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will. this is dr. mehmet oz, harvard graduate, respected heart surgeon and america's most popular tv doctor. >> five years now you have been sending me questions that you were too embarrassed to ask anyone else. >> now dr. oz is about to reveal his favorite communicators. history makers. >> it's aspirational, the message, we're all better than this. >> float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. >> each pick will reveal a little more about the man oprah winfrey named america's doctor.
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>> i love communicators because i treasure what they're able to do, which is to take complex ideas which aren't appealing at first glance and make you realize this is really important stuff for you to understand. i remember the most effective way we communicate is through story. we all process through stories. the great communicators tell stories, perhaps the greatest of all, steven spielberg made my list. >> screenwriter, producer, editor and director, renowned for a midas touch when it comes to creating family friendly block bluster entertainment. >> i like people to certainly have a reaction to a movie, whether it's just a small cry or whether it's sweating through your cashmere, sweating through your corduroys.
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>> spielberg's movies have taken in billions in box office receipts. since 1970, he's produced hit movie after hit movie. >> i like bringing an audience in, 1,000 strangers and giving them an experience they'll never forget. >> he's just gifted at making the stage seem so magnificently large, that everybody has to pay attention. they become the fables that define our hero. >> he can do it all. and he makes you feel emotions. when you walk out of a steven spielberg movie- >> spielberg's much loved films across almost every genre.
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>> close encounters was my favorite one. if you're brave enough to get past your fear, there's a huge universe out there. >> in 1993, 16 years after close encounters, spielberg had a big year, he broke box office records with jurassic park and released the critically acclaimed "schindler's list." >> how many people learned about the holocaust from "schindler's list." maybe they should be learning about it in different ways, but just the impact that that film has had on public consciousness is unbelievable. >> "schindler's list" is the first movie to earn spielberg an oscar. adding to his 70s and 80s commercial success.
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>> i think to take ideas and spread them as widely as they should be spread -- on the outside, they were people who were not initially as respected as they have become. >> many think spielberg's early films deserved more oscar recognition. >> his command of visual language and his command of theirive is extraordinary, it's the reason he has been such an influential figure in pop culture. >> spielberg, i idolized because he could take us from a magical realm, so distant from the real world, and still connect to us. he was a documentaryian, that's why ken burns is next on my life. >> ben burns films are very
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different to steven spielberg's, but what both filmmakers have in common is their ability to tell stories that grich their audience. >> he was able to tell americans about things that hadn't been done before. he was able to take us back in time in a very unique way. >> i bite off really big projects, big topics, like the civil war, like jazz, like the second world war, like national parks. but they're all biography and moment. >> ken burns break through landmark series "the civil war" was shown on five consecutive nights in 1990. it became the most watched documentary in pbs history. >> for a long time, the reason why history is so boring in school, is because it's all top
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down it's about dates and presidents and kings when in in fact the real history that has meaning for us is bottom up history, things have mean something to us. when you get into that granular level, there are no ordinary people. >> frederick douglas, the son of a slave and a white man. >> i appear this evening as a thief and robber. i stole this head, this body, these limbs, from my master. >> by allowing them to speak to us, i feel like they're actually talking to us you begin to really ups what happened and how we begin to understand who we really are. >> we see ordinariness between abraham lincoln and some private in his army. but abraham lincoln didn't
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necessarily have to -- i'm interested in his story as well as lincoln's. communication is actually creating an environment where people belong. it's the campfire around which we sit and feel these are my people, i'm safe, it's dark behind me, but as long as i have this fire, these stories going, these songs we're singing together, it's okay. it's gonna be okay. >> next, the creator of a message from all mankind, and a pioneer in sex education. two communicators that inspired a young dr. oz. -based chemother, including those with an abnormal alk or egfr gene who've tried an fda-approved targeted therapy, this is big.
