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the president, can you believe it? >> our friends in the senate are eager to get to work. >> billy was born with a heart disease. >> sean! >> won the kentucky derby! >> good morning and welcome to sunday "today" on this first sunday in may, i'm willie geist. a lot to get to is this morning, including president trump's health care bill that passed the house this week and voting under way right now in the pivotal french election. plus, the latest on the tragic death of the olympian, his body was found on saturday at olympic training center in lake placid.
we'll have the latest information. and later, our sunday sit-down with the cofounders of instagram. the social media phenomenon dreamed up less than seven years ago in a san francisco coffee shop that now has 700 million users, including the holy father himself. >> that's got to be a moment when the pope signs up for instagram and you help him get on. what's your password going to be, your holiness. >> all he has to do is touch the sign-up button. i'm like i really hope this works. >> our sunday sit-down with the instagram guys. plus, academy award winners tim robins and harry smith later in the show. let's begin with the heated presidential election taking place right now in france, hours after a massive hack on the front-runner's campaign. matt bradley is live for us in paris. matt, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. this is a crucial vote and not just for the future of france, but europe as a whole. it's still not exactly close. emanuel macron is expected to
beat marine le pen by 20%. we'll know if they called it right in about six hours. today in france, both with radically different visions for the country's future voting this morning. all guys are on marine le pen, the far right populist who wants to quit the european union and nato, limit immigration, and crack down the practice of islam. but polls favor emanuel macron, the former banker who's a pro business liberal who wants to keep france in the eu. he's never held elected office. he announced friday night his campaign was hacked. nine gigabytes of data, thousands of e-mails, now circulating on the web. suspicion has turned to russia and the macron campaign likened the hack to last year's dnc leak, but the comparison to the
recent u.s. election doesn't end there. french campaigns have seen bitter debates. violent campaign rallies, and allegations of fake news. and just last week barack obama endorsed macron. >> he appeals to people's hopes and not their fears. >> two weeks after donald trump expressed his support for le pen. the le pen camp hopes for a trump-style upset. >> we know how the polls were on donald trump the last time, so we are still very optimistic. >> and a victory that would not only up end france, but send shock waves across europe and around the world. the teat of terrorism looms large over this vote and just a few hours ago the site of the victory party for macron was evacuated because of a security threat. turns out so far it was just a threat. willie? >> matt bradley watching that election closely for us this
morning in paris. matt, thanks so much. back here at home, president trump has spent the weekend celebrating the passage of a health care bill through the house of representatives and now looking toward the senate, but tomorrow the focus will be on how he got to the white house with testimony before congress about the connection during the campaign between his ousted national security adviser michael flynn and russia. nbc's kelly o'donnell is with the president in branchburg, new jersey, with more on tomorrow's testimony on the hill. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. tomorrow the public will hear for the first time from a former government official who went to the white house with a warning about russia and michael flynn and then lost her own position just days later when she refused to enforce the president's travel ban. the white house has been trying to distance itself from the russia questions, but that will be hard to do tomorrow. fired by president trump. former top justice department official sally yates has a story
to tell monday about ousted national security adviser michael flynn. the white house said in march it was okay for yates to go public. >> if they choose to move forward, great, we have no problem with her testifying. >> yates, who was briefly acting attorney general. >> i believe that we can work together. >> reporter: warned the trump white house in january that flynn had misled officials about his contacts with the russian ambassador. former obama director of national intelligence james clapper is also expected to testify tomorrow as part of a senate russia investigation. turning to the fallout over health care, saturday outside buffalo, new york. republican congressman tom reid faced angry constituents in a series of town hall meetings. >> you let citizens down. >> reporter: where he defended his vote for the gop health care plan. >> i totally understand, and
