The ‘A League Of Their Own’ Reboot Is Finally Happening

Abbi Jacobson’s A League of Their Own reboot is finally here

Two years ago, Amazon announced that Abbi Jacobson from Broad City was working on a TV reboot of the classic 1992 film A League of Their Own, and that’s about all we knew. We hoped the revival would materialize, but two years passed without news and we kinda forgot all about it. Cut to today and Amazon just announced that the show is finally happening, but it’s being billed as a “reinterpretation” of the critically acclaimed baseball flick.

For those unfamiliar, the original film told the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Penny Marshall directed the popular film, which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Lori Petty, as well as Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Megan Cavanagh. Per Variety, Jacobson stars in and co-created the new Amazon show, which is set to be a one-hour series, and although it won’t follow the original Rockford Peaches you know and love, it will explore an all-new group of female baseball players.

“28 years ago, Penny Marshall told us a story about women playing professional baseball that up until then had been largely overlooked,” Jacobson and Graham said in a statement. “Three years ago, we approached Sony with the idea of telling a new, still overlooked set of those stories.”

Jacobson shared the news on Instagram along with a few stills and behind the scenes shots from the new show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the show will begin with the formation of the league in 1943 and follows the Rockford Peaches, season to season as they struggle to keep the team alive through close games, injuries, late night bar crawls, sexual awakenings, not crying and road trips across a rapidly changing United States. The series dives deeper into the issues facing the country while following a ragtag team of women figuring themselves out while fighting to realize their dreams of playing professional baseball.”

Those brand new Rockford Peaches are going to be portrayed by D’Arcy Carden, Chanté Adams, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez, and Priscilla Delgado. Molly Ephraim, Kate Berlant, and Melanie Field will recur as guest stars.

Of course, we’d love to see Geena Davis and Rosie O’Donnell reprise their roles, but Amazon promises that Jacobson’s new version is perfect for a “new generation with new characters and their own fresh, modern vision on a timeless story of big dreams, friendship, love, and, of course, baseball.”

No premiere date for A League of Their Own has been announced just yet, but the show is set to land on Amazon, so stay tuned.

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Dr. Fauci Had To Hire Security To Protect His Wife And Daughters

Fauci said his family received death threats from people who object to his work on the pandemic

In today’s edition of “What The Hell Kind Of World Do We Live In?”, Dr. Anthony Fauci — our nation’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House coronavirus task force — revealed he had to hire security to protect his family, including his three daughters, who’ve been harassed and received death threats.

“Getting death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security is just, I mean, it’s amazing,” Fauci said during a chat with CNN‘s Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Wednesday.

“I wish that they did not have to go through that,” Fauci continued. “I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it… that they actually threaten you.”

During the live-streamed talk hosted by Harvard’s School of Public Health, Fauci went on to say that the crisis “brings out the best of people and the worst of people” and that his wife and daughters were “fine” but stressed.

This isn’t the first time Fauci and his family have been on the receiving end of threats. Last month, he said during an interview on “The Axe Files” podcast that his family faced “serious threats,” calling them “a little bit disturbing.”

“I’ve seen a side of society that I guess is understandable, but it’s a little bit disturbing,” he told CNN political commentator David Axelrod. “It’s really a magnitude different now. As much as people inappropriately, I think, make me somewhat of a hero … there are people who get really angry at thinking I’m interfering with their life because I’m pushing a public health agenda.”

Fauci was also given a security detail back in April after receiving threats, The Hill reported at the time. But when asked about it at a press briefing, Fauci deferred the question to the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general. Fauci later called the threats and his safety “secondary” to the pandemic.

“I’ve chosen this life. I know what it is,” Fauci said during an appearance on the Today show. “There are things about it that sometimes are disturbing, but you just focus on the job you have to do and just put all that other stuff aside and just try as best as possible not to pay attention to it.”

Fauci, who’s been the head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, has gained a reputation as a staunch truth-teller, even if that means openly correcting Trump, who has, in response, made very clear his anti-Fauci stance. Not only has Trump frequently undermined and contradicted Fauci’s guidance and recommendations throughout the pandemic, but he’s even retweeted #FireFauci tweets.

