- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 4, 2021

Former President Bill Clinton has joined the ranks of national podcasters, partnering with IHeartMedia, the broadcasting force behind 850 radio stations and two national radio syndicates.

The media giant also hosts dozens of podcasts that reach over 29 million listeners a month.

Mr. Clinton‘s new podcast debuted Thursday.

Content-wise, he appears to be retaining a political dimension in his new audio offering, which is titled, “Why Am I Telling You This?” His first guest is jazz great Wynton Marsalis, their topic is “How Jazz Explain Democracy,” and it runs for 46 minutes.

“As we’ve been living through these unprecedented times, we’ve all been forced to improvise,” Mr. Clinton says in the podcast, drawing a parallel between the nature of jazz and the state of society at the moment.

“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,” Mr. Clinton said in a statement.

The former president appears to be carrying on the tradition.

“He is a born storyteller and his curiosity about the people and ideas that make up our world is contagious,” noted John Sykes, president of entertainment enterprises for iHeartMedia.

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