New This Week 220

Lemonada Media launches its first scripted series about the challenges of growing up. The Agent tells the true story of secret KGB program operated during the height of the Cold War. There’s also a new short-form series targeting people before bed looking to influence their dreams. Plus plenty of new true crime shows to pick from.

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

Verdict is a new podcast from iHeartRadio and Cavalry Audio. The new 10-part scripted podcast crime podcast starring actor Spencer Garrett tells the story of federal investigator Abigail Kaplan, who must unravel the mystery behind the murder of a small-town high school football star. When the victim’s best friend confesses to the brutal crime, Kaplan must navigate small-town politics, the power of the local Mega Church and corrupt local police in order to uncover the shocking truth of what really happened.

Here Lies Me is a new podcast from Lemonada Media. The show is the first scripted series presented by Lemonada and is about the challenges of growing up. Set in the absurd world of middle school, this immersive podcast is full of rich characters and relationships and dives into the way human beings deal with hard situations, including harassment, bullying, and identity. The series is written and produced by award-winning podcaster and author Hillary Frank. It tells the story of 13-year-old Noa, a shy and witty misfit, as she endures the horrors of living in an affluent New England town with a dark side. 

"I wanted to make a show about middle school that depicts adolescence with the intensity, darkness, and absurdity that kids experience when they're going through it. Lemonada has given me the freedom to run wild with that idea — and to make the show as edgy and weird as I believe middle school really is," said Frank, who is writer and producer of the show. 

The cast of "Here Lies Me" includes a lineup of real teens, as well as comedians such as June Diane Raphael (Grace & Frankie), W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America), Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black), and Rob Huebel (Transparent). 

The Agent is a new podcast from Cumulus Media and Imperative Entertainment. It tells the true story of Jack Barsky, the longest-surviving known member of the KGB illegals program operated during the height of the Cold War.  Barsky hid in plain sight in America for 10 years, all the while leading dual lives on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. On one fateful day, he was confronted with an impossible choice. The new 12-part podcast is hosted by Alden Ehrenreich. The Agent was created, written and produced by Imperative Entertainment's Jason Hoch. Executive Producers include Hoch, Jack Barsky, and Ehrenreich. And original score by Jasha Klebe.

Gone South is a new true crime podcast from C13Originals, the documentary division of Cadence13. Season one is set in a rural and corruption-plagued parish outside New Orleans, explores the unsolved murder of a crusading sex crimes prosecutor named Margaret Coon. The first season takes a deep dive into the theories and conspiracies surrounding Coon’s shocking death at age 41. On the night of February 19, 1987, She was seen jogging with her dog through an exclusive subdivision in St. Tammany Parish, one of Louisiana’s safest and most affluent communities. The next morning, she was found dead on the side of the road with a single stab wound in her back. Thirty-four years later, the crime remains unsolved, but not forgotten. Journalist Jed Lipinski will write and narrate the eight-episode series. New episodes will drop on Wednesdays throughout the season. 

Let’s Go Brandon is a new political talk podcast from radio veteran Jim Watkins. The podcast will feature news and issues from the Biden presidency, as well as commentary and satire.

“It’s hard to deny those three words represent the anxious state of our country right now. With nearly 70% of Americans now concerned about the direction of country, according to the most recent Gallup poll, I wanted to create a non-filtered update on the president’s progress. Mainstream media will not hold this president accountable, but Let’s Go Brandon is exactly about that, nothing more,” said Watkins. 

The weekly podcast is retrofitted for radio airplay as well with two 24 minute segments produced per week. Watkins previously created the Coronavirus Update News podcast, which has had nearly one-million downloads since it launched last year.

Un:Locked – The Gen:Lock Podcast is a new companion series to HBO Max’s series “Gen: Lock.” Produced in a partnership with Rooster Teeth and hosted by Blaine Gibson, CypherDen, and CurtRichy. the podcast will dive into the latest exciting episode in the new season of the TV show, discussing every jaw-dropping moment and interviewing behind-the-scenes guests to bring fans along for the ride of their lives. New episodes will be released weekly.

Highway See is a new podcast that reveals the origin of Tennessee’s roads. Listeners will learn about the build-out of early roads going back to historical texts which cite the 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s. The podcast is narrated and hosted by Chris Hill of HumblePod and is executive produced by Susie Alcorn of the Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance.

