Rank #1: Amy Schumer: A Modern-Day Warrior Woman
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 latest 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 recent marriage to chef Chris Fischer.
Rank #2: Gretchen Rubin: 8 Rules to Happiness
A graduate of Yale Law School, Gretchen Rubin spent a year doing scientific research and practical projects in an attempt to discover how to lead a happier life. This experiment of self-discovery led to her New York Times bestselling book and phenomenon “The Happiness Project.” The book recounts what Gretchen learned about herself and how she was able to become happier and more fulfilled. Gretchen shares her eight personal rules of happiness, which she says can help fill your day with more joy.
Rank #3: Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 1: 9 Words That Changed Her Life
In the first of a special two-part podcast, Oprah has a conversation with her beloved mentor, the late poet, author, icon and activist Dr. Maya Angelou. She's also the woman Oprah called her mother, sister and friend for more than 30 years. Oprah says, "She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet, but at the heart of her, she was a teacher." Dr. Angelou discusses her last book, "Mom & Me & Mom," delving into one of the deepest personal stories of her life: her relationship with her mother. Dr. Angelou shares intimate memories of her childhood, including the nine words her nurturing yet fiery mother said to her that changed her life forever, challenging her to find strength in the face of adversity.
Rank #4: Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling: Brave New Worlds
Oprah sits down with Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, her co-stars from the film "A Wrinkle in Time," for a lively conversation about ambition, guardian angels, learning to say no, and the pressures women face in today's culture. Reese and Mindy discuss the hardest decisions they had to make in order to fulfill their destinies. Oprah says, "I'm so excited to have a conversation with such beautiful, innovative, powerful women." Directed by pioneer filmmaker Ava DuVernay, "A Wrinkle in Time" is adapted from Madeleine L'Engle's classic 1962 novel of the same name. The movie is about a young girl, Meg Murry, played by newcomer Storm Reid, who hops through time to rescue her father from an evil, universe-threatening force. Ava describes the story as a tapestry of "spirituality and self-empowerment." Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" has its premiere in movie theaters on March 9, 2018.
Rank #5: Eckhart Tolle: Free Yourself From Anxiety, Stress and Unhappiness
Visionary thought leader and author of “A New Earth,” Eckhart Tolle explains his view of where we are in the state of the new Earth today. With a shift that has separated millions of Americans, Eckhart teaches us how to lift the pain that can show up for all of us. Oprah calls Eckhart Tolle one of the “greatest spiritual teachers and inspirations here on the planet.”
Rank #6: Jimmy Kimmel: What Do You Stand For?
Oprah speaks to joke-teller-turned-truth-teller Jimmy Kimmel about the watershed year that changed his personal life and public image. Jimmy reflects on hosting the Oscars, losing his mentor Don Rickles, turning 50 and speaking out on gun control. He also discusses his emotional, tear-filled monologue about his son Billy’s rare congenital heart defect. Speaking from his heart and soul, Jimmy explains how the past year has made him a more spiritually connected person. “I’ve been praying a lot more, that’s for sure,” Jimmy says. He also speaks about the mass shooting in his hometown Las Vegas and the ways he finds peace, and shares an update on Billy.
Rank #7: Shawn Achor, Part 1: The Secrets of Happy People
Do you want to be happier? Harvard-trained researcher and bestselling author Shawn Achor shares his simple, achievable steps to diminish depression, increase joy, and shift our perspective to be more positive. Shawn brings to life his research on the science of happiness and the techniques of what he calls positive psychology.
Rank #8: Shonda Rhimes: Change Your Life By Saying “Yes” (And "No" Too)
Prolific TV show creator, writer and executive producer Shonda Rhimes reflects on her memoir “Year of Yes.” The force behind the hit shows "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder," Shonda explains how saying “yes” for one year allowed her to live a more awakened life. She also shares the one sentence to use when you want to say “no” without feeling rude.
Rank #9: Stephen Colbert: Finding Your Stride
In an interview at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater, Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and best-selling author, discusses his nightly talk show, the times we live in and his deep-rooted Catholic faith. Stephen opens up about the nervousness he felt in taking David Letterman's old time slot and how his intention for the show guided it to the top of the ratings. Stephen also reveals how he keeps his ego in check, why love is the most important thing we have, and what he thinks is the "last, best hope of mankind." In this special edition of "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations," you'll hear Oprah and Stephen's full interview, featuring more than 15 minutes of bonus content not included in Part 2 of the OWN special "Oprah at the Apollo."
