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.
Bob Greene’s Best Life Diet
From January 15, 2007: Exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer, Bob Greene discusses his #1 New York Times Bestselling book, The Best Life Diet. He talks through the three phases of the diet plan, reveals the type of food needed to maintain and lose weight more effectively, and gives tips for success on the plan. Guests share their weight loss journey and success using the Best Life Diet.
Kidnapped as A Child: Why I Didn’t Return
From February 21, 2007: Child abduction survivor, Todd Bequette, shares his experience of being kidnapped at age 13 and held captive for 18 months. He opens up about the abuse he suffered, the guilt he feels for recruiting other children and how this experience affected him. Elizabeth Smart’s father Ed discusses what happens when an abducted child returns home. Plus, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Ernie Allen, discusses laws that need to change. Todd Bequette died of a heart attack in 2013.
The Cycle of Family Abuse
From November 1, 1988: A mother discusses the physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her father and how she later married an abuser. Her four children recall being abused by their father, and talk about the effect it’s had on their lives and how they see the pattern in their own lives. Professor and author of The Future as if it Really Mattered James Garbarino shares how to break the abusive cycle.
The Person Who Changed My Life
From March 22, 2000: Oprah shares stories featured in Matilda Raffa Cuomo’s book The Person Who Changed My Life, including Emmy-winning actor Martin Sheen and actor, producer, and host Jada Pinkett-Smith. Cuomo also surprises three-time Super Bowl-winning football player Emmitt Smith and actor Andrew Shue with the people who changed their lives.
Sexual Abuse Ramifications
From April 14, 1988: Oprah brings together a panel of women who have been sexually abused. The women open up about their traumatic experiences and the damage the abuse has caused. Dr. Susan Forward—lecturer and author of the No. 1 New York Times best seller, Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them—shares how survivors of sexual abuse feel “dirty, damaged and different.” She also explains how survivors can begin to put back the pieces of their lives, begin to heal and move forward. (Dr. Susan Forward passed away in February 2020.)
What's Your Achille's Heel?
From April 16, 1998: Author Wess Roberts discusses his book, Protect Your Achilles Heel, and the connection between behavior and intention. He explains the difference between behavior patterns and character flaws, the number one problem in relationships and the importance of selflessness. Oprah also talks to audience members about their biggest flaws.
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We need more love, understanding, and kindness in the world. I have missed The Oprah Winfrey Show since it left, I am so looking forward to revisiting all of these. Thank you
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I love listening to these again! I was so happy when I listened to Connecting with Your Children. I thought it might be too late because my kids are 21 and 19 now but I smiled when I heard the advice about having your eyes light up when your kids enter the room. It was something I had always remembered and had tried my best to practice. That episode made a big difference in my family. Thank you for the beautiful difference you and everyone that worked on your show have made!