Michelle Obama to debut podcast on Spotify

Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaJill Biden says she plans to continue teaching if she becomes first lady Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE is debuting a podcast on Spotify later this month as part of a partnership between the firm and the Obamas' production company. 

"The Michelle Obama Podcast" will be released exclusively to premium and free Spotify subscribers starting on July 29. It will include "candid, human, and personal conversations to show us what is possible when we dare to be vulnerable," Spotify said in a statement announcing the show. 

In a video announcement, Obama said that she hope the show can serve as a place to explore "big topics," including the coronavirus pandemic and the nation's reckoning when it comes to issues pertaining to race. Guests are set to include late-night host Conan O'Brien, former Obama White House aide Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettObamas discuss pandemic, voting, anxiety and community in new podcast Barack Obama to be first guest on Michelle Obama's new podcast The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Republicans rejigger summer convention plans MORE, actor Craig Robinson and Sharon Malone, who is married to former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderObamas discuss pandemic, voting, anxiety and community in new podcast Joy Reid debut delivers 2.6 million viewers for MSNBC The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Republicans rejigger summer convention plans MORE

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"What I love about these conversations is that they’re topics and issues we’re all dealing with no matter what’s going on," Obama said. "Whether that's a global pandemic or a nationwide reckoning with race. My hope is that this podcast can be a place for us to sort through the questions that we’re all trying to answer."

The podcast will come as Michelle Obama and former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhy payroll tax cut opponents may want to reconsider Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' MORE gradually expand their media footprint through Higher Ground Productions. The production company signed a multiyear deal with Netflix in 2018 to produce film and television projects and reached a deal in 2019 with Spotify to produce podcasts. 

"American Factory," the first film produced by the Obamas' production company, won the Academy Award for "best documentary feature" earlier this year. 

Michelle Obama also released a memoir, "Becoming," in 2018, which sold about 10 million copies worldwide within its first six months. Penguin Random House, the book's publisher, said it could be the “most successful memoir in history.”

As podcasting gains more popularity, Spotify has made a series of big investments in the medium. In May, the company reached a multiyear deal with Joe Rogan for exclusive rights to the "The Joe Rogan Experience," a show that is regularly at the top of Apple Podcasts. Kim Kardashian WestKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian West Illinois elections board says Kanye West short of necessary signatures to get on ballot Kanye West will appear on Colorado ballots in November Trump asked about Kanye presidential bid: 'I like him. I like his wife' MORE also signed a deal in June to host a podcast exclusively on the streaming platform.