It’s not just network television that has new seasons debuting in September. So do several of podcasting’s best-known shows, including Invisiblia, Witnessed, Business Wars, Science Vs., and The C-Word Podcast, among others. There are also new shows debuting tackling issues like criminal justice reform, a domestic terror, and dealing with loss.
Here’s some of what’s new this week in podcasting –
Bone Valley is a new podcast from Lava For Good and iHeartMedia. The series is a story of murder, mystery, and the miscarriage of justice, chronicling the case of Leo Schofield and the serial killer who claims to have murdered Leo’s wife. The podcast is written and hosted investigative reporter Gilbert King, author of “Devil In The Grove.”
Leo Schofield has been imprisoned for 34 years, serving a life sentence for allegedly murdering his 18-year-old wife, Michelle — a crime Schofield has consistently denied committing. In 2004, previously unidentified fingerprints lifted from Michelle’s car were matched to Jeremy Scott, a homeless teenager who lived near the Schofields in Lakeland, FL. Since then, Jeremy has confessed multiple times to King that he fatally stabbed Michelle and dumped her body in an abandoned phosphate pit in an area known as Bone Valley. But Schofield remains behind bars.
“How does a man spend over three decades behind bars when there are layers of evidence pointing to his innocence?” asks King. “I hope this series answers that question, exposes how our court system got this case very wrong, and helps point to the truth for Leo, as well as for Michelle.”
In Bone Valley, King’s relentless reporting leads him to newly-discovered evidence and Scott’s confession to a second murder—leading the state’s attorney’s office to reopen this 35 year-old Central Florida cold case.
“The case of Leo Schofield represents a complete breakdown of our American criminal legal system,” said Jason Flom, founder and CEO of Lava for Good. “We are honored that Gilbert is joining us to bring much-needed attention to this shocking story and we hope that our work together will finally bring about real justice in this case.”
The Bag with Rashad Jennings and Lindsay McCormick is a new podcast from Sports Illustrated and iHeartMedia. Hosted by former NFL star, NFLPA Players Representative and best-selling author, Rashad Jennings, and sports and business journalist, Lindsay McCormick, the weekly show will help listeners understand the business behind sports, touching on NFTs and cryptos, to fantasy and athlete contracts. Throughout the series, Jennings and McCormick will not only share their own firsthand experiences and expertise on navigating the sports business world, but will also sit down with guests like former NFL All-Pro Shawne Merriman, fantasy football guru Matthew Berry and sports marketing entrepreneur David Meltzer as well as other leading industry experts.
Burn Wild is a new podcast from BBC podcasts. It tells the high stakes, high-drama story of how a group of environmentalists became a domestic terror priority. For over a decade the mugshots of Joseph Mahmoud Dibee and Josephine Sunshine Overaker sat side by side on the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Domestic Terrorists. Those pictures and the FBI’s descriptions have been about all that was known of two environmental fugitives. But now, after more than a decade on the run, one of them has been caught.
For the past two years journalist Leah Sottile and producer Georgia Catt have been granted unprecedented access, recording with Joseph Mahmoud Dibee -- arrested in Cuba in 2018 after 12 years on the run =- as his case goes through the courts in America and as he faces charges that could mean a sentence of more than 30 years in prison.
“Burn Wild is an investigative deep dive into why one group of secretive activists decided to take radical action on behalf of the environment, long before we were all talking about climate change,” said Sottile. “This project takes a hard look at the ripple effects of those actions, and how they are perceived all these years later. And it happened in a place I hold dear - the forests of my home state - so this is a project that is deeply important to me.”
In this eight-part investigative podcast, Sottile and Catt team up to investigate what the truth is behind the mugshots, and how a group who never killed or injured anybody were declared by the then-Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI in 2005 as the number one domestic terror threat in America.
“Burn Wild tells the high stakes, high-drama story of how a group of environmentalists became a domestic terror priority,” said Catt. “But it’s also a way into something far more familiar. Leah and I grew up an ocean apart but are a similar age, and making this series has brought us face to face with questions we’ve both heard asked by environmentalists today -- about what the most effective way to bring about change is. It couldn’t feel more urgent that we tell this story now.”
