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2021. this is studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> a little razzle daz this will new year's eve. here we are friday morning, the last day of 2021. happy new year, y'all. >> after today, the next time we'll see each other will be -- >> next year. >> all right. we've got a lot to get to this morning, including your road map for everything to come in 2022. >> that's right. with help of our team of experts, stories and headlines to look for in 2022. >> and also, al, sometimes you refer to pop stars as the best part of the morning. but hoda's morning boost. we love it. it feels so good. we're bringing back the boost today, our third annual roundup of the best of the best. the heart felt displays, thank you and everything else that hoda brings us on the boost throughout the year. the boostings are back.
>> a lot of tears, but a lot of laughter this year. that's important. >> let us begin with a check of the news. good morning. we will begin with covid and the surge of cases sweeping the country. for a second straight day, the u.s. shattering its own record for new infection. nbc's kathy park is in times square where they're getting ready for a scaled back celebration. kathy, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning to you as we count down to 2022. the pandemic doesn't seem to want to let go. a rapid rise in infections. the u.s. averaging 300,000 cases each and every day, and it is having an impact on new year's eve celebrations, including right here at times square.
the last morning of 2021, caps off with a covid milestone. nearly two million cases in a week. florida shattering its all-time record set just wednesday with nearly 80,000 cases in a single day. >> i think we're probably at a million plus cases a day because we have so many people that can't get a test or testing at home. that generally doesn't get reported in to these statistics. >> reporter: the fda to allow pfizer booster shots. with hospitals stretched thin and infections soaring, the pentagon is deploying teams of military medical personnel to arizona, michigan and pennsylvania to support health care workers. the covid surge has many rethinking or revising their new year's eve plans. new year's city is scaling back its iconic celebrations in times square. >> it will be outdoors, vaccinations only, socially
distanced. but we want to show that we're a little bit forward. >> reporter: boston will offer vaccines during its celebration. >> i am very excited we're able to bring it back in a way that continues makes our city safer, healthier and more prepared for the new year. >> reporter: but it is a bumpy start to the new year for air travel. delta expected to cancel 200 to 300 flights a kay through the weekend. and jet blue announcing over 1,200 cancellations over the next week. 88 vessels under close watch by the cdc. the agency issuing a new warning to avoid cruise travel regardless of vaccination status. >> i think cruises, any big -- any place where you are together with a whole lot of people over the next couple of months you
can guarantee there will be people with covid there. and i would say most of them will not know they have covid. >> reporter: and health experts warn that the full impact of the omicron wave won't be until next month. covid deaths are down 5%. >> kathy, thank you. we want to turn now to the devastating wild fires north of denver. hundreds of homes have been stdeyerod after a rare wind-driven wild fire tore through parts of the county. at least seven people were injured. officials say the fire was started by toppled power lines. now let's take a look at the forecast. severe storms from the southern plains into the tennessee river valley. record warmth across much of the country. a look at your local forecast in
30 seconds. [ mittens squeaking ] we do have temperatures in the 30s, but by tonight it will be colder heading into new year's eve. we will see a cold and chilly night but the rain stays away for the entire bay area. through the new year of 2022 into sunday, check out monday and tuesday into next week. we are expecting more rain on the way for the first week of january, but overall enjoy your new year's eve. it will be dry but it will be cold. 2021 has been a busy year in politics it began with an insurrection that is still being investigated president biden is about to mark his first year in the white house. joining us with a look at what 2022 will hold, our chief white house correspondent and weekend "today" host kristin welker.
>> it is great to be with you. >> in some ways we will begin 2022 as we did 2021, covid being top of mind. >> it certainly is, savannah covid is the top issue for this administration president biden's presidency will be determined by his handling of this issue so what to expect? well, look, we're in a moment where the omicron and delta variants are increasing, and, so, that is going to be the central focus in the new year. i'm told there is not going to be any new legislation around covid. but, savannah, they will be iru people to get vaccin of course it impacts the economy as well, so expect an increased focus on trying to bring down inflation. of course that has been a big issue, increasing prices on just about everything, including
holiday gifts and holiday meals. so they will be trying to bring prices down by focussing on some of the supply chain issues at the ports as well as increasing pressure on big companies to keep their prices low. the ports as well as increasing pressure on big com the president's approval rating has been sinking, and his ability to handle these two issues, savannah, will determine whether he can increase his approval rating. of course that will be critical heading into the all-important midterm. >> you have 34 senate seats up for grabs, the entire house up for grabs and the potential for the power to change hands from the democrats to the republicans. >> that's right. the stakes could not be higher with both republicans, democrats trying to fight for who controls washington and, of course, democrats got that big wakeup call, savannah, in the last round of elections with republicans winning back
