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Michelle Obama, Carla Hall Team Up for Math at Work Series

Michelle Obama, Carla Hall Team Up for Math at Work Series

The new web series from Scholastic encourages students to think of math as a lasting tool for the future.

First Lady Michelle Obama has teamed up with chefs Carla Hall (ABC’s The Chew) and Nicholas Elmi (Top Chef) for Scholastic’s “Math @ Work” web series, which encourages students to think of mathematical knowledge as a valuable tool for the future.

“From measuring ingredients to managing food costs, there is certainly a lot of math in a chef’s future,” says Hall. “The goal of so many chefs is to run their own restaurant. You can’t do that successfully by merely being able to cook a delicious dish.”

In the latest episode, chef Hall challenged three New York City high school students to create healthy and easily reproduced dishes for school cafeterias across the country. The winning entry was then selected by chef Elmi, the newest winner of Top Chef.

The episode was filmed on location at the Institute of Culinary Education, and features a special message from Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass.

Watch the episode below:

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.

It’s a ball -- not a blast

In the land of fairy tales and Washington, D.C. -- at least during the quadrennial inaugural season -- the mystique of the ball lives on.

Just the phrase “inaugural ball” conjures up images of a sea of tuxedoed men and chiffon-swathed women dancing under buttery light, elbows away from the newly sworn-in president of the United States and the first lady. Over the years, the styles have changed -- John F. Kennedy in white tie and tails, or Bill Clinton playing the saxophone -- but the common denominator was immutable: the promise of a ballroom filled with elegance, history, power.

Actually, it’s a bunch of tired people looking for the cash bar or waiting in line at the coat check room. In the last few decades, a ticket to an inaugural ball, which could cost you anywhere from nothing to thousands, meant entrance to a cavernous hall or hotel ballroom with, more than likely, no place to sit and no food to eat and plenty of human gridlock. And that’s if you got there before a fire marshal declared the place dangerously overcrowded. (It has happened.)

And let’s dispense with the grand notion of the inaugural ball. This year, there are 10 official balls, and more than half are being held in the Washington Convention Center.

That doesn’t include the passel of unofficial balls -- some held that same night, some the previous evenings, none bearing the imprimatur of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. If anything, they sound more fun -- the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball -- and quirkier. (The Lincoln 2.0 Ball at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Sunday aims to channel the “Victorian essence of Lincoln’s second inaugural ball,” which took place in the same building.)

Most of the official balls are based on regions -- Californians gravitate to the Western Inaugural Ball, whereas the Obama Home States Inaugural Ball is for Illinois and Hawaii guests. The real draw of the official balls is that the first couple are obligated to appear. Season after season, whether there are five (Kennedy’s) or 14 (Clinton’s second inaugural), they show up. But do the math: Their stay at each ball is, by necessity, fleeting -- a matter of minutes. They walk onstage, they wave hello, the president says something moderately funny, maybe they dance briefly, then they wave goodbye.

Even if Barack and Michelle Obama wanted to, they couldn’t stay an hour at each ball, unless they started right after the inaugural luncheon.

The Obamas’ first stop of the night is to be the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, a different iteration from the other galas in that it offers lower-priced and free tickets. A portion of the tickets has been set aside for D.C. residents. The committee has put much public emphasis on the more inclusive (or, at least, less exclusive) nature of this ball, announcing that there will be webcasting and that it will be televised on ABC. That may pay off for the attendees -- the Obamas may stay longer.

“There may be more of a time commitment for the Neighborhood Ball because that’s going to be broadcast,” said Linda Douglass, chief spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Tickets to the other balls are elusive unless you know someone connected to the inaugural committee or state officials helping to plan them. And for those who made sizable contributions to underwriting the inauguration, “one of the benefits is a ticket,” Douglass said. Like any ball worth its weight in fairy dust, you technically have to be invited. In most cases, you still pay for the ticket, and the base price for many is $150. (The ball in honor of military personnel and their families is free.)

Almost everyone who shows up at a ball the first time, high hopes in tow, ends up with that forlorn is-this-all-there-is? look. I should know. I experienced it firsthand and chronicled others going through it.

A young New Orleans woman, Tammy Mayeux, found a place to sit on a staircase outside one of George H.W. Bush’s galas in the Washington Hilton in 1989 and ruefully described her experience to me.

“Balls are kind of different in New Orleans,” she said. “We have tables and food and drinks. I just walked in here and said, ‘You mean we can’t sit down?’ ”

No, Tammy, you can’t sit down -- that is, unless you have bought a box on the periphery of the ballroom.

That’s what I wrote in the Washington Post. It was my third turn reporting on inaugural balls for the Post’s Style section. By then I knew all about disappointment. That night 20 years ago, it was my job to stay through the arrival of the president, but not all of the guests did. Tammy from New Orleans gave up when Bush hadn’t arrived by 11:30 p.m. That year, according to our reporting, the new president attended 11 balls. But maybe it was more. Even Bush wasn’t sure of his tally when he took the stage of the ball where I was stationed -- “our 13th or 14th event,” he told us.

But both the new president and I were sure of one thing when he did arrive -- at whatever waning hour: It was his last ball of the night. He was hoarse. I was relieved. We could both go home.

And yet the fantasy persists. Why else would a 27-year-old woman on Craigslist recently offer to trade her ovaries for a ticket to an inaugural ball? (Her posting was removed, but not before it made the rounds of blogs. )

“Everybody wants to be Cinderella for one night. So when they hear ‘ball’ they lose their minds,” said Heather Podesta, a Washington lobbyist and lawyer. (She means men as well as women.) She has no plans to attend a ball. “And the reality is that it’s 1,000 people crammed into a hall which should only hold 600. You don’t recognize a soul, everyone is in their finery and everybody is looking past their shoulders for a famous person, and it’s just unpleasant.”

Not that Podesta and her husband, Tony -- another well-established lobbyist -- aren’t celebrating during the inaugural festivities. The Podestas, both Democratic power players, will have seats at the swearing-in -- a much-coveted ticket. (“One of the restaurant owners here cornered me and said Madonna wants a seated swearing-in ticket,” she said. “I said, ‘That’s nice.’ ”) They are hosting two events themselves, and will attend a brunch in honor of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery acquisition of Shepard Fairey’s stylized portrait of Obama. (The Podestas donated the funds for the Smithsonian to acquire the portrait.)

