President Barack Obama delivers remarks as First lady Michelle Obama looks on during a Hanukkah reception in The East Room at The White House on December 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by ZACH GIBSON / AFP)
Spotify announces Ramadan podcast in partnership with Obamas
Spotify’s partnership with Barack and Michelle Obama will bring to light diverse Muslim voices in its upcoming podcast ‘Higher Ground: Tell Them, I Am.’
‘Tell Them, I Am’ podcast features a collection of narratives from Muslim voices including activists, artists, actors and athletes.
Audio company Spotify’s partnership with Barack and Michelle Obama will bring to light diverse Muslim voices in its upcoming podcast “Higher Ground: Tell Them, I Am.”
In 2019, Spotify partnered with the Obamas’ production company Higher Productions to produce podcasts exclusive to the platform.
The “Tell Them, I Am” podcast features a collection of narratives from Muslim voices including activists, artists, actors and athletes.
It is hosted by Misha Euceph, a first-generation Pakistani-American writer, podcast host and producer.
The announcement was made at the company’s Stream On event, which included a performance by Justin Bieber and was attended by the former US president, the duke and duchess of Sussex, and Bruce Springsteen, among other notable personalities.
The first season aired during Ramadan in 2019, featuring personalities such as Egyptian stand-up comedian, actor, writer and director Ramy Youssef, comedian Ahamed Weinberg, and actress Alia Shawkat from TV show “Arrested Development.” The second season will air on the first day of Ramadan this year.
“The stories are universal and the guests are all Muslim,” Euceph said during the Stream On event. “The ultimate goal is for people to feel something, for them to fall in love with the people they’re listening to without ever thinking about who they are and what they look like.”
Spotify announced a second podcast with Higher Productions titled “Renegades: Born in the USA.”
The eight-episode series features conversations between Springsteen and Barack Obama as they explore topics of race, fatherhood, marriage and the future of America.