Write Exciting Stories About Boring Things

Column by Peter Derk
Lessons from 'Arrival', 'The Social Network', and 'This American Life' on how to take a snoozer and make it into a great story.

Breaking the Rules: How the Serial Podcast Achieved its Insane Popularity

Column by Cath Murphy January 14, 2015
In November last year, the 'Serial' podcast hit 5m downloads. But what explains its insane popularity? Is it because of the rules that it follows, or because of the rules that it breaks?