Many fans of Serial, a spinoff podcast from This American Life that captivated thousands of listeners around the world, were disappointed with the final episode of the series. If you’re unfamiliar with Serial, here’s a bit of backstory from the premiere season:
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.
The final episode left fans hungry for more, as it left many questions about Adnan’s innocence unanswered. Now, Rabia Chaudry, the woman who first contacted Serial host Sarah Koenig with the story about Adnan, is launching her own podcast to continue telling his story. Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed, spearheaded by Chaudry, will dive even deeper into the case from a purely investigative angle. One common critique of Serial is that is was more focused on storytelling and host Koenig’s perspective of the case, rather than getting right to the details. Undisclosed will pick up where Serial left off.
Reportedly, Undisclosed is sponsored by the Adnan Syed Legal Trust, a group behind Adnan’s defense that has raised nearly $100,000 from online crowdsourcing. It’s important to note that Undisclosed has no affiliation with NPR, Serial, or This American Life. Rather, it is an entirely separate podcast that will try to answer the many questions that listeners have about the case, and continue to advocate for Adnan Syed and his innocence.
For more information about what to expect from the podcast, check out this interview with Rabia Chaudry at Refinery29.