NewThisWeek

Paper Ghosts is a new true-crime podcast about the disappearance of four girls in neighboring New England towns in the 1970s. Najera in America is a new podcast addressing diversity in America with a comedic twist. Chrysalis is the third season of the sci-fi podcast series Dust. Raised by Wolves is a new podcast that accompanies the HBO series. And The Land of Atheria podcast is remaking bedtime reading for kids. 

Here is some of what is new in podcasting this week –

Paper Ghosts is a new true-crime podcast hosted by investigative journalist and best-selling author M. Williams Phelps. Produced by iHeartPodcast Network, the creators say the investigation was decades in the making with a story surrounding the disappearance of four young girls in neighboring New England towns in the 1970s. For 50 years, no arrests have ever been made. No case has ever been solved—until now. The producers say the search for answers is reignited when an unexpected call unearths new evidence, witnesses and suspects—setting the investigation back in motion.

The Land of Atheria will begin releasing new episodes of its fantasy adventure storybook podcast on Sept. 8. Targeted to kids aged 4 to 10, The Land of Atheria is a girl's adventure storybook podcast that follows two young princesses who witness the cataclysmic shattering of a rainbow comet one night which sends them on an adventure throughout Atheria to find ten unsuspecting heroes that can save their land. New episodes will be published weeknights for kids to listen to at bedtime. The first season will consist of 50 episodes, ten of which have already been published.

Hell and High Water with John Heilemann. Author and TV host John Heilemann will have a series of conversations with the people shaping our culture in politics, entertainment, business, technology and beyond. Heilemann will explore how the country is grappling with this tumultuous moment and attempting to pull through and rise above it. Episode one debuts September 8.

The Deciding Decade is a new podcast hosted by former Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The iHeartPodcast Network show will focus on the issues and choices that will define America’s next chapter, according to the show’s producers. On the podcast Buttigieg is joined by leading activists, politicians, authors, scholars, entertainers and more to discuss and confront America’s greatest challenges. The debut season of The Deciding Decade will have 20 episodes. The podcast will be released weekly each Wednesday beginning Sept. 9. 

… Raised by Wolves is a new iHeartPodcast Network podcast that accompanies HBO’s new drama series. The podcast will explore the existential questions and real-life science that inspired each episode of the Ridley Scott and Aaron Guzikowski-created television series. The podcast is hosted by Holly Frey who will cover sci-fi conversations dealing with topics such as artificial intelligence and space travel—and the impact these technologies will have on the human race.

Chrysalis is a new podcast that is the third season of the sci-fi podcast series Dust from Gunpowder & Sky. The season will star Emmy-nominated actor Corey Hawkins, who is also executive producer, and actress Toni Collette, among others. Chrysalis is described as an epic drama of an AI awakening to the destruction of the human race by an unknown alien species, and vowing vengeance at any cost. DUST will drop the first two episodes in the 14-part season on September 16th, followed by an episode every Monday and Wednesday. The audio drama will also be widely available, but fans will also be able to on the series in its entirety on Stitcher Premium through a partnership between the companies on release day.

Battleground with David Plouffe and Steve Schmidt. The podcast pairs up David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, and Steve Schmidt, who was John McCain’s 2008 chief strategist. Opponents then and co-hosts now, Plouffe and Schmidt will dissect America’s most consequential political battles. The podcast will launch September 14.

Just Something About Her with Jennifer Palmieri. The show is hosted by Jennifer Palmieri, the former communications director for the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Palmieri explores why after decades of making steady progress women find themselves banging up against the same glass ceilings. The show features interviews with powerful women from business, politics, the arts and journalism to learn how they found a way to break through and create their own path to success. The weekly podcast debuts September 24.

Schmaltzy is a new food podcast from the Jewish Food Society. The podcast is part of JFS's ongoing work to preserve, revitalize and celebrate Jewish culture using food as a lens. Schmaltzy features personal stories of identity, family and food! It is based on JFS's popular live storytelling event series of the same name. The podcast is hosted by Amanda Dell who will deliver the Schmaltzy stories of acclaimed baker Zoë Kanan, food TV personality Adam Richman, Katz's owner Jake Dell, restaurateur Einat Admony, and others. The show will debut Sept. 15 just ahead of Rosh Hashanah.

… Hank the Cowdog is a new podcast from Tri-State Pictures, HTC Productions, and QCode. Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will lead the cast and serve as executive producer of the children-focused podcast. It is an adaption of the “Hank The Cowdog” children’s book series that has produced 74 titles and sold more than ten million copies worldwide. The five-episode season, which will also feature original musical numbers, is scheduled to launch Sept. 14. There will also be a companion educational curriculum which the producers developed with The National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, TX. 

No Compromise is a new podcast that examines a family-run network of pro-gun groups that aims to fill in the gaps created by recent troubles faced by the National Rifle Association. The podcast was created by the public radio reporting collaborative Guns & America, including KCUR-FM Kansas City (89.3) reporter Chris Haxel and WABE Atlanta (90.1) reporter Lisa Hagen who host the podcast. They examine how the Dorr brothers’ network of allies are now being used for more than just gun rights, but also the anti-vaccine, anti-quarantine and white nationalist movements. The podcast is not anti-gun, but rather a warning to Second Amendment champions that their cause is being corrupted. No Compromise will release its debut episode on Sept. 8.

