The Long Goodbye: Oprah Showers Australia with Diamonds and Pearls

Oprah seems to seek constant validation—in Australia she surprises a pregnant mom super fan and says, "It's me! It's me! It's Oprah!" to the shocked woman—and creates frequent situations that allow her to have those validating moments, which she then broadcasts to millions of people. You know, the... Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Oprah Reflects on Race

As Nadra put so well yesterday, it's likely few Americans actually spent the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday engaging in civil rights activism or even reflection. And like Nadra, I spent part of the day watching The Oprah Winfrey Show and her retrospective on the program's most... Read more »

The Long Goodbye: OWN-ing a Network

Owning a network doesn't mean you offer up fresh programming. Even if you're Oprah. Also, Dr. Phil can go away now please. Read more »

The Long Goodbye: What's it like to work for Oprah?

Working for Oprah is fun! And rewarding. If only that pesky personal life would go away… Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Meditations on Giving

Is giving nobler when done quietly? Oprah’s last season and the mixed messages that tie giving with getting. Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Giving, Giving

The message for this year's final and ULTIMATE favorite things was "giving back." But does that message get lost when combined with consumerism and our own sense of entitlement? Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Call the Ambulance, Because it

In response to the economic downturn over the past two years, Oprah has dialed back the rampant consumerism associated with her "Favorite Things" shows. But this is Oprah's ULTIMATE Favorite Things year, so hold onto your super expensive hats! Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Oprah and Franzen Fake it

Earlier this month, celebrated author Jonathan Franzen finally graced The Oprah Winfrey Show stage, an appearance roughly nine years in the making. Some of you may recall the press that ... Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Michelle Rhee Gets the Winfrey Endorsement

Oprah presents Michelle Rhee as the person to lead education reform.  Does this oversimplify the issue? Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Oprah, Gayle, and Stedman. Oh My?

Oprah on choosing your own family, and having to address the gay rumors…again. Read more »

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