Michelle Obama's podcast is coming to Spotify on Wednesday

Brenda Watkins
July 31, 2020

That emphasis on community is something she sees in her husband too.

"You know the core of everything you have done politically, what I know about you as a person and one of the reasons why I fell in love with you is-", she said during the conversation before being interrupted by Barack.

Michelle Obama's new podcast has launched with a surprise guest - her husband and former USA president Barack Obama.

The much-awaited Michelle Obama podcast has debuted on Spotify.

The set were thinking back over when they fulfilled and how Barack, a skilled Harvard scholar who "might have done anything", selected to pursue politics and neighborhood work instead of chase a high-paying task.

Throughout the upcoming episodes of "The Michelle Obama Podcast", the "Becoming" author will also speak with other people who have helped shape her life, including her mother, brother, and some of her friends.

Before the couple crossed paths, Barack was already making moves as a community organiser in Chicago, working with the Developing Communities Project in Roseland and vouching for tenants' rights in the Altgeld Gardens housing projects.

When they announced it, they said the intention was to offer a platform to voices that were otherwise ignored.

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In the first episode, which was released today, the Obamas tackled the topic of their own relationship to their community and country, their responsibility during this tough political, social, and economic time, and how that's tied to those communities.

"The Michelle Obama Podcast" is available to stream on Spotify.

Talking about things that have influenced her in life, Michelle added, "I can say that my family, my neighbourhood, my notions of community growing up shaped that view, and shaped the choices that I made in life as I felt your experiences shaped yours".

The pair also spoke about the George Floyd protests, which they said gave them "hope" and showed that young people are focused on community.

'There's a different way of parenting but what we didn't do, we delivered the message at the dinner table. They talk of how the world and its problems are not tackled alone but together and encourage listeners to move from a sense of "I" to a sense of "We". Because we know that if we're not around, that those girls are in a society like that.

'It would be that they are living in a country that looks after everybody, ' Barack said. In the meantime, what did you think about the first episode?

Michelle's other podcast guests have not yet been announced but she has previously said they will include her girlfriends and relatives. In this first season, she will start with her closest relationships, starting "basic" and "exploring the relationships that makes us who we are".

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