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generosity is its oyou can handle being a mom for half an hour. i'm in all the way. is that understood? i don't know what she's up to, but it's not good. can't the world be my noodles and butter? get your mind out of the gutter. mornings are for coffee and contemplation. that was a really profound observation. you got a mean case of the detox blues. don't start a war you know you're going to lose. finally you can now find all of netflix in the same place as all your other entertainment. on xfinity x1. dr. oz is revealing his list of america's greatest
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communicators. >> without question, i would love to be on this list. maybe one day with a little more hard work and innovation, i'll be a better communicator. but the people that i picked have already got it done. >> mehmet oz excelled in sciences in school. harvard, a biology degree and a place on its football team were coming up. followed by medical school and a lauded career as a heart surgeon in columbia. it was there in theater, dr. oz realized his gifts as a communicator might save even more lives than his surgical skills. >> i realized often times i was walking down that hall towards the operating room, and literally with a band saw in my hand so i can fix your heart. all knowing that if i could have gotten to you six or eight
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months earlier, you wouldn't have needed that service. >> the idea that prevention is better than cure isn't knew. and mehmet oz isn't the only communicator who has taken to tv to try and educate america. >> have you finished talking to me? you say you want to be a friend and then call me back next week to tell me what happened, okay? >> dr. ruth and her radio show sexually speaking hit the late night new york air waives in september 1980. in a decade when sexuality was becoming a political issue, america discovered an appetite for discussing it's most intimate details with dr. ruth. >> dr. ruth as petite as she is is like a power house.
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the reason she's on my list is because she was able to crack the concrete barrier around sext. >> i have a masters in sociology, i studied psychology in paris. so i was able with this accent of mine to specifically about those things that nobody has ever talked about before. >> she really opened up this channel of communication about our sex lives and our sexual health that so was not happening in a main stream form. >> we weren't allowed to talk about something that's so important to every single person. and the fact that we can take something that's so a part of who we are biologically and ignore it, shocked me. >> first of all, i want you to continue to be such a good lover. >> when people like dr. ruth come into the forefront and then nudge us and push us and shove us forward to talk about something we should be
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addressing, it's a wonderful healing opportunity. >> if you do have sex, use condoms. >> i started before aids was known. and then i did get a lot of questions from gay people and i could warn everybody. the gay community and the heterosexual community about using condoms, about being careful. about not just hopping into bed with anybody they meet in the street. >> i think if someone like her hadn't been so public talking about sex, i don't know that the tumbler generation would have been so open about it. you need a pioneer like dr. ruth to be publicly talking about sex. >> dr. ruth was a taboo breaker, taking a subject that a lot of people are embarrassed by and
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making it accessible and fun. dr. oz's next pick is someone whose more complex science can have mass appeal if you get the delivery right. >> when you think about all the communicators out there who told stories, the man who changed me the most was carl sagan. >> sagan is probably most famous for his 1980s tv series "cosmos." >> this star above me is beta adromede. it's 75 light years from the earth. >> a pulitzer prize winner, and author of 20 best selling science books, carl sagan was a pioneer, helped put people on to the idea that science was a subject that anybody can enjoy
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and understand. >> carl sagan was able to open my eyes and i think our generation to the beauty and the wisdom of science. he made science cool. >> he made people realize that science wasn't something that was locked away in laboratories and academic institutions, it's interesting to anyone and anyone can be involved in it. >> there are stars which are billions of years older than our sun, some of them very likely have planets and therefore i can imagine civilizations immensely beyond the capabilities of our own. >> if you're watching carl sagan, you want to be a scientist. >> carl sagan was seen as such a gifted communicator, that in 1977, nasa asked him to compile the golden record, a message from mankind carried on the
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voyager probes to communicate with intelligent life if it came across it. >> we thought it would be a nice idea to have a kind of cosmic greeting card on it in the remote contingency that it were at some future time to be intercepted by some advanced civilization. >> he was a role model, an opportunity to emulate somebody, and so much that i have learned in my life about conversation carl sagan was able to accomplish, by being very open and curious about what's happening in the universe around us. >> dr. oz's approach to medical science may be les highbrow than carl sagan's. but his ambition is the same, to inform and edge indicate. >> please look for white pop and bowel movements of that color are a major concern.
