Podcast: Serial

After a week of searching for remotely interesting podcasts I’m glad to report I finally did find one… three hours before when this blog post is actually due. I was about ready to give up when I stumbled upon this gem of a podcast. In case you don’t know/haven’t heard about it, here’s a little summary:

On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death.

I am a sucker for murder mystery anything. And I absolutely cannot stay awake during audiobooks. However, this podcast combined one of my likes and dislikes together and produced a new thing for me to get addicted to and waste time binge listening to (not sure if that’s a thing).

This podcast starts with a brief introduction by Sara Koenig, the host/narrator/investigator, and she introduces listeners to the major characters in this story. She delves into this case with a fresh perspective but in some places her brash objectiveness is dominant. Objectiveness is necessary in journalism and Koenig tries her best to appear so, however, in certain parts she muses again and again whether or not a guy like Adnan Syed could have strangled a girl. This podcast feels a lot like one of those shows you see on TV that cover an obscure case that was lost in the news and may or may not have served injustice to one or more parties involved. I am totally fine with that and am looking forward to listening to more podcasts from this series.

If this lame description/review sounded even a little bit interesting to you, you should click on the link below

http://serialpodcast.org

Stay easy,

Han.

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