I finally watched Barbara Walter's interview with Oprah which aired last week. They are two women who I've always admired. Maybe it's because I always wanted to be a big time reporter. My parents will attest to the fact that I like to ask a lot of questions. They are both skilled at interviewing and have a genuine interest in people that shows. Barbara asked Oprah why she is starting her OWN network. The idea sprang from a conversation she had years ago with her partner Stedman. She was complaining about the quality of television programming and he suggested she start her own network. They brainstormed a little and she wrote down some ideas, but it wasn't until years later that it came to fruition. Her network will have a combination of reality shows and in-depth documentaries. There is a show called Master Class which will have life stories and interviews with some of the world's leaders which I thought looked very interesting.
Oprah has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, but she said her favorite interviews have been with ordinary people doing extraordinary things - people like warrior Mom Monica Jorge who I've written about in a previous post and Mattie Stepanek an inspiring and courageous young boy who died at age 14 from a terminal form of muscular dystrophy.
Oprah told Barbara she asks God to keep on using her until he uses her up. That is her prayer every day. If she's not a testament to how God can use each and every one of us, I don't know what is. Even though her talk show will be ending in 2011, in my opinion she is just beginning to inspire and encourage us to live our best life.
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