empathize with the fear, the anxiety, because we are talking about health care. it's a very personal situation. >> reporter: closer to home, the president's weekend home in bedminster, new jersey. an unusual drive-by protest saturday, a line of a few dozen cars passed outside president trump's golf resort, where local police prevented them from stopping. demonstrators then met nearby. >> i want people in this community to know we don't all agree with him. >> reporter: others defended the long-time local resident who is now president. >> he's a hard working guy, very hard working guy. he's right to have a day off. >> reporter: and from his new jersey home today, the president tweeted about the russia issue saying democrats' connections to russia should be investigated. other than that, the white house is saying they want these investigations to go forward, and they are not commenting. willie? >> all right, kelly, thanks so
much. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent is in this morning for chuck todd on "meet the press." great to see you on a sunday morning. >> good to see you. >> let's begin with domestic politics and the health care bill. obviously, thursday there was that rose garden celebration led by president trump, along with house republicans. they believe they did their job, delivered on a campaign promise. the senate, though, andrea, has said almost immediately, including among many republicans, we're going to wipe the slate clean and write our own bill, so for americans who may be watching this morning and thinking oh, my gosh, what is going to happen to my health care. what are the odds the final bill will look like the one that went through the house this week? >> the odds are certainly what comes out of the senate is not going to be anything like what the house passed, but it is going to create a baseline for what then goes back to the house if something does go out of the senate, something then goes back into a conference committee and
they will have to negotiate. so what the house did is important, because they've already crossed a number of bridges by really making drastic changes in medicaid, big, big cuts, at least $880 billion in the first version, and then also people with pre-existing conditions. this is really going to hurt, if it comes out anything like the house bill, hurt older people, people with pre-existing conditions, and according to the health and human services department's own estimates, 84% of people age 55 and older have pre-existing conditions that would have enabled them to be covered that insurers would have had to cover, could not ban under the previous obamacare, and now will be up to the insurance companies. the states can opt out, so there's a lot of options here for people who the insurance industry, for the states who want to opt out, and there's going to be a lot of pressure. >> for just the reasons you laid out, democrats are outraged by this bill, but politically they
are giddy because they believe it gives them an opening in 2018, perhaps in the house of representatives. it's a tall task. they have to flip 24 seats, but they can take back the house and stand up for the president in their view in a different way. do they have an issue that can guide them through the next couple of years. >> they think they have an issue. they have ads coming out, they have an ad that will come out later today against martha mcsally, who is a republican, retired air force pilot, popular republican in arizona. they think they have an issue, but they probably should not count on it yet. charlie cook has moved 20 seats into either toss-up or just leaning republican, not solid republican, but very few seats into, you know, the democratic camp so far. among those districts where hillary clinton either won or almost won, and the congress members actually voted for this bill. i think they shouldn't count this midterm election issue, because it all depends how they
message it and how it comes out of the senate. >> all right. you've got a lot to talk about this morning, andrea. thank you so much. we'll be watching "meet the press" where andrea will be joined by senator dianne feinstein and tom price. also talking about sally yates' testimony tomorrow about the relationship between russia and the trump campaign. andrea, thank you again. now to some sad news overnight, the death of steven holcomb. his body was discovered on saturday at the olympic training facility in lake placid, new york. nbc's morgan radford reports. >> reporter: star american bobsledder steven holcomb was known for his ability to push through challenges. he was preparing for his next big one, the 2018 winter olympics. when he took a break from training and spoke to our own natalie morales ten days ago. >> we're focused and ready for this next olympics. it's going to be exciting. everything's coming together. >> reporter: those dreams
suddenly shattered saturday when the five-time world champion was found dead in his room in the olympic training center in lake placid, new york. his sudden death rocking the olympic community. lindsey vonn saying, team usa won't be the same for this upcoming olympics. teammate nick cunningham calling him a legend in the sport of bobsled and even better person off the track. holcomb was 37, and the cause of his death is still unclear. for years he battled depression, triggered by a disease that nearly blinded him in his 20s. holcomb documented his dark days in his autobiography, including a suicide attempt in 2007, but a surgery saved his vision and his career. he went on to lead the u.s. bobsled team to gold in 2010, breaking a 62-year drought for team usa. followed by two more medals in sochi. he hoped for more wins next year.
