From this American Life it’s Serial, a story told week by week. Serial is a podcast (if y’all didn’t know). Podcasts are like audiobooks except not really. I don’t know the exact definition. I mean, according to Apple Dictionary, a podcast is a multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player, computer, etc, but if you’re like me that means absolutely nothing.
So let’s go with this definition: a podcast is an audio blog. It can be structured, it can be rant-y, etc. Serial, as I mentioned, is a structured story. It’s a true story about the trial of Adnan Syed, a man who was convicted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, and sentenced to life in jail 15 years earlier. The story, while originally quite a minor murder case, has risen into insane popularity because of the podcast (I mean, bruh, it’s been downloaded over 65 million times). It’s full of intriguing characters, questionable choices, loads of evidence, and ultimately NO CONCLUSION: it’s up to the listener to decide whether to Adnan is guilty or not.
The podcast is 12 episodes long, but each episode seems to have something new, whether it’s a new witness or new evidence or new speculation over old evidence. You’ll hear evidence from Adnan himself, Adnan’s friends, Adnan’s accuser Jay, Jay’s friends, members of Adnan’s mosque, lawyers who have chosen to look over Adnan’s case, detectives, and more. You’ll hear recordings from the case in 1999. You’ll look into evidence about the case, Adnan’s character, and even the reliability of Adnan’s lawyer.
Throughout each episode you will definitely have conflicting opinions on whether Adnan is guilty or not. I’ve literally gone through an episode with my opinion changing about 10 times. It doesn’t help that the narrator, Sara Koenig, keeps changing her opinion as well. I swear to god, if Sara Koenig changes her opinion one more time my brain might explode.
And then there are those moments when it suddenly hits you: like, this is a true story. Some girl named Hae Min Lee actually did die. Her family and friends did mourn. And if Adnan Syed isn’t guilty, then a person who loved Hae Min Lee is stuck in jail for not murdering her. And her death seems so terrible and scary and horrible. And it’s so strange to think that it happened so long ago that people are talking casually about it. IT’S JUST SCARY MAN.
Personally, I don’t think Adnan Syed is innocent. Or, if he is guilty, there’s not enough proof yet to convict him. But you’ll have to listen to the podcast yourself if you want to form an opinion of your own. And listen to the entire podcast before you form an opinion, because your opinion will most certainly change in some way from the beginning.
Good lord this post sounds incredibly serious. Okay. This podcast is absolutely amazing. Nothing’s better than a true story, It’s amazing. SO HAVE FUN STRESSING OUT OVER IF YOU THINK ADNAN IS GUILTY OR NOT!