Aesha, three years later: ‘I’m a very lucky girl’

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Three years after her photograph appeared on the cover of TIME magazine and became a symbol for oppressed women in Afghanistan, Aesha Mohammadzai has made incredible strides recovering from the night when her father-in-law, husband and in-laws cut off her nose and parts of her ears.

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Editor’s Note: Watch Ann Curry’s full interview with Aesha Friday, June 14 at 10pm/9c on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams


Extraordinary 1939 color film of New York City compared to present day

(Photo: Rock Center / Romano Archives)

We got to see a vivid reminder this week that New York City never stays the same with an extraordinary color film that surfaced thanks to the Romano Archives. The crowning moment of the film is the at-the-time-brand-new Rockefeller Center rising up from Midtown Manhattan.

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Fashion photographer focuses on those with genetic conditions to reframe beauty

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Interviewed for NBC’s Rock Center, photographer Rick Guidotti said: “It’s not about saying, “Compare Claudia Schiffer or Cindy Crawford to this girl. It’s about— it’s about reinterpreting beauty. It’s about having an opportunity to see beyond what you’re told and what we’re forced to believe that that’s beauty.”

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Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Hangover’ ends, but the comedic party keeps rolling

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Zach Galifianakis warned Brian Williams that viewers would turn off a long interview piece with the actor if it aired on “Rock Center.” But after watching several candid minutes with the comedian and “Hangover” star on Friday night, it was hard not to be left wanting more.

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Steve Jobs’ wife speaks out on immigration, Apple founder’s ‘private legacy’

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Laurene Powell Jobs is speaking publicly for the first time since her husband Steve Jobs’ death to advocate for immigration reform.

“I started getting more and more active around immigration reform because this was such a waste of lives, such a waste of potential, such a waste for our country not to have the human capital that we developed – geared towards improving our entire society,” said Powell Jobs in an exclusive interview with Rock Center Anchor Brian Williams airing Friday, April 12 at 10pm/9CDT on NBC. 

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All in the ADHD family: Diagnosis in kids can spotlight parents’ own condition

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While many think of ADHD as a childhood disorder, a new report found that nearly 30 percent of kids diagnosed with the condition still suffer severe symptoms as adults. Now, parents are seeking their own treatment.

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EXCLUSIVE: Inside ‘The Onion’ pre-Oscar editorial meeting

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Two weeks before the 85th Academy Awards, Rock Center’s Harry Smith sat in during an “Onion” editorial meeting where they brainstormed content for Oscar night. The staff discussed several possible headlines and mentioned nine-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” actress Quvenzhané Wallis. During the awards, Wallis was the butte of a controversial joke tweeted by “The Onion.”

Read the complete story and watch Harry Smith’s full report tonight, March 1 at 10PM/9C on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Men say their breast cancer was caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune

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Over the span of 35 years, between 500,000 and 1 million people were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, one of the most storied Marine bases in the country. A group of men have banded together saying that their surprising breast cancer diagnoses are linked to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water.

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Are giant pandas worth saving?

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Experts believe more money is probably being spent to save the giant panda than any other species in the world. While this may sound like heresy to panda lovers, is it possible that we’re spending too much to save the giant panda?

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Too fast? Tween sisters log miles in endurance runs

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Kate SnowAs I walked out through the sliding doors to the backyard, the first thing I saw was the zip line across the swimming pool. Wow my kids would love that. My mom radar, of course, immediately saw the danger—the zip line extended over a concrete deck around the pool. One fall on that and a child could get hurt. But, on the other hand, if the kids get some joy out of the zip line, why not let them swoop out over the pool and plunge in the water?

Read the complete story and watch Kate Snow’s full report on the Welsch sisters on Friday, Feb. 8 at 10pm/9CDT on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

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Paul Haggis says leaving Scientology was ‘a treasonous act’

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In an exclusive interview with Rock Center’s Harry Smith, ex-Scientologist and famed Hollywood director Paul Haggis discusses the controversial church of which he was a member for more than 30 years. He calls the religion a ‘cult’. Haggis is part of author Lawrence Wright’s new book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.” Wright talked to Rock Center about his new book and Scientology’s controversial history. Rock Center’s two-part report airs Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10pm/9CDT on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

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Richard Engel and crew believed they wouldn’t make it out of Syria alive

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"There was no doubt that these were violent people and that they could have executed us at any time," Engel told NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie in an interview Thursday night on "Rock Center."

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Exclusive: Amb. Rice withdraws from Sec. of State consideration

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In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams, Ambassador Susan Rice described the moment she called President Barack Obama and told him to withdraw her name from those he is considering nominating as secretary of state. Rice defends her comments made about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and describes what it’s been to like to be in the center of a political firestorm. 

Lance Armstrong’s former friend speaks out about athlete’s alleged use of performance enhancing drugs

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For some of those who knew Lance Armstrong the best, his fall from grace amid doping allegations is no surprise at all. Betsy Andreu, a former family friend to Armstrong told NBC’s Harry Smith that Lance Armstrong is the “Bernie Madoff” of the sporting world.  Andreu says Armstrong played the world and the media for years while knowingly taking performance enhancing drugs. 

In an interview airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC’s Rock Center, Smith asked Andreu why she compares Armstrong to disgraced financier Bernie Madoff. Andreu said, “Because Bernie Madoff was one of the biggest frauds in the history of the world, in the history of finance maybe? Lance is the biggest fraud in the history of sport.”

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