New This Week 220

Sometimes it’s not the podcast content that teaches the listener something, it is the show’s host. Like the fact that actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is a wrestling fan. It comes out in his new podcast. Also new this week are a pair of basketball-focused shows. There’s also a show looking to explores the shadows of history and one that uses comedy to address climate change. Plus a show called Like a Virgin about first time experiences and a new season of Good Sex that is a bit more literal. 

Here’s some of what’s new this week in podcasting – 

Like a Virgin is a new iHeartRadio original podcast taking listeners back to the pop culture of yesterday to give today’s takes. It is hosted by media personalities and best friends Rose Dommu and Fran Tirado, who dive deep into the cultural obsessions of days past that one of them might have missed or are experiencing for the first time. Each week, this podcast delves into queer pop culture’s pantheon and formative Millennial classics, mall goth culture, anime, and much more. Rose and Fran will also be joined by buzz-worthy guests like comedian Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live), television writer Ira Madison III (Keep It), author JP Brammer, cultural critic Evan Ross Katz, social strategist Peyton Dix, drag artist Charlene Incarnate and others. 

WWFreddie--Wrestling with Freddie is a new podcast from iHeartMedia's My Cultura Network. Hosted by actor and wrestling enthusiast Freddie Prinze Jr., the show pulls the curtain back on the world of wrestling. While fans may know Prinze from his ‘90s films like She’s All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer, his first love is wrestling. In this show, he’ll take listeners on a personal journey, sharing stories from his time as a writer for the WWE, and chat with current wrestlers and hall of famers. Episodes feature guests from Prinze’s brother, to “current king of the ring,” Xavier Woods. Freddie will reflect on his familial and cultural ties to wrestling as well as the impact it’s had on his life. Get ready to rumble as we go Wrestling With Freddie.

Coast to Coast Hoops is a new daily sports podcast from iHeartRadio that takes fans through every single college basketball game on the schedule. Join nationally recognized bracketologist Greg ‘Hoops’ Peterson for a new episode every day, where he’ll breakdown and analyze every single college basketball game on the road to March Madness. Each day, Peterson brings his unique style of making lines and predictions for games, providing a fast-paced look at all the college hoops action with betting analysis on the top-10 teams, and even some games you might not be expecting. 

The Big Big East Show with Chris Walker is a new sports podcast from the Storic Media Podcast Network. Hosted by the iconic basketball coach, author, and CBS Sports analyst, Walker will take listeners into the fast paced world of college basketball. Featuring a rotating list of celebrity sports guests and college basketball experts, topics will cover The Big East Conference, weekly game updates and breakdowns, the rising stars of college basketball, and more. 

“If you are a college basketball fan - or just enjoy an exciting sports podcast, The Big East Show will be on your queue,” says Walker. “I’m going to give listeners an in-depth and entertaining look into the incredible and exciting sport we all love.” 

The weekly podcast will feature guest segments with some of the greatest athletes and analysts in the sport including Jamal Murphy, John Rothstein, Dain Ervin, Ed Pinckney, and more. The Big Big East Show with Chris Walker is available as audio and video.

Eclipsed is a new podcast from Campside Media, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. The narrative history podcast dives into the fascinating stories hidden in the shadows of history. Hosted by journalist and executive producer Bijan Stephen, the creators say Eclipsed is a show about events most people have forgotten — or maybe never even knew about to begin with — and features original reporting with eyewitnesses from the time.

The first three episodes dive into the story of an up-and-coming Australian pop star in the 1960s, Cathy Wayne, who was tragically shot and killed on stage while playing a set for American Marines at Da Nang during the Vietnam War. The murder of an Australian woman on an American base would have been world news, except that it happened on July 20, 1969 — the day of the moon landing. By interviewing some of the biggest names in Australian entertainment at the time, Stephen explores how Wayne ended up on that fateful stage and why most people never knew about it.

The series also spotlights a disappearing lake in Louisiana, the two brothers whose obsession with precious metal nearly crashed the global economy, and the three Americans who went to the Moscow Olympics in defiance of Jimmy Carter’s boycott.

