In the wake of Serial’s success, more and more podcast producers are getting onboard with the serialized format -- including fiction fans. In The Message, an eight-part series co-produced by Panoply and GE Podcast Theater, you get it all: a serialized story, terrific fiction writing, great voice acting, and a delicious mystery. In the first episode, reporter Nicky Tomalin learns of a message received from outer space 70 years ago, and sets about decoding it with a team of cryptologists. The only catch? Everyone who has ever heard the message has mysteriously died.
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