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Serial

11.05.14

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Do you guys listen to podcasts? I’m relatively new to the world of them and have my boyfriend to thank for this new love of mine. Jeff listens to podcasts a lot. Actually Jeff does most of the cool stuff that I later adopt. He’s just naturally cool. I can’t remember what those people are called, but I’m like one level down from cool. I’m an early adopter. And this time around, I’m a seriously seriously late adopter.

I love podcasts. L-O-V-E LOVE. I listen to them on the way to work and while I’m cooking dinner every night. They’re great because I’m a finicky music person; it has to match my mood exactly, or I prefer silence. Podcasts, however are so different. They offer stores and information and they’re so engaging. They’re entirely different from the whole experience of listening to music. My current favorite podcast is Serial.

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Serial season 1 is currently in progress and gets released weekly. The content is about a murder case and is being told from the point of view of a narrator. I love Serial because it reminds me of a book on tape, but it’s actually real life. Every week, more of the story unfolds with the new episode, unlike most other podcasts, which are a new story or topic every week. The host, Sarah Koenig, has tremendous talent in her storytelling and I appreciate that she gives us a really full view of the story. Her reporting appears to be incredibly honest and she’s open about her conclusions and biases and leaves plenty of room for the listeners to develop their own opinions.

The general premise of the podcast revolves around a murder that happened 15 years ago. Koenig is interested in this case because the alleged murderer has been in prison since his senior year of high school and as Koenig says it, something about this case is just… off. Whether or not Adnan Syed, the alleged murderer is guilty or not, is only a piece of the story. Koenig has interviewed many many people for countless hours and has come to one main conclusion so far: at the very minimum, the court’s proceedings and conclusions do not appear to have justly proved that Sayed was guilty. Too many facts are amiss, too little was proven at the time. Koenig shifts back and forth between believing that Syed is telling her the truth that he didn’t do it and also examining certain details that might prove that he did.

The story is gripping, thorough and has kept me on the edge of my seat every week.

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1 comment on “Serial”

  1. I’ve just listened to the first episode and am hooked (not so good when one’s got an essay deadline coming up!) – such an incredibly interesting, keep-you-on-your-toes story. I’m intrigued to hear it unfold. Thank you for sharing!

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