America’s favorite news anchor, Ron Burgundy, returns into podcast action this week. On a more serious note, a new series tells the double life of an African American journalist dubbed the "original civil rights photographer." There’s also a new podcast that tells how two Black runners helped changed the world with a fist rise at the 1968 Olympics. ESPN host Kenny Mayne has a new podcast. So does musician and songwriter Clem Snide, who’ll use it to release new music.
Here’s some of what’s new this week in podcasting –
Unfinished returns for a third season with a series of shows titled Earnie’s Secret. Co-produced by Stitcher’s Witness Docs and The E.W. Scripps Company, Ernie’s Secret tells the story of the double life of Ernest C. Withers, an African American journalist dubbed the "original civil rights photographer."
"This series explores America's unfinished business, giving new perspective to parts of our history long-thought closed," says Kameel Stanley, Executive Producer of Witness Docs. "Our third season is no exception, and we're excited to work with the team at Scripps to tell the story of Ernest Withers, a man caught between two seemingly incompatible worlds."
Withers covered the civil rights movement from start to finish, capturing some of its most iconic moments. He was the only African American photographer to attend the trial for Emmett Till’s murder in Mississippi in 1955. In 1956, he shot the image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy riding one of the first integrated buses in Montgomery, Alabama, which circulated the world over. Twelve years later, he took the first pictures of Dr. King in his coffin following his assassination in Memphis. He marched with the movement’s leaders, put himself in the middle of protests and took enormous risks to document the struggle. As such, he was a trusted civil rights insider whose iconic photography helped propel the movement forward.
After his death, however, it was revealed that Ernest was secretly a “racial informant,” helping J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI to keep tabs on and even, at times, undermine the struggle for equal rights in the South. In Unfinished: Ernie's Secret, journalist Wesley Lowery (CBS News, Washington Post) provides a new perspective and insights on government overreach and whether Withers was coerced and simply caught up in FBI surveillance during the Civil Rights Movement.
"Ernest Withers was one of the nation's most important black photographers. He was also an FBI informant,” said Lowery. “There could be no better time than now – as civil rights activists take to the streets to demand a more just and equitable nation – to revisit forgotten chapters of the Civil Rights Movement, to remember the remarkable lengths our government has been, at times, willing to take to disrupt social change, and to consider the ethical, personal and historical implications of Ernie's secret."
The ten-episode season premieres on June 29.
Legacy of Speed is a new podcast from Pushkin Industries. When two Black sprinters raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Olympic Games, it shook the world. More than 50 years later, the ripple effects of their activism are still felt. In this new series hosted by Malcom Gladwell, himself a competitive runner, listeners will meet the runners who took a stand, and the coaches and mentors who helped make them fast enough — and brave enough — to change the world.
The Ron Burgundy Podcast returns for a new season via iHeartMedia and Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network. In this season, America’s favorite anchorman and one of the most popular comedic characters in entertainment history, is joined by guests including actor Dan Stevens, Guy Fieri, Jack Black, Anderson Paak, Tim Heidecker, and Sean Evans, among others. New episodes will be released each Thursday. Listen HERE.
The Martha Stewart Podcast is a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast. On her new podcast, Stewart will sit down with influential people she has met along her successful and storied career, discussing their paths to the top and the lessons they have learned along the way. The first episode will feature friend and business partner Snoop Dogg, and future guests include Kris Jenner, Alex Rodriguez, Martha’s “besties” and creative collaborators Kevin Sharkey and Douglas Friedman, and international plant explorer Dan Hinkley.
“I am thrilled to partner with iHeartMedia on my first-ever original podcast series,” said Stewart. “I think listeners will deeply enjoy these engaging conversations on life and business, which include many interesting takeaways from the notable guests I have the pleasure of interviewing.”
The first episode is set to debut on June 22.
