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Deep in the middle of a global pandemic, it’s only natural to want to hear from those who give you comfort and bring you joy.
Former first lady Michelle Obama knew what we needed. On Thursday, Obama took to social media to announce she’s hosting “The Michelle Obama Podcast” on Spotify in conjunction with her and former president Barack Obama’s production company, Higher Ground. In an Instagram post about the show, she wrote, “It’s been a tough year, and I hope this podcast can help us explore what we’re going through and spark new conversations with our loved ones.”
In her caption, Obama explained that in the first season of the show, she’ll talk to “some of the people most dear to me,” including her mother, brother, friends, and colleagues. CNN reports some of those guests will also include late-night host Conan O’Brien, Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, and journalist Michele Norris.
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“In each episode, we’ll discuss the relationships that make us who we are,” she continued. “Sometimes that might be as personal as our relationship with our health and our bodies. Other times, we’ll be talking about the challenges and the joys of being a parent or a spouse, the friendships that help us through hard times, or the growth we experience when we lean on colleagues and mentors.”
She writes that she hopes the episodes will help people open up new and difficult conversations with the people they care about, as a way to build understanding and empathy for one another. “What I love about these conversations is that they’re issues we’re all dealing with every day—and they can take on new meaning when we’re going through a global pandemic or seeking out long-overdue racial justice in our communities,” she writes.
The first episode comes out on July 29th, and you can listen here as Obama explains more about the show. Now, someone keep an eye out for when the husband episode drops.
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