"The idea of Highway See is to share the history behind the roads we all use, with a goal to better understand how roads are crucial to our continual mobility and advancement," said Alcorn. "Roads are known to not only expand our economy and connect us to faraway places, roads have intrinsically shaped our state."

Distilling Design is a new podcast from Jennifer Harris, a Toronto-based interior designer, and architect Matthew Feitelberg. The nine-episode inaugural season features a variety of guests from different areas of design. Together, with their guests, Harris and Feitelberg explore what is design, the design process, good versus bad design, and the trials and tribulations of working in the industry. Throughout the series, the co-hosts walk listeners through different projects and explain how good design makes these projects ultimately successful. Each new episode will be released on the first and fifteenth of every month.

Superhero Confidential is a new short-form daily podcast series revolving around superheroes and other characters in the super community attending virtual therapy sessions with a synthetic robot named A.I.M.E.E. (Artificial Intelligence Molecular Efficiency Entity). Through daily sessions, listeners get to meet various superheroes. It includes a shared universe of shows that includes Wonkybot’s teen podcast Tara Tremendous.

“The concept of Tara Tremendous is that she’s an ordinary girl gifted with the ability to summon powers from a roster of superheroes that Stewart has been creating since childhood,” said Todd Fisher, producer and Wonkybot co-founder. “There are dozens upon dozens of superheroes who’ve been appearing in over three seasons of the Tara Tremendous series, so we thought it was time to start exploring all those wonderful characters.”

Wonkybot CEO Stewart St John said it is part of the company’s strategy to link its podcasts together. “We’ve been developing several shows that exist within this expanded universe and I’m excited for audiences to hear how they’ll all connect, and look forward to this new push into the world of grown-up superheroes and the amazing stories I can create in that exciting new space,” he said.

Wonkybot was founded in 2015 by television writer/producer Stewart St John, whose credits include Disney’s “Seventeen Again,” ABC’s “Sabrina: The Animated Series” and Fox Kids’ “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Along with founding partners Todd Fisher and Michael Plahuta, Wonkybot launched Tara Tremendous as its first scripted audios series in 2020.

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion we infuse into our audio series and we are elated to expand upon and connect them all into one huge universe, all from the prolific mind of Tara Tremendous creator Stewart St John,” said Michael Plahuta, producer and co-founder of Wonkybot. “Stewart has spun an incredible web of interconnecting stories that I’m excited for listeners to hear.”

Created by Wonkybot Entertainment, Superhero Confidential will also offer a uncensored version accessible with a subscription to the Wonkybot Channel on Apple Podcasts.

Lost Women of Science is anew podcast from PRX and Scientific American magazine. The show is hosted by journalist and author Katie Hafner and bioethicist Amy Scharf. The first season will include four in-depth episodes centered on Dr. Dorothy Andersen (1901-1963), a pediatric pathologist who identified and named cystic fibrosis in 1938. It is part of the non-profit Lost Women of Science Initiative geared to tell the story of female scientists who made groundbreaking achievements in their fields, and to inspire girls and young women to pursue education and careers in science and technology. 

Dream Auguries is a new podcast series from c|change Inc. The show focuses on dreams and the dreamers who dream them. Each episode is less than 10 minutes, ideal for listening before falling asleep. Writer and director Hugh Schulze began writing the series as part of pre-production for his film “Dreaming Grand Avenue.” 

"Dreams are such a rich subject area to explore," Schulze explains. "We look at everything from dreams in movies and literature to the more psychological and scientific aspects."

Current episodes include "Animal Dreams," "The Effects of Dream Deprivation," and "Children's Dreams." Like Schulze's film, the Dream Auguries series has a distinct Chicago flavor

Assets Over Liabilities is a new podcast from Revolt. The show is an educational take on influential Hip Hop artists, industry powerhouses, and Black entrepreneurs. It is hosted by Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings, who also host the financial podcast Earn Your Leisure. Known for their investment podcast Earn Your Leisure, financial advisor Rashad Bilal and educator Troy Millings share a behind the scenes look into the business ventures of Hip-Hop artists and highlight the back-stories of entrepreneurs. The show educates viewers on a day in the life of business savvy artists like Rick Ross and Soulja Boy – who tap into their business side and give a unique look into the world of finance. 

