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Serial Podcast

By Bob on March 19, 2015 11:49 AM

When it comes to podcasts, I'm a late bloomer. It's not that I didn't know they existed, there's just so much freakin' content on the web that I've never taken the time to check them out. 

Podcast you say? Hmmm...maybe if I just poke it with a stick

Pod People-546.jpgSerial, the podcast hosted by This American Life producer Sarah Koenig was my introduction into this wonderful podcast world. Now, I'm hooked.


The Serial series debuted last Oct. and almost overnight became the #1 podcast on iTunes, averaging 850,000 downloads per episode. It's a fascinating true crime story detailing the murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee, 18, in 1999. The series recounts the crime and all its facets which (NOT A SPOILER) leads to the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, then-17-year-old honors student Adnan Syed, who was sentenced to life in prison.

Here's an in-depth look at Serial on BBC Newsnight  

Ms. Koenig is a master storyteller and there's plenty of story to tell. The 12-episode series begins with Lee's disappearance then weaves a tail of intrigue, misdirection and missed opportunities to its did-he-or-didn't-he conclusion. It's a riveting thrill ride that makes you second guess your beliefs at every turn.

 If you like crime dramas (CSI or SVU fans, I'm talking to you) do yourself a favor and download the Serial podcast. It's FREE and available here or through the App Store.


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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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