The Jakarta Post
Produced by 'Serial' backers Brian Reed and Julie Snyder from 'This American Life', the show has shattered previous records for most first-day downloads of a podcast. (stownpodcast.org/File)
When This American Life-produced Serial first dropped, it took seven weeks for the podcast to hit 10 million downloads. But for its sister podcast, the recently released S-Town, it has only taken four days to hit that milestone.
Produced by Serial backers Brian Reed and Julie Snyder from This American Life, the show has shattered previous records for most first-day downloads of a podcast.
While announcements of S-Town came in early February, the podcast has been three years in the making and follows “John, [who] despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it,” according to the website.
“He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure and the unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life."
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Unlike Serial’s second season, which received mixed reviews, S-Town has been met with near universal praise.
"Anyone interested in audio journalism's potential as art will marvel at what Reed and his team accomplishes," writes The Atlantic, while The New York Times chose to put it more bluntly, saying, "Liked Serial? Here's why the true crime podcast S-Town is better". (sul/kes)
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