The Serial podcast that had everyone hooked on the true story of Adnan Syed – a highschooler who was accused and convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend but may be innocent – was the only thing to ever make people wish their commute was longer.
The show’s creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder took us through the turmoil of Syed’s case, sharing their own doubts and insight along the way in one of the first podcasts to hit the heights of total success. We never really got to the bottom of the case (is he guilty or not?!), mostly because Koenig and Synder’s work helped him get a retrial that is yet to happen. And now they’re onto a new story.
Over the last three years, we’ve momentarily found our crime story fix with the likes of The Jinx, Making a Murderer and The Night Of, plus a Sunday addiction to the Crime and Investigation channel. But those were TV, and we have around two hours every day which is prime for filling our ears with brilliant podcasts.
Koenig and Snyder heard our call, but also a man’s from Alabama. For the past few years, the pair have been investigating a lead about a wealthy teenager who allegedly bragged about getting away with murder.
What followed was a second murder, which led the investigation to "a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure and the mysteries of one man's life."
Under their production company Serial Productions, Snyder and Koenig will be releasing S-Town, hosted by This American Life’s Brian Reed, in March 2017.
Producer Ira Glass said:
"This story takes so many unexpected turns. Every episode is a new surprise. And the story 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."
We’ll be missing our stop weekly.