"Our mission is to create access to financial education that the Black community can utilize to evoke real change in how we view and handle money. We're excited to combine trends, culture and business tactics in a way that is relatable to our Black and Brown communities," said Bilal. Added Millings, “We look forward to breaking down diverse business models from our favorite artists to show our audience that there are numerous roads to success that they may not have had access to.”

Love & Respect With Killer Mike is a new podcast from Revolt and Public Broadcasting Atlanta. The show features the latest current events relevant to the Hip Hop community. The show unpacks the state of the culture by giving a raw point of view on the social issues that affect the next generation. Hosted by entertainer and activist Michael "Killer Mike" Render, the show features a weekly interview highlighting honest conversations with notable Atlanta public figures like Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Big Boi, Dominique Wilkins & Dr. Kimberly Manning and Tyler Perry.

"I'm lucky I get to call the Black Mecca that is Atlanta, GA home and I'm excited to bring some of the city's major game changers into a space to have an authentic dialogue with truth and clarity," said Render. "We're in a pivotal moment for social change, and this show takes place in the perfect location to bridge Black communities together." 

Broadcast Bulletin is a new podcast from two friends passionate about the television news industry.

Hosted by college journalism student Jacob Brooks along with broadcast enthusiast and former news intern Jim Stanton, Broadcast Bulletin is a new podcast and digital series dedicated to the unique and rapidly changed TV news industry. Broadcast Bulletin will serve as an outlet for those in the industry to share their knowledge and expertise with listeners.

“We feel that there has been a need for this type of podcast for a long time. The behind-the-scenes of broadcast journalism has always been such a mysterious thing to outsiders, and we hope to pull back the curtain and take listeners inside what life is really like in a newsroom,” said Stanton, who is also the Executive Producer of Broadcast Bulletin.

“I am very passionate about the broadcast news industry. As a journalism student, this series is the perfect way for myself and others to learn everything they can about TV news before applying to positions in the industry. I cannot wait to share our guests’ stories and expertise with everyone,” said Brooks. 

A wide variety of guests, including current and former journalists, news managers, and sonic branding executives are scheduled to join the series in the first season. The show will launch Nov. 25.

About Books is a new podcast from C-Span and Book TV. The podcast is focused on the nonfiction publishing industry. The bi-weekly podcast will feature insider interviews with publishing experts, authors, bookstore owners and more.

“Books continue to play a critical role in our national discussion of vital issues, and for many years C-Span and Book TV have offered a platform for those conversations,” said Peter Slen, senior executive producer of Book TV. “Even in the age of digital media, books are not dead. We look forward to growing our relationship with the publishing community and expanding our program offerings for literary lovers and enthusiasts.” 

Slen will host the 30-minute program reporting on bestsellers, industry trends, book reviews, what’s being published and more. “About Books” will also air on C-Span2’s Book TV. 

Hola, My Name Is returns for another season on iHeart’s My Cultura podcast network. Hosted by Enrique Santos, iHeartLatino chairman and chief creative officer, the show dives deep into lives of Latinx celebrities, community leaders and regular people to discover how they remain resilient and successful. Each week he as brings on interesting guests to showcase what unites us, rather than divides us, while sharing personal stories of resilience, success, luck and huevos. Season two’s guests delve deep to share their humor, talent, guts or “ganas”; all the ingredients for true éxito [success] in any language. 

Big Money Energy returns for a second season. Hosted by Ryan Serhant, star of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” and “Sell It Like Serhant,” who picks the brains of the most successful and interesting self-made people to learn the stories behind their biggest accomplishments and how they overcame the obstacles standing in their way. Much more than just another financial advice podcast, iHeart says Big Money Energy is the go-to place for intimate conversations and real-world insights to help listeners turn their own entrepreneurial dreams into reality. In the first two episodes of the season, Serhant sits down with Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy—and music producer, jeweler and overall mogul Ben Baller as they share their unconventional stories of success. 

Adult Ish returns for a new season of the YR Media and PRX/Radiotopia show. The show is hosted by Nyge Turner and a rotating group of Gen-Z listeners-turned-cohosts. 

