Pod Bible aims to be the essential guide to podcasts. To keep your download list full of brilliant podcasts, and help you find the next podcast sensation, we’re bringing you the latest podcast releases in our New This Month feature.
The new podcasts this month are a real mix of intense investigation, and just a bit of fun. We have new true crime podcasts, a new Britney Spears podcast and journalism that looks deep into white supremacy. But we also comfort food podcasts, and questions about baby pigeons!
With no further ado, here is our round-up of the best new podcasts to listen to this July…
Bernie: Who killed the Prince of Soho?
Production company Stak have taken their first steps into True Crime podcasts. Bernie: Who Killed The Prince of Soho? explores the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death Bernie Katz. Bernie was a flamboyant institution in Soho’s club scene for over 30 years. The series describes the sudden unravelling of Bernie’s life, from the abrupt end to his career at the Groucho, to the disappearance of his money from his private art collection, and the confusing connection to Albanian gangsters. With interviews from the people who knew him (including Stephen Fry and Richard Bacon) and sound design that captures both the joy Bernie could bring and the sadness of his death, you should definitely fit this 3-part series into your podcast listening schedule. Listen now on Acast >>
THAT Podcast is an immense project: A magazine-style podcast that features more than 100 collaborators, with 23 commissions, performances from some of the UK’s most exciting names, and testimonies from the public. The whole six-part series is out now, and each ‘part’ runs across 2 episodes (this is a good decision – each episode is still an hour or more, and I usually avoid podcast episodes that are more than 60 minutes). I listened to ‘THAT PODCAST with SOPHIE DUKER… where Keanu Reeves saves us all using the power of dreams’ parts one and two. The name intrigued me and the eclectic mix kept me engaged. I learnt about lucid dreaming, listened to a ChowChow (voiced by Derry Girls actress Kathy Kiera Clarke) dream and heard night terrors described. And the thing about Keanu Reeves? You’ll have to listen to find that out yourself! Listen now on Acast >>
Pieces Of Britney
After Britney’s court testimony, #FreeBritney has quickly changed from a fan hashtag to a conversation about human rights. This new podcast about Britney Spears from BBC Radio 4 looks likely to be an interesting part of that conversation. Pandora Sykes takes us through Britney’s life using a mix of documentary, archive and interviews, but Pieces of Britney also uses dramatic interpretation (written by playwright Katie Hims) to bring Britney and her extraordinary world to life. Pieces Of Britney is available now as a box set on BBC Sounds.
Comfort Eating with Grace Dent
The Guardian and Ocado have partnered up for the latest food podcast. Comfort Eating with Grace Dent is a weekly podcast that celebrates the joys of comfort food. The Guardian’s restaurant critic might not have been eating out as much, and when left to herself at home she can “often be found with a plate of oven chips, gravy and mint sauce”. Grace will be speaking to a host of famous faces, including Russell T Davies, Deborah Meaden and Nish Kumar, about their comfort foods. Listen to the podcast now on Acast >>
Our Darkest Day
On March 15th 2019, 51 people were killed and 40 more injured as they attended Friday prayers in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Christchurch Terror Attacks were named as “one of our darkest days” by New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden. This six-part investigative podcast explores that day, and the aftermath, through interviews with the victims and their families. They want the world to remember the people who lost their lives, rather than the man who took them. As well as focussing on themes of racism, radicalisation and islamophobia, the podcast also explores aspects such as the unseen repercussions of immigration and the role of faith in coping with such events. When reports suggest that COVID-19 lockdowns have led to an increase in the volume of online extremism and hatred, this podcast seems even more important. Listen on Acast now >>
Where Are All The Baby Pigeons?
