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Newspapers in Chicago and Atlanta are teaming up with local radio stations to produce and promote their new podcasts. Also new this week, Recode makes an aggressive new podcast play with a three-times-a-week tech show. And Page Six gets gossipy on a new podcast. Here’s some of what’s new in podcasting this week:


Motive is a podcast from WBEZ Chicago (91.5) and the Chicago Sun-Times that tells the story of Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez. He was arrested and charged with murder at the age of 13 and eventually spent 16 years in prison for a crime that he didn’t commit. He was awarded $25 million in a wrongful-conviction lawsuit in 2012. But in 2015 he shot a man while his friend recorded everything on video. Jimenez is now back behind bars, serving a federal prison sentence for illegal gun possession. He’s also awaiting trial for shooting that man. Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times, which aims to understand how Jimenez’s background might have guided his decisions after he became a multimillionaire.

Breakdown: Judgement Call, the newest release from the Breakdown podcast from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, returns for a seventh season with an examination of Afghanistan veteran Anthony Hill. He was shot by police in March 2015 as he wandered down a street naked. It turned out the veteran was struggling with bipolar disorder and was off his medication. The officer now faces murder changes. The podcast will be hosted by reporters Bill Rankin and Christian Boone. Sister WSB radio is airing a two-hour special that previewed the podcast. 

Reset is a new podcast from Recode by Vox Media’s Podcast Network. The show is hosted by Arielle Duhaime-Ross, who most recently was the environment and climate reporter for Vice News Tonight on HBO. The tech-focused podcast says it will reevaluate the role of technology in lives. “How we, as humans, understand the impact of tech is having on the world and our lives. So it is a reset in that we hope listeners come away with a new and better understanding of how technology is actively evolving and changing everything,” she explained in the trailer. The series debuts Oct. 15 and will publish every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. “We’re going to grow the audience for Recode’s work for an even wider audience” says Recode editor-at-large Kara Swisher. Reset will be co-produced with Stitcher.

We Hear is a new podcast from the New York Post’s gossip-centric Page Six. It is hosted by Page Six editors Maggie Coughlan and Ian Mohr who will focus on gossip and news from the worlds of entertainment, culture, the media, fashion, real estate and politics. “This podcast is for anyone who wants behind-the-scenes details on movie stars, billionaires, politicians, athletes—we’ve even had a story on Barbra Streisand’s dog,” said Mohr in the show’s trailer.

Three Big Points is a new podcast from The MIT Sloan Management Review. The podcast is hosted by the magazine’s editor Paul Michelman, who says it will distill wisdom from prominent thinkers and experts around the world on a range issues in three useful and digestible takeaways. "This is the podcast you need to stay at the top of your game as a business leader," said Michelman. "There is no fat in this program. We get right to what matters and leave our listeners with ideas they can take back to their organizations right away." Three Big Points will publish bimonthly on Tuesdays.

Law X.O is a new podcast from Bloomberg Law that will cover legal trends and the business of law. The show is hosted by Dori Goldstein and Meg McEvoy, legal analysts in Bloomberg Law's analysis unit. They’ll talk with guests about topics such as litigation finance, legal tech, legal operations, emerging areas of law, and law firm innovation. Alex Butler, vice president of analysis and content at Bloomberg Law, said the goal of the podcasts is to “help our clients gain valuable insights into the trends and issues impacting their business or practice.”

Notes From The Backpack is a podcast from the National PTA. The podcast features conversations with parents, educators, and experts who offer advice, ideas, and strategies parents can use to help their children succeed in and out of school. The inaugural season features 12 episodes with guests including John B. King, Jr., president and CEO of Education Trust and former U.S. Secretary of Education; Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of Learning Policy Institute; and Karen Mapp, author and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Each episode will run 30 minutes.