For Washington insiders, the cache is in invitations to the more intimate events in private homes, clubs, glittering museums -- even if the Obamas themselves don’t show.

“We have plenty of chances to see Obama that’s the difference,” said Conrad Cafritz, a D.C. businessman and real estate developer and Obama supporter. “There’s going to be a fusion of this White House with the city like no other.”

Those who score a ticket to a ball can expect a smattering of (free!) food this year: Crudites. Tortellini with roasted tomato sauce. Chilled chicken roulade. Pretzels. “Light fare,” Douglass said. There is music and some dancing, but better to think of it as the hugest cocktail party ever.

The dress is formal, and though some veterans swear by comfortable shoes, I remember seeing plenty of stilettos. To avoid the dreaded coat check line, political consultant Donna Bojarsky simply wore a sleeveless gown one year with no wrap. It was 20-some degrees outside. “Freezing” she said. “But, hey, I didn’t have to wait in any more coat check lines!”

That was no problem for George Washington’s 1789 inaugural gala for 300. It was held in May in New York City, where he was sworn in. He danced the minuet, and women cooled themselves with fans decorated with his profile. The first ball to be a part of the official program started with James Madison’s inauguration in 1809. First Lady Dolley Madison hosted it at a hotel. Four hundred tickets sold for $4 each.

Since then, the balls have grown in size and extravagance, with some notable calamities -- Ulysses S. Grant’s 1873 ball in an unheated structure on a frigid night caused 100 live canaries brought in cages as decorations to freeze to death. There were some subdued periods as well. Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding both banished the ball when they took office, declaring it too excessive.

Amy Weiss, a former deputy press secretary in the Clinton White House, went to a 1993 ball to celebrate Clinton’s first inauguration. She wore a long dress and comfortable shoes. “I remember searching endlessly for food, which I never found. A friend of mine wore a backpack into the ball and ended up being squished next to a woman in a sequined dress.” She recalls the backpack rubbing off hundreds of sequins: “She literally had a bald spot on the back of her dress.”

And yet Weiss, who runs a public relations firm in D.C., will probably hit a ball this year with her husband. Not everyone in Washington is jaded about the balls this year, she says.

“I think it’s a little like childbirth. You forget how bad it was,” Weiss said. “And I think there is a sense of excitement because it is the Obamas and people want to go just to get a glimpse of them.”

Certainly, the people making the trek to D.C. -- even the ones with a quiver of invitations to smaller, more exclusive gatherings -- feel that way.

“The inaugural ball is like going to senior prom,” said Steve Cohen, an early Obama supporter and fundraiser from Chicago. “I know it will be anticlimactic, but there’s no way I can miss it. I don’t want to be the only person who didn’t go to the ball.”

Explore the Culinary World And Beyond With the Best Cooking Shows on Netflix

From charming competition shows, hilarious and weird originals, and some mind-expanding docu-series.

Has your quarantine cooking routine devolved into fried rice, buttered noodles, scrambled eggs, or other go-to lazy dishes? If you&rsquore short on home cooking ambition these days, you&rsquore far from alone. But, friend, it doesn&rsquot have to be this way. Netflix has a sprawling back catalogue of cooking shows to get you out of any culinary jam, from the streamer&rsquos many meditative series about gourmet chefs to its high-octane creative speed-cooking competitions. Whether you like your cooking content competitive, educational, or travel-inflected, Netflix has a show for everyone.

With these programs on your side, you can put your cookbooks, recipe cards, and Pinterest boards to rest. Give yourself permission to try something new. From charming competition shows to hilarious originals and mind-expanding docuseries, here are the best cooking shows on Netflix to stream right now.

Michelle Obama&rsquos crusade to provide better nutrition for children lives on in Waffles + Mochi, her family-friendly Netflix series about two puppet pals who travel the world learning about the provenance of foods, the intersections of food and culture, and how to cook with fresh ingredients. Watch the show with your kids, and they just might be inspired to get in the kitchen with you.

Nadiya Hussain, the multihyphenate television host, celebrity chef, novelist, and fan-favorite winner of The Great British Baking Show, has developed her fifth cookbook, Nadiya Bakes, into a same-titled Netflix show, which beams into televisions like a flare of pure sunshine. The show is textbook Hussain, featuring unpretentious, budget-friendly, showstopping bakes to wow your loved ones, from pull-apart pizza bread to vegan banana ice cream cheesecake. It's also Hussain's first strictly baking endeavor since The Great British Baking Show.

In this unconventional cooking competition, home cooks compete to transform leftovers into brand new creations. As you watch cold fast food French fries become luxurious potato croquettes, perhaps you&rsquoll be inspired to give your own unloved leftovers a second life.

Remember the movie Chef with Jon Favreau? Well, this is basically that movie in the form of a reality cooking show. Apparently the film inspired Favreau to take a real interest in the world of cooking, and he decided to learn under the guidance of renowned chef Roy Choi. With celebrity guests like Gwyneth Paltrow and Seth Rogan, Favreau and Choi cook a variety of dishes, including some you may remember from the 2014 film.

If you have a sweet tooth when it comes to your food-related television, Sugar Rush may be worth exploring. This timed competition baking show has four teams go head-to-head to create the best-tasting desserts, and the winners take home a hefty cash prize. Sort of a Cupcake Wars meets The Great British Bake Off situation.

In another star-studded show, Chef David Chang embarks on his second filmed food adventure after Ugly Delicious with the help of celebs like Chrissy Teigen and Kate McKinnon. They join him to explore the cuisine and cultures in different cities around the world and discuss what authenticity means to them.

Twelve pairs of chefs from around the world compete to prepare signature dishes from various countries for celebrity ambassadors, food critics and the country's greatest chefs to judge. The least successful team is eliminated in each episode, and the ultimate winner earns a coveted spot at the table with the nine culinary legends who participated in the season.

