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Here’s Your First Listen Of The ‘Serial’ Team’s New True Crime Podcast

Oh boy. Here we go again!

Here we go, again! The team behind Serial — Sarah Koenig, Julie Snyder, and Ira Glass — have just released details for the first of three new spinoffs from the landmark podcast. The new series will be called S-Town, and it’s going back to the creators’ true crime roots.

S-Town, which has reportedly been in development for the past three years, will tell the story of a murder mystery in a small town in Alabama. The project kicked off when a local man brought a situation to the attention of This American Life producer Brian Reed. Reed was asked to “investigate the son of a wealthy family who [had] supposedly been bragging that he got away with murder”. “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.”

Yep, sure sounds like something I would obsessively listen to while quietly resenting myself!

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Reed will be the host of the new show and his colleagues all seem pretty confident in the project. This American Life host Ira Glass says the story has a lot of “unexpected turns” and “has this feeling and mood that’s different from anything else we’ve done”. “I don’t think people have heard a show like this,” he said.

Julie Snyder has described the series as “arty” and “novelistic”, and Sarah Koenig agrees. “It is weird, it is beautiful, it has a plot that goes in different directions that I never saw coming,” she said in her recorded introduction to the show.

We now have a three-minute preview to the story, spoken by Reed, in which he articulately lays out the method for restoring antique clocks before an extremely Southern guy reveals that the S in the podcast’s title stands for ‘shit’. Classic.

S-Town will be released all at once on March 28. It’s a funny approach considering the carefully staggered hype and intrigue Serial garnered in its first season. I guess binge-listening podcasts are a thing now. You can subscribe here.