Oprah is opening the vault of The Oprah Winfrey Show with 25 years of hand-picked legendary interviews, a-ha moments, ugly cries and unforgettable surprises. A lot has changed since she ended the show, but many of our personal struggles have stayed the same. We’re all still looking to connect, to be seen and to know that we’re not alone. We’re also looking for some joy, some laughs and some much-needed inspiration. As we head into this new decade, what better time to look back and reflect, to take stock of how we’ve grown and to be reminded that we’re all in this together. The Oprah Winfrey Show aired from September 8th, 1986 to May 25, 2011 with 4,561 episodes. The show remains the highest-rated daytime talk show in American television history, averaging between 10 to 20 million viewers a day.
23 Years Later: Oprah Returns To Williamson, West Virginia
Original Air Date: 09/15/2010
In 1987, AIDS patient Mike Sisco jumped into a community pool causing a city-wide uproar and spread of misinformation. At the time, Oprah hosted a heated town hall style show in Williamson where the audience famously debated each other about the dangers, myths and facts about AIDS. 23 years later, Oprah returned to Williamson, West Virginia to speak with the many residents who were disgusted, scared, supportive and hopeful.
Tortured By His Own Family: The Six-Year-Old Chained in A Closet
Original Air Date: 04/15/2011
At times he wasn’t given any food or water for days, all while being chained inside a tiny closet. At age 19, Clayton speaks out for the first time about the torture he endured at the hands of his father and stepmother when he was six. Plus, Oprah speaks with the man who saved Clayton’s life.
Held Hostage In Iran: American Hiker Sarah Shourd's First Interview Plus The Craigslist Rape Victim
Original Air Date: 09/23/2010
She was a hiker accused of being an American spy and was held hostage in an Iranian prison for 14 months. Just days after her return to the United States, Sarah Shourd talks to Oprah. Plus, a woman’s ex-boyfriend put up an ad to get revenge. The Craigslist rape survivor reveals her identity and tells her story for the first time.
Thank You Day Follow-Ups!
Original Air Date: 11/26/2010
Throughout the course of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah turned a simple 'thank you' into an art form. In her thank-you day follow-up, Oprah revisits some of the most unforgettable moments of gratitude that occurred during the show's 25 seasons. Oprah also checks in to see where these guests are and what they were doing in 2010.
Exclusive: The Suburban Mom Who Was a Fugitive For 32 Years
Original Air Date: 04/07/2011
To the outside world Marie Walsh was living the American dream. She had a happy 22-year marriage and was a devoted mother to three children. She played bridge, tennis and rode horses in her upper-middle-class San Diego suburb. In truth, Marie was living a life she had spent decades crafting to hide her identity. Marie was really Susan LeFevre—a fugitive who had been hiding from the law for 32 years. In 1975, 19-year-old Susan was arrested for selling 2.5 grams of heroin to an undercover Michigan State Trooper. She pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. After a year behind bars, Susan's grandfather helped her escape. With just clothes, a toothbrush and $200, Susan fled to California to start a new life, under a new identity: Marie. It was a headline that grabbed the nation’s attention and deeply divided public opinion. Marie opens up to Oprah about how she lived a secret life for 32 years.
The Worst Day of Their Lives And The Miraculous Twist Of Fate
Original Air Date: 10/25/2010
In an instant, a car accident shattered the lives of Lori and Chris Coble. One year later, a miraculous twist of fate changed their lives again. It’s a story you must hear to believe. Also, Virginia Tech Massacre survivor Colin Goddard secretly films people selling him weapons at a gun show for cash with no I.D. required.
Love her but too many ads
Wish she’d ax the ads as she doesn’t need the money .... we all grew up with her
Or I did - every day at 4 pm I would leave my work - I am self employed and just came upstairs put on her show - and cooked dinner .... watched the battle w weight ...
Watched her interest in spiritual matters .
Her aha moments ... I was probably more aware of the spiritual stuff from lays 60s but loved a positive black women being a mentor
I have no interest in the sad negative ones however .... too many of them on podcast .
I prefer the older super soul ones ...
Some shows are just not appropriate for podcasts ... imho
She certainly has grown as a major teacher for so many however
Probably has done more for main stream women than anyone other person
We need more Oprahs in the world
Still just as wonderful as when I would rush home to sit and watch her! EVERYTHING else had to wait! Learn so much from these shows growing into the woman I am today
So much to still learn from
I love listening back to the shows I watched as a child, but was too young to fully understand.
Also, I want to commend the podcast editors for listening to the feedback about the ads and also the change in audio balance, it makes the listening experience so much more enjoyable.
I can’t wait to listen to all the other shows that will be posted!