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What he's listening to: Obama releases summer playlist

 Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a get-out-the-vote rally at the Cox Pavilion as he campaigns for Nevada Democratic candidates on October 22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Former President Barack Obama posted online Saturday a summer playlist of songs he and former first lady Michelle Obama are listening to this year.

The big picture: The former president posted to Instagram and Twitter a playlist of 44 songs — a nod to his status as the 44th president of the United States. Obama is also known for sharing his favorite reads via social media.

Obamas sign podcast production deal with Spotify

Barack and Michelle Obama smiling, with Michelle clapping and Barack waving.
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Barack and Michelle Obama have signed an exclusive deal with Spotify to produce a series of podcasts, Variety reports.

Why it matters: Politicians are increasingly turning to streaming media, like Netflix, as a way to reach the younger audience that uses those platforms, according to Axios' Sara Fischer. The Obamas signed a similar multi-year production deal with Netflix last year.