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Michelle Obama launching a podcast on Spotify: It's a place to 'open up and be vulnerable'

The former first lady of the US says she hopes it will inspire people and spark challenging conversations

Michelle Obama is launching a podcast on Spotify. AP Photo
Michelle Obama is launching a podcast on Spotify. AP Photo

The Michelle Obama Podcast is coming to Spotify.

Launching on Wednesday, the former first lady of the US says the audio series will tackle "topics and issues that we're all dealing with, no matter what's going on." She also promises to talk to the people she is closest to, including her mother, brother, friends and colleagues.

Maybe the podcast will inspire you to have some conversations with loved ones that you've been meaning to have

Michelle Obama

In a YouTube introduction to the podcast she says: "We will be discussing the relationships that make us who we are. We will be talking about the challenges and the joys of being a parent or a spouse, the friendships that help us through the toughest times, or the growth we experience when we lean on the colleagues and mentors around us."

"What I love about these conversations," she continues, "is that they're topics and issues that we're all dealing with, no matter what's going on, whether that is a global pandemic or a nationwide reckoning with race."

The former Flotus says she hopes the podcast is a place where people can "open up and be a little vulnerable", adding that she wants to "have some fun along the way".

"Maybe it will inspire you to have some conversations with loved ones that you've been meaning to have," she says.

The podcast has been made by former US president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground, with Spotify. The music streaming service says that The Michelle Obama Podcast is "the first title from their ongoing partnership".

As is the case with all podcasts on Spotify, it will be available to users, both Free and Premium, around the world.

“At Spotify we seek to connect listeners with the world’s most authentic and compelling voices,” said Spotify's chief content officer Dawn Ostroff. “We believe that audiences across the globe will be inspired by these most candid, most human and most personal conversations between first lady Michelle Obama and her guests.”

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Updated: July 16, 2020 05:34 PM

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