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Giving Oprah a chance

Updated on January 17, 2012

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I have to start by confessing that I have never been a huge Oprah Winfrey fan. In fact, in the twenty five years her talk show was on the air I maybe watched it a total of three times and I might be generous with that number. I have always viewed Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey in the same light. Both women are wonderful reporters, and both report on some very touching, heartfelt stories. Barbara, and Oprah rarely, if ever, show emotions towards any of the persons whom they are interviewing and/or their stories, which are sometimes very tragic. This might make for great reporting in the eyes of the media, but in my eyes it doesn’t make for a great human being. I find this type of person cold and one dimensional. I was one of the few who had never heard of Oprah's favorite things, her book club or her famous whole audience car give away until recently. I never watched her last show on the air, and when she launched her network OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) on January 1, 2011, I could have cared less.

My next confession is that I'm not really a T.V watcher. I have spent most of my adult life never having paid for cable. Just three months ago however I happen to watch "Oprah's life class" on-line and it changed some of my perception of Oprah, and T.V. I happened to catch one of her life lessons where the skinheads where on the show. Something made me stop and take notice when she said that after airing that show she vowed never again to allow her public platform to be used for hate! I have since then not only bought a T.V but I am now one of the many members subscribed to satellite in order to record the many wonderful shows which she carries on her station.

In today’s media craze to constantly provide us with gloom and doom, it must be quite the effort to search and find spiritually uplifting shows amongst the filth, junk and worthless comedies which other stations give us to watch. I have always felt that one person can start to make a difference. Maybe, just maybe by watching her network, I can help send out a message that this is the kind of uplifting television I want to watch instead of the mindless shows they currently want to feed me!

Below is a short review of the shows I currently watch and enjoy on the OWN network. The quality of these shows and the network is exceptional. It's even more impressive when you consider that this woman started out of poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother.

Oprah, no doubt is a woman of great power, and as Voltaire so elegantly put it "with great power comes great responsibility". I expect only the best in the years to come from the network, and wish Oprah the best success with OWN.

Undercover Boss

The show’s format is based on a senior executive of a company working undercover in their own firm to investigate how the company really works and identify how it can be improved. The show originating in 2009 in the United Kingdom, and is now being aired on the OWN Network. This show is touching and funny all at the same time. I love getting to know the CEO's of large corporations and how they behave having to work for their own companies alongside their staff, listening to the harsh truth. Since watching the show I have chosen to use only certain companies based on how the CEO's treated their assignment. Make sure to keep plenty of tissues out for the ending of these shows. The tear jerker endings rank right up there with such shows as Extreme Makeover.

Our America with Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling is a journalist who is best known for her role as a co-host of ABC the View from 1999-2002. Currently she is a special correspondent for CNN, and has her own show as a reporter on OWN. Lisa Ling is one of those reporters who not only reports the stories, but she becomes part of the story. Lisa’s raw emotions are visible as she reports on some pretty controversial issues, such as Extreme parenting, Modern Polygamy, teenage prostitution and wounds of war. A must see show if you want to know what is truly going on in these United States.

Super Soul Sunday

Super Soul Sunday is meant to nourish your mind, body and spirit. The Show explores such topics as spirituality, the afterlife, alternative health, happiness and personal fulfillment. Divided into a special three-hour block of programming it is designed to help viewers awaken the best they can be, and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The brilliant idea of dividing the program into a three-hour block allows you to be inspired by watching an hour at a time throughout the week. The show is filled with thought provoking guests, and short films which have included:

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's awakening After Her Stroke, a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist who experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain in 1996.

Colin Beavan, the "No impact man" who along with his wife and daughter abandoned their high consumption Manhattan-based 5th Avenue lifestyle to try and live a year while making as little environmental impact as possible.

Tom Shadyac, the youngest joke-writer ever for comedian Bob Hope, director, screenwriter, and producer of such films as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty and now the maker of the "I am" documentary.

Not to be missed, are the “Soul Pancake” mini inspirational films bought to you by Golriz Lucina, Devon Gundry, Shabnam Mogharabi, and Rainn Wilson of "The Office" television show.

Oprah's Next Chapter

Oprah conducts outside the studio and on location interviews with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families. The one interview which I have personally seen so far was mind blowing! Steven Tyler was able to grab my attention and impress me within the first two minutes of this awesome interview. Steven proved to be extremely multi-dimensional and had great depth to his character. I can't wait to see what other interviews she has in store.

America's Money Class with Suze Orman

Suze was a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch and in 1983 became the vice-president of investments at Prudential Bache Securities. In 1987 she founded the Suze Orman Financial Group, has had her own program The Suze Orman Show which has aired for ten years and is one of the highest rated shows on CNBC. The women has written nine consecutive New York Times Best Sellers and trust me when I say that this woman knows money! She has a great hardcore, in your face approach which I just love! If you have issues with money and even if you don't, you need this show!

Oprah's Master Class

This is a wonderful one on one, the Master and the camera. The show helps us to get inside the minds of these modern masters which are making such an impact on the world today. They share with us the lessons they've learned and let us deep inside their personalities. Season one included such greats as the former secretary of state Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live, Simon Cowell of American Idol, Poet, author and living legend Dr. Maya Angelou, and Jay-Z Rapper, record producer, entrepreneur. Although I have not had the chance to view any of the first season I did manage to catch the first episode of season two with Jane Fonda which was one of the warmest, heartfelt interviews which I have seen in a while. Highly recommended as a great watch and an hour well spent!


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