02/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Oprah Brings Taboo Topics To The Middle East (VIDEO)

Satellite television has reached even conservative parts of the Arab world, where hundreds of programs are now available. The Middle East's MBC-4 began airing "The Oprah Winfrey Show" more than four years ago, and the program now reaches about 6 million viewers in the Arab world each day.

Though aimed at an American audience, the program has brought formerly taboo topics -- like reproduction or homosexuality -- into discussion.

Worldfocus correspondent Kristen Gillespie reports from Jordan on the "Oprah effect" in the Middle East.

Read her blog post about her reporting experience here: Watching Oprah in a Syrian refugee camp.

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