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Serial (podcast)

Serial is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, narrating a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. The series was co-created and is co-produced by Koenig and Julie Snyder and developed by This American Life. New episodes were originally available weekly when a season was active, but partway through the second season the schedule was revised to every other week. Serial ranked number one on iTunes even before its debut and remained there for several weeks. Serial won a Peabody Award in April 2015 for its innovative telling of a long-form nonfiction story. As of 10 June 2017, the podcast's episodes were downloaded a total of 175 million times, establishing an ongoing world record.

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If you've followed the podcast, then this should be hilarious to you.

Contributed by Chuck Kao

Captivating Crime Story

1999; two popular, smart high school kids; forbidden romance; a breakup; then murder. The girl, Hae Min Lee, is found in a shallow grave. She had been strangled with bare hands. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Sayed, is convicted of killing her, and is now serving life in prison for the murder. But did he do it? This story is so captivating because I can relate so much to the people. I could have gone to high school with those kids. And Serial does a great job of telling the story. It's a podcast, but before you dismiss it, know that this podcast has been downloaded over 5 million times, making it THE most popular podcast in the world. Just listen to episode 1, and I bet you can't stop listening.

Contributed by Chuck Kao

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