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There’s a big variety of podcasts launching this week digging into weighty issues like politics and cyber security. “Audio is a huge space that we are happy to finally be entering,” said a TV network executive about their first podcast. There are also advice-based shows like a series about breast cancer from Susan G. Komen. And a podcast that radio promotions teams may find useful that’s all about event management. Here’s a sampling of shows launching this week:

Fiasco, the new podcast from Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons—co-creators of the highly-acclaimed podcast Slow Burn—debuts on Luminary. Season onetells the story of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election and the infamous Florida recount, going beyond what people remember and unearthing forgotten stories from the 36-day saga that paralyzed a nation. In six episodes, the podcast will capture the urgency and adrenaline that marked the epic battle between Al Gore and George W. Bush, as lawyers for the two candidates duked it out in courtrooms and their supporters marched in the streets.

The Heat is a new podcast from CGTN America, the U.S. arm of the English-language China Global Television Network. It’s a companion to the TV show of the same name. Both are hosted by Anand Naidoo who will discuss a wide range of global affairs issues. Each episode will focus on a single topic. “Audio is a huge space that we are happy to finally be entering," said Ma Jing, CGTN America's Director General. “Podcasts are just the beginning. With expanding markets in smart audio devices, like Alexa and Google home, we will be exploring more innovative audio products in the future.”

This Land is billed as the first ever Native mainstream documentary podcast series. Hosted by Rebecca Nagle, a citizen of Cherokee Nation, the Crooked Media series will examine the case of an 1999 murder in a small Oklahoma town and how a cut and dry homicide opened up an investigation into the treaty rights of five Native American tribes and questions of tribal sovereignty. “This Land is an incredible story that spans generations of my family and will delve deep into how one unique murder case could have a profound impact on the rights of five tribes in Oklahoma, including mine,” said Nagle. “With this ground-breaking podcast, Crooked is one of the only mainstream media outlets producing Native stories right now.” This Land debuts June 3.

The Politics Podcast is a new show hosted by Richard Painter. He’s a former Republican who ran as an independent in the Democratic Primary in Minnesota for the U.S. Senate. Earlier Painter worked as an ethics advisor for President George W. Bush. The Politics Podcast is a co-production by Flatlands Avenue Productions and Crossover Media Group.

Real Pink is a new podcast from Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization. It’s a weekly series that brings people together for meaningful and honest conversations about breast cancer. Host Adam Walker will interview people who have been impacted by breast cancer, or those on the front lines in the fight against the disease, including celebrities, survivors, people living with the disease, physicians, researchers and advocates. Komen says the goal is to help those affected by breast cancer by providing the information needed to make informed decisions. “It is our hope that the raw discussions on Real Pink are just the start of continued conversations with friends, family, doctors, nurses and other trusted members of their team,” says Linda Fisk, Komen’s SVP of marketing.

Ticketbud Tidbits is a podcast that’s getting a relaunch. The series is a production of Ticketbud, an event management and ticketing platform. In the podcast host Lisa Carson will offer advice and insights by and for event organizers with conversations from experienced event professionals, including event organizers, producers, box office personnel and marketers, working across a wide range of events. “Each episode includes valuable insights from event management, to ticketing and promotion,” said Ticketbud CEO Kayhan Ahmadi. “Hear from organizers of major festivals, corporate events, speaker tours, food festivals, pop-up events and more. Learn from experienced professionals ticketing national concert tours for major artists like Beyoncé, as well as organizers of local family events.”

Behind the Artist is a new podcast from Park West Gallery, the world's largest art dealer. The Southfield, MI gallery says the show offers an authentic look at what it takes to create and thrive in the contemporary art world. Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro is the host. In each episode, he sits down with one of today's most popular visual artists for a candid conversation about their lives and careers. “We have opened a new avenue for people to not only enjoy the artwork visually, but they can also now hear about the art directly from their favorite artists,” said Shapiro.

The Hacking Humans Podcast has been renewed for a second season by CyberWire, the security news site. Hosted by Dave Bittner from the CyberWire and Joe Carrigan from the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute, Hacking Humans takes listeners behind the social engineering scams, phishing schemes, and criminal exploits that make headlines. New shows are published Thursdays.