When you&rsquove binged all of The Great British Bake Off and are experiencing withdrawal from English accents and strangely wholesome competition shows where people are actually nice to each other, The Big Family Cooking Showdown should help ease the pain. It may somehow be even more earnest, because families are working together to impress the judges and progress to claim the final crown.


Icahn was born in Brooklyn and raised in a Jewish family. [9] [10] He was raised in the Far Rockaway, Queens neighborhood of New York City, where he attended Far Rockaway High School. [11] His father, Michael Icahn, [12] an atheist, [13] was a cantor, and later a substitute teacher. His mother, Bella (née Schnall) also worked as a schoolteacher. [12] [14] Icahn graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in philosophy in 1957 after completing a senior thesis titled "The Problem of Formulating an Adequate Explication of the Empiricist Criterion of Meaning." [15] He then entered New York University School of Medicine, but he dropped out after two years to join the army reserves. [13] [16] [17]

Early career 1961–2005 Edit

Icahn began his career on Wall Street as a stockbroker in 1961. [12] In 1968, with $150,000 of his own money and a $400,000 investment from his uncle, M. Elliot Schnall, which allowed him to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, [12] he formed Icahn & Co., a securities firm that focused on risk arbitrage and options trading. [18] In 1978, he began taking controlling positions in individual companies. [11] Icahn developed a reputation as a "corporate raider" after his hostile takeover of Trans World Airlines in 1985. [2] Icahn systematically sold TWA's assets to repay the money he borrowed to purchase the company, which was described as "asset stripping." In 1988, Icahn took TWA private, gaining a personal profit of $469 million, and leaving TWA with a debt of $540 million. In 1991, he sold TWA's London routes to American Airlines for $445 million. [3] He formed to sell TWA tickets and acquired portions of Global Leisure Travel from Ramy El-Batrawi to merge into it. [19]

Icahn launched an unsuccessful $7 billion hostile takeover for 89% of U.S. Steel in late 1986. [20]

In July 2001, Icahn's Riverdale, LLC lent Genesisintermedia $100 million in exchange for an option to purchase 2 million shares of the company. [21]

In 2004, after Mylan Laboratories had announced a deal to acquire King Pharmaceuticals, Icahn purchased a large block of stock and threatened a proxy fight over the acquisition. [22] Mylan later gave up its efforts to acquire King. [23]

Takeover offers and pharmaceutical holdings: 2005–2010 Edit

In 2005, XO Holding announced its intention to sell the wired part of its business for $700 million to its majority shareholder and chairman Icahn the money would be used to pay back its debts and to buy back its preferred stock for about $600 million from Icahn. Icahn would have then owned the wired business outright, and still own his 60% stake in XO. In spite of Icahn's majority ownership and the board of directors declaring the deal to be in the best interest of shareholders, R2 and other minority shareholders defeated the attempt through the Delaware Court in 2008, which awarded penalties for damages to the business caused by Icahn's self-dealing and/or conflict of interest. [ citation needed ]

In August 2006, Icahn bought stock in the video game publisher Take-Two Interactive, and later increased his holdings to 11.3% in 2009, becoming the company's second-largest shareholder. [24]

In January 2007, he purchased a 9.2% stake in Telik, a biotech company engaged in cancer research. He also made an investment of 6.1 million shares of WCI Communities (acquired by Lennar Corporation). He also owned about 33.5 million shares of Motorola, but in May was refused a seat on its board of directors. On February 9, 2007, Lear Corporation's board of directors accepted a $2.3 billion takeover offer from Icahn. [25] [26] That month he also invested $50 million in Motricity, a North Carolina-based provider of mobile content delivery technology. In 2007, Icahn and his affiliates also owned majority positions in ACF Industries, American Railcar Industries, Philip Services, and NYSE-listed Icahn Enterprises. By September he also owned 8.5% of the business software company BEA Systems. He increased his holdings to 13% in October, [27] two months before Oracle Corporation announced it was purchasing BEA Systems. [28] Beginning in 2007, Icahn gradually increased his stake in biotechnology company Biogen. [29] [30]

Icahn sold his casino interests in Nevada in February 2008, including the Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie's Boulder, Arizona Charlie's Decatur, and Aquarius Casino Resort which were operated through American Entertainment Properties, a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises. The sale price of $1.3 billion was roughly $1 billion more than he paid for the properties. In March 2008, Icahn sued Motorola as part of his effort to gain four seats on Motorola's board and force a sale of its mobile business. [31] In May 2008, Icahn purchased a large block of shares in Yahoo, and shortly thereafter threatened to start a proxy fight to remove Yahoo's board of directors in response to their rejection of Microsoft's takeover bid. [32] Instead, he forced an agreement to expand Yahoo's board to eleven members, including Icahn and two others of his choice. [33] In June 2008, Icahn launched The Icahn Report, which hosts United Shareholders of America where individual investors can sign up and campaign for shareholder rights. In September/October 2008 Icahn was involved in the rejected attempted purchase of Imclone by Bristol-Myers Squibb and in the eventual sale of Imclone to Eli Lilly and Company in an all-cash deal valued at $6.5 billion. [34] In December that year he filed suit against Realogy over a proposed debt swap. [35]

In April 2009, Icahn engaged in a proxy battle for Amylin. [36] In September, he offered to buy the shares of XO he did not already own for 55 cents each. He later raised his offer to 80 cents, which ultimately expired. In October, he resigned from the board of directors at Yahoo!, [37] and by the following February had reduced his equity stake from a one-time high of 75 million shares to 12 million shares. [38]

Icahn was a director of Blockbuster until January 2010 and the chairman of Imclone, Icahn Enterprises, XO Communications, WestPoint Home, Cadus, and American Railcar Industries. He is a beneficial owner of Adventrx Pharmaceuticals, and Vector Group. Icahn also tried to take over Marvel Comics. [39] Icahn, through a subsidiary of his Icahn Enterprises LP, acquired the Fontainebleau property in Las Vegas for about $150 million in February 2010. In March he was one of a group of lenders who purchased Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City, bringing the company out of bankruptcy for $200 million. Also in March he conducted a failed takeover bid for Lionsgate Films. [40] In May he announced ownership of about 12% of Hain Celestial Group, Inc., [41] and the purchase of an 8.54% stake in Lawson Software. [42]

Proxy battles and technology positions: 2010–2015 Edit

In May 2010, Icahn held a 6.9% stake in Mentor Graphics, [43] increasing to 14 percent in July. Mentor's retaliation with a poison-pill provision failed to deter Icahn who, in February of the next year, made an offer to buy the company for about $1.86 billion in cash.