In fact, just this past weekend, Trump retweeted a video of a Fauci explaining why the U.S. has seen a surge in cases while European country have seen the opposite, writing, “Wrong!”

“We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be less cases. How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!” Trump wrote.

This is the world we live in, folks. And we need to protect Fauci — and his family — at all costs.

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Over 250 Campers And Staffers Test Positive For COVID-19 At Georgia Camp

Massive COVID-19 outbreak at Georgia summer camp confirmed by CDC

As the country debates whether it’s possible to reopen schools this fall, the latest report of a mass COVID-19 spread at a summer camp is making in-person classroom instruction seem anything but possible. According to a new CDC study, 260 campers and staffers who attended a Georgia YMCA summer camp in June tested positive for the virus.

The Georgia camp in question was not named in the CDC study, though WSB-TV confirms it was YMCA Camp High Harbour. Back in June that camp announced their closure, though news reports at the time reported a COVID-19 outbreak among only 85 individuals, a number we now know is much greater. Per the CDC, 597 individuals — including campers and both teen and adult staffers — attended the camp in June. Test results were available for only 344 individuals, but of those, 76% tested positive for the virus. That is 260 individuals. No deaths or hospitalizations were reported, and most reported symptoms like fever, headache, and sore throat.

Several days after the camp began, a teenage staff member developed chills and left the camp. The next day, an adult staffer fell ill. At this point, the camp began sending kids home. Only ten days elapsed from the time the first staffers arrived for training to the moment the camp closed its doors. It only took ten days for 250 people across all groups to become infected with COVID-19.

The CDC reports that although the camp did a good job sanitizing shared surfaces and requiring staff members to wear masks, many of the children at the camp did not wear cloth face masks as the camp did not require it, despite guidance from the CDC stressing the importance of mask-wearing. The CDC also said that the camp did not open enough windows and doors for increased ventilation and that the “daily vigorous singing and cheering” amongst campers might have attributed to the rampant spread.

The CDC also adds that the number of positive cases was likely even higher as they weren’t able to test every person that attended that camp during those two weeks. Not surprisingly, this outbreak proves kids are just as capable as spreading COVID-19 as anyone else.

“This investigation adds to the body of evidence demonstrating that children of all ages are susceptible to [COVID-19] infection and, contrary to early reports, might play an important role in transmission,” the study explained.

The CDC concluded their study by reminding everyone that “physical distancing and consistent and correct use of cloth masks should be emphasized as important strategies for mitigating transmission.”

 

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CDC Says Number Of Actual COVID Cases May Be Up To 24 Times What’s Reported

COVID-19 cases potentially up to 24 times greater than what’s being reported

The data and research surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving and a recent and shocking revelation is that the actual number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. may actually be up to 24 times greater than what’s being reported. As of July 21, 2020, the CDC states that the U.S. has reporter 3,819,139 cases, but new research out of the CDC says that’s likely a fraction of the actual numbers.

The Argument That Increased COVID Cases Are ‘Only Due To More Testing’ Is Just Plain Stupid: A cotton swab used in a nasal passage as health care professionals test for COVID-19
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A study conducted by the CDC COVID-19 Response Team and published on July 21, 2020, in JAMA Internal Medicine, states that the actual number of COVID-19 infections might be six to 24 times greater than what’s being reported (and we’ll get into that in a bit), but the study actually sought out to find out how many people have COVID-19 antibodies.

Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and typically if you contract COVID-19, it was assumed that you would have the antibodies to ward off the virus again. The problem is, the study found that only a small number of people actually had antibodies to the virus, which basically means, not everyone who gets COVID-19 has the antibodies to fight the disease and thus remain susceptible to catching the virus again. This might explain stories of people getting COVID for a second time and why the CDC strongly urges others not to use a positive COVID-19 test or a positive antibody test as a sign to return to pre-pandemic behaviors. “We do not know yet if people who recover from COVID-19 can get infected again,” the CDC states.

