Former US President Bill Clinton is getting in on the podcast craze. The politician has announced a partnership with iHeartMedia and The Clinton Foundation to launch the podcast “Why Am I Telling You This?”
The debut episode is out now, and it sees Clinton interview legendary jazz musician Wynton Marsalis about his life and career. The episode is called “How Jazz Explains Democracy.”
The podcast series aims to explain complicated issues in a relatable way. “Each episode will feature his wide range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity through conversations and stories with some of the most interesting people he knows about the ideas and issues that shape our interconnected world,” reads a line from the description.
“Growing up in Arkansas just after World War II in a family that didn’t have a lot of money, most of our entertainment revolved around storytelling. Listening to my relatives and neighbors tell stories showed me that everyone has a story, and that everyone’s story has value,” Clinton said. “I always thought that the main point of my work was to give people a chance to have better stories. Once you’ve heard a person’s hopes and fears, where they’ve been and where they want to go, your differences slip away–you become people first. Now more than ever, we need those kinds of connections.”
Podcasts continue to be extremely popular. Spotify–which recently paid Joe Rogan $100 million to bring his show to the platform–just announced that it now hosts 2.2 million podcasts. 25% of all users reported listening to podcasts for the latest period.
Bill Clinton’s new podcast is available on Spotify and everywhere else you get podcasts.