If you couldn't get enough of the mystery, suspense, and legal drama, you'll love these other podcasts
Chances are, you've heard about (and are probably addicted to) Serial, the show investigating the 1995 murder of a high-school girl. It's the most listened to podcast ever and has been blowing up the internet thanks to all the people speculating over who did it—or, more importantly, who didn't do it. (Hae Min Lee's ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed has spent 15 years in prison for the crime although he insists he's innocent. Not that we have a theory about that. Yes, we do. Don't get us started.) Unfortunately, the show ended last week. Producers have promised a second season, but clearly we can't wait that long—not just because the case was so addictive, but because each episode was the perfect companion to our long runs. In the interim, here are 10 other gripping podcasts to get you through those longer cardio workouts.
If you liked Serial for the crimes, try Criminal. True-crime addicts will love this podcast about "stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle." Host Phoebe Judge uses her reporting background to take you through all the dramatic twists and turns of what happens when people collide with the legal system.
If you liked Serial for its story-telling, try This American Life. Sometimes you just have to go back to the original: Serial is a spin-off from the grande dame of internet podcasts, This American Life. Each episode tells several short stories about real people, all centered around a theme, covering nearly every topic imaginable. And since they've been on air for nearly 20 years, with all back episodes archived on their site, you'll never be bored again.
If you liked Serial for its suspense, try Welcome to Night Vale. Looking for cliffhangers, hidden clues, and lots of goosebumps? Tune in twice a month for the news from Night Vale, a mysterious desert town. At first, the weather updates and farm reports don't seem odd, but you'll quickly discover that something very, very strange is happening. This one will definitely have you looking over your shoulder as you run. Bonus: They've got over 60 half-hour archived episodes, perfect for an easy 3-miler or binge-listening through a longer run.