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Behind the Summer Headlines - Show Recap


Oprah sat down with Lisa Ling, Erin Andrews and "Father Oprah" to get the stories behind some of the biggest summer headlines.

Original Air Date:

Friday, September 11, 2009


  • Lisa Ling
  • Erin Andrews
  • Father Alberto Cutie "Father Oprah"

Show Summary:

Kevork Djansezian

Oprah welcomed Lisa Ling, Erin Andrews and Father Alberto Cutie to the show to sit down and discuss what went on behind some of the biggest summer headlines. Lisa Ling's sister Laura was held in North Korea along with another woman with little hope of being released. Erin Andrews, from ESPN spoke about her experience having footage of her released on the internet after being secretly filmed by a Peeping Tom in a hotel room. Father Alberto Cutie experienced harsh criticism after it was discovered that he was having an affair with a single woman. These headlines captured the country's attention and only Oprah could bring them all together in a single episode to get the real stories and updates from those who felt it first-hand.

Special Highlights:

Streeter Lecka

Oprah brought together a number of news-makers to share their stories - here are the best highlights from the episode:

  • To begin the show, Oprah took a moment to remember the lives that were lost in the events that occurred on September 11, 2001.

  • Lisa Ling revealed the fear her family felt after her sister she was taken prisoner by North Korea. It was only through the help and support of Al Gore and former President Bill Clinton that Laura Ling and her companion were able to be released.

  • Erin Andrews expressed her anger and humiliation at having nude video filmed by a Peeping Tom released on the internet, which was viewed over 300 million times. Erin felt victimized but strengthened by her example to others and drive to get back to work.

More Highlights

  • Miami Catholic Priest Father Alberto Cutie, "Father Oprah," brought scandal to the church when he was discovered on a beach with a woman. Cutie struggled with his vow of celibacy but wished it didn't have to be that way. Cutie left the Catholic church to join and work in the Episcopal church and be married.

What to Take Away from the Show:

In this episode, Oprah showed viewers that there is typically more to a story than what is printed or published. All of the headlines examined on the show had been factually covered, but none of the news reported gave the up-close-and-personal view of the experience as Oprah's interviews were able to provide. From this show, viewers were able to see the true emotion and pain surrounding the efforts to free a sister, the struggle to salvage a career, and the desire to be with the woman you love.

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