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The changing seasons has brought a flood of new releases. The list includes a new NFL-focused show featuring three pro players as well as a podcast that marries true-crime and sports. Also this week, two new podcasts dealing with the case of Jeffrey Epstein were released. A new series is looking at the fatal accident that killed Princess Diana. Arianna Huffington’s back with more destressing-focused shows while another series looks at how Americans and Canadians are more alike than each realizes. Here’s some of what’s new to podcasting this week:

Sports Criminals is a new podcast that marries true-crime with sports. The show comes from Spotify’s Parcast and it will shed light on some of most notorious crimes to happen in the world of sports. The first episode featured the story of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted of killing his girlfriend. Other episodes will take on the Pete Rose betting scandal and the story of St. Louis Blues’ Mike Danton who was accused of plotting to have his agent murdered. Sports Criminals will release new episodes each Thursday.

What Really Happened launches its third season with a pair of episodes that explore the life and death of accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Podcast host Andrew Jenks will examine several overlooked aspects of the story, including the Palm Beach police officers who put their lives on the line to take him down. Other stories lined-up for the third season of the Cadence13/Seven Bucks Productions show include the bizarre saga of Empire actor Jussie Smollett, the conspiracy theory-fueled murder of Gambino crime family head Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, and a look at the NXIVM sex cult.

Fatal Voyage: Diana Case Solved is a new podcast that will take a fresh examination at the 1997 death of Princess Diana from the wildest conspiracies concerning a shady pact between senior royals, security services and, global arms dealers, to the official line that her chauffeur was a drunk who was irresponsibly speeding. The 12-part series from Broad + Water Studios and Endeavor Audio is a follow-up to the first season of Fatal Voyage that explored the death of actress Natalie Wood. The new season is produced by Broad + Water Studios for Endeavor Audio and Executive Produced by Dylan Howard and Co-Executive Produced by Tom Freestone, James Robertson, and Andy Tillet.

Esptein: Devin In The Darkness is a podcast from Endeavor Audio and Broad + Water Studios that looks at the sex trafficking allegations against New York billionaire Jeffrey Epstein as well as the circumstances around his Aug. 10 suicide. Producers say the 12-episode series will also include interviews with the secret members of Epstein's inner circle. Executive Producers Dylan Howard and Melissa Cronin have been reporting on the billionaire New York financier since 2014. Co-executive producers also include Rob Dixter, Tom Freestone, James Robertson and Andy Tillett. 

17 Weeks is a new weekly football podcast from Uninterrupted, the athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carterm and SiriusXM Radio and Pandora. The podcast is hosted by Jets running back Le’Veon Bell, Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley, with narration by 11-year veteran receiver Nate Burleson. Each week the hosts will offer their thoughts on the latest stories and trending topics from the league and interviewing friends, teammates, coaches, experts and other guests. New episodes will be published Thursdays during the NFL season exclusively on the SiriusXM and Pandora apps.

The Edge of Sleep is a new narrative fiction podcast from QCode Media’s new Woof Elf unit. That’s the division at the company that’s focused on developing narrative fiction podcasts. In The Edge of Sleep QCode partners with YouTube creator Mark Fischbach who plays a night watchman who discovers everyone who has gone to sleep has died and now he and other people who remain alive try to stay awake as they figure out what’s happening. The show debuts Sept. 24. Fischbach will have a large YouTube platform to promote the podcast with 24 million subscribers to his channel.

The Next Ten is a new show hosted by tress Paola Paulin, sports broadcaster Lindsay McCormick, and entrepreneur Kate Edwards. They’ll explore where they hope to be in the next ten years and how listeners can reach their ambitions as well. The PodcastOne show will cover everything from discovering the key moments that could forever change your life, to reviewing personal growth and learning from your mistakes.

The Thrive Global Podcast with Arianna Huffington launches its third season. The iHeartPodcast Network show continues Huffington’s mission to offer listeners advice on how to prioritize well-being over a lifestyle that leads to burnout. Guests this season include actress Sophia Bush, comedian Amy Schumer, actress Abbi Jacobson, actress Ilana Glazer, actress Constance Wu, and makeup artist and YouTube personality Michelle Phan.

North Americana is a new travel podcast from Destination Canaaa. Hosted by Canadian broadcaster Liz Beatty, the producers say the six-episode podcast uses travel to examine how Americans and Canadians are more alike than each realizes. From Summer of Love refugees in a remote British Columbia town, to American Revolution Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia, the North Americana podcast is described as “a cross-border conversation.” New episodes will publish biweekly.

The Startup Story is a new podcast targeting people looking to launch a business and those already in the middle of a startup. Hosted by serial entrepreneur James McKinney, the show says it will dive into the daily grind, the grit, and business trials that they have experienced in hopes of making people that are putting their success on the line realize that they’re not as alone as they might think. “Business owners have common anecdotes tossed at them far too often,” says McKinney. “There are deeper questions where real answers are needed.” Among the guests that McKinney has interviewed for the show are Larry Namer, the co-founder of E! Entertainment television; Emma Rose Cohen, the co-founder of FinalStraw; and Michael Littig, the co-founder of the Zuckerberg Institute.

The AI Element releases its second season. The podcast from Element AI, the developer of AI-powered software products, will focus on the impact of artificial intelligence as it grows across businesses, governments, and consumer affairs. That includes what AI can actually do, and not do, putting listeners in the room with leading experts discussing today’s toughest challenges in applying AI. The AI Element is hosted by Alex Shee. There will be ten episodes, each a half hour long, in the new season. 

All My Hexes is a horror-sci fi podcast from writer and professional game master Bernetta McFergus. The narrative podcast story follows four amateur paranormal investigators as they thwart the sinister conspiracies and unearthly horrors of a Texas oil boom town. The show is live-recorded at a San Antonio hobby shop with players mixing a story outline with improvisation.

Tips & Trips is a new travel-focused podcast from InsureMyTrip, a website that matches travels with travel insurance plans. It says the podcast will offer travel news and information for a variety of guests on a range of topics, including how to plan a successful trip and how world events may affect travelers. “People value experiences over material items more than ever, and it has changed the way we travel," says host Abbey Zartman. "As travel behavior continues to evolve, our goal is to better understand that experience, and become a go-to guide.”

Be Your Change launches its second season with another lineup of female voices as part of creator Be Your Change Media’s goal of giving women a bigger voice in the media. The podcast will speak with women change-makers who are leading the way in bridging that gap in Los Angeles and around the globe. Show creator and host Juliette Roy says the second season shares the work of women in different parts of the world “because we all need to get educated by the solutions everyone is working on to accelerate the pace of positive change.”

And The Writer Is begins its fifth season with songwriter hosts Ross Golan and Joe London speaking with singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and actor Finneas O'Connell. He is currently the number one songwriter on the Billboard charts. Finneas writes and produces for his sister, singer Billie Eilish, among other artists. Other guests lined-up for the new season are Paul Anka, James Bay, Julian Bunetta, Sam Harris, and Ben Platt. The And Writer Is podcast is a joint venture between Big Deal Music Group, Mega House Music, Golan and London. 

Perspectives, a financial podcast from Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, returns for its second season. The show is hosted by Candace Browning and Chris Hyzy and will continue to explore the financial news that makes headlines, from the rising cost of college to the growing empowerment of women—and help listeners understand what they mean to their financial lives. Perspectives is created in a partnership with Foundry. 

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