Saturday, November 8, 2014

Podcast: Serial

Hello people of the internet,

There is the cult culture starting and I wanted to include you in it just in case you haven't noticed. (not saying you haven't, just a suggestion) It is a podcast. iPhones or any other Apple smart devices have this nifty app called podcast, which is a media player that syncs any radio show that you are subscribed. These podcasts have evolved to be much more than radio shows. There are the big ones: RadioLab, Freakonomics, This American Life etc. and there are more internet oriented, talky shows like Hello Internet.

A month ago on This American Life's podcast, they broadcast the first episode of Serial - This American Life's sister podcast in Lehman's terms. With my habit of listening every episode of the podcasts that I am subscribed to, I just went on hearing that episode. I was hooked ever since. Right after finishing Serial's first episode on This American Life, I went on and subscribed to Serial on iTunes.

Mashable described Serial as such: "Never has a podcast collected a loyal cult following in such a short amount of time like Serial. The nonfiction series, which unravels a story week-by-week, is a spinoff of another popular radio show and podcast, This American Life. Describing the first season of Serial accurately and with justice would be a tumultuous undertaking in itself, but in short, the host and executive producer, Sarah Koenig, investigates the strange story surrounding the murder of a Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee on January 13, 1999. Currently, Adnan Syed, Lee's ex-boyfriend is serving time for the murder, but he insists that he had nothing to do with her death."

Just as Mashable put it, it IS a captivating story and I am pushing it for my mom to listen to it. I strongly suggest you do too. If you don't have an Apple device with Podcast app, you can follow the show on their Soundcloud. Don't forget to check out their website as well. As of the publication of this post, Serial already has 7 episodes released. I embed the first three episodes for your listening pleasure.

- Anu