Legal Lessons from Hit Podcast, S-Town – Introduction
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of podcasts. At any given time, my Overcast queue is full of episodes covering a variety of topics, including tech, productivity, true crime, law and music. I also write about them from time to time – check out my posts Podcasts and the Law and The Law According to Planet Money.
Lately, I’ve heard a lot of buzz about a new podcast called S-Town, which is the latest series from the creators of public radio/podcast giant This American Life and the hugely popular podcast Serial.
So what is S-Town about? The show’s website introduces it this way: “John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. 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 an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.”
After listening to the first two episodes, I was hooked, particularly after a rather significant twist that occurs at the end of Chapter II. My commute is approximately 40 minutes, and you know that I’ve found a compelling show when I find myself sitting in the parking lot or my driveway to finish an episode. I finished the seven chapter series over the course of three days. I recommended the show to my colleague, Lindsay Schoeneberger, who finished it last weekend.
While this post won’t contain any spoilers (we’ll give you a few days to listen!), Lindsay and I will be writing a series of posts outlining some of the legal issues that arise throughout the podcast. Check back next week for the first installment in the series.