The new year begins with a new series from Aaron Mahnke’s Grim & Mild. Tenderfoot TV is also back with a podcast that examines the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine partners with iHeartRadio for a new series. There are also new podcasts from Netflix, FilmNation, Double Elvis, Higher Ground, Benztown and YEA Networks among others.
Here’s some of what’s new this week in podcasting –
Grim & Mild Presents is a new series from Aaron Mahnke’s Grim & Mild studios and iHeartRadio. The show is described as an ongoing exploration of history’s most unusual and the macabre themes. Each 13-episode season unpacks a new topic in fresh format and style. It is hosted and executive produced by Mahnke, who previously had podcast success with Lore and Bridgewater.
The MLK Tapes is a new true crime podcast from Tenderfoot TV and iHeartRadio. The series will examine the April 4th, 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The man accused of the murder, James Earl Ray, pled guilty and for most people the case was closed. The MLK Tapes explores rare recordings of eye-witness testimony and new interviews with people who were there to reveal the true story of the plot to kill Dr. King. The series is hosted by journalist and author William Klaber, who previously cohosted The RFK Tapespodcast which investigated the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
Time Out: A Fair Play Podcast is a new show from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and iHeartRadio. Hosted by author Eve Rodsky and Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, the dip invites listeners to learn how to take back their time. Combining science-backed solutions, humor, personal insights and practical tips, each episode features a special guest and focuses on a range of subjects including setting important boundaries, beating burnout, and how to infuse more creativity, connectivity and fun into listeners’ lives. Time Out: A Fair Play Podcast will debut January 12 with new episodes dropping every Wednesday. Founded by Witherspoon, Hello Sunshine is a media company that puts women at the center of every story it creates, celebrates and discovers. In addition to podcasts, Hello Sunshine also produces content for platforms including television, feature films, animated series, podcasts, audio storytelling, and digital series.
The Roxanne Gay Agenda is a new podcast in the first joint venture between the subscription podcast network Luminary and iHeartRadio. Gay is a New York Times opinion writer and author. She is the author of the books Ayiti and An Untamed State, as well as the best sellers Bad Feminist, Difficult Women and Hunger. On the podcast she will offer her take on politics and culture. The series is produced by Gay along with Curtis Fox, the public radio veteran who is also the story editor for Radiotopia’s Ear Hustle.
Two episodes of The Roxanne Gay Agenda will debut on Tuesday, January 25 – the first episode will be available widely on Luminary, iHeartRadio, and everywhere podcasts are heard, and the second episode will be exclusive and ad-free for one week on Luminary before releasing widely on February 1. Going forward, episodes of The Roxane Gay Agenda will be released on Tuesdays exclusive and ad-free to subscribers on the Luminary app or the Luminary channel on Apple Podcasts for one week, after which they will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network and will be available on iHeartRadio and all major podcast platforms.
Torched is a new podcast from FilmNation Entertainment. The series explores scandals and controversies on the biggest world stage: the Olympics. Premiering on January 18, just a few weeks before the Beijing winter games, weekly episodes of Torched will explore the most poignant, heart-racing Olympic moments in figure skating, basketball, bobsledding, fencing, and even badminton. Through narration, interviews, found audio and extensive research, revisit some of the most shocking and memorable sports moments with the athletes themselves - plus, delve deeper into the historical context behind the headlines. Hosted and narrated by Molly Bloom, a former professional skier and author of Molly’s Game, the show is being distributed by Stitcher and sold exclusively by SXM Media.
“I am endlessly fascinated by the intersection of sports, ambition, and the human condition. It’s a space that draws directly from my own personal experience training to compete as an Olympic skier, and later, running high stakes poker games,” says Bloom. “I launched Torched to get to the core of what makes the greatest Olympians tick, and to acknowledge how the pursuit of greatness often leads them to crash and burn. My hope is that the podcast brings fans back into that adrenaline-pumping, edge-of-your-seat feeling of watching the best Olympic moments.”
FilmNation Entertainment is the company behind the true crime podcast Murder on the Towpath.
“We are beyond thrilled to work with Molly Bloom, who completely embodies the spirit of this show,” says Alyssa Martino, VP of Podcasting at FilmNation Entertainment. “Molly is a pro at getting athletes to be vulnerable – they see her as both a peer and ally who understands what it’s like to compete and be in the public eye.”
Torched is produced by FilmNation Entertainment in association with Gilded Audio. The production is led by Alyssa Martino for FilmNation, and Whitney Donaldson and Nicki Stein for Gilded Audio.
