The ‘SERIAL’ Podcast

I’ve discovered a love for podcasts over the past few weeks and my two current obsessions have been ‘Justice in America’ with Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith and SERIAL hosted by Sarah Koenig. I discussed the gist of the former back in July (here), but SERIAL is a fairly new discovery. SERIAL is unique as it’s a true crime show where Koenig narrates a portion of the season’s topic each week. The first season focuses on Adnan Sayed- a prisoner in a Michigan facility who was charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Koenig investigates Adnan’s story in a fascinating way- combining interviews with clips from the trial so the listener is sucked into the confusing and sometimes frustrating case. I’m currently on episode 11 of 12 and I am going insane trying to figure out for myself whether I think Adnan is innocent of the murder. I’ve historically been drawn to cases of wrongful conviction, so Adnan’s story fits nicely into the crime area about which I’m passionate. Koenig holds discussions with everyone Adnan and Hae knew during the time, jurors, Innocence Project lawyers, Adnan’s family and friends, and even the former friend whose plea deal sent Adnan to prison. The podcast doesn’t reveal the whole truth about what happened to Hae Min Lee, but Koenig’s investigation helped Adnan receive a new trial back in March of this year. There are two other seasons that delve into other crimes and parts of the criminal justice system so if you’re interested in any of these topics, listen to SERIAL on Podcasts!