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Have you heard of the new podcast Limetown? The first two episodes are getting rave reviews. It’s a fictional story full of suspense. (Our friend said, “I was COVERED in goosebumps for fully the last ten minutes of episode 2.”)

Here’s the premise: Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”

Skip Bronkie and Zack Akers, the creators of the show, met at NYU film school and actually originally wanted to make a movie. “But it’s very cost-prohibitive and risky to venture into film right away,” Akers told NeimanLab. Podcasts were another great — and much cheaper — place to tell a story. So they went for it.

Plus, the show will (most likely) end with a bang. “Serial had to stay nonfictional,” says Akers. “At the end of the show, it didn’t necessarily mean that it had a conclusion. That’s the biggest advantage we have: We’re making it up. So we can give you an ending.”

Will you listen? I’m starting tonight!

P.S. Plus, the 7 best podcasts to try.

(Illustration by Adrian Tomine)

  1. Emily says...

    Are you still listening to this one? I just listened to the latest released on Monday…I’m still enjoying it but finding it odd how it only comes out sporadically. What do you think so far?

  2. This podcast is really good!! I need more episodes now!!!

  3. so just finished the first two episodes but am now really mad at you because I like to binge! where is episode 3 (and 4, and 5/!?!?!?!!?!) <3

  4. Kate says...

    episode 1: goosebumps already

  5. Liz A says...

    I just subscribed to Limetown and excited to start listening, sounds so interesting!!!

    ATTENTION all Serial fans!
    I highly recommend everyone listen to “Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnan Syed” as well. They dig even deeper into the story!!!

  6. Meg says...

    Thanks for the tip! Downloading this now.
    Joanna, have you listened to Sex, Death and money? Anna Sale is an amazing interviewer – it’s such a great listen.
    The Heart is also a lovely podcast. -with an adult theme.

  7. M says...

    I am OBSESSED with this podcast now – thanks so much for suggesting it :)

  8. I am still hung up on Adnan…but will give this a go! Thanks for the tip x

  9. This sounds great! Thanks for the rec! I’m also intrigued by Popcast as well! I’ll be up all night with jetlag so can’t wait to start them :)

  10. Ruth says...

    I’m hooked! Any idea when ep 3 will be available? I heard s rumor that there was a month and a half wait between episodes 1 and 2!!

  11. Oh I love podcast recommendations! Have you heard of the podcast Millennial? It does the best job of describing what it’s like to navigate your 20s in real time. There have been so many instances where I think back tot he podcast and say.. AH! Megan experienced this last week and she figured it out! That means I can, too.

    I think it’s applicable to more than just people in their 20s – if you’re starting a new venture, it’s a great listen.

  12. Malin says...

    Oh my gosh THANK YOU.
    Limetown is amazing! I can hardly wait to try your other suggestions now! Have a fantastic weekend.

  13. Erica says...

    just started listening today, while walking along the embarcadero! goose bumps for sure!

  14. Anon says...

    Thanks for getting me through the last few hours of this workday…listening now! :)

  15. Anon says...

    Thanks for helping get me through the last few hours of this work day…listening now! :)

  16. Pauline says...

    Great rec, Joanna! That was exquisite!! If you like this fictional suspenseful universe, I’d like to echo another commenter and recommend The Black Tapes: http://www.theblacktapespodcast.com. I didn’t want to listen to it initially because I was told it was a scary X-Files sort of thing about paranormal phenomena, but my husband finally wore me down and I’m glad he did. They’re similar to Limetown in that Serial style but came out earlier this year so they’ve got ten episodes for a great binge listen. But warning: it’s incredibly eerie at times. No jump scares. Just the images that stay in your head after each episode.

  17. Alyssa Leister says...

    Not being a podcast listener, I decided to try this today. And now I’m hooked. Seriously hooked! I want more, right now! And the voice actors I think are engaging. Makes me feel like I’m watching TV but not seeing the pictures. But the could be from being a podcast newbie.

