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.


  • Beyoncé BONUS: Fearlessly Herself

    Beyoncé BONUS: Fearlessly Herself

    06/03/2020 Duração: 32min

    In the lead up to Beyoncé's solo album debut, Dangerously in Love, a lot was at stake. She was hoping to break out not only as a solo artist, but as a star on multiple levels — music, endorsements and film. Along the way she’d find love, but she’d also have to battle doubt, even within the record label.

  • Beyoncé 3: Destiny Begins

    Beyoncé 3: Destiny Begins

    27/11/2019 Duração: 33min

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

  • Beyoncé 2: Star Search

    Beyoncé 2: Star Search

    22/11/2019 Duração: 37min

    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.

  • Beyoncé 1: Girls Tyme

    Beyoncé 1: Girls Tyme

    15/11/2019 Duração: 47min

    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.

  • Beyoncé: Preview of Making Beyoncé

    Beyoncé: Preview of Making Beyoncé

    01/11/2019 Duração: 01min

    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.

  • Obama BONUS: The Decision

    Obama BONUS: The Decision

    10/04/2018 Duração: 21min

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

  • Obama 6: Yes We Can!

    Obama 6: Yes We Can!

    15/03/2018 Duração: 58min

    Barack Obama burst onto the national stage during his U.S. Senate run. Hear how ambition and luck propelled him to Washington.

  • Obama 5: Up Or Out

    Obama 5: Up Or Out

    08/03/2018 Duração: 55min

    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

  • Obama 4: Wait Your Turn

    Obama 4: Wait Your Turn

    01/03/2018 Duração: 56min

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

  • Obama 3: You Don’t Say No To Barack

    Obama 3: You Don’t Say No To Barack

    22/02/2018 Duração: 56min

    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.

  • Obama 2: Chicago Politics Ain’t Beanbag

    Obama 2: Chicago Politics Ain’t Beanbag

    15/02/2018 Duração: 42min

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

  • Obama 1: The Man In The Background

    Obama 1: The Man In The Background

    08/02/2018 Duração: 45min

    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.

  • Preview: Making Obama

    Preview: Making Obama

    19/01/2018 Duração: 03min

    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.

  • BONUS: Making Donahue

    BONUS: Making Donahue

    30/12/2016 Duração: 40min

    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. 

  • BONUS: Oprah Gets Political

    BONUS: Oprah Gets Political

    23/12/2016 Duração: 21min

    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.

  • BONUS: Lets Talk About Oprahs Hair

    BONUS: Let's Talk About Oprah's Hair

    16/12/2016 Duração: 13min

    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.

  • Ep 3: YOU GET A CAR!

    Ep 3: YOU GET A CAR!

    22/11/2016 Duração: 01h02min

    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.

  • Ep 2: Skinheads And Scented Candles

    Ep 2: Skinheads And Scented Candles

    17/11/2016 Duração: 01h30s

    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

  • Ep 1: No Strategy, No Plan, No Formula

    Ep 1: No Strategy, No Plan, No Formula

    10/11/2016 Duração: 57min

    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,

  • Preview WBEZ’s New Podcast About The Oprah Winfrey Show

    Preview WBEZ’s New Podcast About The Oprah Winfrey Show

    03/11/2016 Duração: 04min

    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.