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Luminary Releases Six New Premium Podcasts, Including New Shows from Female Powerhouse Creators

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Luminary, a podcast technology and content company, announced 6
new podcasts launching this week on its premium content network.
Luminary is a free podcast app and premium subscription content network,
where Luminary Premium subscribers will have access to more than 40
podcasts from some of the most recognizable voices in podcasting,
legendary entertainers, and diverse and emerging voices. The week’s
newest podcasts include content from four female creators who are
driving conversations around race and gender and who are helping
listeners explore the world around us.

New shows launching this week on Luminary include:

  • Sincerely, X from TED with Sarah Kay: Bringing
    its second season to Luminary with new host Sarah Kay, TED’s Sincerely,
    provides a space to share powerful ideas anonymously – featuring
    stories that are too risky, painful, or controversial to be told on
    the mainstage. Using anonymity to facilitate honest conversation about
    difficult topics, these are the stories that deserve to be heard from
    people who need to remain hidden. (Monday, 5/6)
  • Hear to Slay with Roxane Gay & Tressie McMillan
    Hear to Slay, a new podcast that elevates black female
    voices, brings listeners compelling conversations with an
    intersectional perspective on celebrity, culture, politics, art, life,
    love and more. Each week, Roxane Gay, author of the New York Times
    best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist, and Tressie
    McMillan Cottom offer uncommonly incisive reads of the politics that
    shape the world we live in and the popular culture we consume. In
    their first episode, Roxane and Tressie share the genesis story of the
    podcast, address Joe Biden and Anita Hill, and even take
    listener questions. (Tuesday, 5/7)
  • Celeste & Her Best with Celeste Barber: What
    happens when you move past the red carpet and manicured Instagram
    feeds and get real access to some of the world’s most famous people?
    On this podcast, you’ll be dropped into relatable conversations
    between some of the world’s biggest celebrities, such as Tiffany
    Haddish, Cindy Crawford, Miranda Kerr, Busy Philipps
    and the
    hilarious queen of Instagram herself, Celeste Barber. (Tuesday, 5/7)
  • Lena Dunham’s The C-Word: The C-Word is a new podcast
    from Dunham, co-hosted by Alissa Bennett, offering a weekly
    deep-dive into the life and media coverage of women who have been
    deemed “crazy” by society. The C-Word unpacks the lives of messy,
    fascinating women with empathy and humor. (Friday, 5/11)
  • A Very Fatal Murder from The Onion: After
    returning from over a year hiatus, The Onion’s wildly popular
    satirical true-crime podcast follows intrepid reporter David Pascall
    on his never-ending quest for truth, praise, and murder. The entire
    second season will be available on Saturday, 5/11.
  • Telephone Stories: What starts as a simple
    question of guilt or innocence turns into a searching chronicle as
    Brandon Ogborn relentlessly examines Michael Jackson through the
    interviews of those who knew him best. (Sunday, 5/12)

In addition, consumers can listen this week to more than 25 new
episodes from recently released shows
ranging from leadership, to
news and politics, scripted storytelling and female empowerment. Several
shows have released new episodes, including On Second Thought with
Trevor Noah
, musical podcast Anthem: Homunculus
from John Cameron Mitchell and Bryan Weller
, Guys We F****d
from Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson
, Stoop Talks with
Leila Day and Hana Baba, Karamo, Note to Self with Manoush Zomorodi
Bill Simmons latest pop-culture hit, The Rewatchables 1999.

New episodes featured on Luminary this week include:

  • Anthem: Homunculus: The next two episodes of John
    Cameron Mitchell
    and Bryan Weller’s Anthem will
    debut on Monday, with Cynthia Erivo making her first appearance
    as Joan the Baptist. (Monday, 5/6)

