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WBEZ presents Making Beyoncé, a new 3-part podcast series that explores Beyoncé Knowles’ rise from local talent shows to global music icon.
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Beyoncé 3: Destiny Begins

Beyoncé 3: Destiny Begins

2019-11-2700:36:20

After Girls Tyme dissolves, Beyoncé and the other girls begin building their new group, Destiny’s Child. Finally, things start to click.
Beyoncé 2: Star Search

Beyoncé 2: Star Search

2019-11-2200:40:112

After failing to secure a record deal, Beyoncé and the members of Girls Tyme try another avenue to success: a TV talent competition. The girls are poised and ready for the national spotlight, but tensions in the group are rising behind the scenes.
Beyoncé 1: Girls Tyme

Beyoncé 1: Girls Tyme

2019-11-1500:50:181

Before the Grammys, before the platinum records, before Destiny’s Child, there was just a shy girl growing up in Houston. We follow Beyoncé Knowles from the stages of local talent shows to her first crack at a record deal with the group Girls Tyme.
From the makers of Making Obama, WBEZ Chicago presents Making Beyoncé, a new three-part bio-podcast series that explores Beyoncé Knowles’ rise from local talent shows to global musical icon. Find episodes of Making Beyoncé right here beginning Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
Obama BONUS: The Decision

Obama BONUS: The Decision

2018-04-1000:21:5911

Just two and a half years after his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, Barack Obama announced he was running for president.
Obama 6: Yes We Can!

Obama 6: Yes We Can!

2018-03-1501:17:1621

Barack Obama burst onto the national stage during his U.S. Senate run. Hear how ambition and luck propelled him to Washington. wbez.org/making
Obama 5: Up Or Out

Obama 5: Up Or Out

2018-03-0800:56:0916

Former president Barack Obama has only lost one election in his life. It was in 2000, and that defeat set him on the course for his eventual U.S. Senate run. Making Obama is a production of listener-supported WBEZ Chicago. Support WBEZ and the future of podcasts like this at https://wbez.org/making
Obama 4: Wait Your Turn

Obama 4: Wait Your Turn

2018-03-0100:56:5616

In 2000, Barack Obama ran for Congress against a Chicago political legend. It became a contest about race and identity.
Former President Barack Obama won his first political seat in 1996. Hear what he had to learn, and the conflicts he faced, to get there. wbez.org/making
When Barack Obama first came to Chicago, a political transformation was happening in the city. Hear how that change inspired him.
Before he was the 44th President, Barack Obama worked as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago. Hear how the city shaped his political ambitions.
Obama: Preview of Making Obama

Obama: Preview of Making Obama

2018-01-1900:04:0718

Former President Barack Obama — along with friends, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage. Subscribe now and don’t miss the first episode on February 8.
Oprah BONUS: Making Donahue

Oprah BONUS: Making Donahue

2016-12-3000:40:367

In our final bonus installment, the Making Oprah production team revisits an extended interview with daytime talk show legend Phil Donahue. His pioneering show, Donahue, aired from 1967 to 1996 and laid the groundwork for Oprah’s program. It tackled heady, controversial issues - and landed frothy exclusives with A-list celebrities. Donahue also used his studio audience and callers in ways that were both innovative and intimate. Join host Jenn White, producer Colin McNulty, and executive producer Joel Meyer as they listen back to one of their favorite non-Oprah interview from the dozens of interviews conducted for Making Oprah. 
For more than 10 years after the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah deliberately avoided having politicians on her show, particularly during election seasons. In this bonus episode of Making Oprah, host Jenn White talks to Oprah about the role politics played - and didn’t play - in the history of the Oprah Winfrey show.
If you look at any image from the Oprah Winfrey Show, you can pretty much figure out what decade it’s from by looking at Oprah’s hairstyle. In this short bonus episode, host Jenn White talks to Oprah’s longtime stylist Andre Walker about the high stakes of doing the hair of the most watched woman on television.
Oprah 3: YOU GET A CAR!

Oprah 3: YOU GET A CAR!

