From October 19, 2001 Oprah Winfrey Show: Oprah talks to Mattie Stepanek, an 11-year-old boy who, despite having muscular dystrophy, has written two New York Times best-selling inspirational books of poetry, Heartsongs and Journey Through Heartsongs. He aims to help create world peace. Mattie shares his poetry, describes what he calls “Heartsongs,” and details how he sees miracles every day. Oprah then talks with singer, author and motivational speaker Tom Sullivan about how it feels to be blind. Mattie, who later became one of Oprah’s most memorable guests passed away in 2004 at the age of 13.
From February 23, 1998: Oprah talks to James Van Praagh—television personality and author of the No. 1 New York Times best seller Talking to Heaven—about his communications with those who have passed on before us. He discusses how he receives messages from the dead, explains how the bond of love doesn’t cease after death and shares his beliefs of how we all create our own heaven. People who have lost loved ones also detail their experience after a session with James, with some remaining skeptical and others becoming believers.
From November 27, 2000: In what she considers an interview of a lifetime, Oprah talks with philanthropist, revolutionist and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. In this memorable Oprah Showinterview, Nelson Mandela opens up about his struggles, including the 27 years he spent in prison and the impact that had on his family. He also explains what he believes it takes to be a peacemaker, and why he believes humility is one of the most important qualities to have. Then, celebrities and public figures including Denzel Washington, Stevie Wonder, Sarah Ferguson and Bill Gates share how the great leader influenced their lives. (Nelson Mandela passed away in 2013 at the age of 95 from a prolonged respiratory infection.)
From January 30, 1996: Psychotherapist, speaker and author of The Little Book of Big Questions, Jonathan Robinson joins The Oprah Winfrey Show to share how asking certain questions can create a spiritual connection with friends and family. Oprah asks the audience some of the book’s big life questions, “If you were in a room with God, what would you ask him?” and “Does prayer change things?” Oprah then leads a panel discussion on religion and spirituality with Dannion Brinkley, author of the New York Times best-sellers Saved by Light and At Peace in the Light; Sophy Burnham, the New York Times best-selling author of A Book of Angels and Angel Letters; and Betty Eadie, author of the #1 New York Times best-seller Embraced by the Light.
From October 13, 1998: Public speaker, philanthropist and #1 New York Times best-selling author Sarah Ban Breathnach discusses her book Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self. She explains what she calls the three secret wounds that lead to inauthenticity: self-loathing, betrayal and marital indifference. Sarah talks about how knowing yourself is the key to joy, explains why we should keep a “discovery journal” and shares a self-love exercise.
In 2013, Oprah sat down with 11-time Grammy winner John Legend in his Hollywood Hills home to talk about his first solo album in five years and his passion for education. John's then-future-wife, Chrissy Teigen—who is a model, TV host and social media personality—also joins the conversation to discuss their relationship and tabloid rumors of infidelity.
From 2013: Oprah sits down with global superstar, multi-platinum artist and 21-time Grammy Award-winner Beyoncé about the making of her documentary, "Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream." Beyoncé talks to Oprah about her daughter, Blue Ivy, and what Jay-Z is like as a father and as a husband. Beyoncé also discusses letting go of her father, music executive Matthew Knowles, as her manager, her heart-breaking miscarriage and what is next for her career and her life.
In 2013, Oprah Winfrey spoke with legendary late-night talk show host David Letterman at his alma mater, Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana. No question is off-limits in this rare interview: David is candid about the public sex scandal that rocked his marriage; he speaks frankly about his relationships with "Tonight Show" hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno; he discusses his battle with depression; he also opens up about fatherhood. Plus, Oprah shares with David the true reason behind their 20-year feud.
In 2012, Oprah travelled to Rihanna's home on the island of Barbados for a rare, no-holds-barred conversation with the pop star about her career, her family, the passing of her grandmother and the price of fame. In an emotional discussion, Rihanna reveals how she really feels about Chris Brown and her relationship with him. Oprah and Rihanna drive through Rihanna's childhood neighborhood and meet Rihanna's mother, Monica Fenty.
Oprah is joined by New York Times best-selling author and University of Houston graduate professor Dr. Brené Brown, as they delve into the power of vulnerability. In front of a live studio audience, Brené shares the four myths of vulnerability, explains why vulnerability means being truthful to who we are and offers examples of how to integrate vulnerability into your everyday life. Brené also answers audience questions.