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There’s a very positive article about S-Town here (some spoilers though, so beware):

I plan to get around to it at some point, having enjoyed Serial a lot.


I finished S-Town today

Found it fascinating throughout, and very moving In parts, but I came away wondering if it was too intrusive.


Even on the journalist presenting it, he shows a lot of vulnerability.

I would add to others, without giving too much away, that there’s a reason this wasn’t presented under the ‘Serial’ banner. It has a lot less to do with a crime and much more to do with the personalities involved. I enjoyed it just as much because really that kind of thing doesn’t exist outside this kind of medium, that you get 7 hours to mull over the details.


I agree completely It was a more of a literary novel, compared to Serial’s whodunnit (and serial 2’s whydunnit I suppose).


I did like that, in the same spirit as Serial, they don’t drive a narrative. Neither of those 2 series were about proving someone is innocent or guilty. Even with the emotive title of this show I liked the sequence with Cheryl that provided a counterpoint that actually it’s not that bad.

John, with all his condemnations, was living on a huge piece of land with a lot of physical and financial freedom that provides. He saw some amazing physical beauty in Alabama. I kept shifting between thinking he was a complete arse and also really caring individual that made contributions to his community that I don’t.


My favourite bit of S-Town is when We finally get Cousin Rita’s view of what’s happend. And instead of denying everything and playing the victim, she confirms everything Tyler said happend. it’s a nice moment that shows how people can view the same events from very different places.


I’m not reading the above comments in full as I’m only up to E4 of S-Town as at tonight, but am really enjoying it so far.

I know there are only a few more hours left, but I love the format and style - narration with interspersed phone calls and interviews.

Are there any other podcasts in this style (outside of Serial)?


Kind of niche question … but does anyone know any podcasts similar to ‘Quiet! Panelologists At Work’? Remembered it for the first time in years today and thought it was the funniest podcast about comics out there. Think they quit in 2012 but can’t find any way to search what else they might’ve been up to, if anything…


They did some more recently than that, maybe a couple of years ago as I subscribed then but it fizzled out after maybe 4-5 episodes.

I don’t know of anything that comparable in the comedy stakes, they were quite daft.


Not with the same length or level of detail that I know of (he says on S-Town that investigation went over 3 years).

I listen to one investigative journalism one called Reveal with does done in one hourly stuff of that type. It varies more but one I listened to today was very Serial-like, looking into an unsolved murder from 1969.


I finished S-Town this afternoon. Excellent listening. I was puzzled by one thing though. Is it fiction or non fiction? I went from thinking it was real to fiction then back to maybe real at the end. I guess it doesn’t really matter - the storytelling was what I stuck around for.


It’s non-fiction Bruce. All of it is real which has led to quite a few questions (some raised here) about how intrusive and maybe ethical it is.


It’s usually pretty good but I recommend this episode of This American Life on Vladimir Putin. Some I knew but lots I didn’t about how he suddenly came to power and how his regime works:


On our road trip through Texas this week we listened to the entire run of S-Town (which I appreciated for the way it began as one thing and ended up taking a huge turn to become something else) and the drama Homecoming (performed by Catherine Keehner, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer and others – I strongly recommend). Also listened to 8 of 13 episodes of the hilarious My Dad Wrote a Porno, in which the son of the writer reads his dad’s “erotic literature” out loud while his two friends provide commentary. Sounds uncomfortable but it works because his friends James and Alice are quick and witty, and because they all have British accents.


Yeah, we all make erotic literature sound super classy!


Who produced/released that? I was listening to a discussion recently that said that audio drama had pretty much died out worldwide and only the BBC produces it with any regularity any more.


Gimlet, who mostly do non-fiction stuff like Reply All, StartUp, Crimetown, etc.


Alabama has some incredibly beautiful areas. Some bleak ones as well, obviously.

I’m about halfway through episode 5 and this is fantastic. I’d never heard of Woodstock, AL before this but I’ve driven to Tuscaloosa once, around 13 years ago.
I don’t recall much but I do recall the area between it and Birmingham was about as backwoods as I expected it to be.


The thing I like about the ‘This American Life’ team is they do make sure at some point you get to hear all sides. Most places have those elements (if my memory serves me the positive stuff about Woodstock Al comes in episode 6, may be 5). I come from a pretty run down post industrial town in the UK but it also has views like this:

(The ruined church on the hill by the way is 1100 years old).


One thing I think they didn’t quite get across is just how much these towns don’t like outsiders or “others.” Not just blacks or Northerners but anyone. I’ve spent a majority of my life in the South but there’s no way you’d catch me there after dark.

I’m not knocking NPR or Brian for that, nor am I excusing the way the citizens of Woodstock act.