“I’m excited and honored to be able to host a show like this one, where we get to take our listeners on some incredible narrative journeys,” said Stephen, who is also an executive producer. The series is written and also executive produced by narrative journalist Michael Canyon Meyer (American Scandal, Business Wars) for Campside Media.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is a new podcast series from CNN. The series features the late chef, bestselling author and world traveler Anthony Bourdain as he heads to little-known destinations and discovers diverse cultures. The series is a repurposing of the content collected during 12 seasons of his television series for CNN. Start from the beginning in Myanmar, and listen through the series conclusion on the Lower East Side in New York City. New episodes drop each Monday.

Cover Story: Power Trip is a new podcast from New York magazine and Vox Media. Drawing on New York Magazine's history of richly reported features, the first season of Cover Story, hosted by iO Tillet Wright (The Ballad of Billy Balls) and Lily Kay Ross, PhD, will uncover the dark truth behind the psychedelic revolution. The first season will be rolled out in two parts, with part one running from November 30th to December 21st, and part two following in February 2022.

The Last Days of Maradona is a new original podcast from Spotify. It is a new investigation into what happened during the last days of the iconic Argentinian footballer, Diego Armanda Maradona’s life. Following his sudden death in November 2020; the series will be a deep and honest investigation into how Maradona died, with never-before-heard interviews with those who were closest to him in the days leading to his death. The investigation was led by Mariano Pagella from Adonde Media and accompanied by Spotify Studios. 

The series marks the first-ever Spotify launch in six markets simultaneously, each with their own host who will work with the investigative team to tell the story for Diego Maradona in their own words. Hosts and markets include: French professional football coach and former player Thierry Henry (France & UK), Argentinian journalist Matías Martín (Argentina), former Argentina football player Jorge Valdano (Spain & Latin America), Brazilian journalist Juca Kfuori (Brazil), and Italian actor Salvatore Esposito (Italy).

The Extortion Economy is a new podcast from the MIT Technology Review and ProPublica. The five-part podcast series looking at the money, people, and technology behind the explosion of ransomware that is delivering hundreds of millions of dollars to cybercriminals around the world. The Extortion Economy, which draws on the ProPublica investigation of the same name, explores the inner workings of a massive criminal industry that has taken hospitals, city governments, schools, and even an oil pipeline hostage. But while the tools of the ransomware trade may be new, the principles of extortion that underpin it go back centuries. Host Meg Marco takes listeners on a journey to the front lines of the ransomware fight, where she meets the people affected as well as those who are fighting back. 

Working It is a new podcast from the Financial Times. Hosted by Isabel Berwick, the show covers the big ideas and emerging trends shaping the workplace today, from the gig economy and side hustles to corporate wellness and hybrid working. It features expert analysis and water-cooler chat with FT journalists, innovators and industry leaders to help listeners make sense of the new world of work as we emerge from the pandemic. New episodes will be released each Wednesday.

Culture Capsules with Mr. Wendell is a new podcast from MuddHouse Media and SDK. Wendell is music manager/tour manager for major artists such as Lil Wayne, Drake, Justin Bieber, New Edition, Jay-Z, Cash Money, and many others. On Culture Capsules, Wendell brings in A-List talent for exclusive technology drops, spotlights on their catalog as collectors, talks about NFTS and the crypto-verse. Celebrity guests to include Rick Ross, T.I., Lil Twist and others. Wendell has 25 years of experience organizing and leading domestic/international tours for music stars. He is cofounder and Head of Studio for SDK Culture. 

Planet Classroom is a new podcast from The Planet Classroom Network. In the series, women leaders, creators and activists discuss the numerous hardships faced by strong women every day. Guests explore the global gender issues and teach us how to be independent, healers, advocates, and strength holders. Planet Classroom’s virtual host, Orb, takes listeners around the world to learn how creative young leaders are finding ways to change the world for girls and women and empower them to be change leaders. Content showcased for youth and by youth on the Planet Classroom Network is provided by 29 cultural organizations from around the world. 

Move Makers is a new podcast from Paidia, a new inclusive online gaming community that empowers women and allies of all genders to safely connect, learn and play. Hosted by Sydnee Goodman, the six-episode inaugural season features one-on-one interviews with notable content creators, entrepreneurs, esports pros and community organizers making moves in gaming. Guests include professional TEKKEN 7 player Jeannail “Cuddle_Core” Carter, Twitch Streamer and Head Narrative Designer for Paidia Stephanie Peloza, President of Latinx in Gaming Cristina Amaya and Host, Actor and Producer Naomi Kyle. The first episode featuring five-time winning Counter Strike world champion, Stephanie “missharvey” Harvey.

