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The inside story of a TV revolution. In this new WBEZ podcast, Oprah Winfrey tells the behind-the-scenes story of her iconic TV talk show, along with producers, staffers, TV executives, and ratings rival Phil Donahue. The three-part series chronicles the show’s scrappy roots in Chicago, its rise to daytime dominance, and the powerful sway Winfrey came to have in American life.
||CleanBONUS: 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|
||CleanBONUS: 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|
||CleanBONUS: 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|
||CleanEp 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|
||ExplicitEp 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|
||CleanEp 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|
||CleanPreview WBEZ’s New Podcast About The Oprah Winfrey Show||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|
The Oprah show gave us a sense of connection long before the intern linked us to the world outside our homes. Thank you for giving insight through this podcast to the inner workings behind the scenes and allowing us to hear the voices of the women she trusted - who gave her the courage to discuss issues once unspeakable.
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This is the kind of podcast that keeps me smiling nonstop at work. Thank you for this!
Such an interesting podcast idea!