This week’s crop of new podcasts includes the hunt for ghosts in some of America’s most haunted locations to the search for answers of who killed an Illinois family. There is also an up close look at the famed Newport Folk Festival as well as boundary-pushing show from two hip-hop stars. And there’s a new show aims to get men talking about their bodies, while another podcast will focus on what people are talking about on TikTok.
Here is some of what is new in podcasts this week –
...Haunted Road is a new podcast from iHeartRadio and Grim & Mild. Hosted by Amy Bruni, star of the television shows “Kindred Spirits” and “Ghost Hunters,” the podcast follows her as she takes listeners on a journey to some of America’s most haunted locations. From an Iowa house ravaged by an ax murderer, to the Oddfellows asylum in Missouri, to Lizzie Borton’s Massachusetts mansion, Bruni searches for the truth behind these haunted places, with the help of expert paranormal investigators who have actually been there.
...Geto Boys Reloaded is a new podcast from iHeartRadio and the Black Effect Podcast Network. It is hosted by Scarface and Willie D, who have thought-provoking conversations around music, entertainment, social issues and more. Just like their boundary-pushing, and sometimes, controversial music, the podcast pulls no punches in breaking down the biggest social and political topics of the day.
...Festival Circuit is returning for a second season. The Orisis Media series will this time shine a spotlight on the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI. Hosted by Carmel Holt, the series will take a deep dive on what it means to play and attend the gold standard of music festivals.
Started by the legendary George Wein, Newport Folk has been a staple in the scene since its foundation. The festival laid the groundwork for the modern-day plethora of music festivals. The podcast will tell the story of Newport with the help of musicians, organizers, journalists, and community members like Wein himself, executive festival producer Jay Sweet, Brandi Carlile, Jim James, Judy Collins, Mavis Staples, Courtney Barnett, Nathaniel Rateliff, Jeff Tweedy, and Lucius, among others.
“Newport is the gold standard, with so many legendary moments in its history,” said Kirsten Cluthe, COO of Osiris Media. “We’re honored to include it in our Festival Circuit series, especially as live music comes back to life. It’s the quintessential summer music festival, and now everyone can participate, even if they’re not in Rhode Island this summer.”
Festival Season is a seasonal, narrative-style podcast about these festivals, with each season telling the story of a different, amazing music festival.
The five-episode season will be released through August 6. The 2021 Newport Folk Festival will be held July 23-25.
...One Year is a new podcast from Slate. The spinoff from its Slow Burn series, One Year will be hosted by Slow Burn veteran Josh Levin. One Year is a narrative history podcast that explores the people and struggles that changed America, one year at a time. The first season of One Year focuses on 1977 and each episode covers an event from that year. And in similar Slow Burn fashion, the producers connect the past to the present and explain how each shaped today’s world.
...Murder in Illinois is a new true series from iHeartRadio. Hosted by Lauren Bright, the seris is about the 2007 arrest of Chris Vaughn, who was taken into custody during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 14 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence-in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family? New episodes will be release each Thursday.
.... Aack Cast by Jamie Loftus is a new iHeartRadio Original podcast series that explores the iconic and much-maligned comic strip Aack! Cathy. Created by Cathy Guisewite in the 1980s, the comic chronicled the day-to-day tribulations of its titular working woman for nearly 35 years, meeting both praise and derision along the way. Host Jamie Loftus weaves between reporting and fiction to put the cruelly treated everywoman in context. Loftus also hosts Lolita Podcastand My Year in Mensa.
...Manatomy is a new podcast from Stitcher and the U.K. studio Assembly Entertainment. Hosted by Danny Wallance and Phil Hilton, the show looks to break the wall of silence around men talking about their bodies. “Hopefully we are creating a warm, funny space for men (and women) of all shapes, sizes and girths to confess their secret hang-ups and celebrate their glorious triumphs,’ says Wallace.
Guests in the first season will include British Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy, author Jon Ronson, actor/activist Jameela Jamil, comedians Omid Djalili, Tim Minchin, Jason Manford, Marcus Brigstocke, Jayde Adams, Tom Allen and TV presenters Stephanie Hirst and Rick Edwards.