    • Luminary listeners can get caught up on the first four episodes of Anthem:
      on Luminary today.
  • The Passion Economy: From Adam Davidson, the
    creator of Planet Money. The economy is bananas, even
    scary. But some people are thriving, and we’re going to figure out
    how. This week Adam interviews Kelly Moffat and her wife Laura
    who found confidence and pride in a pair of custom made,
    menswear inspired suits which turned into their wildly successful
    non-binary clothing brand, Kirrin Finch. (Monday 5/6)
  • Note to Self: Your guide to an accelerating
    world, with Manoush Zomorodi, from WNYC. This week Manoush and
    her guest, Kashmir Hill, examine the implications of our
    browsers tracking us and why they asked in the first place. (Monday
  • Roads and Kingdoms’ The Trip:The Trip is
    one of the most fun podcast interviews I’ve ever done. I’m still
    coming down from the high.” —W. Kamau Bell. Join the late Anthony
    Bourdain’s partners at Roads & Kingdoms for interviews and drinks from
    around the world. (Monday 5/6)
  • The Axe Files: From David Axelrod, former senior
    advisor to President Barack Obama, comes The Axe Files, a series of
    revealing interviews with key players in the political world. This
    week he interviews Jason Rezaian, covering his time as a
    prisoner in Iran, his experience as a journalist covering Iran, and
    how he sees the country vs how it’s portrayed. (Monday 5/6)
  • Wisdom from the Top: From Guy Raz, best
    known for How I Built This, and the first person to have
    three podcasts on the top 20 chart, comes a chance to slide your chair
    into boardrooms, C-suites, and the quarters of top brass. Wisdom
    From the Top
    brings listeners into conversations with the leaders
    helming today’s most powerful corporations and organizations, offering
    direct access to the secrets, mistakes, and wins that define modern
    leadership. (Tuesday 5/7)
  • I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST: Actor/Director Michael
    shares his strong, funny and offensive points of view on
    life, sports, music, film, and everything in between in two new
    episodes of I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST this week. (Tuesday 5/7 and
    Friday 5/10)
  • Now What? With Arian Foster: Follow Arian
    as he explores himself through conversation with a wide variety of
    people and topics ranging from current events to unexplored regions of
    our universe. We’re all walking through life guessing the best way we
    know how, and he’s decided to guess in front of an audience. (Tuesday
  • LGBTQ&A: From The Advocate magazine, Jeffrey
    sits down with Amiyah Scott, actress on the
    hit musical drama series Star on FOX who breaks down the
    challenges of playing a trans character on primetime. (Tuesday
  • Hollywood & Crime from Wondery: Think
    Tinseltown is all glitz and glamor? Think again. Hollywood & Crime dives
    into the dark underbelly of Hollywood you thought you knew. (Wednesday
  • Karamo: If you’ve seen Queer Eye, you know that
    Karamo Brown’s onscreen appearance is your cue to break out the
    tissues. The charismatic star turns to podcasting to go deeper than
    deep on life’s thorniest issues with celebrity guests and personal
    friends. This week’s theme is “putting others first”
    where he spends the episode taking calls from his listeners and given
    them real advice. (Wednesday 5/8)
  • The AM Archives from Lauren Shippen: This sci-fi
    series picks up where hit podcast The Bright Sessions left off.
    The original series followed a group of therapy patients with
    supernatural abilities as they uncovered the secrets of their
    therapist, Dr. Bright. (Wednesday 5/8)
  • On Second Thought with Trevor Noah: This
    week Trevor digs into “Executive Pay,” exploring pay discrepancies
    between CEOs and employees working at the companies they run. The
    discussion will revolve around pay, the rich and the poor, executives
    and workers, and why these gaps exist and what can be done about them.
    (Wednesday 5/8)
  • Players’ Tribune: The Podcast: The Players’ Tribune
    disrupts the conventional approach to athlete stories, focusing not
    only on players like Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry but on the scores
    of athletes whose wins and losses have gone unnoticed. Now, TPT’s
    groundbreaking approach to storytelling is about to make a mark on
    podcasting. On this week’s episode, actor Jocko Sims reads “The
    Pursuit Never Ends” by Taureen Prince. (Wednesday 5/8)
  • The Ten from The Advocate: From The Advocate, the
    world’s leading source of LGBTQ news, and hosted by Editor-in-Chief, Zach
    , The Ten is a weekly look at news and culture through a
    queer lens. (Thursday 5/9)
  • Poetics hosted by Omari Hardwick: Omari
    Hardwick, star of the hit series Power, presents Poetics,