Much of this story is set deep in forests and composer and sound designer Phil Channell has incorporated recordings high in the trees and out in nature with new music composition to create the sound for this series. The theme is an original, new composition by Echo Collective, composed, performed and produced by Neil Leiter and Margaret Hermant.
In addition to being released as a podcast, BBC will also air the show on BBC Radio 5 Live in the U.K.
The Letter is a new true crime podcast from KSL Podcasts and Lemonada Media. The series tells the story of the murder of Zachary Snarr, which took place on August 28, 1996. That is when a gunman walked down a mountain hillside, approached two friends, and pulled the trigger. Snarr died, but Yvette Rodier pretended to be dead until the gunman left. She crawled to the top of the hillside with bullet wounds in her head and leg and flagged down a passing car. The gunman’s choice to shoot two people he’d never met rippled through so many lives – from the families of his victims to his own family.
The eight-episode series hosted by journalist Amy Donaldson. Throughout the podcast, Donaldson speaks with Zachary’s family and friends, as well as Rodier, who survived the shooting. The gripping series takes a turn when it is revealed that Zachary’s mother, Sy, forgave her son’s killer.
KSL Podcasts also worked with the talent and content management and production company Workhouse Media on the production.
The Loudest Girl in the World is a new podcast from Pushkin Industries and iHeartMedia. The series is hosted by Lauren Ober, former host of APM Studios’ Spectacular Failures and NPR’s The Big Listen, about her own autism diagnosis journey. For years, Ober wasn’t all that jazzed up about herself. She was loud, had weird sensory issues, and her anxiety was off the charts. Then, as a forty-something adult, she found out why – she is autistic. The Loudest Girl in The World is a first person account of Ober’s two-year long journey in understanding what it means to be on the autism spectrum and how to live life as a newly diagnosed autistic person. It also features help from public radio host Anna Sale, musician Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief, bestselling author Katherine May, and a few other notable friends. The Loudest Girl in The World debuts September 13 and will feature nine memoir-style episodes.
Unbreakable with Jay Glazer is a new mental health podcast from Fox Sports Radio and iHeartMedia. Fox Sports says the series will be personal for the Fox NFL Insider as Glazer shares his personal mental health journey with the audience, including the tools and techniques he’s developed to “live in the gray” – his term for living and thriving with anxiety, depression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The show will feature conversations with mental health experts, athletes, coaches and others, as Glazer looks for tips for maintaining an unbreakable mindset and overcoming any obstacle to succeed despite living in the gray.
“For years, I’ve lived ‘the gray’ – my everyday battle with depression, anxiety and ADHD,” said Glazer. “We all talk about mental health, but who describes it? My goal with this podcast is to have that conversation together and give mental health ‘words.’ Come take a journey with me as we try to lift ourselves up together, walk the walk, through the gray, and go hunt the blue together.”
Death, Grief & Other Sh*t We Don’t Discuss is a new podcast from iHeartMedia. It is hosted by American singer, songwriter, producer, author and on-air personality Kyle McMahon, who takes the audience on a cross-country journey speaking with experts as they cover grieving, spiritualism, the afterlife, death rituals and other aspects of death, grief and mourning. Every week, McMahon delves deep into a death-related topic, from receiving a terminal diagnosis to finding meaning in mourning, while weaving in his own personal history with grief and conversations with leading experts in their fields as they offer insight and advice on how to manage through the unimaginable. New episodes are released each Tuesday.
All There Is with Anderson Cooper is a new podcast from CNN Audio. Cooper began recording this podcast alone during his final weeks packing up the apartment of his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. Mixed in with his mother’s keepsakes and secret journals that revealed never-before-shared stories, Cooper takes listeners along as he finds unopened boxes belonging to his father and brother, both of whom died decades ago. Feeling overwhelmed, Cooper began to hold and record intimate conversations with others about their experiences with grief. CNN Audio says the resulting podcast is about the people we lose, the things they leave behind, and how we can
Throughout the All There Is series, Cooper will be joined by guests and friends—including late-night host and comedian Stephen Colbert, actress and comedian Molly Shannon, and artist Laurie Anderson, among others as they share their own stories and experiences.
