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Rock Center With Brian Williams is a weekly news magazine hosted by longtime NBC anchorman Brian Williams. The show is named after the headquarters located at 30 Rockefeller Center. Rock Center focuses on serious and compelling news stories taken from the headlines, rather than crime and murder mysteries. The format, which initially featured multiple topics is now centered around one. The show receives relatively good reviews as a fair program that provides a point of view from all sides.

Correspondents on Rock Center include Harry Smith, NBC News contributor; Kate Snow, of Dateline News; Ted Koppel, former host of Nightline; Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Bill Clinton, and spokesperson for the Clinton Initiative; Bob Costas, longtime sportscaster for NBC; Meredith Viera, former moderator of The View and co-host of The Today Show; Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC News; Nancy Snyderman, physician and chief medical editor for NBC News; Matt Lauer, longtime host of The Today Show; Ann Curry, anchor at large for The Today Show, and Natalie Morales, co-anchor of The Today Show.

Notable figures and topics presented on Rock Center include Ambassador Susan Rice, author James Patterson, film director Peter Jackson, Petra Anderson, a musician who survived the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, evangelist Rick Warren, and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, where 26 students and teachers were murdered by gunman Adam Lanza. The highest rated and most prolific segment featured Bob Costas interviewing former Penn State coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. At the time of the interview, Sandusky was awaiting trial and was free on bail. Sandusky admitted no wrongdoing and suggested that his accusers were lying about his alleged molestation. Although Sandusky claimed not to be a pedophile, he had trouble answering Costas' questions as to whether or not he is attracted to children. Although Rock Center receives descent ratings, it still ranks third behind other shows in the same time slot.

2 Seasons, 74 Episodes
October 31, 2011
News, Talk & Interview
Cast: Brian Williams, Harry Smith
Rock Center with Brian Williams

Rock Center with Brian Williams Full Episode Guide

  • Series finale. Poor pay of disabled Goodwill employees. Boston Marathon survivers. Brooklyn's Hasidic Jewish community.

  • Heros in the wake of an explosion in Kansas City.

  • Boston Marathon bombing survivers. Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. Artisanal foods.

  • Tornado is Oklahoma. Perkins school for the blind.

  • Domestic violence. Boston bomber survivors.

  • Interviews with Chris Christie and Jimmy Connors.

  • Domestic violence, protection and guns. Boston bombing survivors.

  • Interviewed: Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, a mother and daughter who were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings; Jackie and Warren Hance, parents of three daughters who were killed in a 2009 car accident. Also: profiles of actors who star in TV commercials.

  • Interview with Jackie and Warren Hance, parents of three daughters who were killed in a July 2009 car accident.

  • Steve Jobs' wife. Gabrielle Reece.'s founder Ben Rattra

  • Charting the Masked Marauders, a fictional 1969 supergroup. Concocted by a rock critic, the band supposedly featured John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan. Also: a drug-treatment center allegedly linked to the Church of Scientology; adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); news items from the week.

  • Savannah Guthrie interviews Cate Edwards, daughter of John and Elizabeth Edwards.

  • Brian Williams interviews the Emanuel brothers: Chicago mayor Rahm, agent Ari and doctor Zeke. Also: juveniles who are locked in adult prisons; an elementary school in Lebanon, Tenn., that is home to 15 sets of twins; and news items from the week.

  • South by Southwest festival. Panic attacks.

  • Brian Williams explores poverty in the U.S. during a visit to Camden, N.J.; Richard Engel interviews author Gianluigi Nuzzi, who casts light on the secrets and inner workings of the Catholic Church. Also: a portrait of Kevin Plank, CEO of the Under Armour sports-apparel company.

  • Female ski jumpers and the Olympics. Oklahoma City bombing. The humour of the "The Onion" news outlet.

  • Dr. Nancy Snyderman investigates claims by marines that they developed male breast cancer by drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

  • The story of Polish pilot Tad Wrona, who successfully landed a Boeing 767 without landing gear in Warsaw in November 2011; an interview with author Chrisanna Northrup ("The Normal Bar") and her husband, Mark; a report on young sisters who are endurance runners. Also: a faith-based game show; the week's news.

  • Interviews with Quvenzhan√© Wallis and Dwight Henry, stars of the Oscar-nominated 2012 film "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; a visit with Dr. Eric Topol, who discusses health care; a portrait of TV pitchman Ron Popeil; a talk with Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.

  • Filmmaker Paul Haggis ("Crash") speaks out publicly about leaving the Church of Scientology.

  • Health dangers of a sedentary job.

  • Richard Engel discuss his capture and release in Syria.

  • Brian Williams interviews Apple CEO Tim Cook; Ann Curry chats with filmmaker Peter Jackson ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"); and Harry Smith explores an end-of-life medical system.

  • Ann Curry profiles homeless individuals who have an education and a job. Also: sibling NFL players Husain and Hamza Abdullah, who put their football careers on hold to pursue their religious faith; holiday-shopping trends; and hot news stories.

  • Brian Williams, Harry Smith, Tom Brokaw, Ann Curry, Richard Engel and Natalie Morales file reports on Hurricane Sandy.

  • President Barack Obama is interviewed on the campaign trail. Also: two women from Lance Armstrong's inner circle who went public about the cyclist's alleged doping; the use of video games and virtual reality to help hospital patients overcome pain; a look at the week's news.

  • Harry Smith interviews designer Tory Burch, who casts light on her international fashion business. Also: the potential extinction of orangutans; the story of a college student who allegedly misused the drug Adderall to help him academically.

