Oprah's Super Soul
Oprah's Super Soul
About Oprah's Super Soul
Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with Oprah's Super Soul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.
Original Air Date: April 23, 2018 Amy Schumer, the Peabody- and Emmy-winning comedian, actress and best-selling author, discusses one of Oprah's favorite life lessons: You become what you believe. This message of empowerment is the theme of Amy's romantic comedy, "I Feel Pretty." Amy's character in the film, Renee, suffers from low self-esteem and a lack of confidence until a series of events allows her to shift her paradigm and believe in her own beauty and self-worth. Oprah describes Amy as a "modern-day warrior woman changing the way so many women perceive themselves and their lives." Amy also talks about her personal #MeToo story, her work to help prevent gun violence, and the one lesson that took her the longest to learn. Plus, she opens up about her marriage to chef Chris Fischer. Want more podcasts from OWN? Visit https://bit.ly/OWNPods You can also watch Oprah’s Super Soul, The Oprah Winfrey Show and more of your favorite OWN shows on your TV! Visit https://bit.ly/find_OWN
Original Air Date: August 26, 2018 Women’s rights activist and international humanitarian Zainab Salbi discusses her dedication to helping women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives. An Iraqi-American, Zainab talks about growing up in Saddam Hussein's inner circle, leading a life of privilege and luxury but also one of fear and terror. When she was 19 years old, Zainab left Iraq for an arranged marriage in the United States, which turned out to be abusive, forcing her to leave the marriage and start a new life. She later founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving female survivors of war. Zainab talks about following her calling and what she's learned about humanity through her advocacy work. Want more podcasts from OWN? Visit https://bit.ly/OWNPods You can also watch Oprah’s Super Soul, The Oprah Winfrey Show and more of your favorite OWN shows on your TV! Visit https://bit.ly/find_OWN
Original Air Date: August 19, 2018 Women's rights pioneer and living legend Gloria Steinem talks to Oprah about her lifetime of travel, her political activism and her book "My Life on the Road." From her early days at the forefront of the women's liberation movement to the founding of the groundbreaking Ms. magazine to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her decades of activism, Gloria Steinem has lived a full life. She reflects on how the most transformative ideas sometimes come from unexpected people and encounters. Most of all, Gloria reminds us that living in an open, observant and "on the road" state of mind can make a difference in how we understand others, our times and ourselves. Want more podcasts from OWN? Visit https://bit.ly/OWNPods You can also watch Oprah’s Super Soul, The Oprah Winfrey Show and more of your favorite OWN shows on your TV! Visit https://bit.ly/find_OWN
Original Air Date: November 14, 2018 At the Hearst Tower in New York City, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama sit down for a conversation about Mrs. Obama’s NYTimes number one best-selling memoir “Becoming.” The two speak in front of an audience that includes a group of local, female high school students. The former first lady, mother, wife, attorney and author discusses the life experiences that have shaped her. She reminisces about her humble childhood on the South Side of Chicago with her family, which she describes as “four corners of a square:” her mother, Marian, her late father, Fraser, and her brother, Craig. Mrs. Obama explains how her parents invested everything they had into her and her brother’s futures. She discusses her years as an attorney and executive in Chicago and how she worked to balance the demands of her career and raising two daughters. Mrs. Obama candidly discusses some of the challenges she and Barack Obama faced during the early years of their marriage, including a stint in counseling. She also opens up about her years in the White House and the pressure of being the “first Black family” to live there.
Original Air Date: November 18, 2018 At the Hearst Tower in New York City, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama sit down for a conversation about Mrs. Obama’s NYTimes number one best-selling memoir “Becoming.” The two speak in front of an audience that includes a group of local, female high school students. The former first lady, mother, wife, attorney and author discusses the life experiences that have shaped her. She reminisces about her humble childhood on the South Side of Chicago with her family, which she describes as “four corners of a square:” her mother, Marian, her late father, Fraser, and her brother, Craig. Mrs. Obama explains how her parents invested everything they had into her and her brother’s futures. She discusses her years as an attorney and executive in Chicago and how she worked to balance the demands of her career and raising two daughters. Mrs. Obama candidly discusses some of the challenges she and Barack Obama faced during the early years of their marriage, including a stint in counseling. She also opens up about her years in the White House and the pressure of being the “first Black family” to live there.
