeah, when he kicked. i don't know how that happened. >> he's no michael flatley, lord of the dance, as our producer dave shyer pointed out. can you do the jig? >> no. >> while you do the seven day outlook? >> no. >> up next, a sunday sitdown with comedian ricky gervais on his rise from poverty to the top of the comedy world and why we should stop being offended by some of his jokes. and a young man thriving as a rhodes scholar despite his disability. and head over the facebook for a facebook live chat with me, dylan. two minutes. >> let's do it. >> be right back.
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transamerica pyramid -- sf your time now is 6:26. this sunday, march 18th, 2018. let's start you off with a live look outside right now. what a gorgeous shot, that's the transamerica pyramid in san francisco. a few low langing clouds sticking around. good morning, thank you for waking up with us, i'm vicky nguyen, vianey arana is in after a couple weeks missed. >> i missed you, too. >> we have you back on sunday. >> now i'm back and happy to be back. i'm happy to be back on a much calmer sunday. now that system moved out and all that's left behind is pretty nice drying weather. we can expect to be a little chilly right now, so if you're heading outside we are in the 30s and 40s out there. oakland 38 degrees, mountain
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view 37, half-moon bay 41 and santa cruz right now at 37 degrees. now, we will be climbing into the 50s, but i just want to show you storm ranger. it's not really tracking much. right now it's dry, but looking ahead towards the workweek we are expecting to see an incoming storm system. i will talk about your temperature trend and what you can expect for today an of course the start of your workweek coming up at 7:00 a.m. crews remain on the scene this morning of a building that turned into a towering inferno in the heart of north beach last night. that fire is now contained, but the investigation begins this morning. the fire at union street and columbus avenue in san francisco broke out just after 7:30 p.m. as you can see bright red flames lit up the sky. that fire could be seen for miles away. the city's north beach neighborhood is one of the busiest for tourists and locals alike, especially on a saturday night and st. patrick's day. there are dozens of restaurants and bars there and as we mentioned the holiday brought
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tons of revelers out. a dramatic fire fight went on for several hours. penal who saw the entire thing unfold say it was surreal. >> you can feel the heat. people were here standing across the street. you can feel the heat on your face. >> what did you think? >> it was really bad. i mean, lucky the firefighters were real good. >> the fire got pretty big pretty fast, it took them a little while to get it out. >> the fire department had to evacuate nearby structures. this building had five commercial units on the bottom floor. vacant residences on top. fortunately there were no injuries. people hoping to head out of alameda through the posey tube to oakland will be dealing with gridlock for a second day. lines of cars stretched for blocks into alameda yesterday because multiple lanes of traffic are all being squeezed down to a single lane. a sinkhole formed at the oakland exit of the tube because of a malfunctioning drain. it that has been temporarily covered with steel plates. >> how long do you think you
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will be in traffic? >> probably close to 45 minutes. we played a game for five hours around it's been backed up for two hours at least. >> that is not a good feeling. it may take a week to repair this damage, so plan ahead. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," how some young go getters got a big boost this weekend right here in the bay area. the event helping youthful job seekers get ahead. we will have that story plus all of your top news coming up at 7:00. vianey is back with a look at our weekend forecast and the rest of the weekend ahead. for now we will send you back to the "sunday today" show with willie geist. this weekend right here in the the "sunday today" show with
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are you okay? >> i'm fine. i just -- it's just crazy how one day you're the ceo of exon, a $50 billion company and the next day you get fired by a man who used to sell steaks in the mail. >> saturday night live last night with john goodman making a cameo playing rex tillerson. snl alumn hosted with musical guest arcade fire. >> irreverent doesn't feel like a strong enough word for the comedy of ricky gervais. he's happiest while he's making his audience a little
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uncomfortable. there's a lot of that in humanity in which he says his fami family motto has always been if you think of something funny you've got to say it, win, lose or draw and with that philosophy he has one. he starred in the office, a show whose american version was a hit and whose worldwide distribution has made the comedian from a working class english background well with thi aealthy and famou the globe. we got together for a sunday sitdown. >> when ricky gervais is on stage, nothing is sacred. >> i'm just an ordinary guy going around talking to people sort of like jesus. but better. i've actually turned up -- >> he is ruthless in the pursuit of a laugh. >> but welcome to my new show humanity. i don't know why i called it that.