    a new podcast that invites you inside the minds and lyrics of the
    biggest names in hip hop and the culture. Every show, Omari invites
    his guests to share an original poem or verse, before diving deep into
    the stories and history that gives every word its meaning. This week
    Omari hosts rapper, Big Daddy Kane who breaks down various rap
    battle strategies. (Thursday 5/9)
  • The Rewatchables 1999: Featuring The Ringer’s Bill
    and a rotating cast from the Ringer universe, dissects the
    most iconic movies from 1999, an all-time great year in film. This
    week Bill Simmons explores the hit-comedy Big Daddy starring
    Adam Sandler and John Stewart
    . (Thursday 5/9)
  • Guys We F****d from Corinne Fisher and Krystyna
    Hailed as changing the way society
    thinks about female sexuality, Guys We F***d continues to pave
    the way toward a healthier outlook on sex. Hosted by stand-up
    comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson, this critically
    acclaimed podcast will be your new best friend. (Friday 5/10)
  • Handsome Rambler: Hannibal Burress is on the
    road, and he’s taking you along for the ride. Tune in for unfiltered
    observations on sports, sex, wrestling, relationships, philosophy,
    books, watches, other podcasts, bottled water reviews…anything can
    happen on Handsome Rambler. Hannibal’s show made its Luminary debut
    last Friday, 5/3. (Friday 5/10)
  • Stoop Talks with Leila Day and Hana Baba: Stoop
    Talks podcast carves out a place for broad-minded conversations that
    embody the black diaspora. This week Leilia and Hana interview Queer
    star Karamo Brown about what it meant to come out
    as a black man at a young age in a Jamaican family, and what it meant
    in terms of his identity as a black father. Karamo also has a podcast
    on Luminary, airing on Wednesdays. (Friday 5/10)
  • Locked Up Abroad from Wondery: What does it feel
    like in the split second when you realize you’re about to be locked up
    in a foreign country – possibly for life? In Locked Up Abroad,
    host Jim Clemente of Real Crime Profile brings you first
    hand accounts from people who lived this nightmare. (Saturday 5/11)
  • Under the Skin with Russell Brand: Each week,
    Russell asks: what’s beneath the surface – of people we admire, of the
    ideas that define our time, of the history we are told. Speaking with
    guests from the world of academia, popular culture, and the arts,
    they’ll help us to see the ulterior truth behind our constructed
    reality. This week, Russell interviews Lena Dunham, whose
    podcast, The C-Word debuts on Luminary on Saturday, 5/11 as
    well. (Saturday 5/11)
  • Love and Radio with Nick van der Kolk: Love and
    Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an
    eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. Get inside
    the mind of a rogue taxidermist. Or find out what it’s like to
    experience a stroke firsthand. You’ve never heard anything like it
    before. (Saturday 5/11)
  • Deep Background with Noah Feldman: Every story
    has a backstory, even in today’s 24-hour news cycle. In Deep
    Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View
    columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert
    guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural
    context that help us understand what’s really going on behind the
    biggest stories in the news. (Sunday 5/12)

Luminary offers all listeners a one-month free trial of Luminary
Premium, with a monthly subscription of $7.99 following the first month
for U.S. subscribers. The free Luminary app is also available to
download for listeners in Canada (CA$8.49/month), the U.K. (£6.99/month)
and Australia (AU$7.99/month), also with a one-month free trial.

Podcast fans can listen on Luminary for free at
or by downloading the free app on Apple and Android devices.

About Luminary

Luminary is a podcast technology and content company offering a free
podcast app with simple user interface and smart content discovery, and
a premium subscription network of top quality and premium podcasts
available only on Luminary. Driven by the singular mission to improve
the podcasting experience for both listeners and creators, Luminary is
making it easier for podcast listeners to find great content and for
podcast creators to do their best work. Luminary Premium will have more
than 40 shows and more than 1,000 hours of premium originals available
only on Luminary, featuring some of the most recognizable voices in
podcasting, legendary entertainers, and diverse and emerging voices. The
free Luminary app — where listeners can listen to Luminary Premium
shows and their favorites among hundreds of thousands of publicly
available podcasts — is available for free on iOS, Android, and web.

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