  18. Your 7 best podcasts to try sound so fun to listen to and so tempting to start right now. ‘Cant wait for the weekend!! xo

    (=’.’=)
    -Lauren
    adorn la femme

  19. Deleila says...

    Thanks for the great recommendation!

  20. kathy says...

    Where does one locate these podcasts you speak of? I think I am a pretty hip woman but I am confused. Can’t stand to feel left out…I must know Joanna :-)

    • Donna says...

      Through itunes. You download their podcast app first (or stitcher or other podcast apps if you are on android. Surely you must know how to use Google;) then you search podcasts within the app. Or you can listen to podcasts you’ve downloaded from peoples’ websites directly.

  21. Isabelle says...

    Arg! I want to like this podcast, I really do! It’s an intriguing story and all that, but the actors are just so hokey, especially the host. Of all of the actors, she’s the one who just doesn’t sound natural at all and drives me a bit nuts. To be fair, I’ve only just now finished the first episode. Perhaps the second one will improve…fingers crossed!

    • Julia says...

      I totally felt the same way after episode one, but for some reason episode two was less grating for me. I was better able to suspend disbelief and get into it! FYI :)

    • Oh man, I totally disagree! I felt like she sounded so much like Sarah Koenig in Serial, same speech patterns and everything!

  22. I hate this post. I hate it because, due to this, I was hooked on Limetown last night, sitting in my car (though I’d already gotten home; I was just waiting for the episode to end), scared that someone would come knocking on my car’s window.

    I was skeptical at first because it’s fiction, but now I’m loving the recommendation! Thanks, Joanna.

    XX Laura
    girlwhowrites.com

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha i was so nervous when i started reading your comment, but then laughed out loud. so glad you liked it!

  23. I listened to both episodes last night after reading this post. SO GOOD! Thanks for the recommendation!

  24. SARAH B says...

    Sounds like a good one! Really loved Serial. Limestone sounds a bit like two shows my husband and I have watched: The Leftovers and Les Revenants (The Returned, a French TV series). Highly recommend both of them for their suspense! x

  25. I checked out the first episode this morning and I’m definitely intrigued!

    Also, I have a podcast recommendation: The Black Tapes. It’s Serial meets The X-Files – best listened to late at night as things tend to get a little spooky at times!

  26. Loni says...

    Ahhh, totally hooked now! As my chest tightened during the last 3 minutes of episode 2 this morning, I was reminded of why I don’t watch scary movies/thrillers! Ha! I, too, am struggling a bit with the voice acting, but the story is gripping. I get all of my best podcast recommendations from you – thank you! :)

  27. I am so excited to give this a listen! I am a long time listener of podcasts and love this idea.

  28. yael steren says...

    I think I’m going to wait until it ends and then see what people thought. After investing so much time in Serial only to be let down, I don’t want to risk it again! Will you do a review at the end with your thoughts?!?! xoxo yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  29. This sounds amazing! I loved Serial, so this is right up my alley!

  30. How have I not heard of this? I’ve been needing a new one to get hooked on ever since I finished Serial… (I am kinda behind the times, I know).

    –Samantha

    http://www.BesosFromAmerica.com

  31. Lauren says...

    Oh my goodness, I’m absolutely terrified! I didn’t know a podcast could be so scary. Don’t listen if you’re easily spooked! (I am enjoying the spot-on radio voice acting, however.)

  32. Kristina says...

    Thanks for the recommendation! I look forward to trying this one out. I love listening to podcasts on my daily commute through the park on foot or on the bike. I think Dear Sugar and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons are fantastic – so inspiring!

  33. I’ve been obsessed with audiobooks and podcasts lately. They keep me company at the gym and in the car. After I finished Serial, I looked for a fiction podcast but wasn’t able to find one. This looks perfect!! I’m downloading it ASAP. Thanks for sharing :)

    -Nicole
    Meet Me in Midtown

  34. Nikki says...

    Thanks for the recommendation, Joanna!
    I love catching onto new shows/podcasts/whatever when they are still new and you can follow as new episodes come out!