the virginia governorship and really having a strong showing in a number of other key races so what to expect in the mid-terms. you can expert democrats to taut what they see as president biden's top accomplishments. the fact that he did get a covid relief bill passed he passed his infrastructure bill but what to expect from republicans, well, they are going to focus on potentially taking a page from the play book of the governor-elect of virginia, glenn youngkin he walked a fine line when it came to former president trump he expected his endorsement but never appeared with him in public on the campaign trail this will be very fraught, and it will tell us a lot about the democrats' ability to hold on to key constituents to whelped them win the white house in 2020 like women and voters of color and of course those all-important suburban voters, savannah. >> how about it with president trump? because as you said, some candidates walk that fine line of whether to embrace him or how much to, but he is already
playing a huge role in midterms in terms of selection of candidates and where he puts his finger on the scale could have a big impact in those primary races. >> he's already playing a huge role, savannah that's right he's endorsed a number of candidates we expect him to be out on the campaign trail as he considers whether or not he's going to take another shot at it and run in 2024. of course looming over all of this is something you mentioned at the top, january 6th, that anniversary is coming up the january 6th commission trying to get to the bottom of what if any role president trump played in that moment, and they have been intensifying their flashes with former officials within his administration like the former chief of staff mark meadows. watch for all of that to play a significant role on the trail. and of course look for over potential hooks in 2024, including mike pence i am told he has a busy schedule
in the new year as well, and he's not going to base his decision on whether to run on his new boss. >> kristin welker, thank you so much happy new year. >> thank you. turning now from washington to wall street and more on the economic outlook for the new year, here is nbc senior business correspondent stephanie ruhle. okay 2021 was crummy. there was inflation. prices were up at super markets. gas everywhere it turned it seemed like you were paying more wholesale numbers were up. >> get ready. >> wait. what's happening in 2022 >> you are likely still going to be paying for. this idea that it's short term,
it's transitory, the fed chair jay powell recently said inflation is likely to be more stubborn than we thought it's all about the pandemic. with shortages, there hasn't been enough product at a time we saved up and wanted to go out again, so we wanted to spend that pushed up prices. what's keeping them high, well, we're spending we are out there we may not like the high prices but we're paying them. they're not incentivized to offer big sales and undercut one other. a good news, a lot of those supply chain issues are starting to work themselves out, so we won't be in this situation forever. but in the short term, it is a good idea to tighten the belt, save where you can because we will be with these prices for a bit. >> let's look at the stock market a bit it was a recovery time with the pandemic but if you are like a regular human beings at home who might invest the money in the stock market, do you think 2022 is a good time to invest? >> well, listen, it has been a great time to invest over the last few years, especially
because we had this accommodative monetary policy. meaning the fed really put these guard rails on the market to protect them they're not going to be doing that anymore since we're in this economic recovery, so things could get rocky. if interest rates get higher, that could impact the stock market when interest rates are at zero, there is nowhere to invest your money but the stock market when interest rates go up, it will be a little more difficult with stocks. >> some people wanted to buy a house in 2021, but prices were sky high, so they thought forget it i'll wait. is it worth the wait. >> i do not have a real estate crystal ball however, analysts say, again, this goes back to supply and demand during covid. we weren't building houses there has been a labor shortage, a lumber shortage and prices were higher. we are back building again also, when interest rates are at zero people buy houses. easy to borrow things are get a big more expensive. right now people buying houses are trying to lock in fixed rate mortgages because they're worried about inflation. >> if you are trying to bank money for retirement, there is a
deal that you can add an extra thousand dollars to your 401(k), which is great but what is the best way to save for retirement in 2022 >> just start saving it's years away. i don't need to do it. as soon as you can try to put 15% of your salary away in a 401(k) or a 401(k) type account if you haven't done much and you are 50, you can catch up and add more but the number one thing is, if you work at a company that matches your contributions, match it do it. that is actually free money. it is very rare i tell you there is free money. there is there. >> you always give good general advice for regular people watching right now wondering what it looks like ahead, what would be your best advice for someone who is thinking about the future >> so especially for people who are saying right now, i want to invest in the market they went to parties last year, i made this money. i made that. you can invest in the markets but it is about your time line if you need that money a year
from now for a wedding or a house, stock market is not your friend if you can invest for the long term, start to educate yourself. go to today.com/onthemoney we have advice for you please don't do it emotionally fear of missing out is never a way to socialize or invest. >> okay. >> there you go. >> another thing i learned from you today, stef. thanks craig, over to you. >> thank you let's wrap up with the latest medical headlines from vaccines to treatments and the big question: could 2022 be the year that the pandemic finally ends and for that we say good morning to nbc's medical correspondent dr. john torez good to see you in the flesh. >> good to see you as well really it is hard to believe come march that will mark two years since the world health organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic is 2022 the year that it ends? >> and it's been a completely bizarre two years we have had here and my crystal ball a as foggy as any expert's crystal ball we will see not an automatic switch going on where we're not in the pandemic the next day, but instead you will see a slow decline in cases around the world.
