Obama, Springsteen launch eight-episode podcast
Former President Obama and Bruce Springsteen are using their voices in a new way — they’re now a podcasting duo.
The ex-commander in chief and the “Glory Days” singer launched a podcast on Monday called “Renegades: Born in the U.S.A.”
In a statement about the show’s debut, Spotify said, “It is a personal, in-depth discussion between two friends exploring their pasts, their beliefs, and the country that they love — as it was, as it is, and as it ought to be going forward.”
The eight-episode series will feature “deep and revealing” conversations across a broad spectrum of topics, including “race, fatherhood, marriage, and the state of America.”
Fifty nine-year-old Obama and Springsteen, 71, met when the then-Illinois senator was running for president in 2008 and Springsteen endorsed his bid.
Obama gave the E Street Band frontman the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
The two now share a “deep friendship,” according to Spotify.
In the inaugural podcast episode, released Monday, Springsteen and Obama discuss “the making of an unlikely friendship, growing up as outsiders.”
In a trailer on YouTube for the show, Obama opens up about his unexpected relationship with the performer, quipping, “On the surface, Bruce and I don’t have a lot in common. He’s a white guy from a small town in Jersey. I’m a Black guy of mixed race born in Hawaii. He’s a rock n’ roll icon. I’m … not as cool.”
“In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys,” Obama says, “looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for truth, meaning, unity, with the larger story of America.”
A second episode released the same day includes a conversation on the high-profile figures’ “early experiences with race and racism.”
Higher Ground Productions, the 44th president and Michelle Obama’s company, announced in 2019 that it had reached a deal to partner with Spotify to develop and produce exclusive podcasts.