The makers of “Serial,” a spinoff podcast of NPR’s “This American Life,” just announced that the insanely popular weekly show would be renewed for a second season. In case you haven’t caught wind of the cult following this podcast has inspired, “Serial” has captivated thousands of listeners across the country and around the world. Its unconventional style and compelling, real-life storyline has sparked debates, engrossed people from all walks of life, and has forever changed the way that people listen to podcasts.
“Serial” is a podcast where host and executive producer Sarah Koenig narrates a nonfictional story week by week as it unfolds. “We’ll stay with each story for as long as it takes to get to the bottom of it” the podcast’s producers promise.
A little backstory for Season One of “Serial”:
On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.
Sarah Koenig, who has worked as a producer for “The American Life” for more than ten years, first learned about this case more than a year ago. Since then, she’s been sorting through legal documents, talking to witnesses, and communicating with Adnan from prison. The real story is as mystifying and conflicting to Koenig as it is to those who tune in faithfully each week. Essentially, Koenig and the rest of the “Serial” team is searching for answers, and inviting anyone who wants to listen to come along for the ride.
Happily, the response to the podcast has been overwhelmingly positive, and thousands and thousands of people do in fact want to know how this story will unfold. According to The Huffington Post, “Since ‘Serial’ debuted in October, it has become the biggest podcast in the world, with more than 5 million streams and downloads on iTunes during the last two months.”
Fans of “Serial” won’t have to feel discouraged when this season comes to an end, as Koenig and the rest of the “Serial” production team will already be working on the next story.
Learn more and tune in by visiting serialpodcast.org.