In January 2011, Icahn once more made a bid to purchase the remaining shares of the XO Holder common stock. [44] By February he had accumulated a 9.08% stake in The Clorox Company (CLX). [45] On March 15, 2011, Mentor's board issued a strong warning to its shareholders against a proxy action by Icahn. [46]

In October 2012, Icahn purchased a 10% stake in Netflix. [47] [48] In November, he tried to gain control of the Oshkosh Corp. board of directors. [49]

In February 2013, Forbes listed Icahn as one of the 40 highest-earning hedge fund managers. [50] By April he had accumulated a 9.2% stake in Nuance Communications, Inc. [51] On August 2, 2013, Icahn sued computer giant Dell and its board in an attempt to derail a $24.4 billion buyout bid by the CEO, Michael Dell, in favor of his own rumored forthcoming bid. [52] In October 2013, Icahn held 4.7 million shares of Apple, having been an outspoken proponent. [53] [54] [55] The same month, Icahn acquired around 61 million shares in Talisman Energy prompting shares in the ailing Canadian oil producer to surge. [56] Also that month he sold about 50% of his shares in Netflix for a profit in excess of $800 million in less than one year. In November he acquired a 12.5% interest in Hologic, a medical device and diagnostics manufacturer.

In January, 2014, Icahn paid another half billion dollars for Apple Inc. shares he considered "very cheap." [57] Also in January, Icahn proposed to eBay to spin off PayPal, an e-commerce business. This started a proxy fight which was settled by April. [58] In October 2014, Icahn took a stake in Canadian energy company Talisman Energy. The company's stock price went down by 71% and he sold his shares two months later. [59]

Lyft, PayPal, and other pursuits: 2015–present Edit

On May 15, 2015, Icahn made a $100 million investment in the ride-sharing service Lyft. [60] In November 2015, Icahn hired CBRE Group Inc. to market the unfinished resort Fontainebleau Las Vegas to potential buyers. [61] That month he swapped his stake in eBay for the same number of PayPal Holdings shares. [62] At that time Icahn held a 7.13% stake in Xerox, making him the second-largest investor after The Vanguard Group. [63] In December 2015 Icahn made a qualifying offer to purchase the auto-parts and maintenance chain Pep Boys for $15.50 a share. [64] He also raised his stake in the Houston-based energy company Cheniere Energy to 13.8%, making him its largest shareholder. [65] Icahn sold the unfinished Las Vegas casino, Fountainebleau, for $600 million in August 2017. [66]

In January 2016, Icahn held a 4.66% stake in Gannett Co. Inc., [67] and also held shares in Cheniere Energy and Freeport-McMoRan, both of which declined in value. [59] Icahn sold his Apple shares in April 2016, citing concerns about Apple's relationship with China. [68] In August of that year he purchased 10 percent ownership of Herbalife his holdings in the company were about 19 million shares by October. [69] Also in October, Icahn closed the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, citing a $350 million loss over several years as well as failure to reach a deal with striking union workers. Nearly 3,000 workers lost their jobs. [70] [71] That year he also increased his holdings in the car rental company The Hertz Corporation, after the company's stock price had declined significantly. [72]

On May 26, 2020, Icahn, 84, sold his entire 55.3 million shares of Hertz Global for 72 cents a share, according to a regulatory filing. His holding represented about 39 percent of the company's stock. Hertz Global Holdings Inc., the rental-car company, had filed for bankruptcy the previous week. This roughly six-year bet lost Icahn almost $1.6 billion. [73]

Icahn has been critical of passive investing and index funds, believing that the practice has led to a bubble in the price of US stocks. [74]

Icahn endorsed Donald Trump for the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He also announced the formation of a super PAC pledging $150 million to push for corporate tax reform, in particular of inversions, which occur when corporations leave the U.S. to take advantage of lower tax rates elsewhere. [75]

Upon becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Trump announced that he would nominate Icahn for Treasury Secretary. [76] However, this position went to Steve Mnuchin instead. [77] [78]

On December 21, 2016, it was announced that Icahn would serve as Special Advisor to the President on Regulatory Reform under President Donald Trump. [79] CNBC reported that Icahn would aid Trump in an "individual capacity" rather than as a federal employee, and that he would not have "specific duties" and therefore would not have to relinquish his business interests while serving as an advisor to Trump. [80] Icahn stepped down from this role on August 18, 2017 citing a desire not to interfere with the work of Neomi Rao as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. [81] In February 2018, Icahn avoided a $6 million loss by selling down his holdings in a steel-price sensitive stock just days before the Trump administration announced a new 25% tariff to be imposed on steel imports. [82]

When the President had Icahn interview Scott Pruitt during consideration of his nomination as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Icahn specifically asked Pruitt about his position on the EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard. [83] Icahn has also spoken directly to President Trump and to Gary Cohn about his proposed changes to the ethanol rule. [83] CVR Energy, in which Icahn has 82% ownership, would save $205.9 million a year if Icahn's proposal is adopted. [83] The Sugar Land, Texas oil refinery benefited when President Trump made an exception to his regulation freeze to expand the tax advantage of master limited partnerships. [83] CVR Energy's stock doubled after President Trump's election, increasing $455 million in value. [83]

In 1979, Icahn married Liba Trejbal, a ballerina from the former Czechoslovakia. [84] [85] [86] They separated in 1993 and divorced in 1999 after years of litigation during which Liba sought to invalidate a prenuptial agreement, claiming duress as she was pregnant when she signed it. [87] Liba originally fought Icahn's offer of roughly $1.5 million a year because he was worth billions at the time and eventually settled for an undisclosed amount. [86] [88] They have two children, Brett Icahn and Michelle Celia Icahn Nevin. [84] His nephew is Rick Schnall. [89]

In 1999, Icahn married his longtime assistant and former broker, Gail Golden. [86] She has two children from a previous marriage. [84]

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President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 22nd.