A Life In Song is a new podcast from Double Elvis. The podcast is hosted by acclaimed musician and songwriter Clem Snide – the alter ego of moniker of Nashville singer-songwriter Eef Barzelay -- and is born from the idea that everybody has a story to tell, and everyone deserves a song. Each 15 minute episode begins with an ordinary person sharing an incredible, heartbreaking and often life-changing experience and culminates with an original song inspired by the story by Snide. The music from the first 12 episode season will be compiled into an album to be released at a later date.
“It was sometime around quarantine when I had a vision,” says Barzelay, explaining the inspiration behind the podcast. “I could see us sitting around the fire pit late into the night. The silence broken only by a cracklin' breeze. Then you generously share with me the most incredible, heartbreaking, transformative experience of your life, and I make a song out of it.” He continues, “Well It’s been years in the making but my vision has been realized. I’ve gathered up some pretty amazing stories along with 12 new songs and it’s all tenderly folded into a podcast with a new episode every Thursday.”
Welcome To Provincetown is a new podcast from Stitcher, Rocco Punch and Room Tone. Venture into Provincetown, Massachusetts, a two-street beach town at the end of a sand spit, and meet the fascinating people who live there. Welcome to Provincetown encapsulates stories of artistry, sensuality, solitude, and serendipity. The series, co-produced by Stitcher’s Witness Docs unit, documents the lives of several eclectic, vivacious residents of the idyllic, two-street beach town known for its community of actors, artists, drag queens, playwrights, and authors.
Welcome to Provincetown is a genre-bending series that combines the style of reality TV with impeccable audio storytelling, weaving together the complexity of each character’s lives over the course of ten episodes. The series, recorded in the summer of 2021, follows seven locals, each with their own agenda, in the small, picturesque town of Provincetown, MA.
The series is hosted and coproduced by audio documentarian Mitra Kaboli, who takes listeners inside this summer playground to explore the beautiful isolation and exclusivity designed into gay vacation towns. The result is a story as much about drama, relationships, and sex as it is about the grittiness of real life in a town where, in the matter of months, the population swells from 3,000 to 60,000.
Hey Mayne is a new sports podcast from the Audacy studio 2400Sports. Hosted by longtime ESPN host Kenny Mayne, Hey Mayne will deliver a weekly podcast that blends the sports culture with entertainment, politics, music, comedy, and beyond. Each week, Mayne will talk to someone he knows a little, and is fascinated by a lot. In his previous work at ESPN, a long interview was four minutes. This show will be a chance for Mayne to go much deeper with the people he finds most interesting. Athletes, musicians, writers, and celebrities who he has encountered, who inspire him, and, in some cases, who have become good friends.
"It's very experimental what we're trying to pull off here,” said Mayne. “I will speak into a microphone, as will my guest, and someone will record what we say. Then the whole thing will be presented in a form we'll call 'a podcast.' I'll be more serious than this dutiful press release quote would suggest. At times. Also, be sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. They told me that was important to say."
Guests include former NBA player Jamal Crawford, sports journalist Jemele Hill, author Sarah Kendzior, sports commentator Chris Berman, screenwriter/director/actor/musician Christopher Guest, actor and comedian Ben Schwartzand many more.
Hey Mayne debuts June 23.
The Daily Show Presents: Hold Up is a new podcast from Comedy Central, produced in partnership with iHeartMedia. Featuring “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” correspondent Dulcé Sloan and writer Josh Johnson as hosts, Hold Up turns Dulcé and Josh’s hilarious, unpredictable, and legendary office banter into a weekly war of words about topics big and small, but mostly small: long engagements, brunch, texting versus calling, chiropractors, and more.Hold Up debuts June 23 and new episodes will available every Thursday all major podcast platforms
Hot & Deadly is a new true crime podcast from Investigation Discovery. The podcast pulls stories from three hit ID television series, including “Swamp Murders,” “Highway To Hell” and “Southern Fried Homicide.” They offer listeners a slice of classic American true crime. The first season transports listeners to hot and steamy locations to explore terrifying tales straight from the bayou. From a prom queen gone missing to a bank president discovered duct-taped to a chair and found in the depths of a swamp, Hot & Deadly examines gripping tales rattling the deep South. With access to investigators and family members closest to the cases, each episode invites listeners to truly immerse themselves in each heated case of murder and betrayal. New episodes drop every Thursday.
