Serial is a podcast about the murder of a teenage girl by the name of Hae Min Lee, and whether the suspected murderer, Adnan Syed, is rightfully in jail. As this is my first time listening to a podcast I was a little bit sceptical of how good it could be, but after finishing the first episode, I loved it. The narrator speaks like she is in a conversation with you, it is very relaxed and not to intense so I was able to listen to it all in one go without being bored. And the fact that it’s a podcast allowed me to listen to it while doing other things and still get the full effect of the story. For example, while I was listening to the podcast I was playing video games and at one point I was listening to it on my phone while walking around. If this story was a book, I would not be playing video games, it would be nearly impossible and as someone who is a very slow reader it would take me a few hours to finish it. I also
believe that because this is a podcast and a story with many people of different races, that is takes away any racist preconceptions that listeners may have, allowing the listener to form their own opinion by what someone is saying and not by what someone looks like.
The podcast opens on the topic of memory and how no matter how good you think your memory is, there are just some things that you can’t remember. She starts by asking a group of teenagers what they did on this exact day six weeks ago. All of them couldn’t fully remember, most of them would say “I most likely did this”, or would flipflop on whether they were at school, work, or at home. I think that this is a great opener for the podcast, it really sets the tone. Throughout the podcast when you listen to people talk you are left asking yourself, “How do they remember this?” or “Is what they’re saying the truth, or is it a lie?”. This really adds to the podcast. Instead of idly listening to the podcast the listener is left with these burning questions in the back of their mind.
After finishing the podcast, I wondered if Hae’s family was happy that this podcast got so popular, and the story of her death revived. But judging by the fact that none of Hae’s family spoke in the podcast, made me think otherwise. If Hae’s family still hadn’t got over her death and this podcast got the topic on people’s minds again, I assume they would be upset and would not want to take part in the podcast.
However, if this podcast was to bring up evidence that would prove Adnan innocent and the correct person guilty, I feel Hae’s family would be very happy that justice has been properly served.
Overall, I really liked this podcast. The fact that the narrator went out and researched and recorded this, really is what makes the podcast great. Instead of reading some facts and testimonies off a paper the audience gets to listen to the people that were part of the case and what they have to say about what happened. It adds emotion to the podcast and allows the listeners to form their own opinions on the people that are speaking and in the end, allows them to decide for themselves whether Adnan is innocent or not.
Koenig, Sarah. “The Alibi”. Audio Blog Post. Serial Podcast. This American Life. 2014. July 21 2017