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From WNYCs new show about gentrification to Carly Rae Jepson explaining how she crafts pure pop, this week is a bumper time for all things podcast

A new season of Invisibilia is finally on its way. The show, which intertwines scientific research with memorable stories, like a blind man who sees by echo-location, released a teaser announcing the shows 17 June return. Hosts Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel will now be joined on their journeys to the frontiers of science by author Hanna Rosin. While we wait for the new season, take a deep dive into the future-looking Flash Forward podcast, which this week looked at a time when everyone knows their own expiration date. Its a better future than the one envisioned on Imaginary Worlds, where they looked at the inevitable robot uprising. Over at Memory Motel they released a fascinating story on Icelands obituaries.

If you havent listened to The Breakdown, the true crime serial podcast from the Atlantic Journal Constitution, they are in the midst of a heartbreaking, yet fascinating story on the murder trial of Justin Ross Harris who left his toddler in a hot car, causing his death. For something lighter, Song Exploder was visited by Carly Rae Jepsen for a memorable breakdown of her song, When I Needed You off her 2015 album E-mo-tion, and Yo, Is This Racist? gets to the bottom of whether actors taking on foreign accents for roles is racist.

On Heres the Thing, Alec Baldwin talked to former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who was forced out of office amid a sexting scandal. They talked about the new documentary called Weiner and, of course, the trouble with texting. Stacking Benjamins explains why you should give your kids an enormous allowance. It sounds crazy, but could set them up for financial stability as adults.

As for the business of podcasting, Acast is starting a new subscription service, which will do away with advertising and instead set up a paid model for podcast fans who dont want to hear about Casper mattresses, Kind Bars, Mail Chimp or The program, called Acast+, will also offer exclusive content to subscribers and will hopefully create a viable source of revenue for podcasters.

In each episode of WNYCs There Goes the Neighborhood the producers craft a portrait of the real-world effects of gentrification, which are as applicable in Portland, Oregon, or San Antonio, Texas, as they are in New York City. We didnt know what the purpose of the podcast was until we were actually finished making it but the mission was to first come up with a format that was both deeply reported and uniquely narrative, said the shows producer and Guardian columnist, Rebecca Carroll.

Gentrification is not just about lattes and man buns, its about history and economics and local policy and politics, and, fundamentally, its about systemic racism.

WNYCs There Goes the Neighborhood explores the effects of gentrification in areas such as Fort Greene. Photograph: Milton O Brown Jr

We realized that the purpose of There Goes the Neighborhood is to try to level the playing field in a way that gentrification itself cannot, she adds. The results are compelling stories that resonate with any listener that has seen their neighborhood change around them, their chance at home ownership swept away under a wave of development, or been priced out of the neighborhood they call their own.

Megan Tan is living the dream. Her podcast, Millennial, just joined the Radiotopia network, as their 14th show. All of this is incredibly surreal, said Tan. I feel like Im living in a Cinderella story, if Cinderella lived in a podcast world.

Millennial started out as a serialized narrative about stumbling into adulthood while you navigate through life and love and work in your 20s, with Tan as the tour guide. Now as the show becomes her full-time job, it will be expanding its scope. Over time, the show is going to focus more on coming-of-age across decades and were going to include multiple stories that ride alongside my own, said Tan. The topics will expand, the people who are interviewed will expand, and the universal themes to make Millennial resonate with people of all ages will also expand.

While the focus will expand, Tan expects Millennial to stay true to its roots. The show can maintain its identity and stay true to its tone and content while working alongside some of the best shows in the industry and working with a team of people who are pushing the boundaries of podcasting. Its all very exciting, said Tan, who plans to continue recording the show in her closet. She will have to spend more time in there, though, as she expects the show will double its output, releasing two episodes a month.

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