Making Oprah 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.
Making Oprah

Making Oprah

From WBEZ Chicago

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.

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Preview: 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 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.

Obama BONUS: The Decision

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!

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

Obama 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 of podcasts like this at https://wbez.org/making

Obama 4: Wait Your Turn

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

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

Obama 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.

Obama 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.

Preview: 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.

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 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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