Crazy how I thought blogging every day in October would help me get back into a routine of writing more regularly. Instead I got a big case of burnout. Life got a little crazy and I realized like with anything else - if I don't schedule it, I don't do it. We make time for what's important to us - I've always said it, but now it's time to live it. Consider a leaf turned (until I fall off the wagon again). But enough puns about my internet silence....
There's not much I like about NPR. In general, it's too liberal for me & gets my blood boiling. But a few years ago I started listening to "This American Life" via their app and found something worthy of keeping public radio in existence. Basically each week has a theme and they present stories related to that topic. Some are better than others, but in general, most are worth a listen. My favorite? Episode 371: Scenes From A Mall. The best storytelling I've ever heard is the part about the rift in the Amalgamated Order of Real-Bearded Santas. What better to get you in the Christmas spirit than a story about santas solving their problems with their fists. I mean aren't you just dying to know how the jolliest men on Earth can get to that level? Well, you should listen.
But Santa's not the point of today's post. Serial is. It's a "This American Life" spin-off. And ya'll. I. AM. ADDICTED. One story is told over the course of multiple shows, with new episodes releasing on Thursdays. TODAY. So before we go any further. Download the podcast app on your phone if you don't already have it. Search for Serial. Download the episodes (the 9th one came out today). And buckle up. This first series is an attempt to discover if a guy named Adnon is actually guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend. Law & Order type stories not your thing? Well I know what can hook you. They use pagers. And cellphone technology is new. Did I tell you pagers play into the story? And this happened when they were teenagers in the mid-nineties. Plenty of throwback moments to wet your whistle. And let's don't forget the high school drama thrown in for good measure. That ought to be enough to entertain even the grumpiest of folks.
The ladies in my Sunday School class were lucky enough to get an earful about Serial and were politely coerced into downloading it before they could leave girls' night last week. I'm making it my personal mission to suck in as many people as I can. Because how else am I going to be able to talk through all my questions of guilt, innocence, and couldn't it have been Jay?
Consider this your warning that you may hear about the show in any given post from this point out. Trust me - get through the first episode and you'll be itching to catch up to the current episode in no time and be counting down to Thursdays too.
Sarah Koenig & Ira Glass. Thank you for keeping me more awake that a double shot in the morning during my morning commutes. Feel free to keep the stories coming....forever. For that matter, episodes twice a week would be just fine with me.
Have you already discovered Serial? Please start so I won't be alone in this. If your first question was 'what's a podcast', just go the their website serialpodcast.org and you can listen there and get instructions if you want access on your phone.