tv The Late Show With Stephen Colbert CBS January 22, 2018 11:35pm-12:38am PST
good night. captioning sponsored by cbs >> the white house has released photos of president trump saturday with the message that it was business as usual. take a look here. >> yeah, the pictures show the president working the phones -- >> right, mr. president. thank you so much, we're going to make this quick. i know you want to get out to the golf course. let's make magic. give me glamour. eat the lens. okay and you're working. you're solving the shutdown. you're the great negotiate. pick up the phone. pick up the -- it's the black thing on the desk. it's the only thing on the desk. there you go. okay. this is something you care about. you're the president, lives and jobs are on the line. don't look at the camera. don't look at the camera -- and -- you looked at the camera. you know what?
um, let's start with something simple. you're a dispassionate chunk of driftwood who's never broken a sweat in his life. you're a monster who thinks no one else but himself. when you close your eyes, no one else exists. perfect. something different, you're a thoughtful, compassionate leader intent on helping the country and -- he's gone. >> announcer: it's "the late show" with stephen colbert! tonight the shutdown is shutdown. plus stephen welcomes james corden and ann curry, featuring jon batiste and "stay human." and now live on tape from the ed sullivan theater in new york city, it's stephen colbert! ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing )
>> stephen: thank you very much! hey, folks! thanks, everybody, please! welcome to "the late show." i'm your host stephen colbert. ( cheers and applause ) thank you very much. you're excited. i'm excited. we should all be excited because, as of this taping, america has a government! ( cheers and applause ) yeah, yeah. still? do we still have a -- okay. just got to check in every so often because it's touch and go. here's what happened: this afternoon, after intense closed door meetings, democrats and republicans reached a deal to reopen the government. well, thank god that's done. and we don't have to think about it again until february 8.
( laughter ) "mr. johnson, i've got your results, and there's some very good news. you're going to live... til february 8." ( laughter ) the two day shutdown almost didn't happen at all because on friday, chuck schumer met with trump at the white house, and they "came close to a deal over cheeseburgers." ( laughter ) that's smart. get him all burgered up first. although if they're eating burgers, i think that means they were negotiating in trump's bed. ( laughter ) looks very comfortable. looks very nice! like you've never eaten in bed! ( laughter ) didn't work out. shutdown over the weekend. so today, in exchange for voting for the short-term funding, democrats got six years of the children's health insurance program, which everybody including the republicans wanted. and they got an agreement by mitch mcconnell to hold a vote on daca by february 8. and senate minority leader and man whose cheeks are far-sighted, chuck schumer, is
very confident it's going to happen. >> i expect the majority leader to fulfill his commitment to the senate, to me, and to the bipartisan group, and abide by this agreement. >> stephen: why would you expect that? mitch mcconnell's proved he will lie to anyone about anything. he told susan collins that she'd get a vote on improving obamacare in exchange for her vote on the tax bill. lie. and to get jeff flake's vote on the tax cut, he told flake, they'd vote on daca weeks ago that was a lie. i have been told we just received footage of what one republican senator said directly to leader mcconnell right before christmas: >> you sit on a throne of lies. ( laughter ) yeah. senator buddy. senator buddy. really, is a good man.
( applause ) >> stephen: but, okay. here we are. to avoid another shutdown all that needs to happen is congress has to agree on how to fix our entire immigration system in 17 days. after that, the pigs that fly out of their butt will solve world hunger. ( laughter ) ( applause ) butt pigs! butt pigs! ( laughter ) ( piano riff ) and the leverage is that chuck schumer thinks that voters will all remember mitch mcconnell made this promise 17 days from now. can you remember what happened 17 days ago? i can't. i'm guessing, in two days, we're going to forget the name "stormy daniels." ( laughter ) that was the hurricane that spanked the gulf coast, right? ( laughter ) i can't remember. >> jon: oh! >> stephen: it was a mess. that's all i remember. but maybe the democrats didn't get rolled. this is how democracy works. everybody gives up something.
