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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
    • 4.6 • 3.4K 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.

    Obama BONUS: Redefining Masculinity

    Obama BONUS: Redefining Masculinity

    Former President Barack Obama recently spoke with Aarti Shahani, host of WBEZ's Art of Power podcast, about masculinity in the post-Donald Trump era. Obama said society has made progress in recognizing the most toxic elements of bad behavior by men. But now he wants to flip the focus.

    “What are the positive values that we're trying to instill in our boys?” he said. “Showing compassion is not weakness. Listening is as important as talking.”

    We're bringing you this exclusive interview with the former president as a bonus to the Making Obama podcast series. Hear the former president explain his experience balancing ambition with family obligations and how he wants to expand the definition of what it means to be a man. And if you like what you hear, subscribe to WBEZ's Art of Power podcast for more conversations with people who have changed the world.

    • 49 min
    Beyoncé BONUS: Fearlessly Herself

    Beyoncé BONUS: Fearlessly Herself

    In the lead up to Beyoncé's solo album debut, Dangerously in Love, a lot was at stake. She was hoping to break out not only as a solo artist, but as a star on multiple levels — music, endorsements and film. Along the way she’d find love, but she’d also have to battle doubt, even within the record label.

    • 32 min
    Beyoncé 3: Destiny Begins

    Beyoncé 3: Destiny Begins

    After Girls Tyme dissolves, Beyoncé and the other girls begin building their new group, Destiny’s Child. Finally, things start to click.

    • 33 min
    Beyoncé 2: Star Search

    Beyoncé 2: Star Search

    After failing to secure a record deal, Beyoncé and the members of Girls Tyme try another avenue to success: a TV talent competition. The girls are poised and ready for the national spotlight, but tensions in the group are rising behind the scenes.

    • 37 min
    Beyoncé 1: Girls Tyme

    Beyoncé 1: Girls Tyme

    Before the Grammys, before the platinum records, before Destiny’s Child, there was just a shy girl growing up in Houston. We follow Beyoncé Knowles from the stages of local talent shows to her first crack at a record deal with the group Girls Tyme.

    • 47 min
    Trailer: Making Beyoncé

    Trailer: Making Beyoncé

    From the makers of Making Obama, WBEZ Chicago presents Making Beyoncé, a new three-part bio-podcast series that explores Beyoncé Knowles’ rise from local talent shows to global musical icon.  Find episodes of Making Beyoncé right here beginning Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

AnyaDoula ,

Thank You

This is the podcast I didn’t know I needed. Oh my 80s baby/ 90s kid heart. Oprah absolutely did raise me and I’m so grateful. Thank you for bringing this all back.

CBatycki ,

Superbly done

I heard about the podcast and the Making Oprah episodes from an article I read. As a fan of Oprah I didn’t think there were things I could still learn about her. But, I did and discovered a beautifully made podcast! The episodes were wonderfully crafted, the story beautifully told. I even enjoyed the sound mixing and Jenn’s voice is calming and confident.

Scmami83 ,

This was so good!

I wish there was even more...been a fan for 20+ years and this is the first I'd heard of a lot of the Girls Tyme details in depth.

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