President Obama said, "The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honor - it's a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way."

The following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the National Basketball Association’s all-time leading scorer who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships and the Milwaukee Bucks to another. During his career, Abdul-Jabbar was a six-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 19-time NBA All-Star. Before joining the NBA, he was a star player at UCLA, leading the Bruins to three consecutive championships. In addition to his legendary basketball career, Abdul-Jabbar has been an outspoken advocate for social justice.

Elouise Cobell (posthumous)

Elouise Cobell was a Blackfeet Tribal community leader and an advocate for Native American self-determination and financial independence. She used her expertise in accounting to champion a lawsuit that resulted in a historic settlement, restoring tribal homelands to her beloved Blackfeet Nation and many other tribes, and in so doing, inspired a new generation of Native Americans to fight for the rights of others. Cobell helped found the Native American Bank, served as director of the Native American Community Development Corporation, and inspired Native American women to seek leadership roles in their communities.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is an award-winning comedian who has hosted her popular daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003 with her trademarked humor, humility, and optimism. In 2003 Ellen lent her voice to a forgetful but unforgettable little fish named Dory in Finding Nemo. She reprised her role again in 2016 with the hugely successful Finding Dory. Ellen also hosted the Academy Awards twice, in 2007 and 2014. In 1997, after coming out herself, DeGeneres made TV history when her character on Ellen revealed she was a lesbian. In her work and in her life, she has been a passionate advocate for equality and fairness.

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro has brought to life some of the most memorable roles in American film during a career that spans five decades. His first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly and Martin Scorsese's crime film Mean Streets. He is a seven-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Oscar winner, and is also a Kennedy Center honoree.

Richard Garwin

Richard Garwin is a polymath physicist who earned a Ph.D. under Enrico Fermi at age 21 and subsequently made pioneering contributions to U.S. defense and intelligence technologies, low-temperature and nuclear physics, detection of gravitational radiation, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer systems, laser printing, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation. He directed Applied Research at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Harvard University. The author of 500 technical papers and a winner of the National Medal of Science, Garwin holds 47 U.S. patents, and has advised numerous administrations.

Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, the foundation focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, the mission is to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. The Gates Foundation has provided more than $36 billion in grants since its inception.

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry is one of the world’s leading architects, whose works have helped define contemporary architecture. His best-known buildings include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Dancing House in Prague, and the Guggenheim Museum building in Bilbao, Spain.

Margaret H. Hamilton

Margaret H. Hamilton led the team that created the on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo command modules and lunar modules. A mathematician and computer scientist who started her own software company, Hamilton contributed to concepts of asynchronous software, priority scheduling and priority displays, and human-in-the-loop decision capability, which set the foundation for modern, ultra-reliable software design and engineering.

Tom Hanks is one of the Nation’s finest actors and filmmakers. He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role five times, and received the award for his work in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. Those roles and countless others, including in Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away, have left an indelible mark on American film. Off screen, as an advocate, Hanks has advocated for social and environmental justice, and for our veterans and their families.

Grace Hopper (posthumous)

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, known as “Amazing Grace” and “the first lady of software,” was at the forefront of computers and programming development from the 1940s through the 1980s. Hopper’s work helped make coding languages more practical and accessible, and she created the first compiler, which translates source code from one language into another. She taught mathematics as an associate professor at Vassar College before joining the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant (junior grade) during World War II, where she became one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and began her lifelong leadership role in the field of computer science.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest athletes of all time. Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards he is currently a principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. During his career, he won six championships, five Most Valuable Player awards, and appeared in 14 All-Star games.

Maya Lin is an artist and designer who is known for her work in sculpture and landscape art. She designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and since then has pursued a celebrated career in both art and architecture. A committed environmentalist, Lin is currently working on a multi-sited artwork/memorial, What is Missing? bringing awareness to the planet's loss of habitat and biodiversity.

Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels is a producer and screenwriter, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live, which has run continuously for more than 40 years. In addition, Michaels has also produced The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and 30 Rock, among other popular, award-winning shows. He has won 13 Emmy Awards over the course of his lengthy career.

Newt Minow is an attorney with a long and distinguished career in public life. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Minow served as a Supreme Court clerk and counsel to the Governor of Illinois. In 1961, President Kennedy selected Minow, then 34, to serve as Chairman of the Federal Communications Committee (FCC), where he helped shape the future of American television and was a vigorous advocate for broadcasting that promoted the public interest. In the five decades since leaving the FCC, Minow has maintained a prominent private law practice while devoting himself to numerous public and charitable causes.

Eduardo Padrón

Eduardo Padrón is the President of Miami Dade College (MDC), one of the largest institutions of higher education in the United States. During his more than four decade career, President Padrón has been a national voice for access and inclusion. He has worked to ensure all students have access to high quality, affordable education. He has championed innovative teaching and learning strategies making MDC a national model of excellence.

Robert Redford

Robert Redford is an actor, director, producer, businessman, and environmentalist. In 1981, he founded the Sundance Institute to advance the work of independent filmmakers and storytellers throughout the world, including through its annual Sundance Film Festival. He has received an Academy Award for Best Director and for Lifetime Achievement. Redford has directed or starred in numerous motion pictures, including The Candidate, All the President's Men, Quiz Show, and A River Runs Through It.

Diana Ross has had an iconic career spanning more than 50 years within the entertainment industry in music, film, television, theater, and fashion. Diana Ross is an Academy Award nominee, inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Grammy Awards highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ross was a recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors. Diana Ross’s greatest legacy is her five wonderful children.

