Making Oprah: Episode Two: Skinheads and Scented Candles

In the second episode of Making Oprah, we explore how The Oprah Winfrey Show elevated itself out of the heap of trash TV and into a show that intentionally embraced spirituality and positivity. The early years of Oprah's show often relied on sensational, tabloidy topics – cheating husbands, sexy clothes, and murderers. It was not yet the 'Live Your Best Life' Oprah we would come to know and love. "It was during those shows where I just thought, 'What are we doing?' " Oprah tells WBEZ's Jenn White. "This is a platform that is speaking to people, and what are we saying?" As The Oprah Winfrey Show reached maturity — or at least, its college years — the program conducted the on-air experiments that would allow this talk show to become something more than a talk show.

LANGUAGE ADVISORY: The "N" word is used multiple times throughout this episode. It has been bleeped out, but some listeners may still find the content and context disturbing.

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