Reese Witherspoon brings her book club to Google’s voice assistant (Podcast News Roundup)


In today’s podcast news roundup, Reese’s book club is integrated with Google’s voice assistant; Apple Podcasts Adds New Content Discovery Features; Warner Bros. TV Takes ‘Bachelor Nation’ and ‘Band of Mothers Podcast’ to Audacy; the Ambies 2022 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 feedback on each book pick from Reese herself. To get started, users can simply say “Ok Google, read with Reese’s Book Club” on an Assistant-enabled device.⁠⁠

Unscripted TV Warner association with TV moviesbrings two of its popular podcasts to the Audacity 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. On each episode of “Talking It Out With Bachelor Nation,” co-hosts Mike Johnson and Dr. Bryan Abasolo are joined by a special guest to dive deep into the critical topics addressed in the “Bachelor” franchise. “Band of Mothers Podcast,” hosted by friends Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee, is a weekly variety show-style podcast featuring stories from real moms, games, original comedy, music, and guest interviews.

rolling stone (who like Variety belongs to PMC) in partnership with Westwood One for “Don’t Let This Flop,” a weekly TikTok trending and meme podcast distributed on the Cumulus podcast network. The show is hosted by Rolling Stone writers Brittany Spanos and EJ Dickson, who will be joined by a special guest on each episode to discuss the most popular posts of the week from around TikTok. Listen to the trailer at this link.


QCodein partnership with Interscope Recordingsannounced an October 10 premiere date for superhero origin story “The Beautiful Liar,” produced and co-created by and starring the star singer Sam Nelson Harris (X Ambassadors). Emily Hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek”) will star and serve as executive producer on the podcast. The show, co-created by Minnie Schedeen, will complement the X Ambassadors’ third studio album, “The Beautiful Liar,” which will be released 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 X Ambassadors brothers and castmates Sam and Casey Harris, who wanted to create a superhero comic-inspired audio drama about a blind character and his superheroes. powers.

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

Storic Media Podcast Networka 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 FBI’s role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. In the series, McPhee interviews key players in the investigation, victims, two Boston police commissioners, local law enforcement, and federal officials who believe there’s a lot more to know about the Bomber Brothers and their ties to the CIA and FBI. “Mayhem With Michele McPhee” debuts as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on whether the death sentence imposed on Boston Marathon suicide bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by a jury federal should be rescinded. At the center of the arguments are details of the triple murder committed by the second suicide bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. “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 Akademics 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 cheeky culture. In the inaugural episode, Akademiks hosts a panel discussion on “Who Tried to Kill Jay-Z?” as guests deliberate on a wide variety of topics, including: the riddle of who’s 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 both rappers. The “Off the Record” episodes will also be accompanied by special live episodes on Spotify Greenroom. The new show is available on Spotify at this link.

LiveXLive’s Podcast One September 21 launched “Mettaphorically Speaking,” hosted by the retired NBA champion and all-star Metta World Peace. In the series, Metta World Peace interviews a variety of people from the worlds of 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 the “Entourage” creator and host of “Hollywood Wayz.” Doug Ellin. The podcast is available on all major podcast platforms.

Production company Movies of 1895 released documentary filmmaker Tom Jennings’ “Artifactual” podcast series, which recreates key moments in history from archival material. The inaugural episode, which premiered on September 15, examines the assassination of President Lincoln, as told by 19th-century American stage and film actor Joseph Hazelton, who witnessed the murder at Ford’s Theatre. The next episode will cover the Pearl Harbor bombing. Artifactual will release a new episode once 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 podcast, with the release of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 this week, added two new features: “Shared with You,” which automatically places Apple Podcasts episodes, shows, and channels sent via Messages into a new Shared with You section in Listen now; and new personalized recommendations in Listen Now with suggestions based on other shows users listen to and topics they care about. Recommendations are based on over 100 categories and subcategories, which creators can edit in Apple Podcasts Connect or through a third-party hosting provider.


Ambiesthe podcast awards presented by the Podcast Academy, is accepting nominations for the 2022 awards through December 3. The Ambies expanded the show’s recognition categories to include Best Podcast for Kids and Best Independent 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 submissions and announced in early 2022. More information is available at this link.


Vox Media hired Katherine Wells, previously executive producer of podcasts 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 grow a new slate of narrative explainer 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 on shows such as Radiolab’s ‘More Perfect’, ‘Freakonomics Radio’ and ‘Science Friday’.


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