Thursday, January 14, 2016

REVIEW: SERIAL PODCAST


The Beetleshack Team

A little content warning: this post gives you the lowdown on a somewhat grisly Murder Case. If that's not what you're not feeling today then maybe save this post for a rainy day!

Have you listened to the Serial podcast yet? If not, put it on your to do list pronto. You won't regret it. We're yet to meet a soul who hasn't been instantly intrigued from the first episode followed by totally obsessed with all things Serial!
Here's the gist of it without delving too much into the details that will unravel week to week (you'll want to experience that yourself)... Serial is a podcast hosted by Sara Koenig a journalist and producer with This American Life. The first season of Serial has Koenig looking into an old murder case from 1999 where a young woman named Hae Min Lee went missing. Adnan Syed – her ex-boyfriend – was charged with her murder and sent to prison for life plus 30 years after being convicted, despite him always claiming his innocence. Released over 12 weeks, Koenig presents you with all of the evidence available to date in the form of old police reports, interviews she's conducted with witnesses and people who knew Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed in the past as well as recordings  of her phone conversations with Adnan Syed from prison.

Here's the podcast's own description of the series:

Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. 

It's Koenig's voice, the way she invites you into to how she's thinking and feeling about all the information she's sifting through as she's working on the report as much as the case itself that reels you in and lands you hook, line and sinker. This season received rave reviews and anyone who found themselves addicted to the weekly instalments was fairly crushed when it ended!

Season Two has just started and it's following a completely difference case. Below is the description of the first episode:

In the middle of the night, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl grabs a notebook, snacks, water, some cash. Then he quietly slips off a remote U.S. Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan and into the dark, open desert. About 20 minutes later, it occurs to him: he’s in over his head. 

Intrigued yet? Get to listening friends! It's perfect for a car trip or in your headphones when you're out walking. And let us know what you think. Tonight's priority is catching up on Season Two of Serial...

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