We're All Ears! These Are the 10 Best New Podcasts to Debut in August 2020
Whether you listen to podcasts for education or entertainment, it's always fun to discover a new series. Maybe true-crime podcasts are your thing. Perhaps you're looking for podcasts to keep you informed on current events. Whatever the case, there's a podcast out there for everyone, and some seriously good ones have debuted this August. From a hilarious series hosted by Busy Philipps to a terrifying true-crime podcast about killer doctors, you're sure to find a new podcast from this month that makes your commute more bearable. Check out the gallery for the 10 best podcasts to debut in August 2020.
Billionaire Boys Club
In 1983, a handsome and charismatic man na
med Joe Hunt enticed wealthy students from Harvard School for Boys in LA with get-rich-quick investments . . . which eventually escalated into schemes involving kidnapping, torture, and even murder. Co-hosted by producer Tracy Pattin and actor Timothy Olyphant, Wondery's new six-episode podcast series tells the compelling story of the Billionaire Boys Club and its disastrous unraveling.
Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best
If you're still mourning the cancellation of Busy Philipps's talk show, Busy Tonight, then this podcast is for you. On Cloud10's Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best, the actress invites new celebrity guests each week to chat with her and her creative partners Shantira Jackson and Caissie St. Onge. Guests so far have included actor Ike Barinholtz, Olympian Michelle Kwan, and comedian Rosie O'Donnell, and the conversations that result are always entertaining.
Very Presidential With Ashley Flowers
In this Spotify Original from Parcast, Crime Junkie host Ashley Flowers shines a light on the most powerful position in American politics — as well as all of the corruption and cover-ups involved behind the scenes. Each week, Flowers reveals little-known controversies surrounding the country's most high-profile leaders, and this one will leave you feeling shook after every episode.
This C13Originals 10-part podcast series tells the story of Jackee Taylor, the daughter of a Hell's Angel member who was put into the Witness Protection Program at seven years old after her father agreed to testify against members of the gang. Almost 40 years later, a tragic fire revealed previously unknown secrets about Taylor's past, and her journey to discovering the truth about herself and her family is seriously compelling.
You're Gonna Love Me With Katie Maloney
If you've ever watched Vanderpump Rules (and even if you haven't), you're likely familiar with reality star Katie Maloney. In her new weekly podcast, which is produced by Dear Media, Maloney invites everyone from former nemeses to body positive advocates to chat with her about why we judge one another and what we can do to work towards a less judgmental world.
Hosted by Ben Rhodes, the former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, this nine-part Crooked Media production explores the idea that, under the Trump administration, America has failed to remain an example for the world. In the series, Rhodes talks about the dangers of nationalism, authoritarianism, and disinformation, and he speaks with leaders and activists about what the US must do to confront these challenges.
The Sesh Podcast
Hosted by popular true crime YouTuber Kendall Rae and her cousin, mental health professional Janelle Fields, The Sesh Podcast covers everything from pop culture to mental health to astrology and spirituality. This podcast will make you feel like you're shooting the breeze with your best friends, where anything goes and the tone is always lighthearted and fun.
In this Truth Media companion to the FX docuseries, A Wilderness of Error (which is coming to FX Sept. 25), Marc Smerling tells the story of Jeffrey MacDonald, a former American physician and US Army officer who was convicted in 1979 of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. Journalist Joe McGinniss later befriended MacDonald and agreed to write a book defending his new friend prior to the criminal trial. The problem: the trial changed McGinniss' mind about MacDonald's supposed innocence, and his bestselling book, Fatal Vision, wasn't exactly what MacDonald had in mind.
Hosted by actor and comedian Alastair Murden, this Spotify Original from Parcast discusses some of the scariest killers out there: the ones who took an oath to give exceptional care but instead use their medical expertise to harm rather than heal. Each week, Murden is joined by Dr. David Kipper — who provides expert analysis — and together, they tell stories of history's most infamous killer doctors, such as Dr. Fred Shipman (aka Dr. Death).
Wild 'Til 9
In this hilarious Studio71 podcast, Lauren Riihimaki (whom you may know better as popular YouTuber LaurDIY) and her boyfriend, frat president-turned-tech mogul Jeremy Lewis, chat about relationships, red flags, and sexuality. The two recount their own love story and how — as polar opposites — they came to be a couple, and their banter will truly make you LOL.