>> i've done this more than half my life, so i kind of keep going and do it. i enjoy it, so, you know, why stop? >> reporter: morgan radford, nbc news, new york. >> great athlete and a really good guy, as those of us who covered the olympics a bit got to know. terrible news there. now to some encouraging news out of africa, where 82 chibok school girls are free after being held captive since 2014 by boko haram. nigeria's president expected to meet with them this afternoon. more than 300 school girls were kidnapped by the slamic terrorist group sparking a worldwide campaign. today, just over 100 girls remain unaccounted for. some terrible news out of boston, where two doctors were set to get married were found dead inside a luxury penthouse condominium over the weekend. police say the suspect opened fire when they confronted him
inside the doctor's home. the suspect is in the hospital with nonlife threatening injuries. officials believe the suspect and the victims knew each other. emergency evacuations under way in south georgia this morning after a wild fire in a national wildlife refuge escaped fire breaks. it's now threatening homes in surrounding communities, including st. george. the fire covers more than 130,000 acres and is only 12% contained. helicopters and air tankers are being used to battle the blaze with more tankers from montana and california joining the fight today. and a big win on saturday for the favorite of the kentucky derby. >> they are coming to the blind and the dream comes true. always dreaming has won the kentucky derby! >> always dreaming, the 9-2 favorite in the race at churchill downs. it's the fifth straight year the favorite has won the derby. that is the longest stretch ever. next stop, the preakness in two weeks. dylan is here with a quick check of the weather. just hours removed from
churchill downs. did you have fun yesterday? >> it was so much fun, and the weather cleared up just like it always does in time for the race, but still made for a pretty wet track. it rained for days in kentucky. in the niortheast, too. we have snow showers through western new york, also frost advisories through the great lakes. this is our pattern, it's called an omega block. this ridge means warmer temperatures through the middle of the country, but this dip in the jet stream means unsettled weather and cooler temperatures. we'll be running below average for this time of year, about ten to 15 degrees below average. buffalo 7 degrees for a high today. in the southwest we have rain and mountain snow as low as about 4,000 feet we could see significant snowfall as this continues to and we are waking up to another chilly morning. still seeing some breezy conditions. windier conditions along the
peninsula at 49 degrees. tri-valley, chilly, 50. and in san francisco, also at about 51 degrees. now, we are expecting to warm up today just a bit more than we were yesterday. we will be climbing into the upper 70s for areas near inland and also the north bay as well. we'll still track a slight chance of showers for monterey. >> and that's your latest forecast. >> you looked good in those hats yesterday. >> i like my selection of hats. >> the kfk one was my favorite. ahead, the highs and lows of the week, including a young girl's beautiful reunion with her classmates. we'll tell you why it was so special. and why is this man smiling? the little dude having a blast while emergency workers rushed to help him. plus, tim robins bringing his talent to some real life prisons. we'll talk to the academy award winner. it's all coming up on "sunday
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>> our first high goes to a 7-year-old girl and her classmates that became international stars this week and for good reasons. she goes to school in birmingham england. she had her right leg amputated shortly after birth and has worn a prosthetic ever since. well this week she showed up with a brand new super cool pink sports blade and her friends loved it. she shows off what she can do with the new blade. she runs. they're all running behind her. marching arm and arm with her pals. the video which now has been viewed tense of millions of times around the world brought them to tears. it brought a lot of people to tears this week. it's that thing of kids they just strip it all away. real he emotion. >> when you see something cool like that you gravitate toward it. >> good job you 7-year-olds in
england. >> the battle of the bands this week on the day of the american health care act vote. house republicans got fired up in the prevote locker room by blasting a classic. ♪ >> that's right. paul ryan and the guys getting hyped with the theme from rocky before charging out on the floor of the house to cast their vote. personally i would have gone with the training montage off the rocky 4 sound track but i respect your decision. after they voted yes to pass the health care bill democrats sang a song of their own. the 1969 steam classic, n na na hey, hey, hey good-bye. >> the implication of that song
