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The end of an era — the final broadcast of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." We’ll look at the cultural impact and meaning of Oprah.

Bono, left, appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2002. ((c) Harpo, Inc./George Burns)
Bono, left, appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2002. ((c) Harpo, Inc./George Burns)

Oprah wraps up her “Oprah Winfrey Show” today, after 25 years on the air.

The hoopla around her finale has been celebrity-stacked. Larger than life. Like Oprah.  The richest black American of the 20th century.

Media mogul. Television guru and goddess. She revolutionized TV talk. Told her own intimate secrets, and asked for yours. Gave away hundreds of cars and continents of advice.

Above all, this: live your own best life.  Cultural icon?  This is it.

This hour On Point: The final "Oprah Winfrey Show."
- Tom Ashbrook
Guests:

Janice Peck, professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Colorado Boulder. She is the author of  "The Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era".

Renee Graham, pop culture critic.

Tricia Rose, professor at Brown university and author of several books on race, gender and popular culture.

Maya Angelou, one of the country's best known poets and authors, and a close friend of Oprah's.

This program aired on May 25, 2011.

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