Hillary Clinton Is Reportedly Starting a Podcast

The former Secretary of State was apparently inspired by Conan O'Brien

Hillary Clinton speaking in a microphone
Hillary Rodham Clinton on stage for the "Hillary" press conference during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival in February 2020.
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / March 3, 2020 7:00 am

Her Hulu docuseries isn’t out until this Friday, but it already seems all but certain that won’t be the last we hear of Hillary Clinton: the former Secretary of State, Democratic presidential nominee and first lady is reportedly starting a podcast.

The as-yet-untitled podcast will be produced by iHeartMedia, and as Politico reports, Clinton was apparently influenced by the format of Conan O’Brien’s series Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend.

“Clinton was struck by how different the hourlong conversation with O’Brien was compared with short promotional segments on TV and radio,” the publication notes. “She had already begun discussions with iHeartMedia, which also distributes O’Brien’s show, and she started to think about how the format might allow her to record deeper conversations with newsmakers that listeners could enjoy well after they aired.”

“Conan just exudes enthusiasm about this platform and he does these interviews that are really evergreen and the idea with her, in part inspired by that experience, is to do the same thing,” an anonymous source described as “a person close to Clinton” told Politico. “She wants to try to have a wider-ranging conversation that will be lasting, so you can listen to it in a year or you can listen to it tomorrow and it will be interesting. And then of course she’ll do some ranting and raving about news of the day.”

Clinton has reportedly already begun recording episodes of the podcast, including one this Friday where she will interview an author promoting a book that is out in the spring. There’s no word yet on a specific release date, but Politico notes that she’ll “continue interviews over the coming months until there’s enough material for a splashy launch.”

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