on the house floor being that by voting for the bill some republicans had kissed their seats good-bye in next year's midterm election. >> i thought watching anything in slo-mo makes it cool. wasn't that cool. >> the rocky walk out wasn't cool. >> no. >> well they tried. >> our next high goes to the high spirits of one 14 month old after he locked himself in his mother's car. a british mom was panicked when she closed the trunk of her car after loading her groceries and watched her toddler son in the backseat lock the doors before she could get around to get into the car. it was not a hot day so there was no immediate health risk but mom did call the fire department to get the boy out so just how concerned was little brandon? here's how concerned he was. having the absolute time of his life. he climbed from the backseat into the front and with a giant smile on his face pretended he was driving the car to show off for the firefighters. brandon's mom posted the photo
later with the caption thanks to the guys that rescue my cheeky monkey. he was clearly traumatized by the whole idea. >> one of those cases where the parent is way more worried than the kid. >> i got firefighters here. i get to drive the car. it's the best moment of my 14 months on earth. >> our final low goes to one couple's fundamental misunderstanding of how escalators work. a youtube video was shot by another man. you can see the couple over his shoulder there. they calmly attempt to walk down an up escalator. and this goes on and on and on with the man and woman undeterred by the fact that they're not making a single step of progress. just walking in place while people pass them by on their way up. we'd show you how this ends but we assume the couple is still there battling to get to the bottom of an up escalator. >> it looks like they're almost annoyed at the other people
going the other way. >> there's so much there. they're walking down and not deterred by the fact that it's not working. >> it's not a joke. they're seriously trying get down the stairs. >> there's one moment where they concede defeat and they just stop walking and just ride up backwards. >> incredible. >> coming up our sunday sit down with the co-founders of instagram. how their simple idea to give us all a place to post our photographs caught fire and spread around the world. a rare joint interview with the instagram guys. and harry smith visits an old country store where people come from all over to play and sing. head over to facebook for a facebook live chat in just two minutes. two become one. then you're a couple. think of all you'll share... like snoring. does your bed do that? the dual adjustability of a sleep number bed allows you each to choose the firmness and comfort you want. so every couple can get the best sleep ever. does your bed do that?
good sunday morning to you. your time now is 6:26. we want to start you off with a live look outside at san francisco. that's the transamerica building there, looking beautiful. you can see along the horizon, just a little pink as the sun rises this sunday. good morning, and thank you so much for waking up with us. i'm vicky nguyen, along with vianey arana who is standing by with a check of the forecast. we can't complain about the weather. it's been phenomenal. >> yesterday, we were on the windy side. today, it's going to transition to more of a breezy day, and warmer. climbing to the upper 70s today. yesterday, we topped out in the 60s. south bay at 51 degrees. peninsula, 49. tri-valley, 50. and in san francisco, 51
degrees. yesterday, we did wake up to some 40s across the bay area, so the temperature trend right now for san francisco is definitely looking like a great day to enjoy outside. by 1:00, already hitting the 70 degree mark. by 12:00, about 68 degrees. and even in san jose, also expecting to warm up quite nicely. we're expecting to see high pressure build in and that's going to start increasing temperatures. we're expecting to see 80s this week back in the forecast throughout the inland areas especially. 12:00, 69 degrees. 1:00, 71. san jose will be in the mid 70s today. >> good. looking forward to it. >> san rafael men pretending to be a landlord is in police custody this morning. investigators say he preyed on immigrant women looking for housing. police arrested 38-year-old maldonado on friday. he was called by an undercover officer pretending to answer one of his ads. during that conversation, he said he wanted $2,000 a month
and sex in exchange for housing. >> there are other victims present, we would really like them to come forward and let us know. we had two victims we know of that remains anonymous that came forward so far, but if there's anything else, please contact the san rafael police department. >> investigators say maldonado posted his ads in laundromats believing the immigrant community would not report him for soliciting sex. four people in san bruno are behind bars accused of pimping and prostitution. deputies arrested two men from san francisco along with two women from southern california. ujz county sheriff's office says investigators served a search and arrest warrant at the home on the 1100 block of herman street. >> members of our sheriff's office crime suppression unit obtained information that a resident in the city of san bruno was operating an illegal prostitution business. this started an intense month-long investigation. the sheriff's office partnered upq with redwood city
police and san bruno police to stop crimes related to human trafficking. coming up at 7:00 on today in the bay, even after a successful venture, why a bay area artist said he will never try his hand at sculpting again. that's and all your top stories at 7:00. for now, back to the "today" show. we'll see you back here at 7:00.
