Serial podcast review: what we learnt from episode 9, To Be Suspected | The  Week UK

I often decide to read the Serial podcast instead of listening to it. Usually, I need to be quiet, or I’ll wake up the baby, therefore, it is better to do it that way. Serial is an investigative journalism podcast, hosted by Sarah Koenig. As she tells the stories she gives detailed information of each event. Koeing, also gives her feedback on each story while she is telling it. The episodes are a very intense read because they are based on real life experiences, true stories. It’s even more intense listening to it because it almost feels like you are actually there seeing it for yourself, watching it happen! The music and side effects bring it to life! They also have beautiful visual art on their site, and they also cover where the art is from and the significances behind it. Serial Season 3, Episode 1 takes place in Cleveland, Ohio and they followed criminal cases of all sizes. This particular case was a bar fight. The defendant is Anna 21 years old – She’s charged with assaulting a police officer, which is a fourth-degree felony. She was smacked by a man several times different times on her rear end. A girl walks over and starts fighting with Anna. Fight club breaks out. A cop tries to stop Anna, but she hits him in the face without knowing who it is. She was arrested and spent four nights in the Cleveland City. The episode goes on to outline how the justice system in Cuyahoga County works and how it is set up to make sure individuals fail.

In The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media, chapter one reading, states problem-based storytelling is a popular model in literature which I believe is the reason the Serial episodes are so successful aside from the stories being true and bringing awareness to those type of situations and areas. In the reading, Jason Ohler calls his problem-based model the “story core” and breaks it down in three parts. First, the center challenge, second, the character changes as they wrestle the problem, and finally, the problem receives closure. In the video, Vonnegut on The Shape of Stories, Vonnegut says “Someone gets in trouble and gets out of it” which is the core of most stories as well. He also states, individuals never get tired of seeing these types of stories, which is complete true. Most of the episodes on Serial cover the story core the Ohler outlines and Vonnegut shapes of stories. However, not all the stories on the Serial have a resolution to the problems. Each one is different and have very different outcomes.

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