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Making Beyoncé

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Rank #53 in Society & Culture category

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

iTunes Ratings

3153 Ratings
Average Ratings
2701
186
74
56
136

I can’t stop listening

By Yayuyhrujht - Dec 02 2019
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I LOVE BEYONCÉ AND THIS HAS MADE ME FALL EVEN MORE IN LOVE!!! Well worth it!

Loved it!

By mumlif15 - Nov 27 2019
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Very interesting and well done podcast! Keep up the good work!

iTunes Ratings

3153 Ratings
Average Ratings
2701
186
74
56
136

I can’t stop listening

By Yayuyhrujht - Dec 02 2019
Read more
I LOVE BEYONCÉ AND THIS HAS MADE ME FALL EVEN MORE IN LOVE!!! Well worth it!

Loved it!

By mumlif15 - Nov 27 2019
Read more
Very interesting and well done podcast! Keep up the good work!

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Making Beyoncé

Updated 4 days ago

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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.

Oprah 1: No Strategy, No Plan, No Formula

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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.

Nov 10 2016

57mins

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Obama 1: The Man In The Background

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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.

Feb 08 2018

45mins

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Oprah 2: Skinheads And Scented Candles

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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

Nov 17 2016

1hr

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Obama 2: Chicago Politics Ain’t Beanbag

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When Barack Obama first came to Chicago, a political transformation was happening in the city. Hear how that change inspired him.

Feb 15 2018

42mins

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Oprah 3: YOU GET A CAR!

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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.

Nov 22 2016

1hr 2mins

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Obama 3: You Don’t Say No To Barack

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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

Feb 22 2018

56mins

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Obama 4: Wait Your Turn

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In 2000, Barack Obama ran for Congress against a Chicago political legend. It became a contest about race and identity.

Mar 01 2018

56mins

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Obama 5: Up Or Out

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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

Mar 08 2018

55mins

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Oprah BONUS: Making Donahue

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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. 

Dec 30 2016

40mins

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Oprah BONUS: Let's Talk About Oprah's Hair

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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.

Dec 16 2016

13mins

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Oprah: Preview of Making Oprah

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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.

Nov 03 2016

4mins

Play

Oprah 1: No Strategy, No Plan, No Formula

Podcast cover
Read more

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.

Nov 10 2016

57mins

Play

Oprah 2: Skinheads And Scented Candles

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Nov 17 2016

1hr

Play

Oprah 3: YOU GET A CAR!

Podcast cover
Read more

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.

Nov 22 2016

1hr 2mins

Play

Oprah BONUS: Let's Talk About Oprah's Hair

Podcast cover
Read more

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.

Dec 16 2016

13mins

Play

Oprah BONUS: Oprah Gets Political

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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.

Dec 23 2016

21mins

Play

Oprah BONUS: Making Donahue

Podcast cover
Read more

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. 

Dec 30 2016

40mins

Play

Obama: Preview of Making Obama

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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.

Jan 19 2018

3mins

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Obama 1: The Man In The Background

Podcast cover
Read more

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.

Feb 08 2018

45mins

Play

Obama 2: Chicago Politics Ain’t Beanbag

Podcast cover
Read more

When Barack Obama first came to Chicago, a political transformation was happening in the city. Hear how that change inspired him.

Feb 15 2018

42mins

Play

Obama 3: You Don’t Say No To Barack

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Feb 22 2018

56mins

Play

Obama 4: Wait Your Turn

Podcast cover
Read more

In 2000, Barack Obama ran for Congress against a Chicago political legend. It became a contest about race and identity.

Mar 01 2018

56mins

Play

Obama 5: Up Or Out

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Mar 08 2018

55mins

Play

Obama 6: Yes We Can!

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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

Mar 15 2018

58mins

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Obama BONUS: The Decision

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Just two and a half years after his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, Barack Obama announced he was running for president.

Apr 10 2018

21mins

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Beyoncé: Preview of Making Beyoncé

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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.

Nov 01 2019

1min

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Beyoncé 1: Girls Tyme

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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.

Nov 15 2019

47mins

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Beyoncé 2: Star Search

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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.

Nov 22 2019

37mins

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Beyoncé 3: Destiny Begins

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

Nov 27 2019

33mins

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