The former first lady will host The Michelle Obama Podcast, which focuses on meaningful relationships and conversations. Her production company with former President Barack Obama, Higher Ground, announced this on Thursday in collaboration with Spotify. The music streaming service debut is scheduled for July 29.
“The series, moderated by Michelle Obama, will bring the former First Lady’s most open and personal conversations to the audience and show us what can be done if we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, open up and focus on what matters most is, “said the two companies in a press release announcing the company.
The consequences, according to the companies, will focus on “the relationships that shape us, from siblings and close friends to partners, parents and mentors to our relationship with ourselves and our health”
Obama said in a statement that she hopes the show “can be a place to explore important issues together and sort out so many of the questions we all try to answer in our own lives.”
“Perhaps most of all, I hope that this podcast will help listeners start new conversations – and hard conversations – with the people who matter most to them, so we can build more understanding and empathy for each other,” she continued.
In the minds of many Americans, Obama remains the most accessible first lady in modern US history.
During her tenure, she opted for a public presence that was not characterized by secrecy and formality, but at least by the perception of normality and authenticity. Supporters found that Obama was a reflection of modern motherhood and independence; Critics felt that she was making the role of the president’s spouse too familiar and was neglecting conventional expectations.
In her eight years as a first lady, Obama wanted to show that she was able to deliver a powerful speech on a political topic, like doing pushups on a talk show or inventing a rap song about eating vegetables.
And the podcast is not her first foray into such a deep, public declaration of truth.