and then all of a sudden it will say, well, maybe we're not in this pandemic anymore. it is a squishy topic and a squishy way to do that we will get an endemic virus, which means we will be living with it. but i think it will end this year. >> endemic virus. >> that means basically think of measles. it's always here we control it with vaccines, but there are breakouts. and those outbreaks we have, we have to walk in, quarantine people, vaccinate people to keep it under control. >> speaking of vaccinations, 6 in 10 americans are fully vaccinated where are we right now in terms of the fight, shots in all arms, getting our ands around this disease. >> so 2022, the word of the year will be boosters the fda has authorized boosters
16 and above if you had an mrna vaccine, you are eligible for boosters. vaccines and boosters are the way we're going to control this pandemic, the way we're going to control the virus going forward. we know they're not as effective as we like, but the boosters are bumping up that effectiveness. and we also know that even though they might not be effective or very effective at controlling the sniffles, in other words, us feeling bad, they're great at controlling the big three, serious illness, hospitalizations and death at the end of the day, that's what we want. >> what about this magic pill that's been developed here that should be getting fda approval soon >> right there are a couple pills the fda is looking at. one is from merck. one is from pfizer have you ever had tamiflu for the flu? >> i actually have. >> you have to get tested early. it is another tool in our tool bag. we need all of these, convalescent plasma, these pills to control the pandemic. not one is going to do it. that's something we found out over the last couple years. >> let's talk about the flu. last year due in part because
everyone was wearing masks and weren't out and about a great deal, we saw a flu season that was pretty mild comparatively. what are we thinking about this flew season. >> i call it strange every doctor i've talked to said we've never seen this, but no patients in the er no real problems with the flu last year because we were wearing masks, we were socially distanced and importantly kids were not in school they're back in school we're not wearing masks as much. the concern is this will be a big flu year, so you need to get your flu vaccine now it takes two weeks to take effect it is not the most effective vaccine out there, but it does help prevent those hospitalizations and deaths, which at the end of the day we want the flu vaccine is not going to do anything to protect you from covid itself, but if your immune system stays strong by not getting the flu, then it can fight off covid as well, so it does help in the long run. >> that's really important.
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back now 7:30. welcome to the final day of 2021 how you are feeling? >> made it >> all right >> we made it. happy new year to everybody. >> hope we make it past 9:00 9:00 is our goal >> that's my new year's resolution >> start right now >> yeah. take a little nap. >> you're going to team up with your better half and do some cooking. >> we're looking forward
we're going to have a little fun with that with cocktails and light bites. metro and modern we'll eat, drink and be merry. >> first let's get to more of our look ahead in 2022 a lot of folks are hopeful for a chance to get away in the new year. >> once again, covid's unpredictability continues to impact the travel industry what should you consider if you do want to have a safe and enjoyable trip tom costello has that for us hey, tom. >> good morning. what a difference a year makes, right? we're now averaging two to two and a half million people traveling every single day in this country a lot of people feeling more comfortable about traveling. it could be vaccines and booster shots. kids getting the vaccine whatever the reason, 2022, according to the experts, is looking like a much bigger year for travel for americans longing for a getaway, the new year is bringing new hope that 2022 will be the year to make up for missed vacations and in a big
way. >> we're calling it the year of the goat, which is the greatest of all trips. >> reporter: among americans top searched destinations for 2022, domestic spots like orlando and maui, along with pigeon forge, home of dollywood. while expedia says rome and bali top the searches. >> people are more willing than ever to splurge. they have been at home in their routines for so long that that whole idea of finding some excitement and exhilaration on their trips is really appealing. >> reporter: but the spread of omicron is renewing some concerns one survey in the case, 79% of travelers worry the variant will disrupt their 2022 plans still, united ceo scott cur by predicts transatlantic flights will rebound. >> covid is now endemic. we are getting better as a society as figuring out how to manage and live our lives safely. >> reporter: experts say conditions on the ground are arguably more important to consider than the plane ride itself. >> getting somewhere, even if it is an international destination is not as much of an issue
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asked americans, what are you planning to spend? we know a lot of that is going on to people's credit cards. 51% of us are carrying an average of $6,100 in debt. take scope of what you owe and who you owe. >> once you figure that out, time to confront that reality. what are some good strategies for paying it? >> it is so important, what are your actual expenses every single month so the folks at southern bank say do it the old-fashioned way. write down exactly what you are buying you might discover when you stop for gas, you're spending extra money on chips the second list is what do you owe and what is the interest rate on each of those loans. one is the snowfall effect where you take a small loan and pay it off. the over is the avalanche approach where you say i owe a lot on this one loan with a ton of interest. whatever you do, automate everything set it and forget it so you don't miss a payment. >> all right should we save some money? >> yes >> come, come, come. inflation is hitting everybody the gas station, that's where
people are getting hit minus that, how can you save some money >> people in california are paying $4, $5, $6 a gallon waze and gas buddy tell you where the cheapest gas is. off the beaten path is cheaper don't forget about all the free membership plans then you have got safeway, costco that makes a big difference as well think about saving by filling up earlier in the week. mondays and tuesdays are cheaper in the week. >> really? >> yeah.
>> okay. what about the grocery store is there a way you can save some money there? >> we have to be laser focussed. so one way to do that is to make a list and stick to it. >> oh, i know. >> don't bring the kids or the partner. they're throwing in extra cookies and the things you don't need it's so cool you use the camera app on your phone. scan the bar code of your oatmeal or your milk or whatever and it will tell you those things aren't available at this store. when you buy them, it will tell you when it expires, so consider putting it on your list for the next shopping trip. >> check the gas and see how far away the other grocery store is. you've got to keep it altogether all right. did we cover it? >> yeah. wednesday, saturday, shop on those days. >> okay, bye.
