Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea launch storytelling podcast 'Why Am I Telling You This'
The podcast will feature conversations between Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea Clinton, and many other guests and foundation partners
The Clintons are now embracing podcasts and will be getting into doing exactly that. Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton decided to launch a podcast on Thursday via The Clinton Foundation.
The podcast titled 'Why Am I Telling You This' is a phrase that the former President frequently uses to connect and link stories while giving speeches. The podcast will be featuring conversations between Bill, Chelsea, Clinton Foundation staff, as well as several special guests and foundation partners regarding their lives and issues which have molded the foundation's work, and in turn the world.
According to a spokesman for the Clinton Foundation, Craig Minassian, the podcast series will be a mix of reflections and observations from the Clinton administration. It will also feature the former president's life and conversations about the work the foundation is presently doing.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not formally involved in the podcast but it is expected that she will make an appearance at some point or the other to support the foundation's work, Minassian shared. She is not a principal player in the organization even though she has attended several foundation events and also helped out in some of its efforts.
Given the fact that Bill loves to tell stories which are legendary in Arkansas and across the country, podcasting was definitely the next step. In an introduction to the series which has been shared on iTunes, Bill says, "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. When I got into politics, I always thought that the main point of my work was to give people a chance to have better stories. And after I left office, that's the same purpose that led me to start the Clinton Foundation," he added.
In a teaser clip for the podcast, Chelsea shared that the series will be focusing on the "people, issues and events that have shaped our work and our world." According to Minassian, episodes will include interviews with celebrity chef José Andrés, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and also senior members of the Clinton administration.
Minassian shared that podcasting is a "natural extension of President Clinton's mastery of using storytelling to explain complex issues and his belief that once you know someone's story, you better understand them as a person and your differences become less important. President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton have always sought new ways to create a deeper understanding of how to make an impact and improve lives which is particularly important and challenging in the current environment."