The Oprah Conversation

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Oprah has honest conversations with influential people.

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Positive Messages

Topics relevant to today's world, like racism and privilege, are discussed; solutions and actions are explored. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Guests featured have made contributions to or are inspiring conversations in greater communities. Nonetheless, Oprah is the star of the show. Pool of guests is diverse in terms of race, gender.

Violence

Violent events are sometimes discussed. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Guests' books, projects, and other things are mentioned. This includes projects that Oprah is associated with. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Oprah Conversation is a talk show starring Oprah Winfrey and featuring her having intimate conversations with educators, influencers, and other experts about contemporary issues and concerns. Some of the subjects are controversial or uncomfortable to talk about but are addressed with curiosity and respect. It's not meant for younger viewers, and the remote format may not inspire interest among teens, either. There are some occasional mentions of books and projects that Oprah and others have authored or initiated. 

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What's the story?

THE OPRAH CONVERSATION is a reality series that features talk show host Oprah Winfrey as she has intimate conversations with people of influence about subjects that are relevant in today's world. Oprah remotely meets with thought leaders like Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, athlete and activist Emmanuel Acho, and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson to discuss a range of topics that are interesting, controversial, and often difficult to discuss. Also joining them are a select group of people who ask questions and briefly share their thoughts about the topic. 

Is it any good?

This series features honest discussions about some of today's most relevant topics. As in The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah's Book Club, and her other talk shows, Oprah guides the discussion, and reiterates what she feels are the most important points being made. There are some interesting moments throughout each episode, but thanks to the fact that many of the guests enjoy some media prominence, the conversations sound familiar and, at times, repetitive. It's also produced for a more informed viewing audience. Oprah fans will be drawn to it, but, ultimately, The Oprah Conversation isn't a major departure from her other work. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the purpose behind The Oprah Conversation. Is this series trying to achieve something that Oprah's other talk shows have not? Or is this simply another project designed to keep Oprah Winfrey relevant?

  • Why is Oprah Winfrey so popular? Why do people often think of her as an expert on many subjects? Is it due to her fame? Her style? Or is she just a very good talk show host?

  • How do you think Oprah chooses her guests, particularly for this show? What makes a good guest? 

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