  • The sexual assault of female soldiers in the U.S. military is investigated. Also: a new education initiative; a portrait of David Finch, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome; the influence of the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" on a small Maine town; the dog-friendly set of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."

  • Ted Koppel explores partisan media by interviewing Bill O'Reilly, Bill Maher and Ann Coulter. Also: a look at an end-of-life medical system; and an interview with actor Steve Buscemi.

  • Nancy Snyderman examines Internet dependency and studies that equate it with drug or alcohol addiction. Also: a report on media outlets that scrutinize statements by public officials; an interview with pop sensation Justin Bieber; a look at extravagant family reunions.

  • A special look at Mormons and what they believe.

  • What do athletes do after the Olympics? Drug-rehabilitation program run by the Church of Scientology. Ann Romney. Children writing to their parents while at summer camp.

  • Large medical bills haunt victims of crimes. The London Olympics opening ceremony discussed with its creator -- Danny Boyle. Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones. John Williams discusses the "Olympic Fanfare.". A history of former Olympic great Billy Fiske who was killed in 1940.

  • Interviews with Mitt Romney's children. Gymnast Gabby Douglas's story. College students increasing debt load. Water skiing in Wisconsin.

  • Interviews with former members of the Church of Scientology. Syrian rebels. Liability of cruise companies for deadly accidents.

  • Kate Snow profiles babies born addicted to prescription painkillers their mothers abuse; Chelsea Clinton spotlights a correctional facility promoting education to high-risk youth. Also: the construction of a radio telescope; excessive noise at professional tennis matches; behind the scenes of Macy's July 4 fireworks show.

  • How hospitals collect past-due bills. The impact of the Arab Spring on archaeologists in Egypt. Joe and Jane Clementi - parents of a student who committed suicide while attending Rutgers University.

  • Jerry Sandusky accused of child molestation at Penn State. Madonna Badger speaks about the death of five family-members in a 2011 fire. West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin. Life of Garrett Jackson, assistant to Mitt Romney's.

  • Personal story of a genetic disease that results in bone-marrow transplants. Growing real estate market in South Florida. Candice Bergen.

  • Internet entrepreneurs Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. Adele; Athlete Oscar Pistorius. Head injury in soccer

  • Head injuries in sports The horse Neville Bardos. The state of rock and roll in America in 1961.

  • Describing the decision making and operation to kill Osama bin Laden.

  • Costco. Patients who can't leave the hospital because they can't go home. Chain restaurant that helps the poor. The play "The Book of Mormon."

  • Madonna and her new CD. Elections in France. World's fastest man Usain Bolt.

  • Gun safety. Build the new World Trade Center. Drew Eckmann, and music performances.

  • Effectiveness of police photo line-ups. Chinese dancer Jin Xing. LEGO builders.

  • The slumping leads to growth in pawn shops. Trayvon Martin. Veterans and military spouses find employment. Finding dirt on political opponents.

  • Computer hacking crime. "Mad Men" discussion with producer and creator Matthew Weiner. Wrestler Rulon Gardner. Nuisances of smart phones in public.

  • South Carolina GOP debates.

  • Harry Smith explores a type of booming real estate: farmland. Also, the dangers of lobster diving; an interview with comics Fred Armisen and Darrell Hammond; the process of cleaning confetti-strewn Times Square in the wake of New Year's Eve.

  • Kate Snow talks about a grassroots Web site that helps fund creative projects. Hoda Kotb features theater-company founder Lou Bellamy. Sara James takes a look at potentially groundbreaking medicine. An interview with Regis Philbin; a look at awkward holiday photos; and a portrait of music group Mannheim Steamroller.

  • Kate Snow explores an organized baby-theft network; Harry Smith examines a comedy troupe of American Muslims; and Nancy Snyderman reports on the progress of Bryan Stow, a baseball fan who was brutally beaten in a Dodger Stadium parking lot in March 2011. Also: Steve Martin is interviewed; the music group Mannheim Steamroller are spotlighted.

  • Ted Koppel explores the U.S. military's withdrawal in Iraq. Chelsea Clinton reports on a humanitarian's effort to aid needy children in Pine Bluff, Ark.

  • Richard Engel explores gold mining in West Africa's primitive artisanal mines and how the region's children and poor are allegedly being exploited as they work in the pits.

  • Kate Snow reports on the weak economy's impact on newly poor Americans who are forced to rely on government food assistance. Also: Harry Smith explores a cheating scandal in a U.S. school system allegedly perpetrated by teachers and administrators.

  • Bob Costas addresses the latest developments in the Penn State University sex-abuse case; Natalie Morales reports on the dangerous profession of lobster diving; and Harry Smith interviews Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. Also: a chat with Betty White.

  • Bob Costas explores the Penn State University sex-abuse scandal and its impact on the school's now former football coach, Joe Paterno. In addition, Kate Snow examines Alabama's new controversial immigration law and interviews the state's governor, Robert Bentley. Also: photographer Annie Leibovitz is interviewed.

  • Richard Engel examines the economic crisis in Greece and its impact on the world markets; and Dr. Nancy Snyderman investigates the case of a woman who was subjected to forced sterilization. Also: Tina Fey is interviewed.

  • In-depth stories, coverage of topical events and interviews with newsmakers are featured in this news magazine anchored by Brian Williams. The program is broadcast from Studio 3B in Rockefeller Center in New York City.

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