However, a secondary bit of info from the study discovered that in testing people for antibodies, the researchers deduced that the actual number of COVID-19 infections may be far greater than what’s being reported. Researchers think the discrepancy is due to the fact that people with mild or no symptoms just aren’t getting tested.

Healthcare workers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment test people for COVID-19 at the state's first drive-up testing center on March 12, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.
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The researchers stated that “the estimated number of infections ranged from 6 to 24 times the number of reported cases,” but in seven areas (Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New York City metro area, Utah, and western Washington State), researchers estimated that “greater than 10 times more [COVID-19] infections occurred than the number of reported cases.”

The samples used in the study were collected in early spring and early June, so perhaps another study with post-reopening COVID-19 data would be more helpful. Also, despite the prevalence of COVID-19 seemingly everywhere, the “herd immunity” truthers will be sad to hear we’re nowhere near reaching those thresholds. The study states that the only area with a significant amount of individuals carrying antibodies was in New York (almost 24 percent of the population had antibodies as of early May), but to truly reach herd immunity you would need 60 to 70 percent of people testing positive for antibodies. Other than New York, the percentages of people with antibodies in other states were in the single digits.

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Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and Scary Mommy is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. With news being updated so frequently, some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For this reason, we are encouraging readers to use online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

 

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New Study Says Kids Over Age 10 Spread Coronavirus As Much As Adults

A new and large study on coronavirus spread says older kids are as contagious as adults

The school reopening conversation continues to divide America as the president insists on reopening while parents worry about their children’s health and safety if they were to send them back to school in the fall. Up until this point, the information on how COVID-19 affects children has been confusing, to put it mildly, but a new study out of South Korea states that older kids (age 10 to 19) spread coronavirus at the same rate as infected adults do, and this news does not bode well for school reopening debate.

As reported by the CDC, South Korean researchers studied 5,706 coronavirus patients and the 59,073 individuals they came in contact with to learn more about how the virus spreads. Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told The New York Times that the research in this study was “very carefully done, it’s systematic and looks at a very large population. It’s one of the best studies we’ve had to date on this issue.”

The bottom line is that researchers discovered that children under 10 were half as likely as adults to spread the virus to others, but children over age 10 spread the virus at about the same rate as adults did, which is something to consider when middle school and high school kids go back to school and are interacting with their peers, but also their teachers, administrators, and janitors. The study had some theories about why older kids are more likely to spread the virus at a greater rate and it may have to do with height as younger kids are more likely to exhale closer to the ground, where there are fewer people to infect. The study also pointed out that older kids are less likely to be as hygienic as adults, so they could potentially be more contagious than adults, as they may not be taking proper precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

“…Putting them together in schools, having them mix with teachers and other students will provide additional opportunities for the virus to move from person to person,” Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York warned (via New York Times).

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The biggest question out of the study that remains is how contagious are asymptomatic children, as the study only looked at children who showed symptoms.

Unfortunately, all the news surrounding school reopenings is just as worrisome as this. Yesterday, the Trump administration banned the CDC from speaking at an upcoming hearing on how to safely open the schools. To date, very few districts have made formal plans for the fall, but in COVID-19 hotspot states like California, most schools in the state will not be reopening under new guidelines and places like Richmond, Virginia, and Prince George’s County, Maryland just announced they will all do online-only learning this fall.

It is an extremely stressful time for parents and kids as the start of the school year looms overhead. If only we could look to the federal government for some guidance during these unsettling times.

 

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85 Babies In One Texas County Test Positive For COVID-19

85 babies in Texas test positive for COVID-19 as the state struggles to contain the virus

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in the U.S. and despite the previous belief that children were largely spared from the virus, a number of sobering statistics have come to light to challenge that assumption. After Florida reported that a third of children being tested for coronavirus receive a positive test, one county in Texas has just announced that 85 infants under the age of one have tested positive for the virus.

