CNN Audio has announced a slate of five new podcasts it plans to release this fall. Among them is a new limited-run series called Tug of War that is hosted by CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward, who has been in the spotlight this month for her coverage from Afghanistan.
But reporting from the far reaches of the globe is not new for Ward, who has been long telling stories from some of the most difficult and dangerous places in the world. In Tug of War, she travels across the world to meet the courageous people on the front lines of a battle for democracy.
“During my career I’ve always been struck by extraordinary acts of courage from ordinary people,” says Ward. “Currently authoritarian regimes are on the ascent across the world, but so are the grassroot movements resisting them. In Tug of War, we take you to Syria, Myanmar, Russia and more to meet some of the people behind these movements and see what it takes to risk everything to fight oppression.” The podcast is scheduled to debut in October.
Closer to home, CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash will host a new podcast timed to coincide with the California recall election. Total Recall: California’s Political Circus will look to the past to tell their story about today, exploring the stranger than fiction 2003 California recall election that pitted Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis against one another. Total Recall will debut Sept. 8.
CNN Senior Data Reporter Harry Enten will also host a new show called Margins of Error. In it, he exposes the hidden truth in numbers and takes a closer look at zeitgeisty topics like phone phobias, what statistics could tell us about the evolution of dating rules, and some surprising data around the belief in ghosts. It launches Sept. 21.
Other new CNN Audio series are helmed by podcasters from outside the company. That includes Aminatou Sow, who will host the new series When Diana Met… about Princess Diana’s most notable encounters with politicians, dignitaries and celebrities to reveal often-overlooked truths and misunderstandings about Diana’s life as Princess of Wales. The U.K.-based Sow already co-hosts the Call Your Girlfriend podcast with Ann Friedman. Her new show bows Oct. 7.
Also lined up is a new audio companion podcast to the HLN true crime series “Very Scary People.” This season, the show returns to Amityville, NY to revisit the 1974 murders of six members of the DeFeo family that would spark a cultural conversation and takes listeners through the twists and turns of what happened next, weaving a haunting picture of the murderer, the paranormal, and the legacy that follows the house.