everybody gets something. and the president understands that all parties needed to save face to work together in the future, so he stayed respectfully silent. i'm just kidding. ( laughter ) he emailed: "democrats caved." wait a second -- there's a cave? can we all fit in there? is there enough food and water for the next three years? ( cheers and applause ) and attacks like that aren't going to help finding a bi-partisan solution. neither is this ad trump ran over the weekend. >> president trump is right: build the wall. deport criminals. stop illegal immigration now. democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants. >> stephen: now that was subtle ( laughter ) but i think he was implying that chuck schumer wants to rub your children down with steak sauce
and feed them to cannibalistic gangbangers. ( laughter ) that ad seems extreme, but accusing your opponent of being complicit in crimes goes all the way back to the 1840s: "martin van buren: he'll unfasten the trousers of irishmen and leer as they drunkenly molest your livestock! i'm zachary taylor and i approve this broadside." ( laughter ) ( applause ) zachary taylor fans! and now that the shutdown's over, they're going to have to change the outgoing message at the white house. here's what it was this weekend: >> thank you for calling the white house. unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because congressional democrats are holding government funding including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate. due to this obstruction, the government is shut down. >> stephen: and that's the toned down version.
we have obtained the first message they recorded. >> thank you for calling the white house. we really wish someone could answer your call, but democrats hopped up on marijuana drugs let an immigrant murder our phones. please leave a message after the-- oh no! it's chuck shumer! he's got a knife! --beep! >> stephen: yeah, just get out of there. >> jon: yeah, get out of town! ( applause ) >> stephen: of course, trump was busy all weekend, watching fox news. we know this because he tweeted: "thank you to brad blakeman on @foxnews for grading year one of my presidency with an "a," and likewise to doug schoen for the very good grade and statements. working hard!" you're the most powerful man in the world. why do you care what the replacement weekend guy at fox news thinks? is this guy brad blakeman the person trump has been trying to impress the whole time?
"brad blakeman? i like to think of him as 'dad hug-man.'" ( laughter ) also, mr. president, you can't start a tweet talking about watching fox news and then end by saying you're "working hard! ( laughter ) you're watching tv, you just said so! what's next? "just ate three cheeseburgers, and a filet-o-fish. dieting hard!" ( laughter ) ( applause ) i'm reading that wrong. unless he's just confessing. "trump no like work. working hard. trump want watch tv." ( laughter ) of course, this saturday marked the trump presidency's one year anniversary. there was going to be a huge gala at mar-alago to celebrate. donors had paid $100,000 for tickets, which got you a meal for two and a photo with the president.
not bad. normally if you want a meal and a photo with donald trump, you'd have to wait around the d.c. mcdonald's. ( laughter ) but because mcconnell couldn't get the votes, trump had to miss his party. seems fair. republicans ruined trump's party, and trump ruined the republican party. ( laughter ) ( applause ) thank you. yes. ( piano riff ) seems like an even deal. instead, trump was stuck in d.c. with nothing to do except not help negotiate ending the shutdown. he just wandered around the white house like a cranky roomba. ( laughter ) so the president was forced to send fill-ins to his mar-a-lago bash-- eric and lara trump. come on, these people want donald and you're giving them eric? that's not an acceptable replacement. "sorry, but paul mccartney's plane was delayed. now please enjoy the musical stylings of kevin federline!"
( laughter ) we miss you kevin. ( applause ) all is forgiven. and this exclusive party was so huge, there wasn't enough silverware for regular mar-alago members. as one diner posted on instagram: "hate to do this, but this is a total #disgrace, #shame on #maralago, you can't serve caviar with plastic spoons! please offer your caviar with mother of pearl spoons and dishes!" #maralagopalmbeach. #lowbudget #disgraceful #caviaraccompaniments, crying face." i can't believe i'm saying this, but -- donald trump might not be the worst person at mara-lago. ( laughter ) ( applause ) we've got a great show for you tonight. james corden is here. but when we return: women on the march. stick around! ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing )
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( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) >> stephen: jon batiste and "stay human," everybody! right there! oh -- oh, jon. yep! ( cheers and applause ) good to be back! nice to have the weekends off! thanks! jon, you know -- please, have a seat. you're too kind. did you have a good weekend? >> i had a good one, man. >> stephen: what did you do? i was over in california, actually.
