Michelle Obama is stepping into the role of podcast host.
A new audio show from the former first lady, The Michelle Obama Podcast, will premiere on Spotify on July 29. The podcast will explore the relationships that shape people — from those with family to those with mentors to those with themselves — through “candid and personal conversations” between Obama and a series of special guests, Spotify announced on Thursday.
The Michelle Obama Podcast is the first in a multiyear partnership between the music streaming giant and the audio arm of Higher Ground, the production company that she and her husband, former president Barack Obama, established after he left office. It will give Obama an opportunity to dive into topics beyond those addressed in her 2018 best-selling memoir, Becoming, or 2020 Netflix documentary of the same name.
“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,” Obama said in a statement. “Perhaps most of all, I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations — and hard conversations — with the people who matter most to them. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another.”
The guests expected to appear on the show include late night host Conan O’Brien; Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama; journalist Michele Norris and Dr. Sharon Malone, an obstetrician/gynecologist and wife of former attorney general Eric Holder. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, and brother, Craig Robinson, will also participate in the podcast.