>> bye. >> there you go. what's up? welcome, welcome let's talk about the big bills coming due for those folks, mortgage payment, rent payment and for a lot of folks student loan payments >> first, how much do you owe. and who do you owe that money to because a lot of loan servicers changed over the last two years, so you need to confirm where your check is supposed to go to make sure that payment gets there on time. are you working in public service? because you may qualify for a public service forgiveness plan which could wipe out a lot of your student loan debt the other thing to look about is tax time is right around the corner, and you can deduct up to $2,500 in student loan interest, so make sure you deduct every single penny. >> how much? >> $2,500. yep, on anything related to student or high expenses. >> and paying your high interest loans first. >> think about consolidating your student loans too so it makes it easier to pay one. >> housing market, of course, has been hot. >> yes. >> like roughly the last 18
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ball as we look ahead to what you can expect in the new year. >> that's right. we want to focus on the sports world. a lot to look forward to in 2022, including the olympics and the super bowl both in the same month right here. >> let's go! let's go, let's go. >> and the guy who is going to bring all of it to us, the face of nbc sports himself, ladies and gentlemen, mike tirico thanks for your time this morning. >> happy new year. i don't want to say good-bye to 2021, but i can't wait for 2022. >> amen. let's start with the olympics, mike, because obviously there is a diplomatic boycott now, some controversy surrounding the games. your ear is to the ground. what are you hearing from athletes? are athletes excited about competing in beijing >> i think they have their own
feelings about china i don't know how much they will express that between now and then and then beyond for many of them, this is their only shot. for some, it may be their last shot at the olympic games. while there is the many issues regarding china, the athletes will have the biggest competition of their lives i think they're trying to keep their focus there and not on the exterior stuff. >> nathan chen is a name we know well, what do you expect from him? >> from then until the start of this year, he didn't lose a competition. did have one brief set back, but he looks break we will see him at the skating trails in nashville. he's the favorite to win the gold and bring the u.s. to the top of the podium in men's figure skating. >> i think it's her olympic game do we expect to see her on the medal stand? >> of course we do she visited the "today" show
last month she has such an energy she has an incredible back story, the sudden loss of her dad last year. but mikaela shiffrin is the best technical skier in the world she wants to do the speed events as well. we could see mikaela win multiple games. >> what about chloe kim? what are we looking for there? >> al, she's amazing remember, she was good enough but too young to be on the olympic team four years before pyongyang. i'll never forget when she won gold, she complained she was hangry it is a new era. it's a new style others are getting good, but she's still one of the favorites to win gold as well. >> there is that other big event we had in february, the super bowl who do we like in the big game, mike tirico? >> let's see
tom brady has won seven of them. they have as good a team as anybody, so we're dummies not to say brady, right we could all dream brady against the patriots that's a hollywood script. obviously aaron rodgers, the packers. dallas has a very good team. we talked about new england and the success bill belichick had with a new quarterback baltimore is out there a lot of teams in the mix. wild playoffs. >> i was thrilled to know that tiger woods survived that car crash going 90 miles an hour last february. just literally he was alive and no one imagine ten months later he would be swinging a club with his son charlie. how much of him would we see >> i think he was honest we will not see him play a full schedule ever again but depending on the health of his leg and how he holds up. the open is at saint andrew's. maybe something like that. i think we'll see him a few times if his health is good enough
i think all golf fans would love to see that. >> that's for sure, mike. >> mike tirico, always good to see you, mike. happy new year. >> to you all as well. look forward to seeing you in 202. >> you can catch complete coverage of the winter olympics starting with that opening ceremony on february 4th and super bowl lvi february 13th only on nbc. still ahead on this new year's eve morning, from the plaza all the way to tokyo, a look back at some fun in 2021. >> plus, it is a highlight every morning. hoe day's boost. we will take 12 months of those can't miss moments and narrow them down for our third annual boostie award. >> but first a quick check of your local news and weather. ♪ limu emu... & doug ♪ ♪ superpowers from a spider bite? i could use some help showing the world how liberty mutual customizes their car insurance
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good morning. it's 7:56 on the dot. i am kira klapper on this new year's eve. here's a look at what is happening now. >> i'm kris sanchez with new laws tomorrow. if you are applying for unemployment benefits you have to be notified you will be denied before it happens and you have to get the chance to correct your application before you are disqualified. homeowners will have an easier time to add a unit or turn a home into a duplex, and there's law enforcement reform, where bad cops have to be stripped of their badges permanently if they
are convicted of offenses like sexual assault. i went to the station parking lot, and it was cold. we're in the 30s right now. it's 7:56. we will not get that much warmer but will hop in the 50s. san francisco topping out at 52, and overnight lows in the 40s by midnight, but could see 30s into early saturday morning. also expect to feel 30s in the san josé area, because look at the windchill factor heading into the midnight hours. it's going to be cold out there. bundle up. bundle up, stay inside, and watches in bay area to bring in the new year's. we'll have another update in half an hour. until then we will send you back to the "today" show.