>> stephen: we do the show in new york. >> i took a red eye yesterday. >> stephen: do you have enough energy to do the show? >> yeah, can't you tell? we're jamming! ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: you know what i'm excited about, jon, is i just heard this news that -- is this true? they're going to hold the super bowl again this year. >> oh, wow! >> stephen: yeah, they say it went so well last year, they're, like, let's have those guys come back again. let's have one of those teams come back again this year. >> not two? >> stephen: just one is coming back because people can't get enough of tom brady winning. >> do you think it's going to happen again? >> stephen: i don't follow the game. >> you're not into it? >> stephen: i played for one day in high school. >> what happened when you played? what happened? >> stephen: what happened? >> jon: why did you stop? >> stephen: there's a lot of running -- ( laughter ) i found out there's a lot of running in football. i showed up one day. i was late for morning practice. my coach, coach holcombe, goes,
colbert, you and grant, you guys are doing wind sprints on each other's backs. i did wind sprints until i vomited. >> jon: oh, wow. >> stephen: showed up for the afternoon practice. one of my best friends was the biggest guy at school and had the weight lifting record at school and i was across from him on the line at the scrimmage and we had one play. he kind of, like, pushed me out of the way and the coach comes over and goes, brahamlet, there are no friends on the football field. you see that man? i want you to kill him. >> jon: oh, my goodness! i went out for the team because all my friends are on the team brahamlet lines up across from me on the line of scrimmage and goes, i'm sorry -- >> jon: oh, snap! because keep in mind. i was this height and weighed 135 pounds. i could fit into one of my pant
legs now. the next day i couldn't get out of bed. i went to coach in the middle of the day and i said, i don't think it's my game. >> jon: tom brady got it. >> stephen: he said, yeah, i don't think so either. ( laughter ) that was it. there was another party trump didn't make it to this weekend: the women's march. ( cheers and applause ) i agree. on saturday, people all across the country took to the streets to rally for women's rights and protest trump's policies. it was a huge turn-out, with an estimated 600,000 people gathering in los angeles, 300,000 in chicago, and 200,000 here in new york. ( cheers and applause ) yep. i'm all in. in some places, it was even bigger this year. like in the tiny town of sandy cove, nova scotia which "doubled their numbers from last year, with a total of 31 people... plus one baby!"
( cheering ) a baby. a baby. i think i know how someone kept warm last time. ( laughter ) and just like last year, there were some fantastic signs. "super callous facist racist nazi braggadocious," "norway, please help us!," "we shall overcomb," "i'm also 6'3" & 239 lbs," "please note the lack of nazis at our marches," and "how did i survive the past year? i watched stephen colbert - lateshow." ( cheers and applause ) thank you. we are honored. >> jon: yeah! >> stephen: we are honored to have help. ( applause ) that's how i got through the year, too. but trump being trump, he had to put a positive spin on the protest tweeting
"beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all women to march. get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. lowest female unemployment in 18 years!" "i've created so many jobs in the field of 'paying pornstars to keep quiet.' you're welcome, ladies!" ( cheers and applause ) this and -- allegedly. ( laughter ) this is, allegedly -- i should say that so often in every show we do -- this is as trump as it gets. you can't just take a march that's against you as a march that's for you. ( laughter ) after dr. king marched on washington, the k.k.k. didn't thank him for raising hood awareness. ( laughter ) we'll be right back with james corden. ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing )
( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) >> stephen: ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to "the late show"! folks, you guys are in for an enormous treat because my first guest hosts "the late late show," and on sunday, will be hosting the 60th annual grammy awards on cbs. please welcome james corden. ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) >> stephen: wow. so good to see you, man. >> lovely to see you! >> stephen: man, you are a
good hugger! >> i love it. i'll never let go. >> stephen: no, no. i could do that twice. ( laughter ) congratulations! before anything else, congratulations, you and your wife have welcomed a lovely new daughter. >> we do. she's five weeks old ( cheers and applause ) it's lovely. it's wonderful. it's terrific. >> stephen: but taxing a bit because two to three it's a different beast. >> well, you know, you've done this. you've done two to three. >> stephen: yeah, yeah. it's -- well, we're no longer -- we're no longer -- it's zonal, you take the kitchen, i'll take the living room and it's done. she's very small so it's lovely. >> stephen: easy to handle now. >> i've forgotten the leaving of the house and how difficult that is to do with three children. we went to -- when i say the end
of our road, i mean a little food place at the end of our street in los angeles, and we were nipping out for lunch the first time the five of us had ever gone, and we looked like we were fleeing a country. ( laughter ) like, i'm not joking, i had a daughter here, a backpack, a bag, and then a bag on the wrist and a stroller, another child. my wife's got a bag and our son. and i was, like, this is not worth it. the food is -- the food is not good in this -- this is not worth this. we've got a fridge. ( laughter ) i realize, because i'm one of three, i realize why we would never go out on the weekend. >> stephen: oh, no. we found out everything is a four-hour trip. doesn't matter. you might as well go someplace two hours away because it's a
