Reese Witherspoon Brings Book Club to Google’s Voice Assistant (Podcast News Roundup)


In today’s podcast news summary, Reese’s Book Club is integrated into Googlethe voice assistant of; Apple podcasts adds new content discovery features; Warner Bros. TV presents “Bachelor Nation” and “Band of Mothers Podcast” at Audacy; the Ambies 2022 awards open to nominations; and more.


Google signed an agreement with Reese witherspoon and his media company, Hello Sunshine, to deliver an “immersive, hands-free reading experience” on Google Nest smart speakers, smart displays and Google Assistant-enabled mobile devices in English-speaking countries around the world. Users of Google’s voice assistant can hear Witherspoon’s monthly book picks, take a quiz for personalized book recommendations, and get exclusive commentary on each book pick from Reese herself. To get started, users can simply say “Hey Google, read with Reese’s Book Club” on a device with the Assistant installed.

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Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, in association with Telephoto, presents two of his popular podcasts at Daring podcast network: “Talking It Out With Bachelor Nation” (September 23) and “Band of Mothers Podcast” (September 28). Brand new episodes will be available weekly on Audacy digital platforms and other major podcast platforms. In each episode of “Talk about it with Bachelor Nation”, Co-hosts Mike Johnson and Dr Bryan Abasolo are joined by a special guest to delve into the critical topics covered in the “Bachelor” franchise. “Mothers group podcast”, Hosted by friends Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee, is a weekly variety show style podcast featuring real moms stories, games, original comedy, music and guest interviews.

Rolling stone (who likes Variety belongs to PMC) in partnership with Westwood a for “Don’t Let This Flop,” a weekly podcast of TikTok trends and memes distributed on the Cumulus Podcast Network. The show is hosted by Rolling Stone screenwriters Brittany Spanos and EJ Dickson, who will be joined by a special guest on each episode to discuss the week’s most popular posts around the world of TikTok. Listen to the trailer on this link.


QCode, in partnership with Interscope recordings, announced an October 10 premiere date for the superhero origin story “The Beautiful Liar”, produced and co-created by and starring the singer Sam nelson harris (X Ambassadors). Emily hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek”) will co-star and executive produce on the podcast. The show, co-created by Minnie Schedeen, will serve as an accompaniment to X Ambassadors’ third studio album, “The Beautiful Liar,” which will be released on September 24 via KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records. Other cast members include Rory Anne Dahl (“Doors”), Jon Bass (“Miracle Workers”), Alysia Reiner (“Orange Is the New Black”), Karan Brar (“Bunk’d”) and Jennifer Lafleur ( “Big Little Lies”). The idea for “The Beautiful Liar” was first conceived by the brothers and comrades of the group X Ambassadors, Sam and Casey Harris, who wanted to create an audio drama inspired by the superhero comics about a blind character and his children. Super powers.

The Spotify Spin will launch the “544 Days” podcast, produced in partnership with A24 and Twisted media, September 28. The new series tells the story of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s foreign correspondent, who spent 544 days wrongfully imprisoned and tortured by Iranian authorities. The show features interviews with Rezaian and his wife, Yegi Rezaian, who has also been imprisoned, as well as family members, colleagues and politicians including Dennis McDonough (Obama’s chief of staff), John Kerry (former Secretary of State) and Lisa Monaco (Homeland Security Advisor under Obama). The first three episodes will be available at launch, with new episodes released weekly for six weeks. Listen to the trailer on this link.

Historical Media Podcast Network, a division of United Stations Media Networks, will debut “Mayhem with Michele McPhee” September 23, a true crime podcast in which the investigative reporter examines the role of the FBI in the 2013 Boston Marathon attacks. In the series, McPhee interviews key investigators, victims, two Boston police commissioners, local law enforcement, and federal officials who think there is a lot more to the suicide bombers and their ties to the CIA and FBI. “Mayhem With Michele McPhee” Debuts As US Supreme Court Set To Hear Arguments Over Whether Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Death Penalty Passed By Jury federal must be canceled. At the center of the arguments are details of the triple murder committed by the second suicide bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, on the tenth anniversary of September 11. “Mayhem With Michele McPhee” will be available in audio and video formats, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon, Audible and YouTube.

Media personality DJ Akademiks launched their new “Off the Record” video podcast, available exclusively on Spotify, on September 20. “Off the Record” will release three video episodes each week, featuring two panel discussions and an interview with a notable artist or celebrity who drives the cheeky culture. In the inaugural episode, Akademiks leads a panel discussion on “Who Tried to Kill Jay-Z?” as guests deliberate on a wide variety of topics, including: the conundrum of who is trying to kill Jay Z and who he was talking about in “Love All”; and Kanye’s “Donda” versus Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” and the legacy of the two rappers. The “Off the Record” episodes will also be accompanied by special episodes live on Spotify Greenroom. The new show is available on Spotify at this link.

LiveXLive PodcastOne September 21 kicked off “Mettaphorically Speaking,” hosted by retired NBA champion and all-star Put world peace. In the series, Metta World Peace interviews a variety of people from sports, music, business, film and television with the aim of inspiring and empowering listeners to pursue their own passions and dreams. . Confirmed guests include former Indiana Pacers teammates Jermaine O’Neal and Stephen Jackson, former LA Lakers teammate Robert Horry, former NBA All-Star Baron Davis, podcast hosts Jordan Harbinger and Dr. Drew, and “Hollywood Wayz” “Entourage” creator and host Doug Ellin The podcast is available on all major podcast platforms.

Production company 1895 Movies released the “Artifactual” podcast series from documentary maker Tom Jennings, which recreates key moments in history from archival material. The inaugural episode, which began on September 15, examines the assassination of President Lincoln, narrated by 19th-century American theater and film actor Joseph Hazelton, who witnessed the murder at Ford’s Theater. The next episode will cover the Pearl Harbor bombing. Artifactual will release a new episode every two weeks with a diverse list of topics. The show is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and other platforms.


Apple podcasts, with the release of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 this week, added two new features: “Shared With You,” which automatically places Apple Podcast episodes, shows, and channels sent via Messages in a new Shared With section. you in Listen now; and new personalized recommendations in Listen Now with suggestions based on other shows people are listening to and topics that interest them. Recommendations are based on over 100 categories and subcategories, which creators can edit in Apple Podcasts Connect or through a third-party hosting provider.


The Ambies, the podcast award from the Podcast Academy, accepts nominations for the 2022 awards until December 3. The Ambies expanded the show recognition categories to include Best Podcast for Kids and Best Indie Podcast. The registration fee is $ 100 for Podcast Academy members and $ 175 for non-members. Up to seven nominees will be selected for each category from all nominations and announced in early 2022. More information is available at this link.


Vox Media hired Katherine wells, previously executive podcast producer at The Atlantic, in a new role as Editorial Director of Explanatory Audio. Wells will oversee all of Vox’s narrative shows, including “Unexplainable” and “The Impact,” as well as lead efforts to pilot and develop a new roster of explanatory narrative shows in 2022. Wells will begin her new role in October. Prior to The Atlantic, she oversaw the launch of Gimlet Media’s “Every Little Thing” and was a producer of shows such as Radiolab’s “More Perfect”, “Freakonomics Radio” and “Science Friday”.

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