All There Is with Anderson Cooper will debut September 14 with new episodes dropping on Wednesdays.
Physical Capital is a new sports podcast from Broccoli Productions. Over ten episodes Physical Capital will look at the origins of boxing, and how it has been used for political gain, financial gain, a source of national pride, a vehicle for propaganda, an expression of masculinity. As well as a look at boxing through the prism of race, and sexuality, and how it’s been a way out of criminality and poverty for so many. Hosted by Renay Richardson and James Deacon, Physical Capital will be available exclusive to subscribers of Human Resources + channel on Apple Podcasts.
In Trust is a new podcast from Bloomberg News and iHeartMedia. The show investigates a massive transfer of wealth a century ago, out of Osage Nation hands and into White ones – facilitated by the United States government — and how the Osage Nation is fighting to reverse decades of land loss today. The limited series is hosted by Bloomberg reporter Rachel Adams-Heard.
"A hundred and fifty years ago, the Osage Nation bought a stretch of prairie the size of Delaware, in what's now Oklahoma. The Osage owned the land and everything beneath it. Today, much of present-day Osage County has left Osage hands. In some cases, appropriation was swift and brutal: Dozens of Osages were murdered for their share of lucrative mineral rights to this oil-rich land, a period often referred to as the Reign of Terror. But other transfers of wealth played out more subtly—dollar by dollar and acre by acre, over decades—helped along by policies created by the US government,” Adams-Heard writes. “In Trust is the story of that system. A system that moved wealth from Native hands to White ones. One that three brothers learned to operate, laying the foundation for a modern American dynasty of land and influence that continues to this day."
In Trust will release new episodes on Tuesdays.
On with Kara Swisher is a new podcast from New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network. The twice-weekly show will help listeners make sense of the moment through agenda-setting conversations between Swisher and some of the most powerful people in Silicon Valley, Washington and Hollywood. Vox says Swisher will push her guests beyond their talking points, and also reveal a more unfiltered Swisher – looser, more opinionated and full of advice, solicited and unsolicited. New episodes of the show will be released on Mondays and Thursdays, beginning September 26.
Hanna Rosin and Nayeema Raza are the executive producers. The show’s senior producers are Blakeney Schick and Cristian Castro Rossel.
A Study Of Strange is a new podcast from Convergent Content. Hosted by Michael May, a filmmaker and host of true-crime and automotive-themed shows, each week he shares a strange tale with a different guest, and they both play a role in short reenactments throughout the episodes. A Study of Strange delves into the world of the unknown, covering cases of unsolved crimes and unexplained occurrences. The podcast attempts to debunk common misconceptions and introduce strange tales that are typically overlooked in the genre. Guests include entertainment industry insiders, friends, and weirdos.
“I’m fascinated by mysteries and my nighttime reading always includes whatever strange story I’m into at the moment,” says May. “My experience researching for TV shows has taught me that there’s always more to a story than what you think, and we want A Study of Strange to present new information, or theories, when possible.”
A Study Of Strange is produced by Convergent Content. This is the production company’s first podcast. The company’s focus is on creating TV, film, and audio content that breaks genre norms.
Scaled: The Latino Business Story is a new business podcast from LWC Studios and the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN). The series shares stories and business insights from Latino business leaders who have grown their companies to millions in annual revenue, and highlights LBAN’s world-class research on Latino entrepreneurship. From raising launch capital, to innovating within notoriously enclosed industries, to pivoting across sectors, the featured LBAN alumni are candid about what they've learned, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame institutional and mental barriers that keep many from taking the path of entrepreneurship.
The bi-weekly interview series is hosted by LBAN's Director of Engagement Elian Savodivker and Juleyka Lantigua, founder and CEO of LWC Studios and an alum of LBAN's Business Scaling Program at Stanford University. The podcast debuts September 12.