“There’s been a real sense of our guests working out their boundaries as they go, having thoughts they hadn’t fully processed and certainly never shared. There isn’t much unexplored territory out there but for men these really are new conversations and that is very exciting,” said Hilton.
It is the first joint project for Stitcher and Assembly Entertainment. Manatomy debuts July 14.
...Radio Texas Live Legends is a new podcast from Taste of Country and Townsquare Media. Hosted by Buddy Logan, the show will feature interviews with singers and songwriters who have had a big impact on the Texas music scene. Among those featured in the first season include Aaron Watson, Cody Johnson, and Kacey Musgraves. The podcast is a companion to the “Texas Radio Live” radio show that airs on Townsquare Media’s KNUE Tyler-Longview, TX (101.5) and is syndicated on 17 stations in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, South Dakota, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The podcast debuts July 14.
...Pieces of Britney is a new podcast from BBC Audio and BBC Radio 4. Hosted by U.K. radio personality Pandora Sykes, the series traces Spear’s life and her journey – and what it tells us about how women in the public eye are viewed. Guests on the series include social psychologist Dr Karen Dill-Shackleford, culture historian Jennifer Bickerdike, child star Mara Wilson, and Jude Ellison S. Doyle, who wrote the book on the ‘trainwreck’ narrative. Each episode explores Britney’s history to discover how she became the first popstar of the internet and a canary down the mine for female celebrities in the digital age.
“Pieces of Britney is my attempt to piece together the life of Britney Spears and the forces that have forged it,” said Sykes. “I will trace Britney’s journey from girl-next-door teen sensation, to a woman at the center of the global #FreeBritney movement - trapped in a supposedly rotten system.
The show will mix documentary, archive clips, interviews and dramatic reenactments. It was written by Katie Hims,
...Fearless with Jason Whitlock is a new podcast from Blaze Media. The former co-host of FS1’s “Speak For Yourself” program has joined Blaze Media and the podcast will be part of a new vertical titled “Fearless” which will expand Blaze Media beyond politics into sports and culture. Fearless with Jason Whitlock reunites Whitlock with longtime radio and TV sidekick and best friend James Dodds. Dodds, who will reprise his role as “Uncle Jimmy" on not only the daily show but also on a second 30-minute podcast built around their friendship. Dodds worked with Whitlock throughout his radio career in Kansas City and during Whitlock's stint hosting the television show on FOX Sports 1.
...Chasing Ghislaine is a new true crime podcast from Audible. Hosted by journalist and author Vicky Ward, the series tells the story of Ghislaine Maxwell and her role in Jeffrey Epstein’s decades-long alleged abuse of women and young girls. In the podcast Ward also chronicles her 19-year quest to uncover what – or who – is behind Jeffrey Epstein’s wealth, influence, and criminality. The podcast features the testimonies from over 20 individuals with ties to Epstein, as well as previously off-the-record transcripts and exclusive conversations with Epstein himself. The series is executive produced by veteran journalist James Patterson.
...Tok Show with Remi and Connor is a new podcast from Calvary Audio. Hosted by influencers Remi Bader and Connor Wood, the podcast aims to serve as a gathering place for the hottest social content creators, celebrities, and fans to collectively explore all the latest happenings across TikTok. Bader rose to fame on TikTok over the past year thanks to her "realistic clothing hauls" in which she reviews clothing and comments on the fit — often copying the models' poses and exposing the size discrepancies from a wide array of brands. Wood has grown a loyal following with his relatable comedic rants about life in quarantine as an unemployed person in his 20's. His quippy videos offer viewers an intimate and relatable look at his day-to-day life with a good dose of humor. Tok Show will also be available via YouTube. The series is produced by Cavalry Audio’s Margot Carmichael. Cavalry Media’s Dana Brunetti and Keegan Rosenberger serve as Executive Producers along with the show’s hosts. Tok Show with Remi & Connor is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network.