>> if ever you posted a photograph to instagram to show your friends where you are and what you're doing or what you're having for lunch you can thank them. theirs is a familiar start up success story from apple to google and now instagram. two smart guys get together with an idea and not much else and end up changing the world. it was only 6.5 years ago that they launched instagram. so how do they do it? >> i got together with them for
a sunday sit down. >> take a single photograph of where you are and what you're doing, share it in real time with the people in your life and give them an easy button to push to show they like it. that simple idea is now a global community. >> let's talk about 700 million monthly users. you guys set out to do this 6.5 years ago. could you ever have dreamed being where you are today back then? >> no, i think we started, you know, knowing that we wanted to bring this out to the world but this is beyond our wildest dreams when we were getting started back then. i remember looking at mike and being like i think we're on to something. meanwhile he is stressing out trying to keep the service up and he is like maybe. >> 33-year-old's kevin and mike met while studying at stanford university. kevin already worked at a company called odio which later would become twitter. he shared a desk with jack
dorsey. mike had come from his native brazil. >> do you remember mike meeting kevin at stanford? >> i do. i specifically remember talking to kevin about odio and i was like oh you intern at the company that became twitter and we talked about it. >> we barely knew each other in college but it was only when i left my job at a small start up and i was like i want to start something independently. i met mike in a coffee shop and he was working on, he was hacking on a project and i was like cool. he's hacking on a project. he seems really smart. >> while he was still in college kevin turned down an offer to work at a company he was building. the entrepreneur was mark zuckerberg. the company was facebook. >> i remember meeting one of my mentors and i was like hey should do this facebook thing and i remember the person saying it's a fad. >> in 2010, four years after graduating stanford, they got together to start their own company. >> what was it like on day one
when it was you two guys in the coffee shop. where did you start? >> in a small co-working space called dog patch labs but it was on a pier in san francisco. didn't have heat. so late nights i remember looking over and mike has on this giant parka with the fur around the thing and you can see his breath as he is coding. it was rough. >> their first idea, a company called burbn didn't workout but they took what they learned from the experience and in the fall 2010 launched instagram. in less than 3 months. >> we stripped away everything and said we wanted to make this experience of photo sharing and being proud of it and making that really quick, how do we make that incredible. >> you sat there at your lap tops and you're watching this thing explode. >> i feel like it's getting away
from us. we're not ready for this much success this quickly. we're sitting there watching us cross 1 million. it was 999,000 and then it flipped to 1 million and we were just like did we just do that? did that happen? who is that person? who are these people? i actually think we looked up who that person was but it was getting away from us. in some ways it still is and your job is to just catch up with it on a constant basis. >> 18 months later instagram had 30 million users. among them big names that fell in love with the platform. >> so as the company was growing maybe before you sold it to facebook who were the craziest celebrities that joined instagram and you were like oh my god that person is using the thing we dreamed up. >> first one was snoop dogg. >> snoop was the first. >> he joined early and i think -- >> that matters, right? snoop makes it cool. he gives his stamp of approval and people flow in behind him.
>> well, you have a team of 8 or 9 at the time and snoop dogg joins and then you get a message that snoops people want to come over to the office. snoops people want to -- i don't have people. do you have people? this past year i went to the vatican and helped on board the pope and you just realize these people were so influential in the world using our product to get their message out in the world and that's really special. >> that has to be a moment when the pope signs up for instagram and you help him get on. >> yeah. >> what's your password going to be your holiness? >> all you have to do is touch the sign up button and it was like i really hope this works. >> mark zuckerberg took notice of what was happening on instagram. he called kevin with a second chance to come to facebook. less than two years into it's life instagram was sold to facebook in april of 2012 for $1 billion. >> how did those conversations initiate.