four-hour trip no matter what you do. >> that's it. >> stephen: did someone talk you into having a third child? or were you, no, we're definitely going to do it. >> we didn't think we were going to do it. in truth, as someone said to me don't see your life now today -- don't see your life today because of course it's difficult and challenging. they said see your dinner table on christmas day in 20 years' time and how many people do you want there. and my wife and i were, like, oh, yeah, i think i want some more people there. and, you know, i really like the other two. the other two -- >> stephen: sure. you know, they are growing on me as every day passes. >> stephen: the fear you have, or at least the fear we had going into more children, it's, like, oh, we have so much love, and it gets divided and multiplies. >> oh, if my love carries on in the way it is for my son, i will
be proposing to hem when he's 21. the two of them, i just crumble. i have been crying for about a month, just everything. >> stephen: that's because you haven't been sleeping for a month. >> i'm exhausted. >> stephen: that's one of the reasons. that's a chemo psychosis. i'll tell you how we got talked into the third, we wanted more love, but i have a friend of mine who was the first to have children. he says, you've got to have the third child. you're already maximally inconvenienced. the third is not harder because you don't have any free time now. and then you have the third one. and it was so much harder! i called him up and he goes, oh, i totally lied. i didn't want to be the only one of our friends with three kids because my life is hell. >> yes. ( laughter ) with two, it was like we had two really, really great pets, and now it's like we've bought a zoo. that's what it feels like. ( laughter ) >> stephen: first of all,
welcome back to broadway. you're a tony winner. you have experience on broadway. ( applause ) my understanding is when you were serving with two governors, you met donald trump. >> i did. i brought him up on stage. this was in 2012. throughout the whole play, i would talk to the audience and bring people out of the audience and things like that. one day, that show is a really brilliantly constructed play. >> stephen: hilarious. i was in the audience one night. it's great. >> as anything, when you do it every day, you realize your audience will either be brilliant, fine or just an audience, and you can work that out about ten minutes in. and we heard that donald trump was coming to see the show with melania, and i was talking to my friend ollie who was in the play and i said we've had loads of great people come to see the show -- gene wilder, steve
martin -- people who you could never bring them up on stage, it really could be seen as disrespectful. but then trump, we were, like -- and this is in 2012, and ollie was, like, half the audience doesn't like him anyway, so we could either win with everyone or win with half of them. so i said, i'm going to give it ten minutes and see what the show feels like, and if i think they're a bit slow, i'm going to do it. not slow in that way -- ( laughter ) to be clear -- ( piano riff ) >> stephen: yes -- i didn't mean that way. -- >> i didn't mean that way. slow to the laughs. it was similar like today. a wet wednesday evening and i thought, i'm going to do it. and he had halfway back in the stalls and i grabbed him and said you're coming with me. i brought him up on stage and i spanked him -- which i
retrospectively realize now he must have really enjoyed. ( cheers and applause ) ( piano riff ) and he had to move this, like, trunk around. i said, what you're about to do is called manual labor. you normally get other people to do that and stuff like this. we would do this every night with people in the audience and send them into the wings. normally when they would go into the wings they would be a bit shell shocked and our stage manager would say you did great. wait here a minute and james will call you out and you walk back to your seats. it would always be the same. stage manager of 2012, i said what was he like in the wings? he said, you know what, it was like he thought he was the president of the united states. ( laughter ) ( applause ) i swear to god that was his words. because he just went around shaking everyone's hand. but not in a lovely to meet you. in p a, this is a big deal for
you. i'm going to let you have this moment so you can tell everyone you shook his hand and that's what it was like. but i have to say, he was very v good on stage. he was wildly charismatic and really good at doing that part of it. >> stephen: okay. ( laughter ) i have no doubt. he's very good on stage. >> yeah. >> stephen: let's move on. ( laughter ) in fact, we've got to take a little break. back with more james corden, everybody! ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) ( ♪ ) with 33 individual vertebrae and 640 muscles in the human body, no two of us are alike. life made more effortless through adaptability. the perfect position seat in the lincoln continental. ( ♪ )
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relationship with a lot of musicians out there. you've interviewed a lot of them. obviously car pool karaoke is a phenomenon. ( cheers and applause ) do you remember the first interview you had with a big rock star? >> i think the first person we had on the show -- >> stephen: not the show. not the show. >> on our show. >> stephen: not your show. we have a clip. we have a clip that we got from a show in england called -- >> oh, shut up. oh, come on. >> stephen: "good morning with ann and nick" in 1995. how old were you? >> i was, like, 15. >> stephen: how did you get on the show? >> i can't believe you're going to play this. ( laughter ) >> stephen: this is you speaking to a big musical -- >> hi, this is james here and this is meatloaf and we're doing this english breakfast show and it's really cool. >> do you prefer performing to doing all the promotional side of things?
