Best Podcasts

Podcasts are pretty much the big thing right now. Here are some of the ones that are really worth listening to. There’s thousands of podcasts but these are the ones in particular that are important and awesome. Check them out!

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Fresh Air is the first podcast that I ever really listened to. I remember being in the sixth grade listening to Terry Gross interview Dave Grohl about the new Foo Fighters album. That was also my introduction to Nirvana. Grohl told stories about his experiences as a drummer for the band and stories about the late Kurt Cobain. It was cool to listen to and has stuck with me for a long time now. I continue listening to this podcast because the guests are always so popular and the interviews always feel really genuine and they aren’t ever boring.

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Invibilia is a podcast from NPR that’s actually pretty recent. They’ve completed their first season and it wasn’t nearly as long as I hoped it would be. However, every episode taught me about things I never have previously thought about. Every story told on this podcast is just as interesting as the last. Prepare to be enchanted with all the information this podcast provides listeners with.

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This is easily my favorite music podcast. I love All Songs Considered but I feel like this choice is under the radar and should be recognized. Each episode revolves around some kind of aspect to music. They only talk about topics they feel that no one else is. They uncover things about songs that were written in a dream to political songs to backing tracks. The episodes are fairly short so it’s easy to listen to a bunch of them at once in order to catch up.

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I couldn’t leave Serial off a post about the best podcasts. Serial is obviously the most downloaded podcast of all time for a reason. The first season of this storytelling podcast is about the true story of Adnan Syed who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2000. He was sentenced to life in prison but a family friend of his contacted Sarah Koenig about looking further into the case. Koenig discovered that there’s a lot of flaws in the case to convict Syed but if he didn’t do it then who did? The way the podcast is structured is one of it’s serious strengths. Each episode focuses on a different aspect in the case and it’s impossible to keep one opinion throughout the whole season. One episode you’ll be sure of Syed’s innocence then the next episode will make you sure that he’s guilty. If you love a good story, listen to Serial. You won’t regret it.

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Criminal is a podcast kind of similar to Serial. However, the episodes are a lot shorter and it focuses on a different criminal case each episode. The stories are all incredible and compelling. The only problem is that there’s not more episodes available. You’re bound to get hooked on the episodes that are currently released.

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Selected Shorts is a pretty great podcast. Each episode centers around one central theme. Then famous performers, actors, and actresses read these stories in front of a live audience. The short stories are always beautiful and some of them will be familiar to you but not all of them will be. The cool thing about selected shorts is getting to hear these stories come to life by such brilliant and hilarious performers.

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I’m on a role with storytelling podcasts so why stop now? The thing different about this one from the other storytelling podcasts is that it’s true personal stories. These performers- some famous and some not, tell stories from their personal lives. It’s equally heartbreaking and heartwarming. One of my personal favorite episodes is the story actor Ethan Hawke tells. He talks about his mom’s ex husband Michael and how he was a secret influence in his life. It falls into the category of both heartbreaking and heartwarming because Hawke desperately craved for the attention of Michael and he was a straight up jerk. It makes a hilarious story though. Every episode of The Moth is different but the personal quality of it is always there.

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My brother made me check out this podcast and I don’t regret it. It’s more than just mildly offensive. The podcast is a lot about sex but it talks a lot about what’s going on in the world. KFC is always up to date and it’s always absolutely hilarious. They also had a bunch of episodes dedicated to Serial because KFC was so obsessed with it. The opinions they had about Serial was laugh out loud funny and I recommend that be your introduction to the podcast.

 

Serial Podcast Link Roundup

Serial has become an internet phenomenon since it was released earlier this fall. As a fan of the podcast since the beginning, it’s been hard for me not to share my opinions about the case. I’ve decided to provide my own sort of masterpost of links that I’ve found related to different aspects of the case. Some of these sources were linked up on Reddit, while others I discovered while searching on Google.