what were the first talks with mark about hey we'll join forces here. >> meeting mark back in college allowed me to know what mark was about. what drove him and we were 13 people trying to keep a site up so the promise of joining this giant company with all of this expertise to work on a social problem together that was the thing that really made it work. >> kevin and mike staid on to run instagram under facebook. in a social media environment plagued by bull ligament and negativity, instagram works hard to buck the trend. constantly adding new user tools. >> we believe a lot in giving people the control to make sure that their space is safe. the ability to filter out certain words and comments, block people making them uncomfortable or just being jerks is really important to us. >> even with their latest updates, stories, and lives, the instagram founders say they're
just getting started on what's possible within instagram with designs on becoming a multibillion user platform. >> does virtual reality fit into this picture at all for you guys? >> if we could build a teleporter to take you to someone else's experience whether it's a wedding or amazing vacation someone is having and allow you to experience that immersively that's on the horizon for instagram. >> kevin and mike are moving fast into the future but they do pause briefly to reflect on what they built in less than 7 years. >> every day i get to wake up and work on the most amazing thing in the world. we get to change 700 million people's lives every single month. that's crazy and i love working with this guy. it's just a dream. it's awesome. >> as kevin and mike pitch their idea early on they were told there's month money in photos. the argument was that photos on coffee mugs might not be big
business but to be communication might be. they were right. to hear them set the record straight on which is the first ever instagram post check out our web extra today.com/sunday and our thanks to a lounge in new york for hosting us for that interview. next week our series on tech titan continue with twitter co-founder and ceo jack dor sey. we'll see how the company has begun to turn around it's recent problems and what jack thinks of the most visible user president trump. that's next week on sunday today. dylan is back with another check on the weather. >> not a week goes by i don't use instagram or twitter. >> the fires will most likely continue. we head toward the middle of the week it starts to get stormy back through the rockies moved into the middle of the country.
we could see isolated severe storms. this spreads by thursday and then moves up and down the east coast by the time we get to the end of the week and bay area is waking up to pretty clear skies, and some cooler temps today. half moon bay at 49. san francisco right now at 50. palo alto, 53. south bay, 51 in san jose. and the temperature trend is showing a warm-up by this afternoon. we're expecting to be slightly warmer than we were yesterday. climbing into the 70s for areas like san francisco. san jose also expected to climb nicely into those mid 70s by this afternoon for a high of about 75 degrees. >> i'm creeping on you over here. on sunday academy award winning actor tim robbins bringing his craft to an unlikely group of performers inside america's performers inside america's pr
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before long you'll see a transformation that shattered every prison stereotype. >> if someone told you a few months ago you'd be putting on make up and doing an acting class, what would you have said? >> i would have laughed. >> these inmates are take drama classes through the prison project created by a theater group called the actors game. look closely you'll see tim robbins paying a visit. >> yeah, yeah. >> robins star of the legendary prison movie shawshank redemption. >> if you want to keep all that money, give it to your wife. >> is the group's artistic director. >> we get them to start collectively in a group trying to find emotions that have been lost to them. >> in a place where anger is the primary state. >> it's going to be frozen. >> prisoners focus on expressing other feelings. like happiness.
>> sadness. >> and fear. >> louder than that. >> so this is almost like a workout for their emotional life. share with somebody out here. >> the inmates say it's a different kind of freedom. >> we're not supposed to be sad in prison. we're not supposed to be afraid in prison but you are all the time every day. i don't really get a chance to express it so i come in here. >> i have opened up a lot in this group. it was hard for me to do eight the beginning. this is amazing. >> the project is now operating inside ten california prisons among inmates that take part the state has seen an 89% drop in rule break incidents. the kind of change veteran corrections officer terry turner noticed in just a few weeks. >> i've never seen anything like this in my entire career so it's a good thing. >> the hope is their behavior will extend to their next act.
