Oprah Revisits a Groundbreaking Episode on AIDS in America

9.15.2010

By Noah Michelson

Oprah kicked off the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show by giving every single one of her audience members a free trip to Australia, but today, things get a little bit more somber:

"Oprah revisits one of her most memorable shows when she returns to Williamson, West Virginia, the site of a town hall episode on AIDS on November 16, 1987. After Michael Sisco, a town resident who had contracted AIDS, swam in the local swimming pool, the mayor shut down the facility, sparking a community-wide debate. The emotional hour featured heated exchanges between Sisco and his neighbors, as fears spread in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Now, close to 23 years later, Oprah returns to the Williamson Field House, site of the original show, for a candid discussion with Sisco’s family members and other guests from the 1987 episode."

See a clip of Oprah talking about the original show above and then tune today (check your local listings for show times and channels) to see what's changed -- and what hasn't -- 23 years later.

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