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Air Date: October 25, 2010 – Current week

Surviving Your Multiple Family Member Tragic Deaths’

May 4, 2007 will be a day one couple will never forget. Their 3 children Kyle, Katie, Emma all died after a big rig slams into their family car. Lori and her mother were also in the car at the time. Oprah talks to the camera and says “It is possible no matter what you are facing right now, somehow you can keep going.” Lori and Chris Coble are talking to Oprah 3 years after the worst day of their life. Their kids were all under 6 years old.

How do you move forward?

  • The couple talks about making a pack and promised to never leave each other alone so the other person would not end their own life.
  • Chris says, they started going to counseling right away.
  • “Hold on to your love ones tight.”

What a blessing the couple gave birth to triples nearly one year after the accident. Get this they have 2 girls and 1 boy again! The couple also honors their first 3 children by giving each of their new triplets a middle name from a sibling that has past.

Surviving The Virgina Tech Shooting

The final segments include an interview with a young adult who survived the Virgina Tech Shootings. Colin Goddard was shot four times. Colin says, the sooner you can accept what happens the sooner you can move on. Living for 32 is a documentary on how Colin goes to gun shows and just buys guns.

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Air Date: October 19, 2010

Singer Susan Boyle won her audience from appearing on Britian‘s Got Talent. Although she did not win during her season, this runner-up did make her life long dream of becoming a singer a reality.

10-year-old opera phenom Jackie Evancho is also proving 2nd is the BEST! As Jackie was also runner-up in her season of America’s Got Talent.

1970s songstress Debby Boone also appears on the show. Oprah stated on the show, “Debbie still holds the record for most weeks at number one by a first-time primary female artist.”  The song is You Light Up My Life.

Air Date: September 29, 2010

Oprah plucks a universal message from her guest Lisa Bortz that people just want to be loved. Guest Lisa Bortz said, “I don’t need his approval. I just need his love.” Bortz was talking about how she didn’t want her dad’s approval of her relationship with her transgender partner Christine McGinn but wants his love. The couple agreed that they do feel Bortz’s fathers love towards each of them as well as their two children despite his political views. Bortz and McGinn were invited on the show to discuss their real life modern family unit, which I’m sure is like any other family raising twins. It just so happens that Christine McGinn was born as male and before his surgery took fertility precautions by preserving his sperm.

The hit television show Modern Family inspired Oprah show creators to find a diverse family unit. Oprah tells her audience I can say this for the first time on the the show, “Here is a mother who has fathered her own children!”

To lighten things up, the cast and crew of Modern Family makes an appearance. Of course, each of the cast members are loving every moment that they are living out their dream of being on Oprah!  Oprah is such a fan of the show that she even offers up her acting talent. She suggests, she could add more diversity by being their black neighbor, since after all her show is ending soon.

Air Date: September 24, 2010

It’s all about the viewer reaction to Monday’s show on the documentary titled Waiting For “Superman”. Here are some quotes from the guests that appeared on the show that day:

  • President and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone Geoffrey Canada, “In 10 years it’s going to be too late.”
  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “We are 9th in college graduates in the nation.”
  • Mayor of Newark, NY Cory Booker, “You couldn’t have a superior democracy with an inferior education system.”

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes action and donates $100 million to Newark schools. Read more from the Walstreet Journal article.

To Take Action by finding others in your community who are interested in education in the U.S. check out the Oprah’s Show Meetup:

Target is helping you help kids to read: Learn how you can pledge to read kids

Air Date: September 23, 2010

The Push For Freedom

Two American families are looking for your support to bring home two captured men in Iraq. Both Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are being held hostage after hiking one day in the Iraqi Kurdistan mountains. Sarah Shourd was also with them during that hike, but she was released after 14 months for medical reasons. Shourd talks to Oprah about her experiences and how she will not experience every pleasure in life until her friends return home.  To find out more go to www.freethehikers.org

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Regaining Power

The journey of Oprah’s next guest also named Sarah really shocked me. Sarah is recovering from the emotional terror her ex boyfriend created by posting a Craigslist ad. The date ad he placed called out to aggressive men and listed Sarah’s personal information including her home address. Sarah was brutally raped in her own home. 161 people replied to the ad.

What you should know is that Sarah’s ex pulled a picture off her MySpace and used it to post on this sick Craigslist ad. Once you post photos or personal information online they can be used against you. Today, Sarah has moved on and is married.  She told Oprah, “I want that power back.” Sarah’s ex and her attacker are living out their 60 year prison sentence.

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Life After 9/11 For A Walstreet Mom

The final piece on the show that day featured Lauren Manning.  Manning’s story is an inspiration because on 9/11 she was left to fight back from over 80 percent of her body being burned.  Today she speaks words we can all use to hear, “I’ve learned to give myself a break, never let up, never stop reaching forward, but do it with patiences.” Manning first appeared on the show in 2002 and at that time feared she would not be able to have another child. Since then, the Manning family added a new member to their family, little Jagger.