Stories about Jay:

Reddit pretty much exploded when The Intercept posted the first interview with Jay, the key witness¬†who’s testimony was the only evidence that put Adnan behind bars for life. Note: Part two should be posted later on today which I will add to the list.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/29/exclusive-interview-jay-wilds-star-witness-adnan-syed-serial-case-pt-1/

http://gawker.com/jay-from-serial-speaks-gives-new-timeline-of-hae-min-l-1676148300

http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/serial-podcast-witness-jay-wilds-breaks-silence-youve-got-to-help-me-or-im-going-to-tell-the-cops-about-you/story-fni0b7jg-1227170153928

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/things-we-learned-serial-jay-interview

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/01/01/jay_from_serial_interview_in_the_intercept_part_3_wilds_discusses_reddit.html

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/30/exclusive-jay-part-2/

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/31/jay-speaks-part-3/

http://observer.com/2014/12/heres-how-the-intercept-landed-serials-star-witness-for-his-first-interview/

http://mashable.com/2015/01/01/jay-serial-stories/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

Parodies:

http://entertainthis.usatoday.com/2014/12/23/serial-parody/

http://reductress.com/post/after-serial-police-departments-replace-staff-with-female-npr-hosts/

Law Blogs- Provides well researched and credible information from sources that know what they are talking about in terms of the law aspect of the case.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/evidenceprof/2014/12/ive-posted-24-entriessarah-koenigsserial-podcast-which-deals-withthe-1999-prosecution-of-17-year-old-adnan-syed-for-murderin.html

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/evidenceprof/2014/12/ive-posted-25-entriessarah-koenigsserial-podcast-which-deals-withthe-1999-prosecution-of-17-year-old-adnan-syed-for-murderin.html

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/evidenceprof/2015/01/the-serial-podcast-what-if-neither-of-them-did-it-marylands-new-dna-standard.html

http://www.lawblogs.net/go/law-practice-management-lessons-learned-from-serials-m-cristina-gutierrez

http://viewfromll2.com/2014/12/29/serial-the-maryland-court-of-special-appeals-unpublished-decision-denying-adnans-appeal-in-2003/

Hae Min Lee

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-03-12/news/9903120122_1_min-lee-lacrosse-woodlawn

http://flavorwire.com/493304/what-do-we-really-know-about-hae-min-lee-serials-beautiful-dead-korean-girl

http://www.dailydot.com/geek/serial-hae-min-lee-scholarship-fund/

http://vagendamagazine.com/2014/12/it-starts-with-a-body-why-its-important-to-keep-questioning-the-serial-podcast/

http://www.shakesville.com/2014/12/serial.html

http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2014/11/20/3595208/the-ethics-of-serial/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11304281/Serial-podcast-How-a-schoolgirls-murder-became-entertainment.html

http://obviweretheladies.com/2014/12/19/we-shouldnt-forget-the-truth-about-serial/

Adnan Syed

http://mashable.com/2014/12/01/adnan-syed-appeal-serial/

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-03-01/news/9903010074_1_min-lee-young-lee-woodlawn

https://pdf.yt/d/PUUcby-AZWfEhcuW

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/01/serial-adnan-syed-exonerated-new-trial

http://m.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/adnan-syed-convict-featured-in-serial-podcast-getting-appeal-case-2014312

Rabia Chaudry Рfamily friend who first brought the case to Sarah Koenig.

She keeps the blog “Split The Moon” where she frequently blogs about Adnan and his case. It’d be difficult to list all of them, I just listed several that provide a lot of interesting information.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-syed-murder-case-20141010-story.html#page=2

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/splitthemoon/2014/10/life-plus-30-murder-lies-the-anatomy-of-a-wrongful-conviction/

http://www.splitthemoon.com/where-it-all-began/#more-311

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/splitthemoon/2014/10/not-totally-loosey-goosey/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/24/rabia-chaudry-serial_n_6377442.html

Sarah Koenig

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/sarah-koenig-on-serial-20141024?page=3

http://www.vulture.com/2014/10/serials-sarah-koenig-on-her-hit-podcast.html

http://time.com/3541264/serial-this-american-life-sarah-koenig/

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/12/18/371636304/sarah-koenig-on-serial-i-think-something-went-wrong-with-this-case

There’s tons and tons more I could post but I decided to stay away from the specific evidence that was in the case. These are just some articles that example the general aspect of the case and the hype surrounding the podcast itself. This will be updated some, let me know if I’ve left any imperative links off.