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Making Oprah

The inside story of a TV revolution.
Last Updated on July 26th, 2017

In a 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.

Don’t miss an episode! Listen in the WBEZ app or find it via Apple Podcasts or RSS.

Making Oprah is hosted by Jenn White and produced by Colin McNulty.

Making Oprah

Ep 1: No Strategy, No Plan, No Formula

The inside story of how Oprah got her start in Chicago.
November 10, 2016

Making Oprah

Ep 2: Skinheads And Scented Candles

How The Oprah Winfrey Show elevated itself out of the heap of trash TV and into a show that intentionally embraced spirituality.
November 17, 2016

Making Oprah

Ep 3: YOU GET A CAR!

At its peak, The Oprah Winfrey Show was daytime television with no limits. Then, suddenly, there were some.
November 22, 2016

Making Oprah

BONUS: Let's Talk About Oprah's Hair

Oprah’s longtime stylist on the high stakes of doing the hair of the most watched woman on television.
December 15, 2016

Making Oprah

BONUS: Oprah Gets Political

For 10 years Oprah refused to have politicians on her show. But in 2000 she spoke to two presidential candidates. In 2008 she endorsed one.
December 23, 2016

Making Oprah

BONUS: Making Donahue

Before Phil Donahue, talk show hosts stayed far away from their studio audiences. As Oprah said in 1992: “Phil changed all that.”
December 30, 2016

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