Full stream ahead with several new podcasts this August, ranging from true crime to a pop culture commentary series, and a sports show. Tune into a C13Originals documentary podcast about Synanon, a drug rehab facility that became a violent cult in the 1960s and 1970s. Comedians Leslie Jones and Lenny Marcus team up on a new series to interview guests and call out people, places, and situations.
True crime fans might love “Chameleon: Scam Likely,” the popular series’ latest season examining an international scam call operation. Instagrammer and HGTV’s Jenn Todryk is launching a podcast with her husband and chatting about listener-submitted topics on “You, Me & Mike.”
The Sunshine Place
C13Originals, Susan Downey, and Robert Downey Jr. present “The Sunshine Place,” an 8-part investigative documentary series examining Synanon, an experimental drug rehab facility in the 1960s and 1970s that turned into one of the most dangerous and violent cults. On the podcast, hear from survivors, former members, chroniclers, and host Sari Crawford, the daughter of Synanon’s former leader, Bill Crawford.
The fckry with Leslie Jones and Lenny Marcus
Earwolf’s “The fckry with Leslie Jones and Lenny Marcus” is a comedy podcast where no “fckry will be tolerated.” They’re calling BS on a variety of topics, interviewing guests like Leslie’s celebrity stylist/personal shopper Brian McPhatter, and answering listeners’ questions. On a recent episode, Brian and the co-hosts looked back at “interesting” celebrity looks from this year’s award shows. Tune in Thursdays for new episodes.
You, Me & Mike
You might know Jenn Todryk from her Instagram, @TheRamblingRedhead, or on HGTV’s No Demo Reno. Now Jenn and her husband Mike are co-hosting a podcast and discussing topics like parenting, living life publicly, relationships, and running businesses. On the podcast, Jenn is going beyond her Instagram content and chatting about topics submitted by listeners. “You, Me & Mike” is presented by Thirteen Media.
Chameleon: Scam Likely
“Chameleon” is back for a new season, “Scam Likely,” investigating a scam call operation that has swindled countless civilians out of their savings. For years, government officials tracked this sketchy mob around the world. Host Yudhijit Bhattacharjee joined Department of Homeland Security investigators to trace the complex operation, learned stories from former scam call workers, and gathered intel as we’ll hear on the podcast.
Did you know James Bond’s character was supposedly based on a Dominican man, Porfiro Rubirosa? This diplomat, international polo champ, pilot, race car driver, and wealthy gent lived a playboy lifestyle and spoke 5 languages. On Witness Docs’ “Rubirosa,” hear his true story told by Dominican-American author, storyteller, and lifelong James Bond fan Christopher Rivas.
The 22nd Men’s World Cup is scheduled this November. The Ringer’s “22 Goals” shares the World Cup’s rich history and celebrates 22 of the most memorable goals from the iconic sporting event. Join Brian Phillips for weekly episodes covering everything from wins to losses. This podcast is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.
The Sandman: Dreamcast
Grab your coziest blanket, pillow, chill out, and travel to the Dreaming realm with “The Sandman: Dreamcast.” Characters like Dream (Tom Sturridge), Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong), and Desire (Mason Alexander Park) guide listeners through a relaxing experience with soundscapes. Author Neil Gaiman joined episode 1 to introduce listeners to The Sandman, and the Netflix series is now streaming.
Girls Next Level
On “Girls Next Level,” stars of E!’s The Girls Next Door, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt, bring listeners inside the Playboy Mansion, dole out behind-the-scenes deets from the TV show, and explore what was real and what was fake. They’re recapping serious drama, crazy parties, friendships, relationships, and more from the iconic reality show on new podcast episodes every Monday.
Into It: A Vulture Podcast with Sam Sanders
New York Magazine presents “Into It: A Vulture Podcast with Sam Sanders,” a new series obsessing over culture and breaking down news with special guests. Sam is focusing on all things pop culture in conversations with Vulture and New York Magazine’s staff, an occasional celebrity, and more in weekly episodes.