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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.

Making Obama WBEZ

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    • 4.7, 2.8K Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

KS112 ,

Must listen to podcast

Insightful and incredibly informative about how President Obama rose from a hard working law student to our nation’s highest office. WONDERFUL STORYTELLING!!

Greg_Chicago ,

Too much filler

Both seasons were very interesting and well produced, but with that being said, they wasted a lot of time during the second season on recapping what was already said and previewing what was coming up.

Jswurr ,

Gets Obama and Chicago Politics right!

Having lived close to Obama during the key years of his political ascent, knowing Chicago and Chicago politics well, and being personally acquainted with some of those interviewed for this podcast, I'd say "this podcast gets it right." It provides a very thoughtful set of framing interviews--not just the well-known "stars" but also the very active and crucial but largely behind the scenes operatives. The interviews and interviewer commentary well contexualize Obama's personal contributions to his rise (yes, he's shrewed, thoughtful, reflective, etc.) while also capturing the structural and contingent conditions that leveraged Obama's rise. Interviewer/host Jen White is also brilliant. She's a recent addition to Chicago Public Radio (WTTW) and she is an enormously bright light. And to be sure, she must have had a great support staff on this one! Good history. Good entertainment. An excellent podcast.

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