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Obama and Springsteen sit down together for new Spotify podcast series

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They will discuss their upbringings, racism, fatherhood and even recall a White House singalong round a piano.

Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are teaming up for an eight-episode Spotify podcast series, swapping tales about their upbringings and even a White House singalong round a piano.

The first two episodes of “Renegades: Born in the USA,” a dialog recorded in Springsteen’s guitar-filled house studio in New Jersey, had been made obtainable on Monday. 

Spotify has moved aggressively in podcasts over the previous three years, and made different programming bulletins Monday. The audio streaming service has already labored with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground manufacturing firm, and the previous first woman’s podcast is the service’s hottest authentic.

The seemingly offbeat relationship between the previous president and rock star started when Springsteen carried out advantages for Obama throughout his presidential campaigns. But it has blossomed into deeper conversations since he left workplace, Obama stated within the first episode.

“He’s a rock ‘n’ roll icon,” he stated. “I’m a lawyer and politician. Not as cool. And as I like to remind Bruce every chance I get, he’s more than a decade older than me.”

The males recalled a White House go to, which included Springsteen enjoying the piano as Broadway and Motown tunes had been sung.

“There were libations involved,” Obama stated.

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Springsteen makes use of a couple of of these guitars in the course of the course of the podcast. In that first episode, each males recalled feeling like outsiders rising up and turning to their fields as a method of discovering their voices, with slightly “megalomania” concerned. In later episodes, they discuss racism, fatherhood and marriage.

Their wives, Michelle Obama and Patti Scialfa, additionally bonded, sealing their friendship.

“We still have a fundamental belief in the American ideal,” Obama stated. “Not as nostalgia. But as a compass.”

The “Renegades: Born in the USA” series title references one in all Springsteen’s largest hits and may be a sly reference to the “birther” marketing campaign the place Obama’s eventual successor, Donald Trump, falsely recommended Obama’s origins had been outdoors of the nation.

Spotify stated Monday it was working with Higher Ground on one other podcast, “Tell Them I Am,” which compiles tales from Muslim voices and will debut all through Ramadan.

The service additionally stated it had reached a cope with Warner Brothers and DC Comics for a series of narrative podcasts, with the primary being “Batman Unburied.” Director Ava DuVernay is collaborating in a new podcast about excessive profile instances of police brutality.

Spotify can be upgrading its sound, saying that it’ll debut Spotify HiFi later this 12 months, the place members with Spotify-connected audio system can join for enhanced high quality music streams.

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