Brian Reed on Creating S-Town: Using Literature and Journalism to Tell the Story of a Life

Feb 5, 2018

Brian Reed of S-Town

The podcast S-town brought new audio storytelling forms into being, drawing from literature and investigative journalism. It followed the true story of John B. McLemore, who hated his hometown of Woodstock, Alabama enough to bring it to the attention of the producers of This American Life. Brian Reed went off on the storytelling trail to investigate a murder that may not have happened, but encountered many strange things that did happen. S-Town was then downloaded 40 million times in the first month after it was released. Now Brian Reed is bringing his live show, Creating S-Town, to the Hult Center in Eugene on February 9th. He talks with Eric Alan about the unique process of reporting on a life.