Heads up, before you dig in. The “S” in “S-Town” is short for, well, s***. If you’re at all sensitive to that sort of thing, that’s here in this post. Briefly. Irrelevantly.
S-Town is a brand new podcast, with seven chapters posted today, from the makers of This American Life and Serial. It’s hosted by Brian Reed, a producer for This American Life. Here, the about page does this thing fantastic justice. This is what S-Town is.
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.”
Here’s the official site for the podcast. It’s already up and available on all of your standard podcast applications and marketplaces.
These folks are some of the best in the business
I’ve been listening to This American Life for more than a decade now. Its producers make some of the best radio out there, and I expect that standard for S-Town, the story of a murder and whatever else goes down in Alabama.
The first chapter is already incredible, and I’m only 20 minutes into it.