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.
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.
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.