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!
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(Illustration by Adrian Tomine)