Serial – Did-He-dunnit, Whodunnit?

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© 2014 Chicago Public Media & Ira Glass

Season one of Serial is turning out to be a surprise success. But there are no computer generated graphics or high definition crime scene reconstructions because Serial is a true story told in weekly podcasts.

It’s based on the disappearance and subsequent discovery of the body of a high school student, Hae Min Lee, in Baltimore, Maryland in 1999. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison. But did he really do it?

In each podcast (released every Thursday), listeners use their imagination guided by host, Sarah Koenig, along with atmospheric music by Nick Diamonds linking the audio clips from witnesses, including Adnan speaking from prison, actual courtroom recordings and interview tapes.

Once you’ve listened to the first episode, you’ll be hooked.

The podcasts, further posts and crime trial evidence can all be found at the official website (click here). If you’re new to Serial you will need to go back to episode one and start from there.

If you’re already listening to Serial, check out their official subreddit page here for moderated discussions about each episode.

As a recovering Nordic Noir fan (Wallander and The Killing etc) this aptly fills the gap their departure left in my life.

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