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Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama join forces for new podcast

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Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen have announced a brand new podcast that they have joined forces on, with the first two episodes available already exclusively on Spotify.

Renegades: Born in the USA is the latest podcast produced by the Obama family following the signing of their exclusivity deal with Spotify after the streaming service announced their emphatic plans to storm the podcasting game. Michelle Obama’s podcast was a mammoth success last year on the service, and the latest series from the family with one of the world’s most universally liked political figures musing with one of the world’s most universally liked musicians seems like another must-listen.

“On the surface, Bruce and I don’t have a lot in common,” Obama said in a trailer for the podcast. “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.”

“In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys, looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning, truth and community with the larger story of America,” Obama says in the trailer. “And over the course of a few days, all just a few miles from where he grew up, we talked.

“What we discovered during these conversations was that we still share a fundamental belief in the American idea. Not as an act of nostalgia, but as a compass for the hard work that lies before us,” Obama added.

Obama and Springsteen first hit it off in 2008 when The Boss played many of Obama’s early campaign rallies and inauguration, where they first met one another. Springsteen then retook part in Obama’s successful 2012 re-election campaign and even penned Obama’s campaign theme song. Towards the end of his presidential era, Obama repaid his thanks to Springsteen for his constant support by providing him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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