… After Hours with The Rise Guys is a new unscripted podcast that has been created by the syndicated morning radio show The Rise Guys. The Entercom rock ”93.9 The Planet” WTPT Greenville-Spartanburg, NC-based show will feature co-hosts Matthew “Mattman” Harris and James“Nine” McDonald covering a wide range of entertainment and real-life topics, including what they say are “uncensored” and “unfiltered” discussions that wouldn’t work on the radio.

… Najera in America is a new podcast from reVovler Podcasts and Cohesive Entertainment Group featuring comedy writer, author, and Broadway playwright Rick Najera. The weekly show addresses diversity in America with a comedic twist. Developed by Najera, the podcast is designed to fill the void for what its creators say is a much-needed conversation with today’s top voices in diversity, entertainment, and politics. Upcoming guests include actor Edward James Olmos, comedians Wendy Leiberman, Carole Montgomery, Erik Rivera, Momo Rodriguez and former Telemundo President, author, and motivational speaker, Nely Galan. 

The Dunkpin Podcast is a new show from veteran podcaster Brian Griffiths. The show will feature conversations with political candidates, political operatives, policy experts, and leading figures and thinkers from sports, entertainment, and beyond. In the first episode, Griffiths talks with an education expert about public schools in the time of the coronavirus. Griffiths previously was the co-host of the Red Maryland Radio podcast and he hosted The Air Raidpodcast. 

The Pod Spotter is a new podcast that helps fans of the medium find under the radar shows. Created by Price Brothers, The Pod Spotter focuses on a different podcast each week that deserves attention for being offbeat, totally unique, or just plain weird. The show is hosted by actor Zack Robidas who will also interview the people behind the podcasts featured on The Pod Spotter. 

… It Was Said is a new history podcast created by historian Jon Meacham and the History Channel in a coproduction with Entercom’s. Earlier this year they worked together for the release of the Hope, Through History series and with the announcement comes word of release of a second collaboration. The new podcast series will focus on some of the most important, impactful, and relevant speeches in modern U.S. history. Throughout the course of the season, It Was Said will feature ten speeches by speakers including Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, and Rep. John Lewis. 

The Hidden Djinn is a new iHeartPodcast Network podcast from Aaron Mahnke’s Grim & Mild Entertainment, The series is hosted by Rabia Chaudry, an attorney and best-selling author, who delves into the supernatural world of the Djinn: a race of ancient and powerful creatures hidden from the human eye. Explore the centuries of tales, tradition and belief about these supernatural beings and unearth the secrets of The Hidden Djinn. 

… Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America is a new podcast that is backed by Ben & Jerry’s and produced by Vox Media. The show’s producers say the series will take an honest look at the American history that has allowed and encouraged white supremacy to thrive for the

Jeffery Robinson, a Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, is the Executive Producer for the six-episode series. He spent nine years researching his multi-media “Who We Are” presentation, which will soon also be released as a video documentary. The podcast will be hosted by author Carvell Wallace. Each 30-minute episode of the podcast will focus on a different period in American history and its link to modern-day systemic racism. Each will end with a call to action. The show will launch Sept. 15.

The Trevor Noah Podcast returns to Luminary for a new season.. The show hosted by Trevor Noah and David Kibuuka who humorously explore unfamiliar angles and embraces differing viewpoints. The season kicks off with episodes on a diverse array of topics including: The Future of Economics with Nobel Prize winning guests Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee; The Future of Sports with guest Danny Green of the Los Angeles Lakers; The Future of Food with guest Samin Nosrat, author of Salt Fat Acid Heat and host of Netflix series of the same name; and Feelings with guest Dacher Keltner, founder of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

Seth Rudetsky’s Back to School is launching the second season. The show, hosted by the SiriusXM host, featurings Rudetsky chatting with celebrities about their high school experiences and how they continue to be shaped by these events today. The first episode of the season features comedian Martin Short who about what he was like in high school, insisting he was most definitely the class clown, and shares the high school student inspiration behind the famous “Saturday Night Life” character Ed Grimley. Upcoming guests on season two include Wayne Brady, Rosie Perez, Patrick Wilson and SNL’s Bowen Yang.

Small Town Dicks kicks off its seventh season on Sept. 4. The podcast is about the big-time crime that’s happening in Small Town, USA. Each episode features the detectives who

broke the case in their small town, and includes assets like jailhouse phone calls, suspect interviews and 9-1-1 calls. The show is anchored identical-twin detectives Dan and Dave, and hosted by actress, Yeardley Smith best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson. Season 7 launches a double-drop two-part episode featuring Detectives Dan and Dave as they recount one of the most impactful and worst days of their careers with a heart-wrenching personal story.

Table Stakes is a new podcast that takes food lovers on an aural taste tour around the world. Created by the Kraft Heinz Company, Table Stakes’ first seven episodes of its first season include reporting and interviews from the tomato fields of California to a taste kitchen in the ancient town of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. “Table Stakes reveals behind-the-scenes stories of Kraft Heinz, which makes some of the world’s most iconic brands and favorite products,” SVP Michael Mullen said. “Listeners get to hear true accounts of life on the road with the Wienermobile, what it takes to be a Heinz Ketchup Master, and the evolution of the British comfort food classic, Beans on toast.” 

Let's Talk Future is a new podcast from the financial investment firm and investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. The company says Let's Talk Future will include thought-provoking conversations with the firm's top experts from across its major lines of business. Initial episode topics have explored the unique nature of the current economic landscape and which factors may influence future trends, how technology is shaping infrastructure and global supply chains, the impact of COVID-19 on consumer behavior, and the evolution of alternative investments.