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Making Obama

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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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Making of Obama

By jjguy123 - Jan 27 2019
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Excellent recap of his rise to Washington. Miss him in office now!

Outstanding podcast

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

iTunes Ratings

2846 Ratings
Average Ratings
2477
165
54
39
111

Making of Obama

By jjguy123 - Jan 27 2019
Read more
Excellent recap of his rise to Washington. Miss him in office now!

Outstanding podcast

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

Updated 30 days ago

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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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Rank #1: Preview: Public Official A

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If you enjoyed listening to Making Obama, some folks here at WBEZ have another podcast for you. It’s also about politics, but this one is very different. Family drama, FBI wiretaps and -- ultimately -- a very long prison sentence dominate this story which even intersects with Barack Obama’s career.  Remember when the Governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-Governor got a “You’re Fired” from Donald Trump on The Celebrity Apprentice? New from WBEZ Chicago, Public Official A uncovers the rise and fall of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. How he did whatever it took to reach the top. The trail of destruction left in his wake. And how the complexities, charisma and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today. The first episode comes out January 18, 2019.

Jan 11 2019
2 mins
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Rank #2: 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
21 mins
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Rank #3: 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.

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Mar 15 2018
58 mins
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Rank #4: 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
55 mins
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Rank #5: 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
56 mins
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Rank #6: 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. 

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Feb 22 2018
56 mins
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Rank #7: 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
42 mins
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Rank #8: 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
45 mins
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Rank #9: Preview: 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
3 mins
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Rank #10: 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
40 mins
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