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so my next great communicator is a team. southpark. >> the essence of southpark is throwing people off balance and disgusting them. >> they're so on target with the paradigm, the sacred cows of our society. once they have you in their crosshairs, they're going to take you down. i remember i had seen in southpark, they had a cartoon where they played me with hair everywhere. >> i'm joined by the film's director, as well as the weak little boy. >> they approach ideas. >> how about you, what would you like to say to your bully out there. >> nothing. >> come on, this is for
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everything out there that's a victim. >> they married it together and made a wonderful pie that is a really palatable and i was the butt of the joke. >> what do you want to say to bullies all over america, say it. >> stop making me say things on your tv show that i don't want to. >> stop making kids talk on your tv show. >> southpark forces us to examine the world around us. >> tray parker and matt stone show no signs of slowing up. but they have a ways to go to catch the next producer and comedian on oz's list. the one above all others that would be on my communicators list is lauren michaels. i wanted to know how do you make bill murray and dan akroyd and
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tina fey? >> since it's first season in 1975, "saturday night live" has had more than 140 cast members. for all but one season, lauren michaels has overseen them all. >> he became superbly efficient at taking other commune tators and lifting them higher. >> welcome back to the dr. oz show. >> the perfect rendition of any show, and i grabbed someone from the audience who doesn't want to be pulled out of the audience, and i start confronting him about a leaky stool problem that he has. to be able to poke fun at some
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of the difficult things we cope with at life. but what lauren michaels was saying to us year after year on saturday nightlife. folks, this is crazy, but then again life is crazy, so let's have a little bit of fun with it. >> dr. mehmet oz inspired people long before he became a tv doctor. specially formulated with moisturizers and lubricants... biotene can provide soothing relief and it helps keep your mouth healthy too. biotene, for people who suffer from a dry mouth.
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when i was asked to make the list of the best communicators, i sat back and thought, who are the folks that i seek to emulate? and when i came up with each of the names, it was an ah-ha moment. i said yes, that's exactly what i need to put on there next. >> before he became dr. oz, mehmet oz was the son of a turkish immigrant family growing up in southern delaware. back then tv sets were starting to appear in many front rooms. and it was on tv that mehmet encountered the next communicator on his list. >> the next person on my list is
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mr. rogers. ♪ it's a beautiful day for a neighbor ♪ ♪ could you be mine >> and to this day, i wake up my kids, some of whom are full grown, by singing. ♪ it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood ♪ >> he would open the drapes and flood the room with sunshine and he would sing. ♪ it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood ♪ >> fred rogers television show began in 1963, and went national in 1968. it ran continuously for another three years. >> he innovated and created a way of talking to kids that has been copied for generations. even today the programs you watch are touched, influenced by
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what he was able to do so many years ago. >> i think what's great about him as a communicator, is how well he never talked down to his audience. his audience were children but he made them feel like his equals. >> he always greeted me with this flowery elevating song. >> take a look at the aquarium, do you see a dead fish? a dead fish would be one that isn't swimming or breathing or anything at all. >> much of what mr. rogers communicated to us wasn't said through his words, it was through the atmosphere he created. he appreciated you learn the best and you work hard. >> the influence he had on generations of americans was clear when he collected his lifetime achievement award at the 1997 emmys. >> would you just take along with me ten seconds to think of
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the people who have helped you become who you are? >> mr. rogers is like a holy man to me. if you had ever met fred rogers, you would be almost stunned at what a spiritual teacher he was. >> special thanks to my family and this academy for encouraging me, allowing me all these years to be your neighbor. may god be with you. thank you very much. >> i was fortunate enough to meet him before he died. and just meeting him a couple of times made me realize what a special human being he was. >> the 60s became the 70s and mehmet oz did great in school. when he was 14, he heard a song on the radio that started the
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deep connection with the next communicator on his list. >> next on my list, bruce springstein. i remember vividly in wilmington, delaware, where of course bruce springstein is a god. and he came out with "born to run." and thinking this guy, he knows what i'm feeling. this is the ballad for my generation. ♪ it's tramps like us ♪ baby we were born to run >> for anyone who's not seen a bruce springsteen concert, it's another reason why she's on my communication list. >> in 1975, springsteen was on his third album. "born to run" was the game changer, the starting gun on his run to becoming the boss.
