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Gayle and Oprah
 
Oprah calls her Legends Weekend one of the great highlights of her life. During the three-day celebration at her home in Santa Barbara, California, she honored African-American women who have paved the way for others. On Monday, May 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, she's sharing the once-in-a-lifetime event during the primetime special Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball.

Recently, the stars got a sneak peek at the premiere in New York. Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Barbara Walters, Tyra Banks, Alicia Keyes, Tyler Perry and many others were there for the big night. Rapper P. Diddy was especially moved—Gayle says that he got so emotional he said he was "buggin'."

Celebrate Oprah's Legends and the legends in your own life—throw a party to watch the party! Invite your friends over and toast the occasion.
FROM: The Best Cake in America Revealed
Published on May 16, 2006

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Top 9 New York City Stories
If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere. One of New York's five boroughs, Manhattan is the most densely populated landmass in America. Its busy streets have provided inspiration for thousands of artists, including writers. Here are nine enticing books that will make you feel like a local.
Age of Innocence by Edith WhartonAge of Innocence
By Edith Wharton

Written as an "apology" for her earlier publication, House of Mirth, this book earned Edith Wharton a Pulitzer Prize in 1921—the first Pulitzer Prize ever given to a woman. A panorama of upper-crust New York in the 1870s, it is still high in demand at libraries and bookstores across America.

How Age of Innocence inspired Bridget Jones's Diary author Helen Fielding



Before by Irini SpanidouBefore
By Irini Spanidou

A snapshot of three months in New York's SoHo in the 1970s, Before probes the life, love and loss of aspiring writer Beatrice as she undergoes changes in her relationship with Ned, her painter husband.
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Chronic City by Jonathan LethemChronic City
By Jonathan Lethem

Set on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Chronic City involves a circle of friends—a faded child star, a cultural critic, a hack ghostwriter of autobiographies and a city official. The New York Times named Chronic City one of 10 best books of the year for 2009.
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Heroic Measures by Jill CimentHeroic Measures
By Jill Ciment

Ruth and Alex are in their twilight years and still very much in love when they find themselves—along with their dachshund Dorothy—in need of a new home. Set in the months just after 9/11, Heroic Measures is sure to make you laugh, cry and love.
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Gayle King and Robin Meade to Moderate Ask Oprah’s All Stars
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announces Gayle King and Robin Meade to moderate Ask Oprah's All Stars. The Gayle King Show to premiere Monday, January 10.
CHICAGO, IL— OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announces Gayle King and news anchor Robin Meade as the moderators of Ask Oprah’s All Stars, four two-hour primetime specials with Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Suze Orman, premiering Sunday, January 2 from 8:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Get your new year started right when Oprah's Experts become Your Experts. Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Suze Orman take to the stage to answer all your questions during these two-hour OWN events, airing the first four consecutive Sunday's of 2011.

In addition, The Gayle King Show will now premiere Monday, Jan. 10 (10:00–11:00 a.m. ET/PT), to accommodate her moderating the specials in Los Angeles taping the week of January 2. "Gayle King and Robin Meade are the perfect personalities to moderate our All Stars special events," said Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer, OWN. "They are both excellent broadcasters who will help our viewers kick off the New Year in a new way with Suze, Phil and Oz."

Robin Meade (Host of  Morning Express on HLN) will moderate the January 2 and January 16 airings of Ask Oprah’s All Stars, and Gayle King will moderate the specials on January 9 and January 23. 

About Ask Oprah's All Stars 
January 2, 9, 16 & 23 (8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT)
For the first time, Oprah's All Stars—Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, and Dr. Oz—will appear on one stage to answer viewers' pressing questions about health, wealth, and mental well-being. Shot before a studio audience, this four-part special offers unprecedented access to Oprah Winfrey's go-to group of masters as they share their wisdom and help viewers jumpstart their best year ever. 

About The Gayle King Show 
 
Start your day off right with O Magazine editor-at-large Gayle King as her hit radio show comes to television, live, daily on OWN. The Gayle King Show will air live Monday through Friday on OWN, is available on Oprah Radio (XM channel 156, SIRIUS channel 195 as part of its "Best of XM" package) and syndicated nationally by Westwood One Radio Networks.  Each and every morning, The Gayle King Show brings Gayle's unique perspective, enthusiasm, insight, and respect to anything and everything with her own unfiltered opinions on newsmakers, celebrities, hot topics and pop culture, all while bringing viewers closer to their favorite celebrities and notable public figures with her revealing and compelling interviews. 

