Serial is a podcast that tells a new chapter in the same story every week. The podcast is meant to be listened to in order. The first season deals with the nonfiction story and circumstances around the death of Hae Min Lee. Completely compelling and continues to unfold each week with new information and twists. Check it out before the final episode comes out on December 18, 2014.
Serial is a podcast exploring a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. First released in October 2014, it is a spinoff of the radio program This American Life. Episodes vary in length, and are available weekly. Even before its debut, it ranked number one on iTunes, and remained there for several weeks.
Sarah Koenig created and hosts the series, which is co-produced by Koenig and Julie Snyder, both producers of This American Life.
Season 1 (2014)
Season 1 is an investigation into a 1999 Baltimore murder. Koenig has said, Serial is “about the basics: love and death and justice and truth. All these big, big things.” She also has noted, “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.” Episodes are released weekly on Thursday, and vary in length.
Hae Min Lee was an 18 year old student at Woodlawn High School. Lee was last seen at approximately 3pm on January 13, 1999. Her corpse was discovered on February 9 in Leakin Park and identified two days later, with the case immediately being treated as a homicide. Lee’s ex-boyfriend Adnan Musud Syed was arrested on February 28 at 6 a.m. and charged with first-degree murder, which led to “some closure and some peace” for Lee’s family. A memorial service for Lee was held on March 11 at Woodlawn High School. Syed was found guilty of Lee’s murder on February 25, 2000 after a six-week trial, and was given a life sentence despite pleading his innocence.