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“Serial”‘s endgame:  “All speculation is equally speculative”

After 13 weeks, 12 episodes, millions of downloads and even more “Mailkimp” jokes, “Serial”‘s groundbreaking first season wrapped up Thursday morning. Was the ending sort of unsatisfying? Of course. But short of a definitive resolution to the case, a satisfying ending was pretty much impossible. The episode, at 55 minutes the longest of the season, more »

Michaela Watkins is Sarah Koenig in the most perfect “Serial” parody

“Serial”‘s first season is over Thursday, so if you’re going to make a definitive parody of the popular true crime podcast, now’s the time. That’s exactly what Funny or Die did, with a very funny sketch sending up just about every aspect of Serial. There’s the music. The Best Buy pay phone stuff. The stammering. more »

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‘The Best Show with Tom Scharpling’ will return Tuesday

When Tom Scharpling closed the doors on his long running, much loved radio show The Best Show of WFMU on December 17, 2013, Friends of Tom worldwide wondered how long they would have to steel themselves in order to wait for the show’s return. After 12 months of speculation, hoping, wishing, and planning, they have more »

Best Buy sends ill-advised “Serial” tweet

Best Buy’s official Twitter account sent out a tweet Thursday that sought to piggyback on the chain’s tangential tie to the popular podcast “Serial.” Since deleted, it said this: The explanation? On “Serial,” which looks back at a murder committed in 1999, a call that was supposedly placed on a pay phone at a Best more »

“Serial” sets finale for next week

One of the many unique things about “Serial,” “This American Life”‘s phenomenally successful podcast has been that it’s always been open-ended. The producers have never said exactly how many episodes are planned, or how long the story will run. That changed with Thursday’s episode, when host Sarah Koenig read aloud a letter from convicted murderer more »

The Best Show will return as a podcast

Fans of Tom Scharpling’s soon-to-be-resurrected Best Show have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. First, there was the official announcement back in October that the Best Show would return in 2014. The announcement promised that the show would return in “November (or thereabouts),” and while November has come and gone, the announcement more »

Sarah Koenig WILL return in “Serial,” Season 2 

In a bit of not-especially surprising news, the most popular podcast in the history of the medium, Serial, will be back for a second season. The NPR-affiliated series, which asked for donations during its most recent episode two weeks ago, announced on Thanksgiving that the drive had been successful: Last week, we asked people who’ve more »

‘Serial’ asks listeners for money for Season 2 

Thursday’s new episode of “Serial,” the super-successful true-crime podcast associated with NPR’s “This American Life,” began differently from all the others- with a plea for pledges for Season 2. Rather than start with that familiar Mailchimp ad- which has become something of a phenomenon itself- Episode 9, which went online at 5:30 this morning, began more »

Podcast: Stephen Silver and Jordan Rockwell on “Gone Girl” 

I appeared earlier this week on the Sensitive Nice Guy Show, the podcast hosted by TechnologyTell contributor Jordan Rockwell, to discuss the film “Gone Girl.” On the podcast, we discussed the film, its filmmaking and acting, whether it’s an accurate representation of modern marriage,  whether the film is feminist, misogynistic or both, how believable it more »

Fear not, Friends of Tom: The Best Show is officially returning

Nearly a year after Tom Scharpling first announced that he would be ending his long-running, widely loved WFMU radio show “the Best Show on WFMU,” Scharpling took to Twitter to announce that the late, lamented radio show would return to the airwaves this November (or thereabouts.) In a three part announcement that took place just more »

Fin: Dumb Ditka, dueling SNL weeks and what’s so R-rated about being gay?

On the Mike Ditka “Redskins” comment, I ask of you: Have you ever once heard Ditka say something out loud, whether in his coaching or broadcasting careers, that didn’t make you think to yourself, “this man is a blithering idiot?” I’m just glad he never followed through on his threats to run for political office. more »

Mike Myers on WTF: “Wayne’s World,” SNL and “Putting Your Penis on the Table”

Comedy podcasts, enjoyable as they are, often end up featuring the same guests over and over again. So I was glad to see the name of Mike Myers pop up as a podacst guest on Marc Maron’s “WTF” show on Monday. Myers didn’t touch on some of the less fortunate aspects of his life and more »