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Making Obama

By WBEZ Chicago

Rank #161 in Society & Culture category

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Former President Barack Obama — along with key advisers, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage. Season One of Making told the story of how Oprah built a media empire. Now, the story of how Chicago shaped the country's first African-American president.

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Former President Barack Obama — along with key advisers, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage. Season One of Making told the story of how Oprah built a media empire. Now, the story of how Chicago shaped the country's first African-American president.

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Outstanding podcast

By Druss87 - Jan 20 2019
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This was one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to. So informative.

I love love love this podcast!

By Da.Fm - Dec 31 2018
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This is so riveting!! I can’t stop listening!

iTunes Ratings

2653 Ratings
Average Ratings
2326
139
51
37
100

Outstanding podcast

By Druss87 - Jan 20 2019
Read more

This was one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to. So informative.

I love love love this podcast!

By Da.Fm - Dec 31 2018
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This is so riveting!! I can’t stop listening!

Top 10 Episode of Making Obama

Rank #1: Obama 1: The Man In The Background

Feb 08 2018
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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.

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Rank #2: Oprah 2: Skinheads And Scented Candles

Nov 17 2016
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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

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Rank #3: Oprah 3: YOU GET A CAR!

Nov 22 2016
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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.

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Rank #4: Obama 2: Chicago Politics Ain’t Beanbag

Feb 15 2018
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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.

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Rank #5: Obama 3: You Don’t Say No To Barack

Feb 22 2018
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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

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Rank #6: Oprah BONUS: Let's Talk About Oprah's Hair

Dec 16 2016
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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.

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Rank #7: Oprah BONUS: Making Donahue

Dec 30 2016
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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. 

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Rank #8: Oprah BONUS: Oprah Gets Political

Dec 23 2016
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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.

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Rank #9: Preview: Making Obama

Jan 19 2018
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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.

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Rank #10: Preview: 16 Shots

Aug 31 2018
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Making Obama host Jenn White introduces a new podcast from WBEZ and The Chicago Tribune called 16 Shots. Almost four years ago, Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, was fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago Police officer. Police reported McDonald was attacking officers. A video from the scene told a different story. Trust in Chicago police and officials crumbled. Now Officer Van Dyke is awaiting trial for murder. wbez.org/16shots

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