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>> springsteen really tapped into what it felt like to -- what it feels like to come of age and what it feels like to be in love and to be on the cusp of what seems to be something new. >> our most sad emotions, our most elevated emotions, every song feels like it was written for you. >> it made me feel like someone understood and could sing exactly what i was going through. and that's what a great communicator can do. >> the next choice on dr. oz's list is arguably the greatest orator of the 20th century. >> i have a dream. that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed, we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. >> what inspired me the most
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about martin luther king is he could take an issue, racial inequality that should have been tense and filled with anger and violence and he could just take it down a notch. because he could capture your attention with his beautiful words. >> martin luther king jr. was one of if not the most masterful orator in american history. >> we can never be satisfied as long as the negro is the victim of unspeakable horrors of police brutality. >> what makes martin luther king a great speaker is he speaks to the best in human nature and drives people towards that. >> even if you weren't born black in america and witnessed what he had gone through, you still felt uplifted. it's aspirational, the message, we're all better than this, we can all get there together but
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only if we get there together. and it was that unifying part of his message that captured my attention. >> i still remember sitting, i was in great school in wilmington, delaware, a woman came on the pa system and said martin luther king was just shot in memphis. nothing else was said and i don't think we spoke again the rest of the day. that's the kind of impact he was having because he was such a brilliant communicator. >> next an inspirational life strategist and a fearless athlete poet. >> if you keep talking jive, i'm going to cut it to five. yeah, so mom's got this cold.
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state university to pay their last respects to legendary astronaut john glenn. vice president joe biden told the crowd glenn showed us what it was lito be an american. >> this is dr. oz's rundown of great communicators. >> next person on my list, mohammed ali. you may think of him as a great boxer, i think him of as a poet. >> 15 times i have told you what round he's going to go down. if he keeps talking jive, i'm going to cut it to five. >> he put everything at risk to honor what he really was fighting for which was race equality. when he changed his name and converted his religion and refused to go to vietnam, all because he didn't think it was
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the right thing to do. he realized he was in a unique position to inspire other americans, especially if they would like to do the same. and great communicators are willing to put everything at risk because they see the truth so crisply, so cleanly. >> we see all the angels and they have white hair and blue eyes. where are the colored angels, they must be in the kitchen preparing the milk and honey. >> mohammed ali declared himself the greatest and many do consider him the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. but he's celebrated today not just for the genius of his fists, but for the power of his words, wit and courage. >> the thing that endears so many people to him was he was just 1,000% himself.
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and the person he was was brash, he was cocky and funny. and he forced people to look at him. >> when mohammed ali said i'm going to float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. where did he come up with that? life should be like that, floating around having a good time, flamboyant, colorful, flighty if need be, but if you need to, boom, you sting. >> today america lauds ali as a hero, but his invading style of trash talk made a few enemies back in the 1960s. >> when ali saw injustice, if he was put in a situation where he had to compromise himself and who he was, there's no amount of money you can offer him, there's no amount of olympic medals you could give him, he would never waiver or fault ter on who he
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was. >> i could look up to him as a man who was physically competent in himself, but trusted his intellect, his ability to articulate a wisdom. >> ali never seemed to doubt his motives or his message. he communicated like he fought in the ring, strong, proud and with total conviction. >> i'm over here! >> in 2014, oz had to lean heavily on his own communication skills in order to explain his promotion of diet pills and alternative medicines on air. oz said he wished he would not have used such laudatory terms about the pills on air. >> the next communicator on oz's list is someone who used his own tough times as a springboard to success and now helps others to do the same. >> i have had an obsession for
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30 years and that obsession is what makes the difference in the quality of people's lives. >> tony robbins is the real deal. he figured out what allowed him to change, his life from being a disaster, to being the incredible, successful man he is now. >> despite a challenging childhood, tony robbins transformed himself into a hugely successful life strategist, speaker and author. >> you can know something intellectually, you can know what to do and not use it, not apply it. decision is the ultimate power. that's what it really is. >> the tools he used primarily dealt with changing your psychology and your approach towards life. that's not easy to do. >> tony robbins uses a technique called neuroassociative conditioning. at it's heart it's fear and self-doubt that holds people back. at his seminars, robbins coaches