History is US is a new limited-run podcast from Shining City Audio, a history-focused podcast studio joint venture between Audacy’s C13Originals and historian and author Jon Meacham. The six-part audio documentary written and narrated by author Dr. Eddie S. Glaude. History is US will explore how American history–so indelibly shaped by race–haunts us, and how our past failures and refusals to admit them continue to shape the way we live our lives today.
“So much of what we are experiencing today has its roots in our past and in the choices we have made to avoid the ugliness of who we are and what we have done,” said Glaude. “If we are going to survive this current crisis, if we are going to finally fulfill the promise of American democracy, we must confront that past, tell a better story, and imagine the nation anew, and I'm glad to join forces with C13Originals and Jon Meacham to do so with this series."
Over the course of six episodes, Glaude and guests, including Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie Bunch, Senator Cory Booker, Black Votes Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown and other distinguished historians and scholars, will explore critical moments in American history that set the trajectory of the nation with regards to race. From Reconstruction to Jim Crow to the Civil Rights movement to the election of Barack Obama to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol to the recent racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo.
“Eddie has a unique command of the interlocked histories of race and the United States and, in this series, offers a stirring and unvarnished portrait of critical events and the throughline from the past to present day,” said Meacham.
History is US is directed and produced by C13Original Studios, and executive produced by Glaude, Meacham, and Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer of Cadence13.
“Eddie is a singular voice whose insight and expertise on race and American history will offer a lens to help us put both the past and present into context, and who will provide much needed perspective on the hard truths we need to face as a nation,” said Corcoran. “We’re thrilled to expand the Shining City Audio slate with this powerful and important series.”
Marvel’s Wastelanders: Wolverine is a new podcast from Marvel Entertainment and SiriusXM. Thirty years ago, Super Villains won. After killing the Avengers, the X-Men, and nearly every other Super Hero, the Red Skull assumed the office of President of the United States. Since that day, a traumatized Wolverine (Robert Patrick) has wandered in a daze of survivor’s guilt and self-loathing over his failure to protect his fellow X-Men and their mutant students. Wolverine encounters Sofia, a young mutant in-hiding and vows to transport her into the safe hands of estranged former X-Men Kitty Pryde and Rachel Summers. When the Red Skull and his top lieutenant Crossbones frame Wolverine and escalate anti-mutant sentiment to dangerous new levels, our hero realizes that his only option may be to face Red Skull and his savage allies head on. But a shocking, terrible truth may destroy Wolverine first. Marvel's Wastelanders: Wolverine is the fourth installment in the “Marvel's Wastelanders” audio epic. Starring Robert Patrick as Wolverine. Written and Directed by Jenny Turner Hall, with sound design by Michael Odmark and Daniel Brunell, and original music by Rhett Miller and John Burdick.
Listening In is a new fiction podcast from QCode. When her home speaker begins picking up her neighbors’ conversations and broadcasting them into her apartment, a lonely recent New York transplant, Julia – played by actress Rachel Brosnahan -- becomes increasingly obsessed with her neighbors' lives. But what begins as a voyeuristic endeavor quickly devolves into a situation with real world consequences, and she quickly realizes she doesn’t know who to trust. Listening In was created, written, and directed by Sabrina Jaglom. It also stars Manish Dayal, David Aaron Baker, Caroline Aaron, Adeline Rudolph, Bridget Regan, Daniel J Watts, and Dana Melanie.