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform, and inspire people to live their best lives. OWN will debut on January 1, 2011 in approximately 80 million homes on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel. The venture also will include the award-winning digital platform, Oprah.com. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and www.press.discovery.com/us/own.

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New York City's Health Commissioner
Dr. Oz and Dr. Thomas Frieden
As New York City's Health Commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden has helped the nation's largest city become a healthier place. He was behind ordinances such as a city-wide smoking ban and cutting trans fats from the city's restaurants. Dr. Oz talks with Dr. Frieden about his efforts to save the lives of New Yorkers and people all over the world.

Before taking on the title of health commissioner, Dr. Frieden says he spent five years in India, where the tuberculosis epidemic was killing more than 1,000 people every day. He says he worked to develop a successful system there to prevent the disease. When he came back to the United States as New York City's health commissioner, Dr. Frieden says he wanted to create a system like he did in India to stop the illnesses that were killing New Yorkers. "Today, heart disease and cancer are the leading cause of death in New York City," Dr. Frieden says.

Dr. Frieden says he developed a five-point program to reduce tobacco use in New York City. The program included taxing cigarettes, increasing the price of cigarettes, offering free programs to help smokers quit, changing the image of smoking through public service announcements and implementing a smoking ban in all public places, including restaurants. Dr. Frieden says New Yorkers are now cutting down their risk of cancer and heart disease dramatically. "That program is behind a really drastic decline in smoking," he says. "It is still far too common—more than a million people in New York City still smoke—but the decline has been quite substantial, probably faster than has been documented anywhere else."

Next, Dr. Frieden says he tackled another contributor to heart disease—trans fats. "Trans fats are the worst kinds of fats by far," Dr. Frieden says. "They make your bad cholesterol higher, they make your good cholesterol lower and they increase your risk of heart attack and stroke." By banning restaurants in New York from using trans fats, Dr. Frieden says restaurants all over the country have followed suit. "By issuing a regulation that only affected New York City, these large national chains are changing their whole food supply," he says.

The smoking and trans fat bans in New York City are now impacting city government decisions all over the country. Dr. Frieden says he would like to address the obesity epidemic and the healthcare system in New York and continue spreading better public health practices all over the country.
The information provided here is for entertainment and informational purposes. You should consult your own physician before starting any treatment, diet or exercise program. The opinions expressed by the hosts, guests and callers to Oprah Radio are strictly their own.

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New York City's Childhood Obesity Fight
Dr. Oz and Joel Rivera
According to a New York City survey, about half of the city's children are overweight or obese. As the majority leader for the city council and the chairman of its health committee, Joel Rivera is making it a priority to reverse the city's childhood obesity trend. Dr. Oz talks with Joel about his ambitious goal and steps the city council has taken to help kids lose weight.

Joel says many of the city's overweight children are at risk of becoming diabetic or are already diabetic. Joel says an obesity prevention program is necessary and the local government is working with organizations to kick off a multimillion-dollar initiative to combat the problem.

One of the city council's goals is to increase the availability of fresh foods to underserved areas of the city. "We are promoting the green markets within neighborhoods, so we can get the healthier, fresher foods to the local communities that unfortunately don't have them," he says. In addition, the city is pushing to get kids more areas to play and exercise. "We can continue to invest in our parks—our parks are the best resources," he says. "We can develop more [running] tracks … in the city of New York."

Changing the way kids eat is also part of Joel's plan. In the past, Joel says he has proposed limiting the number of fast food restaurants that are near schools. He says the city's recent ban on trans fats is also forcing restaurants to offer healthier options. "It is not going to happen overnight, but it will have a systematic effect, where one business will change its menu, and obviously competition will develop," he says.
The information provided here is for entertainment and informational purposes. You should consult your own physician before starting any treatment, diet or exercise program. The opinions expressed by the hosts, guests and callers to Oprah Radio are strictly their own.

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