This week brings two very different stories involving Jewish grandmothers. The first is a series from filmmaker Enid Zentelis on a search for the truth about her Hungarian Jewish grandmother’s work for allies during World War Two. The other, hosted by two New York grandmothers, is full of nostalgia and heart-warming stories. Also this week,Law&Crime drops a new true crime series, TV host Eric Bolling and NFL great Brett Favre team up, and comedian Kevin Hart debuts his new show.
Here is some of what is new in podcasts this week –
...Objections: by Adam Klasfeld is a new true crime podcast from Law&Crime, the live trial and true crime network. Hosted by investigative reporter Adam Klasfeld, each episode of “Objections'' leads listeners through the top legal stories of the week. In each episode, Klasfeld will drill into the public record, interview the newsmakers in each case and feature top experts among various legal fields, who will provide commentary and insight on each story. “I am thrilled that Law&Crime is producing my debut podcast and giving me a new medium and platform to lay out the facts and explore the most pressing legal issues of the day,” said Klasfeld. Law&Crime was founded by ABC Chief Legal Correspondent Dan Abrams.
... How My Grandmother Won WWII is a new podcast from award-winning filmmaker Enid Zentelis, who produced and hosted the series that tells a true story about fighting fascism. The six-episode series tells Zentelis’ journey to discover the truth about her Hungarian Jewish grandmother’s covert work for the British Special Operations during World War Two.
Zentelis, best known for her narrative feature films and episodic work, paired up with radio producer Vicki Vergolina to research and travel together recording their surprising, often shocking findings during the past four year. What Zentelis learned has caused her to not only reconsider the war’s history, but also helped lift her out of her personal grief and to understand the power of individual resistance. The release of How My Grandmother Won WWII was timed to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27).
...Call Your Grandmother is a new iHeartPodcast Network Show. Hosted by New York grandmas Rita Kaye and Ellin Grodsky, the series features the airing of a time capsule of a certain era -- long before television and online dating -- overflowing with nostalgia and heart-warming stories of the boundless love they have for their families. The two less-than-traditional Jewish grandmothers will also offer listeners their advice.
...Welcome To Your Fantasy is a new podcast from Pineapple Street Studios, in association with Gimlet. In the eight-episode series host and historian Natalia Petrzela exposes one of the great, sordid, unexamined stories in American culture. In the 1980s the “male exotic dancers” of Chippendales were everywhere, selling the promise of women’s liberation for the price of a few dollars in a G-string. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties lies a much darker story of greed, corruption, and murder. Welcome To Your Fantasy debuts February 10.
... Longshot: Return Man is a new sports-true crime podcast from newspaper publisher McClatchy and the iHeartPodcast Network. The series will investigate the mysterious death of former pro-football player Jim Duncan. Duncan was an NFL star as a kickoff return man and defensive back for the Baltimore Colts. He led the league in kickoff return yards in 1970, and that same season helped lead the Colts to the Super Bowl title. Two years later, authorities say, Duncan died by suicide inside the police station of his small hometown of Lancaster, S.C. Return Man is based on the reporting of Bret McCormick, former sports editor for McClatchy's Rock Hill, S.C. news outlet, The Herald. In addition to the podcast, The Herald has created a seven-part newspaper and web series.
...Tell Me About It with Jade Iovine is a new iHeartPodcast Network series that features topics that many women have in “off-the-record” conversations with one another about the experiences they are trained to stay silent about. Such as getting fired to fertility struggles, breakups, and social anxiety. Iovine is the daughter of music executive Jimmy Iovine.
... Bolling With Favre is a new sports podcast from PodcastOne. It features conservative commentator Eric Bolling, previously of Sinclair Television and Fox News Channel, and former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. The series will cover sports, politics, business, culture and more. The series debuts February 2.
... Band of Mother’s Podcast is a new show from Wondery and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. Hosts Shayna Ferm and Tracy Tee who dive head-first into what it’s like to be a woman who also happens to be a mom. They will explore women’s lifestyle subjects and expert opinions, oftentimes with guests and games. “Band of Mothers Podcast is a continuation of our eight-year mission to spread humor, validation and generosity to moms everywhere” said Tee. “Our hope is that we can provide a weekly dose of entertainment, laughs, education and self-reflection so our listeners not only feel like they’ve learned something new, but that they’re heard and understood on a more intimate level than simply “it’s hard being a mom.” Band of Mother’s Podcast launches February 2 with early release on the Wondery+ app.
