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Oprah Visits Campus; Program to Air Early Next Year on OWN

by Jim Karpen, appearing in December 14, 2011 issue of the MUM Review

Famed TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey visited Fairfield in October to interview students at Maharishi School, the Vedic Pandits, Mayor Ed Malloy, and others for a program that will air as part of a new series early next year.

The weekly primetime series, titled Oprah's Next Chapter, will premiere January 1 on OWN, Oprah's cable network, with the Fairfield documentary being among the first six episodes. The program will be shown on Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m. Central Time.

A press release for the new series says that "Oprah steps outside of the studio for some riveting, enlightening, in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders, and real-life families."

Oprah's film crew spent several days on campus in advance of her visit, conducting interviews. She previewed the footage and arrived at Maharishi School having identified three students she wanted to interview further.

She also visited the boys' and girls' group meditations, as well as the younger children practicing their Word of Wisdom(SM) technique. She joined the girls in their meditation, and interviewed some of the students while visiting each group.

"The students were impressed with how natural and engaging Oprah was, and how she was able to draw them out," said Andrea Beall, wife of School Director Richard Beall.

As Oprah left the School, she warmly shook hands with each of the teachers, who had lined up to greet her.

She had also identified others she wanted to interview, and after leaving Maharishi School, she visited the Vedic Pandit campus in Maharishi Vedic City and interviewed some of the pandits via an interpreter. She also interviewed others in the community, including Mayor Ed Malloy.

Late in the afternoon she walked around the Fairfield square, greeting people.

MUM students Baruti and Mina KMT-Sisouvong had the opportunity to chat with her in Café Paradiso.

Oprah then joined the group program in the Ladies Dome, practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique with the group for part of the time. An image from this group meditation has been among the six distributed as part of the initial publicity for the new series.

Watch the trailer for "Oprah's Next Chapter" at Right:

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