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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Have you heard of “Serial”? (Seriously, listen to “Serial”.)

Have you guys heard of the NPR radio podcast called “Serial”? If not, where have you been?

“Serial” is a 12-episode audio series that explores the murder of a high school girl in 1999, and the trial that led to the conviction of her ex-boyfriend for the crime. The show reached an enormous level of popularity; it is the most downloaded podcast on iTunes, with an average of 5.7 million listeners per episode.

Each week, host Sarah Koenig untangles more about this enigmatic case. Koenig questions whether or not the convicted man, Adnan Syed, was wrongly accused and whether or not he received a fair trial 15 years ago. Adnan was 17 when arrested, and is currently serving a life sentence for a crime with minimal evidence against him.

Listeners form their own hypotheses: Is Adnan guilty? Who is lying?  What really happened on that day? This is, in my opinion, why the show has been so successful. It is a real-life mystery told in real time. And it is fascinating!

What I found especially interesting about the show was that it surrounds teenagers who were not much older than me when it all happened. “Serial” attracts a variety of listeners (both my mom and my grandma are obsessed!) but I think that even high schoolers would be interested in the fast-paced show.

Fans of shows like NCIS, How to Get Away with Murder, and Pretty Little Liars will find the same sort of thrill and intrigue by listening to Serial. But of course, “Serial” is actually real life and realistic (I mean come on, the supposed high school seniors  in Pretty Little Liars are actually 28-year old full grown adults. And seriously, who wears 5-inch heels and perfectly curled hair to school every day! Enough about the utter ridiculousness of PLL, though I could literally write a whole blog post about it!)

So, download episode 1 and listen while you go to the gym, drive to school, or are bored at home. Warning: you might not be able to stop!

Post by Allie C, Homework Assistant

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