I’ve got the habit of listening to podcasts from my sister. She listens to podcasts every morning while doing her makeup. I got onboard because I thought it’s a good idea to listen to news podcasts to update myself on current events.
So I’ve been listening to the podcasts every day since… September? I recommend the BBC Global News Podcasts. Sometimes they have great segments on the refugee crisis in Syria where they interview the refugees. Also, if you’re a big fan of The Daily Show, they used to have podcasts (not sure if they resumed or not) back when Jon Stewart hosted the show. The podcast didn’t have Jon Stewart (promptly called The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart). Instead, the producers of the show hosted the podcast. I recommend episode 20, the only podcast that has Jon Stewart in it. That episode had the producers and Jon reflecting on the days before Jon’s eventual departure from the show. The content may be quite different from what you would expect, but nonetheless, it’s very entertaining.
I’ve been listening to the global news podcast every day, but I needed a change. So the other day I decided to check out what other popular podcasts there are. And the number one podcast is called Serial.
Without knowing anything about the content of the podcast, I checked the reviews. Almost every single one of the reviews praised the engaging story of Serial. So I decided to have a go.
15 minutes into the first episode, I am thoroughly convinced that this is the podcast for me.
The podcast centers on the murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999. Hae Min Lee was a high school student in Baltimore. She disappeared on January 13th, 1999, and in February, her body was found in the forest. An investigation began to find the cause of her death, and in the end, her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was convicted of first-degree murder and had to serve a life sentence.
What is interesting about this podcast is that there are many inconsistencies in this case. And the host/one of the producers of the podcast Sarah Koenig believes in the possibility of Syed’s innocence. We follow Koenig in revisiting the case, interviewing Syed’s family, friends, the jury, and Adnan Syed himself.
This podcast is engaging in that in one episode, we (the audience) are completely convinced that Syed is innocent, but in another episode, we are given evidence and testimonies by other witnesses that go against his innocence. This really makes us think that either he is really innocent, or he is a psychopath who has been fooling us from the beginning into believing his innocence. The events surrounding this case is described in detail by Koenig, accompanied by background music that helps set the mood. I’m a huge believer in the importance of appropriate background music, so I really appreciate the editing of this podcast. It’s very professionally created.
The events surrounding this case is described in detail by Koenig, and as an audience, I am given the various evidence and interviews to make my own assumption on what happened in Baltimore the winter of 1999.
This podcast was actually released in 2014 and caused a huge sensation globally. It’s so influential the case surrounding this event reopened. I’m not sure of the details yet because I want to finish the podcast first before investigating further. A new season with a different story came out this December and I cannot wait to listen to the new one. But before that, I’m going to finish up the remaining three episodes I have.
This podcast is really worth listening to, so I highly recommend trying it out.