Original Air Date: June 12, 2018 Anthony Ray Hinton's memoir, "The Sun Does Shine," an Oprah's Book Club selection, chronicles his ability to endure, survive and thrive. Oprah sits down with Anthony to talk about his transformative, gripping and emotional story of faith, forgiveness and redemption. Oprah says, "I've been listening to people's stories for most of my career, since I was 19 years old, and this is one of the most incredible stories I've ever heard." In 1985, 29-year-old Anthony was convicted of the brutal murders of two fast food workers in Birmingham, Alabama. Despite no eyewitnesses, no evidence against him and a solid alibi, he was found guilty and sentenced to death. For 30 years, he suffered in isolation and darkness on death row, serving time for crimes he did not commit. Somehow, Anthony found a way to hold on to hope, remain positive and inspire his fellow inmates.
Original Air Date: June 12, 2018 Oprah continues her extraordinary interview with wrongly convicted death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton, who shares a remarkable story about an unlikely friendship he formed in prison. He explains how he eventually found his way to freedom through the help of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative. Anthony describes how he felt on the day he was finally released in 2015 and how he adjusted to life outside prison. He also shares the powerful lessons he learned on death row: the true meaning of compassion, the root of racism and how we can all overcome our circumstances and learn how to love. Anthony's memoir, "The Sun Does Shine," is the latest selection for Oprah's Book Club.
Original Air Date: September 15, 2021 Oprah sits down with the founder of #MeToo, Tarana Burke, to discuss her new memoir, Unbound. In this candid conversation, Tarana reveals how her own experiences with sexual abuse, shame and unkindness helped her discover her true calling as an empathetic leader.
Original Air Date: June 6, 2018 Oprah sits down with Bryan Stevenson, the law professor, civil rights attorney and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, who shares why he has dedicated his life to giving a voice to incarcerated men and women. Bryan has spent more than three decades challenging poverty and racial discrimination within the criminal justice system. He explains why he believes we are not fully evolved as human beings until we care about universal human rights and basic dignity. Bryan has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners and confronting abuse of the incarcerated. Bryan also discusses his New York Times best-selling book, "Just Mercy," his views on the death penalty, and the transformative power of mercy and forgiveness. Next week, be sure to download Oprah's two-part podcast interview with one of Bryan Stevenson's most extraordinary clients, Anthony Ray Hinton, a man who wrongfully spent 30 years on death row until Bryan helped him win his freedom. Anthony's new memoir about his experience in prison, "The Sun Does Shine," was just selected for Oprah's Book Club.
Original Air Date: May 20, 2018 Does this sound like you? After years working at the same job, you realize you've just been going through the motions for as long as you can remember. Wes Moore, a war veteran, entrepreneur, Rhodes Scholar and New York Times best-selling author believes we can all discover and pursue our life’s purpose. “If your job no longer brings you joy, there's an important question you need to ask yourself: ‘What is your real work and who will you fight for?’” In his book The Work, Wes, a former combat officer in Afghanistan, a White House Fellow and a Wall Street banker discusses his journey of self-discovery, which led him to walk away from financial success to create a more meaningful life. This interview was taped in 2018, five years before Wes Moore was elected the first Black Governor of Maryland.
Oprah speaks with Nikole Hannah-Jones about her New York Times bestselling book The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story which is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning The 1619 Project issue of The New York Times Magazine from August of 2019. In the book’s collection of essays, Jones along with a variety of esteemed authors, journalists, historians, and poets share how the inception of enslavement in America in 1619 reaches into every part of American society up to present day. Nikole Hannah-Jones shares her thoughts on how the resistance efforts of Black Americans have always strived to hold our country accountable to the ideals of the Constitution.
