Okay, let me back up in case you don’t know what Serial is yet! From the website:
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.
In Season One, which is happening right now, Sarah Koenig (the host of Serial) is trying to get to the bottom of a murder that happened in 1999. A young man went to prison, but a ton of questions remain about the case. Sarah conducts interviews, shares sound bites and pieces of information from the trial, and walks the listener through her own investigation.
The first episode is kind of slow as it focuses on the background and doing initial introductions to each of the characters. By the end of the first episode, I was really hooked though. I have since listened to every one that’s been released so far! I can’t get enough.
The podcast has a very unique feel to it. It’s a mixture of traditional radio, television drama, and a news special. I really love the way the producers set the different episodes up… every five minutes I change my mind about who did it.
One thought on listening versus watching. As Maxie tweeted the other day, “Where do you look when listening to podcasts? I don’t know what to do with my eyes! #help #embarassingproblems #Serial” I think you have to be doing something, but that something has to be mindless. I’ve loved listening to the podcast while I’m walking and riding the subway. I listened to it while I cooked and baked and folded laundry this weekend. It’s also great to listen to while I’m editing photos or Photoshopping graphics for posts.