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Coming up on Radio Specials:

Thu, Mar 2, 2017 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 -- 8:00 PM Making Oprah

It's easy to look back at The Oprah Winfrey Show and assume its vast success and cultural impact was all preordained. But Making Oprah reveals the show's scrappy roots and improbable rise through conversations with Winfrey and the mostly female team that produced her show. In exclusive interviews with WBEZ Chicago, Oprah Winfrey tells the behind-the-scenes story of her iconic TV talk show, along with producers, staffers, TV executives, and ratings rival Phil Donahue. The series chronicles the show's roots in Chicago, its rise to daytime dominance, and the powerful sway Winfrey came to have in American life.

Thu, Mar 2, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 -- 2:00 AM California Dream: Undocumented

This hour-long documentary combines three first-person stories of undocumented Californians with commentary and context by Sacramento State Assistant Professor Heidy Sarabia. It's narrated by CapRadio Reporter Julia Mitric. The first story won First Place in PRNDI's 2016 Short Doc competition. Many undocumented Millennials in California expect to go to college, and new laws make it possible. Laura Aguilar has been admitted to grad school, and hopes to be a dentist in four years, but she worries her immigrant status may still limit her. Plus, Bernardo Martinez Cordova came to the U.S. illegally and quickly found a job. He also found romance with American citizen Kara Davis. The young couple must navigate between two worlds as they raise their family, despite the threat of deportation. And for immigrants seeking U.S. residency, marriage provides a clear pathway. Being undocumented makes it complicated. Being gay made it impossible, until recently. His marriage was the last step in Juan Morales' 24-year journey out of the shadows.

Wed, Mar 1, 2017 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 -- 8:00 PM California Dream: Undocumented

The View From Here -- This hour-long documentary combines three first-person stories of undocumented Californians with commentary and context by Sacramento State Assistant Professor Heidy Sarabia. It's narrated by CapRadio Reporter Julia Mitric. The first story won First Place in PRNDI's 2016 Short Doc competition. Many undocumented Millennials in California expect to go to college, and new laws make it possible. Laura Aguilar has been admitted to grad school, and hopes to be a dentist in four years, but she worries her immigrant status may still limit her. Plus, Bernardo Martinez Cordova came to the U.S. illegally and quickly found a job. He also found romance with American citizen Kara Davis. The young couple must navigate between two worlds as they raise their family, despite the threat of deportation. And for immigrants seeking U.S. residency, marriage provides a clear pathway. Being undocumented makes it complicated. Being gay made it impossible, until recently. His marriage was the last step in Juan Morales' 24-year journey out of the shadows.



Recently on Radio Specials:

Fri, Feb 24, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 -- 2:00 AM Making Oprah: Part One

It's easy to look back at The Oprah Winfrey Show and assume its vast success and cultural impact was all preordained. But Making Oprah reveals the show's scrappy roots and improbable rise through conversations with Winfrey and the mostly female team that produced her show. In exclusive interviews with WBEZ Chicago, Oprah Winfrey tells the behind-the-scenes story of her iconic TV talk show, along with producers, staffers, TV executives, and ratings rival Phil Donahue. The series chronicles the show's roots in Chicago, its rise to daytime dominance, and the powerful sway Winfrey came to have in American life.

Thu, Feb 23, 2017 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 -- 8:00 PM Making Oprah

It's easy to look back at The Oprah Winfrey Show and assume its vast success and cultural impact was all preordained. But Making Oprah reveals the show's scrappy roots and improbable rise through conversations with Winfrey and the mostly female team that produced her show. In exclusive interviews with WBEZ Chicago, Oprah Winfrey tells the behind-the-scenes story of her iconic TV talk show, along with producers, staffers, TV executives, and ratings rival Phil Donahue. The series chronicles the show's roots in Chicago, its rise to daytime dominance, and the powerful sway Winfrey came to have in American life.

Thu, Feb 23, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 -- 2:00 AM California Dream: Undocumented

This hour-long documentary combines three first-person stories of undocumented Californians with commentary and context by Sacramento State Assistant Professor Heidy Sarabia. It's narrated by CapRadio Reporter Julia Mitric. The first story won First Place in PRNDI's 2016 Short Doc competition. Many undocumented Millennials in California expect to go to college, and new laws make it possible. Laura Aguilar has been admitted to grad school, and hopes to be a dentist in four years, but she worries her immigrant status may still limit her. Plus, Bernardo Martinez Cordova came to the U.S. illegally and quickly found a job. He also found romance with American citizen Kara Davis. The young couple must navigate between two worlds as they raise their family, despite the threat of deportation. And for immigrants seeking U.S. residency, marriage provides a clear pathway. Being undocumented makes it complicated. Being gay made it impossible, until recently. His marriage was the last step in Juan Morales' 24-year journey out of the shadows.

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