Publication Date: March 28, 2017
My Rating: 9/10
Overview: S Town, or rather, Shit Town, is a spin-off podcast from the creators and producers of Serial and This American Life.
When a wealthy young man allegedly begins bragging about murdering another guy, rumors begin swirling around the small town in rural Alabama.
What I loved: In the past couple of years, Serial has become a household name in the podcasting world. I can't imagine there's a soul out there who loves podcasts who hasn't heard of it. So, it's no surprise S Town is now #1 on the iTunes charts. I binged S Town in only a few days, and I have to admit, it's one of the most intriguing and thought-provoking productions I've ever heard.
The podcast is filled with conspiracy theories, jaw-dropping moments, and an unbelievable twist. I've never heard anything like it before and I can't imagine I ever will again.
I couldn't stop listening because as soon as an episode finished, I absolutely had to know what would happen next. I loved learning about another culture, yes culture. As a Northern Girl, the lives of these Southerners is completely foreign to me. It was incredibly interesting to learn about their way of life down in Shit Town, Alabama.
The podcast always left me thinking, too. S Town will make you think about your life and if you're leading one with meaning. The characters will make you wonder about family and trust, love and relationships, time and death. Some parts are depressing, but they are simply a reflection of life.
Also, the quality of this podcast is spectacular. From the music to the clear and concise narration, it was produced very well. All 7 episodes are available to download and last about an hour each.
Shit Town is a small town which suffers a big loss, and it's a story you can NOT miss out on.
To learn more, visit S Town's website, or just start listening to this podcast ASAP!
What I didn't: I thought the ending was seemingly anticlimactic and didn't tie up the entire story in a neat little bow. As far as the human interest aspect of the story, that ended nicely, but I don't feel the "criminal" or "thrilling" parts of the show were summed up entirely at the end.