S-Town is a podcast hosted by Brian Reed from Serial Productions, a New York Times company. The story follows a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life.
“If you keep your mouth shut, you’ll be surprised what you can learn.”
“Has anybody called you?”
“Tedious and brief.”
“If anybody could find it, it would be me.”
“Nobody’ll ever change my mind about it.”
“Since everyone around here thinks I’m a queer anyway.”
I returned to this story by Brian Reed and was amazed to find I’d overlooked the final ep and realized this might be worth re-reading. Reed now seemed the most interesting character. His whole vibe now overtook the original story. I’d read anything by him now. It’d be so detailed, so curious, and yikes, so original. Remember we were recovering the end of Serial. I realized, this was so much more than podcast recovery. I today, was more curious than I was then evidently. He was so dogged and non-judgemental at every step. This may well be the best told, most intellectually satisfying podcast I’ll ever be graced to have learned. I’m so glad I easily returned today, all day.
An Unexpected Favorite
I stumbled upon this podcast while looking for my next true crime fix. It was not exactly what I had anticipated, although it did have elements of investigative journalism and crime. The true stars of this podcast were the strange but fascinating people of S-Town, namely John B. McLemore. The interviews and storyline were a bizarre mix of dark and hilarious that will be appreciated by anyone with an affinity for the clever, complex, and f-ed up. It quickly became one of my favorite podcasts. Even three years later, it remains in my top 5 podcasts of all time. It’s not a podcast you will soon forget.
Just finished the podcast it was excellent and very thoughtful. I feel so bad for John B. But it was a great story very interesting. Really shows there’s always two sides to every story pertaining to the cousins and Tyler or the racists & anyone they hate they said black people are on welfare and the men are in jail but Tyler lived all the stereotypes they hated about black people, multiple kids with multiple women, went to jail, stole, his dad wasn’t around. If anything this podcast can teach us is never judge a book by its cover John B. was fascinating, sad, intriguing and this podcast left me wanting more. Well done.