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♪ ♪ it's 8:00. on "today" coming up, out with the new, in with the new. celebrations set to begin across the country as the nation counts down the final hours of 2021. but will covid and the weather cooperate? what you need to know to plan your day. plus, oh, what fun. "today"'s road trip. we'll look back at the good times we shared this year. >> special people. >> and the best of the boost.
from the touching to those moments that brought smiles to our faces. hoda is bringing us the year's very best as we roll out the red carpet for our third annual boostie award. today is friday, december 31st, 2021. >> from california! >> tucson. >> tennessee on new year's eve. >> it's good fun 2021. >> ready for what's new in 2022. >> the countdown is on. >> 2022! happy new year! ♪♪ >> there you go. >> welcome back to "today." friday morning. not just any morning. it is the last day of 2021. i don't know if we've got a new year's eve show like this. we usually do new year's day. >> that's right. >> calling on a friday. >> in 2022, glasses outside.
they're least conducive to having two eyes. >> coming up, on this new year's eve, a little reminiscing here. our favorite moments of the year. >> plus, we've got a new tradition, too. new year's eve with the dailies. recipes as you get ready to watch that ball drop. >> good morning. happy new year's eve to you. we will begin with colorado. hundreds of homes have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people were evacuated north of denver. the governor there declaring a state of emergency. emilie ikeda is there. >> reporter: good morning. you can see why. there is devastation everywhere you turn. really an apocalyptic scene.
the marshall fire is actually relatively small, but it is carrying an immense significant impact. coming through not a sparsely populated land. this is suburbia. these flames are wiping out, obliterating entire subdivisions and shopping complexes. the latest estimates suggest nearly 600 homes lost in the fire yesterday, making it the most destructive fire in colorado history in terms of property loss. dangerous winds, more than 100 miles an hour. and then torched ground. this region is in extreme drought. and so that has really fueled these flames at an impressive, incredible rate. too many families will be coming home to homes like this. lindsey?
>> thank you. now to that high stakes phone call thursday between president biden and russian president vladimir putin. the call, which lasted less than an hour comes at a time of growing tensions between the two leaders over the buildup of troops along the ukraine border. president biden warned that the u.s. and its allies will respond decisively if russia takes military action. tesla is recalling close to half a million vehicles. recalling 350,000 model threes to address rearview mirror issues and 119,000 of the model s due to front hood problems. the model years affected range from 2014 to 2021. tesla says it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths related to the issues cited in the recall. >> all right. let's take a look at the forecast. severe storms are possible from the southern plains into the tennessee river valley.
record warmth will continue across much of the deep south in contrast to the deep plains where high temperatures will be below zero. heavy snow in the rockies. here is a look at your local and 35 degrees right now in walnut creek. it is a cold morning, but i do want to give you a look at your new year's eve outlook for san francisco. we will top out in the 50s, overnote lows will dip down to the 40s, maybe the 30s for san francisco tonight. it will be dry. mostly sunny conditions through the remainder of the weekend for the bay area. by about 8:00 46 degrees, midnight, 42. now let's send it back to you in studio 1a. still coming up, the best of 2021 from our vantage point. >> there was singing there was dancing. there was tons of laughs
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welcome back, guys can you believe it we still have a few hours. well, more than a few until 2022 is bye-bye let's take a moment to look back. >> we started this year, as you probably recall, spread out here in studio 1a now look at us. >> i know. >> all snugly again. remember how it felt that first day just to be a little closer we brought back concerts, guests we even hit the road on a few occasions. let's sit back and enjoy some of the fun we had this past year. ♪ i've been missing yesterday ♪ what if there is a play ♪n mit
if there's a better place ♪ ♪ cover me in sunshine cover me in sunshine ♪ shower d everything will be all right ♪ ♪ cover me in me with good times ♪ tell me that the world's been spinning ♪ since the beginning ♪ and everything will be all right ♪ cover me in sunshine ♪ shower me with good times. >> how long have we been waiting for this moment? >> okay. we're doing it >> come on come on. come on? that's the moment i have been waiting for. >> i can touch you guys. >> our very first sign. >> feels like you're back. >> going around the horn look out >> al is encouraging everybody to take a walk today
now he's dancing. >> uh-huh. >> oh, yeah. it is a tuesday morning. >> tues-yeah >> hump day! it never gets old. >> on this friday. >> what kind of day is it? >> it is the best time of the day? >> graphics department literally started school today if they want an education, they can stay home and work with their old man. >> all right we're getting ready for our anniversary edition of a decade of savannah guthrie today. >> we're going to have some special people bring it. >> now my whole family is here >> three, two, one >> broadway's back >> the name of an nbc today anchor who is adding quiz show host to her name. >> who is -- >> savannah guthrie. >> hi. welcome to "jeopardy". >> i can't wait. it's a bird. it's a plane it's superman.
>> it is a beautiful, clear day. a perfect day to jump. say a little prayer. >> oh, my gosh here we are. >> yeah! yes! >> let's go. >> that would have been some good information. >> our first ever but hopefully not last "today" show pickle ball tournament. >> we won! >> hey >> tough love. cheers >> we're in new york city this morning. we feeling so good
♪ >> a at times we may be crying ♪ >> are you asking me whether godzilla and king kong are boys and girls? >> are you in your green room for real >> it is easier to get into jail cells than it is this place. i have never seen -- i neveru wt went through more. ♪ >> morning television, we can't talk about pleasure? >> look into these eyes and tell me you're not going to fall in love. >> i mean, america is falling. >> again and again. >> don't blow this you're there
do not blow this opportunity >> i had a talk with my girl she's still little you look happy. >> i am happy. >> you look happier. >> your friend, ben and a little thing we call bennifer. >> there is not enough liquor in the world for you to get me to say something like that. >> tell michael i said hi! >> what were you like as a little kid >> i was a pain in the butt is what i was like. >> literally a circus. >> yeah. i call it a [ bleep ] show but you can call it a circus >> it's our low. >> hello no no. >> little gravelly >> so much fun >> i have ten minutes to get out of the house and get to work. >> i apologize for my friday hair
oh, my gosh. ♪ >> for those of you came in, i said, i want to crank out a little haircut i looked a little closer craig got an earring. >> i thought craig was making the fashion statement today. and then -- and then there was you. >> okay. 1984 today. >> what do you think about the shoes? >> does anyone wear a size 9 >> those are jenna's shoes >> there you go. oh, yeah >> oh, my god. >> let's get ready to make some noise for the nbcs of halloween. ♪ >> arriving to the stadium now, the league's most famous dynamic duo. >> let's go. >> a living legend tom brady. the pride of kansas city,
patrick mahomes. >> the weeknd who lit up the stadium.c duo. >> bruno mars headlines. that was a runaway success please welcome the dallas cowboys' cheerleaders. >> my girlfriend doesn't eat meat, so, you know, i got to adjust. >> wait. what is your girlfriend? >> she's going to remainpl nameless for now. >> she's going to be named by .
