Spotify launches new podcast featuring President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen

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Unlikely best pals Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen have joined forces for new podcast “Renegades: Born in the USA”.

Yesterday Spotify released the first two episodes of a brand new podcast featuring President Barack Obama and rock legend Bruce Springsteen. The eight-episode series “Renegades: Born in the USA” will release an episode a week.

In “Renegades” the duo discuss fatherhood and the wider picture of America through the lens of their individual journeys, addressing the country’s divisions along political social and racial lines, with a hopeful look at how things can move forward.

The Spotify podcast riffs on the odd-couple friendship between the two men, who have even holidayed together in the past. As Obama introduces them: “He’s a white guy, from a small town in Jersey. I’m a Black guy of mixed race, born in Hawaii. He’s a rock’n’roll icon. I’m… not as cool.”

It’s the second podcast to come out of Spotify’s partnership with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company. It follows the success of “The Michelle Obama Podcast,” which launched last year and featured the former First Lady as host chatting to guests such as Craig Robinson and Michelle Norris.

“Renegades” was announced as part of Spotify’s Stream On event, which also saw the unveiling of Spotify’s plans for a HiFi tier and the news that the company is launching in over 80 further markets.

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