Maron Lands Obama for Historic WTF Podcast
The digital media landscape took a major step forward on Thursday as it was announced that President Barack Obama would enter comedian Marc Maron’s garage for a taping of Maron’s popular WTF With Marc Maron podcast.
Maron broke the news himself on Episode 612 of WTF, stating “If everything goes as planned, on Monday, I will post a WTF, an episode of THIS SHOW that you are listening to now, featuring myself in conversation with, talking to… at my home, in my garage… me, talking to… the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.”
Maron went on to say that despite his previous job as a political talk show personality on a program called Morning Sedition that aired in 2004-2005 on Air America Radio that he would do his best to keep this interview in the personal WTF ‘style’ that his listeners come to expect.
He then added, “Oh my God, I hope my bathroom is clean.”
WTF With Marc Maron, currently ranked 8th in itunes downloads, is no stranger to big guests. In previous episodes, Maron has gone after comedians such as Dane Cook and Carlos Mencia about stealing jokes. Todd Glass used this platform to come out as gay. Robin Williams once appeared on the show in 2010 and spoke frankly about substance abuse and contemplating suicide. When Williams did take his own life in August of 2014, Maron re-posted the episode shedding light to those harrowing comments. But the President is certainly the biggest guest get for Maron, and possibly in the small history of podcasting.
The news raises many questions. Will Maron actually ask the Leader of the Free World difficult questions? How open and honest will President Obama be? How open and honest can he be? How does this change the way the general public feels about or consumes podcasts? How does this change the way politicians view podcasts?
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