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A new music-focused podcast will take a look at one week in time in the 1980s charts with a companion YouTube playlist. Also, a Salt Lake City radio station’s new podcast examines faith. Also, there’s a new daily podcast for each of the 12 zodiac signs. And there are plenty of new financially-focused shows. Here’s some of what’s new to podcasting this week:

This Week InThe 80s is a new music-focused podcast from the iHeartPodcast Network. The show is hosted by CHR “96.5 Kiss FM” WAKS Cleveland air personality “Java” Joel Murphy. Each episode of the podcast will look at the music that was making the charts during that week during the 1980s. The first episode of the podcast starts with the first week of September 1980. And while the podcast talks about the songs, it doesn’t play them. Instead iHeart has created a special YouTube playlist for each episode featuring the song’s videos.

Words Matter podcast has launched a special series of shows under the banner The Contenders. The shows will be hosted by veteran political operative and former Clinton White House PressSecretary Joe Lockhart. “Given the importance of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, we thought it important and informative to hear from those people who've actually run for president,” the producers say. The first episode features 1984 Democratic nominee Walter Mondale, with 1998 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis up next.

Horoscope Today is a new podcast from Parcast and Spotify, which bought the podcast studio earlier this year. It is launching a dozen new daily podcasts, one for each sign of the zodiac. The company says Horoscope Today will provide listeners with “a source of identity, a roadmap to their destinies and permission to follow their own instincts.” The show is the second dailypodcast series from Parcast, which launched Today in True Crime last month.

Preach is a new podcast from Salt Lake City public radio station KUER and PRX. The ten-episode series will be hosted by KUER’s religion reporter Lee Hale. He talks to people of all religions about living in the “messy middle” when it comes to faith. “We’re all hungry for more frank, fun conversations about how we make sense of life,” said Hale. “This is the best way I know how to learn about faith.” KUER says among the guests on the first season are Rainn Wilson and Glynn Washington, the host of NPR’s “Snap Judgement.”

An American Conversation is a new podcast that bills itself as a show with four “ordinary” Americans striking up conversations with opposing views, in a fun and yet alcohol-induced space. Set in their local Los Angeles-area bar, show creator and self-described feminist Rose Medina, “average working Republican white guy” David Palombo, comedian Leland Heflin, and “sane libertarian” Chris Lopez discuss current events without filters or inhibitions. Episodes range from topics of gun control and animal rights to the 2020 campaign and the Me Too movement.

Women On Top is a special eight-part series of shows from The Goop Podcast, the series produced by Goop, the lifestyle brand founded by Gwyneth Paltrow, and retailer Banana Republic. The eight-episode arc will “celebrate female culture-changers” according to its announcement. The first episode features Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action. Like The Goop Podcast, each show will be hosted by Paltrow and Goop's chief content officer, Elise Loehnen. The Women On Top series marks the first time Goop has worked with an outside partner on a custom co-branded series. Episodes will be published Tuesdays through Oct. 22.

That Makes Cents is a new financial advice podcast produced in a partnership between eMoney Advisors and the financial news website Benzinga. Hosted by Benzinga editor Spencer Israel, the show will feature money management experts and financial advisors to discuss financial planning trends, technology, and behavioral finance. The goal is to help listeners navigate uncomfortable money conversations. “We hope sharing insight from industry experts on the podcast will promote smart financial habits among people across all income levels,” said Ed O’Brien, CEO of eMoney. The company says the podcast is part of its new mission of helping people talk about money and making planning more accessible.

Death Perception is a new podcast that focuses on a topic that a lot of people are reluctant to talk about: funerals and making funeral arrangements. Host Joe Casper says he’ll debunk the many myths and mysteries of the funeral business through touching stories and refreshing transparency. Casper has worked as a marketing and advertising executive for both private and public agencies. He also founded and headed up a consumer advocacy group. But his family for nearly 90 years has owned a funeral business in Massachusetts.

My First Job is a new podcast from PodCo Media Networks, the producer of business-focused shows. It is hosted by Jon Chang, Head of US Consumer Growth for Klarna, an online financial services company and among those on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. “Creating a podcast has been a long-time ambition of mine. I had an idea to talk with entrepreneurs to get their stories--and that became My First Job,” Chang says. “We'll hear universal stories with one central lesson –there are many paths to success.”

Demystifying Data is another new podcast from PodCo Media Networks. The show is hosted by Chris Clegg, CEO of Portland Marketing Analytics, who’ll talk about how business owners can better understand data and put it to use in their company. “Data is a universal business challenge that many people face every day,” says Clegg. “There's so much data streaming to us, yet there are few guides on how to put it to use.” PodCo picked the shows from dozens of pitches. It plans to announce new business-focused podcasts monthly, with 30 shows launching over the next 18 months in areas like opportunity zones, foodtech, legal cannabis, Latin American entrepreneurship, agricultural technology, travel, and sustainability. “We're creating content that listeners want and need to hear,” PodCo CEO Mark Reed-Edwards said.