With podcasts rising in popularity, it's no surprise that companies are producing their own. What's more surprising is that people are actually listening to them.

The hit NPR podcast Serial was the audio investigation that launched a thousand true-crime dramas, inspiring podcasters across the country to attempt ambitious reporting projects with gritty subject matter. There was Dirty John and Hollywood & Crime, Death in Ice Valley and Atlanta Monster.

And then there was The Sauce.

That three-episode "investigative podcast" was released last year by the media company Gizmodo and had somewhat lower stakes than the exoneration of a convicted murderer.

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