The new Spotify podcast series by the ex First Lady Michelle Obama

“Hi, I’m Michelle Obama”

By Claudia Matrisciano

Michelle Obama is certainly among the most loved women and First Lady of all time. Not only was she the first black woman to play this role, but also an example of a strong, independent, self-confident woman.

African American teenagers and women and around the world consider her an example. A real role model to follow and be inspired by.

After the "American factory" series on Netflix and, above all, after her autobiography "Becoming" (perhaps one of the best-selling books of recent times) Michelle Obama, in collaboration with Spotify, has recently published "The Michelle Obama Podcast", a series of frank and real conversations, involving her friends, family and colleagues.

Even before publishing her very first conversation with her husband, as well as former POTUS Barack Obama, Michelle decided to offer a short 9:30 minute introduction entitled: "Hi, I'm Michelle Obama". The ex First Lady tells about herself, her childhood, up to her first day at the White House.

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So excited for you to hear the first episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast with @BarackObama! I wanted to start this season off by discussing a relationship that a lot of us are spending a lot of time thinking about right now and that’s our relationship with our community and our country. Given everything that’s going on in the world, I think that these days, a lot of people are questioning just where and how they can fit into a community. And how you answer those questions is unique to you, your experiences, and your communities––but the important thing is that you do go through the process of reflecting and reaching out to loved ones to talk through what you’re feeling and what you’re hoping for. Because once you do those things, I think you’ll have a better sense of your community, your country, and yourselves. And if enough of us can do that—and if enough of us can empathize with one another—then over time––and it will take a long time, we can come up with some solutions and create the change we’re all hoping for. Click the link in my bio to hear my conversation with Barack!

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The first episode could only see Barack Obama as a guest. The spouses tell each other intimately, as perhaps they have never done before. They tell of their life and their families. The first element that seems to guide their conversation is the strong sense of revenge against their childhood, the sacrifices of their parents but also the places where they lived.

Listening to their words, in their tone of voice, is like being accompanied sweetly and easily in someone's life. 48 minutes of pure interest, curiosity, complicity.

The goal of the podcast series is to shed light on important issues such as physical and mental health, the rhythms of our society, history. The entire podcast was built and designed to be a place to ask questions, reflect, open up and be vulnerable.

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What an incredible day in Vietnam! I visited Cần Giuộc high school to meet members of the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance community who are working hard to pursue their education and achieve their dreams. Thankfully, they’re not alone: local leaders from @RoomtoRead provide crucial support to help these girls stay in school and prepare for their futures so they can become the women they’re meant to be. I was thrilled to see this work in action—and I’m grateful that some special friends like @JuliaRoberts, @LanaCondor, @ngothanhvan_official, @JennaBHager, and @LizaKoshy joined me to visit these girls and to shine a light on the extraordinary work being done.

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There will be many guests from the first season. According to Forbes magazine, in addition to Barack Obama there will also be Marian and Craig Robinson, Michelle's mother and brother, the TV host Conan O'Brien, Valerie Jarrett, Obama's adviser during the presidency, the journalist Michele Norris and the doctor Sharon Malone, wife of Eric Holder, attorney general during the Obama presidency.

What can we say except that Michelle Obama increasingly confirms herself to be one of the heroines of our times?

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Sunday night in Nashville, I walked off stage for the final time on my #IAmBecoming tour. After 34 stops, from Chicago to Copenhagen and Vancouver to Atlanta, I couldn’t be more humbled—or more hopeful. I started this journey knowing that in order for you all to know who I was, you had to know my whole story—the broken parts, the struggles, and the imperfections. It wasn’t always easy to share those moments, but I know that it’s only because of them that I was able to become something more. So thank you all—all the young people I met along the way, all the folks sitting in the balconies, all the book clubs who generated real discussions—for recognizing that truth in your own lives, and for sharing it not just with me but with the world. If each of us can do more of that, if we can be a little more vulnerable, a little more honest with ourselves and with each other, then maybe we can pay that lesson forward to someone else. Maybe we’ll be able to offer each other a little more grace. And maybe then, we can more fully embrace the ways we are the same. To me, that’s how we can all keep becoming, together.

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