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Old 11-04-2014, 09:31 AM   #1
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Default 'Serial' podcast - weekly nonfiction murder mystery/investigation

http://serialpodcast.org/

I was dubious when, a few weeks ago, my wife told me this was the "coolest ****ing thing ever", but I'll admit I'm hooked. It's a weekly podcast (about 30 to 45 minutes each) by an investigative reporter, and she's trying to find out whether a convicted murderer's claims of innocence are true.

There are 6 episodes so far, and it's really interesting. It's an NPR production, so it's low on horse**** and drama, and high on research and fact finding.

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ABOUT

Serial is a podcast where we unfold one nonfiction story, week by week, over the course of a season. We'll stay with each story for as long as it takes to get to the bottom of it.

We'll release new episodes every Thursday morning. Listeners can subscribe for free to the Serial podcast on iTunes and other audio platforms, and can also listen here on this site. Serial, like This American Life, is a production of WBEZ Chicago, which also produces these podcasts.

SEASON ONE

On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She'd been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnanís friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae's body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Haeís death. Some people believe heís telling the truth. Many others donít.

Sarah Koenig, who hosts Serial, first learned about this case more than a year ago. In the months since, she's been sorting through box after box (after box) of legal documents and investigators' notes, listening to trial testimony and police interrogations, and talking to everyone she can find who remembers what happened between Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee fifteen years ago. What she realized is that the trial covered up a far more complicated story, which neither the jury nor the public got to hear. The high school scene, the shifting statements to police, the prejudices, the sketchy alibis, the scant forensic evidence - all of it leads back to the most basic questions: How can you know a personís character? How can you tell what theyíre capable of? In Season One of Serial, she looks for answers.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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admit it, you're only interested because of the HS girl.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:43 AM   #3
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admit it, you're only interested because of the HS girl.
That, and her name Hymenly.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:56 AM   #4
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Caught the first episode on TAL, been meaning to catch up.

Goodbye productivity.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:59 AM   #5
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admit it, you're only interested because of the HS girl.
She's dead, so no.
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Old 11-08-2014, 04:56 PM   #6
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Started listening the other day, totally hooked.

Not completely caught up yet, but boy does Jay seem like a problem. That, and the streaker who just so happened to find the body.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:02 PM   #7
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The streaker sounded like a hoot!

And thanks for the pity bump, Jim.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:15 PM   #8
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Smells like 1940 in here. :tunesradio:
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:26 PM   #9
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Smells like 1940 in here. :tunesradio:

My story begins in 19-dickety-two. We had to say "dickety" cause the Kaiser had stolen our word for "twenty". I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety-six milesÖ
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:41 PM   #10
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:07 PM   #11
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We binged on it while driving to Columbus yesterday. Great stuff! I can't wait to hear the rest.
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Sarah Koenig's previous TAL episode Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde is one of my favorites.

You can listen to it here:
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radi...er-and-mr-hyde


I've been listening to Serial since week 2, but I've been growing increasingly annoyed by Koenig's inability to objectively research the issue. This week's episode was fairly cathartic.. with a sensible lawyer doing most of the talking.. but Koenig still managed to interrupt the lawyer's intelligent dissection of the case to ask a question concerning her own feelings.
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I can't help but wonder if she's getting a little hot for this fella. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

There will be 10 episodes total, btw.
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I've read 12 eps but it isn't set in stone.
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:36 PM   #15
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Even better!
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Sarah Koenig's previous TAL episode Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde is one of my favorites.

You can listen to it here:
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radi...er-and-mr-hyde


I've been listening to Serial since week 2, but I've been growing increasingly annoyed by Koenig's inability to objectively research the issue. This week's episode was fairly cathartic.. with a sensible lawyer doing most of the talking.. but Koenig still managed to interrupt the lawyer's intelligent dissection of the case to ask a question concerning her own feelings.
It would be a pretty boring podcast if it was just a repetition of the facts, no?
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She's dead, so no.
The good thing about dead high schoolers is they stay the same age no matter how old I get.
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It would be a pretty boring podcast if it was just a repetition of the facts, no?
I'm not suggesting that it be a dry book report on the "facts".. I'm just saying that Koenig keeps coming across a bit too flakey and self-involved to be a good guide for the audience.
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I started last week and I just finished episode 4.

I'm not buying for one second that Adnan would call up his drug dealer "friend" to help bury the body of a girl he just killed, or that Jay would agree to do it because he was afraid that Adnan would turn him in.
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Finish them.. then read Susan Simpson's blog: http://viewfromll2.com/
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A good friend of mind recommended this today. I'll have to check it out.
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You were stepping out on Stephanie, is that correct?!
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