This Is Your Next Podcast Obsession

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This Is Your Next Podcast Obsession

We don't know about you, but we spent the end of 2014 in a constant state of anxiety. Why? Because we were trying to solve the murder of Hae Min Lee, of course, and decide whether or not her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, currently incarcerated for the crime, was innocent or guilty.

In case you're lost, we are talking about Serial, the record-breaking viral podcast that got over 250 million downloads and single-handedly reinvigorated the podcast genre. (If you haven't listened to that yet, perhaps stop reading now and do that first). After a rather lack-lustre second season, which focussed on American escaped POW Bowe Bergdahl, we're yet to get a third series - but there's a spinoff of sorts to get obsessed with in the mean time...

Enter S-Town, the latest podcast series from Serial's producers This American Life. After a teaser trailer dropped on the iTunes store this morning, our interest is piqued - especially as this time round all of the episodes will be available to download immediately on 28th March.

So, what's it about?

S-Town riffs on the same themes that made the first series of Serial so addictive - namely a real-life unsolved murder. Hosted by This American Life alumnus Brian Reed, it will document the investigation into an Alabama murder, and reportedly took 3 years to complete - in fact, the show idea even predates Serial.

According to the official press release, the show '… began when a man reached out to This American Life bitterly complaining about his small Alabama town. He wanted a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who had allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. [Reed] agreed to look into it. But then someone else ended up dead, and another story began to unfold—about a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure and the mysteries of one man’s life.'

So far, so The Jinx, right? (Again, if you don't know what we're talking about, get thee to a DVD shop and buy the hit HBO docu-series about murderer Robert Durst ASAP).

The short teaser released today highlighted the arty, novelistic approach of the show, which opens with a long-winded analogy about antique clockmakers (really).

So far, there's no official word on which specific unsolved murders the series will focus on, but Alabama newspapers have speculated - although none of the cases they've put forward match the producer's description.

Race you to iTunes on 28th March!

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