Two-Time Emmy Award Winning Series Moves to Primetime with Episodes Featuring The Dalai Lama, Shonda Rhimes, Malala Yousafzai, and Gloria Steinem
Oprah Winfrey’s interview with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter kicks off an all-new season of the two-time Emmy award-winning series SuperSoul Sunday on Sunday, September 27 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
SuperSoul Sunday is the two-time Emmy award-winning series that delivers timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The series features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world. SuperSoul Sunday is produced by Harpo Studios and executive produced by Tara Montgomery.
The new season of SuperSoul Sunday features thought-provoking, in-depth interviews with President Jimmy Carter (9/27); New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown (10/4); Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai (10/11); His HolinessThe Dalai Lama (10/18); women’s rights pioneer Gloria Steinem (10/25); civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson (11/1); happiness expert Gretchen Rubin (11/8); prolific television creator Shonda Rhimes (11/15); education activist Pastor Wintley Phipps (11/22); religious scholar Thomas Moore (11/29); women’s rights activist Zainab Salbi (12/6); New York Times columnist David Brooks (12/13); and “Chicken Soup for the Soul” co-creator Jack Canfield (12/20).
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Sunday, September 27
President Jimmy Carter
Oprah sits down with international humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for a conversation about faith and spirituality, issues facing our country today and how his global influence grew after he left the White House. As the first evangelical Christian elected president, President Carter opens up about his faith while in the White House and how it guided him in many of his decisions while President. Never afraid to speak his mind, he shares his views on controversies and current headlines affecting America today. He also talks about what he’s learned since leaving the White House, where he served as the nation’s 39th President from 1977-1981, his strong, guiding force when it comes to peace, and shares never before heard lessons from his spiritual partnership he’s found in his almost 70-year marriage to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. From rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect and contentment, President Carter will take a wise and moving look at what he knows for sure at 91 years old. Following this interview, President Carter announced he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma and would be stepping away from the public eye for treatment.
Sunday, October 4
Oprah sits down for another eye-opening conversation with research professor and New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown, discussing the global conversation she has ignited on courage, vulnerability, shame and worthiness. Brené talks with Oprah about her pioneering work on vulnerability, that she believes is the path to more love, belonging, creativity and joy, but that in living this brave life, we are inevitably going to stumble and fall. Brené’s latest research, outlined in her new book “Rising Strong,” focuses on people who are leaning into discomfort and lifting themselves up after a setback. They also discuss how to own our stories of struggle, and that rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness, the process that teaches us the most about who we are.
Sunday, October 11
Oprah sits down with the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai to discuss her mission to educate girls across the world, her spirituality and how she has thrived following the Taliban’s attempt on her life. Her story is renowned all over the world; in October, 2012, at 15 years old, she was shot point blank in the head by the Taliban because she spoke out on behalf of girls seeking an education. Today, she is the co-founder of The Malala Fund, which seeks to advocate and provide education to more than 60 million girls globally who are denied an education due to poverty, violence or tradition. Also joining the conversation is Malala’s father Ziauddin, whom she calls her great influence. An activist and education advocate himself, Malala has taken the values she’s learned from her father and evolved it into a global movement. Plus, her critically acclaimed documentary, He Named Me Malala, portrays an intimate portrait of the girl behind the legend.
Sunday, October 18
The Dalai Lama
Oprah is joined by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, world-renowned spiritual leader and Tibetan Buddhist monk. They discuss his core practice, which centers around spreading kindness, and his commitment to promoting peace throughout the world. They also discuss what it takes to become a nation of kind and compassionate people, spending hours a day in prayer and meditation, and his work as an international symbol of peace for nearly six decades. The Dalai Lama, born Tenzin Gyatso, was honored with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and is an advocate for greater global equality and the equal rights of all people including peace, happiness, freedom, equality and dignity.
Sunday, October 25
Oprah talks to women’s rights pioneer, political/social activist and living legend Gloria Steinem about her lifetime of travel, her activism and leadership, and her first book in more than 20 years, “My Life on the Road.” In the conversation, Gloria talks about some of the extraordinary people she has learned from along the way. She also reflects on how the most transformative ideas sometimes come from unexpected people and encounters. Most of all, she reminds us that living in an open, observant, and “on the road” state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, and how we understand others, our times, and ourselves.
