I, like most podcast listeners, are probably still on the search for the latest Serial. A podcast that is so engrossing and enticing that we listen to it over and over for clues and await with bated breath for the next installment.
Well search no further.
Starlee Kine of Gimlet Media has recently launched one of the best podcasts I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. It’s called “Mystery Show” but this podcast is no fictional whodunnit. Starlee takes on the role of detective and Internet sleuth in her client’s cases and attempts to solve interesting mysteries each week. Now, this may not seem as compelling as the case of Adnan Syed, the protagonist of Serial, but it would be a mistake to write the show off as kitsch or even childish.
Starlee is a master storyteller and through the three mysteries that have aired thus far, Starlee weaves her clients stories with her search for evidence, talks with possible witnesses and incredible humour with finesse and elegance. There is also an emotional tinge to the show, which I wouldn’t have necessarily suspected. In the latest episode, Starlee looks for the owner of a lost, incredibly elaborate belt buckle which had me in tears by tale’s end. The mysteries may seem small, but the impact on lives they touch is huge and everything seems just as important to the listener as it does to the client themselves. Each episode gets me more and more engrossed to the point where I hope I find some mystery in my life, just so Starlee can solve it with her can-do attitude and her everlasting persistence.
Whether it’s finding out where a missing video store has disappeared to, to why Britney Spears was reading a particular book, the content and stories of Mystery Show are absolutely limitless. You can download it on iTunes or at Gimlet Media.