  35. Thank you! I’ve been looking for a good podcast. Looking forward to it!

  36. Heather says...

    AHHHHH just listened to both episodes on my run!!! Hooked!!! Thank you for posting this – I live for great podcasts

  37. Uhhh! enticing! ha! Very interesting.
    I would also listen to Podcasts by Cup of Jo :) No pressure… :)

    Alina

  38. Emily says...

    I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts after listening. As a fellow podcast addict, I was similarly psyched for this one…but after the first 2 episodes, I’m having trouble getting into it. I think it’s the voice actors — even though they’re trying SO hard to mimic Serial, it sounds more like a melodramatic off-Broadway play with a 12-year-old narrator.

    I find it so distracting! Maybe it’s just me??

    (P.S. always love your podcast recs, keep ’em coming!)

    • I just downloaded it and actually couldn’t listen after about 15 minutes for the same reason! Total bummer.

    • Kate says...

      I agree! I was frequently pulled away from the story (mentally) wondering who was “acting”

  39. grace says...

    perfect timing! I’m taking a bus from nyc to providence to visit my brother early tomorrow and was just going to download some podcasts for the ride but wasn’t sure what to listen to. this sounds perfect – thank you!

  40. Leah says...

    I’m sitting in a small town in Tennessee right now… eep. ;-)

    • Leah says...

      Creepier still, the first words of the second episode is “Hey this is Leah”?!?!

  41. This is exactly what I needed for this weekend while I attempt to undertake the huge task- painting my bedroom and ensuite black. I love your podcast recommendations! The letters one was hilarious!

    Katy
    http://www.alittledailyhappiness.com

  42. Ah this got be quite excited!

  43. Wow, that sounds like an amazing podcast. Thanks for the recommendation! I wonder if this signals the resurgence of old timey radio dramas. How fun would that be?!

  44. Caitlin says...

    I just saw your Olay ad in People magazine; it’s lovely!

  45. Jenny B says...

    The greatest podcast (HILARIOUS) about all things pop culture – tv, books, movies, life in general – is called The Popcast. They also have a website called knoxandjamie.com where you can listen to all of their old podcasts as well as the ones you can download on itunes. They are a southern man and woman (friends) who are so smart and laugh out loud funny – if you want to laugh and are at all interested in pop culture, you have to subscribe.

    • Jenny! Thank you for the love of The Popcast. It’s the most fun thing I do all week. Besides picking out Cheez-its.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, jenny!! i’m always looking for new podcasts, and this sounds awesome.

  46. Deanna says...

    Sounds a lot like the HBO series The Leftovers- which is a great show!

    • I listened to the first episode this morning and was also reminded of The Leftovers!

  47. Lilly says...

    I am LOVING the Dear Sugar podcast, with Cheryl Strayed. It’s so great!

    • Megan says...

      Oh, I LOVED reading “Dear Sugar,” and all of Cheryl Strayed’s writings, but didn’t realize it has been turned into a podcast. Thanks for sharing! Downloading now! (There goes the rest of my afternoon…)

    • Donna says...

      Just started Dear Sugar podcast and love it!!!

  48. Cindy says...

    So exciting! Just downloaded the first episode and can’t wait to listen to it on my commute home!
    Thank you!

    • Cindy says...

      So I just finished both episodes and I’m hooked! Can’t wait for the third episode! Thank You so much!

  49. Katie says...

    Thanks for posting this!! I get so excited when I hear about new podcasts as I have a very long daily commute. This one sounds fantastic.

  50. Completely unrelated to the podcast but I LOVElovelove Adrian Tomine’s “MIssed Connection” (above)—and have, ever since first seeing it ID’d on Cup of Jo! Ha. I now have a framed poster-size print at home, plus another facsimile at work. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is awesome! and guess what? i was at Whole Foods the other day — i took the boys to get lunch and then play in their little kid area upstairs — and guess who walked in with his family and sat at the table next to ours? ADRIAN TOMINE! i had such a starstruck moment :)

  51. Steph B says...

    I got the chills just reading the description! Def tuning in.