In Texas, which has become a COVID-19 hotspot state, Nueces County is seeing an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases that Texas Tribune is calling it one of the “fastest-growing outbreaks in the state.” In Texas’ Nueces County, where the beachfront Corpus Christi is located, Annette Rodriguez, director of public health for Corpus Christi Nueces Count just announced (via CNN) that 85 babies under age one have tested positive for the virus.

“These babies have not even had their first birthday yet. Please help us stop the spread of this disease,” Rodriguez stated.

Nueces County Medical Examiner Adel Shaker shared with the Texas Tribune last week that an infant less than six months old tested positive for COVID-19 and died shortly after. “It’s not anything that anyone can be prepared to face, even with the best plan,” Shaker said at the time.

Very little is known about these children, why so many were tested or if they were exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, but the reaction is all the same…more calls from local officials urging citizens to wear masks and practice social distancing. “This is a pandemic that could affect any one of them at any time,” Rodriguez said.

Currently, Texas is trailing Florida and California for most COVID-19 cases as the state struggles to contain the virus. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has finally issued a statewide mask mandate and closed down previously open establishments like bars, but the White House Coronavirus Task Force designated almost half of Texas’ 254 counties as “red zones” — an area where at least 10% of COVID-19 tests are positive — and Texas hospitals are quickly filling to capacity and running out of ICU beds.

Roberta Schwartz, executive vice president at Houston Methodist tells Vox that “every day, or every other day, we’re turning another unit of this hospital into COVID units. It’s slowly starving out the other services that we offer.”

State representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Joaquin Castro sent a letter to Governor Abbot, urging him to allow counties and cities to reinstate stay-at-home orders if needed.

“Texas is now not where it should be relating to fighting Covid-19. Therefore, your office should take immediate action to rewind the efforts to reopen the state quickly; which came about by ignoring CDC guidelines,” the letter stated (via CNN). “We need to provide local authority to local counties and cities to do what is in the best interest of their communities.”

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White House Blocks CDC From Testifying In Upcoming Hearing On Reopening Schools

Trump administration bans CDC director from testifying at a hearing on how to reopen schools

Just days after the Trump administration ordered hospitals to send all their COVID-19 data directly to the White House instead of to the CDC as they had been, the Trump administration is now refusing to allow the CDC to testify in a hearing next month on reopening schools, and you are not wrong if you’re extremely worried right now.

Trump has made it very clear that he wants to reopen all schools for the 2020-2021 school year and even complained on Twitter that the CDC’s guidelines for reopening schools were “very tough & expensive.” In response, the CDC said they would change their reopening guidelines — presumably to appease the Trump administration — though no new guidelines have been released thus far.

Now CNN is reporting that neither the CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield or any of his colleagues will be allowed to testify at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on how K-12 public schools can safely reopen for in-person classroom instruction this fall.

“It is alarming that the Trump administration is preventing the CDC from appearing before the committee at a time when its expertise and guidance is so critical to the health and safety of students, parents, and educators. This lack of transparency does a great disservice to the many communities across the country facing difficult decisions about reopening schools this fall,” House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott said in a statement (via The Hill).

A White House official, who confirmed the decision to block the CDC’s participation, said that Dr. Redfield has already testified before the House at past hearings and is not needed at the school reopening hearing because “we need our doctors focused on the pandemic response.” Unclear how that tracks, because reopening schools seems to fall in line with the “pandemic response.”

We have a hunch as to why the Trump administration would prevent CDC officials from testifying as Dr. Redfield stated this week that masks are “the key” to reopening schools and the president is extremely resistant to wearing masks. “If you really look at it, the data is really clear — [masks] work,” Redfield said during a webinar on Tuesday (via CNN).

A handful of school districts have already released their guidelines for returning to school in the fall as the Trump administration continues to insist that all schools reopen for in-person classroom learning. New York City will stagger attendance and combine two-day a week in-class learning with remote learning. Richmond, Va, Prince George’s County, Md announced they will all do online-only learning this fall, and California just announced new coronavirus infection thresholds that schools have to meet to allow in-person classroom instruction, and currently, very few counties meet the requirements. Most shocking is Florida, who will require all school districts to reopen campuses in August, despite the news that 30% of children in Florida getting tested for COVID-19 are testing positive for the virus.

