Being of a certain age, as they say, I can just recall the radio serials, stories told on radio over a series of episodes.
The genre faded greatly as television came into vogue, but there is still something fun about simply relaxing and listening to a well-told story.
Thanks to the Internet that is again possible if you do just a little bit of looking as podcasts are filling the void.
One series worth a listen if you like conspiracy fiction such as X-Files is Limetown at www.twoupproductions.com
Limetown debuted in July 2015, and became the number one US podcast on iTunes less than two months later. That sounds like it is an old gem, but the series was written and directed by Zack Akers and produced by Skip Bronkie just debuted its second ‘season’ in October 2018.
Limetown is a fictional story told as a series of investigative reports by Lia Haddock (played by Annie-Sage Whitehurst), a journalist for American Public Radio (APR), detailing the disappearance of over 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.
For a little taste of the show, a synopsis of the opening episode details “10 years ago Limetown was a self-contained research facility with on-site staff housing. One day a vague 911 call brings the police to the front gates but security doesn’t let them past and the first responders are ordered to stand down. After three days, the gates are opened but the site is completely devoid of any trace of people, save for what looks like the result of a pyre containing traces of the remains of Oscar Totem, one of the lead researchers. Lia Haddock, a reporter for American Public Radio, is drawn to the mystery due to her uncle Emile, a Limetown resident. Despite numerous investigations and Congressional inquiries, nothing was ever resolved.”
This is certainly an online serial worth checking out.
— Calvin Daniels