>> 95% of the people that are incarcerated now are going to be getting out and be in our neighborhoods and wouldn't we want them to come out with better tools to deal with disappointments and dysfunctions in their life than when they went in. >> scott kelly will face a parole board in 2023. >> what's your hope. >> almost 30 years in prison. i'm tired. i'm ready to get out. in the past i never was ready. >> more than any other program he says the prison project has changed his life. >> got me in touch deep inside of myself. who i am. >> take a deep breath. try to really be in your body. >> still there are objections to such felon friendly programs. >> when critics say public resources are scarce why should my tax dollars go to something like this, what do you say? >> relatively low investment in arts programs creates so much benefit for society. >> here it's a benefit that reaches through prison bars helping inmates find maximum
security within. >> breathe. nice. >> for sunday today joe friar. >> and joe joins me now live. good to see you. it's the old prison question what are you in for. it doesn't strike me there's a lot of judgment in that theater group or that they're asked that question. >> we were told some of them had been convicted of murder along with other crimes. some of them are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole but the people at the prison project don't want to know anything about their criminal histories. tim robbins doesn't want there to be any judgment. he wants them to focus on the work at hand and trying to improve their lives. >> this isn't a project where the celebrity puts his name on it and walks away. he's in the prisons. >> he was visiting quite a few. he doesn't just talk the talk. he walks the walk. he shows up and dodgers does th >> great story. coming up next on sunday today coming up next on sunday today harry smith travels to a tiny oh, and diane, right?
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to a missouri town that's one old store full of good people and great music. >> the past doesn't leave much behind in places like missouri. but every monday night in a long closed country store memory comes alive in the form of music. music of the ozarks. the 86-year-old has been playing it all his life. >> what do you call the music you play? >> old time hill billy music i guess you'd call it. right here in south western missouri and northeast arkansas. it's the only place you'll find that kind of music. if you go 50 miles north it's different. >> fiddlers and guitar players and a banjo or two playing hand me down music. he started playing here in his teens. he rarely misses a night. >> my great grandpa played in this area and i remember my
grandma talking about tunes that he remembered him playing and i'm playing those tuns. >> music you learn by ear. >> until recently no one had ever written down a single note. >> the monday night tradition began years ago. the rules are simple, no drinking, no foul language, bring a covered dish and all are welcome. >> the beauty of playing here is that you play with people who are really good and you playwright along beside them and it's basically an apprenticeship. >> after supper as the strumming starts toes start to tap. the pace picks up. no fiddles ever caught fire but you wonder.
>> how many beats per minute are we talking about? >> my teacher always said 140 beats a minute is what you're aiming for and then sometimes it gets to like 160 or better. >> in the back the guys play pitch. >> the ladies look pleased and sometimes you do what just has to be done. >> the music here is largely developed with a type of dancing that developed here. the dancers wanted it fast and they wanted to move their feet all the time and just do what they call jig dancing. >> some fear that this old music is dying. but love is keeping it alive. >> what's it mean to you to be able to still come in here on monday. >> i get emotional about it. but well i spent my whole life at it, you know and to me it's
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obama receiving the award at the jfk library museum in boston. it will be presented by president kennedy's daughter caroline and her son jack. two other presidents received the award. president george h.w. bush and president gerald ford. what's next for you. >> that's fun. we have the u-2 beginning their summer tour on friday. they're celebrating their 30th anniversary of the classic. i still haven't found what i'm looking for. where the streets have no name. and planning on the entire album beginning to end. and middle school. red hill mining town. it's super song on that album. >> it was on cassette so you could only listen to it from beginning to end. >> we got to get tickets to that. do you know anybody? >> bono? >> yeah, i'll call him. >> thank you for spending part of y
it is sunday, may 7th, 2017. your time is 7:00. let's start you off with a beautiful shot frahm aquatic park in san francisco. the waves licking the seashore, and expecting beautiful temperatures all across the bay area today. thank you so much for waking up with us this sunday. i'm vicky nguyen. vianey, we were outside yesterday. it was so windy. >> oh, yeah. warm, but windy. >> that's because there was winds up to 25, 30-plus miles per hour out there, which is why they kept the high wind advisory in effect. inland areas, i was out hire. it wasn't as windy, but the good news today, it's going to be breezy, not windy. south bay at 51 degrees. peninsula chilly at