Serials a fascinating true crime podcast. It examines the 1995 murder of Hae Min Lee and the prosecution of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for the crime. Based on the questionable evidence, some people believe he was wrongly accused. The narrator of the podcast, Sarah Koenig, re-opens the case for public scrutiny and uses her investigative journalism skills to explore if Syed has been wrongly convicted.
Serial is the first podcast that I’ve ever listened to, and it’s an exciting new medium for me. I enjoy how mobile podcasts are; I can listen to a podcast when I exercise or commute to school. The freedom that this offers is also, at least in part, why I enjoy listening to audiobooks. I can now multitask and get to listen to an interesting story told via podcast. Although some people might find podcasts difficult to follow, I’ve no problem visualizing stories in my mind.
There are many reasons why I love Serial, with one of the main ones being Sarah Koenig’s ability to tell a story. Her style is very conversational and easy to follow, and she draws in listeners and makes us think that we are solving a mystery right along with her. Some may claim that Koenig’s casual tone diminishes the seriousness of the content; however, this informal approach to investigative journalism is more likely to attract the younger generation, many who don’t want to spend hours reading in-depth articles in news magazines.
Serial risks opening up old wounds for the family of Hae Min Lee, as they may have felt closure when Syed was convicted and imprisoned. But, at the same time, if he has been wrongly convicted, they may want to find justice for their daughter. Ultimately, if people can be wrongly convicted, it should be a concern for everyone in society.
After listening to only the first episode, I already question Syed’s conviction. I know I wouldn’t be good at remembering the details of a day from six weeks ago, especially if it was just a run-of-the-mill kind of day. Can Syed be blamed for not remembering everything he did during a twenty-minute period weeks afterwards? Can Jay’s memory, or even Jay himself, be trusted? I can’t wait to listen to the next episode in hopes that it will help me answer some of these nagging questions. Pass the milk, and bring on the Serial!