This season, Adult ISH has undergone a collaborative growth spurt resulting in an exciting new format called “Dear Adult ISH.” This reimagined style of the show gets up close and personal with the audience to provide boundary-pushing advice through the show’s hallmark style of heartfelt, charismatic storytelling. Over the past several months, the Adult ISH team combed through listener letters, which asked thoughtful questions about navigating the social conundrums and personal challenges of young adulthood. Now, Turner and the crew invite listeners on the resulting hilarious, poignant, and surprising quests for answers, where they’ll encounter experts, celebrities, drag queens, family members, and beloved friends along the way. 

“This season is very near and dear to my heart because we are making something happen on Adult ISH that we’ve been dreaming about for so long,” said Turner. “We’ve heard from so many people over the years about their own adulting struggles, and we are finally bringing those stories to the forefront of our show. It’s so rewarding to be sharing the driver’s seat with other young adults, who we have always wanted on this journey with us.” 

New episodes drop every Thursday through December 16.

For Colored Nerds returns for a new season. Stitcher’s Black culture show hosted by Eric Eddings, Director of Lifestyle Podcasting at Stitcher, and journalist Brittany Luse will use smart conversation, celebrity guests, and archival media to take a deep-dive into an aspect of Black culture that’s ripe for dissection. The show features an initial slate of guests, including pop culture journalists Jason Parham, Tracy Clayton and Josh Gwynn; actor Jay Ellis; and Maya Cade, creator of The Black Film Archive. The new season will launch November 16. 

 Slow Burn is releasing a sixth season focusing on the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. The Slate-produced series will look back at what happened following the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the brutal beating of Rodney King. Hosting this season is journalist and podcaster Joel Anderson, who returns to investigate how decades of police brutality, a broken justice system, and a videotape of four LAPD officers brutally beating Rodney King set off six days of unrest in Los Angeles. Our first episode, The Tape, takes us back 30 years to 1991 and the 68-second video that set off a chain of events that would change L.A. forever. Featuring an exclusive, rare interview with George Holliday, the man who filmed the police beating of King. Over the next eight episodes, listeners will hear about the moment that Los Angeles erupted into fire and chaos, and everything that led up to that bloody reckoning. How did one video expose a crisis in policing? How did the city respond to a justice system that didn’t value Black lives? And did L.A. and the nation ever really deal with the roots of the unrest? 

Power releases a new season. The show that is produced by Somethin’ Else, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, will this season explore the complex story behind legendary Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s rise and the legacy he left behind, told through the eyes of the women who knew him best. Hosted by journalist and author Amy Rose Spiegel, the series will delve into Hefner’s rise to power and the origins of Playboy and investigate questions around the dark side of the brand, including notorious Mansion parties and Hefner’s manipulation and control of his girlfriends and other associates. Featuring conversations with several of the women directly involved with Playboy, including Bunnies who worked in the clubs, Power tackle important questions around the brand’s complicated role in contributing to both progressive movements and oppression. Dave Anderson is the series producer and Peggy Sutton is the executive producer. Paul Smith, Georgia Mills, and Cheeka Eyers also produced the show. 

CashBack returns with a new season of the country music podcast hosted by former Alabama Attorney General Troy King. Each week, CashBack takes listeners on a ride through Johnny Cash music history. The podcast is dedicated exclusively to the songs, the sounds, the stories, and the sessions, the history and the hi-jinks, the friends and the fans, the music and Man in Black.

"This is my passion project. I love this music and these stories,” said King. “So many of Johnny Cash's fans met him late in his career so they have no idea about all that came before the "Walk the Line" movie and the American Recordings albums. We strive in every episode to tell our stories in a way that will be familiar for old fans (and include stories even they may not have heard) while remaining accessible to new fans."

CashBack started ten years ago when King was asked by the operators of JohnnyCashRadio to combine his extensive knowledge of country music and his passion for history to host a show on the Johnny Cash Museum's internet radio channel. It struck a chord with Cash's international fanbase who have been asking for new episodes for years. CashBack has since been updated for the new podcast platform, but it retains the same quirky sense of humor of the original and never takes itself too seriously.

Caregiving Club On Air is anew podcast that is targeted to the more than 53 million Americans caring for older loved ones. The show features news, solutions, expert advice, celebrity interviews and more. It is hosted by national caregiving influencer, author and corporate gerontologist, Sherri Snelling. In addition to the guest interviews, Snelling delivers news updates on caregiver self-care and well home design ending each podcast with a wellness hack exercise for stress relief. Episodes will be available on Mondays.