Radio host and podcast entrepreneur Charlamagne Tha God is launching a new weekly “late night” podcast for his own Black Effect Podcast Network. Also this week, there’s a new Lemonada limited-run series about the promise and the perils of the newly launched 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Double Elvis launches a show that peels back what goes into making documentaries. And a star-filled new rom-com musical podcast from QCode.
Here’s some of what’s new this week in podcasting –
Hell of a Week is a new podcast from iHeartMedia’s Black Effect Podcast Network and Comedy Central. The weekly late-night podcast that tackles the most pressing topics and social issues of today––with none of the BS and all of the comedy. Media icon and host of The Breakfast Club radio show Charlamagne Tha God is joined each week by comedians, outspoken celebrities and thought-leaders to debate current events permeating politics and culture through deep dive conversations, sketches and social experiments.
The Untold Stories of Sports in America is a new podcast from iHeartMedia’s Curiosity Audio Network. The podcast takes listeners through a history of how sports have reflected various facets of American identity throughout our nation’s history. It is hosted by UNC history professor Matt Andrews, who unveils the truth behind the passion with which Americans play and watch sports.
The Dangerous Art of the Documentary is a new podcast from Double Elvis. Hosted by filmmaker Tiller Russell (Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, Operation Odessa, Silk Road, etc.), the podcast reveals the fascinating stories behind some of the world’s most successful documentaries. Known for some of today’s most thrilling documentaries, Tiller exchanges the camera for a microphone, sitting down with other documentary filmmakers for riveting, in-depth conversations surrounding the intricate process of producing an engrossing documentary. In season one, listeners can hear from documentarians including Allen Hughes (The Defiant Ones), James Gay-Rees (Amy, Senna), The Way Brothers (Wild Wild Country, Untold), Jaimie D’Cruz (Exit Through the Gift Shop), Joe Berlinger (Conversations with a Serial Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes), Mark Lewis (Don’t F** With Cats) and Emmett Malloy (Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell).
“Jake Brennan and Double Elvis are doing some of the most intriguing and original podcasts in the medium,” says Tiller. “It’s an honor and pleasure to be able to collaborate with them on this highly personal attempt to learn from masters of the craft, how they do what they do, and why. For listeners, we hope it’s an intimate voyage into the strange and fascinating game of nonfiction filmmaking.”
The Dangerous Art of the Documentary premieres on August 11. New episodes drop each Thursday.
Tongue Unbroken is a new iHeartRadio podcast about Native American language revitalization and decolonization as seen through the eyes and mind of a multilingual Indigenous person who is Lingít, Haida, Yupʼik and Sami. The series is hosted by Associate Professor of Alaska Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell, PhD, who explores complex concepts of identity, resilience, erasure and genocide. Featuring guests directly involved in the language revitalization and decolonial efforts in Alaska, the United States, Canada and New Zealand, the show will educate and connect listeners interested in learning about the endangerment of over five hundred Indigenous languages, and the vital actions individuals and groups have taken to regain them. New episodes release every Monday.
Cupid is a new rom-com musical podcast from QCode, Double Garage Films and Three Amigos. What’s it about? Making up for lost time, Grandpa tells Jason and Dylan about Cupid and his quest for the missing Loomjuice. When Cupid wakes up from a night of partying in Hollywood to find that all of his mother’s powerful love potion is missing, he is stripped of his godly powers and exiled to Earth where he has only 7 days to recover the magical potion. If he fails, his new eternity will consist of constant combat training in his father Ares’ brutal bootcamp. Twists and turns and some unexpected allies await, and the clock is ticking.
The seven episode series is written and directed by Katy Cavanagh-Jupe. Starring Diego Boneta, Naomie Ackie, Rupert Friend, and Dillon Francis, among others.
Call For Help is a new podcast from Lemonada Media. This four-part series is hosted by Lemonada co-founder Stephanie Wittels Wachs, and features special correspondent Zak Williams — mental health advocate and son of the late Robin Williams — on each episode. Throughout the new series, Wittels Wachs interviews experts about the promise and the perils of the newly launched 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) and goes deeper into the challenges with the mental health system in America overall.
“Through my healing journey, I discovered that learning about the systems and interventions relating to mental health support became part of a deeper mission around finding ways to better be of service to causes relating to mental health,” said Williams. “Picking up everything I could about the why and the what of 988 along with Stephanie and the team has helped me better advocate for ways people can find the hope and the care they need.”
