They announced on Monday that Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen have teamed up to produce a podcast, and the first two episodes are available immediately.
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“On the surface, Bruce and I don’t have much in common,” Obama said in the podcast trailer.
“He is white and comes from a small town in Jersey. I am a black mixed race, born in Hawaii. He is a rock icon. I…not that cool.”
Despite these differences, the two formed a friendship after meeting during Obama’s 2008 presidential election and recorded eight conversations.
Spotify released the first two episodes of “The Rebel” on Monday, as well as a trailer, showing Obama and Springsteen sitting in front of a microphone surrounded by guitars and recording equipment.
Obama said in the trailer: “In my own way, Bruce and I have been traveling in parallel, looking for a way to connect our own search for meaning, truth, and community with the larger American story.”
“In the course of a few days, only a few miles from where he grew up, we had a conversation.
“In these conversations we found that we still have basic beliefs about American ideas. This is not an act of nostalgia, but a compass for the hard work in front of us.”
Spotify signed Barack and Michelle Obama to produce podcasts in 2019, and launched Michelle Obama’s podcast of the same name in 2020. The show quickly became the most listened podcast on Spotify in the summer of 2020.
At the time of reaching an agreement with Obama, Spotify announced that it would vigorously promote podcasting in 2019, when it spent about $500 million to acquire the podcasting company. The platform also signed a $100 million multi-year contract with Joe Rogan, one of the most popular podcasts in the world, in 2020, but this arrangement has not been smooth sailing.
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