Vin Scully is a broadcaster who, for 67 seasons, was the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. In Southern California, where generations of fans have grown up listening to Dodger baseball, Scully's voice is known as the "soundtrack to summer." In 1988, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Scully's signature voice brought to life key moments in baseball history, including perfect games by Sandy Koufax and Don Larsen, Kirk Gibson's home run in the 1988 World Series, and Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen is a singer, songwriter, and bandleader. More than five decades ago, he bought a guitar and learned how to make it talk. Since then, the stories he has told, in lyrics and epic live concert performances, have helped shape American music and have challenged us to realize the American dream. Springsteen is a Kennedy Center honoree and he and the E Street Band he leads have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson has performed on the stage, on television, and on the silver screen. She has won two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award, and is known for her performances in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and The Help. In 2013, she returned to the stage with The Trip to the Bountiful, and was awarded the Tony Award for best leading actress. Tyson received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015.


Power of Women the Comedians This new special honors the work of six powerhouses of comedy: Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”), Sofía Vergara (“Modern Family”), Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”) and Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”). Also, Tina Fey offers a tribute to the life and career of Gilda Radner. 8 p.m. Lifetime

The Crime of the Century The opener of this new two-part special documents the processes at Purdue Pharma and the FDA that led to the opioid epidemic in the U.S. Concludes Tuesday. 9 p.m. HBO

Patrick Radden Keefe’s much-anticipated “Empire of Pain” lays it all bare

Former porn star Bree Olson describes struggles after leaving adult film industry

Former adult film star Bree Olson has a message for young girls: Don’t get into porn.

Olson was one of Charlie Sheen’s live-in “goddesses” who shared his home with other women during his 2011 meltdown.

Olson estimates she was making $30,000 to $60,000 a month in the adult film industry before she gave up her career and parted ways with Sheen.

Since then, she’s been trying to transition into mainstream life, but it hasn’t been easy. Olson shared her struggles in a video for the digital interview series, “Real Women, Real Stories.”

She said she has trouble finding work and making friends. No one wants anything to do with her after they find out about her former life. Without giving details, she said people who recognize her in public call her ugly, demeaning names.

“When I go out, I feel as if I’m wearing ‘slut’ across my forehead,” she said in the video interview, which was posted online last week and is making the rounds in feminist circles on social media.

“I have really gotten to the point where there are days to weeks at time where I don’t leave the house because I don’t feel like facing the world,” she said. “People treat me as if I am a pedophile. They don’t treat me like an ex-sex worker. They treat me like I would somehow be damaging to children.”

Olson, 29, moved recently from Los Angeles to Fort Wayne, Indiana. In an email interview with CNN she said she left the porn industry in 2011 and tried to launch several businesses that failed. She now works reluctantly as a cam model, a term for men and women who perform sex acts on live webcams for Internet customers. She has a girlfriend, and Bree Olson is not her real name.

Olson said she agreed to do the video interview — recorded last year at her home in L.A. — to offer an honest take on the porn industry and its effects on female stars of adult films.

The curator of “Real Women, Real Stories,” Matan Uziel, told CNN he launched the series to empower women by highlighting their struggles, challenging stereotypes and raising money for causes that support girls’ and women’s education.

“Today, unfortunately women are seriously under-represented across nearly all sectors of society around the globe. I believe that with that proper exposure, we can minimize the destruction and even reverse some negative trends against women,” he told CNN in an email. “In our next episodes, we want to keep spotlighting provocative stories about women that you don’t get to access through magazines and reality television.”

When Olson is asked in the video how she would like to be treated, the question appears to catch her off guard. She brings her hands to her mouth, falling silent as tears fill her eyes.

“I wish people would treat me like they would treat a married registered nurse with 2.5 kids in Indiana. That’s how I wish people would treat me,” she said, wiping away tears.

“I would be so happy,” she continues. “I never even thought of that before. But it will never happen. That’s probably why I don’t think about it.”

Olson told CNN the backlash she’s faced over her work in porn has killed her dreams of having children.

“I’ll never put a child through this,” she said. “Even with the best private education and great parenting, the parents will talk and the children will hear and my child would be ostracized.”

She also fears that her past will derail her goal of having a traditional career.

“I’d love to go back to college and work for some amazing company, be it health care, children, some other type of firm, and I’d work my way right to the top — but I am hit with harsh realities constantly,” she told CNN.

“People say, change your hair color, move to another state. Ha! People know me by voice alone. I can’t run. I can’t hide. I have to face this. Anonymity is something I’ll never know. Even with all the surgeries, relocating, years of school, all it takes is one person to blow everything,” she said.

“The only way to have power at this point is to own it. Yeah, I did porn, and thanks to this society that’s all I can say I’ve done.”

In the video, Olson says there’s nothing inherently wrong with porn or with women embracing their sexuality. Even so, she cautions young women against entering the adult film industry because of how society will treat them.

“I send a very strong message to young girls: Don’t do porn,” she said. “You’re just going to have a life of crap in front of you in dealing with people, companies,” she said, describing how employers can turn you down based on past experience or “morality clauses.”

“These are things that teenage girls don’t think (about),” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with porn, but how people treat you for the rest of your life, it’s not worth it.”

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama Talks with Rachael

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Rachael is Cooking up a White Wine Chicken Dinner

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We're Celebrating the World Series with Former Yankees Player and World Series Champion Nick Swisher

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Chef Curtis Stone is Making a Family Favorite

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ABC News' meteorologist Ginger Zee

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Today is Our 2,500th Show! Are You Ready to Cook Along?

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Today is the First Day of Our '12 Days of Thanksgiving' Where We've Got Your Menu Covered No Matter What Your Gathering Looks Li

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Rachael's Answering Your Questions and Making Pantry-Friendly Recipes

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Katherine Heigl is dishing on her new Netflix show, "Firefly Lane," and her husband, Josh Kelley, is performing Bobby Flay is making Bucatini in a traditional Italian sauce plus, Rachael is serving up a meat-free Ragu.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is Sharing Childhood Memories and Filling us in on Life With Her Husband, Nick Jonas

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is sharing childhood memories and filling us in on life with her husband, Nick Jonas Rachael's making a classic lentil soup and our former staffer, Grant Melton's sharing delicious Valentine's Day cookies.

