Serial: Not just what you eat in the morning


Claire Mulcahy, Reporter

Serial, this greatly talked about podcast, shocked everyone when it became the first podcast to pass 5 million downloads and streams on iTunes. Along with being a record breaking, the podcast has a story worth talking about. Sarah Koenig, an American journalist, talks us through a murder that takes place in Baltimore, introducing the listeners to new characters, plot points, and even new clues. The best part about the whole thing is that it is a true story.

In January of 1999, a high school senior name Hae Min Lee disappeared. She was found strangled to death in a park, and her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime and convicted to life in prison. The court case was completely unfair, as the opposing side only had one witness whose story kept changing.

Koenig begins to do research: spending time with Syed in jail, sorting through hundreds of legal documents and police reports, speaking to friends of Syed and Lee, and talking to the one eye witness who allegedly saw it all.

I would definitely recommend this podcast to everyone. I think it is engaging and well told. Koenig’s voice smoothly talks through all the evidence that convicted Syed throughout eleven episodes. This story has a mix of mystery, humor, and tragedy, that you will never get bored of.