February 24, 2021
Last year, Bruce Springsteen sat down for an in-depth conversation with former President Barack Obama that has become the crux of a new eight-part podcast —the first two episodes of which debuted this week on the audio streaming app Spotify, ABC-TV’s Good Morning America reports.
Renegades: Born in the USA was produced by Obama and wife Michelle’s new Higher Ground Productions company. The podcast features the politician and the rocker—both of them, cultural icons—discussing a wide range of topics, from family to race, to marriage, to fatherhood, to the current state in which America finds itself.
According to GMA, the preview, available on Spotify’s YouTube channel, includes a scene in which Springsteen and Obama discuss some issues they had with their fathers.
“My father was silent most of the time. He was not communicative,” Springsteen says. “I grew up thinking, you know, my father was, like, ashamed of his family. That was my entire picture of masculinity.”
Obama then shares, “So my father leaves when I’m two, and I don’t meet him until I’m ten years old, when he comes to visit for a month. I have no way to connect to the guy. You know…he’s a stranger who’s suddenly in our house.”
In another segment, Springsteen recalls that he bought his first guitar for $18, and that he then started learning some Beatles songs.
When Obama asks him how his parents reacted, the legendary singer-songwriter says, mimicking them, “Turn it down!”
Research contact: @GMA