♪ the end of this segment. adjust. >> wait. what is your girlfriend? >> she's going to remain nameless for n >> bobby, you really do it all. >> you are a lucky man. >> who is talking about podcasts over there >> martha. >> better square >> eating a whole bunt cake. >> we have not started the cake section yet. >> hey, take a breath. >> no, your campfire we have the marshmallow. >> it's like using a blowtorch peanut butter cookies as normal. >> kickoff to our thanksgiving 21 fantastic chefs from every corner of the country. >> cheers!
>> whoa! there you go >> the stories make life so much fun. >> don't they, though? >> all right >> all right you have more coming up too, right? fourth hour. >> she did mention that. >> i just said that. >> i didn't hear that at all >> may the 4th be with you. >> may it be with you. >> cheers! >> may the forth be with you >> and all the trekkies in the house. >> we're not trekkies. it's "star wars" >> oh, my gosh >> get out >> sorry >> guys, today show road trip. >> yes >> we're shining a light on cleveland this morning for a reopening of america series. the city is really coming back. >> philadelphia museum of art. >> things are slowly but surely
picking up >> the biggest boondoggle i pulled off all year. >> this is dillon drier on 18 as she drops it >> chanel live on the field at gillette stadium >> it's famous in tokyo. giant rainbow cotton candy this is actually stuck to my hand now like i can't -- i will send it back like it's never coming off >> first of all, it's great to share with you back to you. like it's never coming off it's even better to share a sake with you. >> up high >> our "today" show mascot is -- >> the latest american medal winners in the house. >> so glad your olympic dreams came true. >> america is proud of you.
>> it is fun to watch them get embraced by this crowd >> 30 citizenship candidates become the next united states citizens we are so honored to host their naturalization ceremony. >> you're a citizen. and we're glad god bless you. >> isn't that a pretty sight some of our front line workers, our nurses this is national nurses day. >> it is the start of breast cancer awareness month all right. are you guys ready to turn this baby pink? let's go >> we promise you will leave inspired today
a special event for international day of the girl. ♪ ♪ >> look at that. >> we had fun. >> i was going to say.k angels hallelujah ♪ ♪ and we understand them and we hear them say ♪ ♪ merry christmas ♪ ♪ ♪ it's a new york city >> that's exactly right. ♪ merry new y ♪ ♪ merry new york christmas ♪ >> look at that. >> we had fun. >> i was going to say. >> that's exactly right. i feel like sometimes we focus on all the things that aren't
great that happen in the year. it is nice when someone takes a light and says, do you remember when we had so much fun. >> you're like, oh, that happened i forgot about that. we went to the olympics? >> you all are pretty bad dancers. >> jenna's lego thing? i still to this day don't understand what that was all about. >> it was in memory of a jerry seinfeld thing because they did seinfeld as a lego. >> it was fun. it was a lot of work we want to say thank you to our producer she does it every year she's amazing. editor molly and researcher nick an amazing job. >> thank you. well done. still ahead, they can make you double over in laughter. get ready for the rest of hoda's morning boost with the boostie award. there she is you have some tasty drinks for us for all those last-minute food and drink awards. if you are coming over to the crib tonight, you need a couple
ideas, we have you covered >> you're lucky. >> your mouth to god's ears. but first check your local news and weather. good morning, and 8:26, i'm scott mcgrew. happening now police are looking for a north bay mother who left her baby in a car as she apparently ran from police. this started right before 1:30 this morning on madrus road street and winter haven avenue in santa rosa. police found the mother sleeping in a white minivan with her 18 month child inside. officers say they believe she was intoxicated. when she didn't comply with officers, she sped off and a chase ensued. shortly after police found that car but the woman had run off, left her child alone in the car. the child not harmed. well, let's get a check of
your weather with vianey. good morning. >> good morning. 35 degrees still right now in walnut creek and we're going to warm up just a little bit into the 50s. let's take a look at your new year's eve outlook, topping out at 52 degrees in san francisco. by 8:00, 12:00 we do dip down into the 40s. early tomorrow morning even san francisco could see those low 30s. so frosty start to the new year. 52 degrees topping out today in san jose. we do have a little cloud cover, but it is going to remain chilly through tonight but at least we will be dry with peeks of sunshine for the afternoon. >> that looks pretty good. vianey, thank you. another local news update is coming for you in half an hour. we'll see you then. we learn about covid-19,
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back now to 8:30, the last day of 2021. it is friday it is new year's eve and, kids, let's celebrate. >> right after that. >> dj jeff is doing the "today" show dance mix. >> just the ones and twos downstairs meanwhile, upstairs here, we're going to celebrate the best of the morning boost. we are counting down our favorites from 2021 from happy reunions to the things pets do. >> what's better than one daly
two dalys. together they will share some ideas to give tonight's spread an update. >> should be tonight be sure and catch the party before the party this is part of our tradition, too. we always turn on hoda and jenna, looking back at the most inspiration moments of the year. here is just a little peek. >> it is that time of year again. >> oh, yeah! >> oh, god >> it's not appropriate. >> the party before the party. and everyone needs a good party. >> yeah. >> wonderful >> so much fun so much fun. >> a look back at the moments we can't forget. >> cheers. >> that was bizarre. >> no!
