20 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 • 31 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.

    Episoode 20: "Genius: Aretha" Part 1 - Crafts with Jennifer Bryan, Dondraico Johnson & Kevin McKnight

    Episoode 20: "Genius: Aretha" Part 1 - Crafts with Jennifer Bryan, Dondraico Johnson & Kevin McKnight

    National Geographic’s Emmy-winning series “Genius” returns for a third season with “Genius: Aretha,” a dramatization of the life and career of Aretha Franklin. The legendary singer-songwriter follows Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso as the subject of the anthology series. In this episode of “The Making Of…”, host Stacey Wilson Hunt interviews costume designer Jennifer Bryan, choreographer Dondraico Johnson and cinematographer Kevin McKnight about the challenges of recreating many decades of Aretha’s groundbreaking style and talent.

     

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    • 44 min
    Episode 19: The Making of "Trafficked" with Mariana Van Zeller

    Episode 19: The Making of "Trafficked" with Mariana Van Zeller

    The stories behind-the-camera are nearly as exciting as the ones that are shown in National Geographic’s new eight-part series Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller. In this episode, Peabody Award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller tells host Stacey Wilson Hunt about the risks she and her crew were willing to take to get incredible inside access to black markets around the globe. She gained the trust of the people who inhabit these secretive underground worlds, she says, by approaching them without judgment and found that the people operating these smuggling networks are “more like us than we like to think.”   

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    • 44 min
    Episode 18: Behind the Scenes of “Rebuilding Paradise” With Producers Sara Bernstein and Xan Parker and Subject Michelle John

    Episode 18: Behind the Scenes of “Rebuilding Paradise” With Producers Sara Bernstein and Xan Parker and Subject Michelle John

    National Geographic Documentary Films’ new documentary Rebuilding Paradise begins with the tragic wildfire that destroyed most of the town of Paradise, California, on Nov. 8, 2018.  What it then reveals is the astounding determination of the people of Paradise to rebuild their community and their lives.  Host Stacey Wilson Hunt talks with local school superintendent Michelle John, along with producers Sara Bernstein and Xan Parker, as they share stories of inspiration and the human capacity to overcome hardship as well as working alongside director Ron Howard to tell this story.

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    • 40 min
    Episode 17: Rising from the Ashes: A Conversation with “Rebuilding Paradise” Director Ron Howard

    Episode 17: Rising from the Ashes: A Conversation with “Rebuilding Paradise” Director Ron Howard

    A few days after most of the town of Paradise, California, was tragically burned to the ground in 2018, legendary filmmaker Ron Howard sent a crew.  But unlike the other media that descended upon the picturesque town, Howard’s team would be alongside its residents for months, chronicling their future rather than dwelling on tragedy.  Howard explains to host Stacey Wilson Hunt how his team gained the trust of the people of Paradise and came to admire their strength, tenacity and optimism.  

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    • 35 min
    Episode 16: “City So Real”’s Ears, Eyes and Editor: A Chat With Zak Piper, Kevin Shaw and David E. Simpson

    Episode 16: “City So Real”’s Ears, Eyes and Editor: A Chat With Zak Piper, Kevin Shaw and David E. Simpson

    While a good documentary can leave viewers fascinated by its subject, creating “City So Real” has had the same effect on its production team. Host Stacey Wilson Hunt explores the making of National Geographic’s new five-part documentary series about modern-day Chicago with producer and sound recordist Zak Piper, cinematographer Kevin Shaw, and editor David E. Simpson.  The result is one of the most critically acclaimed docuseries of 2020.

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    • 34 min
    Episode 15: Extreme Close-Up on Chicago – and America - with “City So Real” Filmmaker Steve James

    Episode 15: Extreme Close-Up on Chicago – and America - with “City So Real” Filmmaker Steve James

    The five-part documentary series “City So Real” from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” “America to Me”) is a fascinating portrait of contemporary Chicago, delivering a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city. James shares his intimate understanding of his adopted hometown with host Stacey Wilson Hunt and the filmmaking and storytelling challenges of putting together a complex story like this one.

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 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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