Serial Podcast

Topics: High school, Episode, Murder Pages: 4 (573 words) Published: November 13, 2014
Nile Ross Dr. Owens Media In Your Life November 4, 2014

Serial Critique

The Serial is a suspenseful audio storytelling podcast that explores

different and dramatic scenarios for each of their episodes. Investigator and

journalist, Sarah Koenig, hosted the podcast and she presents her story in a form

of reporter, in which she shares the story of a murder that occurred in Baltimore,

Maryland. This critique will review the very first episode of The Serial Podcast

and the quality of Sarah Koenig's report from the story of the murder, to the

interviews she shared with her witnesses.

In the first episode entitled, The Alibi investigates the story of a high

school student named Adnan Syed, who may not or have been falsely convicted

of a crime he committed in 1999. His girlfriend during the time named Hae Ming

Lee, was murdered and found dead by park in Northern Baltimore. She was

confirmed missing after school one day and in six weeks prior to the

disappearance, the Baltimore police department arrested her boyfriend, Adnan

Syed, for the crime. Even though Adnan kept his innocence throughout the

investigation, he was still convicted and the court sentenced him to life in prison.

Sarah Koenig's (the reporter) purpose in this podcast was to investigate

and gain more detail for the killing of Hae Ming Lee. She questions numerous of

high school students, one being her own nephew, who attended and who were

close friends to Adnan. The main questions she tends to ask are, "Where were

you on the day Hae Ming went missing?" and "Do you remember seeing Adnan

on that day?" These repetitive, but key, questions where asked towards the

students she interviewed during the podcast. However, before the questioning of

the crime, Koenig tells us a brief summary of the story and background

information of both Adnan and Hae Ming. She goes in great detail describing who

they were in high...
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