While it's sad when a podcast you love finishes it's run, it's always great to see the people who work on it go on to work on new shows you love just as much! This list covers some of those series that I've come across.
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.
S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about 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.
A hilarious show made by a former This American Life producer that investigates the smallest mysteries and makes them into a big deal. Sadly, it ended unceremoniously, and the reasons were never made public. I eagerly follow Starlee Kline on Twitter and await the moment she returns to podcasting.
Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media.
This show is also from Gimlet, also made by a former This American Life producer, and also takes very small matters seriously along with incredibly subtle humor. Highly recommend to anyone, especially fans of Mystery Show.
This show wasn't very well known when it came out but it was a side project of On The Media that found short stories about the internet and gave PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman their start. This recommendatiom is a bit of a reversal from the premise of this list... If you love Reply All, you'll love TLDR just as much.
Packed with trivia, comedy and celebrity guests, Ask Me Another is like an amusement park for your brain. Host Ophira Eisenberg and musician Jonathan Coulton take brilliant contestants on a roller coaster that'll make you laugh and scream (out the answers)—and barely anyone throws up in a trash can.