#26: The Serial Effect: Sarah Koenig on Criminal Justice and Citizen Journalism
The Serial podcast, and its host Sarah Koenig, pulled off two amazing feats. Serial broke podcasting open: it was the first podcast to see 5 million downloads and now has well over 80 million. But it also pointed the lens of a full, in-depth journalistic examination on just one murder case.
Our vast criminal justice system forces us to think about big issues like fairness and safety, but what can we learn from a deep examination of a single case, in which we dive as far as we can to learn every detail?
Serial host and co-producer Sarah Koenig answers these questions and more. She's also a regular contributor to This American Life.