TODAY's Takeaway: Wendy Davis talks past struggles, Maria Shriver hosts Help-A-Thon

Wendy Davis says she's not an overnight sensation, Maria Shriver hosts a Help-a-thon and Al taste tests chocolate. TODAY
Wendy Davis says she's not an overnight sensation, Maria Shriver hosts a Help-A-Thon and Al taste tests chocolate.

1. Maria Shriver launched a Help-A-Thon as part of this week’s #DoingItAll series, and more than a dozen experts offered advice about everything from nutrition to careers.

See what viewers asked — and what TODAY’s experts answered in response.

2. Do you know the difference between drugstore and gourmet chocolates? Jeff Rossen led a blind taste test using New Jersey shoppers as volunteers and the results were split: nearly half said they liked the cheaper sweets better.

Our anchors, on the other hand, couldn’t be fooled:

3. Wendy Davis, the senator who made national news last year by filibustering an abortion bill in Texas (remember? the pink sneakers?), said that kind of perseverance has fueled her in life.

"I'm not an overnight sensation. I'm a Texan. And I'm a Texas success story,” she told Maria Shriver. “I am the epitome of hard work and optimism."

4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, of “Seinfeld” and “Veep” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” fame (you see, she’s a stellar comedian), surprised herself when she took a dramatic turn in “Enough Said.”

"These are the jobs I got," she told Savannah. "And don't get me wrong, I love making people laugh. But now it turns out, I really like making people cry."

5. Joy Bauer’s on a mission to help you get a six-pack in six months. Today she dished up recipes — featuring delicious breakfast options and chia seeds — to help you get there.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!


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