Mystery Show is the brand new offering from Gimlet Media, producers of StartUp and Reply All. It's like Serial, but without the due diligence, each mystery lasts for one episode rather than a whole season, and -- at least so far -- each case gives you some measure of closure. It's hosted by Starlee Kine, who you should know from This American Life.
So far, Starlee has investigated a video store that went out of business overnight, with no warning; an obscure book sighted in the possession of a major pop star; and a belt buckle. Each episode has thrilled and delighted me, thanks to Starlee's quirky investigative style that follows any lead -- no matter how tangential -- and knack for interviewing persons of interest. I can't believe the sudden surges of surprise, pathos, and delight that spring up with each plot twist -- this is truly a must-listen. And once you've started listening, add to your experience with my Mystery Show magazine on Flipboard, which is full of extra links to content about and inspired by the show.
And in true BABS fashion, the Top 5 Reasons You Must Listen to Mystery Show:
5. So that once everyone starts talking about it, a la Serial, you'll know exactly what they're talking about.
4. To get context for this video.
3. To find out just how long someone can talk to customer service at a bookstore while checking on the status of a book.
2. Mystery Show host Starlee Kine was responsible for perhaps the greatest story in the history of This American Life: "Break-Up", featuring Phil Collins!
1. You really need the experience of being delighted by the story of a belt buckle.
So find it on iTunes, or read more at Flipboard!