Serial the podcast is one of the most interesting podcasts to listen to because of how diverse and captivating it is. The podcast focuses on a season dedicated to telling a story of a murder with real people and real cases which inspire listeners to make a decision themselves on who did it and given the evidence provided in the show on why they had a motive to do it. According to Serial’s website it “has won several awards, including the Peabody, Edward R. Murrow, duPont-Columbia, Scripps Howard, and Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts. Serial, like This American Life, is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago.” (Serial, n.d) Audiences are not only intrigued by the stories but how it is told is very informative making this factual program very enjoyable to listen to.
As well as that, The Guardian published an article which described how much of an impact this podcast as had on it’s listeners and claimed that there are “five million detectives trying to figure out if Adnan is a psychopath.” (Ronson, 2014) As well as that “episode one arrived without much fanfare – just some promotion by its parent show, This American Life – but what happened next was dizzying. It immediately became the world’s most popular podcast – a sensation. It achieved 5m downloads on iTunes – faster than any podcast in history. (BBC Radio 4 Extra has just picked it up for broadcast too.)” (Ronson, 2014) In another article, they’ve claimed that “each episode of Serial now averages 2.2m listeners, a podcasting record and a particularly striking achievement given that an audience of 300,000 listeners would have been considered a success. In fact, Serial has now been downloaded more than 20m times. “The way it has evolved has surprised us at numerous turns,” says Emily Condon, one of the show’s producers.” (Gordon, 2014)
One of the factors that make this podcast such a success is the fact that the voice over is not monotonous which is possibly the most crucial in captivating listeners because it is a podcast and there isn’t any visual effects only sound so for the presenting voice to have a clear accent helps to understand the story. Not only that but the characters are engaging because they’re telling their side of the story and the listeners are piecing it all together in their heads to make a conclusion. This would translate very nicely as a visual medium because it is such a strong podcast. Furthermore, “Serial has been praised for the rigour of its journalism, and its presentation of multiple perspectives on the murder. For Melanie Bunce, a lecturer in journalism at City University in London and a self-confessed Serial addict, this has reduced the ethical doubts around it. “I can understand that people feel [the show is] making a drama of real people’s lives,” she says. “But . . . it’s more important than just entertainment.” (Gordon, 2014)
About Serial. Serial. Retrieved 2 April 2017, from https://serialpodcast.org/about
Gordon, S. (2014). ‘Serial’: inside a podcast phenomenon. Ft.com. Retrieved 2 April 2017, from https://www.ft.com/content/aeb8d37c-7af1-11e4-8646-00144feabdc0
Ronson, J. (2014). Serial: The Syed family on their pain and the ‘five million detectives trying to work out if Adnan is a psychopath’. the Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2017, from https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/dec/07/serial-adnan-syed-family-podcast-interview