OK, so I just found out about NPR’s newest podcast SERIAL and I’m already obsessed.
One of the things that’s making Serial so popular is that it follows the same formula as those grimy crime dramas you’ve been binge watching on Netflix. The characters, plot twists, rabbit holes and new clue anticipation all taste like they’ve stewed in the same pot as The Killing and True Detective — but that’s literally not the case.
The This American Life spin-off that began in October is real reporting about true crime. For a whole year, host Sarah Koenig has been trying to figure out where 17-year-old Adnan Syed was for 21 minutes after school back in 1999 — a missing gap of information that lead to the arrest and conviction of the high school senior for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae-Min Lee. Syed is currently serving a life sentence in prison.
The outcome and reception of the podcast are varied — labyrinthine at best — and there’s definitely the possibility that it could really piss some people off. But given the current climate of police investigation and affairs, it could be the spark needed to keep the conversation burning.
The 12th and final episode of Serial: Season One was released today. If you start now, you’ll be done by tomorrow.