"When I first proposed the idea of a serial show that you couldn’t binge on and had to wait for every week, some people thought I was insane. I might still be insane, but at least all my listeners are now crazy with me."-Sarah Koenig
Are you listening to the Serial podcast? The extremely popular and critically acclaimed spin-off podcast from NPR's This American Life is not only the number one podcast in the United States but is also listened to by millions globally. Thursday, episode 10 came out after a Thanksgiving hiatus and it seemed like right before it was available, the internet was about to explode in anticipation. Like most listeners, I was hooked after episode one and like most I have numerous burning questions that I relish discussing with anyone that listens (I usually spend a few hours each week discussing Serial with my husband. The discussion starts after he spends approximately three minutes saying "Mail Kimmph?" You have to let him get it out of his system.)
The rest of this post assumes you have already started listening to the podcast or someone has already spent a few minutes telling you either how riveting the investigation is or how exceptionally well done the narrative is. But in the off chance you are not listening, here is the basic summary. The podcast presents journalist Sarah Koenig's investigation of the murder of a high school girl named Hae Min Lee in Woodlawn, Baltimore in 1999. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was convicted of the crime and has been in prison for it the last 15 years. Sarah Koenig spends each episode slowly peeling back another layer of this giant onion of a case.