Michelle Obama has announced the all-star lineup for her upcoming podcast, ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’ — and it won’t come as a surprise to many that her first guest is her husband, former President Barack Obama.
The 56-year-old former first lady’s new venture debuts on Spotify on July 29 and will feature a series of interviews with her ‘posse’ — which includes family, friends, and colleagues.
And on Friday, she announced that her 58-year-old husband is first up in the premiere episode, sharing a preview clip in which she praises him as the ‘eternal “Yes, we can” man.’
Coming soon! Michelle Obama has announced the all-star lineup for her upcoming podcast, ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’
A chat with hubby: First first guest on July 29 will be her husband, former President Barack Obama
The plan: The two talk about marriage, protests, coronavirus, and quarantine
According to Variety, Mrs. Obama said she invited Barack to be her first guest ‘because he’s navigated these questions throughout the course of his life. In many ways, you can see his entire career as a constant conversation and evolution with his relationship to a larger and larger community.’
During the episode, which comes out next week, the couple talk about the differences in their childhoods, with Barack teasing Michelle that her upbringing was ‘Black “Leave It to Beavers”… only thing missing was the dog.’
They also discuss the coronavirus pandemic, with Michelle saying, ‘Like most Americans, we’ve been spending a lot of time together in quarantine.
‘I’ve been having a great time. But we’ve had some interesting conversations… because these are some crazy times,’ she tells him.
Big bro: Her brother, Craig Robinson, is set to be another guest on the show
Favorite: In a preview clip, Craig admits he is the one who got their mother to move into the White House
Wisdom: Michelle also talks to her mother, Marian Robinson, on an upcoming episode
The episode also explores the protest movement sparked by the death of George Floyd.
‘Given everything that’s going on right now, from the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the ongoing protests and conversations that are testing our patience — and our consciences… not to mention all the challenges we’re experiencing due to the pandemic, I think that these days, a lot of people are questioning just where and how they can fit into a community,’ Mrs. Obama says.
Future episodes will cover many other topics, from light to serious, including parenting, self-care, marriage, mentorship, family, and civil duty.
Upcoming guests are set to include Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson, and her brother, Craig Robinson.
High-profile: Other upcoming guests include Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett (pictured), Michele Norris, Chynna Clayton, Yene Damtew, and Kristin Jones
Funny guy: Conan O’Brien is also set to be a guest on her podcast
The 56-year-old former first lady’s new venture debuts on Spotify on July 29 and will feature a series of interviews with her ‘posse’
In a preview clip that Mrs. Obama shared on Instagram today, Craig can be heard saying that he is the one who managed to convince their mother to move to the White House ‘because I’m her favorite.’
More guests slated to appear include comedian Conan O’Brien in episode six, Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett in episode eight, and Michelle’s friends Kelly Dibble, Denielle Pemberton-Heard, and Dr. Sharon Malone in episode five.
She’ll also speak to Michele Norris, Chynna Clayton, Yene Damtew, and Kristin Jones.
‘I can’t wait for you all to hear the conversations I’ve been having for the #MichelleObamaPodcast,’ Michelle tweeted today.
The podcast is produced by Higher Ground Productions, the company formed by the Obamas in 2018, which has also made content deals with Netflix.