Written by: Thomas Bradley
Date: December 9, 2014


Note: There are no spoilers in this post. We are not monsters. Who would do that?

We’re infatuated by it. We really are. It seems like everyone around the office is talking about Serial: The Podcast. Did he do it? What’s going to happen next? What’s the deal with Jay? This is so exciting!

It’s much like the way we talk about Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad or any popular TV show. But this is why Serial is amazing. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen (well, heard) before.

Background: Serial is an online-only podcast produced by Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life. It’s a project of the man himself, Ira Glass, and it’s a 12-episode audio show about a 1999 murder in Baltimore, Maryland.

A classic who done it!

We’ve all been captivated by the story-telling skills that come from the This American Life studios… But this takes it to a whole new level. Several friends have approached me, asking me where they can get more content like Serial. And other than pointing to TAL, I’m at a loss.

So to answer your question: No, it’s not just you. We love Serial. Thursday lunches are largely consumed by conversation about the latest episode.

And honestly, we already know you all love Serial. We have the numbers. [imagine number crunching music]

Our WOSU Public Media App has listening reports available. And with an astounding 20 percent of the total share on our app, Serial takes the cake. And no other program is even close. Generally that top spot goes to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Car Talk or This American LifeSerial is taking it to a whole other level.

If you’ve read this far, and are thinking to yourself, “Should I listen to Serial?” The answer is yes. And we’ll talk to you on Thursday about the latest episode. Download it on your podcast player. Listen in the WOSU Public Media App. Listen online.

But do yourself a favor, and listen. You won’t regret it.