...The Daily Crime is a new daily podcast from Tegna’s Vault Studios. The show will publish each weekday with reporting on high-profile crime cases from around the country. Each episode will run 20 minutes or less. The Daily Crime is an outgrowth of Vault Studio’s weekly True Crime Chronicles with co-hosts Will Johnson and Reed Redmond pulling double duty on both podcasts. The series will feature a new crime each day and will feature the reporters who covered the story. That will often mean having reporters on the podcast from Tegna-owned television stations.
...Inside Jokes is a new comedy podcast from SiruisXM. Hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, Inside Jokes will feature Hart in conversation with fellow top comics. SiriusXM says the podcast brings audiences into an intimate conversation between Hart and some of the world's funniest people for "ear-opening" dialogue, never-before-heard stories, hilarious moments, and of course, "inside jokes." Guests include Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Harvey, Bill Burr, Zainab Johnson, Cedric the Entertainer, Desus & Mero, Nick Kroll, Hasan Minhaj, and others. New episodes will premiere Wednesdays at 8pm ET on SiriusXM’s Laugh Out Loud Radio channel and will subsequently be released as a podcast.
...The Undressing Room is a new podcast from Urban One. The series will be hosted by radio personalities Eva Marcille from the syndicated “Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” Lore'l from syndicated “The Morning Hustle” show, and Dominique da Diva from the syndicated “Quicksilva Show.” The weekly podcast will target women with talk of entertainment, pop culture, celebrity gossip, fashion, and beauty. The Undressing Room will debut its first episode February 4.
...Doing Justice is anew narrative podcast from Café Studios and former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Preet Bharara. The series is based on the real cases chronicled in Bharara’s New York Times bestselling book of the same name. In Doing Justice, Bharara shares the stories of extraordinary cases he oversaw during his tenure, exploring each from the unique perspective of a prosecutor whose job it is to grapple with urgent moral, ethical, and legal questions.
...Dark Arenas is a new true crime podcast from Audiochuck and Stitcher. The show is hosted by investigative journalist Delia D’Ambra, who speaks one-on-one with FBI agents, a former CIA Director, ATF special agents, and others. Each week she works to understand how these professionals’ jobs affect them, and most importantly, why they keep at it day after day. Dark Arenas will only be available on Stitcher Premium.
...The Daily Punch is a new daily news podcast from Entercom’s Cadence13 and Punchbowl News. Hosted by political journalists Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, the former writers of Politico’s daily Playbook newsletter. The name of their company refers to the Secret Service nickname for the Capitol. On The Daily Punch, Sherman and Palmer will bring their reporting skills and insight to the podcast space for the first time.
...Facing Forward is a new economic and political podcast from CBS News Radio. Hosted by "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan, the weekly series features conversations with key business and political leaders, CEOs, and economists. The podcast will feature some expanded interviews of the weekly television show.
...Sports Cards Nonsense is a new sports podcast from Spotify’s The Ringer Podcast Network. The show will be hosted by Mike Gioseffi and Jesse Gibson. Twice each week, Gioseffi and Gibson will dive into sports, the sports card market, and how to make money with this hobby. They will tell listeners who should be buying and selling - along with the occasional fantasy football advice. New episodes will air on Tuesdays and Fridays.
...The Kennedys is a new history podcast from Parcast and Spotify. The release of the show was timed with the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. The 12-episode special series is hosted by Carter Roy. He details the mysterious and unexpected questions related to the presidency and the family including what organized crime figures affected JFK’s election, who helped Lee Harvey Oswald, who stole JFK’s brain, and more.
...Meeting Tom Cruise is a new iHeartPodcast Network show that features hosts and actors Jeff Meachem (Black•ish) and Joel Johnstone (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as they share those stories, inviting celebrity guests to discuss their incredible Tom Cruise memories, in the hopes one day they too will meet Tom Cruise and have a legendary story to tell.
...Broccoli Book Club is a new “book club” podcast from the production house Broccoli Content. Hosted by journalist Diyora Shadijanova, the interactive book club podcast is designed as a virtual reading group that engages with its audiences around a thought-provoking title or idea. Twice a month, Shadijanova invites listeners to join her for a discussion around each book. In the first episode she welcomes people connected to the book’s central theme and then in the second episode she hosts a conversation with the book’s author.
