If you don’t know what I’m talking about, not to worry, Serial is still a new kid on the block when it comes to podcasts, having only launched in early October 2014 and produced 7 episodes to date. But never has a podcast gained cult status so quickly.
And I’m not even kidding about this.
Serial takes the form of ye ol’ radio shows of yesteryear where we listen to a story unravel through our talking boxes (or rather smartphones). Each episode delves deeper into the tale, pulling us in and trapping us – not that we’re fighting to get out. It also follows a format that is not usually seen in podcasts. Each ‘season’ deals with a subject.
“We’ll stay with each story for as long as it takes to get to the bottom of it,” states the show’s website. The subject of this season is a murder.
Serial is a spinoff of another popular radio show and podcast, This American Life and is the brainchild of Sarah Koenig, who is the host and executive producer of the show. In the first season of the show Koenig investigates the murder of a Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee, and the strange story surrounding her murder in January 1, 1999.
Currently, Lee’s ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed is serving time for her murder, but he insists that he had nothing to do with it. In each episode we look through Adnan’s case, talk to people and basically go through the whole case. In each episode I swear you’ll swing from, “Adnan is guilty!” to “Nah, he couldn’t have done it!” It is crazy.
The show is so gripping that it currently sits top of the podcast charts on iTunes!
Perhaps the fact that this is a true story, and that these are real people, we are more invested in the whole series. So much so that there is a podcast that talks about this podcast. And that Reddit has a subreddit about the show that is blowing up! This show has surely hit a nerve with all of us. Maybe it’s the excellent storytelling in simple format that has got us hooked, perhaps it’s cuz we just wanna know if Adnan is innocent or guilty. Or perhaps we want to see the justice system be proven wrong!
Either way, you do not want to miss out on this podcast. In fact, we want you to listen so badly, that here’s an embedded episode 1. Enjoy, and you’re welcome: