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IFC's The Grid

Recently, I've had the opportunity to join the fun IFC family doing some segments for their new weekly show, The Grid. I have to say, I happen to also be a big IFC fan. Their randomly awesome films, Freaks and Geeks reruns, Food Party and new David Cross show, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, all rock!

In the segment below I talk to Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio.com the company behind the biggest app in the world right now- Angry Birds:

Here's some behind the scenes from the shoot too:

"Ask A Ninja" Cameo

I made a fun cameo on the popular "Ask A Ninja" web show last week. Here's my behind the scenes vlog from the shoot and you can see the entire bit below too!

Live from the White House with the Secretary of Education!

I had the honor of going to the White House last week to interview the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. We took questions beforehand and during the live stream, which aired on MSN.com and WhiteHouse.gov. It was such an incredible opportunity to do live chat (which I already love doing), but to do it from the White House and talk about such an important and relevant issue on the minds of all Americans right now might it that much more special.

You can also read the transcript of the interview HERE.

KTLA Interview On "The Social Network"

Tastemaker and the "Get Schooled" Campaign

I'll be honest, a big reason I wanted to be involved with "The Tastemaker" is that I was really drawn to the 2nd challenge, which contestants are taking on right now. Education is very important to me. My mom is a coordinator for children with special needs so I was lucky enough to grow up in an environment where learning was supported, nurtured and well, cool! While we have so many tools today that allow anyone to do anything and really manifest their destiny in so many ways without a formal education, we can't forget the importance of knowledge and curiosity. That's something that begins not only at home but at school.

For the 2nd challenge, we have teamed up with the "Get Schooled" campaign.  With assistance from Viacom and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the "Get Schooled" campaign is working to engage and empower Americans to help improve high school graduation rates, improve college readiness and raise college completion rates. Each team of two has been given the task to create a PSA and urge their fans to create and upload their own as well. They were also given a director's toolkit including graphics and celeb messages from Fantasia, Ludacris and Shaq to include in their videos. The winning PSA will not only appear on the show but on MTV. I have to say, I'm impressed with what each team produced. Watch the episode below and be inspired to submit your own video too by Tuesday Oct. 5th at midnight!

<br/><a href="http://tastemaker.msn.com/?vid=ca7428c3-ed53-4b6e-87fe-0c19f49559ec&#038;fg=sharenoembed" target="_new"title="The Tastemaker - Episode 6">Video: The Tastemaker - Episode 6</a>

Live Chat at The White House

I couldn't be more honored and excited to be hosting a live-stream at the White House this coming Friday with Arne Duncan, The Secretary of Education. The chat will be hosted live on MSN.com and WhiteHouse.Gov- submit your questions now RIGHT HERE.

Hosting "The Tastemaker"- The Latest Social Media Competition

I've always wanted to host a reality competition and now I've been given the opportunity to blend all my passions--hosting, tech and social media into one fun show. The Tastemaker launched last week (here's the Tubefilter article about it), with 12 episodes running through October 21st and new one's airing every Monday and Thursday. I like to describe it as The Apprentice for social media. We have 6 contestants, which will be weeded down to the winner who will win The Tastemaker title and $10,000 dollars. Each task is judged by our 2 great judges--Kelly Perdew (winner of The Apprentice Season 2) and Stefanie Michaels (@adventuregirl on Twitter with over 1 million followers). Be sure to check it out at TASTEMAKER.MSN.COM to watch, follow the competition and vote for your favorite contestant.

Also, if you're in LA it's Social Media Week this entire week. The Tastemaker is hosting the opening and closing night parties, so be sure to RSVP for a fun evening celebrating all things social media and to schmooze with me and the contestants.

Thanks!!

Interviewing the People Behind the Meme

If you've seen my blog on CBSNews.com, I've been pretty addicted to getting exclusives with people who go viral online, whose videos or stories seem to strike a cultural chord and spread like wildfire. It's something that has become fascinating to me--tracking down these unknowns and sometimes building some sort of virtual connection to them. Earlier this summer, I was the first to interview HungryBear9562, who has since become known to many as the "Double Rainbow" dude:

Then one week, TheChive.com released photos of a young women quitting her job using a dry erase board. It was later revealed that the assistant was actually an actress, Elyse Porterfield, hired by the site for the spoof. It became so popular that her name even began trending on Google. I couldn't help but snatch that interview too for CBSNews.com:

After Double Rainbow, one of the other most popular meme interviews I got was with the one and only Antoine Dodson, who many know from a local news segment that was then auto-tuned by the amazing Gregory Brothers to become "The Bed Intruder Song". The song, which was later available on iTunes made Internet history when it landed on the Billboard Hot 100.

My latest interview is with Jacob Isom, a 24-year old skateboarder from Amarillo, Texas who was plucked out of obscurity this week after stopping a public burning of the Quran:

Talking about 3D Tech on Fox

This past week, a Japanese newspaper announced that Toshiba is planning to release a new 3D TV by the end of the year that doesn't require you to wear those wacky 3D glasses. It's definitely a game changer. I went on Fox Business Network's Cavuto Show to chat with him about the impact it might have:

Donate Your September B-DAY for Charity:Water

I've always been a big fan of Charity:Water and founder Scott Harrison. Today, they launch their September campaign.

Read my post about the campaign and and watch my interview with Scott on Huffington Post Impact today!