Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. We’ll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in order, starting with Episode 1.
So, have you heard about Serial? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. I only discovered it when I was looking for some new podcasts. It was the number 1podcast in Downcast when I searched all podcasts.
This is for good reason. It is absolutely, obsessively, fantastic.
Serial takes a true story – like it says above – a true CRIME story and gets to the heart of the case. Episode by episdoe, Sarah Koenig, takes a different part of the case – the perpetrator, the victim, testimonial, and more – and reviews every piece of evidence. Testimony is played. Opinions are shared. The mystery unfolds, slowly, but hopefully surely. And by golly, it’s just fascinating. I imagine it feels like the way it did decades ago, when families gathered around the radio for the next installment in their favorite radio show. Or waiting for the next part in a Dickens story. From an article in the Guardian, quoting Sarah Koenig:
It’s such a simple idea! And I’m not supposed to talk about it this way – my colleagues get all annoyed – but honestly, I am such an old fashioned consumer of stories. I like books on tape. I’m not kidding. I go to my public library, I browse the shelves, I check out CDs of books on tape … that’s how old school I am. And this is not an original idea. Maybe in podcast form it is, and trying to do it as a documentary story is really, really hard. But trying to do it as a serial, this is as old as Dickens.
I don’t know how it will end. Sarah Koenig (same article as above) doesn’t even know how it will end:
I don’t know where it will end, actually. The way we have to think about it is, “If this, then what? If that, then what?” We’re forced to build out different scenarios. If this thing turns out to be true or not true, then what do we do? I’m trying not to freak out about the end right now – we’ll get there when we get there.
I’m enjoying the ride so much, I just had to share it with all of you. So, if you like podcasts, or even have never listened to one, I highly recommend taking a listen to this one. I think you’ll be as obsessed as I am.