Video: Dr. Laura opens up

For more than 30 years, Dr. Laura Schlessinger has been dispensing her no nonsense advice on the radio and in books, but her latest endevour is a one-woman T.V. show.

In a unique and very candid interview with Joe Scarborough, the advice queen gives diehard fans and newcommers alike a look into her her soul, as well as, her new show,“Dr. Laura.”

To read an excerpt of their conversation, continue to the text below. To watch the video, click on the "Launch" button to the right.

DR. LAURA SCHLESSINGER, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST:  If you have had real misery in your childhood, whatever it is, and I don‘t enumerate so much in this book.  Whatever you define as a bad childhood, to the individual is enough.  But, if you make the choice to design now, to be the architect of a new life, you will still have holes in your heart, you will still have pain, and it‘s still like having weights around your ankles when you are trying to run upstairs.  It‘s not easy, but it is doable.  People from the most horrendous of childhoods can have good lives, but it comes down to a very seemingly simple word.  “Choice.”  To embrace what is lovely and what is available in life, or to reject it all and just stay hostile because you don‘t want to trust good feelings or anybody, but it‘s a choice.

JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST ‘SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY’:  I want to ask you a personal question here, and I may have to wait to see your play to get the answer to it.  But we are talking


SCARBOROUGH:  We‘re talking about God here.  It seems to me that even if somebody doesn‘t have a personal relationship with God or Jesus Christ, they can still understand the importance of faith in helping people get through these difficult times.  You talk about growing up in a family where you didn‘t have a family that went to church or the synagogue and there wasn‘t a lot of faith around your home.  Did you grow into having a relationship with God?  Do you have a relationship with God right now? 

SCHLESSINGER:  No.  And it‘s one of the saddest things in my life that I don‘t have a relationship with God right now.  And when I say that to my very religious friends, they go, that‘s OK, God has a relationship with you.  So, you know, it‘s one-sided right now.  I really immersed myself in Judaism to the point that I had a Orthodox conversion, and let me tell you, when I do anything, you know me well enough to know, it‘s 120 percent.  I had great hats, I mean.  I wore—I did shabbas, I did everything, and I was never—it‘s very sad for me to say this, it upsets me to this day, but as hard as I worked and as hard as I tried and as hard as I prayed and as hard as I immersed myself, I didn‘t get there, and it‘s a great sadness to me, but at least that was during my son‘s growing up time.  He has a relationship with God, because he grew up with us in that environment, so at least I did that. 

SCARBOROUGH:  Yeah, no doubt about it, and of course, tomorrow‘s another day, as they say, but, you know, I am not surprised by the answer, but I wanted to ask it because, again, it seems to me, I don‘t understand how people that don‘t have a relationship with God can‘t step forward like you have just done and said, hey, forget about me.  This is something that will help you, whether you believe there‘s a God or not, whether you believe that there‘s a Jesus Christ or not, whether you believe there was ever a Noah or not, get into this faith.  Have faith in something bigger than you, so it‘s not about you, so it‘s about helping other people.

SCHLESSINGER:  You know, Joe, I haven‘t been this honest.

SCARBOROUGH:  Go ahead. 

SCHLESSINGER:  I have always been this honest, but I haven‘t been this open.  I have always been honest.  But, I haven‘t been this open on media thing, but you know, I like you. 

SCARBOROUGH:  You‘re one of the only ones, but go ahead. 

SCHLESSINGER:  The thing about this is that I want to have one, so I live my life as though I do, and for now that has to be good enough.

The first hour is pretty autobiographical, and the second hour I respond to the questions that people in the audience will have written already in their 15-minute bathroom break, will have written already for me to handle on 4” x 6” cards.  They are questions about themselves or even more about me.

SCARBOROUGH:  You know, you say it‘s going to be autobiographical.  Are there going to be some surprises for your friends and your fans that have been listening to you for all these years?  Are they going to learn things about you they have never known before? 

SCHLESSINGER:  Well, my friends won‘t because they are my friends, so they already know what makes me tick and what ticks me off, but I think the audience will come to have a deeper understanding of what it‘s like to be me, to have lived these 58 years and dealt with all the things I have had to deal with, and what goes into doing this radio program that I have been doing for three decades, what it means to me and what it does to me, so there‘s just going to be a lot of openness that I‘ve never been willing or comfortable to risk before. 

SCARBOROUGH:  So what is it like to be you? 

SCHLESSINGER:  Well, everybody who knows me thinks it‘s real complicated and tough.  I‘ve been doing these so long that I guess I am more used to it, but I am complicated.  I‘m involved in so many different things, and there are so many profound reactions to what I do because I am big counter culture.  My life is what a salmon must feel like.  They are always going upstream, again the current. 

SCARBOROUGH:  You know, the remarkable thing is, I know that you have to know this.  When I was coming over here to do this interview, I told one of my friends that I was going to be interviewing you, and a very conservative Christian, from conservative family, conservative church, and he said you know, we just love Dr. Laura.  We love her because she talks about Christianity you talk about salt and light.  She‘s somebody that has a clarifying effect on our culture and she contributes so much.  I guess you hear that a lot.


SCARBOROUGH:  Not just from conservative Christians, from Orthodox Jews, from conservative Catholics.  How ironic it is, I guess, for some people, it‘s not for me, I just think you are a blessing to America, but all these people depend on you to, again, deliver the truth to America.  I think these are the people that are probably going to be remarkably moved by this play that you are going to be doing, to go there and see you because it seems to me, and tonight you certainly are not a two-dimensional figure, but it‘s hard to be more than a two-dimensional figure in media.  Do you hope that this play helps sort of round out your personality and people see remarkable moments like they are seeing tonight? 

SCHLESSINGER:  Yeah.  One of the reasons I wanted to do it.  There are probably more internet hate sites about me than Charles Manson.  In fact, I don‘t think there are any hate sites about Charles Manson, but if you call up my name on one of these things, you will find hundreds of thousands of just demeaning, hateful, hostile, ugly things about me, and I walk around sometimes in circles trying to think, gee, I am trying to help people lead better lives.  Why does that engender so much hate?  So, I have had to come to peace with there are forces that are against goodness, and what I think is basic common sense truth.  And you have to be able to stand up against that wind.  And not break.  So, a lot of this is what I am going to be talking about in this one-woman show.  People are going to know what it‘s like to be me by the time they leave in two hours and 15 minutes for a bathroom break. 

SCARBOROUGH:  Well, tell you what, I can‘t wait to see it.  I know she is going to be going around the country with it, including Dallas.  I think that‘s as close as they are going to get to my hometown of Pensacola, Florida, but I am going to get in the car and go over there and see it.  She‘s an extraordinary woman, and she speaks her mind, and a lot of people just don‘t like when people speak the truth as they see the truth as they see the truth. 

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