Posts by Katie Couric

  • Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia on the Future of TV

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric23 hrs ago

    Just days before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case that will determine the fate of his streaming video service, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.

    The New York-based startup — backed by billionaire investor Barry Diller, among others — is at the center of a legal battle that has been raging since the company's inception in 2012. Aereo currently operates in 13 cities.

    The heart of the case involves Aereo's practice of assigning subscribers mini remote antennas so that they can stream over-the-air broadcast signals directly to their tablets and other mobile devices. The antennas function in the same manner as old-fashioned "bunny ears." Aereo also uses cloud technology, which lets subscribers watch the programming live or store it for a later time.

    Broadcasters say Aereo’s service amounts to theft.

    "They don't talk to me. They only talk through lawyers," Kanojia told Couric, when asked how the network honchos who are suing him feel about the whole idea.

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  • Bad Habits That are Good for You

    Katie Couric at Katie's Take1 yr ago

    Katie's Take

    You know the saying, "Everything in moderation." It turns out that may be true for our bad habits, as well.

    I spoke to Dr. Ryan Fuller, a clinical psychologist, about the positive impact some of our bad habits may have if we keep some control over them. For example, I'm a procrastinator. Always have been and always will be. Dr. Fuller says a little bit of procrastination can actually calm us down, temporarily relieve stress and help us approach tasks more efficiently when we begin them. There are two types of procrastinators, the ones who blow off a task and miss a deadline and the ones who just wait until the last minute because they thrive on the adrenaline rush. If you're the latter, odds are you're OK.

    Dr. Fuller also said a little bit of red wine (one glass a day for women and two for men) is perfectly fine, and so is a little chocolate. In fact, the flavonoids in dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease. Also, a catnap during the day can keep your mind sharp. Life seems more fun already, right?

    But here's the big one: Is coffee bad for us? That is one morning ritual I don't think I could break.

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  • Tips to Improving Your Memory

    Katie Couric at Katie's Take1 yr ago

    Katie's Take

    It’s Monday morning, and the day begins with a moment of panic.

    “Where are my keys?”

    As the search begins, the clock is ticking and you're already late for work. After turning over pillows, opening drawers and even checking the trash can, you find them in your bag…where they've been all along.

    As frustrating as they can be, moments like that are pretty common and probably brought on by stress induced memory loss. I spoke to Dr. Gayatri Devi about all these little lapses of memory we experience, how to prevent them and when they may be a sign of something more serious. Dr. Devi, a neurologist and director of New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services, suggests that simple mind exercises can help, particularly ones that utilize a very different part of the brain than you're accustomed to using. If you sit at a computer analyzing data all day, do something physical or manual to wake up the rest of your brain.

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  • Winter Skin Care

    Katie Couric at Katie's Take1 yr ago

    Katie's Take

    Remember those old commercials for Lubriderm, "See you later, alligator?"

    The wintertime has many of us feeling a bit reptilian, dry and flaky. All that cold, dry air is the culprit. I spoke to Dr. Lisa Airan, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist practicing in New York City, whose remedies provide a soft solution for winter skin.

    Hydration is key. We might think we need to drink more water in the summer, but it's just as critical in the colder months. Caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your skin, so she recommends avoiding them.

    Everyone loves a long hot shower when the weather outside is frightful, but the hot water will dry skin out and eliminate natural oils. Dr. Airan suggests a short luke warm shower in order to keep in some moisture. Also, moisturizers applied in the shower or directly after patting down with a towel will lock in the moisture.

    Maintaining a comfortable humidity in your home will not only help remedy dry skin but it will keep away other winter time worries such as the flu. Dr. Airan strongly encourages installing a humidifier and keeping the humidity at a comfortable level so that the air at home doesn't exacerbate your dry skin.

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  • Health Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

    Katie Couric at Katie's Take1 yr ago

    Katie's Take

    When the typical cough or cold strikes, the average person can recognize how to ease the pain, but what about when it comes to more serious health issues? Not everyone can think like a doctor, which is why a checkup is necessary every now and then.

    Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Senior Medical Contributor at the ABC New Medical Unit focuses on what to pay attention to, how to analyze it and when to worry. Dr. Ashton highlights the importance of the patient’s own intuition so that the physician can follow their own medical instincts.

    A feeling of knowing when something’s just not right can help both the patient and the doctor in determining the diagnosis. Symptoms can occur in circles, such as depression and fatigue. A person that experiences one of these symptoms is more likely to experience both, knowing how to treat just one of these symptoms can solve both problems.

    Dr. Ashton mentions the internet as an endless stream of explanations for symptoms, doctors know how to properly apply patient information in order to provide proper treatment and she tries to teach this skill to people also.

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  • How to Ask for What You Want

    Katie Couric at Katie's Take1 yr ago

    Katie's Take

    It’s a new year and whether that means you’re in the middle of a career change, seeking a promotion at work or debating starting a new business, Laura Fredricks, author, speaker and the Expert on The Ask sits down with Katie as she talks about the top “ New Year, New You ” questions you need to be asking!

    Laura says she has the ability to show people how to ask the right questions using the right words so that they can get exactly what they want.

    For over 20 years, Laura Fredricks has applied her practical and successful background in law, business and communications to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits by teaching the ways of The Ask. Her expertise has been featured in Shape , SELF , the Wall Street Journal , D ow Jones , and ABC .

    Some of her ‘asks’ have led her to various successful career paths all because she asked the right questions.

    For example, her career took off when she was an attorney and winning her defense cases as a result of asking the witnesses the right questions. She eventually transitioned to philanthropy and used her skills to ask for significant gifts, raising millions of dollars for nonprofits.

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  • How to Pick Your Doctor

    Katie Couric at Katie's Take1 yr ago

    Katie's Take

    These days, most Americans spend about an hour choosing a doctor, less time than we spend choosing a car or a refrigerator.

    Dr. Archelle Georgiou, Physician and Strategic advisor to HealthGrades.com, says that most times, people confuse convenience with quality. When looking for a doctor, many people just wonder if he or she will be covered by their insurance or if the doctor's office is close to home or work.

    There are, however, more important things to consider when making this critical choice. Dr. Georgiou introduces the five P’s of finding a doctor: Professional, practice, procedure, performance, and personal. Using free online networks, like healthgrades.com, to research your doctors or hospitals will help you make an informed decision for you and your family.

    But, why is it so important to research your doctor or hospital?

    According to Dr. Georgiou, in Chicago, for example, there are 18 hospitals within a few miles of each other and the mortality rate for a heart attack ranges between 2% and 24%. Researching the hospitals can help you know which you’d like to be taken to in an emergency.

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