9 episodes

Renegades: Born in the USA is a series of conversations between President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen about their lives, music, and enduring love of America—despite all its challenges.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 234 Ratings

Renegades: Born in the USA is a series of conversations between President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen about their lives, music, and enduring love of America—despite all its challenges.

    Looking Towards American Renewal

    Looking Towards American Renewal

    President Obama and Bruce discuss the hope for American unification, they ask themselves what defines cultural appropriation, and Bruce shares memories from when he was writing "Born in the USA."

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    Archival clips courtesy of Sofa Entertainment, MLB, and Drew Associates' ´The Children Were Watching.´ Watch the whole documentary on the Criterion Channel.¨
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    • 53 min
    Fatherhood

    Fatherhood

    President Obama and Bruce discuss starting their families, the feelings experienced when their children were born, and balancing fatherhood with their careers. They reflect on what they’ve learned from becoming fathers and husbands.

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    • 44 min
    Relationships with Our Fathers & Masculinity

    Relationships with Our Fathers & Masculinity

    President Obama and Bruce open up about their complicated relationships with their fathers, what it means to be a man, father figures, and role models.

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    • 40 min
    Money & the American Dream

    Money & the American Dream

    President Obama and Bruce discuss the relationship between money and economic class, growing up with income inequality. They unpack what it meant to not be aware of your lack of economic privilege/wealth prior to a US economic and cultural shift in the 1980s.

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    • 51 min
    Traveling the U.S. & Finding Home

    Traveling the U.S. & Finding Home

    President Obama and Bruce Springsteen discuss the loss of American innocence during the 1960s. They relate on the romance of the open road when young Bruce traveled to see concerts and President Obama road-tripped across the US when he first visited the mainland. They discuss the moments when they settled down, faced domestication, and defined their definition of home.
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    Archival clips courtesy of NASA, Global Image Works, Warner Bros, The Library of Congress, Getty Images, Chicago Film Archives, National Archives, and Wyndham Resorts and Hotels. John Wayne used with the permission of John Wayne Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. www.johnwayne.com
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    • 47 min
    American Music

    American Music

    President Obama and Bruce sit down to talk popular music, their early musical influences and memories, and the inspiration behind Springsteen’s Broadway show. They share some of their favorite artists (think: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, and more).
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    Archival clips courtesy of iHeartMedia, WETA, C-SPAN, and CBSNews.
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
234 Ratings

234 Ratings

1Gujju ,

Rock Star & The Boss

Absolutely outstanding. So heartwarming as well as identifiable. Each episode made me laugh at times & yet feel truly hopeful

NSCH3 ,

What a great podcast

It’s so nice to set back & listen to two interesting & incredible successful people talking about themselves, their lives, family, career(s) with such warmth & humility.
This is what we need more of! To be/stay positive & be able to talk about our shortcomings without anger, blaming others & putting others down.

Also, let’s not forget all the history lessons/background that both Boss & “twice” elected President Obama that share with us. I’m learning a lot.

Thank you!

Scott Rosberg ,

An Incredible Combination of Two Great American Voices

This is one of the most thought-provoking, insightful, meaningful podcasts to come around in a long time. Love the discussions the two of you are having. President Obama, I love your stories, as I am a year older than you and grew up with so many of the same memories that you talk about. I miss your leadership, caring, humility, and grace. Bruce, you have been one of my heroes for 40 years, and you and your insights into life never cease to amaze me. The two of you together is one of the greatest combinations we could’ve ever asked for. The issues and emotional ups and downs you both discuss tap into so many of the same issues and emotions in us listeners. Please tell me that there are many more episodes to go. Looking forward to listening to this podcast for a long time. Thank you for bringing this to the world.

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