If you’re yet to hear whispers (or – perhaps more fittingly – yells) about S-Town, the new podcast produced by the same team as Serial and This American Life, I guarantee you’re about to.
Our Executive Producer of podcasts, Monique Bowley, is obsessed and explains why on this weeks episode of Mamamia Out Loud. Post continues below.
If you’re new to the genre, many have credited Serial as responsible for the explosion of podcasts as a story telling medium. The true crime series is the most popular podcast of all time, boasting more than 250 million downloads, and was the fastest-downloaded podcast in the history of iTunes.
Well. Until this week.
— The Tuscaloosa News (@tuscaloosanews) 28 March 2017
S-Town has smashed Serial‘s record, with 10 million downloads in just four days.
The plot of the series is summarised as follows on the S-Town website:
“S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it.
“He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, and the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
Brian, a longtime This American Life producer, started reporting this story more than three years ago, when he got an email from John with the subject line “John B McLemore lives in Shittown Alabama.”