Six of the best new podcasts: 'Passenger List,' 'The Edge of Sleep,' 'Happiness Lab,' 'Weeknight Kitchen'

Mark Fischbach aka Markiplier plays the lead character in audio fiction podcast 'The Edge of Sleep.'

Check out missing plane thriller "Passenger List," horror story "The Edge of Sleep" fronted by YouTube's Markiplier, and an approach to well-being based on research and evidence in "The Happiness Lab," as well as cookery show "Weeknight Kitchen with Melissa Clark" post-apocalyptic spaghetti western "We're Alive: Goldrush," and the incisive regret therapy of "Heavyweight" Season 4.

Passenger List - crime thriller, personal drama

A civilian aircraft disappears mid-flight over the Atlantic, leaving friends and relatives to deal with the loss of their relatives as best they know how. For Kaitlin (Kelly Marie Tran of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"), that means chasing up every loose thread in the hopes of finding out what really happened to her twin brother.
Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Pocket Casts | iHeartRadio | Stitcher | RSS | Website: passengerlist.org

The Happiness Lab - self-improvement, psychology, interviews

Presented by Yale psychology professor Dr. Laurie Santos, who leads the university's all-time most popular class on the same subject, here talking with people like figure skater Michelle Kwan, "Dancing with the Stars" winner J. R. Martinez, and musician David Byrne as a way to share her science-based insights.
Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Pocket Casts | iHeartRadio | Stitcher | RSS | Website: happinesslab.fm

The Edge of Sleep - horror with comedic elements

Starring YouTube host Markiplier (Mark Fischbach) who plays Dave, a night-shift security guard who returns home one morning to discover that everyone who slept the night before is dead. He and a few other survivors band together to try to stay alive as long as possible.
Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Pocket Casts | iHeartRadio | Stitcher | RSS | Website: qcodemedia.com/theedgeofsleep

Weeknight Kitchen with Melissa Clark - food, cooking

"Let's just admit it, weeknights are hard. We're tired -- but we still need something solid yet really tasty to get us through," full-time food columnist Melissa explains. Each episode sees her walk us through one of her favorite recipes with practical advice for beginners and the experienced alike.
Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Pocket Casts | iHeartRadio | Stitcher | RSS | Website: splendidtable.org/listen-and-follow

We're Alive: Goldrush - post-apocalypse, western, drama

Set 17 years after zombie survival story "We're Alive" (2009-2014), this 10 part post-apoc spaghetti western has four soldiers searching for a hidden stash of gold bullion. Featuring Danny Trejo ("Con Air", "3Below: Tales of Arcadia"), Christy Carlson Romano ("Kim Possible"), and Kaitlyn Bristowe ("The Bachelor / Bachelorette") as guests.
Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | RSS | Website: podcastone.com/were-alive-a-zombie-story-of-survival

Heavyweight Season 4 - therapy, humor

A fourth run-out for the interview show in which guests trace their lives back to one big regret, and host Jonathan Goldstein helps them face it, typically in service of a cathartic breakthrough. So far, episode 1 revisits a 240-mile childhood bicycle trip; episode 2 is the tale of a vanishing babysitter.
Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Pocket Casts | iHeartRadio | Stitcher | RSS | Website: gimletmedia.com/shows/heavyweight