The podcast is presented in partnership with Sozosei Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Otsuka dedicated to ending the criminalization of mental illness, alongside partners at The Jed Foundation, NAMI and The Just Trust.
“As we’re making this series, the stories we’re hearing from mental health advocates, experts and people with lived experience are both harrowing and hopeful. 988 isn’t going to solve all of our problems overnight, but it’s certainly a giant step in the right direction,” said Wittels Wachs. “I’m honored to be able to dig into such an important topic with such a stellar team, including our series’ service correspondent Zak Williams, who has such incredible passion for helping us all do better at addressing mental health.
The first episode of Call For Help will be available on Tuesday, August 16.
Vibe Check is a new podcast from Stitcher. The show is hosted by radio and podcast host Sam Sanders, poet and writer Saeed Jones, and journalist and Broadway producer Zach Stafford. The three friends will bring their group chat to life as they dissect news, entertainment, and everything in between through a Black, queer lens. Listeners will hear Saeed, Sam and Zach discuss everything, from Beyonce’s latest single to the battle over LGBTQ+ rights.
“We couldn’t be more excited to invite people into our funny, thoughtful, and supportive sister circle on Vibe Check. This show is the culmination of years of friendship, and we look forward to helping you keep your vibe right,” said Sanders, Jones and Stafford in a joint statement.
The show is executive produced by Stitcher’s Nora Ritchie and Agenda Management and Production’s Brandon Sharp, with additional production support from Shantel Holder. Engineering is by Brendan Byrnes and Jared O’Connell, and music and sound design is by Marcus Hahn. Vibe Check launches August 17.
La Opinión Hoy is a new Spanish-language daily news podcast from the La Opinión newspaper. The ten-minute series will publish each weekday and similarly offer a roundup of the top news stories of the day, albeit targeting Spanish speakers.
Hosting La Opinión Hoy is Ricardo López Juárez, who also serves as Managing Editor of La Opinión. He is joined by Enrique Hernández Olvera, a pioneer podcaster in Mexico and veteran journalist, and Diana Gutiérrez, a sociologist who has spent the last 14 years on the radio in Mexico.
The podcast staff also includes Executive Producer Rafael Cores, who leads the content teams of all Impremedia digital properties, and a group of collaborators that includes Jesús García, María José Lavandera, Enlai-li Acevedo, María Ortiz, Araceli Martínez, Jesús del Toro and Clary Castro, who all have experience producing content for Impremedia.
Kyle Brandt’s Basement is a new podcast from Omaha Productions, the entertainment company launched by Peyton Manning following his retirement from the NFL, and ESPN. The show will be led by NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” host Kyle Brandt and offer a five-day-a-week podcast exploring the ins and outs of the NFL through guest interviews and interactive audience segments.
“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt in the announcement. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”
ESPN says Caesars Sportsbook will supply all betting lines and gaming data for Kyle Brandt’s Basement. Caesars will also present Brandt’s weekly gambling segment “Caesars Picks: This Time It’s Personal” where Brandt will risk his own personal items around his basement when picking games based on Caesars Sportsbook spreads.
Transfer: The Emiliano Sala Story is a new sports podcast from BBC Sounds. Hosted by journalist Kayley Thomas, the podcast is a nine-month series charting the story of the tragic death of Emiliano Sala as he embarked on a career in the Premier League. Transfer: The Emiliano Sala Story hears exclusively from some of those closest to Emiliano, as well as never- before- revealed insight into how pilot, David Ibbotson felt before the crash. The podcast also shares the footballer’s own words and feelings about his transfer.
“Here was a genuinely lovely man, who really cared for his family and would go the extra mile for friends, on the cusp of playing in one of the world’s richest football leagues. Yet the flight he ended up on reflected none of that,” said Thomas. “His death was a tragedy in the truest sense. In Transfer we will guide listeners through the many layers of this story – revealing details that are both shocking and heart breaking.”
Transfer: The Emiliano Sala Story debuts August 10.
The Film We Can’t See is a new podcast from BBC Sounds’ Audio Lab. It is hosted by Adam Zmith, who has found some lost sound recordings from 1930. As he listens to this archive of intriguing noises, he imagines a film that could have changed the world. The series imagines hidden queer connections between filmmakers over a century ago; treasured artefacts inside Britain’s celebrated museums speak for the first time in The Museum Of Bad Vibes; and Blossom Trees And Burnt-Out Cars unearths the radical ramblers and activist gardeners opening up nature to everyone. The creators say The Film We Can’t See is a journey through time and sound, into our bodies and our futures and a genre-bending adventure where documentary meets imagination with rich sound design by legendary musician Courtney Pine.
