OWN Introduces Hidden Communities & Discusses Topical Conflict

Mar 9, 2012

"OWN - The Oprah Winfrey Network - is more than a television network, it's a network of people just like YOU." And, by "YOU", she means everyone, including segments of populations that seem hidden, mysterious and unknown. Several of the programs on OWN have given glimpses into communities such as Hasidic Jews, little people, veterans, and more. Programs also include topical discussions, such as bullying, and addressing conflict among communities, such as born-and-again-Christians and homosexuals.

These programs are informative, non-biased and respectful. Performing arts professionals intersect with members of these communities whether we realize it or not. They may be in our audiences, in the schools where we tour, and in our offices. The more we know the less likely we are to say ignorant and hurtful things, and the more likely we will create policies and programming that is all inclusive. Their lives may inspire new stories for dances, orchestral and vocal works, opera and theater. 

Below you will find clips of various programs featured on OWN that introduce you to communities you may know very a little about.

"America. It can be inspiring and beautiful. It can also be dark and ugly.
It's so many things, but it's ours. It's Our America."


Our America with Lisa Ling delves into some of the most challenging, thought-provoking issues in society today. With stories ranging from polygamy and amateur porn, to sex trafficking and veterans with PTSD, Ling immerses herself into the lives of everyday Americans and captures their in-depth experiences firsthand. These stories provide viewers a window into worlds largely unseen and a deeper understanding of what's really going on in subcultures of Our America today.


The Inmates and their Families

In Incarceration Generation, Lisa meets with low income families struggling with a patriarch trying to find legitimate work. What does he have to do to not end up back on the streets, and ultimately in jail... again. Videos: Sneak Peek, Meet the Inmates, Families Left Behind, and Update on Nicholas.



In Modern PolygamyLisa visits with two polygamist families in Centennial Park, Arizona: Isaish and his two wives and Michael and his three wives. Videos: Spotlight on a Young Polygamist Family and The Story Continues.

Transgender Individuals and their Families

Lisa explores the issues which transgender youth and adults face. She speaks with doctors, parents, and transgender individuals in various stages of transformation. Videos include: Defining Identities and Words, A Parent's Difficult Decision, and Transgender Support Group.

Veterans and their Wives

In Invisible Wounds of War, Lisa journeys from a Veterans' Suicide Hotline in New York to a Veterans' Retreat in New Mexico to meet the people whose lives have been shattered in the course of serving our country, along with those who are lifting them up from the rubble of war. Videos: 5 Minute Sneak Preview, A Veteran's Plight, Breaking Their Silence and Captain Joshua Mantz Speaks to Lisa Ling About PTSD.


 "Oprah's Next Chapter is an interview program that allows
Oprah Winfrey to step outside of the studio for some
riveting, enlightening in-depth conversations with
newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families."

America's Hidden Culture

Oprah meets two Hasidic Jewish families, including a Black Hasidic family, revealing the secrets to their usually private and mysterious way of life. Videos include: Part 1 & Part 2

Lady Gaga and Her Mother, Cynthia

Oprah, Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia, meet up at Harvard University to launch the Born This Way Foundation, Gaga's charitable endeavor—a project that she believes is the most important work of her life. The interview gathers mother and daughter with Oprah inside the apartment Lady Gaga grew up in and still calls home. Videos include: Oprah speaks at the Born This Way Foundation launch, Oprah's complete Q&A with Lady Gaga at Harvard University, What Lady Gaga's Mom Wants You to Know About Her Daughter, and Lady Gaga Surprises Three Brave Teens. More on bullying.

The Rosie Show covered
current events, highlighted hometown heroes and newsmakers,
showcased art, discussed important issues and celebrated children.

Born-Again-Christians and Homosexuality

Baldwin brother and actor Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects) joins Rosie for a one-on-one conversation about spirituality and ethics. Videos include: Stephen Baldwin Chats About Kirk Cameron and Faith and Stephen Baldwin and Rosie Discuss Gay Rights.

Little People

Rosie discusses her comments about little people with Chris Errera, and audience member and musician who posted a message on YouTube after Rosie mentioned she was scared of little people. Excerpt 1 & 2


O Magazine

"Hiding in Plain Sight: Inside the Life of an Undocumented Immigrant"
by Allison Glock
Imagine being taken from your family, denied a phone call, and dropped off in the desert, miles from home all for the crime of wanting a better life. Welcome to the new normal for America's undocumented immigrants. One woman's story.

Oprah's Next Chapter

Hope for Haiti - Oprah meets a Haitian entrepreneur who is rebuilding her country through art. Plus, she sits down with designer Donna Karan and talks about her passion for Haiti, creating opportunities for local artisans and what makes her commitment to this country run so deep.