>> even if we wanted to. >> it's hysterical. >> i love this. >> happy new year! >> new year's eve on nbc. >> in 2021. >> it's toast! >> we're calling it it's toast >> i love that. >> 2021, it's toast. >> by the way, you all have a lot bigger speaking roles than it's reflected there, but it is a lot of fun. >> okay. carson, you have got your own special, a new year's edition of pop star plus, covering the best tv shows and more streaming at today all day. head to peacock to watch. >> oh, you're sweet to say that. >> it's the best part of today all day. >> all day but right now we want to begin the half hour with your new year's eve forecast. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. and coming up next, the in a moment we have been waiting for good morning. look at this beautiful shot of the golden gate bridge, no fog in sight, clear conditions for the interior valleys. we are seeing a little bit of cloud cover out there, but expect mostly sunshine today. 42 degrees right now in san jose and i do want to give you your new year's eve outlook.
temperatures are going to top out in the 50s by tonight, dipping down into the 40s. overnight lows will dip down into the 30s into the early morning hours, even for san francisco possibly. 52 degrees in san jose, daytime highs, 40s for lows. and coming up next, the moment we have been waiting fo >> you are going to laugh outloud. you will probably need a tissue. that's what we're here for but first, this is "today" on nbc. that's what we're here for but first, this is "today" on
every year every morning and then every year. >> i think this is going to be good because whether it will make you laugh or have all the feels, there are boosties for you. let's narrow it down it was not easy but we did it. here we go number five. kenny is a navy veteran who got around on an electric scooter until it broke down. he was a world war ii vet. his granddaughter turned to tiktok and asked for help. within 24 hours, strangers donated $5,000 here is how kenny reacted when he heard the news. >> no! you're kidding i don't know what to say, amanda that is so nice. that's the nicest gift i ever had all my life. >> okay. the nicest gift he's ever had in his life there he is. what else is cool, guys.
we got a chance to meet kenny. he flew into the studio. he had never been on a plane before he came. and what he was doing was he was raising money to get scooters for other veterans who didn't have the money and he said he had never -- like, the man delights in everything every day, and jenna really was also connecting with him talking about her grandfather. it was a beautiful moment. kenny, if you are watching, you are making our day. >> i love when you follow up on the boosties and we get an after boost. >> keep it going. >> next one, number four came during the tokyo olympics. the top two competitors from the men's high jump. they were tied for first multiple attempts to jump off. so the officials gave them two options. jump-offa tie. >> can we have two golds >> it's we can continue with the
jump-off >> can we have two golds >> it's possible depends if you decide. >> olympic champions >> that's amazing. >> did we confirm they got two golds? >> yeah. >> and so too are they best of friends on and off the track could you imagine? because you make it all the way of the games. >> i love how he just thought about it. >> you would take that deal, right? >> but also it's the olympics. you waited for your moment. >> you might have felt competitive like, i want to win. >> i love it. >> number three, we'll keep the heart warming moments going. watch this toddler's reaction when she finally realizes who just walked through the door. >> surprise! >> dada! >> by the way, that hug and that laughter never stopped they just held and she giggled >> craig, is that what it's like
when you show every day? >> no. here's the thing, man, military reunions, all the boosts and all the genres of the military. >> every time. >> there is a cable network that has those on 24/7. >> how about another reunion coming in at number two, a philadelphia woman who had not seen her mom in two years, so she decided to surprise her while she was unloading groceries. >> hey, mom. could you pass me a bag? could you pass me a bag? >> ah! >> easy now. >> that could have gone badly. >> how about -- here's my favorite part. when she says, mom, could you pass me a bag. she was looking for the bag. you know when you forget she reached in, and she was like, oh, my gosh. all right. our number one.
>> i can't imagine what number one is. >> the 2021 boostie award goes to, and we decided to end on a laugh. the man that made us all laugh when a camera got too close for comfort. take a look. >> oh, my gosh >> that one is great. >> we decided we're going to end on a laugh >> i love how he goes into the back. >> i love the laughter. >> she was driving. >> every time i see that, you know what i think of mike, mike, mike. >> hump day! >> have a good one teaming >> he goes way in the back so fun.
