What happened on January 13, 1999?
For most of us, we can’t even remember what we did yesterday, let alone nearly 16 years ago. But Sarah Koenig is attempting to figure out just that: what happened on the afternoon of January 13, 1999, when Hae Min Lee, a high school senior from Baltimore, disappeared? Koenig, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, is documenting her discoveries every step of the way the new podcast called “Serial.”
“Serial” launched roughly two and a half months ago and was created from the folks who developed the wildly popular “This American Life” podcast.
She’s turned her year-long work into numerous podcasts, each one digging deeper and deeper into the case.
People say radio and podcasts are the theater of the mind. With that, “Serial” is a broadway masterpiece. I want to throw roses onto the stage of the theater of my mind after each episode, and I’m not the only one who feels this way. In fact, “Serial” has gotten so popular, there are now podcasts devoted solely to discussing theories about it.
Instead of just ranting nonstop about how good it is, I figured I’d give you five reasons why I can’t stop listening to “Serial,” the most addicting podcast ever.
Coming Up With Different Theories As Who Actually Murdered Hae Lee
Upon listening to “Serial,” you’ll develop various theories. You’ll be introduced to a countless number of characters, each with a story or input to the story. Adnan Syed is Hae Lee’s ex-boyfriend, and he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the crime, but Koenig isn’t 100 percent sold that he did it. However, she’s not 100 percent sure that he didn’t, either. Sarah uncovers dozens of stories and details that were never even brought up during the trial.
Personally, I think Mr. S. did it. That creepy Leakin Park dude rubs me the wrong way.
The music sets the tone for “Serial.” It puts your mind in a place of mystery and mystique. I especially love the theme song, which Nick Thorburn is responsible for composing. You may or may not know Nick from the band Islands. Regardless, the music is the kind of music you’d expect while creeping around the abandoned stacks of your local library. You know, like if you were looking for documents that you shouldn’t be looking for, this music would be playing. The theme song sounds like if Arcade Fire composed the “Psycho” theme.
Adnan Syed Is Just So Cool
For a guy who was locked up for life for committing a murder he says he didn’t commit, Adnan seems super chill. Part of me wants to commit a crime in Baltimore so I’ll get locked up in a western Maryland correctional facility, just so I can hang out with him. He’s charming, great with his words, and according to Koenig, he was quite the stud in high school. I could honestly sit around and listen to this guy talk about how he didn’t commit this crime all day. Adnan is the man.
Whenever I Hear Someone Talk About “Serial,” I Think Of Cereal And I LOVE Cereal
But that’s neither here nor there.
Koenig’s Relationship With Her Producer
I’ll be honest. I feel like Koenig hates her producer, Dana. In fact, I feel like she despises her. Dana seems like she was the producer lying around the office who needed an assignment, and was handed over to Koenig. Dana is into the case because it’s her work, but she’s not as into it as Koenig is, and that bothers the crap out of Koenig. My guess is “Serial” will end with Sarah killing Dana, and then the story on the next season of “Serial” will be all about Dana’s disappearance and death..