Makers Of 'Serial,' 'This American Life' Debut New Podcast

John, a This American Life listener, asks producer Brian Reed and the investigative team to come to his "pathetic little Baptist shit town" and explore a murder and a sexual assault allegation. "But when someone else ends up dead, 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". And the maze of McLemore's life, which Reed attempts to navigate, is echoed by a literal maze the reclusive man has built in his yard.

The aural murder mystery investigates a cover up in the town. "Shit Town", resident John B. McLemore dubs it, a bitter, brilliant, eccentric and ebullient clock mender who pisses in his sink and writes essays about climate change in his spare time.

There'll be no agonising seven-day wait for the next episode of S-Town, as all seven chapters of the podcast will drop on the premiere date.

The 12-episode first season of "Serial", reported by Sarah Koenig, examined the 1999 murder of a Baltimore high school student. In returning to that compositional gambit, S-Town emerges as the latest iteration of what is shaping up to be the Serial team's broad principal legacy: how it carries to podcasting the torch of New Journalism, that blend of reportage and literary technique that remains honest to how the personal experience of the journalist is intermingled in the production of a story.

As before, the entire series is available in one hit.

Are you a podcast fan? Instead, it's an engrossing narrative about the complexities of human behavior.

"A$3 meditative and ornate family drama, one that eschews the propulsive momentum of a potboiler plot engine in favour of the softer, darker currency of gothic Americana".

Undoubtedly, one of the podcast's most compelling elements is Mr McLemore, whose Southern drawl, emphatic storytelling delivery and enthusiasm for the cause provide the flawless foil to Reed's calm, reasoned narration.

  • Jacqueline Ellis