Original Airdate: November 21, 2018 Is there one sentence that sums up your life? New York Times best-selling author of several provocative books about business, work and behavior Daniel H. Pink says a great person can be summed up in just a few words. Daniel discusses his book, “A Whole New Mind,” which has been translated into 39 different languages. Daniel explains the "six senses" he believes can help you learn to be more creative, successful and live up to your full potential. He offers tangible exercises that will help you find your greater purpose, including one called the “Gratitude Visit” and another called “Picturing Yourself at 90.” Also, Oprah shares what she thinks her one, descriptive sentence would be.
Original Airdate: June 3, 2019 Contemporary theologian, mystic and author Father Richard Rohr discusses his new book, The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe. A Franciscan friar for more than 40 years and founder of The Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Father Rohr shares why he believes the essential function of religion is to radically connect humanity with the world around us and why “Christ” is another name for everything. He also explains true enlightenment as looking out from oneness and how these realizations can transform the way we live in our everyday world.
Original Air Date: December 16, 2020 Oprah Winfrey says intention is at the heart of her every decision and has become an intrinsic part of her spiritual journey. When she first encountered the idea of intention in Gary Zukav’s best-selling book The Seat of the Soul, she says it was life changing. It soon became the guiding principle of her life. This episode draws from Oprah’s conversations with Gary Zukav, Joel Osteen, David Brooks, Brené Brown, Sue Monk Kidd, Devon Franklin, Amy Purdy and Diana Nyad, all of whom have been featured on her Emmy Award-winning show Super Soul Sunday. You can find this compilation and more profound conversations in Oprah’s New York Times best-selling book The Wisdom of Sundays.
Original Airdate: July 30, 2018 Spiritual thinker, teacher and author Adyashanti explores the meaning of grace and how it shows up when and where we least expect it. Adyashanti offers practical insights into how and why the thoughts in our heads must not be mistaken for our true identities. He explains why all negative energy is looking for resolution and reveals a surprising way to let go of painful emotions and unlock true happiness. Adyashanti also discusses his books “Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering” and “Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic.”
Original Airdate: July 10, 2019 In a live appearance at UCLA’s Royce Hall, New York Times best-selling author, wellness activist and cancer survivor Kris Carr teaches us how she let go of old habits in order to embrace her new crazy, sexy life. At age 31, Kris was diagnosed with an incurable cancer. She fought back, embracing a healthy lifestyle and launching a career as a wellness activist. More than a decade later, she is still thriving with cancer, and her healing journey has inspired many. Yet, Kris confesses in her Super Soul Session, as the 10th anniversary of her diagnosis approached, she desperately wanted to be cured. "Underneath it all, I felt broken," she says. That's when Kris had an epiphany: She had to shift her thinking and learn to truly love herself—cancer and all. Kris also shares the three crucial things she has learned about self-acceptance.
Original Airdate: January 9, 2019 New York Times best-selling author Steven Pressfield discusses his book "The War of Art." Steven offers practical steps on how to "unlock the creative genius" he believes lives inside all of us. He reveals four questions that can help you identify your true calling in life. Whether you want to change careers, run a marathon, write the great American novel or be an entrepreneur, Steven's advice can help all of us express our deepest yearnings from the inside out.
Original Airdate: January 13, 2021 Oprah Winfrey says that for many people searching for peace and purpose, one of the biggest obstacles can be the struggle to forgive. Especially if one has suffered trauma, abuse or personal betrayals, forgiveness can seem like an insurmountable hurdle. In this episode of Super Soul, Oprah sits down with such luminaries as Dr. Maya Angelou, Karen Armstrong, Marianne Williamson, Adyashanti, Mark Nepo, Wayne Dyer, Gabrielle Bernstein, Don Miguel Ruiz, Tracey Jackson, Shaka Senghor, Bryan Stevenson and Michael Singer to discover what it means to truly forgive and the steps we can all take to find personal freedom. These interviews with talented writers, speakers and thought leaders are excerpted from her Emmy Award-winning show Super Soul Sunday. You can also find this compilation and other insightful conversations, in Oprah’s New York Times best-selling book The Wisdom of Sundays.
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