The Big Hit Show is a new podcast from Higher Ground, the media company launched by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, and Spotify. Alex Pappademas will host the series of audio documentaries that focus on the pieces of popular culture that have defined and changed our culture. The Big Hit Show will tackle specific topics in groups of five-episode chapters. The first two will be released in the first two quarters of 2022. The first will explore the “Twilight” teenage vampire romance series. The second season titled “To Pimp A Butterfly” will look at Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 album of the same name. Future installments—due later in the year—will delve into video games and movies as The Big Hit Show aims to unpack the genesis and impact of a “new classic” in film, music, TV, internet culture, and videogames through in-depth conversations with the visionaries who created them. Pappademas is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who previously hosted the Grantland podcast Do You Like Prince Movies?.
Run It Again is a new sports podcast from Benztown and McVay Media Podcast Networks. The show is hosted by former NFL star and sportscaster Ron Pitts and Super Bowl-winning NFL Coach and FOX sports analyst Mike Martz. Run It Again offers an investigative look inside the game, the players and the business of sports. The podcast is produced by six-time Emmy-winning media executive Roy Hamilton, President and CEO of RLH Entertainment, who was previously Senior Vice President of Talent Development & Planning at Fox Sports 1 and 2 networks and has also worked with other top sports media companies in the world, including ESPN, NBC, and CBS sports networks.
Ron and Hope: Unfiltered is a new religious podcast from YEA Networks. The show is hosted by Ron and Hope Carpenter, the founders and Pastors of Redemption Church. On the weekly series they will share important life stories, with a focus on helping listeners understand how to tackle problems with bible-based answers. The show will also come as a video podcast on YouTube and Facebook.
“Hope and I will share our struggles, mistakes and victories and hopefully encourage our listeners to keep fighting the good fight of faith and smile more than they cry,” said Ron Carpenter.
“Life can throw you curveballs but it can also bring you joy. The key is knowing how to navigate through the ups and downs and come out better on the other side,” added Hope Carpenter.
“Ron and Hope’s reach is enormous and we’re excited to partner with them on this new venture. Podcasting will make their message even more accessible to the world,” said YEA Networks President Shawn Nunn.
Chutzpod! is a new religious podcast from PRX. Hosted by actor Joshua Malina and Rabbi Shira Stutman, founding rabbi of Sixth & I in Washington, the weekly podcast brings a Jewish lens to life’s toughest questions with ancient texts for modern times. On “Chutzpod!,” Malina and Stutman use Jewish tradition and the weekly Torah portion to discuss current affairs and important life questions. While Malina and Stutman have radically different career trajectories and reside on opposite ends of America, they teach and learn from one another, crack jokes, and argue about everything under the sun. “Chutzpod!” will also feature surprise guests, including entertainers, lawmakers, and authors.
“With this podcast, we want to delve into questions of the day that are present for us while pulling on text and tradition to help inform our lives,” said Stutman. “‘Chutzpod!’ will be at times irreverent, serious, fun, and deep, but at heart we want to provide audiences with solace and sustenance. We’ll discuss immediate topics ranging from climate change to democracy, but explore the personal side of things, too. Jewish faith tradition has something to teach everyone and we hope this podcast is a learning experience for all, including us.”
“I’m thrilled to join Rabbi Shira each episode to do some learning and have some fun,” added Malina. “These are dark times, and I am hopeful that we will find a little light by looking at life through a Jewish lens.”
Malina is also the co-host and co-creator of The West Wing Weekly, a podcast made alongside Hrishikesh Hirway and part of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX.
The Gay Agenda is a new LGBTQ+ podcast from Netflix. The new podcast takes an entertaining and honest look into the lives of LGBTQ+ creatives at the top of their fields across different industries and celebrates their success stories in the community through a loving and humorous lens. The podcast is created and produced by lesbian actress, singer/songwriter and podcaster Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers, Yellowjackets, new Scream reboot), who is also currently recording her first EP. She co-hosts the show with producer and nonbinary actor, comic and playwright Liv Hewson (they/them, Santa Clarita Diet, Yellowjackets, Let It Snow, Bombshell). On the show, Brown and Hewson interview queer trailblazers in the community and explore the wonderful, funny (and sometimes ridiculous) parts of the LGBTQ+ experience. The show is also produced by Multitude, a podcast production company in Brooklyn.
“I’m proud of The Gay Agenda. It’s joyful, it’s inquisitive, it’s welcoming. I think it’s a real reflection of the LGBTQ+ community and I hope our listeners feel the same,” said Savory. “Interviewing guests this season made me a better person. Hearing people's unique stories and perspectives on life and happiness was a learning experience and I don't take that for granted.”
