#EntertainmentPSB: Serial Podcast – December 18, 2015
By: Jonathan Hemingway @JLHemingwayPSB
One of the things I enjoy while driving, other than listening to music, is listening to podcasts. I find them as a superior alternative to listening to the radio. Here are a few of the reasons why:
• You can chose from a wide variety of topics as opposed to being limited to what is on the radio at the moment.
• You can pause and start the podcast at any moment. Or you can even go back and listen to the episode again at any time.
• The production quality of these podcasts is usually A-1. The content is well thought out and worthwhile.
The Serial podcast is a must-follow in my opinion. This podcast broke an iTunes record with 5 million downloads and streams last year. It became the fastest podcast to ever reach that milestone.
Last year, I listened to all 12 episodes of Season 1, which a real-life murder history that was told by This American Life and Sarah Koenig. The story centers on a murder of a teenage girl, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. Her boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested and convicted of the crime a few years later. Koenig, the investigative reporter for the Serial podcast, conducted interviews and retold the story of Lee and Syed through the twelve episodes. It is a compelling story. Koenig found that many of the facts that she dug up, neither the jury nor the public ever got to hear at the time of the case.
Season 2, episode 1 of Serial was released last Thursday. The story that Koenig and her crew choose to tackle is quite different than that of a teenage murder mystery. Bowe Bergdahl was a soldier in Afghanistan who disappeared from his post in 2009. In 2014, he was returned by the Taliban back the United States. However, Bergdahl is now being charged with crimes that could land him in prison for life. He has not done any interviews with the press until now. The Serial podcast tells his story and will release a new episode on every Thursday.
You can download all of these podcasts on your iPhone in the podcast center or listen directly on the Serial website.
For more of my favorite podcasts and reading material, check out my personal blog on CoachHemi.com.
Jonathan Hemingway is a Chicago sports fan who reps the Bears, Bulls and Cubs. He’s also a diehard NFL Sunday Ticket subscriber. Like Clay, Hemingway’s music taste are wide-ranged and depend on the day. He is also a major part of PeachStateBasketball.com wearing multiple hats with the title of Director of Domestic Scouting and owning CoachHemi.com.