Rank #10: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
Oprah Winfrey and one of the great spiritual thinkers of our time, Eckhart Tolle, present their 10-part series on Eckhart’s ground-breaking book, “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.” For the next 10 Mondays, these insightful and uplifting podcast conversations give you a chapter-by-chapter class on practical teachings to help you discover an enlightened state of consciousness. You’ll learn how to quiet your mind, get your ego in check and live a fully present life. If you're seeking a more loving self, community and planet, “A New Earth” has the tools to begin your transformation. In the premiere episode, Oprah and Eckhart discuss consciousness, presence and purpose as they relate to chapter one of “A New Earth.” Eckhart also answers questions from people who are reading along in the book.
Rank #11: Elizabeth Gilbert, Part 1: Your Life’s Calling
Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love," sparked a global conversation about what it means to fulfill your life's purpose. Elizabeth opens up about the soulful lessons she learned from her yearlong quest around the world. She also discusses how the uncertainty of transformation in our lives is never easy or painless, but is essential to experience. Elizabeth gives practical advice on how to start your own spiritual quest and answer your life’s calling.
Rank #12: Brené Brown Part 2: Living with a Whole Heart
How to conquer shame and live with a whole heart. This is Part 2 of Oprah’s interview with renowned researcher Dr. Brené Brown. Oprah calls this an “aha-a-minute conversation!”
Rank #13: Jack Kornfield: Buddhism 101
What is Buddhism? How could it help your daily life? Is it a religion? And what does the statue we always see really represent? Jack Kornfield, one of the leading Buddhist teachers in America, introduces the basic principles behind Buddhism, discusses the steps involved in mindful living and offers practical tips on how to grow your own spiritual practice. His teachings begin with the idea that people are born whole and good, and that later, they can choose to turn back to their innate goodness. Jack also shares his best advice on how to stay in the now, quiet your thoughts and lead a truly awakened life. Jack trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma (now Myanmar). He has taught meditation internationally for decades and is one of the key people to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. His best-selling books, including "The Wise Heart," "Living Dharma" and "No Time Like the Present," have been translated into 20 languages.
Rank #14: Bryan Stevenson: The Power of Mercy and Forgiveness
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.
Rank #15: Former Vice President Joe Biden: Hardship, Hope and Purpose
Former Vice President Joe Biden reflects on his political career and his personal tragedies. The vice president shares how his faith informed his toughest moments, including his decision not to run for president and the death of his beloved son Beau. He also discusses a time in his life when he lost his faith and describes the journey to get it back.
Rank #16: A New Earth: “Your Inner Purpose” (Chapter 9)
In this episode, which focuses on Chapter 9 of “A New Earth,” Oprah and one of the great spiritual thinkers of our time, Eckhart Tolle, talk about how aligning your life with your inner purpose can bring you greater joy and fulfillment. Eckhart also answers questions from people who are reading along in the book. The episode is part of a 10-part series on Eckhart’s ground-breaking book, “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.” For the next two Mondays, these insightful and uplifting podcast conversations give you a chapter-by-chapter class on practical teachings to help you discover an enlightened state of consciousness. You’ll learn how to quiet your mind, get your ego in check and live a fully present life.
Rank #17: Wes Moore: Is Your Job Your Life’s Purpose?
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.
Rank #18: Lin-Manuel Miranda: Creativity and Compassion
At the famed Apollo Theater in New York City, Oprah sits down with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius behind the Tony-, Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Hamilton." Lin-Manuel shares behind-the-scenes stories and insights into how he wrote and created the show that became a Broadway phenomenon. He explains how legacy plays a huge role in the lives of both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and reveals what he believes will be the greatest legacy of the show. Lin-Manuel provides an update on his newborn son, Francisco, and news from his beloved Puerto Rico, which was devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Finally, Lin-Manuel opens up about how "creative loneliness" during his childhood in New York City helped shape his career. In this special edition of "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations," you'll hear Oprah and Lin-Manuel's full interview, featuring more than 15 minutes of bonus content not included in Part 2 of the OWN special "Oprah at the Apollo."
Rank #19: Pema Chödrön: Dealing with Difficult Times
Born in New York City, Pema Chödrön is one of the first Western women to be fully ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. Pema explains how difficult times can be an opportunity for growth and change if you're willing to embrace the situation and the feelings that come with it. One of the basic Buddhist tenets, Pema says, is that change is constant. "Things are going to keep changing," she says. "If you're invested in security and certainty, then you're not going to feel good a lot of the time."
Rank #20: Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 2: Best Advice She Ever Received
Oprah’s heart-to-heart conversation with the late Dr. Maya Angelou continues. Dr. Angelou shares some of her greatest life lessons on aging brilliantly and living with gratitude. She is moved to tears as she recalls the revelation that changed her life forever, and reveals the best piece of advice she ever received.