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Barack and Michelle Obama are in talks with Netflix to do a "series of high-profile shows" on the platform, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Per the Times, these shows aren't intended "to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics," but signal that President Obama "intends to remain engaged in the nation's civic business."

  • It's not clear what the Obamas will be paid, the NYT reports, and the "number of episodes and the formats" are still undecided.
  • Some ideas floated for topics are voting rights, healthcare, and immigration, or to have Michelle speak on nutrition, which was her focus in the White House.
  • Senior adviser to the former President, Eric Schultz, said that as the Obamas "consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”

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