Obama to explore meaning of work in Netflix documentary

In the series entitled 'Working: What We Do All Day', the former US president takes on hot topics such as the appeal of certain jobs, repercussions of the development of AI and the quest for finding meaning at work.

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FILE - President Barack Obama announces that his administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger immigrants living in the country illegally who came to the US as children and have since led law-abiding lives. —AP
FILE - President Barack Obama announces that his administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger immigrants living in the country illegally who came to the US as children and have since led law-abiding lives. —AP

Published: Fri 28 Apr 2023, 3:39 PM

Barack Obama will be back in the public view next month in a Netflix-produced documentary series in which the former US president explores the role of work in American lives.

"I'm excited to share the trailer for 'Working,'" Obama tweeted.

"In this series, I talk to American workers across various industries - from hospitality and technology to home care - to understand their jobs and hopes for the future," he added.

In the series entitled "Working: What We Do All Day," Obama takes on hot topics such as the appeal of certain jobs, repercussions of the development of artificial intelligence and even the quest for finding meaning at work.

The trailer for the documentary was released on Thursday.

His approach was inspired by the book "Working" by Studs Terkel (1912-2008), an influential figure of the American left.

Obama, who left office in 2017, employs his famous speaking voice to narrate the series, which will "explore ways to find meaning at work, and to create a bond through the experiences and the difficulties," the US streaming giant said on its site.

The series was produced by Concordia Studio and Higher Ground, a production company founded by Obama and Michelle Obama, in 2018, which bought distribution rights to the Oscar-winning 2019 documentary "American Factory," which also looked at the culture of work within the United States.

The documentary series will be broadcast from May 17 on Netflix.


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