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WBEZ's critically-acclaimed bio-podcast series explores how an icon is made. Providing an unmatched view from the beginning, all the way to the their rise to the top.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 18 Ratings

WBEZ's critically-acclaimed bio-podcast series explores how an icon is made. Providing an unmatched view from the beginning, all the way to the their rise to the top.

    Making Kanye

    Making Kanye

    Part 1: Touch the sky.
    Before becoming a cultural lightning rod, Kanye West was a self-confident teenager, handing out mixtapes on the South and West sides of Chicago. In the first episode of our two-part podcast series, we track Kanye’s meteoric rise from uncredited producer to headlining star.
    Making tells the story of a different, iconic figure every episode. Subscribe and don’t miss an episode.

    • 38 min
    Unmaking Kanye

    Unmaking Kanye

    Part 2: It all falls down.
    Ye becomes a mouthpiece for the more sinister parts of American society. In the second episode of our two-part podcast series, hear from friends, journalists, activists, fans (and former fans) on Ye’s second act, from superstar status to cultural pariah.
    Making tells the story of a different, iconic figure every episode. Subscribe and don’t miss an episode.

    • 38 min
    Making Jordan Peele

    Making Jordan Peele

    Jordan Peele is responsible for modern classics in the horror genre, including the films Us, Nope and the Oscar-winning Get Out. Before all that, he was a self-described nerd. He majored in puppetry in college before dropping out with his friend Rebecca Drysdale to pursue a career in comedy. Hear from Drysdale, Peele’s early collaborator Brendan Hunt and cultural critic Aisha Harris about Jordan Peele’s rise to comedic and horror genius.

    • 39 min
    Making Shonda

    Making Shonda

    Shonda Rhimes has been called TV’s greatest. With groundbreaking shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, she became one of the most powerful showrunners in Hollywood history. But, the battle to Hollywood’s highest echelons wasn’t a joyride for a Black woman from Chicagoland. Hear from mentors, colleagues and cultural commentators on how the queen of television came to be.

    • 39 min
    RuPaul: ‘Empress of Drag’

    RuPaul: ‘Empress of Drag’

    Since November, dozens of states have introduced legislation that could criminalize drag performances, including Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina.
    This week on Making, we look at the life of an iconic Black TV creator whose art is at the center of this new political hot button. RuPaul Andre Charles brought drag to America’s main stage and opened doors for queerness. But before his Emmys and Tonys, he was a go-go dancing young person determined to be a star.
    Host Brandon Pope chats with RuPaul’s close friends, collaborators and mentees, including drag queen Lady Bunny, DJ and songwriter Larry Tee, drag historian Simon Doonan and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner Shea Coulee.
    This episode was originally published on Nov 17, 2022. This season of Making covers a different, iconic figure every episode. Subscribe and don’t miss an episode.

    • 38 min
    Making Whoopi Goldberg

    Making Whoopi Goldberg

    Over the course of her climb to the Hollywood A-List, Whoopi Goldberg has worn many hats: stand-up comedian, Broadway star, screen actress, and daytime television host. But before her breakout role in a Steven Spielberg film, she was a young mom hopping around the country, taking odd jobs and doing avant-garde theater.
    This week on Making, we chart Whoopi Goldberg’s winding path to stardom, from living off welfare, to landing on Broadway with her one-woman show. Host Brandon Pope chats with her first theater partners, her first director, and her first stage manager to discover who Whoopi was when she was just a wide-eyed talent waiting to be discovered.
    “The first time I saw her, I knew she was going to make it,” said William Farley, the director for her first on-screen performance. “She was an original. And an original, they become seen.”

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Kristoffer Gulsvik ,

Hard work and integrity

An informative and sublimely produced podcast. Never mind the subject matter makes me tear up occasionally, but the hosts voice and speaking pattern is so well suited to the format. The production is clearly extensive and that often makes these programs a bit pompous - not this team though; their integrity shines through and makes me smile while listening. Keep up the great work - I’m truly grateful! Kris

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