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WBEZ's critically-acclaimed bio-podcast series explores how an icon is made.

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Making Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is widely considered one of America’s greatest writers. She published 11 novels and is the recipient of a... more

21 Mar 2024 · 39 minutes
Making Fred Hampton

“I don’t believe I’m going to die slipping on a piece of ice. I don’t believe I’m going to die... more

29 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
Maya Angelou: Going from Strength to Strength

In just 86 years Maya Angelou lived dozens of lives. Perhaps best known for her seminal autobiography I Know Why... more

18 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes
Making Derrick Rose

“Why can’t I be MVP of the league?” Derrick Rose said. With unimpressive statistics and an unselfish playing style, sports media... more

14 Dec 2023 · 42 minutes
Rihanna: Mother and Mogul

With 36 billion streams on Spotify, 14 No. 1 hits and 9 Grammys, Rihanna is regarded as one of the... more

16 Nov 2023 · 39 minutes
Making Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh changed fashion in the 21st century. His brand Off-White redefined streetwear and youth culture for a notoriously elite... more

19 Oct 2023 · 37 minutes
BONUS: Hyphy Kids Got Trauma

Hyphy Kids Got Trauma is an exploration of a transformative year in Bay Area music history, 2006, through the eyes... more

02 Oct 2023 · 3 minutes
Serena Williams: The Blueprint

In early September, 19-year-old Coco Gauff won the U.S. Open. She is the first American teenager to win the tournament... more

21 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
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,... more

10 Aug 2023 · 41 minutes
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... more

06 Jul 2023 · 38 minutes
Making Toni Morrison