CBC has unveiled its fall 2018 podcast slate of new and returning shows, highlighted by the fifth season of its hit true crime series Someone Knows Something, as well as a new offering featuring an 11-year-old host.
Based on data from Sumo Logic, the public broadcaster says its 20 series, in genres ranging from human interest to audio fiction, are now downloaded 16 million times per month.
Doubling down on its success in the true crime genre, new additions for fall include Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, an investigation into the controversial alleged cult and its leader Keith Raniere, including one woman’s journey to get out. Also new is Player’s Own Voice from CBC Sports, featuring intimate interviews with Canadian athletes. Returning favourites include The Secret Life of Canada, Other People’s Problems (Season 2), and Love Me (Season 3).
Uncover: Escaping NXIVM – New investigative podcast series (7 x 40 min)
Launches Sept. 5 as 2 x weekly episodes at cbc.ca/podcasts
UNCOVER is a new investigative podcast series from CBC Podcasts. UNCOVER’s first case is ESCAPING NXIVM, a co-production with CBC News. NXIVM (pronounced nexium) calls itself a humanitarian community… experts call it a cult. Over the past year, CBC documentarian Josh Bloch has been investigating NXIVM, a self-help group led by Keith Raniere, which attracted the attention of actors, millionaires and even a visit from the Dalai Lama. Season One tells the story of how one woman went from star recruiter for the group to a key force in the fight to take it down.
Watch the video trailer and listen to the audio trailer
The Shadows – New audio fiction podcast series (6 x 45 min)
Launches Sept. 25 with all six episodes at cbc.ca/podcasts
CBC Podcasts and Kaitlin Prest present The Shadows, a fictional series that explores the anatomy of a relationship. Kaitlin is a young artist struggling to make great work and find great love. She believes that the love depicted in Hollywood movies is real, and that she will be one of the lucky ones to find it. When Kaitlin falls for someone who challenges her romantic ideal, she is faced with an impossible choice, and a decision that can’t be unmade.
Read Kaitlin’s blog post and listen to the audio trailer
The Secret Life of Canada – Season 2 (12 x 45 min)
Launches Oct. 2 as 1 x monthly episodes at cbc.ca/podcasts
The Secret Life of Canada, a hit indie podcast about our nation’s hidden histories, has a new home with CBC Podcasts. The spirited show highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn’t make it into your high school textbook. Join hosts Leah Bowen and Falen Johnson as they explore the unauthorized history of a complicated country.
Someone Knows Something: Kerrie Anne Brown – Season 5 (12 x 45-60 min)
Launches Oct. 16 as 1 x weekly episodes at cbc.ca/podcasts
Host David Ridgen investigates one of Manitoba’s largest unsolved murder cases. 15-year-old Kerrie Brown disappeared after leaving a house party in Thompson, MB on Oct. 16, 1986. She was waiting outside while her friend ran back downstairs for a forgotten purse. When the friend returned, Kerrie was gone. All that remained were her footprints in the snow, leading out toward the road.
Tai Asks Why – New family podcast series (6 x 20 min)
Launches Oct. 24 as 1 x weekly episodes at cbc.ca/podcasts
Join 11-year-old Tai Poole as he heads to coffee shops, universities and playgrounds to find answers to life’s most complex conundrums. He’s a little guy with big questions like: What happens after you die? Why do we dream? Why is space so dark? He might discover answers you never knew you needed.
Other People’s Problems – Season 2 (9 x 20-30 min)
Launches Oct. 30 with 3 x weekly episodes at cbc.ca/podcasts
The chart-topping podcast that takes listener’s inside a therapist’s office returns for season two with another batch of sessions and insights that bring mental health out in the open. This season will feature some returning clients and some new ones. Be a fly-on-the wall in real-life therapy sessions. You may discover other people’s problems are a lot like your own.
Love Me – Season 3 (8 x 25 min)
Launches Nov. 12 as 1 x weekly episodes at cbc.ca/podcasts
Deep down we all just want to be loved, so why is it one of the toughest things to get right? Love Me returns for Season 3, exploring the messiness of human connection. Through personal stories and playful fictions, the show celebrates that weird little voice inside each of us that cries out: “love me.”
Player’s Own Voice – CBC Sports podcast series (24 x 25-30 min)
First four episodes available now, followed by 1 x weekly episodes at cbc.ca/podcasts
Hosted by two-time Canadian speed skating Olympian Anastasia Bucsis, this new podcast features intimate conversations with some of Canada’s top high-performance athletes including Scott Moir, taking listeners behind the official statements to a world these competitors usually reveal only to their close friends.
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