From what’s inside chef’s own refrigerators to the story of a woman who discovered her father was a murderer, there’s no shortage of diversity in what’s new to podcasting this week. Also released this week is a pair of podcasts from a pair of musicians, one of whom weaves his new album into podcast content. Here’s some of what is new this week in podcasting:
The Margaret Cho is a new podcast from the Earios Podcast Network, in partnership with Acast. In the show the comedian becomes the interviewer with guests such as Jonathan Van Ness, Kat Von D, Michael Yo slated to be part of the podcast’s first 36-episode season. “I am a big fan of all sorts of podcasts and I thought it was about time to put my own hat into the ring,” Cho says. “I really think it would be good for you to have my voice in your ear talking about all sorts of things while you clean your house or drive in soul crushing traffic.” New episodes will drop each Tuesday.
The Clearing is a new true crime documentary series from Gimlet Media and Pineapple Street Media that follows the story of April Balascio. In 2009 she discovered her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, was more than just an eccentric and often abusive dad. He was also a murderer. The Clearing is hosted by journalist and author Josh Dean, and produced by Pineapple Street’s Jonathan Menjivar, who is formerly of This American Life. The first two episodes are now available on Gimlet’s parent Spotify and other podcast apps.
Tales from No Man’s Land is a new podcast from singer-songwriter Frank Turner. In the series he talks with historians, poets and fellow musicians about 12 historical women who have been largely forgotten from history. They include gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, considered by some as the godmother of rock music, and Wild West dance hall singer Dora Hand who was mistakenly shot to by a young suitor, who was later acquitted of criminal wrongdoing. The podcast is tied to Turner’s new album, titled “No Man’s Land.” As part of the cross-promotion Turner is releasing a new song each week and sharing the story behind track in a new episode of the podcast.
Green Eggs & Dan is a new podcast from The Podglomerate which features comic, amateur chef, and restaurateur Dan Ahdoot talking with comedians, writers, actors, and chefs about what they love most: food. The conversation starts by delving deep into an actual picture of the guest’s fridge, and goes from there. Among the guests he’s lined up for season one are Hasan Minhaj, Michelle Buteau and Paul Rust, among others. Jeff Umbro is the Executive Producer for Green Eggs & Dan and a principle at The Podglomerate. Andrew Steven is the producer for the podcast, which debuts August 7.
The Jim Rutt Show is a new interview podcast series hosted by Rutt, who the New York Times once referred to as "the Internet's bad boy" due to his reputation for creative mischief. In the podcast Rutt will examine cutting-edge thinking in science and technology and the future of our economic, political and social systems and institutions. The show launches with the publishing of its first three episodes, featuring conversations about artificial intelligence and economics.
Unspoken Stories is a new podcast from the March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit fighting for the health of all moms and babies. Hosted by actress and mom Tatyana Ali and with interviews from actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, the show aims to highlight the real and honest stories of pregnancy, parenthood and loss that are too often left unshared. They’ll talk with couples who have faced challenging situations like a woman who has experienced multiple premature births and loss and a father recounting his journey facing the realities of parenting a premature baby. "Just knowing what other people go through, it just makes you feel exponentially better. And you don't feel so isolated," said Sigler. The March of Dimes says more than 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the U.S.
Pleasure Studies is a new podcast hosted by Feist, the Canadian singer-songwriter who is best known for her indie hit “1234.” The show won’t be about Feist herself, or even music. Instead it explores big themes from the tracks of her most recent album: self-reinvention and creativity, the power of the natural world, youth, old age, wisdom, and the passing of time. It does that with her interviews with a time travel researcher, a Dreamer and activist, a transgender triathlete, an FBI undercover operative, a monogamous couple in adult film, and a professional storm-chaser.
Meet the Mentor Podcast is a new show hosted by Dr. Bill Dorfman. A companion piece to his popular video series, the ‘Meet the Mentor’ podcast is dedicated to helping young people to achieve success outside traditional educational systems. It’s the work of the Los Angeles-based LEAP Foundation. The weekly series will be produced and distributed by Gameday Media.