Hoda Kotb leads insightful conversations with Suleika Jaouad, Jon Batiste, and more on ‘Making Space’

Society & Culture September 23, 2021
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TODAY’s Hoda Kotb is thrilled about her new podcast, a weekly series to uplift and empower listeners. Over the years, Hoda finds that by creating space for people to express their stories, the more motivated she becomes, and the interviewees are also empowered. On “Making Space with Hoda Kotb,” Hoda will interview inspirational guests about their personal journeys, and wants to spread happiness and hope. Hoda also learns from the advice her guests share, and hopes listeners will feel the same.

On this show, Hoda will speak with people she admires, many of which she’s honored to call her friends. This season, Hoda will speak with writer Anne Lamott, cancer survivor Suleika Jaouad and her partner Jon Batiste, and Pastor Michael Todd, just to name a few.

On the first episode of “Making Space with Hoda Kotb,” Pastor Michael Todd discussed gratitude, relationships, and his life’s outlook. Michael is from the Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In his sermons, he delves into topics ranging from sex to divorce. We’ll hear about Pastor Michael’s new book, Crazy Faith: It’s Only Crazy Until It Happens, and how he is inspired to help others. Pastor Michael recently returned from a month-long sabbatical without a phone or social media, and he shares how he reaps the benefits of solitude. He encourages you to find clarity and new ideas after solo time recentering, refocusing, and remembering who you are. Pastor Michael shares his knowledge with thought pieces about overcoming struggles throughout the episode.

Cancer survivor Suleika Jaouad and her partner Jon Batiste spoke with Hoda on the second episode, “Know How to Anchor Yourself.” At 22 years old, Suleika was given a cancer diagnosis. 7 years later, she is cancer-free and learned so much about herself while healing. Suleika is an Emmy award-winning writer and shared her journey in the New York Times column, “Life Interrupted.” With motivational speaking engagements and forums such as TED Talks, Suleika addresses others who face obstacles. You probably know Jon Batiste as The Late Show with Steven Colbert‘s music director. In this episode, Jon chimed in with insight on empathy.

Hoda has hosted NBC’s Today Show since 2008. Hoda loves inspiration and has compiled two quote books: I Really Needed This Today and This Just Speaks to Me.

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