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So imagine his surprise when, about a year ago, staffers for President Obama contacted his producer to see about the president appearing as a guest on Maron's popular podcast "WTF with Mark Maron."
The interview was taped two days after the horrific South Carolina shootings, and Maron was almost sure it would be cancelled. When it wasn't, Maron quickly turned the discussion to race and Obama surprised him and a lot of others by using the "n-word" while saying, in essence, just because we don't say "n" in polite conversation, doesn't mean racism is cured in this country.
Maron understands the news frenzy this has caused, but says in context it made sense.
''It was decisive. I thought his point was very clear," said Maron.
Maron has done podcasts for about six years, but this was an unexpected first. Obama said during the free recording that he did the podcast to try to reach out to those who may be disenchanted with politics and also to those who aren't ''dug in'' on one side or another.
Go to podcasts on your smart phone and search for Mark Maron and you can listen for as long or as short as you'd like. There's obviously a lot more on there than the President's conversation. And whatever your politics, it is interesting to hear a free-flowing, hour long discussion with the president.
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