'Serial' Season 1 finale and debrief
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"Serial", the true crime podcast from the producers of "This American Life", has become an internet obsession. The first season broke the iTunes record for fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads and streams and the series has been covered by media from the Wall Street Journal to the Colbert Report.
A 15-year-old murder case is at the core of the story. Host Sarah Koenig has been exploring the disappearance and death of Hae Min Lee and the murder conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. She and her team have been digging into the details and talking to the people involved, podcasting their findings in a new episode each week. Throughout the series the investigative team hasn’t known what was coming next or how many episodes it would take to tell the entire tale.
The story came to a close in the twelfth episode released Thursday December 18. Fans of "Serial" and KPCC managing editor of news Kristen Muller and science reporter Sanden Totten listened to the season finale at our Crawford Family Forum. After we heard the podcast, we talked about the findings with special guests.
Alan Jackson: Partner with Brown White & Newhouse LLP; former Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Lisa Kang: Deputy Alternate Public Defender for Los Angeles County
*Lisa's views are her own and is not speaking on behalf of her office.