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i'm not a big fan. i prefer dogs obviously. >> and fair warning, he does not want to see pictures of your children. >> i've taking my youngest to ballet lessons, oh, great, great. yeah, she's 8. >> oh. i got a photograph of her. i want to go, you know what? show me if she goes missing. >> i thought i'd just start by showing you pictures of my children if that's oak. >> yeah. no one wants to see thousands of pictures of -- >> it's true. >> don't say their kid is ugly whatever you do. i'm winding myself up all the time. >> i like that you have to tell yourself not to say the child is ugly. >> of course, yeah. >> gervais was raised on the outskirts of working class redding, england. he was the youngest of four children, the son of a laborer. >> when did you first realize you were funny? >> i don't know if i realized i was funny, i realized i liked to
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laugh and i liked to make other people laugh. i just like the sound of laughter. i didn't care whether it was mine or someone else's so i was attracted to funny people. >> gervais left the neighborhood in 1980 to attend university college london. there he met his girlfriend now of more than 35 years. producer and novelest jane fallon. in his final year of college gervais made a run at music stardom. he and a friend formed a short lived new wave band called ciona dancing. >> you were a pop star. there's a hint of depesh mode in there. >> how did that start? >> i started the band and we got signed and it was all over in ten minutes. >> but you had a hit. you were big in the philippines. >> apparently, yeah. >> you were big in the philippines. why the philippines? i don't know. >> i don't know. >> in the mid-90s he was hired
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as a writer in london. >> i was to be writing bits for the djs, news, topics to talk about because i'm so lazy i said i'll just go on and do it myself. i couldn't type it out. so i said i'll just go on and talk. >> from those radio bits a career was born. the uk's satirical late night program put gervais on the program. >> the biggest animal you could kick to death. >> a rat, probably. >> labrador? >> two years later he earned his own talk show, meet ricky gervais. >> hello? >> but the life changing leap came in 2001 as gervais was turning 40. he created, wrote and starred in the original bbc version of the office playing obnoxious office manager david brent. >> sammy, you old slag, the
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general. >> the show was not a hit out of the gate but it grew a follow g following. >> the office was the first thing i tried really hardest at. the mistake i made was wanting to be a pop star. i should have wanted to be a musician. so i came to this knowing that i wanted to control it. i want it to be my thing or not at all. >> in 2004 the office won two golden globe awards giving gervais a ticket into america. >> going home because my baby's gone. >> the next year steve carell took over as the main character in the u.s. version of the show. gervais remained as the executive producer. the show ran for nine seasons and won an emmy for outstanding comedy series. today a version of the office is playing in 95 countries around the world.
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gervais and his producing partner, steven merchant brought another hit british show to america in extras. >> who are you? >> nobody. >> who's that? who? >> nobody. >> gervais played the struggling actor, a role that earned him an emmy for lead actor in a comedy series. gervais later was nominated for that same emmy for his lead performance in another exported series called derrick. with the respect of hollywood and a notoriously biting sense of humor, gervais landed the gig to host the celebrity filled dinner party that is the golden globes. >> shut up. you disgusting pill popping sexual deviant scum. >> what's it like to stand up on that stage and look at the most famous people in the world and just rip them one by one? >> you've got to get their attention. >> if you do win tonight remember that no one cares about
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that award as much as you do. okay? that award is, no offense, worthless. >> if you can't tease them who can you tease? this was not a roomful of wounded soldiers, you know? they're okay. they're okay. they're doing fine. >> i'm going to be nice tonight. i've changed. not as much as bruce jenner obviously now caitlyn jenner, of course, what a year she's had. she became a role mode el for transpeople everywhere. showing great courage. she didn't do a lot for women drivers, but -- >> that joke from his fourth stint as globe's host in 2016 was criticized by some as going too far. gervais spends a chunk of his netflix special humanity explaining why it did not. >> everyone hears a subject in this case it's a transgender
