What does it mean to be an American? Dr. Angelou poses this question to callers and listeners alike. To kick off the discussion, she is joined by an Italian-American couple, Rose Marie and Sylvio, who are both 58 years old and have three daughters. "For me, being an American is being grateful," says Rose Marie. "We have so much, so many blessings here." For Sylivio, being an American is a related to freedom. "I always saw America as a country that gave me the opportunity to realize my full potential," Sylvio says.
We, as Americans, are surrounded by so many blessings that we often take them for granted, Dr. Angelou says. All it takes is a trip outside our borders to make you appreciate your homeland that much more, she says. To explore what we learn about ourselves when we travel abroad, Dr. Angelou is joined by guests who she says "bring some of the American virtues of generosity and kindness" to those who need it most in other parts of the world.
Chris, a member of the National Guard, shares his experiences working in South and Central America where he sets up field hospitals that can treat up to 1,000 patients each day. Dr. Angelou also talks with Anita, an American of Assyrian heritage and a member of the Christian Peacemakers, who is working to bring relief to the people of Iraq and Kurdistan.
Dr. Angelou sums up her reflections with a line from her poem "Human Family": "We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike," Dr. Angelou says.
Printed from Oprah.com on Sunday, December 8, 2013