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Adnan Syed, center, leaves Cummings Court in Baltimore on Monday. A judge has ordered Syed’s release after he overturned his 1999 murder conviction chronicled in the hit podcast. a series.

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Adnan Syed, center, leaves Cummings Court in Baltimore on Monday. A judge has ordered Syed’s release after he overturned his 1999 murder conviction chronicled in the hit podcast. a series.

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“Adnan’s case was a mess. There was a mess. That’s where we were when we stopped reporting in 2014,” he says. a series Sarah Koenig hosts her own direct personal style in the new episode, Adnan Is Out.

In 2014, over the course of 12 episodes, a series He investigated the details of the murder case of Hye Min Lee, Adnan Syed’s ex-girlfriend. Lee was found strangled to death in Lieken Park in Baltimore in 1999.

In 2000, Syed was convicted of killing Lee when he was 17 years old. He spent 23 years in prison. On Monday, in a Baltimore courtroom, a judge ruled to overturn his conviction.

Behind the massive impact a series In the Syed case and upon revealing flaws in the legal system, the podcast broke new ground in episodic and audio storytelling.

Created and produced by Koenig and Julie Snyder a series was a branch of This is American life. With nearly 300 million downloads, the first season broke podcast records and spawned a home industry for true crime podcasts. She’s won nearly every major journalistic award including DuPont and Peabody, and is the first award ever given to a podcast. Koenig was named one of Time magazine’s 2015 Most Influential People.


Sarah Koenig with her award at the 74th Annual Peabody Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on May 31, 2015.

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Sarah Koenig with her award at the 74th Annual Peabody Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on May 31, 2015.

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Alam Barry Shek, Co-Director of The Innocence Project a series of his children. At the time, the podcast faced something of a generational divide. He believes that tireless reporting, reliance on experts, and storytelling have been key to its success.

He says the way Koenig connected the audience a seriesReports are prepared for persuasive listening. “One of the interesting parts of the serial podcast is that everyone heard her thoughts out loud, and that’s part of her appeal,” says Scheck. “You know, we’re all trying together to think, ‘Innocent?’ Is he guilty?”

There’s the story and then there’s the discussion it provoked. in case if a seriesThey worked side by side.

The a series The phenomenon was not just about trying to solve the crime itself. It was also about the vast community devouring each episode and then picking it up online. journalists in Atlantic Ocean Blogging on this topic. A place to discuss the series: The podcast on Reddit has reached over 72 million members.

As Christopher Dunn, legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, stunned in 2015, a series “Unleash a lively and wide-ranging debate on civil rights on the Internet,” he wrote. Most importantly, the Reddit discussion forum, which is very popular with young people, has exploded with comments from tens of thousands of people who have discussed and investigated every aspect of the issue, many of which the podcast didn’t address.

The idea to go into Syed’s case arose with Rabia Chaudhry, a lawyer and one of Syed’s friends and supporters. I pitched the idea to Koenig. as such a series Choudary revealed every episode on her blog, where she shared her knowledge of the issue and aired complaints about the way she felt the producers were handling aspects of the story.

Choudary was also amazed at how her views became part of the narrative. “I realized that while I and others close to Adnan were immersed in the details of the case and the show, we were a part of this case and presenting it to the public. Our interactions were discussed online, We were judged and evaluated, we were adding entertaining and objective value to the speech. “We were also characters in the bigger story,” she wrote.

Choudary went on to write her book and produce a podcast about Syed. She is also an executive producer on The case against Adnan SayedHBO, a four-part documentary series.

While Scheck is happy to see all his other true crime podcasts a series With inspiration, he urges caution for anyone who thinks it’s easy to do well.

“Having a podcast and trying to tell a story is one thing,” he says. “Going into business to expose a wrongful conviction is quite another.”

Scheck . says a series They benefited from a team that knows what they did not know.

“The great thing about Serial is that they didn’t make any pretense at every turn,” says Scheck. “They were trying to turn to the investigators, they were trying to turn to the experts. They were relying on the public for guidance. And they did it in a very professional way.”

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor wrote in “To say it was an addiction is an understatement.” The most influential people of all time Enter Sarah Koenig. “Suddenly, investigative journalism became our hobby and passion. People were talking about it everywhere you went. It was a real cultural phenomenon.”

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