By WBEZ Chicago
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
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.
||ExplicitPreview: Public Official A||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||1/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanObama BONUS: The Decision||Just two and a half years after his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, Barack Obama announced he was running for president.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitObama 6: Yes We Can!||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||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitObama 5: Up Or Out||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 o||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitObama 4: Wait Your Turn||In 2000, Barack Obama ran for Congress against a Chicago political legend. It became a contest about race and identity.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitObama 3: You Don’t Say No To Barack||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||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitObama 2: Chicago Politics Ain’t Beanbag||When Barack Obama first came to Chicago, a political transformation was happening in the city. Hear how that change inspired him.||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanObama 1: The Man In The Background||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.||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPreview: Making Obama||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.||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOprah BONUS: Making Donahue||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||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOprah BONUS: Oprah Gets Political||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 pol||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOprah BONUS: Let's Talk About Oprah's Hair||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 hi||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOprah 3: YOU GET A CAR!||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||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOprah 2: Skinheads And Scented Candles||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 sensat||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOprah 1: No Strategy, No Plan, No Formula||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 ho||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOprah: Preview of Making Oprah||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 featu||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Subscribed without hesitation
This is the kind of podcast that keeps me smiling nonstop at work. Thank you for this!
I look forward to this every week. The latest episode on the groundwork for his 2004 Senate run contained lots of bits and trivia I never knew and found fascinating. Thank you WBEZ Chicago! Bravo.
Truly absorbing story topics & delivery
Both the Oprah & Obama stories are excellent storytelling - Jenn White is a great interviewer who lets the people who lived the events describe them; the podcast team supports the narrative with great sound and supplemental info. The podcast makes me feel like I’m behind the scenes, learning about foundational events in recent history. I highly recommend this and hope the series continues with additional story topics.