If listening to podcasts did not interest you much before, then Spotify’s latest series might grab your attention.
'Renegades: Born in the USA' has managed to bring two iconic personalities from the field of music and world politics together. Former president of the United States Barack Obama and legendary American musician Bruce Springsteen have collaborated to release the podcast where they talk about stories about music, fatherhood, life in America and the experiences that have influenced their lives.
In an Instagram post shared by Obama on Monday, the 59-year-old politician posted a video where he is seen with Bruce as they head to the latter’s recording studio at his home in New Jersey. The two are heard talking about their fathers and childhood memories. Bruce mentions how his father was silent most of the time and did not communicate much which led Bruce to think that he was ashamed of his family.
The 71-year-old musician mentions that experience shaped his image of masculinity and he asks Obama if he had to deal with something similar. Talking about his father, Obama said that he left him when he was two and did not return until he was 10 and that too for a month. Obama mentioned that there was no way he could connect to his father since he felt like a stranger to him.
The video trailer of the podcast then shows a montage of pictures and video clips from the younger days of both Obama and Bruce as the former narrates that on the surface it may seem as if they do not have a lot in common. Obama says that Bruce is a white guy from a small town in Jersey while he is a Black guy of mixed race, born in Hawaii. Bruce is a rock’n’roll icon while he is not as cool, says Obama but despite their very different backgrounds, they found common ground in the idea of America and this is what the two men explore in the podcast.
Last year, I sat down with my good friend Bruce @Springsteen for a long and meaningful conversation that touched on so much of what we’re all dealing with these days. I’m excited to share it with you over the next few weeks: https://t.co/sQACD08AWx pic.twitter.com/biMoxCLhAG— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 22, 2021
Netizens are excited to see the two iconic personalities come together and share some anecdotes about their personal lives. Commenting on Obama’s Instagram post one user wrote, “Two legends. I can’t wait to listen!” Another user wrote, “Awesome! Two of the most incredible Americans just talking!”