How much do you love an interesting story? If you’re anything like me, the answer to that question is, um, heaps. Stories are the stuff that growth, connection and chatter are made of, and are especially compelling when they are real-life experiences, recounted masterfully. That’s the kind of story we’ve been soaking up.
Like zillions of other people, our chosen (masterfully told) story is via Serial (Ira Glass’s genius-y new podcast, partnering with producer Sarah Koenig and senior producer Julie Snyder.)
Ira’s podcast is called Serial because it’s just that, a new-style, old-fashioned weekly radio series: one story told week-by-week, celebrating the SLOW and LONG and DETAILED, rather than the speedy kind of content/journalism many of us have been weaned onto via the internet. If you’re a fan of This American Life you probably already know about Serial (and if not it will be equally your kinda thing!)
To reiterate the facts in case you’ve missed them till now: The new show is called Serial and it’s hosted by Sarah Koenig, who’s done some of the most memorable stories ever on our show.
What’s different about Serial is that it’s a story that takes a dozen episodes to tell. So each new episode brings you the next chapter of this amazing, unfolding story. Serial’s a podcast, not a radio show, because a podcast seems like a better place for a long story that you need to hear from the beginning. With podcasts, you can download everything and binge listen. Not sure how to get a podcast? We’ve prepared simple instructions.
You know, part of me wishes that I was listening to SERIAL weekly on the couch, pre-tv, on a scratchy radio, with a bracing cup of tea and a rock cake. And I don’t even LIKE rock cakes. I just love the slow pace and the nostalgic feel of this kind of storytelling and it makes me feel sentimental and all yearn-y for simpler times. I also really admire the time and dedication that’s gone into researching and presenting this story in such an listenable, potentially addictive way.
So, I was hoping you might want to talk about Serial! If you have been listening too.
(Please don’t read the comments if you want to start listening and haven’t yet, just don’t scroll past my goodbye on this post, if that is you. Also if you haven’t listened up to Week 4, you might want to avoid in case there are spoilers that mess it up for you! Catch up with Serial by searching for it in your Podcasting app or online here.)
I’m going to add my thoughts in the comments, to keep this post spoiler free. See you there in a minute!
Do you want to talk about Serial? What are you thinking, so far?
PS: Stop reading here if you want to miss any spoilers (for now!)
Adnan Syed – image via Serial