Listen up! Michelle Obama reveals she is launching a Spotify podcast

Jenna Ryu

Michelle Obama is officially a podcaster!

The former first lady took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the title of her podcast: "The Michelle Obama Podcast."

"It's been a tough year and I hope this podcast can help us explore what we're going through and spark new conversations with our loved ones," she wrote on Twitter. 

"The Michelle Obama Podcast" will teach listeners to "open up new conversations – and hard conversations – with the people who matter most to them." Topics of discussion will include sibling relationships, raising children, girlfriends, women's health, mentorship and marriage.

The podcast will debut exclusively on Spotify on July 29 and will be available to both Free and Premium users around the globe. The Obamas' production company, Higher Ground, announced their partnership with Spotify last summer.

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“My hope is that this series can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we’re all trying to answer in our own lives,” Michelle Obama said in a press release on Thursday. “That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another.”

Special guests will include late night host Conan O'Brien; obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Sharon Malone (who is also the wife of former Attorney General Eric Holder); Obama's older brother and executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Craig Robinson; former Obama White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; and journalist Michele Norris.

In her personal introduction episode, "Introducing The Michelle Obama Podcast," she explained her podcast will be "a place to explore big topics together, a place to sort through the questions that we're all trying to answer."

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"In each episode, we'll be discussing the relationships that make us who we are," Obama said. "What I love about these conversations is that they're topics and issues we're all dealing, with no matter what's going on."

She continued: "I hope this podcast sparks ideas and topics that you can open up with within your own circles."

“At Spotify we seek to connect listeners with the world’s most authentic and compelling voices,” said Spotify Chief Content and Advertising Business Officer, Dawn Ostroff in astatement. “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.”

Obama released her Netflix documentary “Becoming” in May. The project was an extension of her 2018 best-selling memoir of the same name and a kind of authorized filmic portrait of Obama.

Last year, she embarked on a rock-star-style tour of more than 30 cities to promote her book.

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