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woman, caitlyn jenner and they think, by god, you cannot make fun of that because you've got a struggle in life and it's hard to be transjender. >> i agree with all those things but i'm playing a comedic character. i think that's what people forget. these are not my real views. and i think you've got to be clever enough to know when they are my real views and when i'm doing a bit of satire. >> everyone goes, i was offended. oh. >> people can laugh at 19 of the 20 really awful subjects i deal with but they can't laugh at their thing. you laughed about cancer and famine and child labor because you got the irony. there's nothing like waking up in the morning, and having an idea and thinking i can say that tonight on stage. i can get an adrenaline rush from an idea i'm so excite about it or that it might end my career. that's my buzz. that's my -- that's my, i
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suppose, extreme sport. saying something that could get me beaten out. >> ricky's standup special humanity is streaming now on netflix. to hear how he tested his material for months in preparation for that performance and why he's more optimistic about humanity than he was before his recent comedy tour check out our web extras. and next week a sunday sitdown with drew barry more. we'll walk through the life and career of one of america's most beloved actresses. drew barrymore next week. >> and we are going to talk about some very strong storms down through the south today and going into monday and tuesday stretching down to northern florida. light snow to start off the week across the northern plains and a very dangerous fire conditions out in western texas and parts of the southwest.
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as we go into wednesday it doesn't look as of right now like it will be a big noreaster, but we will still see a messy mix through the mid-atlantic on wednesday and by the end of the week we are going to see that pull away. some rain showers move into the midwest and temperatures in the northeast still cool in the 40s as we kick off this sunday morning we're definitely seeing much drier conditions, but also some colder temperatures out there. santa rosa 34 degrees, napa also in the 30s and even down through the south pay, san jose right now waking up to 39 degrees. we are expected to remain fairly dry through tomorrow, but we're also going to see cooler temperatures. we will be topping out in the 50s through the afternoon, we will see a slight increase in cloud cover with an expected high of 58 degrees for san jose. >> and that's your latest forecast. >> coming up next on sunday today, what would it take to really fix the world's most expensive and complex health
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lie your left hand flat on there. >> an unexpected next generation doctor's office. >> it's going to build a 3d model of you. >> former google executive found it forward to revolutionize health care after his brother had a heart attack. >> one of the things we want to do is not rebuild the primary care experience. we want to rebuild the entire health care system. what you get to see here -- >> his goal, make it more convenient, proactive and personalized, something primary care, he says is not. >> by putting this next to the apple store where you go eat and go shop, what we're trying to say is really health care is part of your everyday experience. >> check in using any of these ipads. >> her aponpointment starts wita body scan for vital signs. everything looked really good. >> each visit also features the latest tech innovations in health care. >> it shows you the orientation
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of your veins here. >> americans already shell out $3.3 trillion a year on health care. that's 18% of gross domestic product. and forward does not come cheep. >> it's $150 a month. how are you going to convince people to pay for that on top of their insurance if they have it? >> you're paying for all this insurance today but then you're still getting so many bills in the mail every time i do a blood test, every time i go to the doctor. >> forward does not accept insurance. the monthly fee covers consultations, lab tests and some prescriptions. across town another startup. par parsley. >> i get sick quite a bit. >> okay. >> founder and ceo says her team examines diet, relationships, environment and genetics to treat members between 17 and 80 years old. >> most of our patients also come to us with something going
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on. that could be a hormone imbalance. cardiovascular disease, blood sugar problems. >> they hired a data scientist to track thousands of patients. >> we've been able to lower prescription drugs compared to primary care by 60%. that would save the country $270 billion if everyone practiced the way that we do. >> it costs 150 bucks a month. >> as long as people keep having to pay a lot of money out of pocket, there's a real business model to be had here and i expect these businesses to grow. i expect a lot of these companies to really take off. >> wow. >> she says she's blown away by the experience. >> is there any aspect of the old doctor's office experience that you kind of miss? >> no. to be honest, absolutely not. >> reimagining the way to a clean bill of health.
