Sarah Koenig’s Serial Podcast

Sarah Koenig’s podcast, Serial is a regular program where she is the host and executive producer. In her first season, Sarah investigates the murder of Hae Min lee who is believed to have been killed by Adnan Syed. During this podcast, Koenig uncovers some truths and clues that determine whether or not Adnan is guilty or not guilty.

Personally, I enjoyed listening to Sarah Koenig’s podcast Serial. This is because I liked listening to the investigation process and the podcast was a new medium of storytelling for me, which was exciting. Third, I liked this podcast because I was able to use my imagination to think about what the situation would look like.

The podcast has Koenig describe her investigation while giving her own opinions and ideas, while investigating others who do the same. I think that Koenig shared her journalism in the format of a podcast to show the bias opinions and ideas of others. There are different viewpoints about the investigation that have the listener decide on what perspective they personally believe in. The question of whether Adnan Syed is guilty or is innocent is up to the listener. However, the amount of bias coming from the witnesses drives the listener to keep hearing the podcast. Koeing does a great job of being unbiased in her show. She takes the extra mile to further investigate and find facts.

However, not all listeners would take interest in this podcast. Specifically family members of the murderer who’s innocence is being pursued as well as being questioned. I believe those who are related, or is fond of the victim Hae Min Lee, would not like the podcast either.

Overall, I would think the victim’s family would feel uncomfortable of the podcast. It would be hard for the family to listen to the murderer’s (believed to be the murderer) side of the story. The podcast does not only talk about the death of the victim, but also Adnan’s intentions with Hae, who was involved and even describes where, when and how she died. This podcast would be very hard for the victim’s family to listen too because of how unsettling it is to know how specific the murder was.

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Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee. http://www.stylist.co.uk/books/serial-adnan-syed-rabia-chaudry-sarah-koenig-retrial-guilty-innocent-hae-min-lee-murder

Although the podcast presents some dark themes, I would prefer to listen to a text rather than read the text. I find that listening to a text makes me imagine the scenario better and faster than if I were to read about it. The benefits of listening to a podcast is that it is easier to follow along with the story. Listeners can better understand the events of the story through the tone of voice of a character. However, podcasts are not very descriptive compared to text. A book is able to contain selected words to specifically describe a scene. The author has time and skill to write it. This results in a book that describes a story with much more detail. It allows the reader the opportunity to imagine what that the author wants them to think about.

In the podcast, Koenig opens by talking about the challenges of memory and remembering past events. I for one think that if a long time passes, it would be hard to recall a specific moment. However, references and recollections helps me think back to some things that I wouldn’t typically remember. The issue with this, in relation to the podcast, is that it makes me question if the witnesses in the investigation can accurately remember events clearly. This strikes the question whether or not the people involved with the investigation are creditable or not.

I would recommend this podcast to anyone who is interested in investigations and mystery.

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