In 2007, Barack Obama announced his presidential run. Hear how he came to that decision in this ‘Making Obama’ extra.
Barack Obama burst onto the national stage during his U.S. Senate run. Hear how ambition and luck propelled him to Washington.
Former president Barack Obama has only lost one election. It was in 2000, and that defeat set him on the course for his U.S. Senate run.
In 2000, Barack Obama ran for Congress against a Chicago political legend. It became a contest about race and identity.
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.
To turn around some of Detroit’s most troubled public schools, KC cut legal corners. She ended up in prison. Do the ends justify the means?
The fall of Chicago’s “machine” politics, the rise of Mayor Harold Washington, and what a young Barack Obama learned from watching it all.
Former President Barack Obama — along with key advisers, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage. In the first episode of this six-part podcast from WBEZ, hear Obama reflect on how the city shaped him.
Before Phil Donahue, talk show hosts stayed far away from their studio audiences. As Oprah said in 1992: “Phil changed all that.”
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.