Once in a while, we cross paths with a person who is unlike anyone we have ever met. The thought process, the lifestyle, the persona of this individual make us feel like they are straight out of a story. How could this character be real? While listening to ‘S-Town’, this is one of the thoughts that engage the mind of the listener. The podcast is hosted by Brian Reed and tells the story of a horologist, John B. McLemore. Reed got in touch with John after he emailed ‘This American Life’ to investigate a murder in Woodstock, his hometown. Reed’s investigation takes a sharp turn after the truth about the crime comes out, and the story that eventually comes out is more riveting, thought-provoking and moving than what anyone would have anticipated.
‘S-Town’ is a character study, a tale of a very normal person, which is why, perhaps, it resonates with us so much. If you haven’t yet listened to it, you should catch all the episodes here. The effect lingers for at least a few days after you’re finished with it. If you want to recuperate, then we’re here to help you. Here’s the list of best podcasts similar to ‘S-Town’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these podcasts like ‘S-Town’ on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or even YouTube for free.
16. Found (2016)
Have you ever received a letter that wasn’t meant for you? Have you ever found a piece of paper, the message on which was intended for someone else? Have you ever read any interesting note that tells the story of someone else’s life? In this podcast hosted by Davy Rothbart, people share their experiences and explore the stories behind these mysterious findings. A look into the life of a complete stranger through a couple of lines, ‘Found’ takes you on a different journey with each episode. You can listen to the podcast here.
15. Uncover (2018- present)
What constitutes a cult? How do you differentiate it from a self-help group? Sarah Edmondson had been a part of NXIVM for a long time. She had risen to serve as a high-level member, and by now, she thought she knew everything about the organization. But she was proved wrong when a secret unit within the group was opened up to her. She joined it, believing it was just another step in strengthening her position and helping people, but she was so very wrong. ‘Uncover’ tells her story and the true face of NXIVM. You can listen to the podcast here.