How Oprah Became a Cultural Icon
The idea of a President Oprah has sparked excitement rather than ridicule. Americans value symbolism as much as political experience; while Oprah has little of the latter, she is practically made of the former.
Why Clean Eating Can’t Save Your Soul
If hunger is moral purity, self-care a purchasable commodity, and wellness a stand-in for thinness, what does health really mean?
A Little Political Knowledge Is…Much Better Than Nothing
Studies show that viewers do gain political knowledge through daytime television and other forms of "soft news."
Oprah, Weight Watchers, and the Power of Shame
Oprah Winfrey has recently acquired Weight Watchers. We look at them and other organizations dedicated to weight loss and body image.