"S-Town" began as an investigative journalism podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed. It all started out with an e-mail sent by a man named John in 2012. He despised his Alabama town and reached out to Reed and the people at This American Life to have them investigate a potential murder that took place there. After months of correspondence, Reed goes to the town to investigate; however, events transpire that leads Reed on a quest for truth that turns into something much more than they could have ever imagined. The podcast has stirred up some controversy and has polarized many.