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Obamas’ Higher Ground to produce History Channel podcast

March 7, 2024

The History Channel is expanding its presidential footprint with the development of a new podcast with President Obama and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground.

Produced by Higher Ground Audio, Malcolm Gladwell’s Pushkin Industries, and Audible, the currently untitled eight-part podcast explores the history and legacy of America’s Reconstruction Era. From 1863 to 1873, America had the opportunity to reimagine American society from the roots of its economy to the very nature of citizenship itself. The podcast highlights the missed opportunities and complicated legacy of that period while also looking ahead at the lessons that can be gleaned for our future.

“We are incredibly honoured to partner with Higher Ground to tell an important part of history that, we agree with President Obama, has been overlooked,” said Paul Buccieri, President and Chairman of A+E Networks. . “In highlighting stories and presenting the facts of our shared past, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable, we aim to inspire listeners to ask questions, bring new perspectives, and spark ideas of change that will move our nation forward together.”

“We’re excited to work with this esteemed group to shed light on an area of our nation’s past that can provide integral lessons for our future,” said Rachel Ghiazza, Chief Content Officer at Audible. “Our collaboration with Higher Ground has been thrilling, with our audience clamouring for more — more conversation, more insight, and more enlightenment. This is an extremely important dialogue and we’re grateful for the opportunity to share it worldwide.”

“The Pushkin team is delighted to be partnering with President and Mrs. Obama in telling these vital stories of America’s past in the hopes of shaping a better future,” added Gretta Cohn, Pushkin’s CEO. “We’re excited to make an unforgettable series that will inspire and engage a broad audience.”

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights to the podcast.

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