Highlights from Michelle Obama’s first podcast, featuring Barack Obama

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The year 2020 could use more good news like this – yesterday, Michelle Obama launched her first-ever podcast, The Michelle Obama Podcast, with former US president, Barack Obama, as her first guest.

The former first lady has been on a roll ever since winning a Grammy for her audiobook, Becoming, and releasing a Netflix documentary with the same name. Now, she’s partnered with Spotify and Oscar-winning production company, Higher Ground, to launch her new podcast.

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The newly minted host said she hopes this podcast will be a place to “explore big topics together, sort through the questions to open up, be a little bit vulnerable, and have some fun.”

Joined by her husband and former US president, Barack Obama, the first episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast is full of love, advice and adorable banter. The loving couple spoke of growing up, their childhood and their journey of parenthood.

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So excited for you to hear the first episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast with @BarackObama! I wanted to start this season off by discussing a relationship that a lot of us are spending a lot of time thinking about right now and that’s our relationship with our community and our country. Given everything that’s going on in the world, I think that these days, a lot of people are questioning just where and how they can fit into a community. And how you answer those questions is unique to you, your experiences, and your communities––but the important thing is that you do go through the process of reflecting and reaching out to loved ones to talk through what you’re feeling and what you’re hoping for. Because once you do those things, I think you’ll have a better sense of your community, your country, and yourselves. And if enough of us can do that—and if enough of us can empathize with one another—then over time––and it will take a long time, we can come up with some solutions and create the change we’re all hoping for. Click the link in my bio to hear my conversation with Barack!

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Highlights from the first episode

On raising kids as a community:

Barack: Everybody raises everybody’s kids, and that was a really common thing.
Michelle: It felt easier at those times to have a family unit because it wasn’t just that you were supposed to branch out and success is defined by the ability to leave your nuclear unit on making it on your own. That wasn’t how either one of us was raised.

Obama, Michelle. “President Barack Obama”, The Michelle Obama Podcast

On familial relationships and reserving judgment:

Michelle: My father, he taught us to take in everybody’s full story not to judge people, the drunk uncle or the cousin out of work because you didn’t know what happened to them, that we weren’t special. And as a result, if something good happens to you, or you have an advantage. You don’t hoard it, you share it. You reach out, give back.

Obama, Michelle. “President Barack Obama”, The Michelle Obama Podcast

On raising their girls, Malia and Sasha, and how young people are currently affected by the current political climate and the pandemic:

Barack: The problem is, again we’re getting a pretty good lesson in this right now, there are some things we just can’t do by ourselves or even groups of us can do by ourselves. As a general proposition: we can’t build infrastructure by ourselves, we can’t deal with a pandemic by ourselves.

Obama, Michelle. “President Barack Obama”, The Michelle Obama Podcast

On the importance of people and community when it comes to relationships:

Barack: One thing everybody can take away from this podcast, is just that you can’t isolate healthy friendships, marriages, parenting that goes on from the community that they are in, so all these relationships are valuable by themselves but they thrive and prosper when the whole society is reinforcing these relationships.

Obama, Michelle. “President Barack Obama”, The Michelle Obama Podcast

Be sure to subscribe to The Michelle Obama Podcast and dive into the first episode here!

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