We're down to the final four in KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness. Here's what went down (who won in the battle between Serial and This American Life?!) and what's up next. Go vote in Round 4 and read on!
Despite being the hot show of the moment, the student Serial could not defeat its teacher This American Life, so Ira Glass is still trying to reclaim his Bracket Madness Season 1 victory. They'll be facing the winner of a tight contest between Strangers and 99% Invisible, where Southern California's Strangers podcast edged out the design show hosted by Roman Mars from Northern California.
On the other side of the bracket, strong social media campaigning by On The Media wasn't quite enough to dethrone last year's winners at Radiolab. Meanwhile, in a battle of old school versus new school, new kids on the block Invisibilia, which just recently premiered, took down NPR stalwart All Things Considered. Radiolab and Invisibilia — hosted by former members of the Radiolab and This American Life staffs — now must face off in another parent versus child radio battle.
There are two ways for you to vote:
- Vote on our special Public Radio Bracket Madness page
- Vote in the matchups embedded below (Note: This option may be more mobile-friendly)
Round four voting is open now and will remain open until 12 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday (March 31). Here's the schedule for the rest of the bracket (all times are Pacific):
- Final 4: Friday, March 27 at 2 p.m. until Tuesday, March 31 at 12 p.m.
- Championship match: Begins Tuesday, March 31 at 2 p.m.
Note: Times have been updated.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 7 (the day after that other March Madness bracket ends).
Go ahead and campaign for your favorites in the comments below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #KPCCMadness. Feel free to talk up your favorites and poke fun at everyone else, just keep it friendly — this is public radio after all. (Click here to see a full-size version of the brackets!)