2016-11-2201:03:1111

In the show’s final decade, Oprah and her team staged massive spectacles of increasing grandiosity, from the infamous car giveaway to a 21,000-person flash mob that shut down part of Chicago. “It had become increasingly more difficult to top what you’d done the year before,” Oprah told WBEZ’s Jenn White. “I mean, to the point where we literally sat in a room saying ‘What about outer space?’ ” That’s what we look at now: Oprah living her life at the top, pushing the boundaries of what could be done with the world’s most powerful talk show, and why it all had to end after 25 years.
In the second episode of Making Oprah, we explore how The Oprah Winfrey Show elevated itself out of the heap of trash TV and into a show that intentionally embraced spirituality and positivity. The early years of Oprah’s show often relied on sensational, tabloidy topics – cheating husbands, sexy clothes, and murderers. It was not yet the ‘Live Your Best Life’ Oprah we would come to know and love.  “It was during those shows where I just thought, ‘What are we doing?’ ” Oprah tells WBEZ’s Jenn White. “This is a platform that is speaking to people, and what are we saying?”  As the Oprah Winfrey Show reached maturity -- or at least, its college years -- the program conducted the on-air experiments that would allow this talk show to become something more than a talk show
It was 30 years ago this fall that Oprah Winfrey first said “hellooooo” to a national audience. By the show’s finale in 2011, it was aired in 145 countries and watched by more than 40 million viewers a week in the U.S. alone. Today’s daytime hosts like Ellen and Dr. Oz? They now average only about a tenth of that.If Oprah mentioned a book title, it became a best-seller. She landed the interviews that no one else could get. Her message of spirituality and empowerment influenced millions.With an hourlong daytime TV show, Oprah built a powerful brand. She made billions. And, as CNN, USA Today, Forbes and Time Magazine all proclaimed, she became the most powerful woman in America.In the first of a three-part podcast series, Oprah and former producers talk with WBEZ's Jenn White about the early, scrappy days of the program. Phil Donahue reflects on Oprah's entry into the daytime talk landscape that he once dominated. Plus, the podcast revisits milestones from the 1980s, like the show's national debut, and some mixed feelings over the show's highest-rated episode ever.
Making Oprah: The Inside Story of a TV Revolution is a public radio podcast -- about a daytime talk show. This fall marks 30 years since the national debut of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Be the first to hear a sneak peek of WBEZ’s three-part series featuring interviews with Winfrey, her onetime ratings rival Phil Donahue, former producers and staffers, and TV executives.
Comments (27)

Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th
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Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th
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Arun Prasad

lhl

Oct 20th
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Julio

this was fantastic, loved every minute of it! thanks!!!

Sep 20th
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marvelous momo lol

lovely work. thanks for doing this. very educative.

Aug 2nd
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BOO DADDY

Does this also detail how Obama lost dems a 1000 seats nationwide? Right after Hillary best present gop ever got. Keep propping up your god, libtards! Alex, I'll take MAGA for 8, please

Jul 10th
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Josh Belz

I always wondered how the worst President in the history of America was made

Jul 4th
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NvT Cheft

20,000 bombs dropped on the heads of women and children, all while the American people are lied too daily. Worst 8 years since carter and lbj. And somehow this traitor is allowed to still have a voice in politics. If you can still stomach obama after all the truth has come out, then youre still part of the problem. I dont support any of the political parties, or politics for that matter, but if your perspective still stands behind this POS then you're still one of the useful idiots destroying our country for moral brownie points.

Jul 3rd
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Christopher LaFuria

What’s wrong with people that they have to take their rage to a podcast comments section? For crying out loud. Great production. I look forward to more!

Jun 28th
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Akhil Vasudev

This is broken from 42:00 onwards. I hope they fix it.

Mar 26th
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Aren Abraham

Very well done! Obama's story is so fascinating!!!!

Mar 26th
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Matt Freight

Do Making Donald for Season 3!

Mar 8th
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Kristi Remkus

I miss Oprah, her positivity and thoughtfulness. We need more of her approach during this time of division. Thank you for this podcast, I wish there was more and more and more!

Feb 26th
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Onini Suleman Timi

stody

Nov 18th
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