Podcasts have only semi-recently been gaining attention in the mainstream. They’ve been around for quite some time, but it seems that it wasn’t until the arrival of entertainment-centered airings that people began to really pay attention to this form of media.
Enter Serial, a “new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig” (Source).
According to the website, Serial is a weekly podcast that follows a nonfiction story, and in season one, the story was the conviction of Adnan Syed’s murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. The season began on October 3rd and ran until December 18, and ended without reaching any major conclusions.
For those who are unfamiliar with the podcast and the subsequent interest in a case that was closed year ago, Ellen Killoran from Forbes explains:
The thing that makes Serial so fascinating is also what makes the project seem absurd, even perverse: We are all waiting anxiously to find out if a man who was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend is guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend. And not because new evidence was discovered – but because the cracks in the case got the attention of the right journalist (Source).
If you missed the first season, all the episodes are available on the Serial website, and, according to the same source, is slotted for a second season!