For Immediate Release: July 3, 2019
Contact: [email protected]
President Clinton explores the history and evolution of the American Presidency in “We The People,” a special Independence Day episode of the “Why Am I Telling You This?” Podcast
New episode of the Clinton Foundation podcast features David Blight, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, and reflections by President Clinton on the institution of the presidency and his lifetime of public service from this year’s Presidential Ideas Festival at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.
NEW YORK – For Independence Day, the Clinton Foundation is releasing “We The People,” a special episode of the Foundation’s podcast “Why Am I Telling You This?” featuring President Clinton’s keynote address to the University of Virginia’s Miller Center recent Presidential Ideas Festival. In the episode, President Clinton draws on his own lifetime of public service to trace the evolution of the Presidency from America’s founding through the present day, and explore how different Presidents at key moments used the office and its powers to build an America that more closely resembled our highest ideals and aspirations.
As Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian, and professor of American History at Yale University David Blight notes in his introduction, these remarks are a “rare blend of learned history and lived experience." President Clinton’s speech is not a retelling of the past, but a challenge to meet the demands of the present — and a reminder of what the future of the Presidency can be.
Listen to this special episode here, through Apple podcasts and other major platforms.
The Miller Center and the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative organized the Presidential Ideas Festival to provide a space for critical and comprehensive analysis of the history of the Executive Office to help inform the policy decisions of the future. The event included scholars, students, and political pundits meeting to discuss issues and to approach solutions.
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. Previous episodes include:
· A conversation between Chelsea Clinton and Stonewall Inn owner Kurt Kelly about the historical and future fights for LGBTQ+ rights, timed to the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots;
· A conversation between President Clinton and chef, humanitarian, and Clinton Foundation partner José Andrés to discuss disaster recovery and resiliency in the Caribbean; and
· A conversation between Chelsea Clinton and early childhood literacy experts to talk about the importance of early brain development, what parents can do, and how the Clinton Foundation is working to promote these efforts nationwide.
“Why Am I Telling You This?” features conversations with President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation 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 -- upcoming episodes touch on how to combat climate change and the opioid crisis; conversations on global leadership; reflections on the Clinton Administration; and President Clinton’s wide range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity.
# # #
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.