Cuentos De Buenas Noches Para Niñas Rebeldes is a new Spanish-language version of the Rebel Girls podcast Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. Produced by Rebel Girls and Adonde Media, the series tells the empowering stories of extraordinary, barrier-breaking women from around the world and throughout history to present day. The show will feature well-known Hispanic women telling stories of powerful women. That includes episodes such as singer Gloria Estefan telling the story of Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, news anchor Ilia Calderon profiling Oprah Winfrey, actress Natalia Reyes telling listeners about famed primatologist Jane Goodall, model Eglantina Zingg telling the story of Lady Gaga, CEO Ana Flores exploring the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and singer Lila Downs with the story of Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo, among others.
Jaime Winstone’s Greatest Night Ever is a new podcast from Acast. Hosted by British actress Jaime Winstone, the series will feature Winstone in conversation with guests from the worlds of fashion, art and music about the greatest nights of their lives. Episodes will be recorded from what is being billed as “Jaime’s Boudoir.” It is a studio space specially created to make both the guest and the listener feel like they are at a party among friends. The podcast debuted this week with an episode featuring Danny Dyer. There will be another nine-episodes in the series. The guest lineup for season one also includes Amanda Lepore, Cara Delevingne, Giggs, Wolf Alice, Nick Grimshaw, Bez, Asim Chaudhry and Melanie Blatt.
Jillian on Love is a new podcast from QCode. It is hosted by Jillian Turecki who is on a mission to teach people how to completely transform their love life. Turecki is a certified relationship coach, teacher and writer who for 20 years has guided others on journeys toward fulfilling relationships.
Success from Anywhere is a new podcast focused on the future of work. Hosted by Salesforce Executive Karen Mangia, the eight-episode first season features conversations with everyone from entrepreneurs to executives who are driving disruption and creating a Renaissance of Work. They go behind the scenes to discover what's new, now, and next in the world of work and challenge the traditions of what it means to live well and to work well. The biweekly show is produced by TGC Worldwide.
"Success is not a location. It's not a job title or a number in your bank account," says Mangia. "It might just be one step away - especially when you take ownership of your own success. That is the throughline of Success from Anywhere."
Season Two will focus on the 9-to-5 Culture and whether working this way is still the way to make a living. Season Three will take on Silicon Valley, beyond Brotopia, hoodies, and avocado toast to discover starts ups disrupting the world of work.
Invisibilia is launching its ninth season. Hosted by Yowei Shaw and Kia Myakka Natisse, this season the NPR podcast will focus on what it means to search for control in a time of upheaval.
"This past year, it feels like we're constantly having to walk this tightrope," said Shaw. "We have to find ways to cope with everything out of our control, while also reminding ourselves what is in our control. It's exhausting. So our team decided to look into the idea of control – the narratives and assumptions we have about it, and the small ways in which we can reclaim control – over our bodies, our time, and our destinies."
Listeners will hear a comic and a dominatrix face off to solve a power problem; a thought experiment on maintaining control of your body in a post-Roe America; a community contending with the ghosts of their past; and South Africa's first Black freediving instructor on what might be the antithesis of control – freedom.
"There's a bit of irony in doing a season about control at a moment in history when it feels like we're losing it," said Natisse. "But all the more reason to try to understand it, seeking out stories that can help us figure out what's in our control, and what's not."
The season will drop new episodes every Friday.
Witnessed: Mystic Mother is a new third season of the investigative Witnessed podcast from Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Hosted by sisters Leah and Katie Henoch, the eight-episode season follows the rise and fall of the Phoenix Goddess Temple, and tells the story of a community still reckoning with the fall out a decade later. The Phoenix Goddess Temple was a place that offered “seekers” healing through sensual touch before it was shut down by police in 2011 over allegations of prostitution. What some saw as a spiritual home, the state saw as a brothel operating under the guise of religious freedom.
“This complicated story has captivated us for years. Mystic Mother explores the larger questions around religious freedom, control of women’s bodies and the law’s complicated role in both,” said Leah and Katie Henoch in a joint statement. “This series offers a unique perspective on the story of the Phoenix Goddess Temple, allowing listeners to draw their own conclusions about what happens when your beliefs might be against the laws.”
The season is produced by Sarah Ventre, Emily Martinez, Katie Henoch and Leah Henoch at Campside Media.