Hot Buttons is a new fashion podcast from Post Script Media. The show is hosted by journalist Christina Binkley who is joined by retail consultant Rachel Kibbe and Thrilling CEO Shilla Kim-Parker, two fashion entrepreneurs and changemakers, where they break down the headlines, industry moves, and tech breakthroughs to reveal the difficult path ahead for the fashion industry. They’ll help listeners
understand how change is happening, where it’s stalling, and identify the greatest opportunities
for progress. The creators say Hot Buttons is a show for people who love fashion and want it to change. It features weekly observations, analysis, stories, and lively debate about the future of the fashion industry as it reckons with its impact on the climate, natural resources, and worker rights. The show is not just about reducing emissions in the supply chain – it’s about the culture of fashion, the high-stakes decisions inside the industry, and how we rethink the very idea of growth.
Justaposition is a new podcast from Ramble, a joint venture between Cadence13 and United Talent Agency (UTA). It is a new weekly podcast hosted by content creator Hyram on which he’ll explore issues ranging from mental health to how to make a positive social impact to skin care. On Justaposition, Hyram will sit down with fellow creators, tastemakers, and other guests to explore issues including mental health, navigating the complex world of social media, vulnerability, how to make a positive social impact, and skin care. Early guests include influencers Ava Jules, Melissa Ong, and Hillary Star.
“I’m thrilled to launch Justaposition as a platform to have important conversations about mental health, social issues, and as a way to explore the nuances of content creators & public figures people know and love,” said Hyram. “My goal is to make Justaposition a safe space for individuals to be vulnerable and share their life experiences in order for us, as viewers, to better understand the complexities and strengths of the human spirit. I’m so grateful to have partnered with Ramble to make this podcast a reality, and I can’t wait for listeners to join the journey!”
Dubbed “The Gen-Z Whisperer” by the New York Times, Hyram quickly shot to fame in 2020 through his viral videos on TikTok – growing to a community of 6 million followers in just four months, and a combined following of over 12 million followers today.
“Hyram’s use of his platform for good and his honest approach to talking about everything from mental health to social activism to skin care has earned him millions of fans around the world,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer at Cadence13 and Ramble. “We’re thrilled to add his voice and perspective to the Ramble portfolio.”
New episodes of Justaposition will be released on Thursdays.
Feminist Files is a new podcast from Frequency Machine. Hosted and produced by award-winning playwright Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project) and starring Jodie Foster, Samira Wiley, Amy Hill, and others, the series tells the little-known, behind the scenes story of the landmark Title IX legislation for women’s equality. Having dug deep into the archives, Fondakowski uncovered never-before heard material that brings to light the amazing contribution of a crew of activists who have never been properly celebrated for their contribution to equality in America. The series is being released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX.
Feminist Files is a highly produced combination of first person narrative, as Fondakowski follows the clues uncovered in the archive to reveal what actually happened behind the scenes in Washington DC, interviews conducted with experts and witnesses, and scenes created as actors read from the newly discovered letters and texts.
The series is being released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX.
Wake is a new feature-length audio play from Podium Audio. Starring DeWanda Wise, the podcast tells the powerful story of women-led slave revolts, and chronicles scholar Dr. Rebecca Hall’s efforts to uncover the truth about these women warriors who, until now, have been left out of the historical record. Originally published as part graphic novel and part memoir, Podium Audio acquired the exclusive global audio rights to Wake. Over the last year, it developed the work into a feature-length audio play in partnership with critically acclaimed playwright and television writer Tyler English-Beckwith. Wake will premiere exclusively on Audible.
Smoke Screen return for a new season of the investigative series from Neon Hum, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment’s Global Podcast Division. The new season is titled Puppy Kingpin and it an apparent scheme to illegally sell puppy mill dogs, also known as “puppy laundering.” Hosted by investigative journalist Alex Schuman, Puppy Kingpin will expose one of the masterminds running and controlling the puppy-selling industry. The series shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive business woman from Iowa who is the target of four lawsuits, and unravels the complex scheme that Noethe and others are accused of running for years to hide puppies’ true origins from pet owners and government regulators. The seven-episode podcast will also highlight the first legal case accusing someone of laundering puppies and showcase the growing concern among consumers, animal rights activists, and law enforcement that pet owners are being tricked into buying mistreated animals.
