27 episodes

THE MAKING OF is an ongoing podcast series from National Geographic Channels and National Geographic Documentary Films featuring in-depth interviews with some of the talented teams responsible for the network’s award-worthy programming. Hosted by celebrated entertainment journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt, the series features interviews with individuals who are both in front of the camera and also those behind the scenes.

THE MAKING OF: A NAT GEO PODCAST National Geographic

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

THE MAKING OF is an ongoing podcast series from National Geographic Channels and National Geographic Documentary Films featuring in-depth interviews with some of the talented teams responsible for the network’s award-worthy programming. Hosted by celebrated entertainment journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt, the series features interviews with individuals who are both in front of the camera and also those behind the scenes.

    Episode 27: “Secrets of the Whales” Part 2 with Executive Producer, Writer and Director Brian Armstrong & Composer Raphaelle Thibault

    Episode 27: “Secrets of the Whales” Part 2 with Executive Producer, Writer and Director Brian Armstrong & Composer Raphaelle Thibault

    Executive producer/writer/director Brian Armstrong explains the challenges of directing the “stars” of National Geographic’s documentary series “Secrets of the Whales,” streaming now on Disney+  During three years of filming, Armstrong and his crew had to be prepared for almost any possibility while following their unpredictable subjects through all kinds of weather and water conditions. Composer Raphaelle Thibault tells Stacey Wilson Hunt that, as a new mother, her writing was inspired by the compassion and leadership of the female whales. 

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    • 33 min
    Episode 26: "Genius: Aretha" Part 4 – Behind the Scenes with Executive Producer and Director Anthony Hemingway

    Episode 26: "Genius: Aretha" Part 4 – Behind the Scenes with Executive Producer and Director Anthony Hemingway

    Executive Producer and Director Anthony Hemingway joins host Stacey Wilson Hunt to discuss National Geographic’s “Genius: Aretha”.  Anthony reveals how a career that began as a production assistant progressed to directing and producing, which eventually earned him an Emmy® Award.

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    • 23 min
    Episode 25: "Genius: Aretha" Part 3 - Becoming Aretha with Cynthia Erivo, Coree Moreno and Terrell Mullin

    Episode 25: "Genius: Aretha" Part 3 - Becoming Aretha with Cynthia Erivo, Coree Moreno and Terrell Mullin

    Oscar-nominated, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo discusses her portrayal of Aretha Franklin in National Geographic’s “Genius: Aretha”, a performance that has been called “incandescent” by The New York Times. To project both confidence and vulnerability, and sing Aretha’s songs -- all in the same ways Aretha had -- Cynthia did extensive research, and she enjoyed the challenge. “I like having to learn,” she tells host Stacey Wilson Hunt. “I like coming out different than I went in.”  The podcast episode concludes with Stacey talking to Cynthia’s hair and makeup artists who helped her look and feel like Aretha. Hairstylist Coree Moreno and makeup artist Terrell Mullin explain that they also strived for authenticity out of “respect” for both Aretha and Cynthia. 

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    • 46 min
    Episode 24: "IMPACT with Gal Gadot" – Behind the Scenes with Women of Wonder Gal Gadot and Vanessa Roth

    Episode 24: "IMPACT with Gal Gadot" – Behind the Scenes with Women of Wonder Gal Gadot and Vanessa Roth

    "National Geographic Presents: IMPACT with Gal Gadot" executive producer and host Gal Gadot and executive producer and series director Vanessa Roth join host Stacey Wilson Hunt to discuss how they were inspired to make this compelling new six-part short-form documentary series. Gal, the respected actress from Wonder Woman and other roles, explains how she hopes the program will have a positive impact of its own by empowering and creating a community for people who want to help others. Award-winning director Vanessa Roth reflects on the inspiring women who are profiled in the series and the complicated logistics of filming their stories all over the world during a pandemic.

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    • 33 min
    Episode 23: “Secrets of the Whales” with Nat Geo Photographer & Explorer Brian Skerry

    Episode 23: “Secrets of the Whales” with Nat Geo Photographer & Explorer Brian Skerry

    National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry discusses the three-year endeavor to make the new 4-part Disney+ documentary series Secrets of the Whales. Skerry explains to host Stacey Wilson Hunt the skills and patience needed to capture never-seen-before moments in the lives of whales, including the use of cutting edge camera technology. Executive Producer James Cameron, a lifelong diver himself, added his master storytelling touch to the project, along with narrator Sigourney Weaver.

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    • 38 min
    Episode 22: Behind the Scenes of "Race to the Center of the Earth" with Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri

    Episode 22: Behind the Scenes of "Race to the Center of the Earth" with Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri

    “Race to the Center of the Earth” executive producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri discuss the series’ unique concept, combining the excitement of the producers’ Emmy© winning series “The Amazing Race” with the grittiness of a survival show and National Geographic’s stunning cinematic style. Host Stacey Wilson Hunt asks about the group dynamics involved in casting, the stamina and artistry of the crew, and the challenging terrains they encountered around the world.

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Tmcalli ,

Some light in a complicated world

This podcast is so interesting. It gives time to listen and learn. Why haven’t we heard Stacey before?! What a light. Her talent with interviews knows no bounds. This is definitely worth a listen.

aubs the gymnast ,

Not a lot of episodes

I love this podcast and it is so awesome but the reason I could not give five stars is because they never come out with new episodes. I have been listening to the same stuff for over two months

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