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and inspires thousands at a time in how to overcome those nears. >> if we get the right emotion, we can get ourselves to do anything. if you're creative enough, playful enough, fun enough, can't you get through to anybody? >> yes. >> if you're creative enough, you find a way. >> tony has a skill of focusing the attention on you and you feel like you're the only person in the room, even if the room is filled with 10,000 other tony robbins. >> i'll never forget, i was at a seminar with him once. thousands of people. he calls on a guy who's just a couple of rows behind me. and he says, hey, you, what's going on with you? the guy's name was bob. so bob said, last night my wife left me. tony robbins looked at him and said bob, you see that shelf up
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there behind you there,'s a large paper dish up there with paper balls. now bob's balls are up there. he went down the road about teaching bob how to get his balls back, by the time we got to the end of the seminar, everybody was calling him big balls bob. >> if you get right to the issue, people listen. >> do tony robbins techniques work? serena williams said he helped her get to the top again. and then there are the thousands of other people who claim tony has turned their life around. >> tony robbins uses motivational techniques that is his, they're unique. but there's no way you can argue
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that he's not darn good at getting people to wake up to the fact that they're backing their way through life. >> next a 19th century showman and a charismatic communicator. or egfr gene who've tried an fda-approved targeted therapy, this is big. a chance to live longer with opdivo (nivolumab). opdivo demonstrated longer life and is the most prescribed immunotherapy for these patients. opdivo significantly increased the chance of living longer versus chemotherapy. opdivo works with your immune system. opdivo can cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in your body and affect how they work. this may happen any time during or after treatment has ended, and may become serious and lead to death. see your doctor right away if you experience new or worsening cough;
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passion i have on the topic. these are all factors that we struggle with in america that i focus on as a communicator. >> next on oz's list is a 19th century showman who would probably agree as he famously once said, the foundation of success in life is good health. p.t. barnum. >> people talk about p.t. barnum all the time because he was a showman and he was making a lot out of maybe not that much. >> in the late 19th century, p.t. barnum ran the great american theater in new york, with a huge lineups of exhibits and curiosities and later his famous big tent circuses that he proclaimed the greatest show on earth. >> p.t. barnum takes the american concept and value of the self-made man to perhaps an extreme in that he knew not only how to make something of himself but to sell it and make sure you
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never freaking forgot about him. >> barnum was not the only circus in america, but he quickly became the best known and most successful. most of that came from his publicity and self-promotion. >> he was the initial spectacle creator. >> you need to be paying attention, because if you're not paying attention, you're not going to be coming in for the show. >> barnum was famous for his tall tales. the fiji mermaid, which was in fact -- and tom thumb, who was really a well trained 4-year-old boy. >> he wanted people to enjoy a good show, so whether it was people watching a side show, and thinking maybe it was real and maybe it wasn't, you had a good
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time, that's what mattered. >> my favorite story out of p.t. barnum. he had to get people out of his circus sent. he put a sign that said to the egres. and people thought that must be some sort of exotic bird. >> little wonder barnum was credited with the phrase, there's a sucker born every minute. he may never have said it, but his gift for publicity and putting on a great show has ensured he has become an icon in american business history. >> salesmen have to be great communicators if they're going to be good at their jobs, they have to convince people to trust in their product, to buy their product. >> you got to do it the right way, and you have to deliver on the promise. >> dr. oz's next pick is a u.s. president with a reputation for
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doing just what, delivering what he promised. >> i put teddy roosevelt, president teddy roosevelt is next on my list. president roosevelt changed the way americans saw federal government. he made the federal government activists. teddy roosevelt got us to realize that it was our right to be able to thrive, no matter what we had when we were born. >> theodore roosevelt returned from the national american war. and he became our youngest president. >> not quite 43 when he became president, roosevelt's drive and passion left a lasting legacy. the panama canal was built. his square deal defended workers and natural resources from exploitation. millions of acres of wilderness were allocated and protected as national parks. >> the dynamic old rough rider
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steered the ship of state with a resolute, forceful hand. >> i think teddy roosevelt was enga engaged with his own country ou and really experience the beauty of this country. and that informed who he was as a politician. >> he was able to get our government to do things it had never done before. he busted up the big trusts. he took huge businesses and made them become more competitive. and because of that, i believe he was the greatest political leader of the 20th century. >> roosevelt was a celebrated and passionate public speaker. during his presidency and after, he could inspire crowds with his sheer energy and enthusiasm. >> he was compelling and loud, a kind of boisterous child. someone said, you must understand that the president is 6, you know? and that's great, right? that's really great! he had the energy of a child. >> don't flinch. don't fold. and hit the line hard!
