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Hollywood’s most famed bombshell died 57-years ago this month. Now a new podcast explores whether Marilyn Monroe was the victim of murder, and not a death by her own hand. Also: Spooked, the supernatural podcast produced by Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios, has returned after a nearly year-long hiatus. A new show looks at the rise and fall of former Los Angeles Clippers owners Donald Sterling. And “Splendid Table” serves up a new weeknight meal podcast. Here’s some of what’s new this week in podcasting:

The Killing of Marilyn Monroe is a new podcast from Broad + Water Studios & Endeavor Audio that examines the allegations that the actress was murdered despite her Aug. 4, 1962 death being ruled a suicide. Hosted by Us Weekly correspondent Jackie Miranne, The Killing of Marilyn Monroe investigates the shadowy conspiracies and unanswered questions surrounding her untimely death. That includes an investigation into the bombshell's secret life, uncovering what she learned while juggling affairs with the most powerful men in America. The 12-episode podcast is produced by the creators of one of the most downloaded podcast series of 2018, Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood which had more than 10 million unique downloads and more than 50 million media impressions worldwide.

Weeknight Kitchen is a new podcast and the latest brand extension for American Public Media’s “Splendid Table” weekly radio show and podcast. The show had already been producing a weekly Weeknight Kitchen e-newsletter offering practical but delicious recipes. Now it will take it a step further with the Weeknight Kitchen podcast, hosted by New York Times food columnist and reporter Melissa Clark. She’ll guide listeners through a recipe made for weeknight kitchens and bring listeners into her own home to share these recipes and give them the inspiration they need to whip up a weeknight dinner. APM says weekly episodes begin Sept. 4.

The Sterling Affairs is a new five-part podcast series from ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcasts. The show examines the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling. The series explores basketball in L.A., focusing on Sterling’s ruthless real estate empire, his unlikely role as owner of the NBA’s least successful franchise, and the scandal that rocked the sports world when his racist comments, secretly taped by his mistress, were made public and he was forced by the NBA to sell his team. The podcast is reported on and hosted by ESPN senior writer Ramona Shelburne. It is produced in collaboration with Western Sound.

Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked, the supernatural podcast produced by Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios, has returned after a nearly year-long hiatus with a third season on Luminary. The show hosted by Glynn Washington features true-life supernatural stories told firsthand by people who can barely believe it happened themselves. The show says it explores the dichotomy between belief and the paranormal, asking listeners to hold simultaneous and sometimes conflicting beliefs.

Dropping In is a new podcast that hails from the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Hosted by public radio veteran Karen Michel, the podcast’s first nine episodes will give listeners a taste of the distinct in-person experience that has brought more than a million people to the center in New York’s Hudson Valley since 1977. Premiering September 23rd, the 20-minute episodes will allow listeners to “drop in” on classes and intimate interviews with artists, climate change provocateurs, spiritual teachers, and health experts. Season one guests will include Olympic medalist Bonnie St. John, author Don Miguel Ruiz Jr., economist Winona LaDuke, spiritual teacher Tim Olmsted, and environmentalist Paul Hawken, among others.

A Place For My Head is a new podcast from Radio Influence that its creators say seeks to open the dialogue and change the stigma surrounding the subject of mental health. Based upon his website of the same title, the podcast will be hosted by Brandon Thompson and Jerry Petuck. “Why is mental health such a taboo subject? With everything going on in the world, a lot of people are struggling,” said Petuck. “You genuinely have no idea what that guy at the office, the grocery store, or at the gas station is dealing with. Everyone has a story. This podcast will bring these stories to light and we’ll discuss everything from everyday stress to depression to anxiety to mental and chronic illnesses and so much more.” A Place For My Head debuts Sept. 2.

Pretty Intense is a new podcast hosted by Danica Patrick, who succeeding in the male-dominated world of professional motorsports before retiring and becoming an entrepreneur and sole proprietor of Somnium, a vineyard in Napa Valley. In the weekly show Patrick says she’ll lead discussions with guests about life, inspiring ideas and ultimately realizing your true best self. Guests will be from all aspects of life, including professional athletes, business leaders, top chefs, and nutrition and wellness experts. First season guests will include former New York Yankee Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, chef and restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

Last Day is a new podcast from the just-launched Lemonada Media by podcaster Jessica Cordova Kramer and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs. Last Day confronts massive epidemics starting with the opioid crisis. The show will zoom-in on a person's last day of life, exploring how they became hooked on opioids and how society is reacting to the opioid crisis. Last Day debuts Sept. 25.

As Med with Sinead is a podcast in which Irish disabled persons advocate, TED alum and fashion's newest muse, Sinead Burke, leads candid conversations with diverse notable guests who explain what it's like to be them, challenging us to confront our biases and deepen our humanity. First season guests will include Jamie Lee Curtis, Victoria Beckham, and Mara Wilson. The podcast, from Lemonada Media, debuts Oct. 24.

The Punies will release its second season August 27. The weekly Saturday morning scripted show is about a group of diverse and sports-loving children who gather together each week to play and compete in a different sport. This season The Punies will take on a whole new world of sports including BMX racing, go-cart riding, gymnastics, and swimming. The podcast is produced by Kobe Bryant’s Granity Studios which specializes in sports-meets-fantasy-themed young adult and kid’s content.

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