Hewson added, “The first item on The Gay Agenda is, of course, for our guests to have fun and be themselves. There's room for all of it, for connection and healing and for irreverence and silliness. it's serious and it isn't. We contain multitudes! Part of the impetus behind this podcast was creating a space to talk about being LGBTQ in entertainment that centered on something other than pain. The pain is there of course, but the joy is too! We want to live in joy.”
The Gay Agenda will launch on Monday, January 10. The inaugural season has 45-minute episodes released consecutively over eight weeks.
The Last Movie Ever Made: The Don’t Look Up Podcast is a new series from Netflix, Pineapple Street Studios, and Hyperobject Industries. The six-part narrative series takes listeners behind the scenes of Adam McKay’s disaster comedy TV series on Netflix. It’s a time capsule of a unique period in American culture as seen through the lives of some of Hollywood's biggest creative forces. Listeners will hear how the cast and crew – including Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chalamet, Himesh Patel, Ariana Grande, and many more – stayed sane and safe while making a movie as the country was in chaos.
The Last Movie Ever Made is narrated by Pineapple Street Senior Producer Emmanuel Hapsis, and produced by Hapsis, Gabrielle Lewis, Staci Roberts-Steele, Danielle Waxman, Sophie Bridges, and Alexis Moore. It is edited by Darby Maloney. Mixing, sound design, and original music is by Hannis Brown. The show is written by R. Roosevelt. Executive producers at Hyperobject Industries are Adam McKay, Harry Nelson, and Clare Slaughter. Executive producers at Pineapple Street Studios are Bari Finkel, Jenna Weiss-Berman, and Max Linsky. The launch of The Last Movie Ever Made builds on a successful years-long relationship between Pineapple Street Studios and Netflix.
Black Austin Matters is a new series from KUT and KUTX Studios. Hosted by University of Texas at Austin professors Richard Reddick and playwright Lisa B. Thompson, the Black Austin Matters podcast will discuss the lives and experiences as Black residents of central Texas. KUT says it will feature civil rights activists, religious leaders, artists, businesspeople and interesting citizens. New episodes will drop the first Wednesday of each month. Highlights of each 30-45-minute episode will be edited into eight-minute radio segments that will air on KUT (90.5). The radio segments will air every other Thursday, at 8:51 a.m., during “Morning Edition,” and 3:50 p.m., during “All Things Considered.”
Leaving a Legacy Podcast is a new series from Bonneville “News Radio 97.3” KIRO Seattle late-morning host Gee Scott. The show will take listeners on a journey to discover how some of our most influential public figures want to leave their legacy on this world, and how his own experience can be contributed to the shoulders of giants that came before him. The first episode features former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and current CBS Mornings’ host Nate Burleson. Other guests include author, activist and journalist Amanda Knox, the ‘King of Twitter’ Josiah Johnson, and Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price, who famously decided to pay all his employees a $70,000 minimum salary.
Disgraceland is launching a new ninth season on January 11. This season of the Double Elvis show that is a music-meets-true-crime series will explore more of the most outrageous stories in music history, featuring criminal antics and crazy connections from infamous musicians around the globe. This will start with a premiere episode focused on Taylor Swift’s interstate stalkers, vanishing masters, and love letters gone wrong. Host Jake Brennan returns with his signature style of storytelling. Stories this season will also include Tom Petty’s mystery arsonist, Juice WRLD’s tragic history with prescription pills, Sublime’s hobbies like inciting a riot at their first show, vandalizing their record label’s headquarters and doing some unspeakable deeds to a Dennys kitchen with their mobile home’s septic tank, amongst other insane tales from some of the world’s most famous musicians. Listeners can find season nine of Disgraceland on Amazon Music exclusively. The first episode of Disgraceland will also be available across all other podcast platforms on January 18, with select episodes released throughout the season on all other podcast platforms.
The Truth About Your Future is a new financial advice series hosted by Ric Edelman. Weekly episodes include interviews with captivating experts, exploring what Edelman calls, “the five personal finance topics that matter most” – longevity, retirement security, exponential technologies, digital assets, and health and wellness.
“If you’re alive in 2030, you will likely live to age 100 or beyond,” Edelman said. “We need to make sure that your money lasts as long as you do, and that’s why I’m focusing on the topics that matter to investors today. The investments of the past 40 years won’t deliver the results you need in the future, so I’ll be sharing the ideas and strategies you need to achieve success in the 21st century.”
In addition to a podcast, The Truth About Your Future will also be distributed as a nationally syndicated radio show airing in 26 radio markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia.