The Verdict on “Serial”

0c89f3e75c770e778f0a5da51580812c57517_mediumIf you haven’t heard the true crime podcast “Serial” by now, you’ve likely at least heard about it. A spinoff of “This American Life,” “Serial” is the most downloaded podcast in history.

Host and executive producer Sarah Koenig—also a producer for “This American Life” and formerly a reporter at ABC News, The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun—applies her journalistic skills on “Serial” to answer the following question: Did Baltimore high school student Adnan Syed kill his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, 15 years ago—or was he wrongfully convicted?

For 15 months, Koenig and her team combed through documents and conducted numerous interviews with people associated with the case. And although Koenig didn’t drop any bombshells in Thursday’s season finale, her work on “Serial” is noteworthy for a few reasons.

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