“Puppy Kingpin unravels a complex scheme to go around the growing number of laws designed to stop animal cruelty,” said Schuman. “This podcast will hopefully empower consumers to avoid the layers of deception and misdirection they can face when they want to bring home a healthy puppy. Our investigation became about so much more than dogs, but at the heart of it is the pets we love."
Smoke Screen is reported, hosted and written by Alex Schuman. The lead producer is Natalie Rinn and the editor is Catherine Saint Louis. The associate producer is Chloe Chaobal and managing producer is Samantha Allison. Executive producer at Neon Hum is Jonathan Hirsch. All episodes of the shocking series are available today on “The Binge,” SME’s one stop destination to binge all episodes of new series each month on the day of its premiere.
27 Club returns for a fifth season. Hosted by Jake Brennan the show explores the bizarre coincidence of musicians who have risen to fame, and then died at the age of 27 with a mix of interviews and fictionalized dramatic recreations. In the new season Brennan covers the strange, not-so-long trip of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan––a founding member of the Grateful Dead. Taking place during one of the most major musical and cultural shifts in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Pigpen is a story of acid tests and bottles of Thunderbird––from angels from hell and a nine-fingered wizard of busts down on Bourbon Street to shakedowns in the Haightand of the man who tried to pull his band back down to earth as they continued to get pulled higher into the cosmos. And, it all comes crashing down tragically at the age of 27.
Next Question with Katie Couric launches a new season focused on the abortion debate. Titled “Abortion: The Body Politic,” the season explores the potential impact of the upcoming Supreme Court decision that is expected to overturn Roe. V. Wade. . Accompanied by guests like feminist icon Gloria Steinem, abortion law expert Mary Ziegler, Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Chastain, actress and activist Busy Philipps, and more, Couric leaves no stone unturned as she unpacks the political and societal toll of a landmark case being overturned.
Sidedoor returns for an eighth season. The podcast from the Smithsonian showcases the more than 154 million treasures in the museum’s vaults. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, host Lizzie Peabody sneaks listeners through the Smithsonian’s side door, telling stories that can’t be heard anywhere else.
I’m Fine, You? is a new mental health podcast from Maybelline New York. In September 2020, it launched its global philanthropic initiative, Brave Together, a cause dedicated to breaking the stigma around anxiety and depression while addressing challenges and making 1:1 support accessible to all. Podcast host Chrissy Rutherford, content creator, brand consultant and mental health advocate, is helping the brand extend its Brave Together mission into real life conversations to normalize anxiety and depression and provide tangible resources and guidance for those in need. To provide access to mental health resources, Maybelline New York will make a monetary donation to mental health organizations, of the guest's choosing, in conjunction with each episode of the podcast.
Meet Me In The Kitchen is a new podcast from Little Kitchen Academy, the Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teens. The podcast is hosted by broadcaster Scott Rintoul. The podcast tell intimate, unexpected stories that explore the common threads of humanity and illuminate what brings us together. Through the power of dialogue and storytelling, the podcast will share the purpose-driven people and brands passionate about building a more educated, able, and healthy society.
Nice Genes! is a new podcast from JAR Audio and Genome BC. The show explores the world of genomics and genomics in the world with humor, expertise and charm. From healthcare and biotechnology to forests and fisheries, the evolving study of genomics is leading to some of the most exciting and world-changing discoveries in science and medicine. The show is hosted by Dr. Kaylee Byers – a self-described “rat detective” and science communicator – who guides listeners through fascinating conversations about the what, the why, and the how of genomics.
Stop Stretching is a new health and fitness podcast. It is hosted by Yogi Aaron, the creator of AYAMA (Applied Yoga Anatomy + Muscle Activation), and the owner and yoga director at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica. During his 30 years of practicing and teaching yoga, Yogi Aaron has developed an intrinsic understanding of yogic philosophy, anatomy, and the subtle body, which spurred his passion for unveiling the truth about how much stretching causes harm.In this eight-part podcast series, Aaron will share his story from living in pain to becoming pain-free, how he came to develop his signature yoga methodology.