America’s mythology.

March 29, 2021

“Skin is destiny.” -Bruce Springsteen

Renegades: Born in the USA

This is a not-to-miss podcast with President Barack Obama and The Boss. I wanted to try and point you to one particular episode, friends, but I can’t. Truly, all eight segments are golden, and deeply wise.


President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen Join Forces in the New Podcast ‘Renegades: Born in the USA’

Here’s a clip.

President Barack Obama asks in the introduction of the first episode of the podcast: “How did we get here? How could we find our way back to a more unifying American story?”

Bruce explains: “That topic came to dominate so many of my conversations last year—with Michelle, with my daughters and with friends. And one of the friends just happened to be Mr. Bruce Springsteen. On the surface, Bruce and I don’t have a lot in common. But over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility. About work, about family and about America. In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much. Trying to chronicle the stories of its people. Looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning and truth and community with the larger story of America.”

Need to post this after listening to one of the most poignant episodes for me. 

American Skin.

Recorded after a police shooting 20 years ago. Still, tragically, as prevalent today.

And this. The one song President Obama said can still make him cry.


Prickly Pear Acrylic


Artist: Annie Glenn Ashfield

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