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Pod City: This Week's Most Interesting Podcasts

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Each Friday I round up a few nuggets of wisdom from the podcasting world. I try not to mention the same show twice, so check the archives for more listening suggestions!

1. BEN STILLER OWNS A GORN FROM STAR TREK.

StarTalk, Nov. 2 Episode

At least, he owns a Gorn head, according to pal Hank Azaria. In this episode, host and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson asks the actor about a variety of topics, including his voice work on The Simpsons, his science-related TV and film roles, and his “geek” cred, which includes an interest in comic books and, yes, Star Trek. (In case you were wondering, he prefers Kirk to Picard.) 

2. ONE MAN WAS CONNED FOR A QUARTER-CENTURY … AND NEVER TOLD ANYONE.

Criminal, Episode 11

The podcast highlights a particularly heartbreaking crime in its latest episode with a tale of a kind man who, after an unfortunate detour in a bad neighborhood, wound up being conned out of about $100,000 over a period of 25 years. It would spoil the story to reveal anything more. 

3. BRILLIANT PSYCHOPATHS ARE HARD TO COME BY.

Serial, Episode 7

In the latest riveting episode of this podcast, an attorney offers her take on Adnan Syed’s case—and even enlists law students to help dissect it. After host Sarah Koenig wonders aloud whether Adnan is innocent or a very intelligent killer, the attorney notes how rare it is to encounter that type of personality.

4. QUESTLOVE LOVES QUISP CEREAL.

Food is the New Rock, Episode 118

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The drummer dishes about the glory days of The Roots’ tour riders, which he says were all about acquiring nonperishables the band could stockpile and bring home after the tour. Among the requests: Ten boxes of cereal in every city.

5. CHRIS GETHARD THOUGHT HE WAS A GHOST (TWICE).

Mental Illness Happy Hour, Episode 197

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In this episode of Paul Gilmartin’s podcast, the comedian is astoundingly honest about his lifelong struggles with depression. He talks about therapy, medication, his best moments, and his hardest moments, like a couple times when he deluded himself into thinking he was invisible to the world around him. 

6. KRAMER WORE THE SAME NECKLACE THROUGHOUT SEINFELD’S RUN.

Seincast: A Seinfeld Podcast, Episode 18

Each episode of Seincast takes a very detailed look back at one episode of the hit sitcom. This ep deals with “The Deal,” in which Jerry and Elaine decide to become friends with benefits. Along with clips and analysis, the hosts (and diehard fans) impart bits of trivia like this Kramer gem. 

7. PAUL F. TOMPKINS ATTENDS AMAZING DINNER PARTIES.

I Was There Too, Episode 1

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In this show, which is part of the new Wolfpop podcasting network, host Matt Gourley talks to lesser-known actors who appeared in famous movie and TV scenes. The debut ep features Tompkins, who had a small part in There Will Be Blood. He describes attending dinner parties with director Paul Thomas Anderson, who later offered him the role via phone.

Here's What the Elaborate Maze From S-Town Looks Like

John B. McLemore created a world of wonders in the middle of nowhere. The protagonist of the popular S-Town podcast was famous in his hometown for his loud mouth and regular diatribes about tattoos and climate change. Elsewhere in the world, he was better known as a master craftsman and a genius.

Much of McLemore’s income derived from his extraordinary work as a horologist, or clockmaker, but his property in Woodstock, Alabama, is littered with other inventions and projects—including his legendary hedge maze.

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Photo courtesy of Imgur

Reddit users report that the maze has recently begun to fall into disrepair, news that upsets the S-Town listeners who have grown so fond of the clockmaker and his complicated, beautiful creations.

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Serial Creators Announce Release Date for S-Town, Their New Murder Mystery Podcast
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It has been more than two years since the creators of Serial captured listeners’ attention with season one of their investigative podcast. Now USA Today reports that the team behind the true crime sensation is returning this March with a brand-new story.

Titled S-Town, the new podcast from Serial Productions will center around murder rumors that have been percolating in a small Alabama town. It starts when a Serial listener reaches out to S-Town host and This American Life producer Brian Reed about a wealthy resident who has reportedly been boasting about committing the crime. From there, news of more death, a feud, and treasure add further intrigue to the mystery.

Executive producer Julie Snyder promises that S-Town will be more than just another true crime story. “It’s a story that goes beyond any expectations,” she told USA Today. Following three years of reporting, all seven chapters of the podcast will be released at once on March 28. You can get a taste of what’s to come in the new preview, available now on iTunes.

[h/t USA Today]

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