News – USA – Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen Jointly Launch Podcast on Spotify


By Caitlin O’Kane

23 February 2021 / 7:02 a.m.
/ CBS News

Former President Barack Obama became a content creator after his presidency and started a production company with his wife Michelle, Higher Ground. Mr. Obama’s latest project is a podcast with an “unlikely” friend – Bruce Springsteen

The former president and rocker released the Higher Ground produced podcast “Renegades: Born in the USA” on Spotify on Monday

The duo introduced their two-episode joint venture, the first titled “Outsiders: An Unlikely Friendship” “Mr. Obama reflects on the strife caused by the pandemic and racial injustice in America and how the country is “Can find the way back to a more unified story,” he says

“This topic dominated so many of my conversations with Michelle, my daughters, and my friends last year,” said Mr Obama continues, “And one of those friends happens to be Mr. Bruce Springsteen “

Mr Obama says he, a Hawaiian lawyer and politician, and Springsteen, a New Jersey rock star, seem to have little in common on the surface. “But over the years we’ve found that we have a common sensibility,” he says “About work, about family and about America Bruce and I have made parallel journeys in our own way to understand this country that has given both of us so much”

They sat down and talked for a few days for the eight-episode podcast in a converted farmhouse on Springsteen’s property. The first topic they discussed was why they felt like outsiders as kids, and “unsurprisingly, that the conversation then shifted to America’s central dilemma since its inception: race, “said Mr. Obama says

In Episode 2, “American Skin: Race in the United States,” which also dropped on Monday, Spotify says they “reflect on their early experiences with race and racism and the awkward conversations we need to have” In the 42-minute episode, the moderators talk about Springsteen’s “integrated” E Street Band and the central role of the late saxophonist Clarence Clemons

“Renegades” will also cover a variety of other topics such as fatherhood, marriage, and the state of America, Spotify said in a statement to CBS News

“President Obama and Bruce Springsteen have been deeply friends since they first met on the campaign in 2008,” the statement read. “Now, for the first time, Higher Ground and Spotify are inviting listeners to listen as they discuss their hometowns and role models, explore modern masculinity, and face the painfully divided state of America today and how we can all move forward together “

This is the second original Higher Ground podcast after “The Michelle Obama Podcast” that is exclusively available on Spotify “

First published on 22 February 2021 / 13:52

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Caitlin O’Kane is a digital content producer covering trending stories for CBS News and its good news brand The Uplift

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News – USA – Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch a podcast together on Spotify