is that what you really love? >> are you kidding? promotions are you want to do this, james. this is what you want to do. hold this for a second. during a promotion tour, this is exactly what you want to do. ( laughter ) ( applause ) >> stephen: do you remember? of course! oh, man! >> stephen: how did you end up -- how did you get a job interviewing meatloaf on a morning show? >> it wasn't really a job. the show is similar to i guess the "today show" or something like that. they held a nationwide audition for people to fill all the slots of the six or eight hosts, and you have to film yourself and send in your tape. so i sent one in and then i ended up being, like, a show business correspondent. but what i remember most about that is not really meeting meatloaf -- and he was lovely -- is i realized the second i did that that i had never been in a hotel before. my dad had told me that where we
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( band playing ) >> stephen: welcome back, everybody! ( cheers and applause ) ladies and gentlemen, my next guest is an award-winning journalist whose new series on pbs is called "we'll meet again." please welcome, ann curry! ( cheers and applause ) >> hey. >> stephen: hi. nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you as well. in fact, i probably should tell you something. maybe you won't hear this, but i actually have a baby crush on you. >> stephen: what's that mean, a baby crush? >> that means i'm married so i can't really have a crush on you, but i do have a baby crush on you.
my husband's in the audience and i think it's okay because i think he has a crush on you, too. >> stephen: okay. he watches you all the time. and you're just so devastatingly witty and funny and you're just as adorable as a puppy dog. we just love you. us the so hard not to love you. ( cheers and applause ) right? who doesn't have a crush on stephen colbert?! ( cheers and applause ) ( piano riff ) >> stephen: i am not sure why but this is my favorite interview of all time! ( laughter ) now, you've done -- you have a 40-year career. >> really long, yes, 40 years, almost, yes. >> stephen: since you were an intern in oregon. >> yes, that's true. >> stephen: i have a photo here we have been given of you at your first news job. see if you can pick her out among all the women in this
photograph. ( laughter ) ( cheers and applause ) >> that's right. >> stephen: wow. i was actually the first woman reporter they'd ever had. >> stephen: what channel is this? >> that's channel 10 in medford, oregon. it was really tough because at first there was a man who was a big deal at the station and said, you know what? you should not take this job because women have no news judgment and women can't carry the cam -- and you can't carry the camera. that's what he said. i felt bad for these guys because when you walk into the newsroom, it was a cigar, smoke-filled room. i think they were nervous. that were, like, this woman is going to come up and switch us off and make us mind our ps and qs. my father raised me to never cuss, but i realized when i was in this room i had to calm them down and i said no f-ing worry
here and i started cussing with them and learned to be cool. >> stephen: in the news room. and i never stopped. >> stephen: this looks like an outtake from anchor man. ( laughter ) this could be ron berg and his news team there. ( laughter ) >> i even got a perm. my mother from japan said, ann, how come you cut the hair? you look like a boy. no sexy or nothing. >> stephen: nour mom wanted you to be a sexy news lady? >> she wanted me to marry a rich guy, but she -- how come you don't marry rich guy? anyway, but when i was on television, she sent me a jacket covered in rhinestones because she wanted me to look pretty. i would do the news. hi, mom! i would call her up, mom, how do
you think that went? you wear too much eyeliner! you look like a raccoon! you never going to have a husband! i love you! that was my mom. >> stephen: that's fantastic. ( cheers and applause ) now, last week, you were on with our friends at cbs this morning. >> i was. >> stephen: and they asked you about matt lauer and the fact that it's no secret that i think matt lauer forced you out of the "today show." do i have that right? >> mmm... >> stephen: oh, wait, do you have a non-disclosure agreement? >> i do, but i can talk. >> stephen: you can talk? i'm bold, yes, i can talk. >> stephen: what are the words you can't say? whisper them in my ear. what are the words you can't say? oh, wow, that's going to be a short interview. here's the thing. >> no, i don't want to cause pain, you guys. >> stephen: i don't want to cause pain either.
but let me just ask you this, when mr. lauer was let go at nbc, were you aware that twitter blew up with somewhere ann curry this thing, said somewhere ann curry just made her orange juice a mimosa. somewhere ann curry is having a nice bowl of frosted flakes. somewhere ann curry is drinking more wine than -- ( cheers and applause ) so -- is any of that true? >> i wish. >> stephen: no? no. the truth is that i was raised catholic by a buddhist. >> stephen: oh, okay. o think about the catholic faith mixed with a karma, worries, the intensity of that. it was all of a sudden my brain became a whole wall of, huh-uh,
you can't talk or think like that so i didn't get to enjoy it. >> stephen: it was his karma? that's a good point. but i think that -- and also you have to think about the pain this -- i mean, a lot of people have suffered. >> stephen: sure. o i haven't had a chance to celebrate for a lot of reasons. >> stephen: okay. because i'm sort of limited. >> stephen: you're a very nice person. >> thank you. well -- ( laughter ) >> stephen: thank you. do you have a nondisclosure agreement about being a nice person? >> no, i can say thank you. no, i'm just trying to be careful. >> stephen: how about this? now, with the time's up movement, the ongoing metoo and the time's up movement, do you think one man, however powerful would be able to force out a season journalist like yourself? do you think that would be a different outcome now? how about that? would there be a different
outcome in this atmosphere than when you left? >> i think we're not really done fixing the problem. i think we are a long way from fixing the problem. it's more about conversation. it's about action and it's not just about telling people they can't do certain things, it's about changing the dynamic, the power balance within companies so that women are not seen as people who could never rise to the top. once we figured that out, we might have a chance to figure this out. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: i hope so. i hope so, too. >> stephen: well, very quickly. you've got a new show on pbs called "we'll meet again." >> that's right. >> stephen: i understand i need to bring a tissue to this one. what is "we'll meet again"? >> it's basically about world-changing events, the people caught up in these world-changing events and their effort to find the one who helped them survive emotionally or physically, and we help, you know, them find each other and, when possible, we reunite them.
>> stephen: like who? well, like pete peter who survid the shanghai ghetto and the woman who helped him. the woman sue who experienced mt. saint helen and he was in the red zone when it blew. she wouldn't leave her friend who had fallen and broken his hip. she promised to come back and bring help. she climbs hours through the ash, gets out, a helicopter shows up and before she gets on the helicopter she said, i refuse to get on this helicopter unless you promise to turn back and help me find my friends. the truth is none of the helicopter pilots needed to be there. they could not be ordered to be there.
a large number of them were national guard helicopter pilots. this one guy had flown in vietnam and he looked at her -- he had a family and kids and, yet, he look at her and said, don't worry, we'll go get him, and he flew under the ash cloud toward the mountain, even though it was dangerous, to help her find her friends and did help her find her friends and now she wants to thank him these years later because when she got off the helicopter she wasn't thinking, she was so traumatized, and i won't tell anybody else but you what happened -- ( laughter ) -- that she actually -- it changed her life not only because she survived and because of all of that, she actually, in his honor, joined the national guard and dedicated her entire career to trying to be as good enough a person as he was. ( applause ) can you believe that? and for her, it's just amazing.
so you meet these people. i mean, the real-life stories, you can't make this up. it's amazing. i'm so moved by it. >> stephen: i look forward to it. i'm crying now. ann, lovely to meet you. thank you for being here. >> lovely meeting you. >> stephen: "we'll meet again" starts tomorrow on pbs! ann curry, everybody!
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