...Attacking Third is a new sports podcast from CBS Sports. Attacking Third is a -weekly women's soccer podcast co-hosted by Sandra Herrera and Lisa Roman. It will focus on the NWSL, U.S. women's national team, and other domestic and top international competitions worldwide. Herrera is CBS Sports' lead NWSL and U.S. women's national team writer and one of the top analysts covering the game. Before joining CBS Sports, Herrera's work was regularly featured in SB Nation, and the Equalizer. Roman is a sports multimedia journalist who will serve as co-host and producer of the Attacking Third podcast. She serves as a contributor, producer and editor for the ¡Qué Golazo! daily soccer podcast and regularly features as an analyst and reporter for CBS Sports' NWSL coverage on CBS Sports HQ. Roman played Division I soccer at Marquette University. Additionally, Roman is an announcer for NWSL matches on Paramount+.
...Side Player Stories is a new music series from University of Central Florida’s jazz radio station WUCF Orlando (89.9). In this series, musician and WUCF producer Jesse Morgado gets an in-depth look inside the lives of professional musicians. Side Player Stories offers other conversations with musical guests such as guitarist/bassist Carol Kaye (You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling, Mission Impossible, La Bamba), keyboardist Carey Frank ’13 (Tedeschi Trucks Band and Social Distortion); and bassist Eva Gardner (Pink, Cher, Mars Volta), whose unique talents and musical abilities create opportunities to make their living playing for many different bands.
...Helga: The Armory Conversations is the new season of the Helga series, coproduced by Park Avenue Armory, WNYC Studios and classical WQXR New York (105.1). In the podcast artist, performer and WQXR host Helga Davis has conversations with artists, scholars and cultural change-makers, famous and lesser known, who join her to share the steps they’ve taken along their paths. Guests in the new season including musician Nick Cave, musician Karen Finley, author Jason Reynolds, and singer Davone Tines, among others. Speaking artist-to-artist, guests share stories of struggle and resilience, challenges and victories along their creative journeys, providing inspiration and hope to listeners. Each episode ends with The Coda, a collaborative space where Davis responds to, reflects upon, and creates with her guests to create something new.
“I am thrilled to be back behind the mic sharing my curiosity for and love of conversation. In addition to broadening our collective landscape with an even larger pool of artists, creators, and thinkers, this season’s collaboration with Park Avenue Armory will provide us with unexpected, inspiring, deep, personal insights into the human condition,” said Davis. “Once again, Helga conversations continue to offer up evidence of what life is like for people we revere, helping us to feel encouraged in our individual journeys.”
The new season debuts on July 14, and continues weekly through September 29.
...The Smerconish Podcast is a new series from SiriusXM talk host Michael Smerconish. It will feature highlights from his daily satellite radio. Smerconish is also launching a second series called Book Club with Michael Smerconish. It will feature his interviews with authors.
...Before It Happened is a new podcast from Donna Loughlin, the Silicon Valley PR agency LMGPR. The weekly series will showcase the visionaries and the ideas that are changing the future. It will feature a variety of innovators and futurists across industries whose cutting-edge products and ideas are impacting the world. Guests on the first season include Pong creator Al Alcorn, futurist and entrepreneur Peter Shankman, and chef-restaurateur Tyler Florence, among others.
“I’m constantly amazed by visionaries and the future they imagine,” said Loughlin. “I’m fascinated with the entrepreneurial spirit and the singular lightbulb moment that inspired these visionaries to push forward. Before It Happened is dedicated to telling the story of how they brought their ideas to life.”
...Forge Ahead is a new podcast from Velocity Global. Hosted by Ben Wright, Velocity Global founder and CEO, “Forge Ahead” explores how the world embraces and overcomes challenges of new ways of working, from remote work to distributed teams. The debut episode is a conversation with Robert Herjavec, founder and CEO of global cybersecurity firm, Herjavec Group, and a lead investor on the Emmy Award-winning show, “Shark Tank.” In subsequent episodes, Wright speaks with thought leaders such as USA Today’s “Gratitude Guru” Chris Schembra, and 6-time PGA TOUR champ Billy Horschel. Listeners will hear a mix of personal stories and actionable insights from successful leaders so they are prepared to embrace the future of work.
...GuestX Podcast is a new series focused on the hospitality industry including the Guest Experience (GX). It is hosted by Xplorie CEO Matthew Loney and founder of Allevo Homes. GuestX will host a variety of expert guest speakers to uncover the human driven initiatives that continue to raise guest expectations, review new technologies driving the industry forward, discuss data-driven strategies for success, and build a community of partners passionate about creating excellent vacation experiences.