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Making Space with Hoda Kotb

Where do you draw your strength? Join TODAY’s Hoda Kotb on a journey of self-discovery and resilience of the human spirit. In this podcast, Hoda hears from some of the people she admires most, and whose stories of personal triumph keep her going. Like Hoda, you’ll leave these talks stronger than when you started and inspired to make space in your own life.


Pastor Michael Todd: 'It's only crazy until it happens'

Pastor Michael Todd is the leader of the Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This dynamic 34-year-old speaks to the power we all have to transform our own lives, turning the impossible into the reachable. He joins Hoda for an honest, high-energy and invigorating conversation, touching on topics from renewing relationships to overcoming struggles from the past. As Pastor Todd has seen in his life—and hopefully you will see in yours after listening—an idea, goal or a vision is only crazy until it happens.

Suleika Jaouad with Jon Batiste: 'Know how to anchor yourself'

At just 22 years old, writer Suleika Jaouad was given a 1-in-3 chance to live after a deadly cancer diagnosis. Today, she's celebrating seven years cancer-free. In a raw and revealing conversation, Suleika shares what it is like to stare down death, and why she feels fighting for your life isn't the hardest part of the journey … it’s what happens after the fight is over. Suleika shares how she learned to anchor herself while swimming in a sea of uncertainty. Plus, her partner and Academy Award-winning musician Jon Batiste joins the interview.

Anne Lamott: "Grace always meets you exactly where you are."

Bestselling author Anne Lamott knows about overcoming obstacles. Thirty-five years on the other side of her addiction, Anne is the author of 19 books, a mother, grandmother and, at 67, a wife for the first time. A friend of Hoda's, Anne offers wisdom, candidly, and often, hilariously. She shares what she calls "operating instructions": how to master a life of peace and gratitude—a reminder that grace always meets you exactly where you are.

Oprah Winfrey & Maria Shriver: “The Word Was Cherish.”

Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver describe their 42-year friendship as loyal, consistent and honest. Together they’ve navigated the ups and downs of life: births, deaths, marriage, divorce—and their own evolution. In this intimate and insightful conversation, Oprah and Maria share with Hoda what their four decades together have meant, and they look ahead to all the beauty yet to come. Plus, how do you surprise the queen of surprises? Oprah opens up about one of the darkest times in her life and how an unexpected moment brought her to her knees.

Mitch Albom: 'What We Choose to Carry is Actually What Ends Up Defining Us'

When sportswriter Mitch Albom started meeting with his former professor Morrie Schwartz toward the end of Morrie’s life, Mitch had no idea the impact those meetings would have — not only on him, but around the world. Mitch compiled those lessons into a book, and, nearly 25 years and 17 million copies of "Tuesdays with Morrie" later, Albom continues to apply the lessons learned from Morrie to live a richer and more purposeful life. Throughout this conversation, Hoda and Mitch connect on love, loss and legacy. As Mitch so beautifully details in this emotional conversation, “what we choose to fill our arms with, and what we choose to carry is actually what ends up defining us.”

Iyanla Vanzant: When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Appears'

Life Coach Iyanla Vanzant joins Hoda for a meaningful and eye-opening conversation. Stepping away after ten seasons of her smash hit “Iyanla: Fix My Life” on OWN, Iyanla answers difficult questions like how you know when something good has run its course and when (and how) to move on. Plus, picking up the pieces after heartbreak and unimaginable loss. Iyanla’s personal story is one of strength and resilience and her spiritual guidance is something we can all apply in our own lives.

Sheryl Crow reveals she is 'not a cool mom' as she opens up about adoption

Sheryl Crow may be a touring musician with a shelf full of Grammys, but she told Hoda Kotb she's "not a cool mom anymore." Living in Nashville with sons who are 11 and 14, Crow said the kids think, "You just don't know Mom. You don't get it." But on the latest episode of the podcast "Making Space with Hoda Kotb," Crow said she's honored to be their mom.

Jenna Bush Hager tells Hoda Kotb about being 'normal' while her father was president

Hoda's co-host Jenna Bush Hager opened up about how her father, former president George W. Bush, tried to "make life normal" while leading the United States. Jenna said that she and her sister Barbara had always known that their grandparents, former president George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, had "big jobs," but since they weren't in the sisters' "day-to-day life," the pair had a "normal childhood" in Texas. Jenna said that her father tried to promise a similar level of normalcy after he was elected.

'It's only crazy until it happens' - Pastor Michael Todd

The pastor tells Hoda Kotb about the 'crazy faith' that helped his church, his marriage and his waistline.


'Know how to anchor yourself' - Suleika Jaouad with Jon Batiste

A life-changing diagnosis turned her world upside down at 22 - but the most important lessons came after.


"I like to get life advice from people and people who've lived incredible lives who are great life coaches" - Hoda Kotb

Hoda's new podcast, "Making Space with Hoda Kotb," will feature inspirational guests sharing their stories of perseverance.

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