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Luminary releases latest podcast from Pushkin Industries, along with 30 new premium podcast episodes

PRESS RELEASE — June 18, 2019

This week on Luminary, Pushkin Industries - founded by Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg - releases its latest podcast, Making a Killing hosted by author and journalist Bethany McLean. In this series, Bethany cuts through the hype and hand-wringing to reframe some of today’s most important business stories, starting with Seth Godin on Amazon in the debut episode.


Brené Brown, best selling author and acclaimed host of the hit Netflix special, Call to Courage, joins Russell Brand onUnder the Skin to talk through courage, vulnerability and the impact it has on our choices. Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Ava DuVernay joins Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom on Hear to Slay where they break down the topic of art fueling justice. DuVernay discusses her latest project, When They See Us, a miniseries on Netflix that chronicles the “Central Park 5.”


NBC’s Freaks and Geeks star Busy Philipps joins Celeste & Her Best to share first hand experience of one of the biggest debacles in Oscars history; Lena Dunham and Alissa Bennett are joined by actor Margaret Cho on The C-Word to break down the infamous Han Twins conspiracy; Jeffrey Masters from LGBTQ&A interviews Nigerian refugee Edafe Okporo to discuss what it means to be queer in Nigeria; and comedian, actor, and former White House staffer Kal Penn joins David Axelrod where they discuss his latest documentary, This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy, on The Axe Files.


New York, NY, June 17, 2019 - Luminary, a podcast technology and content company, announced a new podcast from Pushkin Industries - Making a Killing hosted by Bethany McClean - along with 30 new podcast episodes available 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.

New podcast series launching this week on Luminary include:

Making a Killing hosted by Bethany McLean: From Pushkin Industries, co-founded by Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, comes a new podcast that breaks down the real story behind the most important business stories. Through a series of conversations with today’s best writers and thinkers in business, journalist Bethany McLean cuts though the hype and hand-wringing to reframe the stories you thought you understood and uncover the ones you didn’t know were important. By connecting the dots among financial, organizational, social, and even moral questions that surround a business story, Bethany gets to the real, human implications and helps listeners understand what’s really going on.

In her first episode, Bethany is joined by Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing, where they discuss what Amazon has become: what industries it has disrupted and forever changed, and ultimately what it means for our culture. Throughout the season, listeners can expect interesting debates across a range of topics and guests such as fracking with Eliza Griswold, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Amity and Prosperity, Theranos with Alex Gibney, director of The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, and the story behind JUUL with Joe Nocera, co-author of All the Devils Are Here.

In addition to the debut of Making a Killing, consumers can listen to more than 30 new episodes from recently released showsranging from leadership stories, news and politics, to scripted storytelling and female empowerment, including the following:

  1. The Axe Files with David Axelrod: In this week’s episode, David is joined by guest Kal Penn, comedian and former Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement under President Obama, to talk about his unique experience as an actor, comedian, and producer. His new documentary series This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy is on Amazon Prime. (Monday, 6/17)
  2. The Passion Economy with Adam Davidson: This week, Davidson sits down with drag queen turned entrepreneur,Ben Moir, who started a successful business venture, Wigs by Vanity. He has dedicated his life to making sure he and his fellow drag queens never have a hair out of place. (Monday 6/17)
  3. Roads and Kingdoms’ The Trip, with Nathan Thornburgh, shares tacos with Nud Dudhia of Breddo’s Tacos who is changing the game in London. Dudhia is a one-of-kind Londoner raised in Zambia, self-taught in Mexican cuisine, and now an undisputed leader of the London taco scene. (Monday, 6/17)
  4. Note to Self**: with Manoush Zomorodi, from WNYC. This week Manoush sits down with Crystal CEO Drew D’Agostino, a software developer who had an epiphany about collecting data after Cambridge Analytica. (Monday, 6/17)**
  5. LGBTQ&A from The Advocate magazine, hosted by Jeffrey Masters. This week, Jeffery interviews Nigerian refugee Edafe Okporo to discuss what it means to be queer in Nigeria. (Tuesday, 6/18)
  6. Celeste & Her Best with Celeste Barber: On this week’s episode, Celeste chats it up with Busy Philipps fromNBC’s Freaks and Geeks. Busy shares her first hand story about one of the biggest debacles in Oscars history, when the wrong winner was announced. (Tuesday, 6/18)
  7. Wisdom from the Top from Guy Raz, best known for How I Built This, is the first person to have three podcasts on the top-20 chart. This week, Raz sits down with former CEO of Docusign, Keith Krach who shares the secrets he collected over the years of being in the C-suite so Docusign could, as he says, “go mach 3 with our hair on fire.”(Tuesday, 6/18)
  8. Hear to Slay with Roxane Gay & Tressie McMillan Cottom: Emmy®, BAFTA and Peabody Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Ava DuVernay joins Roxane and Tressie where they break down the topic of art fueling justice. And talk through DuVernay’s latest project, When They See Us, a four part miniseries on Netflix. (Tuesday, 6/18)
  9. Now What? With Arian Foster: Nate Boyer, a former American football long snapper and United States ArmyGreen Beret, joins Arian this week to talk through his unconventional career as a walk-on football player at theUniversity of Texas despite never having played a game of organized football in his life. (Tuesday, 6/18)
  10. On Second Thought with Trevor Noah: This week Trevor dives deep into the heated debate around the topic of immigration with guest, Muzaffar Chishti, an immigration lawyer and the NYC director of the Immgiration Policy Institute. (Wednesday, 6/19)
  11. Karamo**, with Queer Eye star, Karamo Brown. In this special episode on friendship, Karamo welcomes his best friend of over twenty years, actor Ray Auxais. Together, they answer your questions about issues between friends.(Wednesday, 6/19)**
  12. The Ten from The Advocate: This week, editor-in-chief Zach Stafford interviews Fred Karger, the first openly gay person to run for president in the 2012 Republican primary. (Thursday, 6/20)
  13. Poetics hosted by Omari Hardwick, is joined by Method Man, rapper, Grammy Award® winner, actor, and founding member of supergroup Wu Tang Clan. (Thursday, 6/20)
  14. The Rewatchables 1999: In the final episode before the show’s summer hiatus, Bill Simmons’ The Ringer crewbreaks down The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves. (Thursday, 6/20)
  15. Fiasco with Leon Neyfakh: On this week’s episode, Leon focuses in on the infamous Brooks Brothers Riot that ended the recount in Miami. (Thursday, 6/20)
  16. Stoop Talks with Leila Day and Hana Baba: this week Hana and Leila welcome Danielle Outlaw, Oregon’s first Black female police chief. They stoop it out about community, family and sounds of blackness. (Friday, 6/21)
  17. Hyper-Thetical with Kerry Bishé**:, What if the supervolcano under Yellowstone Park actually erupted? When an earth-shattering supereruption interrupts Steve and Christina’s one-on-one date on a reality dating show, they are forced into an extreme situation where they might actually have to get to know one another. (Friday, 6/21)**
  18. The C-Word with Lena Dunham and Alissa Bennett. In this episode, actor Margaret Cho joins Lena and Alissa in breaking down the infamous Han Twins conspiracy. (Saturday, 6/22)
  19. Under the Skin with Russell Brand: This week Russell welcomes Brené Brown, best selling author and host ofNetflix hit, Call to Courage. This episode will be available to all users for free via the Luminary app. (Saturday, 6/22)
  20. Deep Background with Noah Feldman: Noah Feldman and Anna Fifield, the current Beijing bureau chief of theWashington Post tackle North Korea in an all new episode. (Sunday, 6/23)

Additional episodes releasing this week include:

  1. I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST, Tuesday, 6/18 and Friday, 6/21
  2. The AM Archives from Lauren Shippen, Wednesday, 6/19
  3. Hollywood & Crime from Wondery, Wednesday, 6/19
  4. Players’ Tribune: The Podcast, Wednesday, 6/19
  5. Sworn by Up & Vanished, Wednesday, 6/19
  6. _Guys We F**d from Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson**,_ Friday, 6/21
  7. Handsome Rambler with Hannibal Burress, Friday, 6/21
  8. Locked Up Abroad from Wondery, Saturday, 6/22

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.

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.

For more information, visit or follow @hearluminary.

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