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Channing Tatum appeared on the first ever nonverbal talk show, and it's a must-watch.

Watch Channing Tatum get interviewed by Carly Fleischmann.

Channing Tatum appeared on the first ever nonverbal talk show, and it's a must-watch.

Channing Tatum is no stranger to talk shows.

The star of the "Magic Mike" franchise certainly knows a thing or two about turning on the charm for the cameras while making stops at places like "The Tonight Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and "Ellen." It's kind of his thing, and he's really good at it.


Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

But earlier this week, Tatum appeared on a type of talk show he's never done before: one hosted by Carly Fleischmann, a nonverbal woman with autism.

It's a new web series called "Speechless with Carly Fleischmann," and so long as you're a fan of witty banter mixed with earnest questions, it's about to be your new favorite YouTube channel.

Fleischmann is a nonverbal woman with autism who didn't start communicating with her family until she was 11 years old. Then, one day, she typed two words onto her family's computer: "Hurt" and "Help." Stunned, her family worked with her to hone the skill of typing out her thoughts and feelings. A decade later, and she's a successful blogger and author. Now, she wants to be a talk-show host.

To conduct interviews, Fleischmann writes out questions on her iPad, which are then read aloud by Siri.

She's a really funny, sharp interviewer, too.

Check out this example:

All GIFs from "Speechless with Carly Fleischmann."

Around 1 in 68 children live with autism, and 40% of them are nonverbal. With this web series, Fleischmann is helping provide some much-needed representation.

And did I mention she's really funny?

"Speechless" is helping redefine what a celebrity interview looks like by proving that you don't need be able to speak in order to host a talk show.

Fleischmann isn't just pursuing her dream by hosting the show, she's also facing one of her greatest fears:

Of course, she crushed the interview, and Channing Tatum was an excellent first guest.

Here's hoping the next are just as awesome. With Carly behind the iPad, they're bound to be.

Check out episode one of "Speechless with Carly Fleischmann" below.


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Shanda Lynn Poitra was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. She lived there until she was 24 years old when she left for college at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

"Unfortunately," she says, "I took my bad relationship with me. At the time, I didn't realize it was so bad, much less, abusive. Seeing and hearing about abusive relationships while growing up gave me the mentality that it was just a normal way of life."

Those college years away from home were difficult for a lot of reasons. She had three small children — two in diapers, one in elementary school — as well as a full-time University class schedule and a part-time job as a housekeeper.

"I wore many masks back then and clothing that would cover the bruises," she remembers. "Despite the darkness that I was living in, I was a great student; I knew that no matter what, I HAD to succeed. I knew there was more to my future than what I was living, so I kept working hard."

While searching for an elective class during this time, she came across a one-credit, 20-hour IMPACT self-defense class that could be done over a weekend. That single credit changed her life forever. It helped give her the confidence to leave her abusive relationship and inspired her to bring IMPACT classes to other Native women in her community.

I walked into class on a Friday thinking that I would simply learn how to handle a person trying to rob me, and I walked out on a Sunday evening with a voice so powerful that I could handle the most passive attacks to my being, along with physical attacks."

It didn't take long for her to notice the difference the class was making in her life.

"I was setting boundaries and people were either respecting them or not, but I was able to acknowledge who was worth keeping in my life and who wasn't," she says.

Following the class, she also joined a roller derby league where she met many other powerful women who inspired her — and during that summer, she found the courage to leave her abuser.

"As afraid as I was, I finally had the courage to report the abuse to legal authorities, and I had the support of friends and family who provided comfort for my children and I during this time," she says.

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