One of the brightest spots on OWN remains Our America, the investigative news magazine hosted and reported by Lisa Ling. Why just this past Tuesday, for example, she was at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to accept an honor from non-profit Shelter Partnership for her coverage of the homeless.
How did Ling feel being an observer to the absurd? “I’ve covered war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, and, frankly,” she said, “I’ve never been this uncomfortable.” That’s because she’s a “vanilla” — the swinger term for someone who observes without participating.
But make no mistake, Ling says she likes everyone she met and has done a helluva job recording it all without being in the least judgmental. Me? I would have been thrown out for laughing.
The August 21 episode focuses on three couples, including a wealthy, retired Arizona pair with three grown children who just finally got into “the lifestyle.”