I just started listening to the true-crime podcast Serial that took the nation by storm at the end of last year, and I have to say: wow.
I must first admit that – for some reason – I have not embraced the podcast. Why? I have no idea. If you’re already a podcast person, go ahead – feel slightly smug and self-satisfied right now. I agree that my non-podcast-listening ways are puzzling.
Podcasts are so great for traveling! Or commuting! I can hardly wait to listen to more of them, as soon as I finish Serial.
And speaking of Serial, isn’t it gripping?
In case you are also late to the party, here’s the beginning of the story:
It’s Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he’s innocent – though he can’t exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.
This is a true story, and Adnan is now in prison. Sarah Koenig, who narrates the story, learned about the case over a year ago, and isn’t convinced Adnan is guilty. What she realized over the course of her investigation is that the trial was really only the tip of the iceberg: it covered up a far more complicated story. Each week, the podcast reveals more and more about what Sarah learned.
The whole thing is so interesting to me!
Also, it has FINALLY given me something to look forward to on my hour-long commute.
Cheers to the podcast!
And please let me know if you are also a podcast newbie. Maybe we can start a support group. 🙂
PS – Now that I’m a fan, there are so many other podcasts I want to hear (The Moth, The Dinner Party Download, Freakonomics, Working…)
How about you? Have any faves to share? We will all thank you on our next long trip.