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Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist

Willie Geist, Sunday TODAY

NBC's "Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist" provides sharp, conversational coverage of the day's news, along with in-depth profiles of the people and ideas shaping our culture. In his “Sunday Sitdowns,” Geist chats with some of the biggest names in news and pop culture, from actors and musicians to presidents and CEOs, about the stories behind their success. This podcast features the full, unedited versions of those conversations for an even deeper look at the names in the headlines. "Sunday TODAY" airs live on NBC from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. ET. Check your local listings.

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Introducing: Killer Role
Apr 13 2021
Introducing: Killer Role
As a bonus for Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of Killer Role, a new podcast from Dateline NBC and Keith Morrison. An actress playing a killer in a horror film is so good, you’d almost think she’d done it in real life. Turns out she had… Dateline’s Keith Morrison takes you inside a story where fiction and reality collide. Search for Killer Role and listen now.
Jon Favreau
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Jon Favreau
The 1996 movie Swingers set Jon Favreau on a path to becoming one of the most successful and sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood. His directing resume now includes massive hits like Elf, Iron Man, The Jungle Book and the 2019 version of The Lion King, which made more than $1.6 billion at the box office while introducing groundbreaking visual effects. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actor and director to talk about putting all of that experience behind his latest project, the docuseries Prehistoric Planet.
Emma Thompson
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Emma Thompson
In 1995, Emma Thompson took on the challenge of adapting Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility into a successful movie. She was rewarded with an Academy Award for her writing as well as a Best Actress nomination for her performance in that film, capping a run of five Oscar nominations and two wins in just four years. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the British star to talk about cementing her place as one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors and her latest, most revealing role yet in the buzzed about film Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.
John Grisham
Jun 12 2022
John Grisham
In the three decades since leaving the law for writing, John Grisham has become one of the most widely read authors in human history. He has sold an astounding 350 million books, including 47 consecutive #1 bestsellers printed in 50 different languages. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Grisham to talk about his leap from small town Southern lawyer to star novelist and his latest work, the novella Sparring Partners.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (2021)
Jun 5 2022
Lin-Manuel Miranda (2021)
In 2008, Lin-Manuel Miranda read Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton while on vacation and began envisioning something no one else could have seen – a hip-hop musical about America’s Founding Fathers. In this week’s Sunday Sitdown, Willie Geist gets together with the Tony, Emmy and Pulitzer-winning star to talk about creating the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and his latest act as a film director. (Original broadcast date: November 21, 2021)
Ray Liotta (2021)
May 29 2022
Ray Liotta (2021)
Ray Liotta may be best known for his breakout performance as real-life gangster Henry Hill in the iconic movie Goodfellas, a role that had the former soap opera star sharing famous scenes with Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Lorraine Bracco. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist re-visits a favorite conversation with the actor, who died this week at the age of 67. In one of Liotta's last interviews, they talk about that indelible movie and a career that took him from Field of Dreams to the Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark.  (Original broadcast date: September 26, 2021)
Jon Hamm
May 22 2022
Jon Hamm
For seven seasons, Jon Hamm played the hard-drinking, womanizing, 1960’s-era advertising executive Don Draper on the hit series Mad Men, a role that earned him two Golden Globe awards and an Emmy. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actor to talk about the legacy of that show and his steady mix of comedy and drama since then, all leading up to his childhood fantasy of starring in the highly anticipated new Top Gun sequel alongside Tom Cruise.
Mike Myers
May 15 2022
Mike Myers
Mike Meyers is among the comedy greats who have walked the halls of Saturday Night Live, with his popular “Wayne’s World” sketch becoming an even more popular movie. After leaving SNL he introduced the world to the archenemies Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, and went on to voice a big green ogre named Shrek in a multi-billion dollar franchise. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actor to talk about returning to the spotlight after nearly a decade away with his new Netflix series, The Pentaverate.
Sam Rockwell
May 8 2022
Sam Rockwell
Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell is getting rave reviews for his return to Broadway in the revival of American Buffalo, where he takes on a famed role played over the years by stars like Al Pacino and Robert Duvall. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Rockwell to talk about the Tony Award buzz around his performance, as well as his prolific career of roles ranging from George W. Bush in Vice to Bob Fosse in the hit series Fosse/Verdon.
Janelle Monáe
May 1 2022
Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monae has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards over the years without ever chasing the pop charts. Instead, she has created her own genre-defying artistic universe, with mentors and musical collaborators like Prince and Stevie Wonder guiding her along the way. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the music star turned author to talk about her latest project – writing a collection of science fiction short stories.
Sienna Miller
Apr 24 2022
Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller spent the early years of her career in the flashing bulbs and shouted questions of media outlets fascinated by her relationships and her style. But standout performances in movies like Factory Girl, Foxcatcher and American Woman have forced a change of subject. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the star to talk about her new Netflix series, Anatomy of a Scandal, which has her tapping into those trying years in the spotlight.
Jane Lynch
Apr 17 2022
Jane Lynch
You may know Jane Lynch from the Christopher Guest mockumentaries like Best in Show, or as the unforgettable Sue Sylvester on the hit show Glee, or more recently in an Emmy-winning performance on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actress to talk about her latest role making people smile in the highly-anticipated Broadway revival of Funny Girl.
Mark Wahlberg (2022)
Apr 10 2022
Mark Wahlberg (2022)
In the three decades since scoring a platinum debut album as rapper Marky Mark, Mark Wahlberg has grown into a versatile superstar in Hollywood with a range that spans classic dramas like Boogie Nights, the comedy hits Ted and Daddy’s Home, and the blockbuster Transformers movies. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actor to talk about his latest role in the film Father Stu, the extraordinary true story of a boxer turned Catholic priest.
H.E.R. (2021)
Apr 3 2022
H.E.R. (2021)
The multi-talented musician H.E.R. has worked to avoid becoming a package for pop cultural consumption, with her name and signature sunglasses meant to make the audience focus on the music and not on her. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the artist to talk about her meteoric rise from child prodigy to the heights of the music world, including winning a Grammy, an Oscar and performing at the Super Bowl. (Original broadcast date: July 11, 2021)
Lily Collins
Mar 27 2022
Lily Collins
In its first month of streaming in the fall of 2020, Emily in Paris captured the attention of 58 million viewers and made actress Lily Collins a bona fide star around the world. But the 33-year-old’s latest role in the intense, claustrophobic film Windfall is a world away from Paris. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to Collins about that new movie, as well as the global success of Emily in Paris and what it was like growing up the daughter of legendary musician Phil Collins.
Seth Meyers
Mar 20 2022
Seth Meyers
It’s been 8 years since Seth Meyers took the Late Night baton from his friend Jimmy Fallon, carrying on a legendary legacy started by David Letterman in 1982. Before taking over behind that desk, Meyers spent over a decade at Saturday Night Live, first as a cast member, then as Head Writer and host of “Weekend Update.” In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the television host and comedian to talk about applying those writing skills to a new children’s book inspired by his three kids.
Bob Odenkirk
Mar 13 2022
Bob Odenkirk
A comedian by trade, and a young writer at Saturday Night Live in the years of Chris Farley, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, Bob Odenkirk made a dramatic career turn in 2009 when he landed a role on the hit series Breaking Bad and later earned his own spinoff show, Better Caul Saul. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to Odenkirk about a new memoir that documents that journey from SNL to dramatic actor all the way to action star.
Courteney Cox
Mar 6 2022
Courteney Cox
In 1994, Courteney Cox landed the role that would change her life and make her a star around the world – playing Monica Geller on the hit show Friends. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actress to talk about what it was like living inside the bubble of the Friends phenomenon and her impressive career since then, including a successful run of Scream movies, the acclaimed show Cougar Town, and her latest horror comedy series, Shining Vale.
Ariana DeBose
Feb 27 2022
Ariana DeBose
Already a Tony-nominated triple-threat on Broadway and a member of the original cast of Hamilton, Ariana DeBose has recently shot to Hollywood stardom with an electrifying performance as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. In this week’s Sunday Sitdown, Willie Geist gets together with the actress to talk about that role which has already earned her a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination.
Tony Shalhoub
Feb 20 2022
Tony Shalhoub
Before he was an actor, Tony Shalhoub grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin as the ninth of ten kids. His father was a Lebanese immigrant who came to the United States in 1920. Now, Shalhoub is a four-time Emmy winner, a Golden Globe winner, and a Tony winner. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Shalhoub to talk about the fourth season of the beloved hit series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and his 30-year career starring in series like Wings and Monk.
Liam Neeson
Feb 6 2022
Liam Neeson
Long before acting ever crossed his mind, Liam Neeson was an altar boy and a promising young boxer growing up in Northern Ireland. But once he found the stage, he put down the gloves and eventually became one of Hollywood’s favorite actors. In this week’s Sunday Sitdown, Willie Geist gets together with Neeson to talk about his prolific career of roles ranging from Schindler’s List to Taken to the fan-favorite Love Actually, plus his latest performance in the new action film Blacklight.