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Bill Clinton Launches Podcast With iHeartMedia

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton photographed on July 30, 2020 in Atlanta.

The first episode of 'Why Am I Telling You This?' will feature an interview with jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.

Former President Bill Clinton has released the first episode of his new podcast with iHeartMedia.

Why Am I Telling You This? will feature Clinton in conversation with some of the experts across a wide range of topics that interest him. The first episode features a sit-down with jazz artist Wynton Marsalis, who discusses his life and recent works The Ever Fonky Lowdown and The Democracy! Suite. Clinton was known for playing the saxophone during his presidential campaign.

"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," Clinton said in a statement. "I always thought that the main point of my work was to give people a chance to have better stories. Once you’ve heard a person's hopes and fears, where they’ve been and where they want to go, your differences slip away -- you become people first. Now more than ever, we need those kinds of connections."

Why Am I Telling You This? will be an extension of the podcast of the same name that Clinton launched through his Clinton Foundation with daughter Chelsea Clinton in 2019. Guests included Ruth Bader Ginsburg, George W. Bush and José Andrés. The new version of the show is a co-production of iHeartRadio, the Clinton Foundation and At Will Media.

"We are excited and honored to partner with President Bill Clinton on his new podcast launch. He has the rare gift of having both a deep intellect and an innate ability to relate to people from all walks of life," said John Sykes, president of entertainment enterprises for iHeartMedia. "He is a born storyteller and his curiosity about the people and ideas that make up our world is contagious."

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.