Ric Flair Woooo Nation Uncensored is a new weekly sports podcast from Podcast Heat. It will focus mainly on wrestling, but also discuss other sports. The podcast is hosted by wrestling star Ric Flair and Mark Madden, the afternoon drive personality at iHeartMedia alternative “105.9 The X” WXDX Pittsburgh. The creators say the show will take an in-depth look at pivotal moments and memorable matches during his 16-time world champion career. The podcast will also give Flair and Madden the platform to give their “uncensored” views and opinions on the current state of professional wrestling.

Comedians Conquering Climate Change is a new comedy podcast geared to use humor to inspire climate action. The show is produced by the clean energy nonprofit Generation180 and it is hosted by comedian, writer, and teacher Esteban Gast. The podcast will feature a different guest comedian each week to discuss a range of clean energy and climate topics--with a hearty dose of humor. 

"One of my heroes is Mr. Rogers, who once said people should try their best to ‘make goodness attractive,’” said Gast. “Working with Generation180 is a chance to make goodness attractive in how we think and show up for climate change,” he said.

From global climate pledges to the newest electric vehicle models, each 20-minute episode of the 10-episode season features a discussion of recent climate/clean energy headlines, a game to test the comic guest’s knowledge, and a call-to-action for listeners. As Generation 180’s comedian-in-residence, Gast and the nonprofit will work on a variety of jointly-produced creative products and programs. 

“Comedy and other art forms shape our culture and influence people’s behavior. Partnering with artists and comedians is another way that the climate movement can drive greater engagement,” said Wendy Philleo, Generation180’s Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Esteban and the other talented comedians joining the podcast,” she added. 

Committed returns for a new season. Host Jo Piazza once again explores more of the hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring stories of couples around the world who’ve been through it all and still want to wake up next to each other every morning. Season Seven delves into even more strange (but also strangely relatable) stories from couples, such as getting married in prison, getting married on a reality TV show (Love is Blind), getting married to a former spy and much more. Out now, episode one of this jam-packed new season shares the story of when Ash met Chip, a member of the furry community. Listen and throw your misconceptions about this world by the wayside, and learn how both Chip and this community helped Ash learn to express herself in totally new ways. It’s an iHeartRadio original series.

One Year, Slate’s narrative history podcast that focuses on the people and struggles that changed America—one year at a time, returns today for a new season. In each episode, host Josh Levin explores a story listeners may have forgotten, or one they have never heard of before. This season focuses on 1995, a year when the country’s technological future began to emerge, when DNA evidence transformed the justice system, and when the Macarena took over nightclubs and wormed its way into our brains. On the first episode, Levin takes listeners back to the Oklahoma City bombing and talks to the Muslim American who was wrongfully suspected of one of the most horrific crimes in U.S. history. 

Good Sex releases its third season. The Lemonada podcast revamps its format for the new season, which each week will feature two people ask each other questions that will spark an honest conversation about why they aren’t having good sex in the hopes that they can learn new things and put the “good” back in good sex. New episodes are out every Tuesday. 

Even the Rich releases a new season. This outing is titled “Murder in the House of Gucci” as the Wondery show hosted by Brooke Siffrinn and Aricia Skidmore-Williams focus on the famed Gucci brand. The story begins on March 27, 1995 when Maurizio Gucci, the one-time chairman of the House of Gucci, was killed in cold blood. The murder became Italy’s crime of the century. As a story, it had it all: a rags-to-riches family saga, a vengeful ex-wife, and the glitz and glamor of the world of high fashion. For two years, detectives went in circles. To solve the case, they’d have to crack open Maurizio’s life like a book. The series will include three episodes and a bonus interview episode. New episodes come out every Tuesday for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.

Infinite Shelf is a new podcast from Future Commerce, the retail media research startup focused on helping eCommerce businesses create strategic vision. It is hosted by Ingrid Milman Cordy, a veteran of digital commerce and digital marketing for numerous major brands and who currently serves as the Head of Digital and eCommerce for Nuun Hydration. “I’m excited to interview people who have their fingers on the pulse of where commerce is going, and who don’t look at commerce through a binary lens of physical retail or digital. My guests will have tremendous insight into the lens of the consumer, and how they see brands,” said Cordy. New episodes will be released each Tuesday.