Former President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are liberal icons, vacationing friends and rhapsodists about the dreams and travails of everyday Americans.

Now they are also podcast hosts.

On Monday, Spotify released the first two episodes of "Renegades: Born in the USA,” featuring the 44th president and the singer of the anthemic hit name-checked in the show’s title. In "Renegades,” which will release six subsequent episodes weekly, the two men speak intimately and expansively on topics such as race, fatherhood and the painful divisions that persist in American society.