 

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Maskless Protesters Crash County Commission Meeting About Masks In Schools

The Utah County Commission had to cancel a meeting about masks after a crowd of maskless people came to protest the safety mandate for schools

On Wednesday, July 16, the Utah County Commission tried to conduct a meeting to discuss the statewide mask policy for schools, but the meeting quickly went haywire. A video obtained by The Washington Post shows commission chair Tanner Ainge attempting to have a dialogue with a large group of irate people, most of whom refused to wear masks inside the crowded room.

“This is the exact opposite of what we need to be doing. We are supposed to be physically distancing, wearing masks,” Ainge said into the microphone. He was quickly met with “boo”s and shouting from the crowd. Even though some of Utah’s Republican politicians, Mormon leadership and big corporations like Walmart have come around to wearing masks as a scientifically-proven way to help stop the spread of COVID-19, this group in Provo, Utah, continues to show that many still feel like mask protocol is some kind of violation of freedom. The Washington Post reports that someone in the room held up a sign that said “Let kids be kids, no masks.”

“All of our medical experts, our department of health — everyone is encouraging us to [wear masks]. This room not complying with these health guidelines creates a health concern for this meeting, so I’m going to suspending the rules, and I’m going to make a motion to continue this entire meeting to another date,” Ainge told the crowd.

“The mandate for the children to wear masks is baloney. We have the right to make our own choices,” Cynthia Harding, a woman living in Provo told the Salt Lake Tribune.

Utah County’s Commissioner Bill Lee himself advocated for the right for Utah County citizens to choose whether or not they wear a mask when he organized an anti-mask rally in Provo, Utah. Just this week, per The Washington Post, he introduced a proposal that asks state health officials for “compassionate exemptions” from the mask mandate. “We’ve got to have a lot more conversation on this. [The order] doesn’t really fit the functionality of schools…We’ve got to have the ability to be compassionate with others,” he told The Washington Post, failing to explain why masks don’t fit the functionality for schools, or why asking people to wear masks is not compassionate.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen pushback to masks. As COVID-19 cases continue to rapidly spread across the country, many Americans have belligerently stood their ground, refusing to wear face coverings.  As of Sunday, the U.S. has averaged 700 deaths a day, according to CNBC. Additionally, 19 states saw new cases hit daily records, which includes Texas, Florida, and Georgia. “Let me be blunt; too many countries are headed in the wrong direction,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced at a news conference. In Utah alone, 413 more cases and seven more deaths were confirmed on Wednesday. According to KSL, that’s a 1.4 percent increase in positive cases since Tuesday.

“When people sense that another person is trying to control their decision, some people are going to act out against that control, whereas others are going to go along with it,” Dr. Vaile Wright, senior director of Health Care Innovation at the American Psychological Association, explained to USA TODAY. Dr. Wright also added that some are feeling “tired” and “scared,” which may explain some of the irrational behavior we’re seeing. While it may explain it, it doesn’t justify it.

Dr. Wright told USA TODAY that people need to stop seeing the mask mandate as some sort of freedom being taken away. She said people should consider wearing masks a “selfless act to help others.” Dr. Wright said, “Our role as citizens is to be responsible. Our freedom comes with responsibility, and this is one of those responsibilities to protect the public.”

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Target And CVS Join Other Retailers In Requiring Masks In Their Stores

CVS and Target now requiring all customers to wear masks

Following in the footsteps of Starbucks and Walmart, CVS and Target are now requiring masks to shop in stores and where are the Karens gonna shop now? Short of a national mask mandate, this sort of patchwork of retail and restaurant mask rulings might actually get the anti-maskers to finally mask up or just result in more Karen freakout videos. It’s totally the latter, right?

80% of Target stores already required masks to shop because of local or state mask laws, but beginning August 1, CNN reports that Target will start requiring face coverings in all stores and will even provide disposable masks at entrances to customers who don’t have one. Unclear why they are waiting until August 1 to launch the initiative, but it’s better than not having a mask policy at all.

