I came late to the Serial party. I, like many of you, heard all the buzz and everyone raving over this new podcast. Unfortunately, with a six year old around all the time, there really wasn’t much of an opportunity to listen to a true crime podcast. However, over the holidays I had the chance to listen while I was cleaning and cooking and baking, so I binged listened to Serial–all 12 episodes.
If you haven’t heard about the podcast yet, it’s OK. I understand what it’s like to be under a rock and hiding from what’s going on in the world. And, don’t fret, you can still listen (and you definitely should).
Serial is an NPR podcast that is a spin-off of the very popular This American Life. From the website:
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, and is hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story – a true story – over the course of an entire season. Each season, we’ll follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. And we won’t know what happens at the end until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we bring you the next chapter in the story, so it’s important to listen to the episodes in order, starting with Episode 1.
The first season covers Adnan Syed, a Baltimore area teen who was convicted of killing his girlfriend when they were in high school in 1999. Sarah Koenig, the host of the show, does a great job of creating doubt about his guilt (and sometimes his innocence) and left me wanting more. (They just announced there would be a second season of Serial covering a different case.) After binge listening for days straight, I now kind of feel a void in my podcast and entertainment life. So, what to do?
There is a brand new and (supposed upcoming) multi-part interview with Jay Wilds, the classmate of Adnan Syed and the victim, Hae Min Lee, who was the star witness at the trial. Although Jay does seem to have information linked to Syed killing Lee, the problem that I (and many listeners) had is how many times Jay’s story changed throughout the trial. I’m interested to read this multi-part interview and hear things exclusively from his side.
I stumbled across this podcast and found it pretty interesting. There are only a handful of episodes, but the show gathers true crime writers and investigators to discuss the things that were presented on the original podcast. I’ve listened to a couple so far and have found the discussions interesting.
If you’re into discussing and speculating, check out the Reddit community on Serial. Interesting (and sometimes crazy) stuff over there about the trial and the people involved.
‘Criminal’ is also a podcast about true crime, told from unique and personal perspectives. However, most of the podcasts are super short (15 minutes), so it makes me reluctant sometimes to invest because I like meatier stories that will last while I’m doing a task (like cleaning, driving, etc.).
Sometimes, it’s just time to move on. (Sorry, the ‘Serial’ Syed story is over.) If you’re into true crime stories that suck you right in, check out these picks:
I watch documentaries and movies on Amazon Prime ALL THE TIME. They have a really good selection of both true crime and fictional crime movies, documentaries and series that you can stream instantly to any device. (This is another “go to” for me when I’m cleaning or organizing.) You can even try it out for free to see if you like it before joining.
What are your alternatives now that Serial is over? What have you been reading, watching or listening to? I’d love to check it out, so leave it in the comments!
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