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This week on Making Oprah: For more than 10 years after the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah deliberately avoided having politicians on her show, particularly during election seasons. 

But she slowly changed her mind. She invited George W. Bush and then-Vice President Al Gore on the show in the final months of the 2000 election. And she eventually made the surprising decision to campaign for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008. 

In this second bonus episode of Making Oprah, host Jenn White talks to Oprah about the role politics played - and didn’t play - in the history of the Oprah Winfrey show.

Produced by Jenn White and Colin McNulty, with mixing and editing by Justin Bull.

Episode audio available here.