Rachael's Celebrating Galentine's Day with Camila Alves McConaughey Who is Showing Off the Ultimate DIY Gift

Rachael's celebrating Galentine's Day with Camila Alves McConaughey who is showing off the ultimate DIY gift - a bacon bouquet. And, British baker Rosemary Shrager is baking up scones. Plus, make your own takeout tonight with Rachael's beef lo mein.

Rachael's Husband, John is Taking Over the Kitchen for Valentine's Day and Making Her an Easy Chicken Saltimbocca

Rachael's husband, John is taking over the kitchen for Valentine's Day and making her an easy Chicken Saltimbocca. And, Rachael's sister Maria has dessert covered with her Chocolate Almond Tarte. Plus, Rachael and John are ending the show with a song.

We've Got a Doctor in the House Answering Viewer Questions on Parenting During a Pandemic!

We've got a doctor in the house answering viewer questions on parenting during a pandemic. And, meet Time Magazine's first-ever Kid of the Year – she's incredible. Plus, Rachael is making a dish you can eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Master of Home Makeovers, Ty Pennington, is Giving us an Exclusive Look at His Jaw-Dropping Home Renovation

Master of home makeovers, Ty Pennington, is giving us an exclusive look at his jaw-dropping home renovation. Then, we've got a doctor breaking down the two super foods you can easily add to any meal! Plus, Rachael is serving up English Muffin Burgers that work for brunch, lunch, or dinner!

Today's Show is Going to Help You Fight Off the Winter Blues

Today's show is going to help you fight off the winter blues. The sleep doctor is sharing all of his tips to help you sleep better. And, if you like retail therapy we've got you covered with some online steals! Plus, Rachael's making a Moroccan chicken dinner.

Drew Barrymore is Dishing on Family Life and 'The Drew Barrymore Show

Drew Barrymore is dishing on family life and "The Drew Barrymore Show" a doctor breaks down the medical must-haves you should have in your home and, Rachael's making the perfect comfort meal for a cold day.

Today's Our Bagel Lab Show! Rachael is Breaking Down Ways to Top Your Bagel Game for Breakfast, Lunch

Today's our bagel lab show. Rachael is breaking down ways to top your bagel game for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, Lou Diamond Phillips dishes on the new season of "Prodigal Son."

Freddie Prinze Jr. Is Talking Family Life with Wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and the Revival of 'Punky Brewster!

Highlights include: Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar's family life the revival of "Punky Brewster" reversible DIY home décor tips for the commitment-phobic and pasta night at Rachael's house.

Superstore's' Lauren Ash is Dishing on the Final Season of the Show

"Superstore's" Lauren Ash is dishing on the final season of the show Rachael's dropping in on a virtual event for the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue plus, Rach is serving up Eggplant Parm for dinner.

Michael Peña is Dishing on the New "Tom and Jerry" Movie

Michael Peña on the new "Tom and Jerry" movie Jay-Z's stylist June Ambrose is answering viewer questions on trends and quarantine curves Rachael's making dinner using a store-bought rotisserie chicken and easy egg noodles.

Jason Biggs is Filling us in on Hosting the New Game Show 'Cherries Wild

Jason Biggs talks about hosting the new game show "Cherries Wild" then, from one of Rachael's favorite restaurants in Philly, Chef Michael Solomonov is making Moroccan donuts plus, Rachael's making an Italian-style pot of chili.

Ethan Suplee from 'Remember the Titans' is Opening Up About His Over 280-Pound Weight Loss

Ethan Suplee opens up about his over 280-pound weight loss. Mally Roncal helps a mom give herself a new look at home.

Clinton Kelly is Back With a Simple, No-Bake Dessert

Clinton Kelly makes a simple, no-bake dessert. Rachael prepares a salad with sliced steak and a Caesar-style dressing.

It's Make Your Own Pizza Night at Rachael's House!

Rachael makes a tomato pie on a sheet pan. Nadiya Hussain prepares a chicken dinner.

Rachael's Making a Crowd Pleaser Today - French Onion Risotto

Rachael makes French onion risotto. Kyan Douglas shows off his fave at-home grooming gadgets.

Bob Harper Shares How He's Getting His Workouts in at Home

Bob Harper shares how he gets his workouts in at home. Mary McCartney shares her maple peaches.

The Amazing Race' Host Phil Keoghan is Talking Season 2 of 'Tough as Nails

Phil Keoghan and Tommy DiDario are spotlighted.

Rachael Celebrates Her Sister, Maria's Birthday with Crispy Chicken Croquettes

Rachael celebrates her sister's birthday with crispy chicken croquettes.

Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Winner, Whoopi Goldberg is Here John Oates

With multi-awarded Whoopi Goldberg and John Oates (Hall and Oates).

GMA's' Lara Spencer is Giving a Tour of Her Home and Dishing on Her New HGTV Show, 'Everything But the House

Lara Spencer gives a tour of her home. Harlan Coben returns.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Rachael's Potato Soup and Three Different Ways to Top it

Rachael prepares potato soup to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

World-Renowned Chef, Jacques Pépin is Sharing His Recipe for Salmon Au Gratin

World-renowned chef, Jacques Pépin is sharing his recipe for Salmon Au Gratin "ABC News" journalist Gio Benitez is dishing on his new true crime show plus, Rachael's making stuffed shells two-ways with vodka sauce for dinner.

Katie Lee Biegel is Dishing on Life as a New Mom and Her New Book

Katie Lee Biegel is dishing on life as a new mom and her new book, "It's Not Complicated" Rachael's cooking up pappardelle pasta in a Tuscan ragu.

Giada De Laurentiis is Dishing on Her New Cookbook, 'Eat Better, Feel Better' and Making an Easy Sheet Pan Dinner

Giada De Laurentiis is dishing on her new cookbook, "Eat Better, Feel Better" and making an easy sheet pan dinner a surprise for a super talented four-year-old who is painting for a good cause then, it's taco night at Rachael's house.

Top Chef's' Richard Blais is Getting Help in The Kitchen From His Wife and Kids to Make Homemade Fish Sticks

Top Chef's" Richard Blais is getting help in the kitchen from his wife and kids to make homemade fish sticks "Iron Chef" winner Justin Sutherland is talking his charity work and making shrimp and grits Rachael is serving up a zesty beef stir-fry.

