Making Beyonce220

First there was Making Oprah and Making Obama, the podcasts from Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ (90.1) that told the story of Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. Now for the third season of Making, the show is tackling the story of Beyoncé Knowles.

"Our Making series explore the relationships, the experiences and the pivotal years that shaped these cultural icons before they were the larger-than-life household names they are today," said Kevin Dawson, Managing Director Of Content Development for WBEZ Chicago and executive producer of the podcast. "Season one of Making told the story of how Oprah built a media empire. Our last season looked at President Obama's path to becoming the first African-American president. Making Beyoncé explores Beyoncé's first years on stage and how she emerged as one of the world's most significant entertainers.”

The three-episode podcast takes an inside, detailed look at Beyoncé's early life in Houston, how her career got started and how she rose to lead one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, Destiny’s Child, and her later solo work. 

While Queen Bey herself wasn’t interviewed for the Making Beyonce podcast, WBEZ was granted access to the Knowles' family archives of home video recordings that document Beyoncé's formative years. And the podcast includes interviews with Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's father and a record executive best known as the manager of Destiny's Child, as well as key producers, dance instructors, and engineers who were there at the very beginning. 

Making Beyonce is hosted by singer Jill Hopkins, a self-proclaimed Beyoncé super fan. She also is host of “The Morning Amp” on Chicago Public Media’s urban station “Vocalo 91.1” WBEW.

"I've been a fan of Beyoncé's as long as Destiny's Child has been on our radios. To be able to take people back to the time when she was a young girl, back to the 80s and 90s, is such a pleasure," said Hopkins. "We get to know her journey, and see that it wasn't all pre-determined. Beyoncé has been about talent, hard work, and dedication, since most of us were just into Legos." In addition to Hopkins and Dawson, the production team behind Making Beyoncéincludes executive producer Brendan Banaszak and producer Joe DeCeault. 

New episodes of Making Beyoncé will be released Fridays from Nov. 15 to Nov. 29, on WBEZ's website and app, as well as other podcast apps.