Sunday, November 1
Oprah talks to human rights activist and civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson for a conversation about living your calling, giving a voice to the powerless and how his life changed by meeting people on death row. As a New York University Law Professor and Founder/Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, Bryan has spent more than three decades fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. He shares with Oprah the spiritual connection we inevitably make when discovering things in others we haven’t discovered yet, and his view that 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.They also discuss his New York Times bestselling book, “Just Mercy,” and the transformative power of mercy and forgiveness.
Sunday, November 8
Oprah speaks with happiness expert and New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin about the year she spent devoted to her carefully crafted happiness project. In the interview, they discuss what she learned from her research and how to identify what may lead to a more fulfilling life. What eventually became the bestselling book “The Happiness Project,” Gretchen’s year of research included test-driving wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies on happiness and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, Gretchen started her career in law and ultimately transitioned to a career in writing. They also discuss Gretchen’s latest book “Better Than Before” and her newest lessons on creating the habits to maintain happiness.
Sunday, November 15
Oprah is joined by Shonda Rhimes, the prolific showrunner and mega-talented woman behind ABC hits including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, about how saying “yes” for one year changed her life and how she recently lost over 100 pounds. As a self-proclaimed introvert, Shonda has chosen to spend much of her life out of the public eye, creating popular television shows and raising her three children. In an effort to evolve and step out of her comfort zone, Shonda shares with Oprah how her sister challenged her to say “yes” for an entire year to any unexpected invitations that came her way, which is chronicled in her upcoming memoir, “Year of Yes.” She opens up about this process, the powerful impact saying yes had on nearly every aspect of her life and what she says is one of the most amazing decisions she has ever made. Shonda’s production company, Shondaland, oversees more than 800 actors, writers, crew members and producers. From TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” to FORTUNE Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Business,” Shonda and her shows have received widespread acclaim for tackling issues including race, gender and sexuality.
Sunday, November 22
Oprah is joined by Pastor Wintley Phipps, education activist and founder of the U.S. Dream Academy, to discuss how faith and character can help to create a life of value, meaning, purpose and fulfillment. He shares with Oprah how viewers can step into their best lives by adopting and strengthening the eight essential pillars of God’s ethos, which he details in his most recent book, “Your Best Destiny: Becoming The Person You Were Created To Be.” He also talks about embracing your dreams, finding the sacred in music and that our greatness shines from the inside out. Finally, he share his belief that by working to resemble, reflect and reveal the character of God – while embracing our strengths and improving our weaknesses – we will discover of supreme, God-given destinies.
Sunday, November 29
Oprah talks to religious scholar, psychotherapist and former monk Thomas Moore, who believes we all have the power to create our own religion.Thomas’s 1992 classic “Care of the Soul” redefined spirituality in the modern age, and now he believes we are facing an exhilarating new phase of our spiritual evolution. His broad message resonates with those who see themselves as spiritual, not necessarily religious, and he shares with Oprah ways to bring the soul and spirituality back into your life.
Sunday, December 6
Oprah talks to women’s rights activist and international humanitarian Zainab Salbi to discuss her dedication to helping women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives and communities, following her calling and what she’s learned about humanity through her advocacy work. As an Iraqi-American woman, she talks to Oprah about growing up in Saddam Hussein’s inner circle, leading a tenuous life of privilege and luxury, but also one of fear and terror. When she was 19-years-old, she left Iraq for an arranged marriage in the U.S., which turned out to be abusive, forcing her to leave the marriage and start a new life. She later founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of war. Now, Zainab is continuing her life’s work with her new talk show, Nida’a (which means “the calling” in Arabic), which will launch on TLC in October across the Middle East and North Africa. She talks to Oprah about the importance of this new platform, which will give Arab women a voice in a way that has never been done before.
Sunday, December 13
Oprah is joined by New York Times columnist, political pundit and bestselling author David Brooks for a surprisingly frank conversation about how we can all discover and build a stronger and more meaningful moral character deep within ourselves. In the episode, David shares his raw, personal and well-researched journey on the road to discovering his own character. He shares rich, historical examples and offers practical advice that can help us nourish trust and cultivate character over our own lifetimes. He also shares his thoughts on vulnerability, the importance of believing in yourself and gaining strength from those around you.
Sunday, December 20
Oprah is joined by “Chicken Soup for the Soul” co-creator Jack Canfield who shares his principles for success and fulfilling your soul’s passion. Based on the lessons in his New York Times bestseller “The Success Principles,” Jack explains how to align our vision and goals with the fulfillment of our purpose, in order to create a happy, fulfilled and joyful life. Jack also shares why he believes we are all unlimited in our capacity for consciousness and creating impact in our lives.