I did promise baby pigeons, but technically I can’t deliver on that promise… Where Are All The Baby Pigeons? is a podcast that investigates life’s everyday mysteries. Hosted by Australian comedian Froomes, it aims to answer some of those random questions that just pop into your head sometimes. Episodes so far have included ‘Do periods sync up?’ and ‘Is your phone listening to you?’ but so far I still haven’t got the answer to the baby pigeon question… Listen now on Spotify >>
A message from your cultural past, Cultureverse is an immersive audio drama where myths and legends from around the world are brought to life, and into the real world. Technically this is a kid’s show, and the protagonist is a kid, but the production is top quality, the artwork beautiful and the myths are definitely interesting enough to keep adults like me entertained! Cultureverse is a collaboration between US-based TRAX from PRX and the multi-lingual Studio Ochenta The editorial team included people from every culture represented to help keep the stories authentic and celebratory. Listen now >>
Show and Tell with Christopher Biggins
Beloved British icon Christopher Biggins is a podcast host for the first time. Show and Tell has a guest bring along three items that tell a story from their own lives. In game-show style, Biggins will be tasked with working out what the prized possession is before they explore the story behind it. Not only is this the second podcast on this list about objects, it is also the fourth new ‘object’ podcast in two months, and the second time we’ve written about a celebrity podcast that gets sentimental over them (check out last month’s, Alan Cumming’s Shelves for a similar concept). I’m starting to wonder if having to stay at home over the past year has made us all overthink our ‘things’… Listen now on Acast >>
Other new podcasts for your list:
- Red Bull’s Save Your Game– Launched last week, Red Bull’s Save Your Game offers insights into the careers and minds of gaming icons, by asking them to pick the three most important games from their life, why they mattered so much and how they’ve impacted them since. We spoke to host, esports host Frankie Ward, last week. Listen now >>
- Found: Objects With Meaning – this podcast is a collaboration between Wallpaper* Magazine and Vodafone Smart Tech. The 6-part series explores the creative and emotional force of the objects we have – as well as the ones that we’ve lost. We also had a interview with this podcast’s host! Listen now on Acast >>
- Out Of The Woods – An audio drama podcast part funded by Arts Council England, Out Of The Woods bring fresh, funny and provocative pieces from a new generation of Balkan writers. Series One is inspired by Kosovo – the newest state in Europe. Whether you want to hear compelling new drama or find out more about this exciting and emerging part of Eastern Europe, you’ll find a story to immerse yourself in. Listen now on Spotify >>
- Please, Go On – An interesting concept from Washington Post where opinion columnist James Hohmann interviews the author of one of the week’s “buzziest, most compelling or most unexpected guest columns from Post Opinions”. Listen now >>
- Who Was Prince? – After a teaser trailer back in April, this 8-part series is out! Who Was Prince? is the ultimate look at the greatest and most mysterious musician of the modern era. How did he create so much music, what was he like as a person, what was his childhood like? Find out in interviews with people who were close to him. Listen now >>
- The Teamsheet – A Spotify Original that launched just in time for the Euros, The Teamsheet lets famous football fanatics build their very own fantasy five-a-side team. Across a week of episodes, the celebrity curators will pick one goalkeeper (Monday), one defender (Tuesday), one midfielder (Wednesday), one striker (Thursday), one wildcard (Friday), one manager (Saturday) and will finish by designing their perfect kit (Sunday). Listen now >>
New Podcast Seasons
The 2 Johnnies
Johnny McMahon (aka. Johnny Smacks) and Johnny O’Brien (Johnny B for short), have made the move to Spotify for their newest season of the chart-topping Irish podcast The 2 Johnnies Podcast. It has been exclusive to Spotify since the middle of June, and continues in it’s mixture of comedy, current affairs and sport, – as well as an array of guests – hosted in their very own studio in the heart of Co. Tipperary. Check out our interview with them to see how the move to Spotify went! Listen on Spotify now >>
How Did We Get Here?
Claudia Winkleman and Professor Tanya Byron’s number 1 podcast returns for third season. With over two million listens and a British Podcast Award nomination, it’s hardly surprising! How Did We Get Here? is a conversation with a real person who is feeling stuck in an area of their life. In a one-time, unscripted session, Claudia listens in to the conversation to discover how Tanya unlocks the story behind each issue and asks questions about how she guides contributors forward to a place of clarity. The 12-part series began on Friday 25th June, with new episodes weekly.
The Tennis Podcast
The Tennis Podcast release regular episodes throughout but when a tournament is in full flow, you can expect daily updates with everything you need to know. With the Wimbledon Championships running until 11th July, they will be covering all the dramas on court. Want to know more about what happened to Serena Williams? Listen to their episode The Sadness of Serena Williams for more insight. Read our interview with host David Law for some behind-the-scenes. Listen on Acast now>>
The podcast that hates any kind of book snobbery has started its second season. In Booksellers, hosts Phil Williams and Natalie Jamieson chat to an author they admire, the authors read a passage from their latest book, and at the end send listeners away with some recommendations as well. “This is all about the joy of reading” says Natalie “and celebrating popular fiction / non-fiction (incl cookbooks!) from a wide range of authors and book styles, and hopefully this will inspire people to pick up a book they may not have fully considered just yet”. Listen now on Acast >>
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