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>> roosevelt was certainly brave. in 1912, on the campaign trail, he was shot in the chest at point blank range. rather than head to the hospital, he insisted on delivering his full 90-minute speech. afterward, he said, "in the very unlikely event of the wound being mortal, i wished to die with my boots on." >> teddy roosevelt, i believe, was in a class by himself, because he didn't just say things that needed to be said, he changed the way government worked, and that made it much easier for all of the presidents to change the country and make it better. still to come, dr. oz reveals who he's chosen as the greatest communicator of all. >> it was hard enough to pick my top communicators of all time, but to pick the number one took me a lot of effort. liberty did what? yeah, with liberty mutual all i
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dr. oz is running through his choices of the greatest communicators. how they influenced his career and inspired him to want to talk to america about its health on tv. >> the most satisfying moments in my life are when someone walks up to me on the street and literally says, thank you for saving my life. i still get goose bumps. in fact, i didn't save their life, they saved their life, but it was a result of something i said on a show, wrote in a magazine, published in a book, something that captivated them, so they changed their life for the better. >> and dr. oz's final pick is the person who's helped and encouraged him on his mission more than anyone else. >> the greatest communicator that i have ever met, and i've thought about this a lot, is oprah winfrey, who happens to be probably my best friend on the list as well, but that's not why i picked her. >> i love books. when i was growing up, books
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were my friend. when i didn't have friends, i had books. >> in 2004, oprah invited oz to guest host on "the oprah winfrey show," and her company, harpo studio, produced "the dr. oz show." >> when i first started going on "the oprah show," i realized how powerful it was, because as soon as you walked off the set, people on the streets, perfect strangers would walk up to you and start making comments about things they had figured out because of the interaction that i had with them. >> born orpa gail winfrey in mississippi, by 1963, oprah winfrey was nashville's first african-american news correspondent. in 1984, she arrived in chicago to launch the show that was to become the highest rating talk show in tv history. >> i have been doing shows like this for so long, and i have shed a lot of tears about children who have been raped and stolen and children murdered.
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i'm tired of crying about it. i'm really tired of crying. >> whatever subject matter oprah chooses to discuss, she seems able to engage with her audience. >> so many talk show hosts and so many communicators, they want to focus on talking themselves. she focuses on letting other people talk and picking up on the right things they're saying to ask good follow-up questions. >> the most important thing oprah taught me was that the person i need to talk to is sitting at home and they desperately needed me to talk to them. so don't talk to your guests like it's an inside conversation. always make sure you're honoring the person who's invited you into their house. >> with oprah, it's not just that she's recognizable as a celebrity, she's recognizable as a human being. i think she's really the embodiment of every woman. >> oprah has never shied away from talking about problems in her own life, challenges in childhood, her struggles with her health and weight are all discussed openly and honestly with her audience. >> you can do better than that. >> a lot of oprah's brilliance
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is her ability to harvest the pain she had growing up, and by using her own personal story, which made her very vulnerable but very real at the same time, she changed the way we communicate with each other. >> she speaks very openly about her life, and i think that's a way for people to connect with her. but she does something else, too, which is to find meaning in those experiences. and oprah does that and she shows us how we can do that with her struggles. so, i think that is really powerful for our viewers. >> we're going to read together, and then we're going to have jacquelin on. we're going to invite her over to dinner. then we're going to pick people from this audience who have read the book. >> we do call it the oprah effect. what she says, whether it's about what book you should be reading or who you should be voting for, is incredibly powerful to millions and millions of americans. >> for the first time, i'm stepping out of my pew because i've been inspired. >> her backing of barack obama in 2008 is seen by many as a key
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moment in his journey to the white house. >> i've been inspired to believe that a new vision is possible for america. >> at her very core, although people think oprah was a great tv presenter, she's a teacher. i think deep in her heart, that's what she wants to be. >> the reason i love barack obama is because he speaks to the potential inside of every one of us. >> the final edition of "the oprah winfrey show" aired in 2011. now a new generation of talk show hosts is getting america talking. >> i remember when oprah first called me america's doctor. the moniker has stuck. although i'm humbled by it, i don't think america has one doctor, but i am proud of that moniker, and i feel a responsibility to try to deliver on it. >> dr. oz's list has included filmmakers, comedians and scientists, athletes and
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politicians, each voice different and unique but with one thing in common -- their ability to communicate their ideas with us all. an inmate defends himself against a violent attack. >> everybody step into your rooms! >> now authorities want to know if he took it too far. >> there's no longer an assault on you. now you're beating the hell out of him. >> while another inmate takes creative steps to send his love to the girlfriend, he allegedly, accidentally shot. ♪ i understand you're feeling down ♪ >> and two cellmates deal with drug addiction --


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