Serial: One Addictive Podcast

I’ve never really been a big fan of podcasts – unless you count years ago when i used to listen to the podcast for the Chris Moyles breakfast show. It made me laugh out loud, which is not something people like when you’re on public transport. Since Chris Moyles left BBC Radio 1, I haven’t really though anymore about podcasts. And then it all changed…

Before sleeping, Owain always listens to a podcast. It send him to sleep. I’m always curious about what he listened too and i asked him to recommend me a good podcast. He told me to listen to Serial.

Serial is a podcast (which was originally released week by week) about an investigation into a murder which occurred in Baltimore, Maryland in 1999. Here is the story as told by Serial on their website:

“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. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.”

Each episode is narrated by Sarah Koenig, and she presents evidence, information, testimonies and she even discusses inconsistencies. Adnan is still in prison for Hae’s murder but this podcast is not about trying to find a way to prove his innocence. Sarah states she was interested in the case due to the inconsistencies.

Each episode is gripping and you really don’t want to stop listening. Sometimes life takes over though and you have too. The information they reveal about court and evidence is addictive and you really do form your own judgement of what happened and who is guilty, even if you yourself can’t provide any proof as to why you think it. They discuss Adnan both being guilty and innocent and by the end, you know everything about the trial and the evidence however, you are still no closer to figuring out whether he could be innocent or not.

For anyone who loves podcasts and hasn’t listened to this yet, it’s completely enthralling and you should definitely be listening soon. For those who love crime and solving cases, this one is for you even if it is frustrating that you still have no idea what happened in the end. For those who have never listened to a podcast before, this will leave you hooked. It’s fascinating and confusing all at the same time.

Are you a podcast lover?


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