It’s been a busy if not somewhat wobbly year for podcasting so far. Among other things, a noticeable post-Trump slowdown on the news and politics side has largely been balanced out by a torrent of spendy exclusive deals with celebrities, along with a steady stream of interesting projects from new voices. The pace is only set to pick up this fall, with many more big swings on the way. Here’s our list of the more intriguing selections that are dropping this fall, from a documentary about Siegfried and Roy to one of the many, many 9/11 retrospectives slated to hit podcast feeds this season.
After years of gestation, Neil Gaiman’s beloved Sandman graphic-novel series isn’t just being adapted into a live-action show for Netflix — it is also getting an excellent Audible translation, the first act of which came out last year to a warm reception. Set to return to Audible later this year with James McAvoy once again in the title role.
Siegfried and Roy: Wild Things
Apple TV+ and At Will Media
Extravagant, controversial … misunderstood? The German American magicians Siegfried and Roy reigned for decades, but everything came crashing down after one of their famous white tigers locked its jaws around Roy’s neck in 2003. This series seeks to unpack their legacy. What went into their illusions? What was the empire they built? And what really happened on the night of the attack?
Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment
Hosted by the writer Bijan Stephen, this narrative series digs into monumental events that were overshadowed because they took place against the backdrop of something much larger — like, for example, the cold war between the first-ever American ecoterrorists and the government of California that the capital-C Cold War eclipsed.
Brooklyn Deep With NPR’s Code Switch
The first season of School Colors came out less than a year before Nice White Parents. The two projects made for great companion pieces — both offered tremendous insight into the inequities of the New York public-school system. When School Colors returns for a second season, it will switch boroughs to ask its principal question: Queens is the most diverse county in the continental U.S., so why does its school district need a diversity plan?