May 30, 2019
May 30

José Andrés Joins President Clinton for First Episode of Clinton Foundation Podcast “Why Am I Telling You This?”

New York, NY
Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2019
Contact: [email protected] 




President Clinton and José Andrés discuss response, preparedness, and resilience after natural disasters; share stories of working in Haiti, the United States, Venezuela, and Mozambique in advance of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network Meeting on Post-Disaster Recovery in U.S. Virgin Islands June 3-4


The first episode is available to download now on Apple podcasts and other major platforms


NEW YORK -- Today, President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation released the first episode of “Why Am I Telling You This?” where President Clinton sits down with chef, humanitarian, and Clinton Foundation partner José Andrés to discuss disaster recovery and resiliency in the Caribbean. In the episode, José Andrés shares stories of working in Haiti, the United States, Venezuela, and Mozambique to provide hot meals, human dignity, and hope after catastrophe hits—and how he found his passion in cooking.


The episode is being released in conjunction with next week's trip by President Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the fourth meeting of the Clinton Foundation's Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, which has already announced over 50 ongoing projects promoting recovery and resilience in the Caribbean.


To listen to the first episode, visit the “Why Am I Telling You This?” page on Apple podcasts. The podcast is a co-production of the Clinton Foundation and At Will Media, published without commercials, and available without a subscription fee now on Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms.


“Why Am I Telling You This?” features conversations with President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation staff, partners, and special guests. Drawing on their own experiences, they share stories of the people, issues, and events that have shaped our world and the Clinton Foundation’s work - and why we should be optimistic about the future. The series covers issues related to the Foundation’s work -- in addition to this episode’s focus on ongoing hurricane recovery needs, other episodes touch on how to combat climate change and the opioid crisis; new ways to improve early childhood literacy; conversations on global leadership; reflections on the Clinton Administration; and President Clinton’s wide range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity.


Upcoming episodes will feature guests former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy; Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health; Dawn Staley, American basketball Hall of Fame player and coach; Kurt Kelly, the owner of Stonewall Inn; early childhood education experts including Managing Director of Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Ralph Smith; New York University Professor of Early Childhood and Literacy Development Dr. Susan Neuman; members of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program; Clinton Global Initiative University students; and senior members of the Clinton Administration as well as artists, authors and celebrities active in philanthropy.


For more details on the launch of “Why Am I Telling You This?” please click here.


The episode is being released in advance of next week's Action Network meeting, where President Clinton and Secretary Clinton will bring together hundreds of leaders from business, government, and civil society to advance recovery and resiliency projects in the region. The meeting on St. Thomas on June 3 and 4, in partnership with Bloomberg LP and Love City Strong, will address topics such as infrastructure, agriculture, workforce development, clean and renewable energy, health, and Caribbean arts and culture. At the meeting, new Commitments to Action will be announced, adding to more than 50 commitments made to date. 


For more details on next week’s Action Network meeting in the Caribbean, please click here.


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About the Clinton Foundation


Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, that premise has energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.


As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.


We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.


About At Will Media

Founded in 2015 by CEO Will Malnati, At Will Media is a full-service media company based in Manhattan and Los Angeles. With over 50 years of combined experience, At Will Media sets the pace for the podcast industry as a partner for branded content and a hub for successful and critically acclaimed originals. From podcasts to custom Amazon Alexa Skills, At Will Media powers and produces shows for high-profile clients such as GQ, Morgan Stanley, Town & Country, WeWork, Viacom, 1 Hotels, and more.  The firm notably went on to produce the first daily audio product by L’Oréal and Hearst Beauty for Amazon’s Alexa. 2019 saw AWM receive a nomination in the category of “Best Branded Podcast” at the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards for The Atlantic Magazine’s podcast The Future According to Now, Season 2.  At Will Media' executive team is headed by entrepreneur Will Malnati, Glee actress and Emmy/Tony-award winner Jenna Ushkowitz, former Twitter exec Julie Martin and Audible alum Mitch Bluestein.