Rachael's Serving Up an Easy Easter Brunch

Rachael's serving up an easy Easter brunch Molly Yeh from "Girl Meets Farm," is making macaroons for Passover adult Easter basket ideas from one of our former staffers.

Queer Eye's' Karamo is Back and Giving Real Life Advice For a Few of Our Viewers

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Good Morning America's' Robin Roberts is Dishing on Her Latest Project on Lifetime

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Chris Kimball is Whipping Up Three Quick and Easy Dishes, Perfect For a Busy Night

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Guy Fieri is in the Hot Seat Answering Viewer Questions and He's Also Opening Up About His Work to Help Restaurant Workers

Guy Fieri is in the hot seat answering viewer questions and he's also opening up about his work to help restaurant workers Rachael's making Korean noodles with a kick.

Rachael's Quick and Simple Buffalo Chicken Dinner!

Rachael's serving up a quick and simple Buffalo Chicken dinner. Plus, learn how one man lost 100 pounds cooking with his Instant Pot – and get his creamy soup recipe.

Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro Schools Rach in Three Cake Decorating Techniques

The "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro, schools Rach in three new cake decorating techniques – and has a sweet surprise for a big fan that's 10 years in the making. Plus, Rachael's making a patty-melt-inspired meatball pizza!

Dr. Ian Smith Serves Up a Healthy Salmon Supper and Shakes Up a Mocktail with John!

Dr. Ian Smith is serving up a healthy salmon supper alongside his latest tips for burning fat and losing weight – plus, he's shaking up a mocktail with John. And, Rachael's making Pho.

Jeff Mauro from Food Network's 'The Kitchen' is Grilling Carne Asada for a Family Steak Night!

Jeff Mauro from "The Kitchen" is grilling Carne Asada for a family steak night. And, Rachael's making John's latest favorite – General Tso's Chicken – and he's pairing it with a martini-inspired cocktail.

We're Serving Up Meals You Can Eat for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner – Including Rachael's Five Genius Bagel Toppings!

Today is all about meals you can eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with recipes from Food Network's Geoffrey Zakarian, an 11-year-old chef, and Rachael's culinary team. Plus, Rach is topping bagels five ways – including Spinach & Artichoke Bagels.

Tony Hale Gives Rach the Scoop on His Role in the Upcoming 'I Love Lucy' Film

Tony Hale gives Rach the scoop on his animated children's show and his role in the upcoming film about "I Love Lucy!" Plus, Rachael's making a Greek feast – a salad, a side, and a shrimp scampi.

Our Experts are Serving Up Their Style, Design, and Tech Essentials!

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Bobby Flay is Serving Up Nachos for Dinner

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Rachael Has Three Ways to Top Your Hot Dog – with Fresh Relish, Sweet Onion, and More

Grilling season is almost here, so Rachael kicks off today's show with three ways to top your hot dog – with fresh relish, sweet onion, and more. Then, David Muir talks about anchoring "World News Tonight" during the pandemic, and Rach shares the heartwarming story of a grandmother and grandson who are on a mission to visit every U.S. National Park.

Shark Tank's' Barbara Corcoran Dishes Out Business Advice to Our Viewers

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Rachael's One-Pan Pasta with Pancetta "Top Chef" All-Star Eric Adjepong Stacks Up a Burger

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It's Friday with Ray & J, and Rachael's Making Pepper Steak

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We're Sharing Inspiring Stories All Hour Long

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Queer Eye's Carson Kressley is Back, and He's Cooking Up a Family Favorite Dutch Potato Dish

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Gretta Monahan Shares Her Self-Care Routine

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We're Kicking Off Mother's Day Weekend with Justin Long and His Mom, Wendy!

We're kicking off Mother's Day weekend with a hilarious mother and son duo – Justin Long and his mom, Wendy. Rachael's sending them the perfect Mother's Day brunch, lunch, or dinner, and you'll love it, too – French Onion Monte Cristo sandwiches! Plus, a teacher who takes the cake when it comes to celebrating her students.

Rachael's Making a Chicken and Orzo Soup with Peas and Carrots that's Perfect for Spring!

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Martha MacCallum was born in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Elizabeth B. and Douglas C. MacCallum, Jr. She grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey. After graduating from Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, [1] [2] MacCallum earned her bachelor's degree in political science from St. Lawrence University in the North Country of New York State, and subsequently studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre School on Broadway, founding the Miranda Theater Company in New York. MacCallum next worked as an associate in corporate relations at Dow Jones & Company. [1] [3]

She was at Wall Street Journal Television from 1991 to 1996, where she served as a business news correspondent and anchor for The Wall Street Journal Report, World Market Outlook, and Business USA. In 1996, she moved to WBIS-TV, a short-lived sports and business station in New York, as an anchor and reporter.

MacCallum was next a reporter/anchor for NBC/CNBC. She frequently contributed to The News with Brian Williams, Today, NBC affiliate news programs, and CNBC World before being assigned to co-anchor CNBC's Morning Call with Martha MacCallum and Ted David. She also appeared on Checkpoint, an evening show which examined homeland security and the War on Terror. MacCallum created the series "Inside the Business" for Business Center, a former CNBC show.

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MacCallum joined the Fox News Channel in 2004. She hosted The Live Desk from 2006 to 2010 and America's Newsroom from 2010 to 2017. MacCallum hosted the new program, The First 100 Days, on Fox News Channel, which debuted January 9, 2017. It was created as a replacement for Tucker Carlson Tonight when that program moved to the time slot formerly occupied by The Kelly File after Megyn Kelly's departure. [4] On April 28, 2017, the show was rebranded as The Story with Martha MacCallum. [5] At the close of 2020, upstart Newsmax surged while MacCallum and Fox plunged in the ratings. She was demoted on January 11, when her show "The Story" was moved from the prime 7 p.m. ET time-slot to the 3 p.m. ET time-slot. [6]

MacCallum is a two-time recipient of the Gracie Award for Women in Journalism. [7]