If you haven't heard of Serial, consider this introduction. Serial is a podcast spinoff from WBEZ, the makers of NPR's This American Life. But, unlike that program which focuses on a single theme each episode, each episode of Serial takes you deeper into a single story - in this case, the murder of a high-school senior in Baltimore, Maryland 15 years ago.
In its inaugural season, the podcast is hosted by the journalist Sarah Koenig and follows her as she tries to figure out whether Adnan Syed killed his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a crime he is now serving a life sentence for. As Koenig digs through the details of the case, she finds dubious witnesses, ambiguous and sometimes non-existent evidence, and a justice system that seemed to more focused on locking someone up for the crime than getting to the truth.
Syed has always maintained his innocence, and Koenig is still reporting so she says that she doesn't know how the series is going to end. One of the things that is interesting about the series is how it brings attention to the way that memory shifts over time and how facts change when seen in a different light.
Serial is well-produced and well worth listening to. If you're anything like me, you'll be anxious to hear each new episode as soon as it becomes available. The story is compelling, and engrossing to listen to.
If you decide to listen, make sure that you start with episode one. Check out their website - Serial.