June 30, 2016

Adnan Syed, Defendant Made Famous in "Serial" Podcast, Granted New Trial

Adnan Syed, the central figure in the popular podcast Serial, has been granted a new trial.  Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch handed down the decision today, finding that Mr. Syed's attorney erred at trial in failing to cross-examine an expert concerning cell tower data that seemed to put Mr. Syed's cellphone near the site where the victim, Hae Min Lee, was found. Mr. Syed has been in prison for 16 years. More here from The Hollywood Reporter. 

More about the pop culture effect of the podcast here (from CNN), here from the New York Times, and here in this  selected bibliography:

Durrani, Mariam, Kevin Gotkin, and Corrina Laughlin, Serial, Seriality, and the Possibilities for the Podcast Format, American Anthropologist, Aug. 18, 2015. 

Lopez Coombs, N. A., Truth Is Stranger Than Fan Fiction: The Serial Podcast and Citizen Journalism (Master's thesis, Utrecht University, 2016).

O'Meara, Jennifer, Like Movies For Radio: Media Convergence and the Serial Podcast Sensation, Frames Cinema Journal.

Pierre, Joe, The Psychology of "Serial[:}" What the Most Popular Podcast Ever Says About How Our Brains Work and Don't Work, Psych Unseen, Psychology Today, Jan. 21, 2015. 

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