Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Everyone's favorite podcast

Unless you have somehow detached yourself from social media and the Internet, you've probably heard of the insanely popular podcast "Serial."

It's become pretty much the most popular podcast in the world, and announced during one of the last episodes that it would be coming out with a second season. I finally finished season one a couple weeks ago (I know, it took me a while to jump on board) — and I can't stop thinking about it. It's a true story, and the mystery behind it is just begging to be solved.

The story goes like this: Hae Min Lee was 18 years old when she was murdered after school one day in Baltimore back in 1999. Her ex-boyfriend, 17-year-old Adnan Syed, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison, which he is still serving. Adnan has maintained his innocence all these years, but the case is pretty sketchy and the evidence against Adnan was his sort of-friend's testimony against him. Reporter Sarah Koenig set out to find out what really happened to Hae and whether Adnan is guilty or not. She's spent hours on the phone questioning Adnan, tracked down dozens of people that were involved in the case or might possibly know something that could lead to the truth, and she goes over each piece of new (and old) evidence in the 12-episode series.

Each episode is better than the last, and each new interview will take your suspicion to a new level or in a whole new direction. (Here's a timeline of events, both with the podcast and the real-life case.)

If you haven't listened to it yet, I'm recommending it to everyone I know. You'll be hooked after the first episode, and by the third you'll be ready to put a hold on life just to finish the series.

If you have listened to it, what did you think? Do you have any guesses on who killed Hae? Will you listen to season two when it comes out? I'd love to know...

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