CVS tweeted out their intent on Thursday, July 16, 2020, saying “With the recent spike in COVID-19 infections, we’re joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings when entering any of our stores throughout the country effective Monday, July 20.”

CVS also said in a statement that “we’re not asking our store employees to play the role of enforcer” and are relying on customers to actually follow the rules and wear a mask, but we all know how that’s been going. “What we are asking is that customers help protect themselves and those around them by listening to the experts and heeding the call to wear a face covering,” CVS continued.

Target and CVS now join Starbucks, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Walmart, and Kroger Co. which have all put mandatory face covering rules in place. CNN reports that the retailers who have hesitated to enforce a mask mandate are dragging their feet because they fear antagonism from shoppers, and as CVS mentioned, the rule of “enforcement” won’t fall to the employees, but how else will these new mask rules be enforced? Will these retail locations hire more security? Specialized mask enforcers? In response to a customer who claimed they couldn’t wear a mask for health reasons, Walmart wrote in an Instagram comment that “our trained ambassadors will work with [the customer] to find a solution that works for everyone.”

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — the county’s leading authority on all health-related matters — has already recommended that all Americans wear a cloth mask when out in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and now new research shows that not only do masks prevent infected carriers from spreading the virus, but they can also provide a certain amount of protection to the wearer. Just wear the mask, it’s not a big deal.

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Michelle Obama Is Launching Her Own Podcast On Spotify

Michelle Obama to drop a new Spotify podcast at the end of the month

After dropping her book, her tour, and her Netflix documentary, former First Lady Michelle Obama is back with more content to inspire and uplift and force us to continually scream, “run for president!” Michelle’s newest endeavor is a Spotify podcast simply titled The Michelle Obama Podcast and it debuts later this month.

The podcast will feature candid and personal conversation between the former First Lady and some of her closest friends, family members, and colleagues, like her mother and brother Marian and Craig Robinson, late-night host Conan O’Brien, top Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, and journalist Michele Norris, to start. “Episode subjects will focus on the relationships that shape us, from siblings and close friends to partners, parents, and mentors to our relationship with ourselves and our health,” according to a statement from the Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions.

In an Instagram post, Obama says each episode will focus on a different relationship “that makes us who we are. Sometimes that might be as personal as our relationship with our health and our bodies. Other times, we’ll be talking about the challenges and the joys of being a parent or a spouse, the friendships that help us through hard times, or the growth we experience when we lean on colleagues and mentors.”

Michelle emphasized that the conversations will be vulnerable ones, in the hopes that they lead to the kinds of meaningful discussions that create empathy and change, and the country could certainly use some of that right now.

“…This series can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we’re all trying to answer in our own lives,” Michelle said. “Perhaps most of all, I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations — and hard conversations — with the people who matter most to them. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another.”

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I’m thrilled to announce a new project: The #MichelleObamaPodcast with @Spotify! It’s been a tough year, and I hope this podcast can help us explore what we’re going through and spark new conversations with our loved ones. I can't wait for you all to listen––the first episode drops July 29! For this first season, I'll be talking with some of the people most dear to me: my mom, my brother, my friends, colleagues, and many others. In each episode, we'll discuss the relationships that make us who we are. Sometimes that might be as personal as our relationship with our health and our bodies. Other times, we'll be talking about the challenges and the joys of being a parent or a spouse, the friendships that help us through hard times, or the growth we experience when we lean on colleagues and mentors. What I love about these conversations is that they're issues we’re all dealing with every day––and they can take on new meaning when we’re going through a global pandemic or seeking out long-overdue racial justice in our communities. Mostly, I hope this podcast will help you open up new conversations––and hard conversations––with the people who matter most to you. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another––especially during times like this.

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It’s clearly the podcast we need right now as our country desperately searches for leadership in whatever form we can get it. The Michelle Obama Podcast will debut exclusively on Spotify on July 29, 2020, and will be available to all Spotify Free and Premium members. In the meantime, check out Michelle’s two-minute audio intro here.

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