Speed Reads

podcast lovers rejoice

Serial's co-creators are finally coming out with a new crime podcast

The creators of Serial — the crime podcast whose first season took America by storm in fall 2014 with its reporting on convicted murderer Adnan Syed — are coming out with a new podcast next month. S-Town, produced by NPR's Ira Glass and Serial co-creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, will delve into a story an Alabama man contacted This American Life about years ago.

The man was "bitterly complaining" about his rural Alabama hometown, and he wanted a reporter to look into the "son of a wealthy family" who was supposedly "bragging that he got away with murder," the podcast announcement reads. Then another person was reported dead, and that's when things got interesting. A story "about a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and the mysteries of one man's life" emerged, the announcement says, foreshadowing what's to come.

"This story takes so many unexpected turns," Glass said. "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." The series, due out in March, will be hosted by This American Life producer Brian Reed. Gimlet Media's Starlee Kine, host of Mystery Show, is on the editorial team.

And in case that wasn't good news enough for podcast lovers, Serial's creators are also developing two more new podcasts. Details on these series have yet to be released.