Barack Obama appears as comedian Marc Maron’s special guest on today’s episode of his WTF podcast, and the President probably went off-script.

President Obama used the N-word to discuss how much progress has been made in U.S. race relations--and how much farther the country has to go.

“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ’n**ger’ in public,“ Obama said. “That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.“