Friday, July 24, 2015

Lend Me Your Earbuds! [2]

Hey quirks! Today I want to share with you a few podcasts that you should try if you are interested in mysteries!

Mystery Show
This quirky podcast is hosted by Starlee Kine. Each episode Kine attempts to solve a real mystery, but these mysteries are not of the crime/drama variety and are more of the oddities-of-life kind of mysteries. The episodes feel like short, indie docs in audio form, sometimes lingering in unexpected places or following tangents just because. Listeners can even write in and get Kine on the case to solve their own lingering, non-Google-able mysteries. If you like media that provides a slice of life and is interesting in a quiet and slightly kooky way, this is definitely a pod for you.

If you haven't heard of this podcast yet, you must have been taking a sabbatical from all technology and pop culture for quite a while. Serial is the brainchild of the creators of This American Life and is hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig. The focus of Serial is to tell a story over the course of a season and follow that story no matter where it leads. The first season dealt with the 1999 murder of a teenage girl, Hae Min Lee, and if the boy convicted of the crime, Adnan Syed, was truly guilty or if he was railroaded by the police and prosecution. Koenig and Co. travel, research, question, and document findings. And since real lives and mysteries don't usually have tidy endings, don't expect each season of Serial to end with a pretty bow. Season two will be coming out some time this year and will tackle a new story, so be on the lookout.

This podcast is one you should listen to AFTER you're done with Serial. While Serial might have brought the murder of Hae Min Lee and the case against Adnan Syed into the public eye, Undisclosed dives in much, much deeper, not only into the events surrounding Lee's death, but into the police investigation, the case built against Syed, and the processes of the justice system in Baltimore. The people behind the podcast, Rabia Chaudry, Susan Simpson (both attorneys) and Colin Miller (a professor of law) are not just interested parties but experts in the field, and through their efforts, they hope to find the truth. They use the podcast to present what they find and keep the listeners updated on Syed's ongoing appeals. They are not biased in their presentation of the information they uncover, but they are definitively on Syed's side. Until there is some definitive roadblocks or victories in this case, I don't expect Undisclosed to end, so get caught up now while there are only a handful of episodes out there.

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