I just started listening to Mystery Show yesterday. It’s created by the accomplished Starlee Kine and brought to you by Gimlet Studios—the makers of Reply All. I’ve only listened to the first two episodes—which is all they’ve published—but so far, so good. It’s a nice mix of This American Life-style “real people” interviews—as opposed to experts—and (slight) narrative. In some ways it seems to be a conceit created so that Kine can air interesting conversations with strangers, including a bartender’s favorite foreign film and metaphors for life with a customer service guy. This is not a bad thing at all. I very much enjoy podcasts that have a natural, conversational element without a complete disregard for editing (and this is very well edited). Plus I am, as always, excited to hear another female voice on the air.
Podcast Style: Narrative, Investigative, Interview
If You Like: This American Life, Invisibilia, Reply All, Strangers, Serial
Favorite Episode: Episode 2, “Case #2: Britney”