...How to Tickle Yourself is a new podcast from the Storic Media Podcast Network. The show is hosted by author and journalist Duff McDonald and his long-time friend, Matt McButter. The 16 -episode series that features the hosts as they dig into the ongoing debate between science and spirituality. The two discuss concepts as varied as meditation, infinite possibility, the perils of a quantified reality. Storic Media says the episodes that fit together like a 16-piece puzzle.
... We Didn’t Start The Fire is a new music-focused podcast that is inspired by the Billy Joel 1989 song of the same name. Hosted by Katie Puckrik and Tom Fordyce, the show mixes politics, rock 'n' roll, sport, space, television, the Cold War, among other things. Each episode, a new line from Billy Joel’s seminal song is used to unravel a different topic at the heart of this catalytic moment in time. Puckrik and Fordyce are U.K. broadcasters. The show is a production of the Crowd Network.
...The Uncertain Hour, the podcast series from the public radio show Marketplace, is returning for a fifth season on February 3. The show, hosted by Krissy Clark, explains our complicated, and often unequal, American economy — and why some people get ahead, while some get left behind. The latest season looks at the current condition of employment in the U.S as more Americans are taking jobs that are outsourced, subcontracted, freelance, “self-employed,” temporary or “gig” — a decades-long trend that has accelerated in recent years. In this season of The Uncertain Hour, the show will cover the history and policy decisions that led us here, how some companies use loopholes to avoid providing workers a minimum wage or basic protections and what a workforce increasingly made up of “nonemployees” means for the future.
...Dissect, Spotify’s serialized music podcast hosted by creator Cole Cuchna, is returning with anew five-episode series to commemorate the prolific Beyoncé project that took the internet (and Bey-hive) by storm: Black is King. Dissect is available exclusively on Spotify.
.... Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? launches a new season. The podcast is a curated selection of the original Emmy-nominated television series’ best and most popular episodes culled from its vast library of more than 500 shows. Each episode of season two will feature a different celebrity contestant putting their knowledge to the test by answering questions taken directly from elementary school curriculum. The podcast is a production of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and Audio Up.
... Future Enterprise is a new business podcast from IDC, a global provider of market intelligence, and JAR Audio. Hosted by Joe Pucciarelli, the series aims to help executives leverage technology to achieve innovative, disruptive, and productive business outcomes. The focus of the series is in-depth conversations about emergent trends in work, intelligence, and digital innovation. It also offers applied examples from the field, showing each of those trends in action.
...To White Folks is a new podcast that aims to talk about racial issues to help white Americans better understand the viewpoint of people of color. The podcast is hosted by two Athens, GA men – Chase Brantley, a theater manager, and Joey Carter, a political activist. To White Folks will rely on a combination of historical stories and conversation with local Black residents to help bridge the racial and political divide.
... Bourbon In The Back Room is a new political podcast focused on South Carolina politics. The series is hosted by former State Senators Joel Lourie and Vincent Sheheen who will focus on South Carolina news and politics. They will also touch on national issues.
...Beyond The Bottom Line is a new podcast from Bert Miller, the CEO of MRINetwork, a leading executive recruitment firm. On the show, Miller talks with business leaders to discuss their proudest achievements, greatest challenges, and where they focus their energy each day. Interview topics range from how these C-suite executives have dealt with the pandemic in terms of supply chain logistics and employee-customer safety, to the rapid increase in e-commerce throughout 2020 and how diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives will continue to shape the world of work in 2021. The podcast will also be available as a video on YouTube.
... Adventures In Venueland is a new podcast that is focused on the live entertainment industry. The mib-monthly show is hosted by Dave Redelberger and Paul Hooper who talk with guests who work in live entertainment about what they are currently doing, their history in the industry, and the challenges they faced along the way to lead them to where they are today. Adventures In Venueland is a side project of the non-profit Event & Arena Marketing Conference.
...Okay, Now Listen will return for a second season on February 4. The podcast, hosted by Sylvia Obell and Scottie Beam, will continue with their take on the entertainment industry. The series also includes celebrity interviews. The new season will have 25 episodes. The podcast is a joint venture of Netflix and Strong Black Lead.