The new podcast is out from the producers of this American Life and Serial. And it’s good, really good.
S Town, short for Shit Town, does for Podcasts what shows like Making a Murderer and The Jinx have done for television. Creating a gritty, dark, American narrative so compelling that you simply cannot put it down and that leaves you thinking about it for days after.
Every time you hear the protagonist speak in S Town you will notice the striking similarity between the voice and accent of John B Mclemore and Zach Galifinkis’s character, Dale, in Baskets. They sound so much alike its uncanny.
S-Town is produced and narrated by Brian Reed but if you are a fan of This American Life or Serial you will recognize the classic Ira Glass style, tempo and production in S Town. The characters pull you in with a kind of southern sincerity and unpolished redneck charm. I especially appreciate the fact that unlike Serial, all of the podcasts were dropped at the same time seeming to borrow a page from Netflix and be truly binge ready.
Check out the podcast here: Shit Town
From the intro:
JOHN DESPISES HIS ALABAMA TOWN AND DECIDES TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. HE ASKS a reporter 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, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.