Earworms: What the industry’s been listening to this week

Trevor Noah is back to his interviewing roots

Former late night show host and comedian Trevor Noah is the latest big-name talent to launch a podcast which dropped its first episode this week featuring fellow celebrity Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Celebrity-fronted podcasts don’t look to be going away anytime soon as this launch clearly shows but at least it’s also available to watch as a video which makes for a great podcast to consume on a Friday evening. 

The International Women’s Podcast Awards also took place on Monday this week and we spoke to a number of guests who attended the event and gave us their best podcast recommendations for this week’s Earworms and as ever, we’ve rounded up the most exciting podcast launches this week to add to your playlists over the weekend. 

What’s in the industry’s ears?

Danni Haughan - Founder, Crafted Sound 

The show I'm obsessed with at the minute has to be Ghost Story by Wondery. It kind of starts as a ghost story that meanders into a murder mystery and turns into some sort of crazy thing about family dynamics. I don't really know where it's going to land, but for some reason this crazy mishmash of genres has totally got me hooked. 

Sadia Azmat - Comedian and former host, No Country For Young Women

Off Menu 

For comedy, I recommend the Off Menu podcast with Ed Gamble and James Acaster. They do really funny improv and very surreal comedy. It’s very unique. 

Jack Drury - Market developer for artist and entertainment relations, Shure UK

Dungeons and Daddies is a D&D-themed podcast but it's made by a load of video game developers. It's an American podcast but it's really really good, very funny, super silly, and they've got a really good presenting panel like Beth May on there who's really really funny.

Ashley Samuels-McKenzie - Co-founder, Unity & Motion

The podcast I am currently listening to is The Wellbeing Wire by Jonathan Pittam. What I enjoy about this podcast is the dissection of the many topics around wellness, health fads, and meditation. A very humanising podcast that breaks down topics in a way that can give a fair and well-balanced perspective to its listeners. 

Hannah Cahill - Research & insights consultant, amp

I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Twenty Thousand Hertz! Their latest episode on “Sounds That Sell” hits close to home, especially given our work at amp on holistic brand sounds. I love the sonic deep dives; I’m preaching to the choir here, but sound moves the needle in a way no other medium can!

Freshly Dropped 

I Know That’s Right 

HuffPost’s senior culture reporter Taryn Finley is the host of the new culture and entertainment podcast series I Know That’s Right, created as part of an ongoing partnership between Acast and Buzzfeed. The weekly series, which launched on 8 November, features Finley and guests deep diving into the latest trending topics on the internet. 

What Now? With Trevor Noah

Spotify has officially launched its latest original podcast series with comedian and former late night television host Trevor Noah. The podcast titled What Now? launched on Thursday this week and features Noah in deep conversation with a number of special guests, including entertainers, CEOs, actors, and athletes.

Young Hot Guys

Irish content network HeadStuff Podcasts launched a new podcast series on Thursday this week titled Young Hot Guys, hosted by Irish comedians and social media personalities Shane Daniel Byrne, Tony Cantwell and Killian Sundermann. The comedy podcast will feature unfiltered conversations from the trio about anything and everything.

Who Killed JFK?

As the 60th anniversary of JFK’s assassination soon approaches, iHeartMedia has launched a new true crime series which investigates who the real culprits are behind this incident. The 10-part series titled Who Killed JFK? premiered on Wednesday this week and is co-hosted by Primetime Emmy award-winning actor and director Rob Reiny and award-winning journalist and broadcaster Soledad O’Brien. 

Heirs of Enslavement 

Persephonica, the production company behind chart-topping podcasts The News Agents and Political Currency, has launched a new six-part history series in which Clive Lewis MP, a descendant of the enslaved, and Laura Trevelyan, a descendant of the enslaver, look into their pasts and shared history. The series titled Heirs of Enslavement launched its first episode today and will continue to release weekly.