>> nicely done. >> savannah, i don't remember if you remember this, but you actually started the boostie. >> with the pandemic and everything going on, the boosties for ten seconds, you are not thinking about anything else but that. >> but wait, there's more. >> up next, carson's much better half is there. >> why do you keep saying that >> because it's true ready to help us ring in the new year in style with the recipe for delicious meals. mixing up some cocktails even a hangover cure for tomorrow morning. >> carson, thank you. >> it will make the hurt go away
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we are back dining with the dalys. what a way to go out in 2021 carson and my better half are ready to help us celebrate tonight. drinking, of course. are you ready? >> notice how many cocktails you have on the table there. >> the first thing i don't even -- i have never heard this. fried saltines >> i'm going to start here we thought for new years a lot of people reflecting back. this will present retro. and then in a second we'll take a more modern approach this harkens back to 1854, the great bar here in new york, mcsorley's ale house comes here, opens up mcsorley's, which didn't have a come go into the bar until 1870 it is an old school place. they serve there saltines crackers with cheese and onions.
this is an elevated version of this. >> veggie, oil, peanut oil, whatever you have. >> you went to the store. >> so what do i do with the cheese >> build a little on that. it is yummy. it's delicious and then the next one -- oh, look. >> that's good, right. >> what do you do with the spices >> i love that they come out of the fryer. >> this goes back more towards the '70s and '80s for me my mom would make this this is roast beef you can use turkey, too. the roast beef is not that appealing on television. >> or you can use corned beef. >> we're going to put the pickle in and roll it up. >> see, i grew up in the midwest, and this was a huge staple there, too. i thought it was interesting. >> we would slice this up. there >> does this have a name >> corn beef >> a pickle rollup.
>> put a toothpick in it. >> very '70s >> yeah. really it tastes better than it looks. >> for our cocktail, the side car. is that what it's called >> it was named after an american war hero. >> totally true. i don't miss on my cocktail facts. this is named after the captain on his side car. it is a little bit of bourbon. >> lemon juice. >> and >> cilantro. >> it is awesome in a glass. >> shake it up it is just an old school>> and cocktail. >> here they are served with a little orange peel. >> where has this been all my life. >> now for the modern era, a smash key ricatta toast. you add peas to it and it becomes super bright and refreshing and this is a toasted baguette and some honey. >> oh, my gosh. >> i couldn't believe it. >> make the peas grow. >> a little red pepper flakes.
you know what i was thinking like pomegranate seeds to make it green and festive that's super yummy. >> this is speaking to me. >> this is something our kids love our kids just like the crispy rice get some leftover sushi rice. >> where do you get it >> wherever you order sushi, just get extra rice. >> form them in rectangles fry them a few minutes per side until they get nice and golden over here, you can use this. there is soy sauce, sesame oil stir that up and then place it on your crispy rice. >> i love that. >> top it with sesame seeds and it is like super -- you know, it is really easy. >> i didn't get one. >> oh? >> i didn't get one. well, actually, i hate it. >> it's crazy. >> okay. i want to try it. >> a minute left. >> this is a rosemary fizz cocktail vodka. we made a simple syrup lemon juice and add a little rosemary sprig i feel like you will really like this it is really refreshing and, again, looks festive shake it up. lemon juice. >> you could be making up tomorrow if you get over indulged this bloody mary recipe, this is a staple my mother-in-law loves this more than anything. so shout-out to gigi >> i don't know. >> i know. here comes gigi. i like to add worcester to it. i make mine strong half vodka. >> what is your secret ingredient >> the secret ingredient is like a sweet pickle juice i put just a little because it cuts a lot of the acidity. you got to have the horse radish, celery, salt and pepper. a little lemon juice i top it with celery, beef
jerky. it's got to be strong. >> it's crazy. this is a rosemary fizz cocktail this is equal parts sugar, water and rosemary lemon juice and a rosemary sprig. i feel like you'll really like this it is really refreshing. looks festive. >> is that lime juice? >> lemon juice >> you could wake up maybe you get overserved but if you're hurting tomorrow, one recipe this is a staple. my mother-in-law loves this more than anything. shoutout to gigi
every time she visits us, what can you make me? i like to add worcester to it. i make mine strong half vodka. >> what is your secret ingredient >> the secret ingredient is like a sweet pickle juice i put just a little because it cuts a lot of the acidity. you got to have the horse radish, celery, salt and pepper. a little lemon juice i top it with celery, beef jerky. it's got to be strong. it's got to be cold and lots of ice. >> so good. >> happy new year, everybody. >> so fun. >> happy new year. >> cheers to the dalys. >> cheers, everybody. >> happy new year. if you want the dalys' recipe go to today.com/food. we're back in a moment this is "today" on nbc. >> cheers! >> cheers! >> crink. he before that drink turns to drinks, make a plan to get home safe. just call a friend, a cab, and get a rideshare. whatever you do, don't let drunk drive.
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year on "today" with a toast. >> yeah. to you at home, we wish you all the health and happiness and joy in the world and to ring in the new year with your loved ones. >> and to our incredible staff that make this show possible, we want to say we love you. so should we raise our -- you got your mug and it's full of the good stuff. >> oh, yes. >> happy new year. >> happy new year! >> cheers. >> we love you. >> happy new year. >> here's to 2022, y'all ♪ r angels to come down to the city ♪ to crowd around the big tree to all those that know me ♪ bring your compassion and you understanding ♪ lord how we need it, on this
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