The creators of This American Life and the popular murder-mystery podcast Serial released a third season today. This one’s called S-Town, and it’s set right here in Alabama. WBHM’s Gigi Douban got a preview of the first two episodes, and S-Town host Brian Reed tells her his reporting revealed some painful truths about life in rural Alabama.
Want some bonus audio? Hear Reed talk about how he reported the story: the challenges of digging up public records in Alabama, how he got people to trust him, and being sensitive to the ways Southerners are portrayed on the national stage.