And the best part is, there’s going to be a season two.
For those of you who live under a rock and/or think podcasts are boring, Serial is by far the greatest podcast in the history of ever. Season one of Serial was so popular and thought provoking, it became this year's winner for the Peabody Award.
And the best part is, there’s going to be a season two. YAASSSSS.
Serial is a series of twelve episodes that scrutinize the 2000 murder of Adnan Syed’s ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. 19-year-old Adnan Syed, a high school student at the time, was found guilty of his ex’s murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Through each of the podcasts’ episodes, listeners learn about the discrepancies with the case and the mysterious absence of facts that lead to Syed’s sentencing. Host Sarah Koenig talks to numerous friends, caseworkers, attorneys, law enforcement officials relative to Syed’s case and Syed himself, through a glass window at North Branch Correctional Institution in Maryland. Through her extensive research, she brings up troublesome aspects of the case and plants a seed of doubt in over 1.5 million listeners, calling attention to the possible innocence of Adnan Syed.
Though season two of Serial has yet to be announced, season one will be available on Pandora on November 24.
According to Ira Glass, editorial advisor of Serial and host of This American Life, this is big news.
"For people already listening to 'Serial' and 'This American Life,' nothing will change. But we believe lots of people who'd like our shows simply haven't heard of them, or haven't started listening to podcasts," Glass said in a statement.
In an interview with CBS News, Glass says "'Serial' is the biggest podcast in the world, but only 17 percent of Americans listen to podcasts at all. That's why it's so exciting for us to work with Pandora. Pandora reaches millions of people who never listen to public radio or download podcasts. This'll get our shows to them."
Even though there are countless other sites and apps that broadcast multiple podcast across the globe, Pandora is highly established and still listened to frequently, remaining one of the top music streams.
Pandora says over 8 million people have downloaded each episode of the first Serial season.
It’s that awesome.
Pandora’s CEO understands the popularity it will receive by broadcasting Serial and thinks the podcast is a “perfect fit” for their audience.
To anyone who still listens to, and is for some reason, a diehard Pandora fan, Serial will premiere Thursday Nov. 24 at 4am. It’s totally worth it.