Oprah to Interview Beto O’ Rourke in New York

OprahOprah Winfrey will be in New York next month for an interview with Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). The live Times Square event will be full of celebrities.

Scheduled To Appear

Oprah is set to host:

  • Bradley Cooper who directed co-wrote and produced, “A Star is Born”
  • Michael B. Jordan, an actor in of “Creed,” “Black Panther” and “Fruitvale Station.”  executive producer of upcoming OWN series “David Makes Man”
  • Beto O’Rourke, a former member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Melinda Gates, co-chairperson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and philanthropist
  • Lisa Borders, the first President of TIME’S UP and former Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) President.

The live event is called “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square,” which will focus on how the guests have shifted the conversation and caused an impact in their fields of politics, entertainment, and culture in 2018.

This is an extension of “Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday” which featured interviews with Oprah and top spiritual leaders, authors, visionaries and top thinkers. They would discuss different themes such as personal fulfillment, happiness, and conscious living.

O’Rourke’s History

O’Rourke was thrown into the spotlight as a new Democratic rising star when he ran against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). What’s more, his campaign topped all Democratic fundraising records.

Even though his campaign failed to get him a seat in the Senate, O’Rourke’s campaign garnered him the support of President Barack Obama. Something similar occurred in 2007 when Winfrey endorsed Obama, it gave his campaign a boost in the primaries.

The talk started circulating about a possible 2010 presidential run, and a group of Democratic activists were going to start a petition to motivate him to run.

Despite O’Rourke losing a very close Senate race, he remained center stage. On Thursday, Jan. 10 he Instagrammed his trip to the dentist. While he was in the dental chair, he discussed the southern border. All major news stations covered it. Before considering a 2020 presidential run, O’rourke is considering the idea of visiting a number of colleges so that he can share his vision of America with students.

Another strategy O’rourke plans to use is live video. One in particular featured him driving while eating chips and guacamole and building an igloo with his wife and children.

The Oprah interview will be O’Rourke’s first public appearance since leaving Congress earlier this month.

Many have speculated that Oprah herself was considering running for president in 2020. She actively campaigned for Stacey Abrams (D) who was running for governor in Georgia and was asked if she was going to run. Winfrey stated an empathetic no.

The Oprah Network

Oprah’s first podcast on the OWN network, “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversation, in Aug. 2017, opened up at number one on Apple Podcasts. The podcast has listeners from 190 countries and was downloaded over 100 million times.

Oprah’s network, the OWN Network, went on air January 1, 2011. The entire network was inspired by Oprah.

Oprah is personally in charge of the programming which appears on the station. OWN is a venture between Discovery Communications and Harpo, Inc.

Tickets go on sale on Jan. 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET, and cost $200.

Written By Barbara Sobel

Sources:

Daily News: Oprah to interview Beto O’Rourke and others during Times Square
CNN: Oprah to interview Beto O’Rourke in Times Square
Deadline: Oprah Sets Bradley Cooper, Michael B. Jordan & Beto O’Rourke Q&A For NYC

Featured and Top Image Courtesy of Beto O’Rourke’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

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