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nbc news, los angeles. >> thank you very much. next on sunday today, harry smith checks in with an extraordinary rhodes scholar we met last year. >> i think people with autism are very good at dealing with n uncertainty because every interaction that i ever have is uncertain. >> and later a life well lived. the ground breaking veteran of world war ii who kept on world war ii who kept on fighting whe oh, look... world war ii who kept on fighting whe another anti-wrinkle cream in no hurry to make anything happen.
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last year we introduced you to an extraordinary young man who had won a rhodes scholarship to oxford university. as you'll see again this morning he's even a step above. harry smith travels to oxford for our sunday closer. >> reporter: the university of oxford in england, a place that turns out prime ministers and nobel winners by the dozen. albert einstein studied here and now too, american jorry flemming along with service dog daisy. >> there's always a lot going on. maybe a bit too much going on. while you're here you got to make the most of it and it all seems to fly by.
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>> reporter: perhaps you'll remember jory, a young man with a number of disabilities including autism. his mother home schooled him through 12th grade. one of the keys to his emergence was a pet bird. >> fk oanimals don't use language to communicate and it's like me. i'd rather not use language too sometimes. the straight a student had just learned he'd been awarded the rhodes scholarship. >> i was very surprised. i thought they got the name wrong. >> reporter: hanging with jory at oxford it's hard to imagine thaz a a child he was acutely sensitive to light and sound and incommunicative. as a young adult he's thriving in an academic atmosphere brimming with global diversity and challenge. he thinks here autism might be an advantage. >> people with autism are very good dealing with uncertainty because every interaction i have is uncertain. >> i wondered if being here and being in this environment has
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changed the way you think about the future. >> it just has opened up for me more than anything that while there may be many paths to get there, if you know where you're going, you can make a start. >> jory without question is one of the most interesting people i've ever met. while happy to devote most of the day playing an impossibly complicated board game, don't ask him how old he is. >> my brain sort of kicks out information that it doesn't want. and many things that it doesn't want are other things that people like to talk about. >> so nuance, feelings, culture are sort of dead ends for him. still, he's passionate, funny and unimpressed with the coffee in the uk. >> you can sort of dwell in that or you can give the british thing a try. >> thus, jory is now a tea fancier. his mom kelly is here with him to help.
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>> do you see jory growing here? >> oh, i do. he just sounds more mature. there are a lot of people who care about him and who are supportive of him. >> jory is working on a master's degree in environmental change and management. come summer when it's time for a break, mom and son are going to head south. >> i know she's interested in italy and spain because there's rumor they might have more sun down there. so we're going to go check it out, investigate the rumor. >> for sunday today, harry smith, oxford. >> it is great to see jory doing so well. harry, thank you very much. this week we highlight another life well lived. there are american trailblazers and then there is milli. she graduated high school? 1942 and enlisted in the women's auxiliary pool. the only african american women's unit. the task was to sort and route
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mile to six million american service members. 824 women worked eight hour shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week getting out 65,000 pieces of mail per shift. they were the link between the men on the front lines and the hope of their lives back home. milliserved in great britain and france before returning to north carolina after the war. she went to college on the gi bill and later earned a master's degree as well. she was active in the civil rights movement, rising to become the first female president of the raleigh chapter of the naacp. she sat next to martin luther king at the march on washington and hosted him when he visited raleigh three years later. milliwas a teacher as well. her subjects were business education and 8th grade english. after retirement she was a sunday schoolteacher. a pioneer and a leader in an era that reshaped america died last week in raleigh, north carolina.
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all-new 2018 subaru outback models. now through april 2nd. embarcadero - sf good sunday morning to you, it is 7:00 on the dot this march 18th, 2018. the day after st. patrick's day. look at that beautiful shot of san francisco there, that's the embarcadero. cars already out, but looking like another beautiful day, and things are clearing up today. good morning, thank you for waking up with us, i'm vicky nguyen, vianey arana is back, joins us now with a look at that microclimate forecast. i have to say if we keep up with this pattern where it's raining during the workweek but get clearing on the weekend, we like it. >> i agree. judging by the long range outlook right now that may be a repeat this week. we may see that similar situation we saw last week where we had kind of a little bit of wacky weather yesterday but then it clears out today. look at this shot over woodside,


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