Campaign HQ is returning for a new season. The Cadence13 series is hosted by David Plouffe, a former Obama campaign manager and White House Senior Advisor, and the architect of both of Obama’s winning presidential campaigns. In the new season, Plouffe will explore the races and candidates in the key states of Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, and California, focusing on one state per episode, and offering his expert insight and analysis on the battles for Senate, House, gubernatorial, Secretary of State, and Attorney General positions. Each week, he’ll be joined by guests with close and unique perspectives on these critical races, including key operatives, local political reporters and independent pollsters.
“With so much at stake for the country, the 2022 midterms carry significant weight and meaning to all Americans,” said Plouffe. “I’m glad to have the opportunity to explore key races from all angles, and to do so with Cadence13.”
New episodes will be available Thursdays through November 10.
The Good Question! Podcast is launching its second season. Created by WESA Pittsburgh (90.5), the podcast is a companion to the five year old Good Question series on the radio. In the second season, host Katie Blackley covers topics such as the pronunciation of “Carnegie,” and why locals say it differently than many others around the world. Listeners will learn how the Pittsburgh Pirates got their name and hear such stories a remembrance of Pittsburgh’s first Black City Councilor.
“I’m thrilled to revisit some of our stories, and sprinkle in some new ones about this quirky and wonderful city,” Blackley said. “Each episode is less than 20 minutes long — perfect for a commute, walking the dog or preparing dinner.”
The C-Word Podcast is launching a fifth season. The Luminary and Pineapple Street podcasts hosted by actress Lena Dunham and author Alissa Bennett will be similar to previous seasons as The C-Word explores the biographies of women, past and present, deemed “crazy” by society and relegated to the fringes of celebrities we love to hate.
In episodes that are sometimes punctuated with personal stories connecting them to their subjects, Bennett and Dunham provide a comedic, insightful, well-researched, and empathetic take on some of pop culture’s most infamous ‘bad girls,’ including: Lindsay Lohan, Lil’ Kim, Dana Plato, Jenna Jameson, Janet Cooke, Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira), Belle Gibson, and Anna Anderson (aka Anastasia Romanov). Featured guests on select episodes this season include Naomi Fry, culture writer for the New Yorker, Mike Sager, known as "the beat poet of American journalism,” and two renowned fashion designers, fashion pioneer Misa Hylton, and Mel Ottenberg, Editor in Chief of Interview Magazine.
“Our next season continues to turn media narratives and collective rage upside down, exposing an underbelly of shame, fear and judgement that persists around women with talent, power, money, sex appeal and/or wild dispositions (perhaps all of the above?) that don’t fit into a pre-packaged ideal. We love to watch these women fall from grace – but maybe grace was never their goal in the first place,” said Dunham.
The season is produced by Dina Kleiner. It will include a special Luminary matching-donation campaign for National Network of Abortion Funds. Luminary will match up to $10,000.
Business Wars returns for a new season of the Wondery series. Hosted by David Brown, the new season looks at the rivalry between music superstar Taylor Swift and music mogul Scooter Braun. Swift has amassed some of the most devoted fans in the music industry. And those fans become a crucial weapon when Taylor decides to take on a very powerful, very famous manager — Scooter Braun. In the latest season of Business Wars, one artist’s quest to own her master tracks becomes an expensive, painful battle with the power to reshape the music business.
Science Vs. launches its 13th season. The Gimlet-Spotify Studios podcast is hosted by Wendy Zukerman. On this season on Science Vs, the podcast digs into some big questions, including: How much water do we really need to be drinking? Where the hell is the male birth control pill? And what's the best way to die — should we be composting human bodies? The premiere episode takes a deep dive into hydration to ask – can drinking lots of water help you lose weight, what exactly happens to us when we’re dehydrated, and how much water do you really need to drink each day?
The Bible Roots Podcast is a new podcast from HarperChristian Resources. The Bible-engagement-centered podcast hosted by author and Pastor Randy Frazee. The series is designed for pastors and church leadership who want to help their congregation or ministries actively and effectively engage with the Bible. "We have designed this podcast for anyone who longs to see people engage with God's Word. Everyone is welcome, but our crosshairs are on pastors and church leaders," said Frazee. The first two episodes have already been released and the next eight release each Wednesday through November 2.