We’ve rounded up 9 podcasts that launched this month. From fiction series to true crime, a podcast rewatching an MTV classic, and shows filled with personal stories, this list has you covered.
Tune into a new series from Dateline NBC investigating missing persons cases submitted by listeners on social media. Eminem’s daughter, Hailie Jade, co-hosts a new podcast with her childhood BFF.
Also on our list, skin therapist and trans woman Carmen Laurent chats with guests about the trans experience. Tune into 2 captivating fiction podcasts from QCODE. There’s a series from Radiotopia celebrating a mother and son’s relationship.
QCODE’s “Bloodthirsty Hearts” is a supernatural comedy about 5 high schoolers reconnecting later in life. In school, they bonded over a book series adapted into a semi-erotic film franchise. The gang is brought back together at a fan convention they thought would be all fun and games. When the convention turns into a literal survival event as creatures attack, the friends must forget their differences and fight for their lives.
Who Killed Daphne?
“Who Killed Daphne?” investigates Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death in 2017. In her 30 year career, Daphne exposed networks of corruption. After she was killed in a car bombing, journalists, law enforcement, and Daphne’s family searched for the killer. This investigation found secrets with huge consequences and connected to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s resignation in 2019 when his associates were linked to the crime. Investigative journalists, including podcast host Stephen Grey, shared their findings in this 6-part series.
Tom Rinaldi Presents: Wesley
In “Tom Rinaldi Presents: Wesley,” hear the story of 1 MLB player murdered mid-season. In the 1970s, Lyman “Wesley” Bostock Jr. played for the Angels and was killed by a man whose court case resulted in a startling verdict. Host Tom Rinaldi examines Lyman’s life, death, and the justice system that seemingly failed. Start the 8-part series from episode 1 to hear what Tom learned from Wesley’s widow, teammates, friends, the media, and lawyers from his trial.
Dateline: Missing in America
“Dateline: Missing in America” investigates missing persons cases submitted via social media. In this series, correspondents Josh Mankiewicz and Andrea Canning will report on one person’s story each episode. You’ll hear details from investigators, details from the missing person’s friends/family, and more. Episodes encourage listeners to reach out with any tips they might have on the cases shared each episode. The first episodes will drop July 26.
Back to the Beach with Kristin and Stephen
For the first time in 18 years, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County stars and former high school sweethearts Kristin Cavallari and Stephen Colletti are rewatching MTV’s series. On “Back to the Beach with Kristin and Stephen,” the duo dish on what really happened, share behind-the-scenes stories, and remember high school. This podcast is presented by Dear Media.
QCODE’s “Narcissa” is a new, thrilling fiction podcast starring Dianna Agron. Dianna plays Sid, a mind reader in the near future. In this world, mind readers are banned in Los Angeles. When murders happen, and authorities believe the suspect is a mind reader, Sid’s life is in jeopardy. Her family has taken heavy measures over the years to protect her identity. Sid begins a risky, romantic relationship with Andie (Maria Sten). Will her true identity be exposed? Check out all 8 episodes to find out what happens.
Radiotopia Presents: My Mother Made Me
Writer Jason Reynolds and his mom, Isabell, explore their shared history on “Radiotopia Presents: My Mother Made Me.” They’ll celebrate Isabell’s 76th birthday, explore their connection, Isabell’s parenting, and how they learn from each other. Jason and Isabell’s parent-child friendship evolves over time, age, and circumstances. Learn about their spirituality and anecdotes ranging from gratitude to birthday lunches and visiting a casino.
Skin therapist and trans woman Carmen Laurent hosts iHeartPodcasts’ “Beauty Translated.” In episodes, she’ll share personal experiences being trans in southeast America. This season, Carmen is joined by guests like author and community leader Gabrielle Clairborne, trans man Nick Bowser, and Miss Trans USA 2020 Bianca Nicole. Carmen will also share info on the gender transition process regarding medical, emotional, and legal changes.
just a little shady
Eminem’s daughter Hailie Jade co-hosts “just a little shady” with her BFF Brittany Ednie. The two met in elementary school and have plenty to share on the podcast. From life updates to pop culture news and hot takes each episode, Hailie shared she’s giving listeners a chance to get to know her better. The co-hosts welcome listeners’ anonymous shady submissions to possibly be considered for future episodes.