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Serial Podcast

On occasion, I find something cool and then think I should share it with friends and family so they can enjoy it too. This one may not be news to anyone since it's been raved about for a few months now on various websites, but I want to share it anyway in case you missed it.

It's a new podcast supported by This American Life and Chicago Public Media, and it just wrapped up its first season in mid-December. Adam and I jumped on the bandwagon a little late, so we just listened to most of it back-to-back over the last two weeks rather than week-to-week as it was originally distributed.

Here is the introduction to the podcast, directly from the podcast website:

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.

What an intriguing first episode, right?

The host, Sarah Koenig, investigates this story step by step over 12 podcast episodes. Her use of recorded interviews makes it really come to life.

I don't want to tell you too much about it in case you do end up listening to it, but keep in mind if you do that the goal of this podcast is not to solve a murder, but about looking into a case that seemed to have a lot of holes to see if any new evidence can be uncovered that will help clarify what happened to the victim.

One aspect that made me feel particularly connected to it was the fact that the people involved are the same age as me. They were high school seniors in 1999, which means they're in their early 30s today.

We enjoyed listening to the unraveling of the story so much that we're planning to donate toward a season 2.

If you're interested, you can use your standard podcast app on your iPhone or iPad (or android, I'm sure, though I'm not familiar with them) and just search "Serial."

If you enjoy shows like Dateline, Cold Case Files, Forensic Files or so many others in this genre, I feel pretty confident that you'll like this podcast. That's it -- just sharing something that entertained both Adam and me recently, and that really made us think!

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