The Museum Of Bad Vibes is a new podcast from BBC Sounds’ Audio Lab. The UK has around 2,500 museums that attract around 100 million visitors each year, and between them they hold a staggering 275 million objects and artefacts. In this five-part series, Hanna Adan explores a collection of cultural and spiritual artefacts housed in British museums. With the help of experts and scholars, The Museum Of Bad Vibes also delves into the origin of each artefact and whether they should, or could, be returned to their homelands and intended communities.
“The series stems from my love of museums,” said Adan. “But just because you love something doesn’t mean you can’t critically examine it, right? I always questioned how the museums acquired these objects, what an object’s story was before it came to the UK and what if the objects could speak for themselves? So like a true millennial, I thought, why not make a podcast about it?
Blossom Trees And Burnt-Out Cars is a new podcast from BBC Sounds’ Audio Lab. Over the six episodes, Talia Randall meets the nature-loving pioneers who are breaking down barriers – visible and invisible – that keep many locked out of green space, including a YouTube gardener tackling racism with mulch, the nature writers who don’t fit the traditional mould and activists reclaiming the right to belong in rural England.
“If you had told me a year ago that I would have made a nature show I would have howled with laughter. Me? Are you sure babes? Throughout this process I told myself I wasn’t making a typical nature show but now that I’ve made the series, I don’t really know what ‘typical’ means,” said Randall. “This journey started with a simple question: who does and who doesn’t have access to nature? – but it’s grown into so much more than that. It has been a way in to talk about class, race, status, belonging, joy, which children are allowed to play freely in parks and which are seen as a threat.”
The Kill List is a new podcast from CBC Podcasts. When human rights activist Karima Baloch is found drowned off the shores of Toronto, an investigation into her mysterious death leads all the way back to Pakistan, the country she had recently fled. In this six-part series, host Mary Lynk explores the rampant abductions and killings of dissidents in Pakistan, the dangers that follow those who flee to the West, and a terrifying intelligence agency with tentacles around the globe. How did Karima die? And would Pakistan really carry out an assassination far beyond its borders? This is a story that a powerful state doesn’t want you to know.
Kuper Island is a new series from CBC Podcasts. This eight-part series hosted by Duncan McCue tells the stories of four students: three who survived and one who didn’t. They attended one of Canada’s most notorious residential schools – where unsolved deaths, abuse, and lies haunt the community and the survivors to this day.
Someone Knows Something: The Abortion Wars is a new series from CBC Podcasts. Host David Ridgen and investigative journalist Amanda Robb dig into the 1998 murder of her uncle, a New York doctor killed for performing abortions. They uncover a network of anti-abortion movements linked to violence in North America and Europe. Twenty years later, debates about reproductive rights are heating up in the U.S.
Chameleon is launching a new season of the investigative podcast series. This season is titled “Scam Likely” and follows an investigation into what was one of the biggest call center scams ever: more than 300 million dollars was stolen from Americans, and the tens of thousands of victims included people from all walks of life—white-collar and blue-collar workers, the wealthy and the poor, young mothers and elderly grandfathers.
Hosted by investigative journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Scam Likely chronicles the story of a small team of government investigators as they unravel a plot that stretches from strip malls in suburban Texas to drab office towers in one of the largest cities in India and hunt down the shadowy multinational mob behind the scam calls.
“We spoke to victims and prosecutors and investigators across the United States and traveled to India to find the still at-large fugitives at the heart of this story,” Bhattacharjee said. “No other show to date has dived this deep into the intricacies of tele-fraud. It’s an incredible tale that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats and we’re excited to take them along on a thrilling ride.”
The show is produced by Campside Media, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment’s Global Podcast Division.
This season is produced by Eric Benson and Johnny Kauffman at Campside Media.
Music Blocks returns for a second season. The Colorado Public Radio show is a music appreciation podcast developed in consultation with Colorado music educators and the show has found an audience with teachers, students and families across the country. Each episode of Music Blocks is about five minutes, making it fit easily into class or family time. The episodes are designed to start conversations about how music from diverse genres, cultures and eras conveys universal feelings.
Music Blocks is a production of CPR’s Audio Innovations Studio and is hosted by CPR podcast producer Rebekah Romberg and community audio producer Luis Antonio Perez. In addition to their work on CPR’s podcasts, Romberg and Perez bring their own musical experience and tastes to the show.
Music Blocks season two launches August 16 with eight new episodes released Tuesdays and Fridays.
Stories from the Stage: The Podcast returns for a new season. Crated by WGBH Boston and World Channel, the show shares extraordinary first-person accounts by ordinary people from every walk of life. Following the launch of the podcast’s successful 2021 summer playlist, co-executive producers and co-hosts Liz Cheng and Patricia Alvarado Núñez decided to release weekly podcasts with stories that inspire, entertain and teach us to celebrate our commonalities and differences. The series provides bonus “behind-the-scenes” narratives and extras not included in the Stories from the Stage on-air broadcasts.
“Starting in September, we will release podcasts every Monday, tied to that day’s broadcast of Stories from the Stage,” said Cheng, who is also General Manager for WGBH-TV and World Channel.
Tai Asks Why is returning for a fourth season.Fifteen-year-old Tai Poole won’t rest until he’s uncovered the mysteries of the universe, one probing question at a time. In season of the CBC Podcast series, Poole talks to everyone from NASA scientists to stand-up comedians to his equally curious little brother Kien. If you’ve ever wondered why nothing feels as good as a deep belly laugh or why it’s impossible not to finish a bag of Doritos, Tai has you covered.
Planet Water releases a second season of the monthly series that spotlights why people are fearful about their tap water quality. The series is created by Bluewater, the Swedish water purification company. The show is hosted by Dave Noble who heads Bluewater communications. “The podcast mission is to provide global audiences with an informative platform around critical issues of water, hydration, health, wellness, and the climate emergency,” said Noble. Planet Water engages with top names from the world of water, sports, business, and the environment.
Write Here, Write Now: A Vocal Podcast is releasing a second season of the show from Creatd, the parent company of Vocal and Creatd Studios. The series’ first eight-episode run is hosted by Erica Wagner—an author, critic, and former literary editor of The Times—and features a selection of original stories sourced from Vocal’s extensive network of creators.
“These modern-day change-makers, many of whom are on Vocal, now have another platform through our new podcast initiative for getting noticed and turning their passions into potential new income opportunities,” says CEO Laurie Weisberg.
The second season of Write Here, Write Now will also serve as an audio companion to the Vocal+ Fiction Awards print anthology, due to be published early next year in partnership with the UK-based publisher Unbound.
Where Kindness Lives isa new podcast from the neighborhood network Nextdoor with the aim of inspiring, challenging, and informing global neighbors while making kindness contagious. Hosted by native New Yorker Jennie Sager, the Head of Nextdoor Australia and a former producer with MTV, National Geographic and Discovery, Where Kindness Lives chats with personalities and globally recognized names about what kindness means to them and how to drive positive change. The podcast also taps into the heart-warming stories seen on Nextdoor and shines a light on the neighbors who selflessly deliver random acts of kindness.
“Where Kindness Lives speaks with inspiring minds from every corner of the world to give listeners helpful and easy takeaways for cultivating kindness in their local communities. Whether it’s an author, a business leader, a chef, or a singer, all of our guests have personal stories and experiences to share that led to them doubling down on kindness and care,” said Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar. “Our research has found that performing small acts of kindness for neighbors improves mental health and well being. Nextdoor neighbors perform small acts of kindness regularly, which often go unnoticed outside of their own neighborhoods, until now. We’re very excited to share the personal stories and experiences of our guests and inspire others to exercise more kindness in their everyday lives.”
Militarily Speaking is a new podcast from Armed Forces Bank. The show is which is dedicated to helping the military community navigate finances, as well as military life overall. Militarily Speaking shares stories and offers insights about both good and bad financial practices, as well as strategies to help service members get ahead.
Militarily Speaking is hosted by AFB executives Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. On the podcast they discuss military benefits members should take advantage of to become more financially independent. Topics highlight resources that help service members prepare for important milestones and the eventual transition to civilian life. At the end of each episode, the podcast concludes with its “Military Minute,” a guessing-game segment featuring military history, military facts and pop culture. Correct answers by listeners result in cash prizes, as well as a donation to a charity of the winner’s choice.
Uncovering Hidden Risks is a new podcast from Microsoft and CyberWire. Hosted by Erica Toelle, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Purview, Uncovering Hidden Risks is a monthly podcast on which Toelle and her guests will dive into topics like data governance, internal and external threats, risk management and compliance, industry trends, and customer challenges. Erica and her guests will explore the end-to-end data protection story, including the people, places, processes, and products enterprises can rely on to mitigate risk. Each episode will feature a panel of Microsoft security professionals and community security and risk experts.